Ford Ranger Raptor to sort out 2022 Baja 1000


A redesigned Ford Ranger is coming subsequent 12 months, and can embrace for the primary time, no less than within the U.S., a high-performance Ranger Raptor variant.

Each the brand new Ranger and Ranger Raptor have already been launched in world markets, considered one of which is Australia, the place Ford’s native division has constructed an extra-rugged Ranger Raptor to sort out the 2022 Baja 1000 beginning Nov. 18.

Ford partnered with racing outfits Kelly Racing and Lovell Racing to develop the truck, with the latter, led by proficient off-road racer Brad Lovell, additionally set to discipline the truck at Baja.

Modifications made embrace a 3.0-inch raise equipment, widened wheel arches, and Technique Racing wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich off-road tires. The engine is the Ranger Raptor’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, which in inventory type delivers a most 392 hp. Ford hasn’t stated whether or not any upgrades have been made to the engine for the Baja 1000, although to focus on the automaker’s sustainability efforts, the truck will probably be fueled by a low-carbon gasoline sourced from Shell. The gasoline includes a 30% mix of renewables, on this case a mixture of ethanol and bionaphtha.

Ford entered specifically ready variations of the F-150 Raptor and Bronco Raptor within the Baja 1000 forward of these automobiles’ respective market launches, so it is no shock the automaker is doing the identical with the Ranger Raptor. The occasion has turn into form of a remaining check for the automaker’s desert racers.

“The Baja 1000 is a demanding occasion and a widely known proving floor for off-road automobiles,” Brian Novak, Ford Efficiency’s head of off-road motorsports, stated in a press release. “By coming into this occasion, we’re constructing on the tons of of 1000’s of kilometers of growth testing and pushing the Ranger Raptor to new extremes.”

The redesigned Ranger is anticipated for the 2024 mannequin 12 months within the U.S. It’s primarily based on the identical up to date T6 platform that debuted within the Bronco, and North American variations will probably be constructed on the identical Michigan plant the place the Bronco and current-generation Ranger are constructed.

The Raptor model will include elevated energy, in addition to off-road suspension, off-road wheels and tires, and a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a 2-speed switch case and differential locks entrance and rear.


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