Team Ford Racing has announced that it will compete at the 2014 Dakar Rally with a pair of South African-built Rangers.
The purpose-built trucks are the result of a mix of South African and global minds, with Pietermaritzburg-based Neil Woolridge Motorsport preparing the trucks while logistics will be handled by German-based South Racing. Drivers will also be represented by international and local contenders, including South American native Lucio Alvarez and South African Chris Visser.
The newly-designed Ford Rangers were built with assistance from the American automaker with “tremendous support” from the likes of Ford’s SVT division. Each Ranger will be powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine borrowed from the Mustang GT with 349 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. Each truck will also weigh in at 4,354 pounds.
“We are extremely proud to be sending these South African-built Rangers to the 2014 Dakar,” says Jeff Nemeth President and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. “Dakar is the ultimate test of man and machine and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate with a phenomenal team comprised of local and global expertise.”
The 2014 Dakar Rally will be the 35th running of the event and the sixth consecutive event in South America. It will take place between January 5 through January 8, 2014, starting at Rosario, Argentina on January 5 and finishing in Valparaiso, Chile on January 18.
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