MOOG: We’re about to be dropped into one of the most remote parts of the planet.
The south island of New Zealand and we’ve got 24 hours to survive and make our way back to civilization.
This is the all-new Ford Ranger and we’ve battled some freaking epic New Zealand landscape so we can review it for you.
Ours is the Wildtrak but the Ranger comes in a variety of different models so let’s cover the basics.
The Ranger is a proper Ute and it makes a mad tow vehicle for your racecar or your boat...
...with a 3.5 tonne towing capacity. Under the bonnet, there’s a 3.2L turbo diesel engine...
...pushing out around 147 kilowatts and 470 newton meters of torque.
Inside the cabin, you’ve got all sorts of clever technology including the Sync 2 system...
...which gives you voice control for hands-free phone, music and even your climate control.
Plus, you can listen to your text messages and do your navigation.
It’s got a locking rear diff, hill descent control and you can shift on the fly between 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive.
So, that’s the basics, and now it’s time to hit the road.
MOOG: So, my feeling is Marty if that way is north and that way is west then we probably head that way.
Marty: That makes no sense!
MOOG: Because see…
Marty: That makes no sense because we’re going up the hill. Dude, marlins swim downstream.
MOOG: No, upstream.
Marty: Yeah, but to be… MOOG: Upstream.
Marty: Yeah, but for survival you walk upstream… MOOG: Have you not seen any of these documentaries?
They go upstream. They jump into the mouths of the bears. You’ve never seen the marlin do that?
Marty: The marlin do that?
MOOG: You’ve never seen that on National Geographic!
MOOG: Anyway, so the point is we are somewhere here.
Marty: We’re not on a... MOOG: Maybe we’re on this side.
Marty: You don’t even know…What are you looking...What are you doing?
MOOG: Maybe we’re near Bob’s reach around Marty: We’re definitely not near Bob’s reach around. That’s later.
MOOG: Look down here, there’s catfish. That’s what you want.
(MOOG and Marty tearing up the map together)
MOOG: Let’s just go. No maps required.
MOOG: Alright, so…we’re going then.
MOOG: So, we are here, in the brand new Ford Ranger. Um…I don’t know why to be honest...
...because we’ve never reviewed a new car before. And, I’ve never gone 4 wheel driving. Have you?
Marty: No, never.
MOOG: So, we’re the right people for the job then!
Marty: Yeah man. MOOG: Look what we’ve got man!
Marty: Our little adventure magazine. MOOG: Yeah, I got a 4 wheel drive magazine...
and we’ve got the Ford Ranger Owner’s Manual.
Marty: And I’ve got an atlas.
MOOG: Yeah, oh!
MOOG: So, for starters…
Marty: Hey, look Dongara
MOOG: Ok, that’s the wrong country my friend.
MOOG: Of course, we’re not really littering in the beautiful New Zealand.
MOOG: Ok, so I’m into neutral. I’m going into 4 low.
I’m going into drive and we’re driving through a river my friend.
Marty: Yes, I think that’s known as a creek in 4 wheel drive land.
MOOG: Dude, it is…it is like the Amazon. Look at this!
MOOG: YES Marty: Did that feel good?
MOOG: Yeah, well…I’ve…It didn’t feel bad.
Presenter: Okay, let’s be honest for a second. We don’t actually know anything about this car at all but luckily, we’ve got the Owner’s Manual.
MOOG: Can I stop halfway up a hill? Marty: If you want to, yeah.
MOOG: Will I…Will we roll backwards? Marty: You might roll back…
Marty: It’s like a hill holder. Marty: And you’re supposed to go…uhm…
...as slow…no…as slow as possible but fast enough. Is that a term that they use?
MOOG: As fast as necessary, as slow as possible? Marty: In 4 wheel drive low, it’ll still shift gears.
Marty: You can do it manually as well. You can flick it across in the manual. It’s pretty cool.
MOOG: Martin, we’re 4 wheel driving my friend.
Presenter: We have 24 hours to find our way out of here and meet a barge, which only comes once a week. If we miss it, we really will be stuck in the wild.
MOOG: Tell us a little bit about this beautiful place that we’re in! We have no idea where we are.
Marty: This is a station…
MOOG: Okay. Marty: …which kind of means is a massive...
...enormous block of land, which is 27 kilometers by 27 kilometers. It’s one of the most remote places in the world.
It’s in the south island…beautiful landscape. So, it’s a station so it is a working farm. There are 35,000 units of animals here.
Presenter: This really is one of the most incredible landscapes on the planet and now, we’ve just reached a hill.
MOOG: We’ve got to our first hill. We’re going down and then we’re gonna cross a waterfall. And so, there’s a button here, which is a car going down a hill. So…
Marty: It looks like a little cruise control icon…
MOOG: I’m gonna press that.
MOOG: Okay, Hill Descent Control ready. What do we do then?
Marty: Uhm, so…it’ll work at speeds less than 35 K’s. MOOG: That’s good.
Marty: And you activate it above 40. And turns off at 60. It doesn’t work on the diff’s lock just so it has full control. And it’s gonna control the diff by…
MOOG: It’s gonna take us down and brake the wheel individually.
Marty: You don’t need your feet on. MOOG: Okay.
Marty: The car is doing all that. MOOG: Okay. It’s doing…Now…I…
Marty: Can you hear it braking individual wheels?
MOOG: Yes and now I do the speed with these buttons here.
Marty: You can turn it up or down with this… MOOG: Oh, just like cruise control.
Marty: Exactly. MOOG: Are we going down a hill? Okay, this is cool.
Marty: And you can’t take it front on, you gotta get a bit of an angle on this last…
MOOG: I’m really worried that I’m gonna like knock our lowered front lip off but we’re not lowered.
MOOG: So, but, it’s a similar tactic to getting out of a car park when you’ve got a lowered car. It’s the same kind of process.
And now, this is good…this is good. On the juice. Up we go. Oh yes. No, your Sylvia can’t do that.
Presenter: For a couple of guys used to drag racing and drifting, we’re feeling pretty good about conquering our first hill but now, this is a car review so here’s some more car review-y stuff from the experts.
MOOG: So we know nothing about 4 wheel drives or 4 wheel driving but this is what we know so far about this car.
Marty: It’s an actual proper truck…like a Ute…like on chasey rails it’s not just like a…like a…same build as a hatchback…like it’s a proper truck.
So, we’ve got back behind here, you’ve got a 240-volt plug that you can plug charges and all sorts of stuff into which is pretty handy.
And you know what? With some of this technology if you can have it, why wouldn’t you?
For example, like it’s…it tells you when your tire pressure is low, which if you are doing 4 wheel driving, you drop your tire pressures generally.
Marty: And that reminds you that it’s down so when you get back on the bitchumen it reminds you on filling up, you get out and you get your inflator…
MOOG: Well, we’ve got whole episodes on that like installing them, putting them in. It already has it which I think is pretty cool.
Marty: Just factory….so cool.
MOOG: What I like about this is that you can customize this so you can have your RPM…
...you can have all sorts of different stuff there and set it up, which is actually really cool.
Presenter/MOOG: So there’s your nerdy facts but now it’s time for food.
MOOG: Are you hungry yet? Marty: What are we eating?
MOOG: Now, unlike some of the shrooms that you might find in Nimbin or up in Byron Bay...
...most of the ones around here are fairly safe to eat. They are also particularly delicious if they are brightly colored and spotted so these ones here...
….I’ll just pick one of those….you could literally just pick those and get straight into them.
MOOG: That’s a good shroom.
Presenter: My friend hasn’t had much luck foraging for food so it’s my time to shine.
The crystal clear waters of New Zealand are famous for their fly fishing and at this time of the year, they’ll be teeming with fresh water marlin and I’m gonna catch us one for dinner and cook it over an open fire.
Marty: They left the security tag on my rod…at the shop. So I…have to…fish with it, professionally.
Marty: Big, bending the rod. If it is what I think it is, this is gonna be inside us tonight.
Presenter: After having no luck on the lake’s edge, I’ve decided to go one step deeper and we’re bashing our way through the bush, in search of a flowing river.
I'll be attempting an ancient and dangerous technique, rarely seen in contemporary fishing, and until now, has never been documented. A technique known as the bait and flip.
Marty: So what I’m gonna do is slightly drop the lure in. I’m gonna start to drag these tentacles…
MOOG: So we drive up the river…
Marty: We drive up the river… MOOG: …and according to you, this creates a wave.
Marty: A bow wave.
MOOG: A bow wave? Marty: Yep.
MOOG: We can go through up to 80 centimeters of water in the Ranger and the bow wave makes the marlin…
MOOG: …the marlin think that they’re in an ocean…
Marty: No uh… MOOG: …so that they come to us!
Marty: They do think that. So it’s an inbuilt thing…it’s a little trick…
MOOG: So they swim towards the car as we drive up the river.
Marty: Just slow… MOOG: Look…I don’t know…I don’t know...
...what to do. I’ve never done this before. Marty: Well, I have and this is the correct way...
...so the lure is now head first into the water so now slow creep along and they should start jumping at any second.
Bring the lure up and then drop it back down. That’s called the bait and flip.
MOOG: I thought that was a sex move.
Marty: Up and out and back in again. MOOG: Oh that’s a big one.
Marty: Big marlin. MOOG: No, a big rock.
MOOG: Oh, I’m a fisherman, I fish all the time. There’s a tag…the tag is still on your fishing rod.
Marty: Dude, honestly I think there is a problem with my rod.
MOOG: Marty, honestly the problem is with you. Marty: No…
MOOG: There is no problem with the rod. The problem is with you.
Marty: …. MOOG: ….
Presenter: It seems if we’re actually going to be eating anything tonight at our camp, it’s going to be up to me and check out what I’ve caught.
MOOG: This is dinner. Marty: Really?
MOOG: I went hunting. MOOG: Yeah.
MOOG: Absolutely, look at this man. Marty: You got them out of the river?
MOOG: Fresh crayfish…absolutely.
MOOG: Ah, he’s a big guy! Isn’t he?
Luckily, we got a 1 tonne, ah…pay loading units, 3.5 tonne towing capacity so crayfish in a Ford Ranger…It’s actually a perfect combination.
MOOG: Thanks for the marlin.
Marty: Bit disappointed about the marlin.
Presenter: With the sun going down, it’s time to go and setup our camp.
We’re going to be building a shelter out of rope, some plastic bags and anything that we can find in the local environment.
MOOG: Of course, safety first. Survival whistle.
Marty: C’mon man. MOOG: Dude…
Marty: Look at the spikes. MOOG: C’mon, oh wow.
Marty: Yeah, oh…oh wow…there’s some spikes.
Presenter: Our camp is really starting to come together and we’re both super happy with the progress.
Next up, time for a fire. MOOG: Stand back. You ready?
MOOG: You got a lighter?
MOOG: So, we’ve had a couple of problems getting our fire started. Um, maybe a faulty flint
Presenter: We don’t have a fire yet but at least we have our fresh cray fish...
...or at least we used to!
Marty: I took them out of the Ute.
MOOG: Why? Marty: Cause I couldn’t stand looking at them.
Did you hear them screaming? MOOG: C’mon man.
Marty: Did you hear them screaming? You know they make…
MOOG: No, they don’t scream. They don’t have mouths.
Marty: They scream too. MOOG: They don’t have faces.
Presenter: Luckily, I brought emergency supplies.
Marty: Aww, haha. Goanna Gooch. MOOG: Yes.
Marty: Lightly salted strips. Marty: Aww, Big Bits. Leicester famous…
Dude, how did you know to get these? MOOG: That is so hard to get.
Marty: That’s the pink I like. MOOG: Internet only.
Marty: Really? MOOG: Yeah, that’s really difficult to get.
Marty: Um, I will be back in a second … MOOG: Ok.
Presenter: I thought our camp was coming together great but not everybody seems to think so.
Camera man: What have we done all day, you know? We’ve worked hard, we’ve worked hard!
Marty: Yes. Camera man: Sunrise to right now.
Marty: Dude, no one is doubting how hard you guys work. I totally get it.
Camera man: We agreed to, you know, pretend, you know, you guys are the only ones here.
We don’t have a support car, we don’t have other crew here working but we’re not doing this man.
Camera man 2: We’re not doing it. We’re not doing it.
Camera man 2: Where’s the marlin?
Presenter: With our crew refusing to sleep in our make shift camp, we’re spending the night in the car.
Marty: Your foot is in my face dude.
MOOG: Sorry man.
MOOG: You guys sleep alright?
MOOG: You guys sleep alright?
Presenter: And there it is. New Zealand is a stunning and challenging environment so it makes sense that this is the highest selling car here.
This was our first time 4 wheel driving and while we’re much more experienced on a race track or the mountain roads of Japan, it didn’t matter what we threw at it, the Ranger kept going...
…through mud, rivers, waterfalls and with all the technology to help a couple of novices like us tackle the terrain.
But, what if you don’t live in the windswept mountains of Middle-earth?
What if you’re just normal dudes like us driving in the city who need to tow stuff, carry things and go on weekend adventures.
I guess the real question is – would we own one to tow a race car?
And the answer is – absolutely!
MOOG: Alright, so that is it, it’s almost 24 hours and we’ve gotta get our way to the barge, which is leaving any minute so we’ve picked up the pace.
Presenter: 24 hours in the Ford Ranger and we have made it. We may not have caught a duck or a fish or made a fire or a camp for our crew.
We don’t know anything about 4 wheel driving but the car didn’t let us down once and most importantly, as a couple of mates, we got to explore one of the most beautiful places on the planet – New Zealand.
And, oh yes, we will be back.
Marty: I do have one last technology question for you.
MOOG: Yes Martin. Marty: What happens if you put that in 2H?
MOOG: That makes it rear wheel drive. Marty: And then press the button that looks like skids.
MOOG: And then you press the button that looks like a car doing skids.