Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Loren Healy take first place in the 4600 class of the 2022 4WP Every Man Challenge race, piloting their PROJECT X equipped Ford Performance Bronco to the top of the podium. Ford would pull off a podium sweep, with all three 4600-class Broncos knocking out the competition.
Few motorsports events come close to King of the Hammers. For a full week, nearly 100,000 enthusiasts gather on a dry lake bed in the Mojave Desert in California to camp, ride trails, interact with their favorite off-road companies, and spectate some of the most exciting racing in the world.
Since its inception in 2007, King of the Hammers has proven itself as “the toughest one-day race in the world”, spanning over 200 miles of open desert, sand, silt, and canyons riddled with SUV-sized boulders. In the years since KOH began, 4-wheel-drive rock racing has evolved the landscape of off-road capable vehicles, and gained the attraction of OEM vehicle manufacturers. The 4600 or “Stock Class” was designed to facilitate factory-backed motorsports teams to compete, pitching their most capable off-road racing vehicles against the competition.
As the official vehicle of KOH, Ford Performance deployed their resources to support three race teams on the lake bed, all competing in modified versions of the new Bronco. PROJECT X ambassadors and world-class driver, Vaughn Gittin Jr., lead Team Fun Haver Off-Road in the number 2567 2-door Ford Bronco off the starting line during the 4WP Every Man Challenge Race.
Per class rules, 4600 vehicles would start after all 4500 class vehicles have taken off, placing Gittin behind 96 competitors on course. The first lap of the race would comprise mostly of open desert driving, allowing Gittin to make up great time the fast sections of race course. Lap two would see a driver change to two-time KOH winning driver, Loren Healy, who would take the 2567 Bronco through the rock trails, with the two other Bronco teams behind them on course.
By mid-afternoon, Healy would cross the finish line first, securing the win for Team Fun Haver. Brad and Roger Lovell, would finish in second place, with Bailey Cole and Jason Scherer in rounding out the podium in third place, resulting in a podium sweep for the Ford Bronco.
PROJECT X is proud to partner with some of the best drivers in off-road racing, and celebrates this incredible victory for both Team Fun Haver and Ford Performance. In our pursuit to deliver the very best in off-road vehicle accessories, we will continue to put our products to the ultimate test at King of the Hammers, and support the teams who carry that same intrepid spirit of off-road racing to victory.