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Ford shows prototype for customer-raced Broncos

Bronco 4600 will enter stock-class off-road races this year

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Before the start of the recent King of the Hammers, Ford unveiled the Bronco 4400, a specially built off-road racing machine that carried the Bronco name into the unlimited-class competition. During the competition in the Southern California desert, Ford Performance showed off what might be done with an actual Bronco, should its owner want to go off-road racing, or explore particularly rugged terrain.

The Bronco 4600 is a stock-class racer based on a factory-produced 2-door Bronco chassis, with some body panels trimmed, a HOSS suspension (that’s High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension System), and a tweaked 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.

Ford plans to do testing with the Bronco 4600 soon and to enter stock-class events sometime this year to demonstrate how customers might prepare their own vehicles for competition.

Bronco, Ford shows prototype for customer-raced Broncos, ClassicCars.com Journal

“Bronco 4600 underscores how ready the all-new Bronco is for competition and how Ford Performance is committed to driving the brand’s success across multiple off-road series,” Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports, was quoted in the announcement about the vehicle. 

Ford said the 4600 is built on a 2-door platform with the Sasquatch package. The SUV has Fox coil-over shocks and Fox pneumatic bump stops at all four corners. It has Wilwood Engineering brakes and 35-inch BFGoodrich mid/terrain T/A KM3 tires on Method Race 202 forged beadlock wheels.

The prototype Bronco 4600 has heavy-duty front hubs from 74 Weld mounted to Triton Engineering control arms with heavy-duty Howe hydraulic steering rack and cooler. The SUV has a factory Dana AdvanTEK e-locking differential with RCV custom front half shafts deliver. 

At the rear are Triton Engineering links, Dynatrac ProRock XD60 axle with an ARB 35-spline Air Locker and Spidertrax Spider 9 axle shafts and hubs. 

Ford Performance adds modified front and rear modular steel bumpers and a Warn Zeon winch and Rigid LED off-road lights. 

A custom roll cage is by Geiser Brothers and the truck has Recaro’s new FIA-certified seats.

Bronco, Ford shows prototype for customer-raced Broncos, ClassicCars.com Journal
Bronco 4600 Race Vehicle

Ford said the SUV’s “war paint” pays homage to the brand’s off-road legacy and the 1969 Baja 1000-winning vehicle.

For more information, visit the Bronco website.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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