News: Ford Bronco R Prototype Finishes 2020 Baja 1000 Race

The Bronco R Race Prototype, piloted by Cameron Steele, Shelby Hall and a team of veteran Ford off-road racers, finished the 53rd SCORE-International Baja 1000 in Class 2 in just over 32 hours. The race adds to Bronco’s storied history at Baja dating back to 1967. (Images: Ford)

The Ford Bronco R Race Prototype makes it to the end of the 2020 Baja 1000

The Bronco R race prototype finished the 53rd SCORE-International Baja 1000 in Class 2 in just over 32 hours. Consider that simply finishing the Baja 1000 under your own power is a feat in itself, and the all-new Bronco race truck had an impressive debut. Class 2 seems designed to stock challenge vehicle powertrains.

The chassis and suspension can be just about any configuration, the engine must remain stock as delivered by the automaker. Also, no mid-board or out-board CV joints are allowed. The racer did have a Ford 10-speed Select-Shift automatic transmission.  The Ford Bronco R Race Prototype also uses the same T6 chassis that underpins the regular “new” Bronco.

According to Ford, “The Bronco R Race Prototype serves as a testbed for Bronco Built Wild Extreme Testing durability regimen. And for the final the Baja Mode calibrations for the Terrain Management System™ with G.O.A.T. Modes on the production versions. The prototype was piloted by Cameron Steele, Shelby Hall (Rod Hall’s granddaughter) and co-drivers Johnny Campbell, Curt LeDuc and Jason Scherer.

Just finishing is a victory

Ford used a pre-production 2021 Bronco two-door Outer Banks with Sasquatch off-road package as a support vehicle for the team. There was a 2021 F-Series Super Duty Tremor, and an F-150 Raptor as support vehicles as well. This was a full factory effort, which was much more successful than last year’s DNF. According to some experts, Ford may have taken it easy this year. It was to make sure the vehicle finished. Many feel the Ford Bronco R Race Prototype has more speed potential, which we may see uncorked next year.

“When Bronco returned we said it would follow in the legacy of the first-generation Broncos that forever changed the off-road landscape. (and) today’s finish demonstrates we’re continuing the ‘Built Wild’ pedigree of Bronco”

Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance motorsports

Expect to see the Ford Bronco compete in a variety of upcoming off-road events in the near future. Ford is not holding back with this one. Next year, Ford will throw real money at their racing programs. Ford is the Official Truck and SUV of SCORE-International Off-Road Racing. They are a lead sponsor of the SCORE World Desert Challenge Series, (including the 2019-22 SCORE Baja 1000 races). On top of that, Ford is the official vehicle of the Ultra4 King of the Hammers competition.

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