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Jason Scherer Ultra4 Ford Performance Bronco

Jason returned to the 2024 King of the Hammers again to claim his 4th crown of hammers. Behind every great racing driver is a great race car, and Jason's Ford Performance Bronco is no exception. It features a mid-engine 800+ Horsepower Ford Performance V8, sending power down to gear reduction independent suspension portal axles. It has custom Fox LiveValve suspension and BF Goodrich tires. "It is a Trophy Truck for the rocks," as Jason would describe, is a custom race car that utilizes components from a Trophy Truck and rock crawler. This would allow him to go fast in the desert and remain strong enough to crawl through the rocks the size of houses.  While King of the Hammers is run during the day, off-road lights are optional, but they will be crucial for races later in the year that are run entirely at night. The lighting setup is rather simple for this race.  On the A-Pillar are a pair of Baja Designs XL80s, which emit 9022 lumens each light emitting into Lighting Zone 1, 2, and 4, making it a great nearfield and mid-range high-intensity light. We always say no lighting package for racing is complete without XL80s, as it is one of our most versatile lights.    On the bumper of Jason's Bronco are a pair of Baja Designs LP6s on a quick-release bracket that slides in and out of the bumper. The LP6s has a 200-degree spread of usable LED light; thanks to dedicated Integrated Peripheral Technology (IPT), there are 11,225 total raw lumens emitting into lighting zones 1, 2, 3, and 4.  On the back is the Baja Designs RTL, which is necessary and required for all off-road racing organizations. While it not only serves as an identifier chase light for competitors to see you through the dust, it also operates as a brake light. There is even a white light function in the middle to operate as a work light to illuminate the rear of the Bronco.  Unfortunately, this year wasn't the race Jason wanted; it came down to a mechanical failure after leading a good part of the race. That is what racing is; you always have to expect the unexpected, take your losses, and keep moving on. Jason Sherer's determination and commitment to racing is unparalleled, and we know he will be back out there again to win the 2025 King of the Hammers. For now, he has some races to win in Ultra4 USA. 
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Baja Designs Wins Big at Hammers

That is a wrap on the 2024 King of the Hammers, multiple weeks of nonstop off-road racing in Johnson Valley. What is King of the Hammers? It is to be considered to be the toughest off-road race in North America, drawing in over 80,000 people over two weeks. Racers would find themselves driving all out through the harsh desert and navigating rocks the size of houses; it is, without a doubt, the toughest race of the year.  It all led up to the main event of the 2024 Nitto Race of Kings, where many gave it all, but it was Baja Designs driver JP Gomez who would be crowned "King" for the first time ever. After starting last place due to his DNF in qualifying, he passed every single competitor through one of the toughest race courses in KOH history.  JP Gomez Ultra 4 4400 race car is equipped with a Baja Designs 30-inch OnX6+ light bar with a race-legal RTL in the back. While he never needed his light bar during the race, the RTL was in full force, as his competitors could see it cut through the dust passing him on the race course.  The 2024 4WP Every Man Challenge (EMC) es. The 143-mile racecourse comprised a high-speed, rugged open desert lap followed by a second lap on tire-shredding rocky canyons. But it was Bailey-Cole who raced the factory Ford Bronco not only in the Everyman Challenge but also in the Race of Kings and the Desert Challenge. His Ford Bronco is equipped with Baja Designs XL80s on the A-Pillars. The XL80 is one of our favorite lights, emitting 9,500 lumens per light utilizing 80-watt LEDS; these lights cover Lighting Zones 1-4. The Baja Vida Class 11 showdown has been a fan favorite for several years now, and for a good reason: the grassroots racing and driver lineup make for incredible racing despite lacking huge horsepower and suspension. This year was no different. A massive crowd gathered to watch this race, and as usual, the race did not disappoint; it was jam-packed and full of nonstop action. Blake Wilkey was yet again the winner of the Baja Vida Class 11 Showdown. After this race, it might be safe to say Blake Wilkey might hold the best and most consistent record for Class 11 racing with 48 races, 48 finishes, and 43 podiums. But it wasn't only racing at the 2024 King of the Hammers that made it so special; it was the community we cultivated there. One night we met up with our friends from Bad Lines Good Times for a night run and taco party in the desert 10 miles east of Hammers. We enjoyed hanging out and getting to know more people who run Baja Designs because, at the end of the day, there is nothing better than tacos and off-road adventures at night.  The 2024 King of the Hammers is done and dusted, and we were out on the lakebed for nearly three weeks, offering support to our racers and meeting new people. The 2024 King of the Hammers was undoubtedly an unforgettable experience, and we look forward to seeing what next year's event has in store. 
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Adventure: A Baja Trip to La Paz

Empty beaches and trails promise great and rewarding challenges that lay ahead for those willing to give it a chance. It is often said that Baja is the last frontier for adventure, from off-road adventures like the most grueling off-road racing in the world, known as Baja 1000, to incredible fishing, surfing, and hiking. No matter what, you are in the mood for an adventure waiting to be had for anyone. Baja Designs and a few friends loaded up our Jeep and headed for the border for an adventure to chase the Baja 1000, which started in La Paz this year. With that in mind, we thought, why not take the long way down? We wanted to create a guide that showcases our adventures, and we thought, why not start with an adventure where it all began? Baja. THINGS TO BRING CAPABLE VEHICLE We recommend bringing a four-wheel drive vehicle with a minimum of 33" tires; while not completely necessary, it is highly encouraged in case you get into those sandy areas so you can minimize the chances of getting stuck. We brought our 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL on 37-inch Maxxis tires and Fox Factory 3.0 shocks with a ton of accessories. MEXICAN INSURANCE The truth is that insurance is required in Baja. It is the law, and American insurance policies don't cover international driving, even if you drove that vehicle from the U.S. But not all too often that it is effectively communicated that it is needed. Fortunately, our friends at Baja Bound can make sure you are covered with the proper amount of coverage and can even recommend a few taco stands along the way. Anything could happen in Baja; having the right insurance partner can make your trip stress-free. LIGHTING Of course, the roads can be very dark if you are traveling at night, and having the proper lighting is not only a performance advantage but a necessity for safety on the roads there. While we always recommend our Squadron SAE lights as a necessity for almost any vehicle, it is also important to have a great set of off-road lights with great distance and nearfield visibility. This doesn't mean you need a Trophy Truck lighting package to go explore Baja; in fact, our Jeep is simply overkill and unnecessary for most people. Unless you are prerunning in Baja and moving at 60-80mph off-road, you need a much simpler setup. What we recommend would be a pair of XL80s or LP4s, which is phenomenal lighting for nearfield visibility with great intensity. GETTING THERE Baja California, the long and narrow peninsula that stretches southward from the United States-Mexico border, is rich in history and cultural heritage. We aimed to head south and crossed the border through Mexicali, and from there, it was a two-hour drive on highway 5 until our first stop for tacos in San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez which we camped on the beach. The next day, we headed for Bay of LA or Bahía de los Ángeles, but first, we stopped at the Chenowth Museum, which is filled with many historical Volkswagen buggies that have been racing in Baja since the early 70s. To our surprise, we even found a few with Baja Designs lights on them. We hopped on the highway and headed south, and to make the drive a little more adventurous, we took a 25-mile off-road detour starting at the old Cocos Corner. The views were nothing but spectacular, and we ended up in the Bay of LA. After the course of the next couple of days, we headed further south, stopping at the Misión San Francisco Borja, officially known as Mission Santa Gertrudis, built-in 1721. There is a property care taker who was kind enough to give us a tour of the historic building. We ended up staying the night near there in a beautiful valley, and the next day, we realized we had a long drive to La Paz, but along the way, we made a few stops for the incredible views in Mulege.   BAJA 1000 When we finally arrived in La Paz the next day. We met all of Baja Designs racers at the contingency SCORE International Baja 1000 just before they made their 1300 mile journey to the finish line in Ensenada. The next morning, we chased Bryce Menzies for the Baja 1000, photographing him along the way , and for over 20 hours, we drove 1000 miles back to Ensenada for the finish line where Bryce would win his first Baja 1000. The Long Way to La Paz journey was more than just a thrilling off-road adventure for us. It became a personal exploration through rich cultural heritage, historical landmarks like the Chenowth Museum and Misión San Francisco Borja, and the awe-inspiring landscapes that demanded the right equipment – a capable vehicle, Mexican insurance, and the necessity of proper lighting. As we reached La Paz, our journey unfolded, capturing the essence of Baja's spirit. In the heart of it all, our involvement in the Baja 1000 highlighted not just the race but the enduring legacy of our dominance in the lighting industry. It's a testament to the spirit of adventure that defines Baja California, a journey that left us with memories etched in the dust trails and starlit skies of this remarkable peninsula. [rl_gallery id="294940"]
Effective Lighting Score (ELS™)
We’ve created “Effective Lighting Score (ELS™)” for one reason; to better describe lighting performance in the off-road space.Learn about the four key factors of ELS™: Blend Angle / Blendability / Distance / Output
S1 Hitch Light Kit
With a trailer hitch harness or toggle switch version to choose from the S1 Hitch Light Kit is a powerful and versatile lighting solution for outdoor enthusiasts and off-road adventurers. This compact system uses an S1 LED light, mounted in a durable Meso Customs hitch that easily attaches to any standard 2-inch hitch receiver.
Squadron SAE Customer Upgrade Program
Baja Designs is offering upgrades to all our previous generation Squadron® SAE owners at no cost. Click here to learn more >
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In 1992, Baja Designs was founded in San Diego, California with a passion and thirst for off-road. Performance-driven and race proven - Baja Designs engineers and manufacturers using only the best components available on the market today.
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uService

Being able to service your own equipment is a necessity when out on the trail or back home in your garage. Baja Designs set out to make a light that is easily serviceable is the core mission behind our uService® technology

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MoistureBlock

Making sure the elements don’t damage the internals of your performance lights first and every light we produce works in the worst of conditions is core of our exclusive MoistureBlock™ technology.

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ClearView

ClearView™ is our proprietary optics, which are computer designed in-house by Baja Designs’ team of racing engineers who have first-hand knowledge of the lighting needs of all types of drivers and riders.

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