Archive for May, 2012

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Sounds Good: 2013 Ford Focus ST Features Active Sound Tube

May 15, 2012

(from Kirill Ougarov, wot.motortrend.com)

Fans of sport compacts know a proper exhaust note is a key ingredient. The engineers working on the new 2013 Ford Focus ST know this as well and are equipping the upcoming hot hatch with a device called an “active sound symposer” in order to provide the car with a fitting aural soundtrack.

The symposer is similar to a sound tube that’s been used in the past on cars like the Mustang in the sense that it pumps sound from engine into the interior, but the Focus ST system is more advanced.

(Read the entire article HERE)

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Ford Remembers Carroll Shelby

May 14, 2012

(from autos.ca)

DEARBORN, Mich., – Carroll Shelby was a member of the Ford family for the better part of 60 years, producing stunning performance vehicles from concepts to production models. He once said his energy and passion for performance products were always strongest when he was working with Ford.

Shelby most recently collaborated with the company on the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang, the most powerful production V8 in the world. Working with SVT engineers at Sebring and the Arizona Proving Grounds, at times he drove for more than eight hours – at the ripe old age of 88. He was having so much fun, he didn’t want to stop.

In this 110th Anniversary of Ford Racing video, Shelby talks about his career working with Ford and winning Le Mans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqQ6LGpiGY4&feature=player_embedded.

Carroll Shelby was nearly 30 years old before he entered his first car race – a quarter-mile drag meet in 1952. The hot rod he drove to the finish line that day was powered by a Ford V8.

Shelby’s first Ford derivatives were the legendary Cobras and Shelby Mustangs of the 1960s. He was heavily involved in the design and engineering of the Ford Shelby Cobra Concept car unveiled in 2004, and was a key member of the dream team that built the 2005 Ford GT.

(read the entire article HERE)

 

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Video: Ken Block takes Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee for a ride

May 9, 2012

(from Omar Rana, egmcartech.com)

Being taken for a ride by Ken Block should be on any car enthusiast’s bucket list. The sheer thrill of Block’s riding style would be a privilege for any guy out there that likes a motor, four wheels and drifting.

(read the entire article and view the video HERE)

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Top 10 things you need to know about the 2013 Ford Focus ST

May 3, 2012

(from Omar Rana, egmcartech.com)

Top 10 things you need to know about the 2013 Ford Focus ST:

  1. The 2013 Ford Focus ST comes to the stateside for the first, making it the first time the sporty hatchback – once only available across the Atlantic ocean – will be sold in all markets.
  2. What does the ST stand for? Sporty Tires? Not even close – it stands for Sports Technologies.
  3. Power for the 2013 Ford Focus ST comes from a 2.0L EcoBoost 4-cylinder turbo making 247-hp and 265 lb-ft of torque.
  4. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and… that’s it – you can only opt for a manual here. No love for those that don’t know what the third pedal is for.
  5. 0 to 62 mph comes in 6.1-6.5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.
  6. Comes with RECARO racing seats in full leather or partial leather, MyFord Touch, SYNC and bunch of other goodies.
  7. The Tangerine Scream color option you see here will cost you an extra $495.
  8. The first 1,000 pre-sale orders placed between May 1 and August 20 will get a free GoPro HD Hero2 Camera System.
  9. Prices start at $24,495 – that makes it cheaper than the Volkswagen GTI and the Mazdaspeed3.
  10. The Focus ST is the only sporty hatch/compact car available from an American automaker – and you thought Ford was all about being best-in-class for fuel-efficiency.