Way back in October 2020, the Ford Bronco Sport participated in the Rebelle Rally – a prestigious off-road race for women only that doesn’t allow the use of modern technology like GPS – with three total teams competing. The crossover went on to score an X-Cross class win at that event, and followed that up with another first-place class finish the following year, while the full-size Ford Bronco managed to come in fourth in the 4×4 Class. Last year, FoMoCo once again headed back to the Rebelle Rally with its Bronco team, and scored a three-peat in X-Cross, though it didn’t fare quite as well in the 4×4 Class. Now, we’ll see another new face at the 2023 running of this unique event – the all-new Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally, which was just revealed back in July.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally will compete in the EV-designated X-CrossTM class of the 2023 Rebelle Rally – which takes place on October 12th-21st – with light modifications, according to The Blue Oval. The all-electric crossover will be driven by Kayleigh Miller – who won the Rebelle Rally in the 4×4 class in 2016, 2017, and 2020 – and Bailey Campbell, who finished second in the Baja 1000 and fourth in Class 1 of the Mint 400.
It’s unclear what sort of modifications the automaker has in store for its specially-prepped Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally, but the production version generates 480 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque from a pair of electric motors, and features upgrades such as MagneRide shocks with specially-tuned springs, a 0.8-inch suspension lift, 15.8-inch front brake rotors with Brembo calipers, protective shielding for both motors, a unique RallySport drive mode, model-specific 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin CrossClimate2 all-season tires, and a host of visual differences versus a standard Mach-E.
“Ford has entered vehicles in the Rebelle Rally for the last three years and now is the right time for an electric effort,” said Donna Dickson, chief engineer, Mustang Mach-E. “We’re excited to see Mustang Mach-E Rally take on 1,500 miles of the amazing dirt roads, trails, and two tracks of California and Nevada.”