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The Ford Bronco DR is a Baja 1000 racer that you can buy

Provided you have over $200,000 in loose change

This is what happens when engineers are allowed to go nuts on the Bronco. PHOTO FROM FORD

The Ford Bronco is arguably the hottest and most anticipated vehicle to come out of brand’s stable in recent years, and it also coincides nicely with the resurgence of SUVs that are actually capable off-road. While the model itself is no slouch off the beaten path, there are those who would want to use the vehicle in more extreme conditions.

Fortunately, those clamoring for a hardcore Bronco need not go through all the lengths to make one as Ford Performance has your back (assuming you have the cash).

Everything on the DR is ready for the Baja 1000's punishing terrain. PHOTOS FROM FORD

Enter the Bronco DR. DR means “Desert Racer,” which probably gives you an idea on where it is supposed to be used. In 2019, we wrote about the Bronco R prototype, which was meant to be a test mule for the production Bronco. A lot of its off-road goodies can be seen in the Bronco DR.

Massive mud-terrain tires are a must for the Bronco DR. PHOTOS FROM FORD

This rally rig is based on the four-door Bronco’s frame despite having only two doors. But it’s been stripped down and lightened up by swapping out most of the panels and creature comforts for lightweight fiberglass. The only connections to the production models are the grille, headlights, taillights, and trail sights.

You’re left with a full roll cage, a pair of racing seats, and a MoTeC C187 race display in the bare cabin. A 246L fuel tank sits underneath the cargo area. Despite all the weight savings, this Bronco still comes in at a hefty 2,812kg.

No need for creature comforts to go fast. PHOTOS FROM FORD

For propulsion, there’s a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 motor that’s tuned to make “more than 400hp,” and is mated a 10-speed automatic transmission taken from the F-150. This sends power to all four beadlock wheels shod in 37-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 all-season tires. It also has improved cooling, upgraded brakes, and an electric power-steering system.

The Positional Selective DSSV Dampers are from Multimatic, and the vehicle has improved aluminum lower control arms. Compared to the four-door Bronco Badlands, the DR has 55.1% more front-suspension travel (40.13cm), and 58.6% more rear-suspension travel (44.19cm). It also has an approach angle of 47⁰, a departure angle of 37⁰, and a break-over angle of 33⁰.

The 5.0-liter V8 engine has plenty of torque across the rev range. PHOTOS FROM FORD

You’ll be able to catch it soaring through the sand dunes of the Baja Peninsula at its race debut in the 2022 Score Baja 1000 event, wearing a Ford Performance livery that honors the Bronco’s first Baja 1000 victory in 1969.

The best part about the DR is that it isn’t a one-off racing prototype. You’ll be able to buy one of the first 50 units in late 2022, assuming you can cough up more than $200,000 (P10.09 million). So, while this may look like the badass Bronco of your dreams, you may want to wait for the (significantly) more affordable Bronco Raptor to arrive. You’ll also be able to drive it on the street to show it off to your friends at your next weekend car meet.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.