Mírenla bien, ya que esto el lo más cercano a la Bronco final que veremos antes del debut del modelo de producción.

La todoterreno de carreras Ford Bronco R acaba de ser revelada en el laguna seca Jean Lake en las afueras de Las Vegas justo a tiempo para celebrar los 50 años de la victoria de Rod Hall en la carrera Baja 1000, a bordo de una Bronco de la primera generación. Shelby Hall, la nieta de Rod, correrá uno de los tramos de la misma carrera este año. Pero antes de aparecer en la Baja 1000, Ford llevará a la Bronco R a la península de Baja California para llevar a cabo una brutal prueba de resistencia de cerca de 1,000 millas (1,609 kilómetros) de distancia. 

Galería: Ford Bronco R

La Bronco R corre sobre una versión modificada del chasis del modelo de producción, con una suspensión especial equipada con componentes Fox, que permite viaje de 14 pulgadas en el tren delantero y de 18 pulgadas en el trasero. Un juego de neumáticos BFGoodrich de 37 pulgadas envuelven rines de aluminio de 17 pulgadas con capacidad de recibir selladores externos beadlock

El comunicado de Ford solo dice que el vehículo solo cuenta con un motor doble turbo, pero Gabriel Vega de Motor1.com Latino estuvo presente en la revelación del vehículo y nos informó que aparentemente se trata de un V6 EcoBoost de 2.7 litros.  

 

La Bronco R es el mejor avance que hemos tenido hasta el momento de como lucirá el modelo de producción, aunque con seguridad los neumáticos de la versión de calle no excederán el ancho del vehículo. El vehículo de competencia cuenta con un capó de compuestos livianos, un panel desmontable en el techo que permite acceder al único asiento en la cabina y 15 barras de luz LED en su exterior incluyendo la parrilla donde deletrean la palabra BRONCO.  

El interior está desprovisto de cualquier lujo y comodidad, no tiene ventanas fincionales, y por supuesto está permanentemente cubierto de polvo y arena. El volante de competencia es delgado y los instrumentos están en el centro del tablero sobre lo que parece ser un panel de controles.

Ford inició el proyecto Bronco R en julio pasado, y fue capaz de mantenerlo en el más absoluto secreto gracias al nombramiento de un equipo muy pequeño, totalmente dedicado al proyecto, que trabajó largas horas en un sótano del centro de diseño de ford en Dearborn. Ya es hora de que disfruten del fruto de sus esfuerzos.

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Back in the Saddle

 


Hinting at upcoming Bronco production model, Ford’s Bronco R race prototype debuts in the desert to celebrate 50th anniversary of Rod Hall’s historic Baja 1000 win, an overall victory in a 4x4 that’s never been duplicated in 50 years

 


It was built for this, its engine roaring through the heat of the Mojave and its racing tires spraying desert sand. As the last grain settled, the vehicle that is all at once a tribute and a test and a tease, came in to focus. It was no mirage. Bronco – in the form of a race-inspired Bronco R prototype – is back.

 


As a tribute, it was appropriately parked alongside the Bronco that Rod Hall and Larry Minor famously drove to an overall win 50 years ago at the 1969 Baja 1000 – a victory that no other 4x4 has replicated. Featuring a race livery inspired by Hall’s winning vehicle, Bronco R passes the torch to off-road racer Shelby Hall, Rod’s granddaughter, who will drive it for portions of this year’s prestigious race in honor of her late grandfather.

 


As a test, the Bronco R will head back to the Baja Peninsula later this month to take on the near 1,000-mile grueling off-road course and challenge the production Bronco’s powertrain and architecture.

 


And as a tease, the Bronco R – developed by Ford Performance in collaboration with builder Geiser Bros Design and Development and Baja 1000 Trophy Truck champion Cameron Steele – drops heritage-inspired design and proportion hints of what enthusiasts can expect to see when the future Bronco makes its world premiere next spring

 


“Bronco’s win at Baja in 1969 was epic, something that even after 50 years has not been repeated,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer. “Rugged endurance racing is such a big part of Bronco heritage. The Baja 1000 gives us not only the perfect setting to honor Rod Hall’s win, it also provides an authentic test bed to demonstrate our upcoming Bronco’s desert racing capability and durability.”

 


Iconic Bronco design at first sight

Hidden behind an innocuous security door in a Ford studio basement, a small team led by Paul Wraith, Bronco chief designer, worked since July to make the race prototype unmistakably Bronco at first sight. The team worked in secret to create a one-off build that hints at the all-new Bronco to come, while paying homage to the first-generation Bronco’s styling and proportions that made the nameplate an instant off-road icon a half-century ago.

 


The team focused on creating a race-ready look with an overall heritage-inspired design language. With its compressed body height and long-travel suspension, Bronco R features an ultra-wide stance, while a variety of aero components reinforce its performance intent. The prototype’s lightweight composite body includes a clamshell hood and roof, as well as clean body panels that harken back to the first-generation Bronco models (1966 – 1977). A cut-roof design allows rear seat passengers to use a second-row hatch for access.

 


The exterior incorporates 15 LED lightbars from Rigid, including a grille sequence framing the new BRONCO brand lettering boldly. To underscore that this is a one-of-a-kind racing prototype, the “R” is given a sharp graphic treatment. Washers inscribed with the Bronco name are visible at various points around the exterior and secure the composite skin to the roll cage beneath it.

 


A unique race-focused interior features lightweight off-road racing shells from Recaro for all three seating positions. Simple surfaces of the instrument panel nod to the first-generation Bronco, and the integration of a MoTeC data acquisition system enables real-time monitoring and measurement of the prototype’s performance attributes.

 


With its exterior inspired by the winning 1969 Baja 1000 Bronco livery, the Ford Performance Bronco R race prototype pays tribute with its red, white and black colors accented by its blue space frame. No. “2069” stretches across its rear quarter-panel and wing – “20” to signal the class in which it will race and “69” in honor of the year in which Hall and Minor roared to an overall victory in the Mexican 1000 (now SCORE-International Baja 1000).

 


“My grandfather was so proud of the 1969 Baja race and of his Bronco,” said Shelby Hall. “More than just the memory of winning Baja, he loved that Bronco. I have no doubt he would be blown away by the Bronco R race prototype.”

 


Sketch to race prototype in six months

To mark the 50th anniversary of Bronco’s Baja 1000 win, Wraith and team worked in concert with Ford Performance, builder Geiser Bros Design and Development of Phoenix, Arizona, and Baja 1000 Trophy Truck champion Cameron Steele to make the Nov. 22 race start. They used cutting-edge tools such as high-tech virtual reality, polygon modeling and 3D printing to develop parts, but also incorporated low-fidelity prototyping and role-playing to aid problem-solving and swift decision-making.

 


“This wasn’t our usual development process, but it was the right process for this project,” said Wraith. “We found, created or adapted the right tool for the task at hand – a cool and exciting blend of old and new creative techniques. We stretched ourselves, but it was worth it – and great fun.”

 


More than a celebration of Hall’s 1969 win, the Bronco R race prototype is designed with the production model’s body-on-frame architecture to test its capability and durability, while also energizing off-road enthusiasts who eagerly await the return of America’s original sport utility vehicle.

 


The race prototype is built on a modified Ford T6 architecture that will provide the base for the production model. Beefed up for Baja, Bronco R features an independent front suspension with 14 inches of travel and a production-based five-link rear chassis design with up to 18 inches of travel, plus custom Fox shocks, 17-inch beadlock-capable aluminum wheels and 37-inch BFGoodrich tires.

 


“Like the original Bronco, we kept Bronco R’s design authentic and simple, with a roll cage on a production-style frame, and a five-piece lightweight body on top,” said Brian Novak, Ford Performance off-road racing supervisor. “For the endurance needs of Baja’s 1,000 grueling miles, we built in a limited number of race-focused parts. But even the twin turbos of the EcoBoost® engine are representative of what the production Bronco will offer.”

 


For the vehicle that was, and the vehicle that will be – it’s the vehicle that is. The Bronco R race prototype is no mirage. The sand is flying again, and the heat is on. It was built for this.