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Ford to run DAKAR 2019 with two 4x4 Cargo trucks

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Dieciocho Ruedas  /  July 18, 2018

Ford Trucks will enter the Dakar 2019 with two 4x4 Cargo trucks developed by Belgian team VDR Truck Racing.

For the first time ever, Ford Motor Company will participated in the Dakar rally in the trucks category. Ford and Belgium's VDR Truck Racing team are working together on the construction of two specially prepared 4x4 Ford Cargo trucks that will participate in the under-10 liter engine displacement category. In other words, these Ford Cargos will compete head on with Japan's Hino team.

The project is being overseen by Ford Turkey, where the Cargo is produced for Europe, Middle East and Asia. 

By January 2019, the two Ford Cargo race trucks will be in Peru to compete in the Dakar rally.

The 9-liter engine that Ford will use is its own proprietary unit developed and manufactured at Ford-Otosan in Turkey. The race version of the 9-liter Ecotorq is expected to be rated around 700 horsepower.

The Ford-sponsored truck racing team will consist of 2 race trucks plus 4x4 Ford Transit and 6x6 Cargo support vehicles.

Ford's presence in the 2019 Dakar rally is related to the truckmaker's worldwide expansion of its heavy truck range with the new flagship H62X making its global debut at the IAA show in September.

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Now that Ford is pretty much getting out of cars in North America, will Ford Racing's $$$ be transferred to big truck racing?

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49 minutes ago, Maxidyne said:

Now that Ford is pretty much getting out of cars in North America, will Ford Racing's $$$ be transferred to big truck racing?

No. Rather, it comes out of the global truck sales marketing budget.

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What will Ford be using in Nascar going forward? The only thing left will be the mustang.

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I think that Ford's plan was to go with the Mustang next year, anyway. Hope that it stops raining in Loudon soon.

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