Over the last year or so we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the rendered works of Ash Thorp and Carlos “colorsponge” Pecino’s “Make Haste Corp” series as it’s allowed the pair of world-renowned concept artists to step out of their comfort zones and further refine their already unparalleled design skills. And after previously revealing his touring car-meets-Le Mans-style “BELLADONNA” Ford Mustang racer, Thorp has now debuted the next installment in the M.H.C. series with the RAPTOR-R.
Based on Ford’s latest F-150 Raptor and taking inspiration from the new Bronco DR, Thorp has treated the high-performance pickup to the pre-runner treatment, bestowing the donor with a full Baja-grade roll-cage, a massively-raised lift-kit, a set of off-road-specific wheels wrapped in beefy BFG desert racing tires, a heavily modified hood that’s secured via DZUS fasteners, and a tweaked front-end and grille with a deleted bumper, skid-plate, and an embedded eight LED light bar setup that’s supplemented via a full-length lightbar mounted just above the windshield.
Now exposed thanks to a deleted tailgate, the bed of the heavily-modified F-150 Raptor sports a custom roll cage extension, fuel tank, exposed suspension linkages, and what appears to be a nitrous tank, while the aft end of the cabin is capped off with a spoiler-esque carbon fiber aero piece. Just behind the driver and passenger windows are a set of intake scoops that funnel air into the engine at the heart of the build. Alongside the RAPTOR-R, Thorp’s friend and collaborator — and the other half of M.H.C. — colorsponge has simultaneously unveiled his take on a ruggedized Baja-style pre-runner with a BMW X5-based off-roader that he’s christened “THE META” — or M.H.C. 017.
In typical Thorp fashion, the artist’s latest work is steeped in realism and looks to be as functional as it is well-executed. Even more so than normal, however, the M.H.C. 018 manages to brilliantly merge aggressive automotive design traits with a sleek and thoroughly futuristic visual theme — though this is about on par with what you’d expect from the individual selected to pen the latest Batmobile.