The US Specialty Vehicles Rhino GX is a Ford F-450 on Steroids

 

Ever since the Hummer H2 was buried into its bankruptcy grave there hasn’t been a Terminator-looking off-road vehicle available on the market. To make matters worse, when Ford discontinued the Excursion, the extra-large diesel, 4×4 SUV market completely died. Until now…

Say hello to the Rhino GX. This military-looking vehicle is manufactured by a company called US Specialty Vehicles out of California, and it’s based on a Ford F-450 commercial truck chassis. Allow that to sink in for a minute, a truck chassis is basically a small truck cab sitting on a bare chassis, which means it takes thousands of man-hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars to get it to look and drive like this. In fact, the price of the unit featured on this video is over $220,000 bucks.

 

WATCH: Hunter Shoots 3 Bucks in 35 Seconds

This definitely is one of the wildest deer hunting videos you’ll ever see and we guarantee you’ll watch it more than once.

You’ll probably watch it two or three times, at least. It’s pretty wild. Here’s what the description says on the YouTube post about it:

While participating in a party hunt, John Oens shoots 1 ten point and 2 eight point bucks in 35 seconds with an Ithaca Deer slayer III chambered in 20 gauge. The first buck is at the 200 yard range but the Hornady SST slugs still do their job.

Every state has different laws and regulations, so what happens in yours doesn’t automatically mean that’s a blanket law or regulation everywhere. States have various laws/regs for buck and doe seasons and limits, firearms and ammo, and so forth.

The New Ranger Needs to Have a Raptor Version

While Ford hasn’t officially confirmed anything, we do believe pretty strongly that a new Ford Ranger is in the works that will be sold here in the United States. It’s also the same reason why we believe a new Bronco is coming. But one thing we do know is that if they do a new Ranger, they need to do an off-road special. They need something to compete with the new Tacoma TRD Pro and the Colorado Trail Boss. That something should be beyond just the FX4. It should be a Raptor.

First of all, a Raptor-fied Ranger would sell well because everything with a Raptor badge sells well. All previous versions of the Raptor sold with very few, if any, discounts, and were some of the fastest selling products Ford made. That alone should be reason enough to make it happen.

But another good reason is that Toyota is really upping the game with the Tacoma TRD Pro. While we don’t necessarily expect people to cross shop the Tacoma (Tacoma buyers are typically very loyal), we also don’t expect Ford to not be competitive in this space.

Let’s take a minute to look at the specifications of the TRD Pro Tacoma and how easy it’d be for a new Ranger Raptor to compete;

  • 16-inch TRD black alloy wheels with Goodyear Wrangler® All-Terrain Kevlar®-reinforced tires
  • TRD Pro aluminum front skid plate
  • Rigid Industries® LED fog lights
  • Projector-beam headlights with black bezels, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and auto on/off featuret
  • 4-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
  • Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite
  • Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth®  hands-free phone controls
  • Rear parking assist sonar
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • FOX 2.5 Internal Bypass shocks tuned by TRD
  • TRD-tuned front springs with a 1-inch lift
  • TRD-tuned rear suspension with progressive-rate off-road leaf spring

If you look at that list, you really don’t see anything special that couldn’t be applied to, or already exists on, a current Ford product.

Additionally, Ford will have an advantage over Toyota when it comes to powertrain and fuel economy. The new Tacoma uses a tried-and-true V6 engine with a 6-speed automatic. However, fuel economy isn’t that stellar. A modern EcoBoost engine and more modern transmission could return stronger fuel economy numbers while offering better performance.

Finally, while we haven’t had a chance to test the various drive modes on the new Ford Raptor, it’s technology that could be easily adapted to the smaller Ranger, helping improve the off-road credentials even more.

Ideally, the Ranger line would look like this;

  • Ranger XL
    • Available FX4 Off-Road on all versions, except Raptor.
  • Ranger XLT
  • Ranger Limited
  • Ranger Raptor
    • Special off-road equipment exclusive to Raptor.

How will it all actually shake out? We don’t know. Though, we don’t expect to hear anything about either a new Ranger or a new Bronco until next year. Check out our proposed timeline for the launch of both of those vehicles.

 

5 Unknown Facts About the Ford F-150

While some of these facts may not be completely unknown, they’re surely a lot less regurgitated than the typical “America’s best selling truck for 39 consecutive years.” Buckle up and get ready to learn some cool (and maybe useless) facts about the best pickup truck in the market.

The current truck hierarchy was established in 1953

Sure, the very first Ford pickup may date back to the mid-1920’s, but the current F-150, F-250 and F-350 didn’t officially roll out to the public until 1953. From that moment on, the public really caught-on to the simple numeric formula of “the bigger the number the bigger the truck.” Pure genius!

Ferrari once named a Formula One race car, the Ferrari F150

Given the fact that I’m a big-time F1 fan, I remember this one clearly. Ferrari wanted to celebrate their 50 years of involvement in the sport, and therefore named their F1 racing car, the F150.

Once Ferrari made the announcement public, Ford quickly got lawyers involved and sent a kind letter to Maranello. Ferrari kindly (supposedly) understood, and renamed it the F150 Italia. Funny enough, this was one of the worst performing racing cars they ever engineered!

All Ford trucks were 4×2 until 1959

Believe it or not, 4×4 wasn’t really a thing until almost 1960! Can you imagine going to the dealer and not having the option to get a 4×4 F-150?

According to Thrillist, trucks prior to 1959 had to be sent to a third-party company to be outfitted with 4×4 drivetrains. I totally didn’t know this, did you?

The Ford Bigfoot was the first monster truck ever!

While original prototypes were primarily Ford F-250-based, there have been multiple bodies featured on the very first and most iconic monster truck ever, though it’s primarily been an F-150 through the decades.

Bigfoot became the visual description of a monster truck when it became the first factory truck to break into the scene in the mid-eighties. The big blue truck populated bedroom walls with promotional posters and all kinds of swag handed out at events and appearances.

Once upon a time, you could get a camper-ready Ford from the factory

Towing packages, trailering packages and heavy duty suspensions are kind of a modern thing, as those luxuries and custom specifications didn’t really exist back in the day.

That being said, the personal camper boom of the sixties prompted Ford to offer camper-ready suspensions on their F trucks. It was a simple tweak to offer stiffer and heavy duty suspensions, but it paid off big time in sales figures.