It's bringing six ace female drivers and three SUVs.
Ford is heading back to the all-female Rebelle Rally this October. It's looking to win back-to-back, after taking first place last year with a 2021 Bronco Sport driven by professional driver Shelby Hall (daughter of off-road legend Rod Hall) and navigator Penny Dale, covering some 1,200 miles of desert terrain from Lake Tahoe California's Imperial Sand Dunes. This year, it's taking a Bronco Sport again, but also two of the big Ford Broncos.
Hall and Dale will compete this year in the 4x4 class in a Bronco two-door, as will novice Rebelle off-roaders Kathryn Reinhardt and Victoria Bundrant of off-road accessory supplier 4Wheel Parts. Professional off-roaders Melissa Fischer and Cora Jokinen will drive the Bronco Sport in the X-cross class.
"We'd love nothing more than to podium a Bronco and a Bronco Sport at the same time," said Jovina Young, Bronco Sport marketing manager. "What I really like about sending the full family of Broncos is that Rebelleis about taking on different types of terrains and exploring; competitors aren't just hitting high speeds in the desert. It's a chance to show Bronco doing a different type of off-roading."
This year's event will start near the Hoover Dam on October 8, roll across the southwestern desert through Nevada and California, and finish again at the Imperial Sand Dunes, on October 16. Drivers and navigators spend their nights at designated base camps along the way.
The Bronco Sport and Bronco four-door are Badlands trims, while the Bronco two-door is a Wildtrak. All three feature livery inspired by the Bronco 4600 stock class race vehicle that will run in the ULTRA4 stock class off-road series this year. The Bronco two-door also has the Sasquatch Package, though the Bronco Sport is stock, with second-row seats removed. Drivers will have to disable all navigation equipment to conform to the rules.
"The No. 1 obstacle at Rebelle is your navigation, but the terrain definitely challenges the vehicles and these competitive women too," said Young, who competed last year as a novice in a Bronco Sport. "This is such a great event to showcase what Bronco and these women off-roaders are capable of in the harshest conditions."