It seems more and more companies are teaming up to offer their own version of a high-performance, off-road F-150 supertruck. It’s not surprising since the F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in America. From Hennessey to Roush, there’s plenty of competition for these expensive, but niche custom F-150 pickups.
Now there’s a new player in the arena.
Known for designing custom handmade H1 trucks for enthusiasts looking to overcome even the toughest obstacles, Mil-Spec Automotive is proud to introduce their brand-new F-150 series of high-performance trucks. Founded by a trio of young twenty something auto designers from Michigan, the new F-150 from Mil-Spec Automotive feature a brawny 500-horsepower 5.0L V8 performance package specially engineered to tackle anything.
“At Mil-Spec Automotive, our company designs always center around a deep passion for upgrading some of the world’s most celebrated trucks,” comments Mil-Spec Automotive Co-Founder Adam Mitchell. “Our new Mil-Spec Automotive F-150 is very much an extension of our popular bespoke H1 series. As truck enthusiasts, we are always on the hunt for platforms that we can dramatically improve from a performance perspective while also offering Mil-Spec Automotive’s unique aesthetic. The new Mil-Spec Automotive F-150 is very much a go anywhere, do anything supertruck.”
Mil-Spec Automotive F-150 Specs
After you provide your 2020 F-150 to customize, Mil-Spec will add a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine that will generate 500 horses. Each engine is also powerfully customized with an elite performance tune specifically designed for 91 octane. In an effort to further improve the driving experience, Mil-Spec implemented a high-performance electric power-assisted steering wheel with custom magnesium paddle shifters and centerline stitching.
There is an optional Baja Performance Suspension package that incorporates Fox Racing components. With this package, the modified F-150 has 11-inches of wheel travel and up to 13.5-inches of increased track width over a standard stock F-150. That means it’s seven inches wider than a Raptor and stands as tall as an F-250.
The new Fox 3.0 F-150 Long Travel Performance Shock Package is another Mil-Spec Automotive addition, which includes an optional fully adjustable coilover and shock kit with 3’’ diameter bypass shocks, remote reservoirs, 10AN hoses and Eibach springs for both the front and rear suspension. All hardware included in this package is powder coated black with anodized aluminum accents to complete the sleek exterior. Mil-Spec Automotive offers the Baja Suspension Package for $6,000.
Exterior Features of Mil-Spec F-150
The aforementioned Baja Exterior Appearance includes a low-profile Baja Roof Rack, a spare tire carrier made for equipping an oversized off-road wheel, and a large 39’’ LED light bar system for perfect visibility on dark trails. Altogether, the Baja Exterior Appearance Package is available at $8,600.
Mil-Spec, which is well known for customizing H1 vehicles with a very specific look bring that same tactical-inspired aesthetic throughout each F-150.
I wrote about how Roush recently teamed with California-based clothing company 5.11 Tactical to create a special edition F-150. So tactical seems to be a trendy word in custom pickup trucks.
The rugged front and rear bumper systems in the new supertruck are engineered from fully-welded heavy-duty steel that offers extra strength with a sleek satin black powder coat finish and LED lighting compatibility.
Each new Mil-Spec Automotive F-150 is available in four exterior colors: Agate Black, Magnetic Grey, Lead Foot Grey, and Oxford White. Mil-Spec Automotive badging is impressively featured throughout the exterior and interior of the vehicle, with each logo available in either a machine, semi-gloss black, or powder coat black finish.
How Much Does the Mil-Spec Automtive F-150 Cost?
This customized truck is priced at $85,000 including the donated 2020 F-150. According to Mil-Spec: While trucks of this caliber often are available at a price point in excess of $150,000, the Mil-Spec Automotive team knew there was a more financially responsible way to produce these machines.
“MSA saw an opportunity to bring a product offering to the market at a price point that hasn't been seen before,” comments Mitchell. “Our goal was to include an extreme exterior aesthetic backed up by drastic performance improvements that could be applied to one of the most iconic North American vehicle platforms, the F-150. Many of the American aftermarket legacy brands have attempted to improve this platform in a turn-key package, but our in-depth market research revealed that more could be done while still achieving a price point that is well below what most of these companies are targeting.”
It seems all of these supertruck builders are always trying to one-up each other. Competition is good for the consumer. For me, as I wrote recently, nothing can top the 2017 Ford Raptor as an amazing truck. And certainly it’s priced a lot less than many of these niche supertruck builds.
For more information on Mil-Spec Automotive’s newest vehicle offerings, please visit www.milspecauto.com.
Do you have a preferred custom truck? Which would you prefer, if money were no object? Leave me a comment below.
Jimmy Dinsmore has been an automotive journalist for more than a decade and been a writer since the high school. His Driver’s Side column features new car reviews and runs in several newspapers throughout the country. He is also co-author of the book “Mustang by Design” and “Ford Trucks: A Unique Look at the Technical History of America’s Most Popular Truck”. Also, Jimmy works in the social media marketing world for a Canadian automotive training aid manufacturing company. Follow Jimmy on Facebook, Twitter, at his special Ford F-150 coverage on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can read the most of Jimmy's stories by searching Torque News Ford for daily Ford vehicle report.