Ex­tra per­for­mance in new-look Ranger

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - MO­TOR­ING: STEPHEN OTTLEY

Tick­ford, the blue oval’s for­mer fac­tory-backed an­swer to HSV, is back in busi­ness.

Pro­drive Rac­ing Aus­tralia (PRA), the reign­ing V8 Su­per­car cham­pi­onship-win­ning team, is be­hind plans to re­vive the brand for a new range of per­for­mance Fords - start­ing with the Ranger ute.

Tick­ford is a new off-shoot of the com­pany owned by rac­ing veter­ans Rod Nash and Rusty French that will use the brand to sell its range of per­for­mance parts for a va­ri­ety of Ford mod­els, ini­tially the Ranger and Mus­tang.

The new op­er­a­tion is set to be of­fi­cially un­veiled at the Bathurst 1000 in Oc­to­ber with a pro­to­type Ranger on dis­play, and last week a Face­book page was cre­ated re­veal­ing the new Tick­ford logo.

Al­though PRA has al­ready been a whole­sale and re­tail provider of Ford Per­for­mance parts from the blue oval’s in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tion, Tick­ford will also de­velop its own com­po­nents in­house.

‘‘We don’t just want to be a ‘me too’ busi­ness, we’re try­ing to de­velop our own packs, our own parts,’’ ex­plained PRA CEO Tim Ed­wards.

He con­firmed that Tick­ford will of­fer both per­for­mance and styling up­grades to the Ranger and Mus­tang ini­tially but didn’t rule out other Ford mod­els be­ing in­cluded in the fu­ture.

The Ranger will be avail­able with ex­tra per­for­mance from its 3.2-litre five-cylin­der turbo diesel en­gine, a unique sus­pen­sion tune and be­spoke al­loy wheels with a fo­cus on on-road per­for­mance in­stead of off-road ca­pa­bil­ity.

‘‘Ranger is a fan­tas­tic ve­hi­cle and not ev­ery­one wants to turn it into a mud-spit­ting, winched-up ve­hi­cle.

‘‘Some peo­ple out there just want to per­son­alise it,’’ Ed­wards said.

DAVID LINKLATER/FAIRFAX NZ

The Ford Ranger will get a per­for­mance up­grade from the new Tick­ford op­er­a­tion.

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