Top 5 things to know about the NWM Ford Ranger

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KZN-based Neil Woolridge Motorsport has long been at the cutting edge of rally-raid vehicles.

The NWM Ranger, built by KZN-based Neil Woolridge Motorsport, competes in the South African Rally Raid Championship and other events around the world, and right at home in Pietermaritzburg.

NWM has a storied history of off-road championship success, including a third place in the T1 class with a Mitsubishi Pajero Evo at the 1999 Dakar rally for founder and owner Neil Woolridge, a Super Production title with a Ranger in 2006, a promising 22nd overall in the 2014 Dakar Rally with a NWM Ranger piloted by Argentinian duo Lucio Alvarez and Ronnie Graue, and back-to-back Class T SARRC titles for Lance Wooldridge and co-driver Ward Huxtable in 2018 and 2019 with a V8 Ranger.

The same locally-built NWM Ranger took wins in events worldwide including Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Portugal and Spain, and in 2023 under the new T1+ ruleset the team scored another championship win in South Africa.Well, at least the engine is. Unlike the range-topping Ranger Raptor bakkie’s 3.0-litre turbo petrol V6 that makes 292kw and 583Nm of torque, the NWM Ranger uses the same 3.


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