Can You Believe This Amazing Ford Concept Car is 14 Years Old?
Concept cars tend to have a very, very short lifespan. Most look striking for a year, but after a decade on, the shapes begin to show their age worse than half-priced plastic surgery. This stunning specimen from the Ford Motor Company is not one of those however. This is the Ford EX concept. It debuted at the 2001 Detroit auto show and provided showgoers an extreme look at the off-road performance that Ford could serve up. It’s truly a brilliant eye-catcher, even at nearly a decade and a half old, and it’s quite unique amongst the concept car world. It’s completely functional. RELATED: See More Photos of the 2001 Ford EX Off-Road Concept
That certainly isn’t something you can say about all wild concept cars. The two-seat off-roader hangs composite body panels across a rugged chromoly space frame, and comes packing a roll cage, high-intensity rally lights, racing harnesses, long-travel independent suspension, and fold-down windshield. All the better to go pre-running, rock crawling, or dune-bashing with.
But perhaps the most eye-opening feature lies under the hood. The Ford EX concept draws power from a 4.0-liter V6, which was knicked from the Explorer and then supercharged to generate a punchy 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. It delivers that power to the dirt thanks to a five-speed manual and transfer case.
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With 52-degree approach angles, 90-degree departure angles, 50/50 weight distribution, and a light 2,600 pound curb weight – it’s a brute that can tackle the toughest Mother Nature can throw at it.
Expectedly, this extreme Ford off-roader never got a production run – to the chagrin of Blue Oval fans – and exists purely as a one-off concept. In fact, this very concept sold at last year’s Auctions America Auburn event for $96,250. That’s a relatively light sum for one of the coolest Ford concept cars of the 21st century, though it isn’t road-legal.
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