Mustang GTFord is launching a new racing team in Thailand, and it’s hard not to take notice. The new Ford Team Racing (FTR) will make its debut in the Thailand Super Series 2020 at the Chang International Circuit, Buriram Province, and headlining that debut will be the beast of a Ford Ranger pictured above.
This race-spec Ranger is based on the variant powered by a 3.2-liter Duratorq engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The Duratorq has supposedly been tuned for better performance, but we don’t have the exact numbers. But just to give you an idea of how much power it generates, note that the stock turbocharged engine generates 197hp and 470Nm of torque in bone-stock Rangers.
It’s a bummer we don’t have the real figures, to be honest, because it’ll be interesting to see how fast this truck can reach 100kph from a standstill, or how quickly it’ll rip through a quarter mile.
Other significant performance upgrades include the Öhlins suspension fitted underneath. Experts from Ford and Corliss Race Engineering have also improved this truck’s brakes and transmission. Its frame, meanwhile, has supposedly been built with lightweight materials—particularly the spoiler, the lip, and the rear diffuser. Manning this truck’s wheel will be 25-year-old Thai-Norwegian racer Sandy Stuvik.
Ford will be rolling out a Mustang GT to compete in the TAV8 Series as well. And in addition, it will lend a Mustang and a Ranger Raptor as rescue vehicles during the race. If you want to see all of these in action, check out the clip here. Likewise, you can also see more photos of these track-bound vehicles below.