Ford Debuts Bronco R Race Prototype
Ford has tapped in to its motorsports heritage to debut the Bronco R race prototype that will compete in the 2019 Baja 1000 as a test of the upcoming production Bronco's chassis and architecture. “Like the original Bronco, we kept Bronco R’s design authentic and simple, with a roll cage on a production-style frame, and a five-piece lightweight body on top,” said Brian Novak, Ford Performance off-road racing supervisor. “For the endurance needs of Baja’s 1,000 grueling miles, we built in a limited number of race-focused parts. But even the twin turbos of the EcoBoost® engine are representative of what the production Bronco will offer.” As a tribute, Ford's newest offroad warrior bears a paint scheme evocative of the Bronco that Rod Hall and Larry Minor famously drove to an overall win 50 years ago at the 1969 Baja 1000 – a victory that no other 4x4 has replicated. Bronco R passes the torch to off-road racer Shelby Hall, Rod’s granddaughter, who will drive it for portions of this year’s prestigious race in honor of her late grandfather.