Factory Five’s latest kit? A DIY off-road race truck

Colin
By Colin Wood
Jun 23, 2023 | Factory Five, Ford, F-150, Raptor, Factory Five XT-1, XT-1, F-150 Raptor, Ford F-150

Photography Courtesy Factory Five

Need something even more capable off-road than the F-150 Raptor? Factory Five now has a solution for your woes: The XT-1 Pre-Runner Truck kit.

Billed as more than just “a modified F-150 with fender flares and a lift kit,” the XT-1 takes a 2015-2020 F-150 and replaces the ladder frame with a tubular steel frame. It then adds in Fox shocks, tubular control arms, four-link rear suspension and a truck bed, tailgate and bumpers made of aluminum.

In total, Factory Five says the performance of its XT-1 “exceeds even the most extreme Raptor-R, and is both streetable and off-road capable.”

[2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R new car review]

How much will all this set you back? The XT-1 Pre-Runner Truck kit starts at $24,990, and interested customers can order and configure a kit now at factoryfive.com/xt1.

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Comments
Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
6/22/23 4:54 p.m.

Kudos to FF for thinking outside the kit car box!

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/22/23 5:04 p.m.

Now, if they'd made this for Toyota trucks with rusty frames...

dj06482 (Forum Supporter)
dj06482 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
6/22/23 7:07 p.m.

I like it.  I've been a big fan of FF for over 20 years now and have been to the factory a few times for their open houses.  Great company, great community.  An FF Roadster (Cobra) is on my bucket list.

hunter47
hunter47 Reader
6/22/23 8:26 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

Now, if they'd made this for Toyota trucks with rusty frames...

Agreed. Part of the fun of a kit car is buying a mechanically sound drivetrain from a junk car and putting it in a new body. 

I don't know of any Raptors that meet both requirements. 

kb58
kb58 UltraDork
6/23/23 12:51 a.m.

"...the performance of its XT-1 “exceeds even the most extreme Raptor-R, and is both streetable and off-road capable.”

With a dead-stock F150 drivetrain? Doubtful. Kit car companies always do this, picking and choosing which "facts" to state while ignoring other necessary changes. Far less exciting would be buying a used Raptor and just be happy, but what do I know!

ddavidv
ddavidv UltimaDork
6/23/23 7:05 a.m.

Raptors aren't exactly cheap donor vehicles. I don't see this being much of a success.

wae
wae PowerDork
6/23/23 7:13 a.m.

I like the concept of turning a regular truck into a Raptor-esque truck but it still just sort of looks like a debadged f150 to me.

I would think that for cheap donor purposes, they would have looked to 04-08 F150s with the guaranteed-to-rust frames.  Or the Tundra or Sequoia with similar rust problems.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
6/23/23 7:32 a.m.

They're using a regular F-150 as the donor, not the Raptor.

Schmidlap
Schmidlap Dork
6/23/23 7:40 a.m.

The donor vehicle can be a regular 2015 to 2020 F150, not necessarily the Raptor. 

Toyman!
Toyman! GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/23/23 7:41 a.m.

That's a pretty neat truck. And actually pretty tempting.

I guess FF has a history of using Ford but I don't think I would have designed it for a Ford donor. I would have used Chevy to get all the iterations of the LS powerplant from 4.8L to 7L and their leggo-building capabilities. 

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