The sixth-generation Ford Bronco made its debut at the annual King of the Hammers race back in 2021 in both the the Ultra4 4400 unlimited class and 4600 stock class. The Bronco returned last year with great success, sweeping the latter class with a trio of excellent finishes including a win from with Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Loren Healey in the number 2567 Bronco. Now, the Ford Bronco roster is back for the 2023 King of the Hammers as it aims to repeat that successful outing this week.
King of the Hammers has developed a reputation for being one of the toughest off-road races on the planet in the 17 years that it’s been going on, spanning 90 miles of rugged terrain that ranges from smooth, high-speed desert runs to massive, jagged rocks and pretty much everything in between. Around 80,000 fans are expected to show up and cheer on the conglomerate of drivers who attempt to conquer the vicious course as well.
As for the Bronco team, this year’s 4600 class lineup will once again include the teams of Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Loren Healy, Bailey Cole and Jason Scherer, and Brad and Roger Lovell, while Scherer and Healy, along with Gittin Jr., will all pull double duty in the 4400 class as well. All 4600 class vehicles start life a stock production Broncos that are modified for racing purposes, while the 4400 variants are custom, hardcore racers that are purpose built from the ground up.
In addition to these racing entries, fans attending the 2023 King of the Hammers will also be able to experience the Ford Bronco in some other ways. Several Ford Performance hero vehicles will be on display at the event for fans to see up close, including the 2019 Bronco R race prototype, 2022 Baja 1000-winning Ford Ranger Raptor, the three-in-a-row Rebelle Rally-winning Ford Bronco Sport, and Bronco DR. Fans can also venture over to the Bronco Nation Basecamp, located right in Hammertown, to visit with fellow Bronco enthusiasts. For the third consecutive year, Ford will retain its status as official truck and SUV of the event, too.
“From the Baja 1000 to Best In The Desert, off-road racing is just as much part of Ford’s DNA as track, endurance, and rally competition,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “King of the Hammers inspires us to ensure every Bronco delivers the capability, durability, and high-speed off-road experience our customers expect on the trail, and it led directly to Bronco Raptor, the world’s first Ultra4-inspired SUV.”
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If Ford can spend all this money to go racing, why can’t it give a little for a right hand drive Bronco?
Farley should know better coming from Toyota!!!