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SEMA Show-bound Future Forty by Superformance is a GT40 replica with Ford GT engine

Visitors at the much-awaited 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show – scheduled from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 -- can expect a wide array of show cars that demonstrate not only various aftermarket parts and specialty services, but also the capabilities for various companies. One of these show cars is the Future Forty from MagnaFlow and Superformance.

Superformance is an American automobile company that creates performance components and full replicas, especially cars from the 1960s like the Shelby Cobra, Daytona Coupe, GT40, and the Corvette Grand Sport. The company and MagnaFlow – a firm that takes pride of its expertise in performance exhaust systems superior catalytic converter technology – have decided enter into a partnership and create a visually exciting fabrication that makes use of a Ford MkI GT40 replica and the engine of a modern Ford GT. The result is what is to be shown at the upcoming 2018 SEMA Show – the Future Forty.

The companies started the Future Forty project by getting a MkI GT40 replica from Superformance. This replica boasts of an exact recreation of the original monocoque and pressed steel roof of the GT40. However, this GT40 replica doesn’t feature the usual naturally aspirated V8 engine, and is instead powered by a mill derived from a modern Ford GT – a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 powerplant.

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First-ever Ford F-150 diesel version is set to arrive this spring, specs released

Ford Motor Co. revealed that it will be offering a new Power Stroke 3.0-liter V6 engine for its F-150 trucks. With this addition, customers now have a total of six choices for the engine of the F-150.

The new engine is capable of delivering 250 hp with peak torque of 440 lb.-ft., figures that customers are sure to love. Fuel efficiency meanwhile is expected to be at an EPA-estimated value of 30 mpg highway. Towing capacity is projected to be the best for its segment at 11,400 lbs. with payload capacity measured to be at 2,020 lbs.

This latest engine was designed by none other than the same powertrain team responsible for coming up with the Power Stroke 6.7-liter engine used in Ford’s Super Duty trucks going back as far as 2011. The new engine was developed in order to meet the specific demands of F-150 customers in North America. These are customers that haul and tow more frequently compared to customers in other markets. Proof of this is the fact that the maximum torque is accessible at 1,750 rpm, with strong torque being delivered all across the rpm range. These features make the F-150 the best vehicle to haul, or even tow, heavy loads across long distances.

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2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can go as fast as 200 mph

A couple of days ago, official sketches of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s engine emerged online. And now, The Truth About Cars just found out that the pony is capable of reaching the 200 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour) mark.

Sources say that there had been leaked information about the speedometer verification procedure, and that the car’s speedometer will reach 214 miles per hour (344 kilometers per hour), which means that the GT500 performs a little better than its rivals now.

Apart from its new and impressive top speed now, there had also been leaked documents indicating that the car will gain a couple of driving modes to improve its performance. There is a “Drag Strip” setting as well as a Launch Control function.

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Red 1932 Ford Hot Rod burns with 950-hp V8 bi-turbo engine from Ferrari

This is definitely one of the hotter versions of the so-called hot rod. Using the chassis and body of a 1930s vehicle from Ford, the creator of this hot rod installed a semi-modern eight-cylinder engine from Ferrari boosted by a pair of turbochargers. Throw in a number of complementing parts and a satin red finish, and the result is a classic hot rod with a 950-hp Ferrari engine.

Essentially, this hot rod from the 1930s already boasts of a power level already beyond the supercar of the present times. It features the chassis, box and stainless inserts of a 1932 Ford. Aside from these parts, all are outsourced or modified, especially its engine. This hot rod also comes with a 1932 Ford three-window fiberglass body finished in Vintage Flatz satin red. Also provided are power windows as well as pop up doors.

Gone is the original engine of this 1932 Ford, but in its stead, a powerful 1989 Ferrari V8 engine with a capacity of 3.0 liters has been transplanted. Featuring a compression ratio of 9.1 to 1, this V8 unit is believed to be sourced from a Ferrari 308 and is similar to the mill found inside the engine bay of the Lancia Thema 8.32. For this particular hot rod, this Ferrari 3.0-liter V8 engine was even made more powerful thanks to the installation of the Twin Turbonetics Turbochargers as well as its one-off stainless steel high-flow headers courtesy of Alan Lee as complemented by pre-bend tubing from Cone Engineering.

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Here are some things that potential buyers of the Ford F-150 and Ford Expedition could look forward to for the 2018 model year. The 2018 models of the F-150 pickup truck and the Expedition sports utility vehicle are now available with new engines that don’t only offer greater performance, but also provide better efficiency than the mills they are replacing.

Ford notes that the 75 percent of 2017 F-150 trucks sold were powered by V6 engines. Thus, the carmaker is now introducing new engines, including a new V6 mill. The 2018 F-150 could be powered by a new 3.3-liter V6 engine that provides more power output and torque – as well as more efficient -- than the larger 3.5-liter V6 it replaced. Ford was able to squeeze greater levels of performance and efficiency into this smaller V6 engine by adding dual port and direct-injection technology.

Compared to 3.5-liter V6 engine in the 2017 F-150, the new 3.3-liter V6 mill in the 2018 F-150 produces 8 hp more max output (290 hp at 6,500 rpm) and 12 lb.-ft. more peak torque (265 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm).

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Ford Global Technologies filed a patent in 2015 and only recently was it published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It detailed a technology with high potential that Blue Oval came up with -- a tech in which any electric vehicle with a built-in internal combustion engine could automatically start the said engine to recharge its own battery. Now that is sweet.

Electric vehicles are all the buzz right now in the automotive industry. There are several prominent variants of electric vehicles currently introduced in the market: including pure electric vehicles such as the Tesla Model S and the Nissan Leaf, and plug in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt and the Ford C-MAX Energi. According to Paul Scott, a founding member of the EV advocacy group Plug in America, the main difference is that the hybrid has a small scale combustible engine that is being hooked to a generator. It runs via electricity but still utilizing the oil and engine to generate that electricity. In summary, the hybrid car will run on the electric charge alone and when the battery is nearly depleted, the engine will take over for the battery to charge. This will allow the client to drive farther locations until it will be eventually recharged or refuelled.

The idea of Ford is that it keeps the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) charged by using the gas engine even though the car is parked and there's no one on the driving seat. It's a bit disturbing for a car to just do that by itself but Ford thinks otherwise. The patent is officially labelled as "Electrified Vehicle Method and System for Charging During a Non-Drive Cycle."

Read the entire article Ford has patent to turn on engine and charge EV battery while it’s parked (in open space)

We all got that crazy voice inside our head urging us to release the hidden scientist from within. Some of us start young, and those who succumb to the calling buoy up their curiosity in various things and extend their knowledge further than those who have tried to understand. For those who find their innermost Albert Einstein or Nikola Tesla, failure and success come hand in hand. Research is a trial and error method where all possibilities are being tested to find the best result. There may be a couple of failures along the way but once these hurdles pass, success is definitely the sweetest thing we’ve probably tasted.

In actuality, everything that we currently own – from mobile phones, to computer gadgets, appliances, and even vehicles – have undergone trial and errors and prototypes. Every single one of these things would never come to be without the patience and curiosity of various scientists and engineers. In the car manufacturing industry, various engineers and scientists are commissioned to produce the latest advancements in cars especially when it comes to power and performance.

Automakers like Ford always have something up their sleeves. Its latest models must always be at the top of their game and should always have either the latest innovation or a breakthrough from tradition. One of these breakthroughs is the Ford EcoBoost. The EcoBoost, which was first produced in 2009, is a turbocharged, direct injection gasoline engine that claims to achieve an estimated 20% better fuel efficiency and 15% decrease in greenhouse emissions than most regular engines. It is Ford’s answer to the growing clamour for cheaper but more versatile technology without having to resort to hybrids and diesel engine technologies. To test this technology, Ford has recruited actor and chemical engineer Dolph Lundgren to do a series of testing on a 123 horsepower EcoBoost engine.

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Ford Motor Co. plans a EUR240-million (GBP190 million) investment in its Dagenham site in the United Kingdom to expand production of cleaner diesel engines. The investment -- expected to result to the creation of 318 new jobs – represent the second phase of a new engine program at the site.

Ford, which initially committed GBP287 million in investments, disclosed it will commence output of 350,000 cleaner 2.0-liter diesel engines annually for commercial vehicles late 2015 and another 150,000 units for passenger cars in 2017.

The 2.0-liter diesel engines for cars and commercial vehicles has been designed and developed at the Dagenham site and at the Ford Dunton Technical Centre in Essex, England.

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Ford is hiring 250 new employees to serve production operators for its new diesel engine production line that is currently being installed at its Ford Dagenham Engine Plant in the United Kingdom. The employees will be tasked with the production of the new low-carbon dioxide 2.0-liter diesel engine family, in which Ford has invested over £380 million, including support from the UK Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

These new employees boost the site’s existing personnel around 2,000 people. The first wave of new recruits will start this December 2014 and work on a 23-month fixed-term contract. They will be followed by further waves in the first half of 2015.

These new employees will be part of the manufacturing team setting up and operating the new engine production line. The new engine -- designed and developed at Ford Dagenham and at the Ford Dunton Technical Centre in Essex 00 will be produced at the site by the end of 2015 with capacity ramping up to 350,000 units annually.

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It appears that the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine developed by Ford is getting more and more popular as one in five all-new vehicles sold in Europe in the first half of 2014 are equipped with the mentioned powerplant. According to Ford, compared to the first six months of 2013 it sold 15 percent more vehicles equipped with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine.

In the first half of 2014, 47 percent of the B-Max models sold were equipped with the 1.0-liter engine. Meanwhile, in the same period, 33 percent of Focus sales and 30 percent of Fiesta sales left the dealerships with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

For those who don’t know, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is available on the Ford Fiesta, EcoSport, C-Max and Grand C-Max, Tourneo Connect, Grand Tourneo Connect, Transit Connect and Transit Courier. The engine was available in two power versions, delivering 100 hp and 125 hp, but recently Ford introduced the Fiesta Red Edition and Fiesta Black Edition models, which use the same engine delivering 140 hp.

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Yesterday, we announced you that the 2015 Ford Mustang starts at $24,425. Today we found out even more details about the 2015 Mustang. According to Mustang6, the 2015 Mustang Ecoboost starts at $25,995 while the 2015 Mustang GT will cost you $32,925. For the 2015 Ford Mustang GT 50 Year Limited Edition you will have to pay $46,995.

These prices are available for the models using the manual transmission and include the $825 destination and delivery charges. As expected, the 2015 Ford Mustang is available with plenty of options, such as the GT Performance Package ($2,495), Navigation ($795), floor mats ($85), Recaro sport seats wrapped in leather ($1,595) and the Enhanced Security Package ($395).

Moreover, if you want the 6-speed automatic transmission, this will cost you $1,195, while the 3.55 limited slip differential is priced at $395. The spare wheel/tire costs $195, while for the Reverse Park Assist you pay $295.

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This is the all-new 2015 Ford Expedition, the latest nameplate from Ford that offers a Platinum series. The biggest change on this new vehicle is that the old 5.4-liter V8 engine is replaced by a more fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost found also on the 2015 Lincoln Navigator and capable to deliver at least 370 hp (276 kW) and 582 Nm (430 lb-ft) of torque.

2015 Expedition will be offered only with the EcoBoost engine, which is mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission that features a manual mode, allowing the driver to use a shift-mounted rocker switch to select the desired gear. Furthermore, the 2015 Expedition features Ford’s innovative electric power-assisted steering that improves maneuverability at low speeds and better feel at high speeds, but also saves fuel.

As expected, SYNC with MyFord Touch and driver-assist features such as Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert are also available. Inside, we find an 8-inch touch screen for SYNC with MyFord Touch, while the driver information cluster features two full-color 4.2-inch LED screens. Other highlights are the 10-speaker, 700-watt Sony audio system, the Intelligent Access with push-button start, rearview camera, seven-color interior ambient LED lightning and Ford truck apps.

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Ford Motor Co. has reached an agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit over allegations that it sold defective diesel 6-liter V-8 engines in its 2003-07 Super Duty pickups and E-series vans. The engine, built by Ford's former diesel engine supplier, Navistar International, encountered several issues with the fuel system, turbochargers and other major components.

According to the deal, any purchaser and lessee of any 2003-07 Ford vehicle fitted with the diesel engine in the United States is covered if its exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler and EGR valve, oil cooler, fuel injectors, or turbocharger was repaired, replaced or adjusted prior to 135,000 miles or six years. Each part is also provided with a reimbursement limit.

The settlement also calls for a reimbursement if a class member paid a $100 deductible more than once for repairs under the five-year/100,000-mile engine warranty. The carmaker will reimburse $50 each for the second through fifth deductible paid, up to a limit of $200 for four deductible payments.

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Ford Motor Co. introduced its 2015 F-series Super Duty lineup at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. Expected to hog the limelight is the carmaker’s improved 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel that will have its debut next spring. The upgraded 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 boasts of producing greater figures than the current version’s 400 hp of output and 800 pounds-feet of torque.

The improved engine receives new GT37 turbocharger with a larger 88-millimeter compressor wheel, replacing the previous GT32. Ford said in a statement that the larger compressor forces more air into the cylinders, thereby improving performance, especially at high altitudes. Ford says that the new turbo, new high-pressure fuel pump and fuel injectors help improve the Super Duty's fuel delivery system. Power Stroke diesel accounts for around two-thirds of Ford's Super Duty customers.

The improved 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel will only be available in Super Duty pickups with the current Power Stroke powering chassis cab models. Meanwhile, Ford disclosed that it has recently installed its 500,000th 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel in a truck at its Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville. Ford introduced the Power Stroke 2010 for the 2011 model year.

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Ford Motor Co. has now built 2 million EcoBoost engines since its launch in 2009. Thanks to increasing global demand for Ford vehicles fitted with the fuel-saving powerplant, the American carmaker has notched up the production of more EcoBoost engines – from a monthly rate of 65,000 in 2012 to over 100,000 units currently.

Joe Bakaj, vice president of Powertrain Engineering at Ford, remarked that the EcoBoost’s ability to deliver “great performance with lower fuel bills” is proving popular with consumers around the world. He added that with EcoBoost engines attracting new customers to the Ford brand, their plants are working hard to keep up with demand.

The two millionth production EcoBoost -- a 2.0-litre unit – was rolled off the assembly line at Ford’s Louisville site in Kentucky fitted in a Ford Escape. To deliver outstanding performance and fuel economy, the EcoBoost technology mixes smaller overall size with turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing.

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A new ultra-efficient version of the Ford Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost will be the first gasoline-run family car in Europe to offer carbon dioxide emissions of just 99 g/km. The Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost returned 67.5mpg in mileage tests, all thanks to a calibrated 100PS version of the fuel efficient engine.

The new Ford Focus is set to feature Ford ECOnetic Technology – which includes ultra-low rolling resistance tires, distinct aerodynamics under the car and revised gearing – all designed to help increase the car’s fuel efficiency.

Barb Samardzich, European Product Development vice president, remarked that years ago, only a few thought that a medium-sized petrol car could break the 100g/km carbon dioxide emission barrier. He noted that Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine “has a habit of taking expectations of what a petrol engine can deliver and turning them upside down.”

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For the second year in a row, Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine received the International Engine of the Year award. The 3-cylinder engine was able to get the highest core in the 15-year history of the award, according to Ford. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine combines direct injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing in order to lower fuel consumption while keeping the power.

Moreover, the engine also won the Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” category at the annual awards presented by Engine Technology International magazine. As a result, Ford announced that it will double production of the engine at its Cologne (Germany) Engine Plant to more than 1,000 engines a day from mid-August to meet demand.

The 1.0-liter engine was recently launched in China and India in the EcoSport and later this year it will be launched in North America in the Fiesta. On the European market, the engine is available in the Ford Focus, Fiesta, B-Max, C-Max and the Grand C-Max. Ford is also planning to offer the engine on the Transit Courier, Transit Connect, Tourneo Connect, Tourneo Courier and the Mondeo.

Read the entire article Ford Wins the 2013 International Engine of the Year Award with its 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine

German carmaker Daimler AG has consulted US auto group Ford Motor Co. during the development of its three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. Daimler is building the new three-cylinder engine with Renault to be fitted in its new Smart ForTwo and in the French carmaker’s next Twingo minicar.

Ford is using its three-cylinder turbocharged 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline direct-injection engine to power its Focus and C-Max compacts as well as the Fiesta and B-Max subcompacts.

The engine has earned several accolades for its performance and low emissions. Roland Kemmler, engine development director at Mercedes-Benz, told Automotive News Europe that Ford’s EcoBoost powerplant is “a very interesting and impressive engine." He said that they had some discussions with Ford engineers about the EcoBoost. According to Kemmler, Ford shared its expertise on the engine in exchange for information about Mercedes' Euro6 stratified lean-burn gasoline engines.

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Ford Motor Co. is planning to commence production of its small four-cylinder engine at its Brook Park plant in Ohio, a source told Bloomberg. Ford currently produces the 2-liter engine at its Valencia plant Spain. The move would result to the creation of up to 750 jobs at the Brook Park site, the source added.

Kristina Adamski, a Ford spokeswoman was contacted by Bloomberg but declined to comment on the matter. Ford chief executive Alan Mulally revived the carmaker by overhauling its lineup and boosting the fuel efficiency of models like the Focus compact car. Ford is currently hiring more workers in the US, as the carmaker experienced better sales in the country in 2012.

The carmaker, however, is retrenching in Europe, as new-vehicle registrations in the region shrunk to a 17-year low in 2012. Mike Gammella, president of UAW Local 1250 that represents the Ohio plant’s 1,065 hourly workers, told Bloomberg that the “outsourcing craze” is “com[ing] back around.” He added that outsourcing was not all “it was cracked up to be.”

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The first vehicle in the U.S. that will be equipped with Ford's award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is the new 2014 Ford Fiesta, which will start selling in 2013. Even if the car has yet to be subjected to EPA tests, it is likely to be certified as the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car offered in the U.S. The smallest engine offered in this class -- Ford's patented 1.0-liter EcoBoost – will not have reduced power, torque or refinement.

This engine, which is smooth and runs quietly, is predicted to generate 123hp and a peak torque of 148 lb.-ft. The 1.0-liter engine, the latest member of Ford's global EcoBoost engine family, will join the most fuel-efficient lineup in the history of the Ford Motor Company.

In 2013, Ford will provide eight vehicles with a rating of 40 mpg or higher, which is double the current total and higher than other automakers. Ford did better than Toyota when it comes to fuel economy in each segment where both have entries. With the Fiesta offering the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, Ford gives customers broader power options, particularly those who want a very fuel-efficient model.

Read the entire article 2014 Ford Fiesta will receive the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine also in the US