Ford‘The next-generation Ranger Raptor is slated to compete in the grueling Baja 1000 on November 15-20.
Ford Performance works with Australia‘Kelly Racing and American-based Lovell Racing will build a Baja-ready Ranger Raptor headed to Mexico‘The California peninsula will compete in one of the world’s toughest endurance races.
The car was built and tested in Australia and then shipped to the US for final development and testing before it heads into the grueling endurance race.
“By participating in this event, we‘building on hundreds of thousands of miles of development testing and pushing the Ranger Raptor to new extremes,” said Brian Novak, Ford Performance off-road motorsport supervisor.
“The Baja 1000 is a challenging event and a well-known proving ground for off-roaders, and we are excited to compete in this extreme event with the Ranger Raptor.”
The Baja 1000 is considered one of the world’s most prestigious desert endurance races, and the event brings together the best from around the world to tackle the challenging terrain that is the ultimate test for off-roaders.
Ford has a rich history at the Baja 1000, with its F-150 Raptor and Ford Bronco successfully tackling the long-running event, while the stock 2017 F-150 took the podium before driving 400 miles home, while the 1969 Ford Bronco was affectionately known as ‘Great Oli‘ managed to take home a historic and rarely achieved victory.
The Ranger Raptor will also run on Shell’s low-carbon biofuel, made from a blend of ethanol and biodiesel.
“Demonstrating low-carbon fuels in performance settings like the Baja 1000 can help accelerate the spread of biofuels and other clean energy technologies and make them more affordable and accessible to everyone,” said Cynthia Williams, Ford.‘s Global Director of Sustainability, Compliance and Homologation.
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