The team called on Ford know-how from around the world in developing the racing trucks, while the logistics of the operation will be handled by German-based South Racing.
Power from the 5.0 litre V8 is listed at a mighty 260kW, significantly more than the 147kW familiar to Australian Ford Ranger drivers using the 3.2 litre turbo-diesel engine.
But before you consider ditching the diesel for your own Mustang-powered Ranger, be warned that fuel consumption is expected to be around 28.0 l/100km in normal driving conditions, and 90.0 l/100km on sand.
Torque is rated at 560Nm and the Dakar Ranger has permanent all-wheel-drive. A six-speed sequential gearbox is fitted, giving the Ranger a top-speed of 170km/h. The whole package weighs 1975kg.
“We are extremely proud to be sending these South African-built Rangers to the 2014 Dakar,” President and CEO of Ford Motor Company Southern Africa, Jeff Nemeth, said.
“Dakar is the ultimate test of man and machine and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate with a phenomenal team comprised of local and global expertise.”
The 2014 Dakar Rally will be run from January 5 to 18 in South America.