A Ford Bronco Sport team took home the first-place trophy at the 2021 Rebelle Rally, as the duo of Melissa Fischer and Cora Jokinen nabbed top honors in the X-Cross class last year. Amassing an impressive 1,334 points, the duo of female off-roading experts outpaced second place by 37 points, putting The Blue Oval in the winner’s circle at the event for the second year in a row. At SEMA 2021, Ford Authority was able to get up close and personal with the winning machine to get a glimpse at the off-road winner in the flesh.
As a reminder, the Rebelle Rally is a 2,500 km off-road “race” that takes a field of exclusively female competitors across the Nevadan and Californian desert. Over eight days of competition, the women are not judged on their speed during the event, but rather on their performance throughout. Navigation and GPS are disallowed, as are cell phones, requiring competitors to rely on maps, compasses, hidden checkpoints and roadbooks.
This 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands is mostly stock, featuring advanced 4X4 with a twin-clutch rear drive unit, and the Bronco’s impressive GOAT mode allowing for seven different terrain modes. This vehicle draws power from the Ford 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 engine, and even features Auto Start/Stop technology.
Under the skin, this Ford Bronco Sport is built on The Blue Oval’s C2 platform with an off-road suspension to handle even the gnarliest terrain. It rolls on a set of 253/65R17 Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires wrapped around Carbonized Gray Painted Aluminum Wheels.
The custom, eye-catching but simple Bronco 4600 livery was designed by Ford’s design team, and the wrap was executed by DPI Graphics, Inc. Inside, the vehicle features standard equipment, but per the Rebelle Rally rules, all navigation was disabled and rear seats were removed.