Many young people aren’t sure what they’d like to do with their lives, but Ryan Winner knows it’s to make sure that he’s there when the lives of others are in danger. “I feel it's a good Samaritan’s duty to help someone in need,” says Winner. “I always help anyone I see in need while driving locally or on my way to a race, but now with my truck done the plan is to volunteer with Best In The Desert racing series and help by using it for recovery or rescue.”
Winner is a 21-year-old engineer for an off-road company, and he’s using his knowledge to turn his 2012 Ford Raptor into a vehicle that can not only pull race competitors back on their wheels, but also wheel race spectators back to help in their time of need.
To be able to do both of these jobs well, he first added Fabtech-based suspension upgrades to his Raptor. First, the truck got 3.0 Dirt Logic coilover shocks up front while the rear was upgraded with Deaver Springs as well as 3.0 Dirt Logic shocks with remote reservoirs.
Being able to help someone else means you won’t need help yourself, so Winner chose the reliable and tough combination of 17-inch Method NV wheels and 35-inch 35/12.5/17 BFG KO2 tires. Speaking of which, there are two fullsize spares in the bed area, along with a set of Maxtrax recovery boards, a 3-ton jack, spare 2-gallon fuel jugs, and an on-board air station. An Addictive Desert Designs F-Series Chase Rack keeps them all secured and has a few fire extinguishers hanging from it as well.
The 6.2L Ford has been enhanced with an AFE Cold Air intake that, of course, is equipped with an AFE air cleaner. The exhaust system now features an OC Muffler Man race muffler. Winner felt that the power the 6.2 produced was sufficient on its own, and only changed what he felt could use a little upgrading.
There will be no missing this truck when on the job though, as the truck is outfitted with more than 50 SpeedTech emergency lights as well as a 100-Watt Federal Signal Touchmaster Delta siren. Not all of those lights are emergency flashers though, as a Rigid LED lightbar is found above the windshield, two more mounted to the Addicted Desert Designs front bumper and another mounted behind the grille. An ADD unit can also be found protecting the back end, and it features two diffused Rigid LED quads and a few strobes too.
All the many emergency strobes are amber/white and located around the truck. And if they can’t see Winner, he can see them. Finding stranded racers at night is no problem, as the truck’s been outfitted with 360-degree, day and night cameras that show on a dash-mounted monitor.
Inside, the Raptor looks like it’s growing electronica as there are three onboard GPS units for plotting the progress of team cars as well as a satellite uplink and with it, the truck can be used as a mobile weather station for storm tracking. Emergency handheld radios ranging from 50 MHz to 1,700 MHz and a Rugged Race radio is a must. There’s even a CB unit tucked in there too. The truck has a frequency scanner for local law enforcement agencies as well as a radar detector.
Ryan Winner is a guy who wants to put his two passions—off-roading and helping out—together and this Ford Raptor is the perfect vehicle for the job. We salute Ryan and others who are looking out for all of us.