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What’s the definition of a dream race? When your team takes first, second, and third places in a single event! That’s exactly what Ford’s all-new Fiesta RS World Rally team did upon their world debut in Rally Sweden in the FIA World Rally Championship. (more…)
The final chapter of Ford’s EcoBoost Torture Test is complete. The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 used in the test was torn down and inspected for a crowd of people at the North American International Auto Show on Saturday. (more…)
Well what do you know? Ford has replaced its Focus World Rally Championship car with a smaller Fiesta. The reason for the switch comes from a change in WRC regulations aimed to make the series more cost-effective for teams.
Shown at the Autosport International Racing Car Show in Birmingham, UK, the Fiesta RS WRC paraded its racing livery dominated by title sponsor (the city of) Abu Dhabi and secondary sponsor Castrol Edge. Underneath the hood we find a 1.6 turbocharged 4-cylinder engine based on the roadgoing 1.6 4-cylinder EcoBoost. Specs of the Fiesta RS WRC will be released in early February before the car competes in the season opener of WRC — Rally Sweden from February 10-13. (more…)
At the North American International Auto Show this week, Ford Motor Company executive chairman William Clay Ford, Jr., spoke with reporters about the company’s future plans for hybrid and electric vehicles. Ford explained that the company will not rely on suppliers as it moves to producing more electric vehicles.
“We are going to have in-house expertise in electric capability, and that’s very important to us. However, just like when we deal with companies that make axles or other components, we will certainly rely upon suppliers to come to us with innovation and that’s really no different than any other supply relationship that we have. The in-house capability of Ford in electric vehicles is something that we think is very important and that we are building.” (more…)
The Blue Oval showed off the Focus EV during its press conference today at the North American Auto Show. The vehicle made its official debut at the Consumers Electronic Show last Friday in Las Vegas.
The electrified Focus is equipped with an improved aerodynamic package to help reduce drag, with the most noticeable part being the revised front end. Powering the Focus EV is a 100-kilowatt electric motor with a 23-kWh battery that propels it to a top speed of 84 MPH. Total range hasn’t yet been disclosed, but is expected to go 100 miles on a single charge. Charging the Focus EV will only take 3 hours using the 240V home charger. (more…)
Under the mission of “One Ford”, the Blue Oval has unveiled the Vertrek Concept — a crossover that takes the shape of what the unification of the Kuga and Escape may look like in the near future. Continue reading.
First came Boss 302, next came Boss 302 Laguna Seca, then came Boss 302R, and now Ford has pulled the wraps off the newest member of the Boss family. At the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando, Florida, Ford showed off the Boss 302S — the replacement for the Mustang FR500, slotting between the Laguna Seca and 302R. The car is for those who take track days (very) seriously… or for racing events such as NASA’s American Iron and SCCA’s World Challenge. (more…)
The Australian-built Ford Territory is one of the remaining international Ford vehicles that American auto enthusiasts have dreamed of owning for years — but will most likely never see on U.S. shores. For starters, the mid-size crossover is built on that same coveted rear-wheel drive platform as Ford Falcon. If that’s not enough, the Territory also has a range of burly 4.0 liter V6 engines that are nothing short of spectacular. Lucky for us, some eagle-eyed spy shooters have captured the the latest update to the Australian soft-roader without any camouflage. (more…)
Ford’s EcoBoost line of powerplants has been the talk of the industry as of late: from performance and fuel economy to marketing and advertising, there’s no question that The Blue Oval has done an outstanding job with EcoBoost. The only problem is, EcoBoost only came in a V6 guise… until now. (more…)