This full-race Ford Ranger might not have all that much in common with the road-legal truck it's "based" on, but hot damn does it look like a riot to blast over the Atacama desert and jungles of South America.

Here are some more intense, dramatic, and downright inspirational exterior shots of this thing in action. Charging across salt flats in a motorstorm of competitors, and chasing teammates around the dunes on quads.

Ford Racing made their Dakar Rally debut at last year's event, finishing the race in an impressive 22nd place. This year they nabbed 27th, which is still a solid result in an event where only 68 of the original 136 starting cars made it to the last flag.

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This Ford Ranger 4x4 Double Cab that ran this month's Dakar was piloted by Argentinian rally star Federico Villagra and countryman Andrés Memi who has raced cars, trucks, and bikes at the event in years past.

Here's a spec breakdown of the race Ranger:

Base VehicleFord Ranger 4x4 Double Cab
RegulationsFIA / ASO T1
Engine Ford Aluminum 5.0L-4V V8 with Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing
Engine Management Magneti Marelli
Power 260 kW @ 4 500 r/min
Torque560 Nm @ 4 100 r/min
Rev limit 5 500 r/min
BodyFull Composite
SuspensionIndependent Front and RearTwin BOS Dampers/WheelAntiroll Bar Rear
BrakesBrembo Water Cooled RearBrembo Air Cooled Front
Fuel Cell500 litres
GearboxSadev 6-Speed Sequential, permanent 4-wheel drive
CabinAir conditioned
DifferentialLSD Unit Front and Rear
SteeringSadev
Internal ElectronicsGEMS
DrivelineGKN
Drive wheels16-inch Evocorse rims fitted with 245/85-16 Michelin tyres
Top speed170 km/h

Images via Ford At Dakar