The Ford Bronco first entered the Rebelle Rally for the event’s 2020 running and has since enjoyed a fair amount of success at the annual event. As a grueling off-road race only open to female contestants, the Rebelle Rally doesn’t allow any modern navigation methods, meaning participants must rely on maps, roadbooks and hidden checkpoints in order to reach their destination. It’s not a test of time or speed, but rather an overall examination of a team’s ability to navigate tough terrain under pressure. Ford Authority was able to check out one of the Ford Bronco racers from the 2021 Rebelle Rally on display at SEMA 2021 – the #131 machine navigated by Kathryn Reinhardt and driven by Tori Bundrant.
The #131 team took home 21st place overall in the highly competitive 4X4 class. Reinhardt and Bundrant attended “Rebelle U” earlier in the year in order to prepare themselves for the challenge, and both ladies work for 4 Wheel Parts and are no strangers to the realm of off-roading. In fact, both have experience off-roading on Moab’s Rubicon Trail. The 2021 running marked the first for the pair, and the first time they undertook the challenge of navigating without the help of GPS, phones or a trail leader.
The Ford Bronco that carried the two women across 2,275 kilometers of desert is fitted with 4 Wheel Parts Factory bumpers, along with fender deletes, Method Race Wheels, Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T tires and myriad other upgrades. These aftermarket upgrades were “the perfect additions to the rally,” according to Reinhardt. They even had a small fridge fitted in the vehicle, which carried a life-saving supply of iced coffee and Redbull. The tough vehicle also features the same black, white and red livery as the other Ford Bronco Sport entries in the event, and still sports a coating of fine desert grit acquired in the rally.