Time to turn up the power. Big time.
The factory-backed Ford Bronco R sadly failed to complete this year's grueling Baja 1000 off-road endurance race. Although it's only the beginning for the reborn Bronco's racing career, this was definitely not the start team Ford was hoping for. There's always next year. And speaking of next year, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus' new Baja Boot not only beat the Bronco R, but it also completed the race and won its category. Although the Bronco R was the Boot's only competitor, the fact that SCG's new off-road completed the race at all is huge – and it even managed to drive back to the hotel for a much-deserved party. Respect.
And now SCG owner and founder James Glickenhaus is already thinking about next year's race. After all, Ford will be back and will have likely learned from its mistakes. Therefore, SCG needs to up its game, too.
In a recent Facebook post, Glickenhaus himself wrote the following: "We MAY build a road legal Hyper Road Legal Boot for Baja 2020 with 900HP, Full time 4WD, 42 inch tires that we'll enter in the Top Class and try for 1 OA. Price TBD but if you order one today you can race alongside us next year and then drive her home as we did this year with our Boot. It may get a little muddy..."
That's right, a 900 horsepower road-legal hybrid Boot. The keyword, however, is 'might.' Glickenhaus has yet to make this official, though knowing him he wouldn't just announce something without giving it some previous thought. He could also just be gauging customer interest.
With more power, larger tires (the current Boot has 650 hp and 37-inch tire), and numerous other improvements gained through knowledge from this year's race, chances are team SCG can improve this year's overall time of 33 hours and 59 minutes. Is that a good time? Yes, but it can get better. The Ford Raptor driven by this year's winning team completed the race in 16 hours and 10 minutes.