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Minotaur Jumps!

The Minotaur Ram 1500 Made for Off-Road Abuse

The Minotaur RAM 1500 truck is a new custom conversion offered by the performance division of Michigan-based Prefix Corp.

The truck, which likely will be limited to a production of just 200 units, includes a highly engineered suspension system. The suspension improves the overall vehicle stance for greater handling and stability at high speeds and take anything off-road trails can offer. 

To prove the truck’s off-road chops, Prefix elected for a massive live experiment to showcase the suspension’s performance during the 2015 Barrett-Jackson show in Scottsdale, Arizona.

“Last year, when we launched the Minotaur program, we brought in 100 tons of dirt and created an off-road jump course at the Barrett Jackson Scottsdale event,” said Jhan Dolphin, director of sales marketing for Prefix Corp. “We gave over 3,000 rides—jumping the truck with all four tires off the ground—over 1,700 times. Then each night, we took the truck out to dinner, went to the hotel, and drove the truck back to Detroit after the event was over.”

The aggressive stance of the Minotaur is dramatically enhanced by the very wide front and rear fenders. Going way beyond a simple lift-kit, Minotaur uses the race-proven KORE Tactical Series suspension with custom designed FOX 3-inch internal bypass racing shocks, providing the truck with 14-inches of suspension travel. See the truck's full specs by clicking the yellow download button below.

The 4-inches of lift gives the 35-inch all-terrain tires ample clearance and provides an approach angle of 41 degrees and departure angle of 30 degrees. The aluminum skid-plate with red tow hooks and low profile front fascia with integrated fog lights, and side body graphics complete the vehicle’s aggressive appearance.

“We like the idea of limited production,” Dolphin said. “Buyers enjoy knowing that they may be the only one in their town driving something special and custom, like a Minotaur.”

Among numerous media and trade show appearances in the last year, Prefix Corp. also entered a V-10 powered race-version of the Minotaur into the Baja 1000. 

Although the Minotaur conversion was engineered from the same Baja racing heritage found in championship desert race trucks, it is those same characteristics that make it ideal as a daily driver, according to Prefix Corp. The company provides several optional features to allow buyers additional personalization, including performance upgrades like a supercharger and/or 6.4L engine swap. The Prefix paint facility even offers an option of painting Minotaurs any color custom color you can imagine.

Prefix Corporation operates multiple midwestern facilities, and since 1979 has become a single-source American manufacturing, prototype, and concept vehicle solution, with wide ranging capabilities that support aviation, automotive, motion picture, and other industries. The Prefix Performance division specializes in low-volume production niche vehicles like the Minotaur, as well as engine development and performance modifications.

Minotaur Works Hard at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale