Ford Bronco R Prototype Baja 1000 Race Truck Revealed at 2019 SEMA
A day before the official opening of the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Ford Motor Company released a race truck version of the new 2021 Bronco. The Bronco R prototype is a full race truck built by Geiser Brothers in Arizona. The body is a sneak peek of what we could see on the production model to be released in Spring 2020. The vehicle was built in complete secrecy and has features that will be found on the upcoming production model.
The truck will be campaigned by Cameron Steele's Desert Assassins race team at the 2019 SCORE Baja 1000. Drivers in attendance included Mr. Steele himself, Curt Leduc, Johnny Campbell and Rod Hall's granddaughter, Shelby Hall. Fifty years ago, Rod Hall won his first Baja 1000 in a Ford Bronco. The race livery on the new Bronco R prototype will be a tribute to Rod Hall's original machine.
There is already much speculation about what is under the hood. We know the Bronco is being built under the Ranger platform and could get the 2.3L engine. As we watched the truck rip through the desert, the truck had a Raptor-type sound to it. Possibly covered in the race body panels is a V-6 engine. We know from talking to one of the race drivers that the truck has plenty of power to win the Baja 1000. The truck is solid axle in the rear but has an independent front suspension. Ford continues to be tight-lipped about what we can expect in Spring 2020.
The Bronco R Prototype has Fox 3.0 coilover shocks on the front with 4-inch bypass shocks in the rear. This same shock package is found on the 2019 Ford Raptor. The truck has 37-inch BF Goodrich tires on Method Wheels. Braking power is provided by Brembo brakes. Fifteen LED light bars from Rigid will light the way when the sun goes down in Baja.