The Prototype shares the chassis and engine with the production Bronco, the race is one of the toughest on earth for machines as well as man.
The Ford Bronco is returning to the Baja 1000 to try and claim the crown this year after a mechanical failure put brakes to their plans last year. The car made its legacy in off-roading by winning the race four times when it started back in 1967, and Ford looked to create a new one last year to boost the relaunch of the New Bronco. This year Ford will be entering Baja with the Bronco 4 Prototype which uses the same chassis and engine as the production variant. The Bronco will have the F-Series Super Duty Tremor and the F-150 Raptor as supporting vehicles.
The Bronco R will be piloted by Cameron Steele, who has won the Baja 1000 before along with Shelby Hall. Ford’s team of drivers will also consist of Johnny Campbell, Curt LeDuc and Jason Scherer who will rotate the shift during the race. The Baja 1000 serves as a testimonial standard for the ‘Built Wild’ ethos of the Bronco as the race prototype is powered by the same 2.7L EcoBoost engine that is available in the production spec Bronco. The 10-Speed SelectShift auto gearbox is also shared between the two vehicles.
The Cars both are built upon the T6 Chassis from Ford and powered by the LeMans winning EcoBoost engine that powers Ford’s trucks and SUVs. Four wheel drive transfer is done via Ford’s transfer cases and both the cars are underpinned by Dana Spicer Front differentials. The race prototype has an electronic shift-on-the-fly unit. Based on very capable hardware, both the Bronco vehicles are more than tough to bear the gruelling race that breaks even the best vehicles. The performance of the car here is fairly important as it shows the Bronco as an image of durability and performance, just like the Ford GT40 did with the Le Mans.
The Bronco R prototype uses a High-Performance off-road Stability Suspension that has been race tuned, the front suspension has been redesigned. The car dies on longer Fox racing shocks which come equipped with bypass dampers on all wheels along with Fox Pneumatic bump stops for jerk stability. The team will also be supported by the two-door Bronco Outer Banks with the Sasquatch package which adds Bilstein position-sensitive shocks and 35in off-roading tyres in addition to the HOSS suspension for high-speed off roading.
The Baja 1000 is serving as the durability and performance testing platform for the Bronco which is similar to the Tough durability test that F-Series pickups from Ford have to undergo. The Build Wild extreme testing uses the Rubicon trail, MOAB and the Kind of the Hammers in Johnson Valley desert along with the Baja to validate the car, in terms of its performance and durability and lay testament to the claims made by Ford regarding the car’s toughness. The Bronco Terrain Management system will also be tested quite rigorously, to improve throttle response by keeping the Turbos spooled-up.
The Baja 1000 is set to start on November 17th and will end on 22nd in the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico.
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