Design & Conquer - Bike Stunts and a Stunner of a Ranger Raptor
Ford and Red Bull’s Matt Jones have teamed up to help create a new Red Bull Docuseries titled Design and Conquer. The series follows MTB Slopestyle star Matt Jones dream up three never before seen tricks and go about taking them from imagination to reality.
To help him land the previously impossible, Matt drew on the experience of a crack team of riders and course builders. He also took his Marin Alcatraz dirt jump bike and went full custom, creating a one-of-a-kind ride that not only looked the part but could take the punishment of a gruelling filming schedule.
Matt 27 from Milton Keynes didn’t do it alone and called upon riding royalty to help make the dream a reality. The first was Jono Jones. Matt and Jono are twins so you could be forgiven for mistaking them. Jono is an accomplished downhill world cup winner.
Following on Matt brought the expertise of Kye Forte. A former BMX Dirt World Champion and former Red Bull athlete turned master dirt builder and shaper, designing a completely custom slopestyle course for Matt.
Scottish BMX supremo Kriss Kyle was involved welcoming Matt and Jono to his home from home in Glasgow, Unit 23. Finally Gee Atherton was on hand to coach theyoung Matt Jones sharing wisdom on previous struggles.
While Matt certainly has the talent needed and the support crew, there was one more thing he needed. A vehicle capable of handling the stresses of the gruelling film schedule. It also needed to be rugged and practical to carry one-of-a-kind bikes and travel far off the road.
There was only one model for it and that’s where Ford UK got involved in providing Matt with a Ranger Raptor. The Raptor is no ordinary pick-up truck, the Raptor is a performance 4X4 bred from the iconic toughness of the Ford Ranger and infused with the performance DNA of a Focus RS.
While the Raptor looks the part, it has some muscle. It is fitted with a specially engineered 2.0 Bi Turbo EcoBlue Diesel engine coupled to a 10-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters and equipped with an impressive all-terrain management system.
The double cab pick-up was great for transporting the team. The four doors and extended leg room provided the best rest stop for in-between shoots and traveling across the UK
But that’s enough reading, why don’t you click the link to watch all the episodes and see Matt’s world’s first tricks. Meanwhile if this inspires you to get out on your mountain bike and looking for a suitable transportation vehicle why not explore the Ranger for yourself or if you need bigger, we also have the Transit Custom Active and Trail range too.