It’s Heritage Month in South Africa and Ford is celebrating with this one-of-a-kind Heritage Ranger art bakkie.
Ford has transformed a Ranger Wildtrak into an art car to celebrate South Africa’s rich and diverse heritage.
The Ranger bakkie is assembled at Ford’s Silverton Plant and a team from the plant’s Paint Shop was commissioned to create this unique South African-inspired bakkie.
A total of 5 artists worked on the project from concept to completion, using 35 litres of automotive paint, paint brushes, spray guns and a total of 650 hours to finish this piece of art.
The artwork includes elements such as the South African flag which is seen over the grille, bonnet and roof, Ndebele tribal art on the tailgate and a map of South Africa with the location of Ford’s plant in Gauteng and Eastern Cape included. Furthermore, collages on the side of the vehicle depict an array of cultural elements and artefacts including the Protea, South Africa’s national flower as well as San rock art.
“It is a great privilege to be part of the team that worked on this incredible project, and delivering a product that every Ford employee from every cultural background can be proud of,” said Queeneth Buthelezi, who led the project.
“What stands out for me about this project is how it merges South Africa’s various cultural and heritage symbols and artefacts into one cohesive unit, just like how Ford brings together people from different backgrounds who work towards one common goal,” added Wiseman Mngadi.
“The project was a great learning experience for me, and an opportunity to demonstrate my skills,” said Alana Jansen. “It validates my ability and competence as a woman in the automotive industry.”