Jeep has a knack for creating some of the concept world's most lustworthy creations, and they are made all the more desirable by their functionality. This year, the star of the Easter Jeep Safari was the company's Mighty FC Concept. Penned as tribute to the old Willys Forward Controls of yore, the Mighty FC boasts high-dollar portal axles and a cab-forward design.

Motor Trend caught up with the big blue machine as it lumbered around the desert this year with Mark Allen, head of Jeep design, behind the wheel. Allen took the time to explain some of the challenges behind bringing the Mighty FC to life as well as the origins of some of the components on board.

As it turns out, Jeep used a snowboard bag for the seat inserts and arm rests. With a cab lifted straight from a standard Wrangler, engineers had to come up with some steering trickery to make sure the vehicle drove like a standard SUV instead of a school bus.

MT even found an old-school Forward Control to bomb around in for a spell as well. Very cool. Hit the jump to see the video for yourself.

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      Jon Wilson
      • 3 Years Ago
      This + diesel = perfection.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeep is one of the last true American automotive icons. If I could justify a cab forward, I'd buy one tomorrow. Truly glad to see the world still respects the idea.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know he said its pretty balanced, but I still feel like it would flip forward if you were going down hill and needed to stop quickly.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Where's the fun in coming to a controlled stop? You want to make an entrance with a car like this!
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's got portal axles. omg. Visibility is great, you can put cargo or people in the back. Make it so.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like this soviet era truck
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the FC concept, it's like an American version of Russian style trucks. There is a lot of practicality in this vehicle for off-road responsibilities. Maybe I'm not seeing this from the corporation level, but I don't see why Jeep would not want to built the production version of this and exported all over the world.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dennis Baskov
        As awesome as I think this truck is, and how much I love it, the production realities bring to mind one thing... crash tests... now, if the smart car can be built with a strong enough safety-cage to pass crash tests with flying colors, I imagine this could as well... but would FIATChrysler put that much investment into it?
          Dennis Baskov
          • 3 Years Ago
          I was thinking about the same. But one advantage that the concept does have, is that it's high of the ground and it's a truck. Meaning that you could possibly install a nice grill guard that can absorb most of the impact. If that's not enough, they could export it to the rest of the world and start from there.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tell me more about the red one parked next to it in the photo gallery.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The old one looks like a much more practical design.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just find a way to make it work and take my money! I don't show my wife very many car videos that come along, she saw this one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I didn't know that Ned Beatty worked at Jeep. Cool design and great for off road. Now we need a comparo against a UniMog.
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