Ford Ranger lends support in treasure hunt

The Ranger models were used this month for the Mac 4×4 UK Challenge, the UK’s longest-running charity off-roading event. This is the twelfth year in succession Ford has provided support to this particular event.

The Challenge itself is a three-day off-road endurance treasure hunt which raises money in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

For this year there were 69 teams which took part, together raising more than £80,000 and taking the total, raised over 12 years, to around £950,000.

The Ford Ranger models provided, which included two five-seater double cabs and one two-seater single-cab specification, were used by course officials in planning the treasure hunt. This included checking the suitability of off-road routes, and marshalling the event, which includes monitoring competitors and rescuing any stranded vehicles.

The three Ford Ranger models are utilised across the 10 stages of the off-road endurance event, which includes access to land that would not normally be open to off-road vehicles. Each team commits to raise a minimum of £600, with all donations going to Macmillan.

The founder and organiser of the Mac 4×4 UK Challenge, Selwyn Kendrick, commented: “The Ford Rangers are vital to the success of the event as they enable us to get around the course, rescue stuck or broken down competitors and carry all our equipment with ease. We couldn’t do it without them, as you’d expect, the Ford Rangers never miss a beat”.

The latest Ford Ranger was first launched to the UK market back in February 2012 and has become widely touted in the automotive industry as one of the best modern pick-up trucks to go on sale.

The Ford Ranger is sold in three bodystyles, including a 2+2 super cab form to go with the single cab and double cab specifications.

A selection of two or four-wheel drive powertrains are available with the Ranger. Engine options include a 2.2-litre diesel unit with 123bhp or 148bhp, along with a bigger and more powerful 3.2-litre diesel with 197bhp.

Standard equipment for the latest Ford Ranger includes electric front windows and an auxiliary input socket. Higher-level trims add more luxuries to the Ranger including alloy wheels, Bluetooth and cruise control.

The Ford Ranger is available to UK motorists now from Perrys Ford Dealerships found in Aylesbury and High Wycombe.