Villagra’s Ford Ranger has been designed and built by Neil Woolridge and his team at Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM), the South Africa-based operation that ran the two factory-backed cars in 2014 in conjunction with South Racing.
While building vehicles for customer teams, the NWM outfit also ran two similar Ford Racing Rangers in the 2014 South African Cross Country Championship, claiming an impressive three wins and from seven events, along with two second places and a third.
Woolridge has had a long career in motorsport that started in 1980. He became the first South African to compete in the car category in the 1998 Dakar Rally, and finished a credible third in the T1 class on the 1999 event.
|Base Vehicle||Ford Ranger 4x4 Double Cab|
|Regulations||FIA / ASO T1|
|Engine||Ford Aluminum 5.0L-4V V8 with Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing|
|Engine Management||Magneti Marelli|
|Power||260 kW @ 4 500 r/min|
|Torque||560 Nm @ 4 100 r/min|
|Rev limit||5 500 r/min|
Independent Front and Rear
Twin BOS Dampers/Wheel
Antiroll Bar Rear
Brembo Water Cooled Rear
Brembo Air Cooled Front
|Fuel Cell||500 litres|
|Gearbox||Sadev 6-Speed Sequential, permanent 4-wheel drive|
|Differential||LSD Unit Front and Rear|
|Drive wheels||16-inch Evocorse rims fitted with 245/85-16 Michelin tyres|
|Top speed||170 km/h|
The South Racing / Neil Woolridge Motorsport crew behind the 2015 Dakar Rally campaign with the Ford Ranger represents vast experience in cross country racing, both on the Dakar Rally and in the domestic and international motorsport arenas.