Mounting a kerb to find parking at a crowded social event can be very satisfying for anyone who drives a 4×4 vehicle. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when you consider what vehicles like Ford Ranger can actually do.

To get the best out of your 4×4 vehicle it’s best to get yourself acquainted with all the technologies that auto’ manufacturers like Ford have crammed into their vehicles to make them the go anywhere beasts that they are.

The Ranger Wildtrak’s spec sheet, for instance, reads like a mechanical engineering textbook with terms like electronic shift on the fly, hill descent control, locking rear differential and many other terms that mostly make sense to the off-road heroes among us.

To get better acquainted with all of these, I took the Wildtrak for a spin to tackle some technical 4×4 challenges at the Lanseria Country Estate in Johannesburg. The drive included hill climbing of the extreme kind, serious axle twisting courtesy of the wheel articulation challenge and some mud splashing just for good measure.

To say the Ranger excelled at all of these would be an understatement. Not only did it get through the challenges, but it did so with the level of ease that would make even the most novice off-roader look like a bundu bashing champ.:

To learn more about the Ford Ranger’s on and off-road capabilities, click here

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