The Ford Bronco R is built to handle off-road scenarios with ease without sacrificing precious speed during racing events. It debuted at the 2019 Baja 1000 race and has spent plenty of time in the sun and sand since then. Recently, Ford Authority was able to see the 2021 Ford Performance Bronco R in the flesh (or sheet metal, as it were) at last year’s SEMA exhibition, and we were thoroughly impressed.
A fence enclosed the Bronco R on a bed of sand to simulate its natural habitat. Obviously, the base vehicle is a 2021 Ford Bronco, but it was taken and improved upon by Ford Performance in order to be able to handle the grueling Baja 1000 race. It sports a custom carbon fiber body designed by the Ford Bronco Studio, maintaining the iconic Bronco styling while making it race-ready, featuring a sporty red, black and gray livery that’s sure to turn heads.
The Bronco R rides on a caged Ford T6 frame, with a custom front independent suspension and custom five-link rear suspension to handle even the toughest terrain. Fox off-road bypass dampers complete the race-ready suspension. The off-road racing SUV rolls on a set of Method 202 Race Series Forged Wheels, sized 17 by 12.5 inches, wrapped in BFG KDR2+ tires sized 27×12.5R17. Spares of these wheels are carried on the custom-built rigging on the rear of the vehicle.
Inside, the 2021 Ford Performance Bronco R has a custom interior designed by the Ford Bronco studio, with Recaro off-road racing seats to ensure driver and passenger comfort.
As for what’s under the hood, this Bronco R is motivated by the peppy Ford 2.7L EcoBoost V6, bolted to The Blue Oval’s 10-speed automatic transmission. It also features a Ford transfer case along with a Ford front differential to facilitate the four-wheel-drive system.