Aussie Ford Ranger Widebody Drift Truck Packs LSA Power
New Ranger has been fully built to roast tires while on the move, with 580 horsepower from the LSA V8.
We feature a great many LS-swapped vehicles, but few are as unusual as a new Ford Ranger with the LSA from a 5g Camaro ZL1. An Australian shop that specializes in high-riding four-wheel drive trucks teamed up with a local fabrication shop and the result is a mid-sized Ford pickup that has been lowered and stuffed with a 580-horsepower LSA V8, making it one of the coolest drift trucks we have seen.
According to The Drive, this LSA-powered Ranger was built by Gardner Mods and Kay’s Fabrication in Queensland, and it is the mid-sized Ford pickup that we all want.
Under the hood of this modified Ford Ranger is an LSA V8 from a 5g Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. This 6.2-liter engine sends 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque towards the rear wheels by means of a Tremec TR6060 manual transmission and a Ford 9-inch rear differential.
When you take into account how much of the truck’s body has been removed, this Ranger could weigh less than a stock truck and if nothing else, this Ford pickup has less weight over the rear wheels than it did when stock. Less weight over the rear wheels and a 580-horsepower, supercharged V8 is an equation for a wicked burnout machine, but the team wanted this to be a proper drift machine, so they didn’t stop at the engine swap.
This Ford Ranger has a custom frame that has notches cut for the solid rear axle to bolt up while still allowing for a lowered stance, with help from a custom four-link suspension setup. As you can see, this truck sits considerably lower than any stock Ranger and the aggressive stance is bolstered by the unique flares over each of the wheel-and-tire package.
Finally, a low-profile rear spoiler has been added over the gutted bed, showing off the fuel cell and the custom chassis work.
This new Ford Ranger definitely looks better with its custom stance, but this truck wouldn’t be anywhere near as cool without the supercharged LSA V8.