While the Ford Ranger Raptor is currently the most badass manufacturing facility Ranger for avenue use (nevertheless sadly not in the U.S.), a South African outfit termed Neil Woolridge Motorsports (NWM) has making even more awesome rally raid Rangers below authorization from Ford. These are constructed for Dakar-design cross nation racing and have been employing a model of the five.-liter Coyote V8. But this calendar year, they’re switching to EcoBoost electric power.
The new NWM Rangers will get a model of the twin-turbocharged 3.five-liter V6 shared with the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ford GT. Power figures haven’t been introduced, but for reference, the V8 NWM has been employing built 349 horsepower and 413 pound-ft of torque. It also only revs to 6,000 rpm, unlike the higher revving device in the Mustang GT. People specs are for the truck that competes in Course T cross nation racing in South Africa and Brazil, which is a slower class than the FIA class the V6 truck will compete in. Ford suggests it has verified with the FIA that this will be the first turbocharged V6 entered in this class. Other trucks this sort of as the Toyota Hilux and Nissan Navara currently use V8s, with the former employing a five.-liter, and the latter accessible with either a five.-liter or five.6-liter motor. The Ranger’s motor, just as with its rivals, is not below the hood, either. It truly is mounted in the center, and Ford suggests it sits a tiny farther again than the V8 for fat distribution applications.
The truck has undergone a amount of other adjustments from its predecessor. The chassis and body have been widened, which provides more room for driver and co-driver and area for routine maintenance. It switches from a live rear axle to independent like the entrance, and there is seven inches of travel at every single finish. The transmission and differentials are lighter, and the truck comes with a 127-gallon fuel cell. Braking is really serious with six-piston calipers entrance and rear. The entrance units are air cooled while the rears are water-cooled.
NWM will begin campaigning the V6 FIA-class Rangers later on this calendar year. Until it truly is completely ready, the organization will be managing modified V8 products. The organization will also continue on to offer help to privateer teams managing Course T Rangers.