Custom Truck Series - Halo 4 Ford F-150 SVT: The New Warthog August 12, 2013
If you’ve ever played any of the games in the Halo franchise, you’ve wanted to drive a warthog. Even if you haven’t played the game, trust me, you still want to drive one. While I don’t have a real warthog to show you here, the guys at Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) did their best to make the new Ford F-150 SVT Raptor into one. GAS was tasked by UNSC command, also known as Microsoft, to build this one-of-a-kind truck to celebrate the release of Halo 4, one of the most popular game series ever released for the Microsoft Xbox. With a look that would even gain the Master Chief’s approval, the Halo 4 Raptor is a real work of art. The Engine From the factory, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor comes with a 6.2L V8 engine that produces 411 horsepower. The guys at GAS didn’t think that was enough, so they installed a Whipple supercharger that ups this to 500 horsepower. With the increase in power comes the need for better exhaust, which is found in the upgraded Magnaflow exhaust. The Exterior The most noticeable upgrade to the Halo 4 F-150 Raptor is the paint. GAS used a custom paint scheme with multiple matte paint finishes and colors to give a green, olive drab, and black paint job that matches a Warthog nicely. Sweeping, angular paint lines paired with the UNSC (United Nations Space Command) logo make the truck look like more of an official military truck than a video game ride. Along with the custom paint, GAS used Line-X bed liner paint to coat the fender flares, bumpers, and the truck’s bed. This helps add a level of durability to the paint job where it needs it most while giving the truck an even more aggressive look. The exterior is rounded out by the addition of a Fox coil over suspension that gives a 2.5” lift all around. This, paired with Ford Racing bead-lock wheels and Nitto 35” Mud Grappler tires make the Raptor ready to take on the Covenant as well as it can hit a muddy trail. The Interior With the F-150 Raptor being built for the Halo series, it’s basically a given that GAS would outfit the interior with a solid AV system. Two 7” headrest monitors grade the back of the front seats and one 10” drop-down monitor comes down for even better viewing. The screens wouldn’t be too useful without a source, and as you might expect, a Halo 4 edition Xbox was installed under the rear seat in a fully custom enclosure branded with the UNSC logo and styling. All total, this is one serious gaming system built into a bad-ass truck. The rest of the interior was customized to match the green tones of the truck’s exterior and new leather upholstery replaced the trucks stock seats and consoles. Halo 4 embroidery emblazons the front and read seats, and a neon green UNSC hides under the rear seat. Stock Goodies The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor comes with an assortment of stock goodies that were left in-tact for the Halo 4 build. A nose-mounted camera helps the truck see what’s in front of it when off-roading, which it can do very well thanks to the Torsen Limited Slip Differential and Fox racing shocks. Ford uses their MyFord Touch infotainment system for a stereo, giving the truck not only a great stereo, but puts all the information you need about your truck at the forefront of the system. Wrap-Up Overall, this Halo4 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is not close too being a Warthog, but I’m pretty sure it’s the closest we will get to seeing one in the wild. Even though this is an awesome truck, Ford considers it a one-off and will not produce any more. This one ride was given out as a prize for the Halo 4 Infinity Challenge. A solid truck built around one of the most prolific game series ever created, the Halo 4 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is a truck to be reckoned with.