Ford Ranger makes global racing debut

1 March, 2013 | by Benedict Pather

The new Ford Ranger is set to makes its racing debut on Friday when it competes in the opening round of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, the RFS 400, in Pretoria’s Magaliesburg region.

The locally made Rangers were constructed in Pietermaritzburg with assistance from Ford Motor Company’s Global Product Development division. Considering the rough terrain and battle like conditions, every aspect of the new Ranger has been carefully considered and built with precision and performance in mind.

Ford’s team manager Neil Woolridge said , “This weekend will be a proud moment for us as the new Ford Ranger makes its global motorsport debut.” He further added that, “We have been working on the design and development of the vehicles for two years and have received overwhelming support from our Ford colleagues around the globe.”

Locked and loaded, the new Ranger boasts a mighty 5.0-litre V8 engine with variable cam timing which is overseen by the Magneti Marelli system. In hot pursuit of the title they’ve added all the crucial elements from Brembo brakes to an advanced chassis, independent front suspension and onboard computer system. The most essential feature of course being the high-tech air-conditioner, suited for the area’s scorching weather.

Though the potentially hazardous conditions make for a grueling race, both Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst remain hopeful and confident following their winning performance in 2012. Ford earned a one-two finish at last years RFS 400. Racing team mates Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable will also be looking to challenge as they get to grips with their new vehicle.  May the best team win.


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