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How cool are Ford’s new Bronco-inspired race trucks?

These Bronco ULTRA4 4400s will compete at the King of the Hammers off-road race

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Before Ford unveiled the reborn Bronco, it built something brilliant called the Bronco R race prototype. Essentially, it was to be an off-road monster that would also serve as a development mule for the road-going Bronco by completing the Baja 1000. Decent testing, hey?

Anyway, now that literally everyone on the Internet has seen the new Bronco, Ford has developed a few more racing versions. Meet the Bronco ULTRA4 4400s.

These three race trucks have been built to take on the unlimited class at the upcoming King of the Hammers off-road race in California, meaning they’ll need to tackle both high-speed desert racing and low-speed rock crawling. They’ll be driven by Vaughn Gittin Jr, two-time King of the Hammers winner Loren Healy and three-time winner Jason Scherer. No pressure then. 

Ford is naturally being coy about what’s underneath that aluminium Bronco-like body, probably because it’s nothing like a customer Bronco whatsoever. We do know that it’s a custom tubular chassis, a custom 4x4 drivetrain and a “high-power engine” though. 

The cabin is also fully race-prepped, and Ford says the three trucks include the ‘first-ever FIA off-road certified Pro Pacer XL ORV race shells from Recaro’.

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