The Jeep® Forward Control was built from 1956 to 1965 and offered a clever packaging solution. The Forward Control or “FC” kept the overall length at a minimum for maneuverability but maintained a full-length cargo box for utility. The iconic off-road brand launched a modern take of the former FC back in 2012 at the 46th Annual Easter Jeep Safari, with the Jeep Mighty FC Concept.
To create the Jeep Mighty FC Concept, the Jeep design team started with a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (JK) and repositioned the cabin over and ahead of the front axle, lengthened the wheelbase, and added a custom built drop-side cargo box. The cab utilizes a roof from the Mopar JK-8 conversion kit, as well as a custom-designed front clip.
The off-road function is dramatically improved with the addition of Mopar’s Portal Axle set. These offset axles offered the greatest amount of ground clearance without requiring excessive suspension lift. Both the Front Portal Axle (8-lug, part number P5155670) and the Rear Portal Axle (8-lug, part number P5155671) have been discontinued.
The axles are controlled with King coil-over assemblies along with beefy Teraflex control arms and track bars. Traction is handled by massive 39×13.50R17 BFGoodrich Krawlers on custom 17-inch Hutchinson Rock Monster beadlocks wheels. Other Jeep Mighty FC highlights included King coil-over reservoir shocks, Hanson bumpers, a Warn 16.5 winch, Tom Wood’s custom driveshafts, and a Corsa stainless steel exhaust system.
Believe it or not, the Mighty FC Concept is quite balanced over the terrain despite that it may look like it’s not.
The Wrangler-based interior has been enhanced with bold, heavy-duty Katzkin leather and a unique color scheme. The cargo area is handled by a full-width, drop-side tray-style bed that measures more than eight feet in length. The leather seats were integrated with a plaid material from a Burton snowboard bag, in which the zippers have been incorporated into the sides of the seat. The interior plastics are a mix between red and black, giving the Mighty FC a quite inviting interior despite its utilitarian exterior.
Powering the Mighty FC Concept is, of course, the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. It is mated to the stock 5-speed automatic transmission and NVG-241OR Rubicon Rock Trac transfer case with 4:1 low range, both remain untouched in their stock form.
The Mighty FC Concept continues to be one of the most talked-about modern-day concepts from the Jeep brand. Because of crash testing regulations, we highly doubt we would ever see something cool like the Mighty FC come to market, it shows us that the FCA Product Design Office isn’t afraid to push the boundaries when it comes to design.
2012 Jeep® Mighty FC Concept Image Gallery: