Ford Ranger Raptor Gets Ready For 2022 Baja 1000 Bashing

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The latest performance truck will be showing its stuff off at the grueling off-roading competition.

Ford has decided to put its new performance compact truck to the test at the Baja 1000. The all-new Ford Ranger Raptor will tackle one of the world's toughest races, but its twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 will run on a low-carbon biofuel to keep things relatively eco-friendly.

To get this Baja-ready truck together, Ford approached Kelly Racing of Australia with Lovell Racing. The latter of the two is headed by Brad Lovell who has experienced success in a couple of off-road championships and is an Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Member. Now that the Ford Ranger Raptor is finally being sold to the American market, its entry in the grueling off-road event couldn't have come at a better time.

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Currently, the right-hand drive Ranger Raptor, teased to us very recently, is busy with its final developments and testing over in Australia before it is shipped here to compete. The team explains that with this competition, future Ranger models will benefit from hundreds of thousands of miles of development testing.

Previous cars in recent times that took to the Baja 1000 from Ford include the F-150 Raptor and Bronco, both of which enjoyed a relative amount of success. The F-150 was a near-stock example that earned a podium finish and went on to drive another 400 miles back to its home destination. The Bronco R prototype on the other hand was more of a dedicated Baja challenger for the 2020 season, but its developments benefited the street-legal range. Regardless, the Ranger Raptor has some pretty big tires to fill.

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Despite the brand's previous successful titans, it believes that the Ranger Raptor will see similar success. Like the F-150, it will be competing in the stock class and as we know, the standard model does come generously equipped with its Fox suspension.

The aforementioned low-carbon fuel will be supplied by Shell and claims to be formed with more than 30% of sustainably sourced bio components. Ford says this event will be the perfect example to show how its racing prowess can be put on display without causing catastrophic harm to the environment.

This year's Baja 1000 will take place from November 15 to 20 along the Baja California Peninsula. The course consists of some of the most challenging surfaces, making it the perfect event for Ford to show off how capable its latest performance truck is.

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