Prefix Performance is relaunching its Baja-ready Minotaur truck and has introduced new, lower pricing for 2017. Thanks to an aggressive purchasing program, the fully-assembled crew cab/short bed conversion is now only $59,995, which includes the price of the donor Ram 1500 Sport.
More than just a lift kit, the Minotaur has some serious desert racing DNA. Built on a stock Ram chassis, this beast sports 14 inches of travel from its KORE tactical suspension. Featuring herculean upper and lower arms with Fox 3-inch internal bypass shocks, the suspension has been precisely tuned for the weight of the truck. High-speed stability, tracking, and control are excellent. In the dirt, the Minotaur soaks up whoops and washboards at blinding speeds. On the road, the full-sized truck feels more like a muscular sports sedan from, say, Mercedes-AMG.
Wide-body fenders, made out of high-impact composite, are installed fore and aft, showcasing 35-inch all-terrain tires mounted on 17-inch aluminum wheels. Speedometer calibration and tire sensors are also changed to allow for the bigger meats.
The front of the truck has a custom front fascia to match the fenders, an aluminum front skid plate, red-painted tow hooks, blackout headlights, LED fog lamps and, of course, special Minotaur badging to avoid confusion.
Even though it’s a masterful coyote chaser, the Minotaur still has the amenities of a well-equipped new truck. Running desert races can be hot, loud, and uncomfortable work, so Prefix has kindly left the air conditioning, Bluetooth, and leather upholstery intact.
All this goodness is powered by Ram’s 5.7-liter Hemi V8, pumping out 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. This stock engine has a heavy-duty cooling system, a welcome feature for keeping the heat in check during long days of desert hoonery. Not enough? Opt for the 475-horsepower, 6.4-liter Hemi. Yes, it does add a vault of coin to the price, but prospective owners will then get to say “392 Hemi” when talking about the truck, and can a price tag really be put on that?
So, even with all the right offroad goodies and buzzwords installed, just what does all this performance do? In 2016, a Minotaur with a 980-horsepower Prefix engine and a stock, Ram 1500 chassis ran the Baja 1000 in the top-tier Unlimited class. Against 46 competitors, it finished 19th in a race where simply finishing is a respectable feat in itself. It crossed the line ten hours ahead of the winning, production-based Class 8 truck, the vehicle that should have been its nearest competitor.
Minotaurs are assembled in Michigan. Though previously available at Ram dealerships, the trucks are now only available through Prefix Performance. More information can be found on their website: http://www.prefix.com/Index/Minotaur