The Rare Ford Courier Burnout: Tire Smokin’ Tuesday

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This small, often forgotten Ford truck does a wicked burnout with V8 power.

This week’s “Tire Smokin’ Tuesday” video comes to us from the YouTube channel of Cody Richardson and it features a Ford Courier pickup from the fourth generation finishing off some old tires. Had the Courier sold in the US packed power like this one, it may have been a little better known before being killed off to make room for the Ranger back in 1983.

The Courier

If you are unfamiliar with the Ford Courier, we are not surprised, but here is a quick rundown.

The Courier was a rebadged version of the Mazda B-Series pickup sold in many global markets as far back as the 1960s. While this small Ford truck was available in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s, it was – and still is – far more popular in foreign markets such as Australia and New Zealand. When the Ranger was introduced in the North America for the 1983 model year, that marked the end of the US-issue Courier, but the truck continued on well into the 2000s in those non-US markets.

Engine options for the Ford Courier varied by market, but it was generally powered by a range of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines, as well as some V6 engines later in its existence. The most powerful mill offered in the Courier was the 4.0-liter Cologne V6 with 207 horsepower and 238 lb-ft of torque, but the odds are good that the compact Ford pickup in the video above packs far more power.

Ford Courier V8 Burnout

Burnout in the Snow

There are no real details accompanying the video above, but we know that this is a fourth generation Ford Courier pickup, we know that it is located in New Zealand and we know that it is powered by some sort of V8 engine. That V8 power is sent to the rear wheels by means of a manual transmission, and with little weight over the drive wheels, this little Ford pickup is a wicked burnout machine.

At first, the Courier has a hard time getting the rear tires to smoke in the wintry mix of rain and snow, but after a few tries, the Mazda-built Ford truck puts on an incredible burnout display.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

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Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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