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.