Earlier this year, Ford and video game maker Psyonix announced that the two were pairing up to create the Ford F-150 Rocket League Edition, a virtual version of the pickup for the popular multiplayer video game, Rocket League. A couple of weeks later, gamers were able to secure their own virtual F-150 from Rocket League’s shop, which comes equipped with rocket launchers and a host of other goodies. Now, a real-life Ford F-150 Rocket League concept – the first-ever real-life version of any Rocket League vehicle – is making its debut at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show, which opens to the public tomorrow, July 15th.
The real-world version of the video game pickup was designed to look just like the virtual version, and thus, features some whimsical options like taillamp rocket vents, a truck bed-mounted rocket booster, large fender flares, 37-inch tires, and a stance that’s wider than every production F-150 – including the 2021 F-150 Raptor.
Despite that, the Rocket League F-150 retains all of the production version’s most notable styling cues, such as its C-shaped headlights, drop-down window/door design, “F-150” script stamped in the tailgate, and rounded wheel arches. But perhaps most interestingly, this isn’t the first time Ford has brought a video game concept to life. Team Fordzilla – the automaker’s e-sports team – and the gaming community recently teamed up to create the P1 virtual race car, which was then converted into a real-life concept as well.
The Ford F-150 Rocket League Edition can be seen at Ford’s display in the west hall of McCormick Place, where it will be joined by the 2022 Ford Maverick, Ford Bronco, Ford Bronco Sport, and a pair of special displays – the Built Wild Bronco mountain experience, where visitors can climb a 38-degree “mountain” in a Bronco, and the 11,000 square-foot “Built to Electrify” outdoor experience with the Ford F-150 Lightning, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and E-Transit.
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