Motor racing is generally an expensive and exclusive sport, particularly at the top echelons where big budgets are required to be competitive. As a result, being part of a winning team is an extremely limited club, whether as a competitor or as part of the support crew. Accordingly, Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM), which designs and manufactures the Ford Ranger for cross country racing in South Africa and around the world, is doing its part to develop a new generation of motorsport technicians and engineers with the emphasis on diversity and empowerment.
Just prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Africa’s economy slid into its third recession since 1994. Job cuts, which were already expected prior to lockdown, are now almost certain in the weeks and months ahead as we all make great sacrifices to flatten the curve. This will unfortunately only deepen the unemployment rate, which is already at a staggering 29 per cent, according to Statistics South Africa’s final 2019 survey.
Henry Ford pioneered numerous innovations in the automotive industry, most notably the integrated moving assembly line introduced in 1913, which reduced the time to build the legendary Model T from 12.5 to 1.5 hours. This not only contributed to significantly increased production volumes, but also helped to dramatically reduce the price of the motor car – making what was previously only affordable to the wealthy also accessible to the general public.
Owners of the all-new, all-electric Mustang Mach-E won’t experience the fear of missing out, thanks to over-the-air updates, continuously improve the SUV over the vehicle’s life, without leaving home.
The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent national lockdown may have turned peoples’ lives upside down, but it has also united people as they join forces to fight this health and humanitarian crisis.
Missing your driving? You don’t have to be. You can still get the Ford engine rumbling and its revs racing, albeit virtually, with the best games to keep the household buzzing. Not only can scheduled game time add structure to a day and break the monotony of crucial “Stay Home” directives, it can promote family time and friendly competition.