Ford to enter Baja 1000 with next-gen Ranger Raptor

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A next-generation Ranger Raptor off-road vehicle has been selected by Ford to enter the 2022 SCORE International Baja 1000 held on the Baja California Peninsula in the USA.

Ford Performance worked collaboratively with Kelly Racing in Australia to build the vehicle and ensure it adheres to the rules of the SCORE stock class – a class which has been designed to showcase the capabilities of stock street trucks – and aims to conquer the Baja 1000 and its rigorous climbs, steep drops and desert terrain.

Once the competition vehicle was completed, Ford conducted testing in the Australian outback before transporting the Ranger Raptor back to the USA for final development and testing with Lovell Racing in Johnson Valley, California. The Lovell Racing team will race the truck when the Baja 1000 begins on November 18, 2022 and will be led by multiple off-road-race-winner Brad Lovell.

“By entering this event, we’re building on the hundreds of thousands of kilometers of development testing and pushing the Ranger Raptor to new extremes,” said Brian Novak, off-road motorsports supervisor, Ford Performance. “The Baja 1000 is a demanding event and a well-known proving ground for off-road vehicles. We are excited to compete in this extreme event with Ranger Raptor.”

The Ford Ranger Raptor will use Shell’s low-carbon biofuel blend during the race which is produced using more than 30% sustainably sourced bio components.

“Demonstrating low-carbon fuels in performance settings like the Baja 1000 can help bring biofuels and other clean energy technologies to scale more quickly and help to make them more available and affordable for everyone,” said Cynthia Williams, global director of sustainability, compliance and homologation, Ford.

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After spending six years working as a mechanic for various motorsport and high-end performance car companies, Callum joined UKi Media & Events in February 2020 as an assistant editor. In this role he uses his vast practical knowledge and passion for automotive to produce informative news pieces for multiple vehicle-related sectors.

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