When the Ford Ranger Raptor is currently the most badass manufacturing facility Ranger for avenue use (though regrettably not in the U.S.), a South African outfit known as Neil Woolridge Motorsports (NWM) has developing even a lot more remarkable rally raid Rangers less than authorization from Ford. These are developed for Dakar-design cross state racing and have been utilizing a edition of the 5.-liter Coyote V8. But this 12 months, they’re switching to EcoBoost power.
The new NWM Rangers will get a edition of the twin-turbocharged three.5-liter V6 shared with the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ford GT. Ability figures have not been introduced, but for reference, the V8 NWM has been utilizing made 349 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. It also only revs to six,000 rpm, compared with the greater revving unit in the Mustang GT. These specs are for the truck that competes in Class T cross state racing in South Africa and Brazil, which is a slower class than the FIA class the V6 truck will compete in. Ford claims it has confirmed with the FIA that this will be the first turbocharged V6 entered in this class. Other vans this sort of as the Toyota Hilux and Nissan Navara currently use V8s, with the former utilizing a 5.-liter, and the latter offered with either a 5.-liter or 5.six-liter engine. The Ranger’s engine, just as with its competitors, is not less than the hood, either. It truly is mounted in the middle, and Ford claims it sits a very little farther back than the V8 for body weight distribution functions.
The truck has been through a quantity of other improvements from its predecessor. The chassis and body have been widened, which provides a lot more place for driver and co-driver and home for upkeep. It switches from a reside rear axle to unbiased like the front, and there is seven inches of travel at every close. The transmission and differentials are lighter, and the truck comes with a 127-gallon gasoline mobile. Braking is critical with six-piston calipers front and rear. The front units are air cooled while the rears are drinking water-cooled.
NWM will start out campaigning the V6 FIA-class Rangers later on this 12 months. Until eventually it is entirely completely ready, the company will be running modified V8 models. The company will also continue on to give help to privateer groups running Class T Rangers.