The lowdown on Bubba Watson's bulletproof truck
Courtesy of Oakley
Bubba Watson introduced us to his very un-goofy bulletproof truck late last month. He collaborated with Oakley – yes, the sunglass and apparel company – to add to his growing collection of vehicles.
But aside from the video shot from a phone, we didn't get many details on the truck. Now we have some insight from Oakley. It's a 2013 Ford Raptor Super Crew Cab that was customized by Mike Smith Fabrication in Huntington Beach, Calif., taking nearly six months to complete.
"One of the things that really impressed Bubba was our Sports Marketing trucks at Oakley Headquarters; in particular a surf-specific truck with all the cool gadgets we had installed after market," said Al Janc, Oakley Sports Marketing Manager of Golf, on Oakley's website. "As a result, we decided to build Bubba this bulletproof vehicle that he could enjoy, while helping to represent the brand and at the same time protect he and his family. It was great fun taking what he wanted in a truck and adding things we thought were cool to come up with this finished product together."
The entire exterior is bulletproof (including the windows) and wrapped in a black digital camo print. On the front is a reworked "6160 billet aluminum" Oakley grille, with an Oakley logo built onto the hood and made of the same material as the grille.
The interior is accented with one of Watson's favorite colors, lime green, in the leather stitching on the seats, in the Oakley logo on the head rests, on the doors and on the console.
And then there's the horn. By touching a remote button, Watson gets one of four distinct horn sounds, including the legendary General Lee jingle.
"I have to say that my team at Oakley has really out-done themselves… again," Watson said, adding, "We went with the Ford Raptor because it’s a great truck, it's functional and I already knew I liked it because this will be the third one I've owned. Seeing the finished product is even more impressive than I imagined.
"My favorite thing would have to be that it's bulletproof. How many people can say they have a bulletproof truck? I can! Plus, it has a matte black and gray 'digital camo' paint job, big off-road tires and lime green accents on the interior. It's awesome!"
Jon Ackerman, Back 9 Network