Blue Oval revealed its newest race truck. It is the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco R that will try to conquer the next Baja 1000. More importantly, we saw a glimpse of what could be the next Bronco SUV. Of course, we are talking about visual cues and mechanical details.
Bronco SUV will hit the dealerships next spring. As for the race truck, Bronco R will serve as a good testing model. In that way, Blue Oval could put on a test several components, including the engine. Speaking of it, a couple of EcoBoost variations are a possibility.
About Baja 1000
The all-new 2020 Ford Bronco R is almost here. This truck will compete in the Baja 1000 race, on November 19th. It is perhaps the most prestigious off-road race in the world. On top of that, it attracts competitors from all over the world. Interestingly, Bronco has a good record in the past, winning the Baja 1000 a couple of times. However, all of the wins came in late 60s and early 70s.
Bronco R Design
Ford said it would be using Baja as a good opportunity to test some of the Bronco’s components. It is a real torture test, and we are still waiting on the exact powertrain details. Look at it this way: Race truck is a prototype of what could be the street-legal SUV in terms of mechanics and styling cues. The truck looks like a real off-roader, something we won’t see when the SUV variant arrives.
However, Bronco will surely possess great off-road abilities that would help him to rival Jeep Wrangler. The grille comes with the B R O N C O lettering, and the front fascia looks very aggressive. Of course, racing truck is modified, drastically. However, we can see Fox suspension and large 37-inch tires. Furthermore, boxy appearance and wider fenders are visible at first glance. Just like the Ranger, Bronco will also ride on a modified T6 platform. This should endure the punishment of racing through the rock and sand.
According to the latest rumors, new 2020 Ford Bronco R will use an EcoBoost V6. Moreover, pair of smaller turbochargers is present as well. Whatsoever, you can see them through the wheel wells. The most likely candidate is a 3.5-liter V6. The suspension is raised, and we can also spot a massive Fox shocks.
The chassis features an independent front actuation with the solid rear axle. Knowing that Bronco SUV could also get similar mechanics. Of course, different variations of the EcoBoost engine are a possibility. Some reports are suggesting a 2.7-liter output. Finally, this model will deploy a 4×4 driving setup.
Who Will Drive It?
Rod Hall, legendary off-road racer, drove the first-gen Bronco that won the Baja competition in 1969. Now, five decades later, his granddaughter Shelby will drive the 2020 Ford Bronco R. Rod Hall died this June at age 81. The Baja 1000 will start on November 19th, and it will last for the next five days.