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Ford to Race at 2014 Dakar with Ranger Pickup Trucks

Ford Racing has confirmed it will enter two modified Ranger pickup trucks in next year’s Dakar Rally, which is scheduled to take place in South America from January 5 through 18.
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The two vehicles that were prepared in South Africa by Neil Woolridge Motorsport will be driven by Lucio Alvarez / Ronnie Graue and Chris Visser / Japie Badenhorst respectively, the latter to experience their very first Dakar Rally.

Both trucks feature T6 Ranger 4x4 Double Cab bodies, 5.0-liter V8 engines rated at 349 bhp and 560 Nm of torque, and Sadev six-speed sequential transmissions. Other features include a permanent four-wheel drive setup, independent suspension, Evocorse wheels, Michelin tires, and Brembo brakes.

“We are extremely proud to be sending these South African-built Rangers to the 2014 Dakar,” says Jeff Nemeth President and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. “Dakar is the ultimate test of man and machine and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate with a phenomenal team comprised of local and global expertise.”
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