The 2017 South African National Rally Championship comes to a climactic end this weekend, with the Carnival City Rally. Attached to this email are various documents from the organisers which will assist you in keeping abreast of proceedings if you are spectating. You can also follow the live results feed on the National Rally Championship website: http://www.sarallying.co.za/livetiming/ and on the @sarallying Twitter feed.
Today, we are proud to announce a three year vehicle partnership with Premier Soccer League Club, Orlando Pirates. Orlando Pirates is one of the most successful and recognisable Soccer clubs in South Africa and has a loyal fan base of over 10 million people. This, coupled with the fact that Soccer remains the country’s most popular and most-viewed sport, led us to our three year partnership which begins today. We announce this partnership at interesting time with both brands currently in a phase of transformation, resolved to do better for customers and fans alike. For us at Ford, we have a resolute commitment to going further and creating enjoyable experiences at every customer touch point. We want our customers to feel proud of the brand, to be loyal supporters of our efforts, cheering us on like their favourite team. In order to achieve this we need to be the best at our game. [...]
Sun city, South Africa, 16 September 2017 – The Sun City 400 cross country race lived up to its name today, with clear skies, a scorching sun and an unforgiving landscape setting the scene for the fifth round of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS).
Featuring a relatively short route of 359km and an ultra-competitive battle in Class T for Production Vehicles, the Ford Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) Puma Lubricants team ended the two-day event with a useful haul of points for Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable in [...]
If you’re going to gamble, Sun City is the place to do it.
And Team ATS Motorsport, aka the Young Guns, will be gambling on a strong finish in the Sun City 400, fifth round of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS), which takes place at the popular North-West Province resort on September 15 and 16.
They’ve made the most of the six-week break since the last round to improve the performance of their rip-snorting Ford Ranger.
“We’ve done further development work on the shock absorbers and continue to move in the right direction,” confirmed Richard Leeke, at just 21 already a hardened veteran of national championship motorsport. “The goalposts are moving all the time and our Ranger is a much faster truck than it was at the beginning of the year and while we’re still the rookies of the Cross Country scene, we’re quick learners!”
Pretoria, South Africa, 7 September 2017 – Ford Motor Company today announced that the hugely popular Ford Ranger bakkie will be available in an off-road performance variant for the first time. The purpose-built, desert-racing inspired bakkie joins the Ford Performance family, as the new ‘Ford Ranger Raptor’. The Ranger Raptor will be coming to South Africa, with further information to be revealed in due course.
Designed and engineered to deliver an adrenaline pumping experience, Ford Ranger Raptor sports a head-turning exterior look that exudes toughness as well as a level of capability and off-road performance never before seen in the mid-size bakkie segment.
Sharing the same nomenclature as the F-150 Raptor, the world’s most extreme production bakkie, Ranger Raptor is in a class of its own among mid-size off-road performance vehicles.
Building on the success of the class-leading Ford Ranger, one of the best-selling bakkies in a number of markets, Ranger Raptor brings the thrilling off-road [...]
The ATS Motorsport Young Guns made the perfect start to the HMC Electrothread Rally, which ended in Bronkhorstspruit on Saturday August 19, by winning Friday’s 15-kilometre opening stage.
While one stage does not a rally make, it was what Richard Leeke and Henry Köhne expected and confirmed that they were on the pace, albeit with the prospect of a first-class duel ahead: arch-rivals Guy Botterill/Simon Vacy-Lyle were just 1.1 seconds adrift. Making matters more interesting was the presence of double national rally champion Hergen Fekken (partnered by the equally experienced and skilled Elvene Coetzee), who split the two youngsters with a time 0.7 seconds off Leeke…
By Saturday afternoon’s finish, however, the Young Guns had slipped to third overall, a result that – thanks to Botterill winning and Fekken finishing second – has also seen them lose their overall lead in the championship. They are now three points behind.
Pretoria – Ford has upped the gizmo factor on all its locally-built Ranger one-tonners and Everest SUVs, including the latest-generation Sync3 with Navigation on the Ranger XLT and Wildtrak models and the Everest XLT and Limited.
This adds a navigation function to the Sync3 infotainment system introduced in 2016, accessible from the 20cm centre-stack touchscreen, with access to more than 20 country maps including: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The package includes voice guidance in Afrikaans, Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish or Zulu, with free annual mapping updates for five years – all you have to do is park within range of a WiFi hotspot.
All Ranger and Everest derivatives now have an electronic rear differential lock as standard, as well as a lock for the spare wheel; all [...]
Springbok prop Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira announced as brand ambassador for Ford Performance
Handover of special Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost with ROUSH Level 2 performance and styling upgrades
Ford Performance-approved range of ROUSH accessories fitted by Laz Performance in Centurion PRETORIA, South Africa, 13 December 2016 – The Beast and the Legend have been united – and no, it’s not a fairy tale or the storyline behind a new action movie. Instead, it’s a landmark brand association between world-renowned Springbok rugby player Tendai Mtawarira and the mighty Ford Mustang.
‘Beast’, as the muscular loosehead prop is commonly known, has been announced as a brand ambassador for Ford Performance, creating one of the most powerful and formidable man-machine combinations ever seen in South Africa.
As the ‘face’ of Ford Performance for the next six months, Mtawarira will be driving the legendary Ford Mustang, which is the flagship of the [...]