It has produced 120 Odyssey-edition Rangers at its Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria, which have been distributed to dealers around South Africa, in anticipation of the epic competition.
Unlike last year, where 10 contestants competed, individually, this year, 20 contestants will compete, in teams of two, for the ultimate prize of getting to drive an Odyssey Ranger for a year, while also receiving R5 000 for fuel each month.
The trip is set to take place between the 7th and 19th of September, in the secluded Kaokoland in northern Namibia. Contestants will cover approximately 2 500 kilometres along some gruelling terrain including the infamous Van Zyl’s Pass and the eminent Purros loop Road - popular for its desert elephants.
Last year, participants, as well as vehicles, were pushed to the limits as they battled it out across six countries covering a distance of 7 860 kilometres through Africa. Aside from the combat, participants also undertook humanitarian projects along the way.
From the arduous selection process of online entries, 40 hopefuls will be chosen to attend a three-day Boot Camp that will take place in August, comprising rigorous training and an assessment session. Candidates will be trained and evaluated on the vital aspects of 4x4 driving, navigation, team work, physical and mental stamina as well as camp craft. The 20 finalists will then be ready to embark on the exciting adventure.
Entries for the cross-continent escapade are now open to the public until the 20th July. It will also require hopeful adventurers to visit a Ford dealership and take a picture with the Odyssey-edition Ford Ranger and upload it to the website in order to qualify for selection.