Ford Performance Developed Bronco 4400 Rally Trucks To Compete in Ultra4 Off-road Series
- on February 17, 2021
- Categories: Car Reviews
In the old days, the Ford Bronco was known for its off-roading prowess, and the company wants to revive that in the form of Bronco 4400 Rally Trucks. The Blue Oval has built three custom Bronco-badged race trucks ready to run during the Ultra4 series, beginning with the famous King of the Hammers rock-crawling race. The contest will start from Feb 2 in Johnson Valley, California.
The Bronco 4400 Rally Trucks are totally custom-built, so they have no similarity with the present stock-Bronco except some design elements. The engineers created these customized tube-frame trucks with long-travel suspension and bespoke four-wheel-drive systems. The company did not reveal anything about the powertrain, but we know these will be more powerful than the stock Bronco.
Behind the wheels of these three Bronco 4400 Rally Trucks will be the drifting champ Vaughn Gittin, Jr, and two King of the Hammers experts - Loren Healy with two wins under his belt and Jason Scherer with three wins.
The King of the Hammers event occurs every year in February in Johnson Valley featuring rocks and desert. The participants need high-speed cars that can run fast on dunes and can conquer the rocks, as well.
It is not the first time Ford has created Bronco variants for an off-road race. Earlier, they developed Bronco R race truck to compete in the 2019 Baja 1000. The truck was using a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6, but the mechanicals did not support all the components, so it could not work. After that, the company developed a Bronco Sport model, which raced in the 2020 Rebelle Rally and won in its class. The Rebelle Rally is a 10-day women's route-finding rally organized in California.
Reportedly, Ford will introduce a new Bronco model at the King of the Hammers event. Let’s see what else the company has in store for off-road enthusiasts.