July 30, 2013

Ford confirms participation in 2014 Dakar

Team Ford Racing has confirmed it will enter two South African-built Ford Rangers in the gruelling 2014 Dakar, taking place from January 5-18, 2014 in South America.

The design team responsible for bringing Ford's Dakar contender to fruition includes a mix of South African and
global minds. The purpose-built Ford Rangers are being prepared by Pietermaritzburg-based Neil Woolridge Motorsport while logistics will be handled by German-based South Racing. Similarly the driver line-up is made up of both international and local contenders including South American native Lucio Alvarez and South African Chris Visser.

"We are extremely proud to be sending these South African-built Rangers to the 2014 Dakar," said 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."

"The Dakar is a truly international showcase of off-road machinery. Last year 745 competitors participated, representing 53 nationalities. We are pleased to have put together a global team that represents exceptional knowledge of the event as well as the Ford Ranger, which is built at the Silverton Assembly Plant in Silverton," said Dave Schoch, Group Vice-President and President, Asia Pacific.


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