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, returning to that same event last year, where the trio of teams managed to sweep the podium in the latter series. As Ford Authority reported last week, a slightly revised version of those same Ford Bronco teams returned to tackle the 2023 King of the Hammers race, but they still managed to accomplish the same feat for the second straight year.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Loren Healy made yet another appearance behind the wheel of the number 2567 Bronco 4600, and this time around, the duo scored a win in the Every Man Challenge. Brad Lovell and his brother Roger finished second in the number 4621 Bronco 4600, while Bailey Cole placed third in the number 13 Bronco 4600. Each of these vehicles started life as a production two-door model that rolled off the line at the Michigan Assembly plant – like their road-going brethren – then fitted with necessary safety equipment and various other upgrades.
“Racing and off-road competition like King of the Hammers leads to better products, like Bronco and Bronco Raptor,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “The stock class Every Man Bronco 4600s continue to showcase the development of new technologies, and these learnings can help us improve the vehicles our customers drive every day.”
King of the Hammers has developed a reputation for being one of the toughest off-road races on the planet in the now 18 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 showed up to cheer on the conglomerate of drivers who attempt to conquer the vicious course as well.