Ford announced today that the next-generation Ranger Raptor will compete in the entry-level class at this year’s Baja 1000.
The race-ready Ranger was developed as a joint venture between Ford Performance and former Supercars team Kelly Racing in Australia.
Kelly Racing, run by Todd Kelly, previously ran the factory Nissan Supercars program before moving to support Ford in 2020.
The team then handed its Supercars program to Grove Racing ahead of the 2022 season.
After a build program in Australia, the Baja Ranger was sent to the US for final development and testing.
Lovell Racing, run by Off-Road Hall of Famer Brad Lovell, intends to enter the car in the Baja 1000.
“By participating in this event, we’re 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 demanding event and a well-known proving ground for off-roaders. We are excited to compete in this extreme event with the Ranger Raptor.”
For its debut, the Baja 1000 Ranger will run on Shell’s low-carbon biofuel.
“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 all,” said Cynthia Williams, Global Director of Sustainability and compliance. and homologation at Ford.
The Ford Ranger won’t be the only version of the Baja 1000 associated with Australia. Toby Price and Paul Weale are hoping for victory in the Trophy Truck competition under the Team Australia flag.
The Baja 1000 starts on November 18.