LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, OCTOBER 31, 2023 – While we might be squinting in the desert sun of Las Vegas, Fun-Haver Off-Road’s all-new Ford Bronco Baja Runner is right at home. This Bronco was built ignoring all official rule books and is bound only by the fun Vaughn and Loren can dream up, from drifting to jumping and all the things that the desert can throw at it. Built in collaboration with Kibbetech to handle some of the most extreme desert fun on the planet the Fun-Haver Off-Road team has opted to name this lawless dream build, “El Bandito”, a reference to the outlaws of yesteryear that would roam Mexico and the American Southwest.
Known as Bronco “55”, this was an early marketing unit destined for the crusher but was brought back to life with an exterior that’s undoubtedly off-road and bold. What’s under the hood might offer a bit of a surprise, however. Powering this off-road menace is Ford Performance’s crate supercharged 5.2L engine, the same featured in the famed GT500. Though off the lot you’re looking at around 760hp in the GT500, the Fun-Haver Off-Road team pushed that number up to around 1,000 HP by way of a Whipple 3.8L supercharger for this one-of-a-kind Bronco.
"I am so pumped on El Bandito! Inspired by Ultra4 and Baja we set out to build our most crazy looking, capable, and Fun Bronco to date, and our team absolutely nailed it! One thousand horsepower, a handbrake and all the FOX controlled suspension travel is going to guarantee smiles for miles on the ground, and in the air, for Loren and me!" - Vaughn Gittin Jr.
Anyone who has ever faced desert terrains knows that power alone isn’t enough to conquer the domain which is why “El Bandito” features the FOX controlled suspension setup dreams are made of. Utilizing the same suspension design by Triton Engineering that mirrors the Fun-Haver Off-Road team’s Ultra4 Racing Broncos, 20-inch travel front and 26-inch rear. FOX 2.5 Coil Overs with 3.5/4” bypasses and 2.0 bumps help ensure a smooth ride in open desert while offering crawl capabilities when faced with rock challenges.
"We have been dreaming of this Bronco build for years, it’s so awesome to see it come to life! To me this is the ultimate mashup representing my love of Ultra 4 and Baja and one of the most unique Broncos in existence. This is definitely my favorite Fun-Haver Bronco build!" - Loren Healy
If you’re in Las Vegas for the annual SEMA Show, be sure to catch “El Bandito” in action smoking 42” Nitto Trail Grapplers multiple times a day at the Shell Performance Unbound Drift Experience alongside the RTR Vehicles’ Drift Team located in the silver lot.
- 2023 Ford Bronco 2-Door
- Ford Performance Crate Supercharged 5.2L
- TH400 Transmission from Gearworks
- Pennzoil Race Oil
- ECU - Ford Performance
- Race Pak Switch Panels and PDU's
- Fuel Safe 40 Gallon Cell
- Aeromotive A1000 fuel pumps
- Atlas 2 Transfer Case
- JE Reel Drive Shafts
- Spidertrax 10” housings, brakes, hubs, axle shafts
- 74 welds race portals
- RCV performance CV’s
- Gearworks 10” third members with 40 spline ARBs
- Custom exhaust built by Kibbetech and wrapped with Header Shield Inconel
- CBR cooling package
- Suspension design by Triton Engineering (20” travel
front, 25” rear)
- 92” wide track width, 120” Wheelbase
- Fox 2.5 Coil Overs, 3.5/4” bypasses and 2.0 bumps
- Wildwood brakes
- Power Steering Solutions steering
Wheels & Tires
- Fun-Haver Off-Road 20” double bead locks
- 42” Nitto Trail Grapplers
- FHOR designed fiberglass and carbon fiber dash built by Fiberwerx
- PROJECT X HP.70 light bar and FF.70 headlights
- Warn 9.0 RC winch and factor 55 recovery equipment
- RECARO Sportster Seats