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Ford Bronco R Fails To Finish Baja 1000

To say the Baja 1000 is a harsh race is an understatement. Vehicles and drivers get bragging rights for merely finishing the race. Winning is just icing on the cake. Ford made a big deal about testing the Bronco R race prototype in the Baja 1000, but things haven’t gone well. Ford’s Mike Levine has tweeted that the Bronco R is out of the race.

Levine Tweeted that he was proud of the team and that it had has some tough breaks. He didn’t get specific about the tough breaks he was talking about in the initial post. Levine did note that it was “disappointing” not to finish the Baja 1000. He notes that the Bronco R team will continue to test and improve the vehicle and looks forward to returning to the Baja 1000 next year.

Anyone unfamiliar with how grueling the Baja 1000 is should check out the documentary called “Dust to Glory.” The race is hard on equipment and people. Levine shed a little light on what caused the Bronco to pull out of the race.

A commenter on Levine’s post said that a skid plate damaged transmission lines and an aftermarket fan in a wreck in response to another commenter who asked what put the Bronco out of the race. Levine then commented and said that a fabricated lower right control arm broke as well.

The vehicle is important to Bronco fans because it hints at what the production Bronco will look like. It’s also being used by Ford to test the powertrain for the production Bronco. It sounds as if a wreck was what put the Bronco out, not the failure of the powertrain. Ford unveiled the Bronco R race prototype earlier this month.

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Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. GaryB

    oh no! i was rooting for it. I know the baja is rough AF but having a control arm and skid plate failure in <1,000 miles is a good indicator they need to beef up a few things yet. I'll be waiting or passing on the first year broncos when they come out. I fear the worst case scenario that they may be riddled with weak points, untested components, and hurried fabrication.

    1. David

      It wouldn’t have hurt their chances if they never had any more prangs. After all, keeping the rubber side down and keeping it on the track would have also fixed the issues that they experienced.

    2. Ford Fan

      Also it got wrecked i’m pretty sure.

  2. gareth

    Getting hit by another vechiel does no good to anything no mater how good things are built.The lower arm would probably be fabricated just for this vehicle not what will be used on the bronco that will probably be a arm off the ranger or the Raptor both are which are built of sturdy stuff.The ford raptor that was in the race completed it in good time so I think the bronco R was just unlucky.

    1. GaryB

      the article doesn’t mention a collision, or a cause for the wreck. where did you hear that it was involved in a collision

  3. Sukhoi31m3

    This is why extreme racing / testing matters. It exposes the stuff that’s under engineered and failure prone. Ford takes a lot of pride in this sort of thing so I’ll bet next year will be different.


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