At first glance you can tell this is by far the baddest first gen Ford Bronco you’ve ever seen. It goes by the name “Brocky” and it was custom built by Jimmy’s 4×4 out of Cortez, Colorado for none other than Formula Drift Champion Vaghn Gittin Jr.
Gittin Jr. considers himself to be a “professional fun-haver” and one of his passions in life is to be behind the wheel of any vehicle doing something badass. When he’s not winning championships driving his Mustang RTR drift car on tarmac, he loves heading out to play in the dirt. He considers the King of Hammers Ultra4 race (KOH) to be one of the ultimate challenges in offroad racing and he wanted a vehicle he could use for the race. Enter Brocky.
Gitten Jr. wanted to compete in the Ultra4 4500 class in the 2017 KOH so that means that Brocky had to be built to those specifications. The 4500 Rubicon Express Modified Class allows a wide variety of vehicles ranging all shapes, sizes, and power configurations, but all modified none the less. The only main requirements are they must be running 37-inch tires, mechanical steering, and shocks that are either 2.0 or 2.5’s at the biggest. Other than that, it’s fair game.
The King of Hammers ranks up along with the Mint 400 and Baja offroad races, which means that the vehicle must be built extremely tough and durable while also performing at insane speeds over some of the most treacherous terrain known to mankind. What sets the KOH apart from the others though is the super technical rock sections scattered throughout the course that pretty much require 4×4.
When Gittin Jr. contacted Jimmy’s 4×4 to have Brocky built, he requested that they custom build a 4500 class independent front suspension chassis as the base and work up from there. For the shocks, he decided to use a King 2.5 bypass system and 37 inch Nitto Trail Grapplers all around.
Finally, let’s talk about what’s providing the getup and go on this beast. Being that its Gitten Jr., who’s used to drifting in a Mustang with over 900hp, it’s safe to expect that it’s going to be something special. Under that custom built hood is a 427 cubic inch crate motor that’s available to anyone via the Ford Performance catalog! It’s a naturally aspirated beast that’s reported to produce 600hp and 600lb-ft of torque, which should be more than enough oomph.
That mighty engine is connected to a heavy-duty TH400 transmission and 10-inch GearWorks differentials in the front and rear so no need to worry about snapping something, well not too much at least as it will be racing across gnarly terrain. It also should be noted that there’s a K&N air filter helping that massive engine breathe and a Magnaflow exhaust to enhance that badass V8 growl.
So if Gittin Jr set out to have one of the baddest retro looking ultra4 rigs at the 2017 KOH, he definitely accomplished what he set out to do. Because we here at Moto Networks think this thing is absolutely badass! Which is really saying something speaking for me personally but only because I was never a huge fan of the first generation Bronco. None the less, we look forward to seeing Brocky competing at the King of Hammers in February.