Ford F-150 Rocket League Edition: Virtual World Pickup Truck for Real

Ford F-150 Rocket League Edition: Virtual World Pickup Truck for Real
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Mixing reality with fantasy has always been a practice present in the world of cinematographic productions and electronic games. But this time, Ford decided to be inspired by the virtual universe to build, feel, and even drive a real model. It’s the Ford F-150 Rocket League Edition, a crude-style pickup truck that jumped from the game screen into the real world.

(Photo: Ford/Publishing)
(Photo: Ford / Divulgao)

The model was presented in the United States at the Chicago Auto Show, the first exhibition in the region opened to the public a year and a half later. And to include the “character” of the Rocket League game, the pickup truck chosen was the F-150 Warrior, the best-selling in the world that has starred in other video games.

(Photo: Ford/Publishing)
(Photo: Ford / DiValgao)

The game is a combination of arcade style football and car wreck. In it, vehicles take off and, in the air, collide with a giant soccer ball. With this inspiration, the Ford F-150 design team developed the project in partnership with designers from manufacturer Psyonix so that the in-game pickup would preserve some of its core features. The C-shaped headlamps, wider frame on the wheel box and the F-150 emblem at the rear were kept.

(Photo: Ford/Publishing)
(Photo: Ford / Divulgao)

Bringing the F-150 Rocket League version from virtual world to reality was done by Cinema Vehicles, which produces cars for TV and movies. They used body graphics, 37-inch tires, side vents, a wider gauge than the F-150 Raptor, and orange-lit rocket turbines in the bucket. The body is short and wide, and customizations include a stylish front grille, which features the massive Ford name and details in a variety of colors.

(Photo: Ford/Publishing)
(Photo: Ford / Divulgao)

“The real F-150 has all four wheels on the ground. In the game, the vehicles fly through the air and are basically hit by a giant soccer ball. So it needed to look like that,” says Adam Ricobelli, a Ford designer. She can do it. An exercise in imagination that went beyond the boundaries of the screen.

(Photo: Ford/Publishing)
(Photo: Ford / Divulgao)
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