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 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.
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.