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Ford to compete at 2014 Dakar with two Rangers

 Ford to compete at 2014 Dakar with two Rangers

Ford Ranger for 2014 Dakar Rally 30.07.2013

Prepared by Neil Woolridge Motorsport

Ford has confirmed plans to participate at 2014 Dakar Rally with two South African-built Rangers prepared by Neil Woolridge Motorsport.

The extremely difficult Dakar Rally will take place in South America from January 5-18 where Ford will use two T6 Ranger 4×4 Double Cab vehicles powered by a V8 5.0-liter engine developing 349 bhp (260 kW) at 4,500 rpm and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) at 4,100 rpm.

The thirsty vehicle drinks 90 liters / 100 km in sandy racing conditions and 28 liters / 100 km during normal driving. It has a full composite body and a Sadev six-speed sequential gearbox linked to a permanent four-wheel drive setup. These custom Rangers benefit from an independent front/rear suspension, front/rear antiroll bar and ride on 16-inch Evocorse wheels shod in 245/85 Michelin tires.

Stopping power is provided by Brembo with their front air-cooled and rear water-cooled brakes. The 2014 Ford Ranger for Dakar weighs 1,975 kg (4,354 lbs) and should be able to reach a top speed of 106 mph (170 km/h).

The first driver crew will include Lucio Alvarez and Ronnie Graue, while in the second car will be Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst. The 35th edition of the rally will start in Rosario, Argentina and end in Valparaiso, Chile after more than 5,282 miles (8,500 km) across 13 stages.

More details are provided in the attached press release.

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