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Ski vehicle anyone?

post #1 of 24
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If you have a big family, or have your own ski team and $200k lying around you might want one of these:

 

 

 

 

 

While the automakers may be disappointing us with vanilla reveals, we have to hand it to the crew at the Alton Truck Company for taking the kind of effort a certain segment of the automotive aftermarket world puts into Civics and applying it to this Ford F-650-based SUV. Weighing in at a paltry 25,999 pounds, this extremest of SUV's features a Caterpillar 7.2L C7 ACERT engine with 230 horsepower and 660 lb.-ft. of torque. For the low low price of $200,000 you get hardwood floors, custom captain's chairs, four wireless computer stations, a 42" plasma TV and a rear view camera so you don't accidentally run over a Yukon XL. It's nicer and larger than our apartment, though slightly tackier. It's the perfect weekend cruiser for an affluent 8th-grader with a driver's license and a few extra bucks lying around.
 

Source: 

http://jalopnik.com/353810/chicago-auto-show-alton-truck-company-f650-is-an-adventure-in-ridiculous

 

 

 

post #2 of 24

Hilarious!!

 

That thing couldn't even make it up the ski field roads here! And it is definitely too long to make it around some or the corners.

post #3 of 24

Before I saw the picture, and after I read the first line, an F650 was already in my head. Its one badass truck!

post #4 of 24

Is that a hotplate on the back of the roof or some sort of communications hub. It looks like AROD on roids....ooops.

post #5 of 24

It's rediculous that they would give it that much ground clearance...  And then a boody kit to fill it in.  Nice work toolbags. 

post #6 of 24

Pretty clean design. Those are some big ass running boards...hmmm..install some ski racks internally in them..hmmm 

post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Pretty clean design. Those are some big ass running boards...hmmm..install some ski racks internally in them..hmmm 


 

Maybe they are the gas tanks!

post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Pretty clean design. Those are some big ass running boards...hmmm..install some ski racks internally in them..hmmm 

 

Probably need to fill them with fuel if you want to get anywhere. Fueling that thing up would be like pulling the Cabo up to the dock in Montauk.

post #9 of 24

The running boards could be pull out storage for skis. Of course they'd be electric or hydraulic.

26k pounds? You couldn't go over a lot of the small bridges -legally.

Definitely needs a side wing plow and for the front - how about a huge snowblower?  That way you could make your way up uncleared roads.

 

Richie, that rig could spawn an entire tv show of its own.

"The Barking Bears Go Skiing"?

post #10 of 24
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You couldn't go over a lot of the small bridges -legally.

Put this on the front - 

post #11 of 24

Not a bad idea, epic...tanks of the WWII era usually had wading kits so they could avoid bridges, or even for amphibious assault.

Understandably, these kits were wildly unpopular with crews, due to a slightly negative side effect called DROWNING when things went wrong.

But, maybe they should be resurrected for this new mechanical monster.

post #12 of 24

I would rather have an International CXT for half the money and use the other $100k for lift tickets LOL

 

 

 

I think they stopped making them last year though. Can't imagine why.

post #13 of 24

I would rather have an International CXT for half the money and use the other $100k for lift tickets LOL

 

 

 

I think they stopped making them last year though. Can't imagine why.

post #14 of 24

I live in a very horsey area.  Just down the trail from me is a very high end stable that hosts the largest three day eventing  competition in the mid west.  The international CXT and the Mercedes Benz truck are the preferred tow for your string of ponies. 

 

Every day I ride by I thank god that I don't have girls into three day eventing. That sport makes skiing look cheap.  

post #15 of 24

Eventing eh? Isn't that the sport where like 2 dozen people get killed per year?

 

 

I think they stopped making them last year though. Can't imagine why. -MattL


Well maybe we could get one cheap?  We could run it on veggie oil from the ski lodge!

 

 

post #16 of 24
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Eventing eh? Isn't that the sport where like 2 dozen people get killed per year?

 

 

I think they stopped making them last year though. Can't imagine why. -MattL


Well maybe we could get one cheap?  We could run it on veggie oil from the ski lodge!

 

 

Who needs a lodge, that thing is nearly as big.
 

post #17 of 24

Did you notice in the info on the truck that it isn't even 4 WD?  What's up with that?  $200K for a two wheel drive "XUV", no thanks!

 

 

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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post

If you have a big family, or have your own ski team and $200k lying around you might want one of these:

 

 

 

 

 

While the automakers may be disappointing us with vanilla reveals, we have to hand it to the crew at the Alton Truck Company for taking the kind of effort a certain segment of the automotive aftermarket world puts into Civics and applying it to this Ford F-650-based SUV. Weighing in at a paltry 25,999 pounds, this extremest of SUV's features a Caterpillar 7.2L C7 ACERT engine with 230 horsepower and 660 lb.-ft. of torque. For the low low price of $200,000 you get hardwood floors, custom captain's chairs, four wireless computer stations, a 42" plasma TV and a rear view camera so you don't accidentally run over a Yukon XL. It's nicer and larger than our apartment, though slightly tackier. It's the perfect weekend cruiser for an affluent 8th-grader with a driver's license and a few extra bucks lying around.
 

Source: 

http://jalopnik.com/353810/chicago-auto-show-alton-truck-company-f650-is-an-adventure-in-ridiculous

 

 

 


 

post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

Eventing eh? Isn't that the sport where like 2 dozen people get killed per year?

 

 

I think they stopped making them last year though. Can't imagine why. -MattL


Well maybe we could get one cheap?  We could run it on veggie oil from the ski lodge!

 

 

 

Yeah, I don't know if it's that many, but it's what Christopher Reeves was doing.  The jumps are huge and it's mostly young athletic girls with extremely rich parents.

post #19 of 24

Is there a spot for a 30mm Vulcan Cannon?

post #20 of 24
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Is there a spot for a 30mm Vulcan Cannon?


 

That's pretty beefy...the 25mm chain gun from the Bradley would probably work fine.

Actually, just stick the Bradley turret on top...wouldn't be much of a percentage change in the gross weight, and you'd get the TOW missiles for heavier targets (like that converted semi) as a bonus.

post #21 of 24
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Is there a spot for a 30mm Vulcan Cannon?


 

No problem:

 

post #22 of 24

Where's the pic????

post #23 of 24
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Click the video

post #24 of 24

$200 k?

 

I wanna see that thing go to the places I used to take my Jimmy. Heck, I wanna see it go where I once took an Impala.

 

For that much money, I could have a fleet of vehicles with the same cargo capacity that would be better both on snow and off road.

 

That International CXT thing is an example of how the law of unintended consequences could play out in a world of 35 mpg CAFE.

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