Ford Bronco R race truck hints at production SUV styling
The modern racer is shown alongside the Bronco that achieved an overall win at the 1969 Baja 1000 desert race.
Ford has revealed the Bronco R, a purpose-built desert racing prototype that serves as another preview of the production SUV's design.
The Bronco R is shown alongside the classic Bronco that Rod Hall and Larry Minor piloted to an overall win at the 1969 Baja 1000, a feat that is said to have remained unmatched in the following 50 years.
The modern race truck will be driven by Shelby Hall, Rod's granddaughter, who will take on the 1,000 mile off-road course and put the prototype's powertrain and other components to the test.
Ford says the Bronco R "drops heritage-inspired design and proportion hints" of what to expect from the production model, due to make its official debut next spring. The one-off racer is built upon a modified T6 architecture that will also be used for the production SUV.
"For the endurance needs of Baja's 1,000 grueling miles, we built in a limited number of race-focused parts," says Ford Performance off-road racing supervisor Brian Novak. "But even the twin turbos of the EcoBoost engine are representative of what the production Bronco will offer."