As Ford Authority reported earlier this month, The Blue Oval was set to compete at the 2023 Score Baja 1000 this past weekend with not just one, but two different models – the Ford F-150 Raptor R in the Stock Full class and the Ford Bronco Raptor in the Stock Mid-Size division. When the dust settled, that effort paid off in a big way for FoMoCo, as the Ford Bronco Raptor managed to bring home a first-place class finish in the iconic off-road race, which was also the case with the Ford F-150 Raptor R – the perfect follow up to last year’s desert showdown, when the next-generation Ford Ranger Raptor secured a class win of its own at Baja.
Things weren’t easy for teams competing in the latest running of this historic Score Baja 1000, as heavy rain made it both difficult to see and navigate across the 1,200 miles of rugged terrain between La Paz and Ensenada in the Mexico Baja peninsula. Regardless, the Ford F-150 Raptor R managed to bring home a win in the Stock Full class with an unofficial time of 41:44:45.634, an impressive feat given the fact that the V8-powered pickup is largely stock, save for the addition of necessary safety equipment and select performance modifications that meet Score stock class regulations.
“Winning the Baja 1000 in the Raptor R will go down as one of my favorite victories in my racing career,” said driver Loren Healy. “The amount of work that went into the race efforts for both the truck and the Bronco Raptor are absolutely mind blowing. Somewhere around 100 people came together as a family and made magic, getting both these stock production vehicles to win their classes in the second longest Baja 1000 ever. It truly is an honor to be a small part of this epic, history-making team.”
“Ford is a family company with not only a goal to win, but to also further develop our street Raptors for customers around the world to enjoy,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “The Baja 1000 not only served as a testament to all the hard work from people on the ground and those in Dearborn, Michigan, but this event also emphasizes our continued global commitment to the sport and making better products for our customers.”