A Bronco occupied the three strongest spots in the event.
Ford Performance is celebrating great success at this year's King of the Hammers off-road race, where three Bronco racers drove away with a 1-2-3 podium sweep in the Ultra4 4600 stock class.
"The stock class Every Man Bronco 4600s continue to showcase the development of new technologies, and these learnings can help us improve the vehicles our customers drive every day," said Mark Rushbrook of Ford Performance Motorsports.
This incredible achievement is the second time Ford has performed exceptionally well. Last year, the Blue Oval achieved the same feat, underscoring just how good an off-roader the Bronco is. The race is far from a walk in the park, and both man and machine are pushed to their limits thanks to arduous tasks, including rock climbing.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Loren Healy took top honors, piloting Bronco No. 2567 to victory. Brad and Roger Lovell followed closely in Bronco No. 4621 in a close fight to the finish. In third place was Bailey Cole, driving No. 13 to secure the final podium spot.
While they look like purpose-built off-road racers, these Broncos all started life as a two-door derivative. Power is gained from the 2.7-liter turbocharged V6, which produces 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. This engine recently came under fire after several examples experienced premature engine failure.
These vehicles were also equipped with the automaker's High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS). "Racing and off-road competition like King of the Hammers lead to better products, like Bronco and Bronco Raptor, added Rushbrook.
This is the third consecutive year Ford has been present at the King of the Hammer event. "Having Ford as both our official vehicle and a proven competitor in the Every Man Challenge and Race of Kings is as meaningful to our fans as it is to watch racing," said the president of Hammerking Productions, David Cole.
The Bronco has also proven successful in the Rebelle Rally, an all-women event that sees participants drive off-roaders across the most challenging terrain Nevada and California have to offer.
Fox recently announced the arrival of a Bronco King of the Hammers Edition, built to celebrate the motorsport event. Aside from several style-enhancing upgrades, the team has fitted the off-roader with BDS coilovers, 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 tires, and additional off-road equipment.
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