Ford returns to Tatts Finke Desert Race to defend title

Ford Performance will return to Alice Springs next month to defend its class title at the 2024 Tatts Finke Desert Race, with off-road racing hall of famer Brad Lovell set to drive the same Ranger Raptor that won last year.

Having taken the class wins in the 2023 Finke Desert Race and 2022 SCORE-International Baja 1000 alongside his son and co-driver Byam Lovell, that same combo will again step up, but with a number of key upgrades to the race truck for the 2024 event.

While last year was the Lovell’s first time racing at Finke, they return in 2024 with a year of experience under their belts, and a hunger to retain their class title.

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“The Finke Desert Race is truly unique, with a challenging combination of high speeds and seriously massive whoops,” Lovell said. “I’m looking forward to facing off against a stronger field of competitors this year and showing what the Ranger Raptor is capable of.”

Vehicle servicing, event management and logistical support will once again be provided to Ford Performance by Walkinshaw Performance, sister organisation of leading Ford Supercars team Walkinshaw Andretti United.

Engineering support will come from US-based off-road specialists Huseman Engineering, with both helping improve performance for the high speed Australian event, by reducing weight and optimising suspension calibrations.

The Ranger Raptor race truck retains the same suspension hardware and electronics as the standard road-going vehicle, but with a new Finke-specific damper calibration. Considered Australia’s toughest off road endurance race, the event covers 460km.

The Finke Desert Race is Australia’s toughest off-road endurance race, covering a total distance of over 460 kilometres between Alice Springs and Aputula (Finke), running across the weekend of June 7-10.

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