Ford Bronco R race prototype heads back to Baja 1000
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Ford returns to the Baja 1000 for the second year in a row with the prototype of the Bronco R race. Ford entered last year but didn't finish the race due to a number of issues. Ford is certainly hoping for more success this year.
Ford only enters the only prototype of the Bronco R race. It is supported by a two-door Bronco in pre-production 2021 in Outer Banks, which is equipped with the Sasquatch package. Both Cameron Steele and Shelby Hall will take turns at the wheel of the Bronco R. You can recognize Hall's name by winning the Rebelle Rally with a Bronco Sport. Ford will also seat a team of seasoned Ford off-road racing drivers including Johnny Campbell, Curt LeDuc and Jason Scherer.
Similar to last year, Ford will take this opportunity to validate and test parts of the Bronco production as a large number of the parts used in this race car are used in the Bronco that are sold to customers. Some examples are the completely standard 2.7-liter twin turbo V6 and the 10-speed automatic transmission. It also uses the same T6 chassis underneath as the production Bronco, albeit with a number of chassis modifications for the terrain.
The team will also be the Baja G.O.A.T. Mode calibration. For those wondering what the Baja mode does, engineers designed it to “optimize throttle response using anti-lag strategies first used in the Ford GT to keep the two turbochargers up to date and then have a more aggressive schematic for maximum motor torque. “And in all honesty, it's pretty cool to know that your Bronco's Baja mode has been selected on the actual Baja 1000.
The race starts today. We'll be keeping an eye out for news on how this Bronco performed at the end of the weekend.
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