Aussie Ford Ranger Widebody Drift Truck Packs LSA Power

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Ford Ranger with 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.

LSA Ranger Rear

GM Power

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.

Ranger LSA Engine

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.

Custom Stance

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.

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A lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years, Patrick Rall is highly experienced in the automotive world. He has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now auto journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

“Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500,” says Rall. “He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car: a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16. Meanwhile, I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

“Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group,” adds Rall. “While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

“Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life. I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

“My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

“Being based on Detroit, I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.”

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