If you find yourself at the 2017 King of the Hammers off-road race, keep an eye out for Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. - you'll find him driving a buggy that Ford Performance crafted to reflect the classic Bronco style. The news was revealed after rumors spread about Ford's plans to develop an upgraded Bronco SUV; the unveiling of the buggy reinforces that notion since FoxNews.com reports that Ford has all but confirmed a 2020 debut for a new Bronco model.
Next year's annual event is slated to run its course at the Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley, CA, which many deem one of the most challenging automotive terrains across the globe. It stretches 165 miles long and is merciless, presenting drivers with aggressive rock crawling sections as well as high-speed desert running. Luckily, Gittin is set to succeed - as a rookie this past February, he came out in 10th place at the Hammers and was the first non-regular of this driving style to achieve that feat. As FoxNews.com also states, "He [Gittin] says the car control he's developed drifting his Ford Mustang RTR paid off on the flat sections, but his result suggests he was clearly a quick study on the boulders, too."
Check out the Ford Bronco in a video from last year's King of the Hammers race:
The 2017 Hammers is still a couple of months away, but Brocky (as the truck is aptly nicknamed) is already primed to go. Jimmy 4x4, a Colorado off-road racing specialist, had the honor of building Brocky, and didn't disappoint. The Bronco sports a custom fiberglass body wrapped over a tube frame, as well as an independent front suspension and 37-inch tires. Other notable features include an intimidating 600 hp Ford Performance 427 V8 and a three-speed automatic transmission.
Until Brocky takes on the Dry Lake next February, though, get your kicks by test-driving one of our Ford SUVs at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington.