RE: Military-spec Ford Ranger makes Raptor look feeble

RE: Military-spec Ford Ranger makes Raptor look feeble

Wednesday 9th October

Military-spec Ford Ranger makes Raptor look feeble

Ricardo fills gap left by Land Rover Wolf with ballistic-armoured pick-up



British engineering firm Ricardo is apparently bidding to plug the gap left by the long-departed Land Rover Wolf with a new militarised pick-up based on the Ford Ranger. Using its extensive experience of building vehicles for the army - which most recently includes launching its new Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance tank - the company that's also famous for building McLaren's V8 motors has produced what it calls "a highly cost-effective multi-role transportation product for defence and other security-related applications". It also looks brilliant.

As you might expect for a car developed with conflict zones in mind, the Ricardo-enhanced Ranger gets a long list of defence and attack features. These include a ring-mounted weapon system, like the one fitted to the legendary Wolf, an armoured ballistic underfloor and armoured glass. There are also toughened bumpers, a rollover protection system and skid plates for the radiator, powertrain and fuel tank, as well as sill protectors and better waterproofing for deeper wading.


Finished in a lick of NATO green, wearing a camo cover on the rear and carrying seven jerry cans in the back for good measure, the Ranger looks more than ready for action on the front lines. For those located in hard to reach places, Ricardo offers chassis upgrades including tougher springs, dampers and brakes, along with heavy duty wheels and all-terrain tyres. The car's 24V electrical architecture has also been enhanced to military standards, but Ricardo has felt no need to work on the Ford 2.0-litre EcoBlue bi-turbo diesel under the bonnet because it has 213hp and comes mated to a 10-speed auto.

Although primarily designed with army duties in mind, the Ricardo Ranger is also being billed as a viable option for security, police and even rescue forces. Were our EnduroKA season budget a little higher, we'd like to add trackside support vehicle to that list of responsibilities, too. Heck, we suspect there may be a few private enquiries for Ricardo's new machine as well, given the way it looks. Fighting your way out of busy junctions might be a little easier with one of these...


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WCZ

Original Poster:

7,138 posts

140 months

Wednesday 9th October
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proper.

Dale487

1,027 posts

69 months

Wednesday 9th October
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It looks full Toyota War ready.


bobtail4x4

2,021 posts

55 months

Wednesday 9th October
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squaddies would kill that in an hour,

David87

5,304 posts

158 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Yet another vehicle to add to the list of cars I want but don't need. biggrin

ntiz

905 posts

82 months

Wednesday 9th October
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For when the kerbs outside your kids schools are really brutal!! laugh

ZymoTech

35 posts

17 months

Wednesday 9th October
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I don't see those seat covers lasting very long.

SlimJim16v

2,309 posts

89 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Looks good, but needs larger wheels and tyres to fill the currently pointless wheel arch extensions.

Shame you can't buy it with the guns mounted.

Shaw Tarse

29,198 posts

149 months

Wednesday 9th October
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SlimJim16v said:
Looks good, but needs larger wheels and tyres to fill the currently pointless wheel arch extensions.

Shame you can't buy it with the guns mounted.
I'll go smaller wheels & bigger tyres smile

V8mate

42,729 posts

135 months

Wednesday 9th October
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How many shekels?

Squadrone Rosso

1,759 posts

93 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Walts of the UK will rejoice lol

Astacus

2,697 posts

180 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Isn't it kinda odd that it still has a plastic dash, delicate indicator stalks, no protection for the lights etc etc. I don't understand here this is really aimed.

School runs for walty dads with a gun mount on the pick up, or half way there military vehicle that's not afraid of its feminine side

stongle

1,628 posts

108 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Its a Gucci Technical.


Nerdherder

1,463 posts

43 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Anyone spot the WWII designed (1930's actually) item in the pictures?



Henryhall52

143 posts

2 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Nerdherder said:
Anyone spot the WWII designed (1930's actually) item in the pictures?
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Yes. All seven of them.

Andeh1

5,470 posts

152 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Like putting my nan in combat boots, looks the part but doesn't really count as a weapon of war when it fails on the most important features; longevity & reliability.

They need to have stripped out all the st that could go wrong in theatre to ensure improved reliability. No DPF, ad blue, EGR, mapped out every "nice to have sensor" etc etc.... I also note that gearbox needs a pretty intensive 2 yearly service if its anything like the my wife's s max, which I suspect shares the same running gear as that "military vehicle" biglaugh

Ricardo have just driven it through an army surplus store having coated it in glue & tripled the price "because government contracts". irked

Edited by Andeh1 on Wednesday 9th October 20:12

dai1983

1,877 posts

95 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Andeh1 said:
Like putting my nan in combat boots, looks the part but doesn't really count as a weapon of war when it fails on the most important features; longevity & reliability.

They need to have stripped out all the st that could go wrong in theatre to ensure improved reliability. No DPF, ad blue, EGR, mapped out every "nice to have sensor" etc etc.... Ricardo have just driven it through an army surplus store having coated it in glue & tripled the price "because government contracts". irked

Edited by Andeh1 on Wednesday 9th October 20:08
EGR-the Wolf has one and not any trouble TBH. The MANN SV also have them and are a right pain in the arse as they rust and seize probably due to lack of use. The most common big fault with the SV that we see and they’re not nice to change.

DPF- SV also has this but apparently good for 300k Miles and just swap out the canister on the side of the truck.

For the Marines to use it it’ll need to wade to 1.5m. Handy that it has double the interior seats of the Wolf but space would be better used storing personal kit. Rear seats in the Wolf hardly get used except for the radio variant when the sigs kit is being used.

GC8

18,416 posts

136 months

Wednesday 9th October
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They might be able to turn out a proper bit of kit, but I dont think that this is it. Ridiculous seat covers, full factory trim inc satnav and a dearth of real improvements.

Its an F150 covered in tactical tinsel.

petop

1,692 posts

112 months

Wednesday 9th October
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UK only or Cyprus and Kenya at a push. Thats it. Anywhere that is naughty and not one Politician will allow its military constituents ride around in unarmoured 4x4's. Naughty boys of the night may but they prefer slightly less conspicuous or full fat Jankel ones.
It will sell in some UAE type country that only fights within 2 miles of it borders.

RoverP6B

3,908 posts

74 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Decent officers' chariot but that's all it is. Personally, I'd want a V8 Yank pickup as the basis of such a build...

SydneySE

390 posts

206 months

Wednesday 9th October
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what a pissy effort! not even fit for civil unrest!



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Edited by SydneySE on Wednesday 9th October 22:14