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Ford Ranger Dakar Rally raider revealed

The Ford Ranger is getting ready to race.

Ford has revealed the Ranger pickup-based competition truck it will enter the grueling Dakar Rally with next year.

The automaker is launching an all-new Ranger in the U.S. this year that includes a high performance off-road Raptor model.

The Dakar truck will wear the body of the last-generation global Ranger in 2024 before switching to the new one for the 2025 race.

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The Dakar Ranger is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6. (Ford)

It is built on a tube-frame chassis and powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine.

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The truck’s suspension has nearly 14-inches of wheel travel and can handle high speed jumps. (Ford)

Its suspension provides nearly 14-inches of wheel travel and can handle big jumps at high speeds.

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A production-based 2024 Ranger racing truck won the Finke Desert Race in Australia. (Ford)

To that end, a production-based race version of the new 2024 Ranger that completed last year’s Baja 1000 race during its development recently won the Finke Desert Race in Alice Springs, Australia.

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The Ford Mustang GT3 will enter several endurance racing series next year. (Ford)

The Dakar entry is the latest move by Ford into major international racing, which will also include a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year with the Mustang GT3.

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