The Tickford name has been absent locally since 2001, when the brand featured tuned versions of the Falcon. Fast forward to today and Tickford has been relaunched by Prodrive Racing (Australia), and will begin enhancements on both the Ford Ranger and Mustang.
Tickford will commence its retail operations in October with 'Tickford Modification Centres' located in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane from 2017, with the Ranger being the first model with tweaks offered.
Ranger modifications will include aesthetic changes, such as front and rear bumpers, along with wheels and wheel-arch protectors. Other changes include modifications to engine tune, in addition to ride and handling. While the operation is yet to detail its Mustang offering, it's expected that the Mustang will be offered with similar aesthetic and engine/wheel options.
The Ranger engine tune features thousands of hours of tuning, according to Tickford. The package includes a 2.5-inch catback exhaust (which includes a side-exiting exhaust with a carbon tip) and an ECU calibration, which increases power output by around 15 per cent and torque by around 20 per cent. Exact numbers are still to be offered.
The ride and handling package includes the option of three packages:
- 20-inch alloys wheels combined with Goodyear AT tyres and unique fender flares
- Bilstein dampers and King springs
- Bilstein dampers and King springs with optional 2-inch lift kit
Tickford claims that the packages were developed and tested in conjunction with Bosch Automotive, with all options passing the Australian Design Rules (ARDs) associated with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
Interior upgrades include the option of unique leather seats (which don't impact on side airbag deployment), a perforated leather and suede steering wheel, along with Tickford sill plates.
The exterior package includes a deep-set Tickford grille which the company claims doesn't impact pedestrian protection, flared wheel arches, blacked-out side steps and Tickford branding on the rear.
Tickford covers the balance of new car warranty and covers any damage to the vehicle as a result of the brand's installed parts.
Ride and handling:
- Bilstein Dampers
- King Springs
- Standard height spring upgrade or 2-inch lift kit
- 20 x 9-inch TICKFORD alloy wheels inc fender flares with TICKFORD logo rivet heads
- 265/50R20 Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tyres
- Custom diesel tune delivering up to 15 per cent more power and up to 20 per cent more torque
- 2.5-inch stainless steel catback exhaust with side-exiting dual carbon tips
- High-flow air filter
- Black chrome Tickford tailgate badge
- Tickford driveline warranty
- OEM-Spec leather front and rear seats
- OEM-Spec leather centre console lid (excludes Wildtrak)
- OEM-Spec leather door trim (excludes Wildtrak)
- Suede and perforated-leather steering wheel re-trim (optional)
- Aluminium Tickford door sill plates (optional)
- Custom Tickford side steps
- Tickford deep-set grille (available November 2016)
- Blackout kit (XLT only)
Pricing for the powertrain package includes Tickford decals and kicks off from $7995.
Suspension upgrades that include the Bilstein dampers can be purchased with or without the 2.0-inch lift upgrade and are priced from $1285 without or $1845 with the 2.0-inch lift kit.
The wheel and tyre upgrade starts from $4530 and includes 20-inch wheels and tyres, Tickford centre caps, tyre pressure monitoring and fender flares. Side steps on their own can be purchased for $1375, while a Tickford styling package that offers headlight and taillight surrounds, along with mirror car covers is priced from $350.
Another styling package (only available on the XLT) offers Tickford door grab handles, quarter vent covers and Tickford styled tailgate grab handle for $300.
Finally, three interior options can be chosen and include the full leather seat treatment with interior applique for $3905, leather steering wheel for $730 and door sills for $105.
Buyers wanting to accessorise their Ranger (and Mustang, shortly) can visit the Tickford website for more details.