CARBON-FIBRE isn’t commonly used in 4x4s, partly due to its price and that it doesn’t take dents very well – not ideal when it comes to trail-bashing.
However, if tackling empty desert tracks is high on the agenda, the exotic material becomes a suitable fit for a 4x4 rig like the APG Prorunner Series 1 conversion for the US-market Ford Ranger.
The product of California-based Automotive Performance Group, the Prorunner Series 1 conversion comprises of widebody panels made from hand-laid and vacuum-infused carbon-fibre that widens the Ranger’s body by 254mm, coupled with adjustable long travel suspension and an all-aluminium front bar.
To complement the wider body, the conversion includes a thoroughly revised suspension, with wider upper and lower control arms, a tie-rod extension kit with FK rod ends, extended front axle shafts, spacers and hub-centric wheel rings for the front, and CNC-machined rear-wheel adapter and spacers.
With the raised ride height, APG says the Prorunner Series 1 conversion allows up to 318mm of wheel travel and an ability to run large 35-inch tyres, lending it the appearance of a proper Baja-basher.
Up front the powder-coated aluminium front bar is designed to accommodate a winch and tow hooks, with cut-outs included for the front parking sensors and the OEM fog lights.
How are you finding our new site design? Tell us in the comments below or send us your thoughts at email@example.com.
The quintessential magazine for Australia’s four-wheel drive and offroad enthusiasts.
Suzuki launches stripped-out Jimny Lite for Australia
Basic version of the popular mini-4x4 released to take advantage of demand
Land Cruiser 80 Series sells for US$136,000
Possibly the highest priced and lowest mileage 80 Series in existence
Nissan and Premcar reveal the new PRO-4X Warrior
Covers drop on the Premcar-engineered, Raptor-hunting PRO-4X Warrior