Earlier this year, FoMoCo revealed the Ford Bronco 4400 and 4600, off-road racing versions of its road-going 2021 Ford Bronco. The custom-built racers then debuted at this year’s King of the Hammers race in Johnson Valley, California, where all three finished the race, with one placing fifth. Now, the Ford Bronco 4400 and 4600 just wrapped up the latest Ultra4 event – El Rey de Las Bajas in San Felipe, Mexico – with much more favorable results.
Loren Healy piloted his number 67 Ford Bronco 4400 to a class victory with a total time of 2 hours, 53 minutes, beating out second-place Raul Gomez by a little over 42 seconds. The fastest of Healy’s five laps came in at 33 minutes, 22 seconds, while he averaged 34 minutes, 36 seconds overall. Healy qualified third for the race.
Meanwhile, in the 4600 class, Brad Lovell also secured a win in his number 4621 Bronco by completing two laps in 1 hour, 26 minutes, which beat out second-place driver Twitchy McGee by roughly nine minutes. Lovell’s best lap came in at 42 minutes, 51 seconds, with an average lap time of 43 minutes, 11 seconds. Lovell’s win comes on the heels of scoring the pole position for the race.
The Bronco 4400 is a purpose-built, hardcore racing machine with a custom four-wheel-drive system, tube chassis, long-travel shocks, and gigantic tires, representing the ultimate off-road version of the new Bronco. Healy was joined in San Felipe by fellow 4400 drivers Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Jason Scherer, who finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Bronco 4600 is much closer to what we’ll actually see on public roads in the coming months, as it’s based on the production 2021 Bronco two-door with the Sasquatch Package and a stock powertrain running on a competition-tuned High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) System, albeit with a host of upgrades including Fox shocks, Wilwood Engineering brakes, and 35-inch BFGoodrich mud-terrain T/A KM3 tires mounted on Method Race Wheels’ 202 forged beadlock wheels.