Mustang V8s in Dakar Rally Ford Rangers
Ford is tackling the Dakar Rally and for the task it has dropped Mustang V8 engines into its Ranger utility.
A two-strong Ranger team has been confirmed today with pictures of the South African-built machines.
The rally, which runs January 5-8 from Argentina to Chile, covers more than 8000 kilometres and last year's event attracted 745 competitors, representing 53 nationalities.
The purpose-built Rangers are being prepared by Pietermaritzburg-based Neil Woolridge Motorsport while logistics will be handled by German-based South Racing.
''A complex jigging system was used in the manufacturing process in order to ensure that each part is built as per the design in order to achieve the perfect fit on every vehicle built,'' Woolridge said.
The vehicles also have a six-speed sequential gearbox, liquid-cooled rear brakes and 500-litre fuel tanks. If you're wondering why such a large tank - fuel consumption is estimated at a whopping 90 litres per 100km in sandy racing conditions and 28L/100km on normal
While they may have a 5.0-litre V8 under the hood, the engines have been limited to 350 horsepower and 559 newton metres of torque with a top speed of just under 170kmh.