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News Ford Bronco R Race Prototype Vehicle Hints At the Production Bronco

Ford Bronco R Race Prototype Vehicle Hints At the Production Bronco

We are getting close to finally seeing what the new Ford Bronco will finally really look like.

This Ford Bronco R Race Prototype, we think, is nothing more than the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the countless variations and modified Broncos we are going to witness over the coming months. This specific prototype was designed for very specific reasons.

50 years ago, Rod Hall and Larry Minor competed to an overall win at the 1969 Baja 1000. It might not sound like much but the fact is that no other 4×4 has replicated this feat in the last Century. This prototype was created as a tribute to the late Hall as it sports the race livery of the winning Bronco from 1969.

This unit will take on the near 1,000-mile off-road course at Baja Peninsula later this month. The Ford Bronco R Race Prototype is, in a way, heavily modified both mechanically and physically in order to survive this event. What we can of the truck’s overall shape is a close hint to what the final production Bronco will look like.

The Bronco R starts with the body-on-frame construction of the production vehicle and utilizes an independent Fox shocks suspension with serious wheel travel (14 inches up front and 18 inches in the rear) and custom 17-inch beadlock-capable aluminum wheels and 37-inch BFGoodrich tires. What’s more, the twin-turbos EcoBoost engine is mostly factory spec.

Ford Bronco R Race Prototype | Photo: Ford

Ford Bronco R Race Prototype | Photo: Ford

Ford Bronco R Race Prototype | Photo: Ford

Ford Bronco R Race Prototype | Photo: Ford

Ford Bronco R Race Prototype | Photo: Ford

Ford Bronco R Race Prototype | Photo: Ford

Ford Bronco R Race Prototype | Photo: Ford

Ford Bronco R Race Prototype | Photo: Ford

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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