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Bronco R returns to the Baja 1000

Ford Press Release »

  • 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 4×4 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.

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Ford is open to selling the production-based Baja-ready Bronco R racer to customers

Ford entered a production-based purpose-built Bronco R in the 2019 Baja 1000 and is planning to enter again in the 2020 event in November.

Lucas Allen, Muscle Cars & Trucks »

In an interview with MC&T, Ford’s Chief Product Development & Purchasing Officer Hau Thai-Tang discussed the possibility of Ford producing the Bronco R as a turn-key racing truck.

“If there’s interest we’ll look into it,” said Thai-Tang. “We’ve done that with our Mustang and even our GTs.”

The Bronco R is a serious Class 2 Division racing machine, despite heavily featuring many of the road-going Bronco’s components. Composite body panels, a full-cage, and a trick suspension system with 14-inches of travel up front and 18-inches out back help to gear the truck up for the punishing terrain of the Mexican desert.



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