Ford Ranger ready for 2024 Dakar Rally

Ford Performance, together with M-Sport, will be taking on the challenge of the 2024 Dakar Rally which starts on January 1. The team has completed preparations of a Ranger which has all the necessary equipment to endure 7,891 kms of desert, of which 4,727 kms will be over competition stages.

The purpose-built  Ranger will compete in the Rally Raid T1+ class, spearheading the expansion of Ford Performance global off-road racing in coming years. The Ranger T1+ is based on the previous generation Ranger with a 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine. It has been developed jointly by Ford Performance, M-Sport and Neil Woolridge Motorsport.

Ford Ranger Dakar Rally 2024

Ford Ranger Dakar Rally 2024

The team will be using the 14-day event to gain more experience for developing a Ranger Raptor to enter the 2025 Dakar Rally.

Ford Raptor T1 for Dakar 2025
The Raptor T1+ for the Dakar Rally in 2025 is now under development.

“To lead the charge at one of the ultimate global off-road events – the Dakar Rally – has been a goal of ours,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “We cannot underestimate the enormity of the challenge ahead of us. We need to finish and learn first with Ranger T1+. With partners like M-Sport and Neil Woolridge Motorsport, who bring their expertise to bear, we can do amazing things in the sand dunes of the Arabian Peninsula.”

M-Sport Ford
M-Sport Ford has been participating in the World Rally Championship for a few years (above) while Neil Woolridge Motorsport has entered the Dakar Rally with a Ranger in 2014. (below).

Neil Woolridge Motorsport Ford Ranger Dakar 2014

“The Dakar Rally is truly among the pinnacle of global off-road racing events,” added Malcolm Wilson, M-Sport Managing Director. “We’ve achieved great success over the years with Ford in the FIA World Rally Championship and can’t wait to apply this same level of focus, energy and effort to competing with Ranger in Dakar.”

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