Team Ford racing announced it will enter two Ford Rangers, built in South Africa, in the tough 2014 Dakar, which will take place between 05 – 18 January 2014 in South America.
The Ford Racing team includes South African, as well as global minds, all working together to bring Ford’s Dakar contender to fruition. The two South African-built Ford Rangers are to be prepared by Neil Woolridge Motorsport and South Racing will deal with the logistics. The driver line-up also includes local and global contenders, such as South African Chris Visser and South American native Lucio Alvarez.
“We are extremely proud to be sending these South African-built Rangers to the 2014 Dakar,” says Jeff Nemeth President and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. “Dakar is the ultimate test of man and machine and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate with a phenomenal team comprised of local and global expertise.”
According to statistics more than 1 million TV viewers watched the 2013 Dakar and 4.6 million spectators came to South America.
The newly designed Ford Rangers were manufactured in Pietermaritzburg with the help of Ford’s Global Product Developments division.
“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” explains Neil Woolridge, Team Manager.