Ranger GT Nails Autocross Course: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday
Old school Ranger does an impressive job of slipping through the tight course of cones.
This week’s “Truckin’ Fast Wednesday” video comes to us from the YouTube channel of HondaScoot1 and it features a first generation Ford Ranger participating in an autocross event. That’s right; a compact pickup from the 1980s racing around a series of tightly-grouped cones and looking pretty good in the process. This footage comes from the Salem Super Cruise 2017 in Salem, Ohio, with this event taking place in the local high school parking lot and it shows that you don’t need a sports car to have fun on an autocross course.
The Ranger GT
The truck in action in the video above is a Ford Ranger GT from the early part of the first generation of the popular compact pickup. The GT package was introduced for 1986 and it featured the 2.9-liter V6, a standard manual transmission, a traction-lock differential, front and rear sway bars, 14-inch aluminum wheels and sport bucket seats. As small trucks from the 1980s went, the Ranger GT offered a sporty look and impressive performance, with solid power and impressive handling abilities.
Autocrossing a Pickup
The power and handling prowess of the Ford Ranger GT is on display in the video above, and while it doesn’t get around the tight track like a Focus RS, this 30-year old compact truck holds its own. There don’t appear to be any timing devices at the finish line, so this is likely just for fun, and this little Ford truck gets around the course smoothly enough for the driver to enjoy himself.
While a sports car might get around the track a bit better, not everyone has a sports car and this video shows that a 1980s Ford Ranger GT will scoot around the cones as well as some bigger cars.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!