Gamescom is Europe's largest computer and gaming event. This year it will open its doors in Cologne, Germany on August 21st. But it won't be restricted to on-screen content exclusively. Ford plans to debut "a new performance vehicle" at this year's show. Exactly what that performance vehicle will be remains a mystery – but we have some ideas.
Our best guess is the Ranger Raptor. Yes, technically Ford has shown the Ranger Raptor in the sheet metal, but the Gamescom-branded, European-spec Ranger Raptor that ran up the hill at Goodwood could be the most likely candidate. The video below suggests the same rugged pickup will make its European debut in Cologne later this month.
The rugged Ford Ranger Raptor:
The European-spec Ranger Raptor shouldn't be much different from the global model we've already seen. It will use the same 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, producing 210 horsepower (157 kilowatts) and a generous 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque, paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Other unlikely candidates could be a variation of the Focus hatchback, either the Focus Active or the long-rumored Focus pickup. The Focus Active made its debut back in April, but like the Ranger Raptor, it could be making it European debut for the first time.
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Whatever it may be, Ford "promises to bring the fun back to on- and off-road driving." Alongside the world debut, the Blue Oval will have eight racing pods and a special 4D racing simulator for show-goers to try out. The fastest drivers will win a trip to the U.K. to spend a day with the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team.
Gallery: 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor
Get ready for the real and virtual worlds to collide at Gamescom, where Ford will reveal a new performance vehicle – both for drivers and gamers.
The first ever vehicle launched at Europe’s largest gaming event, held 21-25 August, in Cologne, Germany, promises to bring the fun back to on- and off-road driving. It will also be added to a forthcoming racing video game, enabling gamers to push the vehicle to its limits on virtual racetracks.
At the Ford stand in Hall 8, visitors can test their driving skills on eight racing pods and a special 4D racing simulator, built specifically for the event, which offers the nearest-to-real experience imaginable for driving a performance vehicle.
During the event, each day’s lap record holder on the 4D simulator will win a trip to the U.K. to spend a day with the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team.
With more than 355,000 visitors and 919 exhibitors, Gamescom serves as the central platform for the European computer and video game industry. In previous years, Ford wrapped a Focus RS in special Forza livery, set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the “longest video marathon on a racing game” racing the virtual Ford GT around Le Mans for 48 hours, and offered gamers the chance to win a real-life Focus RS track-driving experience with tuition from Ford racer, Harry Tincknell.
Cologne has been the headquarters of Ford in Germany since 1930 and the home of Ford of Europe since 1998, with the company employing more than 18,000 people in the area. Nearly nine million Fiestas have rolled off the production line in Cologne since 1979.