was interested in creating
a concept vehicle that would stand out. We wanted an eye-catching pickup to show
off an assortment of the aftermarket accessories we manufacture along with
emergency lighting to attract law enforcement agencies all in one vehicle. After
looking at all the different vehicles available in 2013/2014, the Raptor stood
out from the competition. What we got was a truck that was a real show stopper.
We dubbed it “The Enforcement Series.”
The Raptor is a Ford F-150, a limited
edition modified by their Special Vehicle Team (SVT). It is available as a
standard bed, and as a four-door SuperCrew and SuperCab. The Raptor SVT has a
411 hp, 6.2L V8 with a 4.10 ratio TORSEN® front differential and a 4.10 ratio,
electronic-locking rear axle. For serious truck use, the Raptor SVT has 11 inches
of front suspension travel and 12 inches of rear suspension travel. The Raptor
SVT hits 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds.
Several companies helped us put this
project truck together. SoundOff Signal provided all of the red/blue emergency
lights. The interior windshield LED light is their full-width Pinnacle EPL-8000WS
Interior Lightbar. For the grille, they sent the 8-module UltraLITE. The rear
window and rear bumper (surface mount) got the SoundOff nFORCE Dual Color and
Tri Color LEDs. For under the driver and passenger doors, they provided their
nLINE Running Light. Finally, everything is managed by their nERGY 400-series
(100W) siren controller.
The low-profile, 50-inch White LED
lightbar from KC HiLites was a perfect fit for
the off-road look we wanted to help complete the Baja Rak. We went with Borla
for the exhaust. We opted for the Cat-Back system for an aggressive but not
overwhelming sound. After all, we travel a lot between shows visiting our dealers
and other businesses promoting the “Go” brand. The Borla system uses a 3-inch
tube diameter with 4-inch exhaust tips.
SuperWinch sent us their top model, the
Talon 12.5i with synthetic rope. They make a variety of off-road winches—this
one is rated at 12,500 pounds. From Factor 55, we chose the Pro-Link Shackle
Mount. It replaces the traditional steel hook that normally hangs from the
winch. The Pro-Link is a lightweight unit constructed from 6061-alloy aluminum.
For the bedliner, we went with the Bed
Rug. We have used this product in several other show trucks and like how it
enhances the bed while still protecting it from the parts that we transport. From
Access Cover, we picked the low-profile Lorado model. Again, we have used this
roll-up on several show trucks. It looks good and is versatile in both covering
the items we are hauling and securing them as well.
The Baja Rack was our first and only
choice for this truck. It gives the Raptor SVT a great off-road appearance
while not sacrificing any bed space. In addition, the Baja Rack will hold any
lightbar up to 50 inches and it comes in our UA (Ultimate Armor) coating.
The new style front bumper and the Baja
Rack were new products specifically developed for the Raptor at our facility in
Richardson, Texas. We did have some challenges to overcome with this build. The
Raptor has a skid plate that comes standard on the truck. However, we wanted a
custom bumper manufactured so our customers could tie into the skid plate with
our bumper without removing or modifying it.
After a few prototypes, we finally had a
part that would hold a winch, offer high ground clearance, tie into the factory
skid plate, and look good. With the special UA (Ultimate Armor) coating used on
this part, we are able to give it a three-year warranty on finish and
workmanship even against rock chips. Go Industries is the only company in the
country to offer this type of warranty on the finish.
The second challenge was incorporating
the lights in the cab, grille and back bumper of the truck. Even though we had the
overall idea of the way these needed to be installed, we relied on Joe Tyra
from Priority Public Safety to tie everything in together. The idea was to make
the emergency lights invisible. We did not want them to be seen from the
outside and also transparent when you looked inside the cab as well.
Tyra made this concept a high priority
in his shop. He dedicated several full days of wiring and hiding everything making
it look and feel as if it was never changed. He was able to tie the OEM switches
into the mix, which operates the lights as well, giving it that custom feel and
look. All the equipment was mounted under the rear folding seat, which kept
everything out of site.
As a marketing tool, the Raptor SVT
“Enforcement Series” has paid off tremendously. We have a show truck people are
drawn to, which allows us to talk about all the other items we manufacture. It
has also opened the doors to new possibilities and new partnerships for Go
Scott Covelli is the Director of Sales
and Marketing at Go Industries. He may be reached at email@example.com.