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This Thing Looks Ready To Go Anywhere

Ford Ranger Tremor Raptor SEMA
Hellwig Ford Ranger SEMA 2019 Concept.

We’ve covered a lot of overlanding 2019 Ford Ranger pickup trucks in preparation for the upcoming SEMA Show, but this one from Hellwig really seems to deliver on aesthetics and kit a little more than the others. And if you needed to, you could live in this thing for as long as necessary.

The Hellwig 2019 Ford Ranger is fitted with a 3.5-inch Icon suspension, 17” Icon Compression wheels and massive Falken M/T tires. Hellwig then added its own sway bars, a Ford Performance Parts cat-back exhaust, rear differential cover and recovery kit. Addictive Desert Designs rock sliders and bumpers, Rigid lighting, ARB jack and Bushwacker fender flares round out the off-roading gear. That’s all designed for just getting there.

Once you get to wherever it is on the map you want to reach, the Hellwig Ford Ranger can support life with a variety of amenities. It comes with Goal Zero solar panels, to keep things powered up without the 2.3L EcoBoost engine firing up, which in turn saves fuel for actual movement of the overland truck. Shelter is provided via a Tepui hard-shell tent, a Trail Kitchens stove on a bed slide for hot meals, and finally, a DC Safety first-aid and roadside assistance kit.

Of all the overlanding SEMA Ford Ranger pickup trucks we’ve covered, this is the only one so far we’ve seen with solar panels, and with a 3.5 inch lift, it may also be the tallest. To further whet your off-road appetite, have a look at the Ford Performance Parts Ranger, the RTR Rambler, the Advanced Accessories Concepts Ranger, and the Yakima Ranger. These aren’t quite the Ford Ranger Raptor us Americans are missing out on, but the trucks certainly show the way of unlocking the truck’s untapped potential with a bit of aftermarket kit.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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