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RETURN TO BAJA: BRONCO R RACE PROTOTYPE TO RUN 1,000-MILE DESERT RACE

November 20, 2020

  • An extreme version of Built Wild™ – the Bronco R race prototype – will run the 2020 SCORE International Baja 1000, piloted by Cameron Steele, Shelby Hall and a team of veteran Ford Baja off-road racers
  • Baja 1000 is part of the Bronco Built Wild Extreme Testing regimen for powertrain durability and for final validation testing of the Baja Mode calibration offered in the Bronco Terrain Management System™ with G.O.A.T. Modes™
  • Ford is the official SUV and Truck of SCORE-International Off-Road Racing, is lead sponsor of SCORE World Desert Championship series and is official vehicle of ULTRA4 King of the Hammers racing series
DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 20, 2020 – Returning to the harsh Mexican desert that solidified the Bronco brand’s off-road racing heritage, Bronco, Ford’s outdoor brand of Built Wild™ 4x4 SUVs, will run the legendary SCORE-International Baja 1000 with the Bronco R race prototype, plus an all-new 2021 Bronco Outer Banks™ two-door preproduction support vehicle.

Baja champion Cameron Steele and Rebelle Rally winner and seasoned Baja racer Shelby Hall will pilot the Bronco R race prototype, along with a team of veteran Ford off-road racers including Johnny Campbell, Curt LeDuc and Jason Scherer, who will rotate shifts for the 53rd running of the race that begins today and ends late on Saturday.

The historic race, which serves as a platform for the Bronco Built Wild Extreme Testing regimen, underscores Ford Performance’s race-proven technology transfer as both race and production Bronco two- and four-door SUV at Baja are powered by fully stock Ford 2.7-liter EcoBoost® turbocharged V6 engines and Ford 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmissions.

With Ford as the official SUV and Truck of SCORE-International Off-Road Racing and official vehicle of the ULTRA4 King of the Hammers off-road competition, the all-new 2021 F-Series Super Duty Tremor and legendary F-150 Raptor will also be supporting the Bronco R race team.

“The Baja 1000 has long been an important proving ground for Ford vehicles, from the original Bronco to F-150 Raptor to the all-new Bronco,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance motorsports. “Successfully competing here means our customers can have additional confidence that Bronco’s powertrain, chassis and new terrain modes are up to the challenge of one of the most grueling off-road races on the planet.”

Bronco and Bronco R race prototype

Designed for our ultimate in off-road performance, the all-new Bronco two- and four-door SUVs and the Bronco R race prototype share second-generation Ford T6 chassis and are powered by the same performance-driven EcoBoost engine family that won Le Mans and is available in Ford F-Series trucks and the performance-oriented Ford Edge and Explorer ST SUVs. Both Broncos deliver four-wheel torque via Ford transfer cases and Dana™ Spicer® front differentials. The race version uses a Ford electronic shift-on-the-fly unit, while the preproduction Bronco uses the new Advanced 4x4 with Automatic On-Demand 4H engagement and 3.06:1 low ratio.

As an extreme showcase for Built Wild capability, the Bronco R race prototype, designed and built by Ford Performance and Geiser Brothers, features a race version of the Bronco High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) System with redesigned independent front suspension and five-link race-prepped rear setup. Longer-travel Fox® racing shocks with bypass dampers front and rear, and Fox pneumatic bump stops are mounted at all four corners.

The first all-new 2021 Bronco to visit the Baja 1000 will also be on hand with the Bronco R team – a two-door Outer Banks equipped with the heavy-duty Sasquatch™ Package featuring long-travel Bilstein® position-sensitive shocks with internal end-stop control and 35-inch Goodyear off-road tires. It too has HOSS-tuned suspension for high-speed pitch control and greater driver confidence off-road.

Built Wild Extreme Testing

This year’s Baja 1000 race is a platform for the Bronco brand’s durability and validation process. Modeled after Ford F-Series Built Ford Tough durability testing, Bronco Built Wild Extreme Testing takes toughness even further off-road with real-world testing in the harshest environments including the Rubicon Trail, MOAB and across the unforgiving Johnson Valley desert, home of the King of the Hammers off-road competition.

Final validation testing for the Baja mode offered in the Bronco Terrain Management System™ with G.O.A.T. Modes™ will also be performed at the race. It was designed in collaboration with Steele and fellow Bronco off-road racers to optimize throttle responsiveness using anti-lag strategies first employed in the Ford GT to keep the twin turbochargers spooled-up and then mapped a more aggressive shift schedule for maximum engine torque.

Follow the Bronco R race prototype at Baja and the entire Bronco family on Instagram @fordbronco. To learn more about Bronco and Bronco Sport, please visit Ford.com/Bronco.


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Genuinely curious, which engine are they putting in there? They say it's from the EcoBoost family, but nothing more. Maybe they won't tell us because it's supposed to go in the Warthog?
 

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I read somewhere that it was the 2.7 last year and I don't see them changing it this year.

Genuinely curious, which engine are they putting in there? They say it's from the EcoBoost family, but nothing more. Maybe they won't tell us because it's supposed to go in the Warthog?
 

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Totally thought that was a black Bronco following up until the last couple pictures then realized it was the OBX Anti Matter.
 

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I read somewhere that it was the 2.7 last year and I don't see them changing it this year.
The Ford announcement elsewhere says that both vehicles have a completely stock 2.7L engine with a 10 speed transmission.

"Both vehicles are powered by fully stock Ford 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 engines and 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmissions, and built on Ford’s second-generation T6 chassis. Bronco R goes a few steps further, adding a race-specific version of Bronco’s high-performance off-road stability suspension, as well as racing shocks and other components. "
 

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Good luck to the team! From what I understand they had cooling issues last year with an aftermarket fan, hopefully they’ve got all that buttoned up. I wanna see them kill it!
 

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I wish they were racing another vehicle similar to the support vehicle as well .... that would have been a measuring stick regardless of where it ranked at the finish line!
 

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I read somewhere that it was the 2.7 last year and I don't see them changing it this year.
I read the article above and it says the 2.7.
 

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