RANGER 3.2L DURATORQ TDCi IS A DESERT WINNER!
PORT ELIZABTH, SOUTH AFRICA
Coming soon in the all-new Ranger, 3.2L Duratorq proves itself by beating all-comers in 1000km desert race.
Ford’s impressive new Duratorq TDCi diesel engine will be making its market debut in the next-generation Ford Ranger towards the end of this year, but it has already proven its mettle by taking victory in a current Ranger in the arduous Botswana 1000km Kalahari Desert Race, the toughest event on the off-road racing calendar, thus making it the first diesel-powered vehicle to win a race overall, and in the premier Super Production (SP) category.
The 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel engine was built at Ford’s South Africa Struandale Engine Plant. The outstanding result on the Desert Race has shown that it has the performance and the reliability to match and even beat its rivals – some of which are powered by internationally-sourced, highly-tuned large-capacity V8 petrol engines.
“The Duratorq TDCi engine has provided outstanding performance and has a perfect reliability record this season,” commented Neil Woolridge, who heads up Ford’s off-road racing outfit. “What makes this even more remarkable is that the basic engine is completely standard, just as it came out of the Struandale Engine Plant.”
However, Woolridge points out that due to the extremely competitive nature of the top-flight SP category, the Duratorq TDCi engine has benefitted from a raft of high-performance bolt-on components. The intercooler, injectors, high-pressure pump and fuel rail have all been upgraded. Additionally, the racing engine uses two aftermarket turbochargers built into a purpose-made manifold.
Woolridge states that this has unleashed an astonishing 750 Nm of torque (up from the standard engine’s 470 Nm), along with 320 HP (almost 240 kW of power, up from 147 kW) – without affecting durability.
“The Ford Ranger Duratorq TDCi is the first diesel-powered vehicle to compete in the SP class, and is now proudly the first to secure an overall and class victory in this category, which is dominated by high-performance petrol engines.”
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