AUTO NEWS – Rally-ready Ford Bronco DR revealed with 395bhp V8

Rally-ready Ford Bronco DR revealed with 395bhp V8

Ford has revealed a motorsport-focused, off-road-only variant of its Bronco SUV. Known as the Bronco DR, or Desert Racer, it’s been closely modified to sort out the gruelling Baja 1000 off-road race, with extra energy than any manufacturing Bronco in historical past. Simply 50 examples are deliberate, however as with the remainder of the Bronco line-up, the DR received’t be obtainable to UK prospects.

The DR is meant as a turn-key Baja racer, and makes use of the chassis and physique construction from the roadgoing Bronco, albeit with some vital revisions. The outside has been redesigned with extra muscular, fibreglass physique panels to save lots of weight. 

The wheelarches have been widened to be able to home 37-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tyres, and beneath the pores and skin, the Bronco DR makes use of a suspension system designed by Multimatic – builder of the Ford GT supercar. This includes heavy-duty, strengthened dampers with fluid cooling channels and new billeted-aluminium decrease management arms. The interior tie-rod joints have additionally been upgraded, and the modifications lead to 55 per cent and 58 per cent extra suspension journey than a four-door ‘Badlands’ Bronco, for the entrance and rear respectively. 

Ford has additionally shaved off some kilos with the removing of the Bronco’s air-conditioning system, different inside luxuries and window glass. The doorways have additionally been changed by fastened aspect panels. 

Weighing in at round 2.8 tonnes in competitors trim, the Bronco DR additionally incorporates a full roll cage, designed by Multimatic, and a pair of racing seats. The usual Bronco’s semi-digital instrument panel stays, alongside a Motec motorsport show.

Powering the four-wheel-drive off-road racer is Ford’s 5.0-litre ‘Coyote’ V8, producing 395bhp. This drives via a 10-speed computerized gearbox and electronically locking entrance and rear differentials. The entrance driveshafts have been redesigned to work with the additional suspension journey and engine torque. 

An infinite 246-litre gasoline tank has additionally been put in for the lengthy stints at Baja, together with air intakes on the perimeters and roof of the automobile to chill a rear-mounted radiator. The Bronco DR makes use of the identical braking system as the usual automobile, albeit with new brake pads. 

Initially, 50 models of the Bronco DR will probably be obtainable, priced at round $250,000 (£184,000) apiece. Every will put on a particular crimson, white, black and blue Ford Efficiency livery, in tribute to a Baja 1000-winning Bronco in 1969. 

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AUTO NEWS – Rally-ready Ford Bronco DR revealed with 395bhp V8


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