Ford Racing Performance Parts introduces the I-4 Crate Engine ‘Concept’

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 13, 2011

Fans can expect that by next year, Ford Racing Performance Parts will be expanding its lineup of quality engineered and built crate engines that are created to fit almost every performance application and budget. With the addition of FRPP's I-4 Crate Engine 'Concept', its range of high performance crate engines can now be considered one of the most comprehensive in recent history.

Ford Racing's crate engines, whether it’s a modern, high-tech Coyote-based 5.0-liter engines or any of the nine pushrod engines, can leverage Ford’s engineering resources to offer high quality and real value. Racers have long looked at the Ford "Small-Block" V-8 as a favorite. It was also announced that Ford Racing Performance Parts 2012 pushrod crate engine offerings range from 302 to 427 cubic inches and from 340hp to 600hp.

Ford Racing Performance Parts 2.0L NA "Concept" Crate Engine Specs: 2.0L Ti-VCT direct-injection I-4, as used in the 2012 Ford Focus; Displacement: 122 cubic inches; Induction: naturally aspirated, gasoline direct injection; Horsepower range: 160 to 175 (estimated); Torque: 145 to 155 lb.-ft. (estimated); Compression ratio: 12.0:1 Bore x stroke (in.): 3.44 x 3.27; Valvetrain: DOHC with twin independent variable camshaft timing; Fuel delivery: engine-mounted, high-pressure, direct-injection pump.

The latest Ford Focus sets an example of Ford Motors’ new global C-Segment platform. This model comes with 80% parts commonality and is available in more than 120 dealers worldwide. Also developed in Europe, the programme will underpin as many as 10 units and account for at least 2 million cars to be produced yearly beginning 2012.

The C-car strategy is presented in Paris covering the three basic fundamentals of Ford Focus’ body style. Derrick Kuzak explains how this event is very significant to them. He added that after a few months, the production (of Ford focus) would take place in both the Saarlouis and Michingan’s facilities. But then, this is just the beginning and that they are pursuing their objectives to deliver at least 10 new products worldwide from the same platform.

While in the same event, Ford once and for all confirmed that there wouldn’t be any three-door Coupe Cabriolet model coming out of this initiative. Kuzak reasoned out that although the three-door model is an ideal everyday vehicle, more and more buyers opt for the C-segment, which offers additional space. This new offer goes with the new C-MAX and it is there to provide style, dynamics, space and practicality.

At the end, Ford is still committed on adding a Ford Focus model under its performance line-up. As a matter of fact, they showed a sneak preview of the upcoming Ford Focus ST 2012 while in Paris. Sure enough, this model will fuel your excitement considering its powerful 250 PS Ford EcoBoost engine with the new outrageous design to match. Definitely, this is something to watch out for.

Press Release

Ford Racing Reveals Concept Behind a New Line of 2.0L Crate Engines for 2012

Part of the expanded crate engine lineup that Ford Racing Performance Parts has announced for 2012 includes a naturally aspirated, 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder "Crate Engine Concept." This engine is the precursor for a range of production-based I-4 offerings.

With the introduction of several all-new B- and even C-Segment Ford cars and small utilities now powered by Ford's latest global 2.0-liter I-4 engine architecture, Ford Racing will be making a variety of these new four-cylinder powertrains available to enthusiasts as part of its FRPP Crate Engine program.

The "Concept" that kicks off the I-4 lineup is a direct-injection, 2.0-liter engine that features independent variable valve timing and will be available in the spring of 2012. Other offerings will mirror the new line of powerful and technologically advanced engines in production Ford vehicles, including those with "EcoBoost™" turbocharging.

All engines will be available as "plug and play" kits that include the necessary interface components for proper installation. The range of applications for this new line of production-based I-4 crate engines is enormous – from race cars to street rods, kit cars to off-road buggies and even marine installations. The new four-cylinder lineup will form the widest range of production-based crate engines since the debut of FRPP's successful 5.0 V-8 crate engine program.

Ford Racing Performance Parts 2.0L NA "Concept" Crate Engine Specs:

2.0L Ti-VCT direct-injection I-4, as used in the 2012 Ford Focus
Displacement: 122 cubic inches
Induction: naturally aspirated, gasoline direct injection
Horsepower range: 160 to 175 (estimated)
Torque: 145 to 155 lb.-ft. (estimated)
Compression ratio: 12.0:1
Bore x stroke (in.): 3.44 x 3.27
Valvetrain: DOHC with twin independent variable camshaft timing
Fuel delivery: engine-mounted, high-pressure, direct-injection pump

Topics: ford, engine, concept

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