Cookie Consent by Free Privacy Policy website Ford Performance preps to race ultimate ‘bad-ass’ Ranger Raptor t1+ in Dakar Rally
giugno 14, 2023 - Ford

Ford Performance preps to race ultimate ‘bad-ass’ Ranger Raptor t1+ in Dakar Rally

Comunicato Stampa disponibile solo in lingua originale. 

  • Ford Performance set to expand global motorsports effort by taking on the fearsome challenge of the legendary #dakarrally, one of the toughest off-road competitions on Earth
  • Purpose-built, race-ready and most “bad-ass” yet #ford #ranger T1+ will compete in the 2024 #dakarrally in #saudiarabia in #rally Raid T1+ class on a “finish and learn” basis
  • Ford Performance is collaborating in a comprehensive test and development program with #msport and Neil Woolridge Motorsports to prepare for what is expected to be an extremely tough challenge come January

COLOGNE, Germany, June 14, 2023 #fordperformance has raced and won from Le Mans to Monaco, Daytona to Bathurst and Finke to Ensenada. But it has yet to take on one of the toughest races on the planet – the iconic #dakarrally.

Today, #ford announced the time has come to fill that gap in its sweeping motorsports resume. Extreme #racing versions of the “bad-ass” #ford #ranger and #ranger Raptor will forge the way for the Ford Performance expansion into global off-road #racing, including the famed and fearsome Dakar Rally in 2024 and beyond.

The first step in the multi-year plan to compete in the #dakarrally is to finish and learn in collaboration with longtime partners #msport and Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) for vehicle development, servicing and #event management.

"To lead the charge at one of the ultimate global off-road events – the #dakarrally – has been a goal of ours,” said #markrushbrook, Global Director, #fordperformance Motorsports. “We cannot underestimate the enormity of the challenge ahead of us. We need to finish and learn first with #ranger T1+ and partners like #msport and NWM, who bring their expertise to bear. Together, we can do amazing things in the sand dunes of the Arabian Peninsula.”

Leading the charge into the 2024 #dakarrally, taking place January 5-19 in #saudiarabia, will be a purpose-built, high-performance #ford #ranger #racing in the #rally Raid T1+ category.

The joint #fordperformance, #msport and NWM team has implemented a series of development phases through 2023 and continues testing with the #ranger T1+, based on the previous generation global #ranger, with a 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine. Test races are expected to include Spain’s Baja España Aragón and Morocco’s #rally du Maroc rallies in July and October, respectively, before tackling the #dakarrally next year.

“Our first time in Dakar will be a learning adventure that will help inform how we compete in the future,” said Rushbrook. “But as with all #racing, we’re not just #racing to win, we’re also #racing to help build better products for our customers.”

For the 2025 #dakarrally, #fordperformance and #msport are developing an all-new, custom-built #ranger Raptor – the ultimate performance derivative of Europe’s best-selling pickup – designed and built to Dakar’s T1+ class regulations.  

“The #dakarrally is truly among the pinnacle of global off-road #racing events,” said #malcolmwilson, #msport managing director. “We’ve achieved great success over the years with #ford in FIA WRC #rally #racing and can’t wait to apply this same level of focus, energy and effort to competing with #ranger in Dakar.”

M-Sport is well regarded as a leading developer and campaigner of the #msport #ford Puma HybridRally1 in the #fiaworldrallychampionship, as well as engine builders for the #mustanggt3 program. NWM has played a pivotal role since the infancy of the Rally-Raid #ranger, as the team developed and built units at its facility in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, specified to compete in full Dakar T1+ regulations in the #southafricanrallyraidchampionship (SARRC) and around the world.

News correlate

maggio 13, 2024
aprile 02, 2024
marzo 07, 2024

Comunicato Stampa disponibile solo in lingua originale. Technical and demanding, tough and grueling, this year's Rally Portugal wa...

Comunicato Stampa disponibile solo in lingua originale. After delivering a masterclass in surviving the toughest rally of the Worl...

Comunicato Stampa disponibile solo in lingua originale. Team Audi Sport received a warm welcome in its home country after winning ...

Ti potrebbe interessare anche

febbraio 19, 2024
febbraio 18, 2024
gennaio 29, 2024

Comunicato Stampa disponibile solo in lingua originale. After a stunning weekend-long display from M-Sport's rising star, Adrien F...

Comunicato Stampa disponibile solo in lingua originale. Esapekka Lappi lapped up the praise and bagged the points with a clean run...

Comunicato Stampa disponibile solo in lingua originale.M-Sport Ford World Rally Team reaches the end of the famous Rallye Monte-Ca...