So, can one improve the impressive quad-motor R1T? The answer, apparently, is yes. At least, that's what So Flo Jeeps thinks. The Florida-based company is known for turning some off-roaders into outlandish exploration vehicles and Rivian's all-electric pickup truck has been chosen for a comprehensive upgrade.
However, it's worth noting that the Rivian R1T has a Soft Sand mode. It was introduced last year to help drivers deal with dunes. It should help the person sitting behind the wheel regain momentum and unstick the vehicle by moving large amounts of sand at each wheel in a controlled fashion.
The accelerator pedal mapping was tuned to allow a gradual buildup of throttle at low speeds and a more aggressive delivery at higher speeds. Plus, regen braking is softer when the mode is active.
Flo Jeeps, however, took a Limestone unit and started experimenting with various add-ons like the lift kit. But they wanted a unique color for the vehicle called Kevlar Army Green, even though the Irvine-based automaker created two shades of green for the R1T – Launch and Forest.
The company ended up with a Midnight (black) EV in their shop. It intends to wrap it in a striking green. For now, all we have is a render of the final product. You can take an in-depth look at it in the photo gallery.
According to the upgrade description published on eBay, the R1T "Baja 4x4" comes with 38-inch tires on 22-inch Bronze SFJ rims. These wheels should provide a lot more ground clearance, allowing the vehicle to navigate over more than just sand. But we've recently seen the SUV version of the R1T with a shorter wheelbase succesfully tackle the rough terrain, the rocks, and the obstacles of Rubicon trail without getting stuck or damaged.
The hood is also upgraded with a Venom scoop, and the color-matched Grumper grille features a neatly designed winch.
To protect the owner of this truck from any adventuring mishaps, the shop added an aluminum roll cage covered in Kevlar for extra strength. A steel rear bumper and darkened out taillights are also part of the pack.
So Flo Jeeps also claims to have weatherproofed the interior with a Cowboy Saddle upgrade. The company describes its modified R1T as a "unique beast that visually looks unlike anything else on the road today." We can't disagree. It certainly does look special. But we're more interested in the range penalty that comes with all these additions and modifications.
There's also a 15 hp bump in power output. However, it's unclear where those extra "green" ponies come from.
But maybe its strongest selling point is that only 300 will be made for an individual price of $149,999. Will you be one of the customers?