New Ford Bronco R Race Prototype Debuts in the Desert

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The prototype also runs a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, and Ford hinted that this powerplant will be also used in the production model, although whether that's the 2.7-litre petrol V6 or the 3.5-litre version is unclear.

"Rugged endurance racing is such a big part of Bronco heritage".

The Bronco R Prototype's styling is derived from the proportions of the original Bronco.

Ford Bronco HeritageFord prepares for the next-gen Bronco with a stroll down memory lane. "The Baja 1000 gives us not only the ideal setting to honor Rod Hall's win, it also provides an authentic test bed to demonstrate our upcoming Bronco's desert racing capability and durability". Rod's granddaughter Shelby Hall will drive it the Bronco R prototype for portions of the race to honor her late grandfather, Ford said.

Ford caught us by surprise just a little bit today with its Bronco R - a prototype Baja racer that is also a teaser for the street-legal machine folks will eventually be able to buy. "The Baja 1000 gives us not only the flawless setting to honor Rod Hall's win, it also provides an authentic test bed to demonstrate our upcoming Bronco's desert racing capability and durability".

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Without a doubt, the most memorable and historic race of all happened in 1969 when Rod Hall and Larry Minor grabbed the overall win aboard a first-gen Bronco - something that no other 4×4 vehicle has replicated ever since.

The exterior incorporates 15 LED lightbars from Rigid, including a grille sequence framing the new BRONCO brand lettering boldly. "We stretched ourselves, but it was worth it - and great fun".

The Ford Bronco was in production for more than 30 years until 1996.

"Like the original Bronco, we kept Bronco R's design authentic and simple, with a roll cage on a production-style frame, and a five-piece lightweight body on top", says Brian Novak, Ford Performance off-road racing supervisor. "The Baja 1000 gives us not only the ideal setting to honour Rod Hall's win, but it also provides an authentic testbed to demonstrate our upcoming Bronco's desert racing capability and durability".

It's only fitting that Ford would unveil the Bronco R on such a historically significant day. "The vehicle sports numerous upgrades that make it stand out against the rest, such as increased suspension travel (355 mm / 13.9" front, 450 mm / 17.6" rear), 17-inch wheels, and 37-inch BFGoodrich tires. The sand is flying again, and the heat is on.

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