Did you know that over 1 billion people tune in to watch the Dakar Rally?
That’s a staggering number for a race that used to run from Paris to Dakar until 2008 and then moved to South America from 2009 until the present time. Next year, the Dakar Rally returns to the spotlight, running from Rosario, Argentina all the way to Valparaiso, Chile.
Ford has always been one of the brands that regularly participates in the rally and for the 2014 installment, the automaker is bringing a pair of Ford Rangers for the 5,281-mile race to Chile.
Mind you, these aren’t your typical T6 Ranger 4×4 Double Cabs that will brave the elements in Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile. Built and prepared by Neil Woolridge Motorsport, the Ranger Dakar Rally has been carefully tinkered with to be able to withstand grueling terrain. Both pickups were fitted with 5.0-liter V-8 engines, each producing an impressive 349 horsepower at 4,500 rpm and 413 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. These powerful engines mate to a Sadev six-speed sequential transmission that links to a four-wheel-drive setup.
More than just its performance capabilities, the Ranger Dakar Rally pickup racers were also given the full race-spec treatment, complete with modified front and rear suspension, anti-roll bars on both sides of the pickup, and a set of 16-inch Evocorse wheels wrapped in race-spec Michelin tires.
With a grueling race like Dakar, fuel efficiency is very important in ensuring that the racers last the whole 13-day run. Fortunately, these Rangers are more than capable of that task, thanks to a fuel consumption rating that runs between 28 liters/100 km (8.4 mpg) and 90 liters/100 km (2.6 mpg), when driving in sandy racing conditions.
The race begins on January 5, 2014 and runs until the 18th of the same month. It’s still a little ways down the road, but it’s exciting knowing that participating teams are already gearing up for the event in their own way.
Ford has announced that they will be looking to recall over 26,715 models due to faulty components in the brake and tail lights. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "The multi-function switch was shipped with a sub-component (slider) that may experience deformation. A multi-function switch with a deformed slider may malfunction causing the turn signal, tail lights, hazard warning signal flashers and/or brake lights not to activate."
This is not the first time Ford pickups have undergone a serious recall. In 2010, 23,688 4-cylinder models were recalled due to a potential fire hazard. That recall centered on potential chafing of fuel lines. The Ranger was also subject to a recall in 2010 when over 2,300 manual transmission vehicles were recalled due to a faulty parking brake hydraulic actuator causing "..unintended movement which may cause a crash."
Past history aside, Ford’s newest recall is affecting a variety of vehicle including the 2002-2005 Excursion, the 2002-2007 F-250-F-550 , and the 2011 Ford Ranger .
If you just so happen to own one of the vehicles on the list, head on over to your local Ford dealer where the part will be replaced with a more robust unit. The recall is expected to begin on August 15th, 2011.
With the economy coming out of the crapper, Ford dug down deep to produce a pick-up truck that could do battle with the negativity being thrown at it. That pick-up is the new generation Ford Ranger that is said to be more tough and more capable that ever before. It will include three body styles: 4x2 and 4x4 configurations, high- and low-ride models, and a broad series array. It will be sold in 180 markets on five continents.
This new model features a longer wheelbase and wider track than the previous models, and carries a short overhang with a tri-plane plan view. There are new larger headlamps, bigger mirrors, stamped-in wheel lips, a slight rear spoiler, and increased side mirrors.
The tough look of the exterior is carried in to the interior with borrowed elements from ergonomically-designed power tools like DEWALT 1. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Ranger is said to offer comfort levels found in passenger cars.with its contemporary look and feel. The pick-up’s interior design is easily adapted to any of the interior trims available with the cluster, heating and air conditioning controls, sound system, console, and door panels switching to match the trim levels.
Does this look a little too familiar to any of you? Ford has come out with a new teaser image of a soon-to-be-unveiled vehicle. Where have we seen that before?
Oh, wait. They did that so many times with the 2011 Ford Explorer it eventually became a little too tiring. Now, the Blue Oval is back to their old tricks after releasing a teaser photo of the 2012 Ford Ranger .
From what we know, the new Ranger appears to be a little bigger than its predecessor and could potentially be configured as a four-door crew cab. True to form, Ford didn’t give away a whole lot about the new pick-up, although they did say that the new pick-up will be more powerful than previous models while also boasting of having excellent fuel economy. We also need to pass along some distressing news to people who are big fans of the Ranger. The next-generation pick-up won’t be making it’s way to the US because, according to Ford, the new Ranger is too close in size with the Ford F-150 and Americans would rather spend their hard-earned money for a larger pick-up at a price tag that isn’t too far from the Ranger.
But as for the rest of the world? Rejoice! The Ranger is still coming in your shores.
We can’t expect anything more than what Ford has given, but as soon as new developments about the new Ford Ranger come out, we’ll be sure to pass them along.
Ford will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the facelift version of its Ranger pick-up. This helps the design come in line with the Kuga SUV. NOTE: Ford makes two trucks called Ranger one for North America and one for Europe; this is the latter.
The new Ranger comes with a large horizontal three-bar grille, two black vertical nostrils either side of the grille plus the extended opening below the bumperline and large headlamps that wrap around each front corner create an instantly recognizable design statement. The lower bumper fascia also includes integrated foglamps.
Under the hood Ford placed two engines: either 2.5-litre or 3.0-litre. The 2,5 liters one delivers 140 hp and has CO2 emission figures of 227 g/km and 244 g/km respectively in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations and regular cab bodystyle. The 3.0 liters one delivers 154 hp.
Ford announced today the 2010 Ranger Sport that will go on sale this summer with unique standard safety technologies, including Ford’s AdvanceTrac with RSC – the world’s most sophisticated electronic stability control system that helps prevent skidding and rollovers – and combination side air bags.
With 2.3-liter I-4 engine, the Ranger offers unsurpassed pickup fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 26 mpg on the highway. Ford has more U.S. government 5-star safety-rated vehicles than any other brand and more IIHS “Top Safety Picks” than any other automaker.
Ford unveiled at the Thailand Auto Show the Ranger Max, a concept that, according to the company previews the next generation Ranger. The only question is this is a preview of which Ranger?
Ford sells to similar sized-trucks called "Ranger" to different parts of the world. Considering that the Ranger in North America has not had a makeover in a decade, let’s hope this one is for us.
The Ranger Max Concept was developed by Ford in cooperation to with Ford’s Australia-based Asia Pacific and Africa design team, led by Paul Gibson.
The concept features a bright orange high-energy color, exclusive Ranger Max sportsbar, a huge three-bar chrome grille, a customized hard tonneau cover at the rear of the vehicle and of course 18" alloy wheels.
Ford of Britain has given their commercial vehicle family another derivative with sporty looks by offering a limited number of Ranger Wildtrak models in Performance Blue with "Le Mans" style white bonnet stripes.
Performance Blue has become an established colour with sporty connotations within Ford of Europe’s passenger car portfolio – previously adorning the Focus RS – and it’s currently available on the new Focus ST and Fiesta ST performance models.
"We sold 7,600 Ranger’s last year. For the last few years, sales have steadily increased and Ranger now takes a 20% share of its market. We are always looking to cater for the pick-up driver who takes style seriously. Performance Blue has become a popular choice on Ford’s passenger cars and it looks great combined with the GT-style stripes on the new Ranger." said Steve Kimber, director of commercial vehicles, Ford of Britain.
Ranger Wildtrak is a highly specified model with ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), air conditioning, heated front seats and an off-road information centre as standard equipment. The powerful 3.0-litre Duratorq TDCi 156PS engine launched last spring is standard on Ranger Wildtrak and it completes the package on this very capable, stylish, and dependable pick-up.
Ford unveiled the 2008 Ranger, an even bolder, tougher, more fuel efficient and more affordable, adding to the successful “Built Ford Tough” capability and durability heritage that’s made it | one of America’s favorite small trucks for two decades. The most fuel efficient pickup truck now gets even better fuel economy thanks to improved aerodynamics delivered by an updated front-bumper design.