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WÒW: Ford SA Reveals New Twin-Turbo Racing Bakkie

IOLThis year, the National Off-Road Racing Series in South Africa will undergo a complete transformation. The SA Rally-Raid Championship will replace the SA Cross Country Series, which was formerly known as the SA Cross Country Series. FIA T1+ premier class for the series will be introduced along with the new nomenclature.

Earlier last week, Ford South Africa introduced its new T1+ competitor. It's a heavily updated version of the FIA-Class Ranger that made its debut last year and finished second in the championship after scoring two victories. Ford South Africa is attempting to raise the bar with the introduction of the new Class FIA T1+ Ranger, which is larger and substantially broader than the existing model.

FIA World Rally-Raid Championship, which includes the Dakar Rally, has established new T1+ standards for the 2022 Dakar Rally. The vehicle meets these requirements. Lance Woolridge and Elvéne Vonk, as well as colleagues Gareth Woolridge and Boyd Dreyer, will be behind the wheel of the new racing bakkie in the next season.

Ford claims that the new T1+ Ranger marks a "dramatic leap" in both idea and execution from previous models. A hi-tech carbon fiber and aramid weave is used in the construction of the new bodywork and cabin, just as it was for the 2021 model.

Many chassis modifications were required to suit the increased bodywork and 70mm increase in tire travel, and the 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost engine was fine-tuned to get the best possible performance. The engine generates 300kW and 600Nm when it is operated in accordance with the same performance guidelines. Top speed is electronically restricted at 170km/h, rather than the previous 180km/h, in accordance with new international rally-raid standards, as opposed to the old 180km/h.

FIA World Rally-Raid Championship, which will give us greater exposure on a global scale and raise the bar even higher for competitors," said team principal Neil Woolridge. "We are delighted that the organisers of the South African championship have aligned our series with the FIA World Rally-Raid Championship," he added.

In addition, Woolridge explained that the T1+ category was introduced for the 2022 Dakar Rally in order to level the playing field between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive vehicles by standardizing the larger 37-inch tyres and longer-travel suspension that had given the lighter 2WD vehicles a significant advantage in recent years. In light of the fact that our championship is closely tied to worldwide competition, the transition to T1+ regulations in South Africa is a logical progression.

The Mpumalanga 400 in Dullstroom will serve as the first round of the South African Rally-Raid Championship on March 25 and 26.

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