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A South African performance icon is born

Road To Race is a South African tuning house that sells a range of super-Mustangs and Rangers, which benefit a significant level of re-engineering to deliver an exquisite and unique range of bespoke performance Fords.

Comprising a trio of Rangers and a Mustang, the new Road To Race range is topped by a pair of 500kW supercharged V8s – the RTR Mustang and a RTR Ranger 660 like never before. There is also a 325kW V8 RTR Ranger 415 and a 185kW RTR Ranger 250 powered by a tweaked 3.2-litre Ford turbodiesel. All RTR enhancements include various levels of chassis, suspension, drivetrain and brake enhancements; along with aerodynamic and interior trim upgrades.

Designed, developed and built by Justin Price’s, Port Elizabeth-based Hi-tech Automotive, under the watchful eye of Peter Lindenberg, the RTR Ranger range is covered by an extensive RTR 4-year/120 000km warranty, while the RTR Mustang has a 3 year/60 000km RTR Warranty. 

New RTR enhanced cars are sold and maintained by a network of Road to Race dealerships around the country, with several centres already covered, while outlets remain available in other areas.

“Road to Race will soon become synonymous with performance motoring in South Africa.” company CEO Peter Lindenberg explained. “It all starts now through a stunning new range of value for money performance products starting with the RTR Mustang - a brilliant new option that brings value and performance to the market, but the biggest news is the arrival of the unique RTR Ranger range bound to gain traction as the Bakkie of Bakkies in a bakkie mad market.

“We have three RTR Ranger models on offer, from the wild supercharged V8 660, through the normally aspirated V8 415 to the turbodiesel 250.” 


The new RTRs in detail

RTR Ranger 660
The most exclusive RTR Ranger is the 660 powered by a 500kW (660 horsepower) supercharged 5-litre Coyote V8 – the same engine as the RTR Mustang coupled to a 6-speed Tremec manual gearbox driving the rear wheels.

Sporting upgraded Fox suspension and brakes, 18" RTR Wheels and performance-rated tyres as well as unique, state of the art body kit and interior upgrades, the RTR Ranger 660 has to be the ultimate in bakkies.

RTR Ranger 660 also benefits a unique and much needed chassis stiffener, an anti-tramp bar and a lowered diff ratio for lightning acceleration, while RTR offers a 20" wheel and tyre option on the 660, as well as a Bespoke RTR Brake upgrade. The 20” wheel upgrade is required when fitting the brake upgrade. 

RTR Ranger 660 also gets a colour-matched full body kit including wheelarch flares, a RTR grille and bonnet scoop and a tailgate panel. Add RTR badging and striping, a RTR stainless steel engine badge and chassis plaque; a RTR roll bar, side steps and a rubberized load bay.

The RTR Ranger 660’s cabin gains Alcantara upholstery with RTR branded carpets, seats and a RTR dash plaque.

RTR Ranger 660 Specifications
Engine: 500kW 825Nm Supercharged 5-litre DOHC 32V V8      
Exhaust: RTR High Performance Cat Back Twin Pipe
Transmission: Tremec Magnum 6-speed manual
Drive: Rear
Suspension: Fox Full Performance System
Performance:          
0-100km/h: 4.9 seconds
400m: 12.9 sec @ 195km/h
Maximum Speed: 220km/h – electronically limited
Fuel Consumption: 11.1l/100km
Warranty: RTR 4-year/120 000km  
Conversion Price: R798 000
Full Vehicle Price: R1 275 000


RTR Ranger 415
The RTR Ranger 415 gets a 325kW (415 horsepower) normally aspirated version of the quad-overhead camshaft 32-valve Coyote 5-litre V8 turning a Tremec Magnum 6-speed manual gearbox with a revised differential ratio.

RTR Ranger 415 gains Bilstein gas pressure shock absorbers in its lowered front and softened rear suspension, with the RTR 660’s Fox full performance suspension available as an option. RTR 415 also gets 18" RTR wheels and performance-rated tyres, a colour coded full body kit including flares, a RTR grille, and bonnet scoop and a tailgate panel. There is also RTR badging and striping, a RTR stainless steel engine badge and chassis plaque and a RTR dash plaque.

RTR Ranger 415 options include a RTR roll bar, side steps and a rubberized load bay as well as Bespoke RTR Brakes, which will require a 20" wheel and tyre upgrade. 

RTR Ranger 415 Specifications
Engine: 325kW 550Nm 5-litre DOHC 32V V8        
Exhaust: RTR High Performance Cat Back Twin Pipe
Transmission: Tremec Magnum 6-speed manual
Drive: Rear   
Suspension: Bilstein
Performance:          
0-100km/h: 5.9 seconds
400m: 13.9 sec @ 159km/h
Maximum Speed: 200km/h electronically limited
Fuel Consumption: 12.0l/100km
Warranty: RTR 4-year/120 000km  
Conversion Price: R528 000
Full Vehicle Price: R1 005 000

 
RTR Ranger 250
Bakkie fans and diesel lovers who may want the aesthetic advantages of those V8s without the engine transplant, also have a most attractive RTR option in the RTR Ranger 250. The turbodiesel RTR benefits a healthy gain in power and performance over a standard Ranger 3.2-litre 5-cylinder Duratorq TDCI, whether that be in automatic or manual, 4x2 or 4x4.

RTR tweaked to produce 185kW (250 horsepower) and 550Nm, the 38kW upgraded turbodiesel Ranger 250 benefits Unichip tuning and a down pipe exhaust and is likely to be the most popular model on the range considering that it comes with the same Perana body and trim kit and other optional upgrades as the RTR Ranger 415.

RTR Ranger 250 Specifications
Engine: 185kW 550Nm 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCI   
Exhaust: RTR Downpipe
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Drive: Rear/All         
Suspension: Ranger
Performance:          
0-100km/h: 8.9 seconds
400m: 14.9 sec @ 145km/h
Maximum Speed: 210km/h
Fuel Consumption: 7.7l/100km
Warranty: Ranger 4-year/120 000km  
Conversion Price: R179 000
Full Vehicle Price: Dependant on base Ranger model
 

T-Rex and RSR Rangers
In addition to the three RTR Rangers, Road To Race offers a pair of aggressive, aesthetics-only upgrades in its T-Rex and RSR kits. The Ranger T-Rex body option includes flared wheel arches, a raised bonnet scoop, bulky front bumper and tail gate detail, all designed to stand out, supplied and fitted in the existing bakkie’s body colour along with various wheel and tyre options.

The RSR kit includes flared wheel arches, bonnet and scoop, front bumper and tail gate along with wheel and tyre options in a range that is already available for the Ranger, with other popular bakkie kits set to follow soon.
 

RTR Mustang 
With right hand drive Mustangs now available in South Africa and strong demand for unique and highly personalised versions of the original Pony Car, there are several exotic and quite expensive imported Mustang conversions available in South Africa.

Now Road To Race has engineered a mighty South African-bred Mustang pumping out more than 500kW from its RTR supercharged 5-litre V8 along with a performance exhaust system, modified suspension and upgraded brakes to match its newfound prowess, all wrapped up an aggressive body kit with 20” wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero high performance tyres.

"The RTR is aimed at the Mustang upgrade market", Peter Lindenberg explained. “The RTR Mustang is competitively priced to take on rival upgrades. It costs R665 000 for a RTR upgrade, which means the price of a complete car is R1 539 000, with unrivalled standard componentry. Beat that!

The 500kW (660 horsepower) supercharged 5-litre V8 RTR Mustang upgrade includes a stainless steel high performance cat back quad pipe exhaust system, performance suspension and dampers and up-spec high performance side shafts, while upgraded front and rear disc and front calliper brakes are optional.

The RTR Mustang gets 20" RTR Wheels and Pirelli P Zero Tyres, a RTR body kit comprising bonnet, front fenders, rocker panels, boot spoiler; RTR sill plates, coil covers and RTR branded seats.

RTR Mustang Specifications                 
Engine: 500kW 825Nm Supercharged 5-litre DOHC 32V V8       
Exhaust: RTR High Performance Cat Back Quad Pipe
Drive: Rear
Suspension: Performance Dampers
Performance: 
0-100km/h: 4.2 seconds
400m: 11.9 sec @ 205km/h
Maximum Speed: 300km/h
Fuel Consumption: 12.9l/100km
Warranty: RTR 4-year/120 000km  
Conversion Price: R665 000
Full Vehicle Price: R1 539 000


About Road To Race
Road To Race is an all round vehicle enhancement and upgrade facility dedicated to transforming vehicles to their owner’s unique and individual tastes through various outlets around South Africa. “Road To Race aims to provide an efficient, effective and professional service to it’s customers and the motor industry in general,” CEO Peter Lindenberg pointed out. 

“We aim to make our customers’ motoring dreams come true by individualising their rides by transforming their cars through our vast product offering and a broad nationwide footprint.”

All Road To Race retail facilities will offer a variety of products to enhance all brands of car, bakkie and utility vehicles, starting with the supply and fit of body kits, optional brake, suspension, shock and interior upgrades for the Ranger expanding to other models too.

Road To Race facilities will also operate as retail outlets for the RTR Range of upgraded Rangers and Mustangs and will also sell and maintain Cobra, Daytona, GT40 and other Hi-Tech Automotive heritage vehicles. Road To Race enjoys partnerships with the likes of Sabat Batteries, Fox Shocks, Rhino Linings, FIAD Dent, Safety Film, Greensky vehicle wrapping, First Race apparel and Motul lubricants.

Going forward, Road To Race aims to take the initiative to provide alternative servicing and maintenance of Toyota, Ford and other vehicles in accordance with Right To Repair legislation, which is imminent in South Africa. Road to Race has confirmed facilities opening in Boksburg, Cape Town, Durban, George and Springs, while the company is seeking operator partners for planned facilities in Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth and East London.

Road To Race was launched at the Johannesburg Festival of Motoring at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from 31 August to 3 September 2017.

More stories and images at RTR's Motor Media Centre HERE


Contact Paige Lindenberg for RTR media information at 
+27 (0) 63 854 8765 or paige@roadtoracesa.com 
Contact Chiara Lindenberg on RTR franchise opportunities at
+27 (0) 83 495 7640 or chiara@roadtoracesa.com 
General enquiries: info@roadtoracesa.com