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The Ford Bronco R Racer Could Be Yours

Do you want a faster Ford Bronco? Well, then good news. You could have the fastest new model available for 2021 soon as Ford toys with selling the Ford Bronco R Racer to racing enthusiasts. 

The Ford Bronco R Racer could come to market 

A rumor suggests that one of the top executives at Ford said if people wanted to buy the Ford Bronco Racer R, then they would sell it. The exec also added that they’ve done similar things with Mustang GT models. 

Ford Bronco R race prototype
Ford Bronco R race prototype | Ford

The Bronco R prototype was how Ford reintroduced the Bronco in 2019 to race in the Baja 1000, but we haven’t seen the model that will race in the 2020 Baja 1000 yet. Also, a tweaked model may appear for the 2021 Baja 1000. 

There is no need to hide the new look of the Ford Bronco R Racer now that the new Bronco has made its debut. The Bronco R is production-based, but uses Baja-specific parts developed to compete in the Class 2 category. 

2021 Bronco R Prototype Baja 1000 | Ford-001
2021 Bronco R Prototype Baja 1000 | Ford

This gives manufacturers a high degree of flexibility. Plus, if this idea is given the go-ahead, racing privateers could have their drivers in a Ford Bronco R Racer model by the end of 2021 to race with. 

How much is the Ford Bronco R Racer? 

While the street-legal Ford Bronco begins around $28,000, you can expect the R Racer to cost significantly more. For example, The GT350-R-C Mustang GT$ that was produced by Multimatic Motorsports and Ford costs around $225,000. 

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Also, the Baja Boot, which is Class 2 Baja 1000 legible that was built by Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus in New York, costs about $287,500. The Baja Boot was able to beat the Ford Bronco in 2019. 

Ford Bronco R Racer power 

The Ford Bronco R Baja Racer hit the desert in 2019 to hopefully win the Baja 1000. Ford last won the Baja 1000, which consisted of a grueling 1,000-mile racecourse back in 1969, so they were hoping to take home another win. However, the Bronco R was towed off the course after being determined to be too unsafe for drivers. 

Ford Bronco R race prototype racing through sand
Ford Bronco R race prototype | Ford

Under the hood, there are probably a few different variations of the Ford EcoBoost V6 engine available. The monstrous Ford Raptor uses the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine with 450 hp. However, a V8 engine for the 2021 model is rumored to be in the works. 

The Fox suspension, which has been heavily modified for racing, delivers 14 inches of travel in the front and 18 inches of travel in the rear. Also, the Bronco R has massive 37-inch tires that stick out past the frame.  Also, the Ford Bronco R Racer was fitted with a 70-gallon fuel tank that is able to go about 315 miles before having to stop to refuel. 

2021 Bronco R Prototype Baja 1000 | Ford-001 built for racing in the desert
2021 Bronco R Prototype Baja 1000 | Ford

Aftermarket parts such as the Frankenstein radiator caused problems for the Bronco, causing it not to cross the finish line. It seized and was unable to perform at full capacity, making it too dangerous to continue racing.