This factory-built hot-rod Bronco has been built to take on the Baja 1,000. Based on the full-sized four-door Bronco, the biggest major change is that heart transplant. Gone are the four- and six-cylinder turbocharged motors, in comes the engine we’ve all been waiting for: the Coyote 5.0-litre V8. In this installation, it’s good for over 400PS (294kW).
With speed, you need control, both vertically and horizontally when it comes to leaping across deserts. This is where the Multimatic Positional Selective DSSV Dampers, billet control arms and a host of other suspension package upgrades come in. With 400mm of suspension travel at the front and over 440mm at the rear, these represent respective 55 and 58 per cent increases compared to the standard vehicle, itself not exactly a ‘soft-roader'.
Hanging from that suspension are beadlock wheels wrapped in 37-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KMW tyres, themselves winning veterans of the Baja. The bulbous bodywork is formed of resin transfer moulded fibreglass body panels, while the standard Bronco’s four-door frame and body structure are retained. Keeping cabin occupants safe is the Multimatic safety cage and keeping the Bronco going is a monster 65-gallon fuel tank.