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Ford announces 2013 racing plans


FORD recently revealed its 2013 motorsport plans with the new Ranger and Focus ST racing cars.

The Ranger will be making its debut in the popular Off-Road championship. The team will boast a pair of Rangers with Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst and Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable once again competing in Class SP.

This racing bakkie boasts an impressive 5.0-litre V8 engine with variable cam timing, managed by the Magneti Marelli system. In addition to its light-weight body and chassis design, the vehicle is equipped with an independent front suspension and a solid rear axle, eight state-of-the-art BOS dampers and front- and rear anti-roll bars.
Ford will also continue its participation in the Bridgestone Production Car Championship with a racing version of the all-new ST.

The two race-prepared Focus STs will for the first time sport the vehicle’s standard ABS system, which supersedes any aftermarket options available, while the team will use Penske suspension and a Cosworth-developed engine-management system. Performance will be equalised by a 36mm air-intake restrictor with boost levels capped at 0.7bar and weight set at 1 300kg.
Long-time Ford drivers Gary Formato and Shaun Duminy will continue to pilot the vehicles in the series’ Class T category.

In addition to the two new vehicles making their racing debut this season, Team Ford Racing introduced its new National Rally Championship programme.

Reigning South African National Rally Champions Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton will once again pilot their S2000 Ford Fiesta.

“It is going to be a landmark year for us as we introduce two brand-new vehicles into the country’s top motorsport categories and launch our new national rally programme,” says Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa President and CEO Jeff Nemeth.

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