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AS FORD GT PRODUCTION WINDS DOWN, MULTIMATIC WILL BUILD THE FORD BRONCO DR

The Canadian Motorsports Company Will Use The Bronco DR As An Entry Into Off-Road Racing

2023 Ford Bronco DR Reveal Multimatic Motorsports Coyote V8 Baja 1000 Race Truck
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It’s no secret that Ford GT production ends in 2022. Before that happens, though, we’re likely to see a grand finale of sorts for the hand-built supercar, featuring a few bits from the track-only Ford GT Mk II. It’s also no secret that the Ford GT is hand-built by Canada’s Multimatic Motorsports, in Markham Ontario. So, what’s Multimatic to do after the Ford GT? Build the Coyote V8-powered Ford Bronco DR, of course.

“The vehicle will be built at Multimatic in Markham,” said Mark Rushbrook, Ford Performance Motorsports global director to MC&T. “We’ll pull the (Ford Bronco) frame from the Michigan Assembly Plant and a lot of other production parts that are used but it will be built at Multimatic.”

Go figure that since Multimatic is building the V8 Ford Bronco DR race truck, that it features new DSSV off-road racing dampers of a radical design. These Multimatic Positional Selective DSSV dampers are composed of 80-millimeter bodies with finned fluid cooling channels to prevent heat soak, and look like they’re beamed in from the year 2121. I did my best to grab a few photos, which you can examine below.

Multimatic Ford Bronco DR DSSV Suspension
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Multimatic DSSV Dampers Ford Bronco R
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Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.
Multimatic DSSV Dampers
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Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Ford Performance fans probably raised an eyebrow when they noticed that the Ford Bronco DR didn’t feature Fox Racing shocks, considering the Bronco Raptor will have them. Turns out, Multimatic used the opportunity to build the Bronco DR as a way to enter off-road racing.

“We have a great relationship with Fox, and a great relationship with Multimatic,” said Rushbrook. “Especially with what they did with Ford GT. We’ve had great success with them in road racing. And it was an opportunity for them to get into the off-road racing business, and we thought it was the right time and place to do it… they’ve got some stuff out there but they have new parts for this.”

Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

As for the arbitrary number of 50 production units, Rushbrook says that it’s an estimate of demand.

“We think we can sell 50 easily. If we can sell more then maybe we’ll do a second run with maybe something different on it. But we’ll see what the market is like for this.”

Rushbrook says that Multimatic will build all 50 Ford Bronco DR race trucks across 12 months, which will commence in 2023. We bet that number increases, once the waitlist grows.

“This is a 2023 model year, so we’ll take orders in late 2022, and start building and delivering through the end of ‘23.”

The 2023 Ford Bronco DR will be priced from the mid-$200,000 USD range, and isn’t street legal. And despite its intent for off-road desert racing, something tells me most of these machines will be kept in immaculate shape in temperature controlled garages. By comparison, the SCG Boot – the nemesis of the Bronco Baja 1000 racing program – can be had for $258,750 USD, and is road legal.

2023 ford Bronco DR V8 Coyote
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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