If you’ve never played the video game Halo 4, this truck might not look familiar to you. But if you’ve played, you know it well: the Warthog! Inspired by the virtual truck in the game, this real Ford SVT Raptor became the coveted grand prize in the Ford SYNC – The Power of Voice Xbox Live promotion. And now Dustin Smith from Ohio has this one-of-a-kind truck in his garage!
“I’m still freaking out,” 23-year-old Dustin told Ford Social. “I couldn’t believe it. Just having a Ford Raptor is insane by itself, but add the Halo?!” Dustin had been playing Xbox Live with his girlfriend, who entered the contest before he did. It wasn’t until a couple months later that he decided to enter too, then promptly forgot about it until he got the call that he’d won. And don’t worry, “she’s not jealous, because she gets to drive it, too.”
Dustin said that everyone around town knows him as this “quiet, little kid, and the truck’s the exact opposite of me!’” When he drives it, he gets almost as much attention as it does. “I have Halo enthusiasts stopping and talking to me, and I have auto enthusiasts saying, ‘Oh, it’s a big Raptor.’ I’ll have people follow me home and take pictures of it. I’ve even had to autograph somebody’s picture, and I’m like, ‘I’m not a celebrity!’”
What surprised him most about the SVT Raptor was the comfort and ride quality, not to mention “the amazing sound you get from the 6.2-liter engine. I’ve also never owned anything with so many options,” such as the rearview camera and SYNC®. “The first thing my girlfriend did was sync her phone to it. It’s really cool.”
For Dustin, possibly the best part about winning – aside from the truck itself – was actually winning. “Knowing that sweepstakes are real and that it could happen to anybody is so cool!”
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