Xavier Pons’s Ford Ranger will be run in the 2016 Dakar Rally through a joint project between DMAS South Racing and Esponsorama.
The Ford Ranger was originally designed and built by Neil Woolridge and his team at Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM), the South Africa-based operation that ran the two factory-backed cars in 2014 in conjunction with South Racing.
During 2015, the car underwent ongoing development during Dakar Series events and other South American rallies in a strategic partnership between South Racing and Chilean partner, DMAS Competicion.
The car features revised suspension, engine mapping and chassis improvements to the car that was raced by the Argentine driver Federico Villagra at the 2015 Dakar Rally.
|Base Vehicle||Ford Ranger 4x4 Double Cab|
|Regulations||FIA / ASO T1|
|Engine||Ford Aluminum 5.0L-4V V8 with Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing|
|Engine Management||Magneti Marelli|
|Power||260 kW @ 4 500 r/min|
|Torque||560 Nm @ 4 100 r/min|
|Rev limit||5 500 r/min|
Independent Front and Rear
Twin BOS Dampers/Wheel
Antiroll Bar Rear
Brembo Water Cooled Rear
Brembo Air Cooled Front
|Fuel Cell||500 litres|
|Gearbox||Sadev 6-Speed Sequential, permanent 4-wheel drive|
|Differential||LSD Unit Front and Rear|
|Drive wheels||16-inch Evocorse rims fitted with 245/85-16 Michelin tyres|
|Top speed||170 km/h|
The South Racing / Neil Woolridge Motorsport crew behind the 2018 Dakar Rally campaign with the Ford Ranger represents vast experience in cross country racing, both on the Dakar Rally and in the domestic and international motorsport arenas.