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Ford’s Outcome Was Much Better Than The First Year

Ford Bronco R 2020 SCORE Baja 1000 SCG Boot

The team behind the Ford Bronco R sought a better result during the 2020 Baja 1000 over last year’s DNF outcome. And that happened. Just probably not exactly how Ford Performance wanted to finish. Yes, the Bronco R piloted by the likes of Cameron Steele, Shelby Hall, Johnny Campbell, Curt LeDuc, and Jason Scherer, finished the 53rd SCORE-International Baja 1000 in Class 2 in just over 32 hours. But the SCG Boot driven by Viry Félix, Darren Skilton and others finished in Class 2 in just over 27 hours. For the class win.

Yes, David beat Goliath again. The videos show some of the action through the lens of Scuderia Cameron Glickenaus.

The SCG Boot blew tires, rolled over, and was otherwise completely abused during the grueling desert race. Yet the team overcame the adversity, and passed the Ford Bronco R each time they had to pause the action for repairs. The 6.2L LT4 supercharged V8 engine that the boutique desert racing machine utilizes might have something to do with it. This is compared to the production-based 2.7L EcoBoost V6 that’s run in the Ford Bronco R.

The SCG Boot also shaved five hours off its finishing time compared to last year, when it finished over 32 hours in 2019, again to win Class 2. As racing fans, we’re happy to see both Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus come back and demonstrate the capabilities of a relatively small operation can do. And we’re happy to see Ford take it to the finish line this year. There’s little doubt that the two automakers will return for the 2021 Baja 1000, and we wouldn’t be surprised if both automakers had a few alterations done to their racing trucks by then, either. There may even be more Ford Bronco Rs and SCG Boots racing by then, as well.

Ford Bronco R 2020 Score Baja 1000
Image via Ford.

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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