The 2023 Ford Bronco DR debuted in late 2021 as a hardcore off-road racing machine powered by the naturally-aspirated Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote engine, and immediately landed on everyone’s wish list. Unfortunately, few will ever get the chance to drive this amazing machine, largely because FoMoCo is only building 50 of them for this year, and each one costs a cool quarter-million dollars. Regardless, a handful of lucky journalists were recently able to do so, and came away amazed by its capabilities. Now, off-road racer Christopher Polvoorde – who is no stranger to The Blue Oval – has also enjoyed some wheel time in the Ford Bronco DR, too.
Even though he’s accustomed to blasting across the desert at high speed in some pretty wild machines, Polvoorde also came away mighty impressed by the Ford Bronco DR, particularly how smooth it rides across rough terrain. He’s also amazed that it’s a production vehicle, given its poise and power, which is notable for a guy that drives pricey, one-off trophy trucks for a living, among various other dedicated machines.
While it may not look much like its factory-based brethren, the Bronco DR does utilize the same factory frame as the regular Bronco, as Ford Authority previously reported. The soon-to-be racer is shipped as a body-in-white vehicle from the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant to the Multimatic facility in Markham, Ontario, Canada, where it’s fitted with an array of hardcore components that help make it a true beast in the desert.
Those upgrades include an array of body modifications, an enhanced version of the road-legal Bronco’s High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (H.O.S.S.) system, Multimatic Positional Selective DSSV Dampers, Multimatic-designed billet aluminum lower control arms, and special 37-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 all-season tires, to name just a few. It’s a truly impressive machine, but sadly, one that most of us will never get to experience.
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