New Ford Bronco R Prototype — Unveil & First Ride in Ford’s Baja 1000 Race Truck


ELANA SCHERR: I don’t
normally do car reviews where I don’t know
what the car is, but this is a mystery review. Ford invited us out to Las
Vegas ahead of the SEMA show. And tomorrow, Ford
told us that we are going to see
something really cool that we don’t want to miss
that’s 50 years in the making. But they wouldn’t
tell us what it was. So I have some guesses. 50 years ago, Ford Talladega
won Daytona in NASCAR. So I don’t know– I don’t think that bringing
back the Talladega. Dan Gurney won Le Mans in a
GT, but there hasn’t really been any GT news this year. Also, Rod Hall won the
Baja 1000 in a Bronco, and we are waiting
for Bronco news. So I’m hoping that
we’re going to see some kind of super cool off-road
raw haul Bronco tomorrow. And you’ll find out when I do. [MUSIC PLAYING] [APPLAUSE] SPEAKER 1: Welcome, everybody. Thank you for joining us
out here in the desert. And I’m sure you’re
still wondering– why are we out here in the desert? ELANA SCHERR: I was right. I was right. I feel super smart. Did you see that? That is a modified production
Ford Bronco– kind of. I mean, all right,
it’s very modified. It’s a little bit production. And they’re going
to race it in Baja just like they did in 1969. Who’s good at their
50-year history? This girl. There’s been a lot of buzz about
Ford bringing back the Bronco. People just really like
that little truck– although I guess when they
finally stopped making it in whatever that was– ’96– it was kind of a big truck. But we haven’t really known
what it’s going to look like, and we still don’t know exactly,
but we have a few more ideas because this race truck kind
of has the shape that they say they’re going to be using. I think the front
end is absolutely going to look like that
on the production truck. And it is the production truck
frame engine and transmission. So you can get a good idea
of what it might sound like. And if you crawl
under the truck, you can see what it’s going to
look like, which is basically what a ranger looks like–
because I think they share an architecture underneath. All right, let me give you a
little bit of Baja history. First of all, if you aren’t a
Californian or an off-roader, you might not even know
where or what Baja is. It’s a peninsula that comes
off the bottom of California and runs alongside
mainland Mexico. And it has been a scene for
testing motorcycles and cars since the early 60s. People would just go down there
and try and run against a clock and see how quickly
they could make it all the way down the peninsula,
which is about 1,000 miles. And all those time
trials eventually led to an organized race
called the Mexican 1000, which started in the late 60s. And that turned into the Baja
1000, which is still run today, and I would say is the biggest,
most important off-road race in the world. I’m going to say that. I believe it. In 1969, Rod Hall won the
overall Baja 1000 in a Bronco– in that Bronco– that Bronco. And like, when I say
he won the overall, I don’t mean oh, he won
the four by four class or he won the truck
class, he won everything. He beat the motorcyclists,
he beat the cars, he beat the sand
rails, everything. That was a big
deal, and then Rod went on to have a career
where I think at one point he won some 30 times in a row– like, the dude was serious. So it’s really cool to see his
truck and his granddaughter, Shelby Hall is here. She’s a racer as well. And then Ford is here saying
they’re going to run Baja again with a Bronco that
is paying tribute to Rod Hall who died this year. So I think that that is
very cool of Ford as well. You know, they’re
recognizing their history and they’re recognizing the
people who made them important. All right, so even
though this new Bronco looks pretty
Bronco-y, you’re going to notice that it isn’t
exactly what you’d expect to see driving around
like in your neighborhood or what you would take
to pick up your kids. So if you’re imagining
what the production one’s going to look like,
bring those wheels in and make them a lot smaller– probably also won’t have quite
so much flair on the wheel wells. But that overall shape
that it has– like, kind of straight up and
down, straight up and down windshield– I mean, if it had a windshield– racetrack– that
that was probably what we’re going to see in
the production truck as well. And there are a couple
of other little details around it– like, I notice where
the tail light housings would be to me looks like,
oh, that kind of looks like if it had lights in it it
could be a production piece. So maybe the back isn’t
totally different from what we’re going to see either. I definitely think
we’re going to see that grill with a big bronco
in the front instead of Ford, which I think is cool. You know, I mean, they’re really
into this as a brand identity. So Ford said that we can
get a ride in the new Bronco racetruck and also in
the original 1969 truck that Rod Hall won
the Baja 1000 with. So I am very stoked about
that, and I can’t wait to see what it’s all about. OK. So Ford won’t tell us what
engine is in this racetruck, although they did say
it is the same engine and transmission as is going
to be in the production. One thing we do know is that
it’s a 10-speed automatic– so probably the same
transmission we’ve been seeing in a lot of Ford products. But I mean, I’ve liked
it when I’ve driven it. They’re racing in
Class 2 in Baja, which is one down from,
like, the big trophy trucks. And so we know this isn’t a V8. We know this is an eco-boost,
it’s just, which size is it? It will be super cool
if the Bronco gets the Raptor’s 3.5-liter
eco-boost V6. But it’s probably more
likely that it’s going to be the 2.7-liter V6 eco-boost. I can’t tell from the
sound– maybe you can. I don’t know– leave your
guesses in the comments. We’ll see who’s right. Shelby’s working harder
than the guys are, man. That old truck– that’s a thing. So we still don’t
have a great idea of what we’re going to
see when Ford releases the new Bronco in the
spring, but we have a little bit of a closer look. I think it’s going to be
something like that– you know, boxy, small, rugged looking. I think that fans of
the original Bronco are really going to like it.

21 thoughts on “New Ford Bronco R Prototype — Unveil & First Ride in Ford’s Baja 1000 Race Truck

  1. I was so disappointed with what Ford did to their original Bronco. They turned a unique compact and efficient vehicle into just another enclosed full sized truck.

  2. I have had jeeps all my life and off road but I have always had respect for the old little bronco sense Campjeep 1998 at Camp Hale, between Red Cliff and Leadville Colorado where are trail leader of about 17 jeeps had a old Ford Bronco.
    Thanks for the history lesson, I learned a lot, great job…

  3. Well I'm by no means and expert on Engine sounds, but when the Bronco pulled away it sounded very much like a 4 cylinder on a ventilator. So My guess is Turbo 4 ????

  4. 325 hp may be fine for the lesser trim models, the 3.5 has to be the engine of choice for the XLT. Hopefully soon we see a SVT 5.0 version

  5. Don't make a habit of this, but based off of what happened in the intro this videos title could have been more clickbait sounding.

    Nice work on that history lesson at the beginning.

  6. Just show us what it’s gonna look like already. Some of us wanna know so we can decide if we want to wait to buy it or get something now.

  7. Super stoked for this thing!
    Rumored 2.7L v6TT Ecoboost with 330hp 400lbft 10speed auto. 4×4. 5 link rear. And IFS front (because ifs is better for everything excluding rock climbing) with all the fun aftermarket options! SOLD

  8. This will be the raptor version I’m sure… Gonna have to fork out like 70k for one with Baja fenders and a lift

  9. Ford could have easily made the best looking suv if they only copied one of the retro photoshopped ones or the full size two door version of the superduty. Ford fail but if it’s two door I’ll most likely buy one. I have a 1996 now. 🤞🏻

  10. New bronco won’t be anything like this. It’ll be a turbo 4 banger and a major let down. Didn’t want a stressed out 4 banger or some underwhelming 6 cylinder, so I bought a hemi grand Cherokee .

  11. No Ford GT news this year? Has she turned on a computer at all before this in 2019? What about the MK II?! Insane! Feeling “smart” now? The Dakar is the most significant off-road race in the rest of the world. Two times WRONG!

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