Fans at the 2022 King of the Hammers will be surrounded by Ford Broncos in various liveries and spec, and FOX will be at the center of it all.
In November 2019, FOX partnered with Ford Performance on the Bronco R prototype, raced with longtime FOX drivers Cameron Steele, Jason Scherer and five others during the 2019 SCORE Baja International. It was a sign of things to come.
Ford then introduced its trio of Bronco 4400 vehicles at the 2021 King of the Hammers. This year the Blue Oval will have the Bronco Raptor on display at HammerTown in Johnson Valley.
As we reported on January 24, the Ford Performance team collaborated with FOX to upgrade the High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) system with Live Valve technology for the new Bronco Raptor.
Built for Bronco
Looking to upgrade that new full-size Bronco for your own off-road adventure? Visit the FOX rig in HammerTown to learn more about the FOX Performance Elite 2.5 Series shocks designed and engineered by off-road enthusiasts to enhance comfort, maximize articulation, and increase compliance in the dirt. You also gain 20% more travel over the stock shocks.
FOX shocks provide the versatility required to navigate backcountry terrain on the weekend and tackle your daily commute to remain comfortable and in control. Vaughn Gittin, Jr. knows firsthand:
Ready to Race
On the racing side, the Fun-Havers duo Vaughn Gittin, Jr. and Loren Healy will pilot their Ford Factory-backed Bronco 4400 vehicles with FOX Racing Application Development (RAD) suspension: 3.5″ x 14″ Live Valve External Bypass (5 tube) remote on the front, RAD 4.0″ x 16″ Live Valve External Bypass (5 tube) remote on the rear, Factory Race Series 2.5″ x 14″ coil-over with remote Dual Speed Compression (DSC) adjusters and Factory Race Series 2.5 bump stops on all four corners.
Paul Horschel is racing his Bronco 4400 with FOX RAD 3.5 x 16″ Live Valve External Bypass (6 tube) piggyback on all four corners, Factory Race Series 2.5 x 12” coil-over remote front and Factory Race Series 2.5 x 14” coil-over remote rear.
Jason Scherer is racing his Bronco 4400 with FOX RAD 3.5 x 12” (4 tube) piggyback front, RAD 3.5 x 16” (7 tube) piggyback rear, Factory Race Series 2.0 x 10” coil-over piggyback front and Factory Race Series 2.0 x 14” coil-over piggyback rear.
Brad Lovell, Jason Scherer/Bailey Cole, Vaughn Gittin, Jr./Loren Healy are all racing Bronco 4600s with FOX RAD 2.5 coil-over DSC with recirculating reservoirs and inline ECS2 coolers front and RAD 2.5 x 12″ coil-over DSC with recirculating reservoir and inline ECS2 coolers rear.
As usual, FOX Motorsports Race Tuner Mike Kim has been stacking shims and reading charts for weeks in preparation for all the top FOX drivers ahead of King of the Hammers.
We’re never done tuning
There are several ways to design and manufacture shock absorbers to meet a price point. Hot on the heels of FOX-equipped drivers taking overall victory and sweeping several classes at the 2020 SCORE Baja 1000, we asked FOX Off-Road Applications engineers Mason Powers and Scott LeSage plus Motorsports tuner and racer Mike Kim to walk us through the steps FOX takes to develop shocks strong enough to win races while also providing comfort and control on everyday vehicles you can buy off the dealer lot.
“The shock architectures are extensively tested and designed to meet a price point and durability standards,” Powers explained. “FOX puts major engineering resources into testing and developing shocks both in the race and Original Equipment (OE) world. Our seal packs and durability standards withstand thousands of miles of heavy/extreme abuse. Ultimately, tuning is the key to a well-rounded shock package.”
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