- ford performance has created a trio of bronco 4400 rally trucks racing this weekend in the king of the hammers race in california.
- the purpose-built bronco suvs have custom tubular chassis along with long-travel suspensions to handle the mix of rock crawling and high-speed desert rally driving seen through the race.
- this wednesday, ford will also be revealing a "never-before-seen" bronco model live.
this weekend, in the form of the bronco 4400 custom-built rally truck, the ford bronco name will be darting across the california desert in the grueling king of the hammers off-road race. the three bronco 4400s, which will race in the ultra4 4400 unlimited class, have custom tubular chassis along with huge off-road tires attached to long-travel suspensions. these trucks were purpose-built to overcome the mix of rock crawling and high-speed desert rally driving which the king of the hammers race is known for.
the bronco 4400s will be tested in the king of the hammers race. in last year’s rally, there were 105 entrants who started the race, and of those, 44 finished. the winner of that race took the podium with a time of just over seven hours; the last racer to complete the race finished roughly seven hours after the winner.
ford performance didn’t release many details on the powertrain going into the bronco 4400s but said that they’ll be powered by high-powered engines and will also get custom 4x4 systems which build on the goat driving modes seen in the production ford bronco. the custom broncos are much different than the bronco r raced in the baja 1000, a truck which took many of the components from the yet-to-be-revealed bronco.
perhaps most exciting, ford said that it will reveal a “never-before-seen” bronco model live on february 3, the qualifying day for the race. we’re unsure what the automaker has in store, but we’ll be checking that live stream to see what it will be.