PRETORIA, South Africa — The All-New Ford Ranger is gearing up to face its toughest tests on South African soil after three finalists were chosen to participate in the final leg of FMCSA's Global Ranger Challenge.
Storage engineer Rickard Nell, property negotiator Gerhard Koekemoer and irrigation farmer Klaus Wassermann will go head-to-head in the challenge, which has been an overwhelming success, with more than 500 public entries received during its four-week run.
The Ford Ranger Challenge started in Australia in May, followed by Thailand and with the latest leg now happening in South Africa, the public was asked to nominate a challenge they thought the All-New Ranger couldn't overcome. FMCSA deemed the three finalists' entries to be the toughest, and they will now be able to put the Ranger to the test.
And tough they are! Nell, who has described his challenge as ‘Ranger vs. The Rock’, will pit the pickup truck against the treacherous off-road challenges found at the infamous Moegatle trail and mountain rock climb. Koekemoer, on the other hand, wants to challenge the Ranger in some of South Africa’s most remote and inhabitable areas, where he erects cell phone towers and masts, while Wassermann will test the power, off-road handling and load capabilities of the All-New Ranger over a 48-hour farm endurance trail he has specifically created to put the truck through its paces.
A crew from FMCSA will film all three challenges and post two minute videos on the official Ranger Challenge Website, where the general public will have an opportunity to vote for their favourite challenge during October. The final winner, who will walk away with the grand prize of an all-new Ranger, will be announced in November.
“We’re confident that our three finalists will put on a great show as they try to push the All-New Ranger to its limit,” said Ford Marketing Manager Ben Pillay. “This competition is all about showing what the All-new Ranger can do, and we believe that the best way to demonstrate this is by putting it in the hands of some of South Africa’s toughesN guys, and hardest workers. We can’t wait to get started!”
Please visit www.fordrangerchallenge.co.za to vote on the finalists’ video clips and for more information on the Global Ranger Challenge.
| Finalist 1: Rickard Nell
|| Finalist 2: Gerhard Koekemoer
|| Finalist 3: Klaus Wassermann|