A little play time in a sandbox is on the horizon for the 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost torture test / “hero” engine. This is no ordinary sandbox, though – it’s the rugged, demanding course of a world-famous desert endurance race.
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AFTER MONTHS OF HARD WORK, 2011 FORD F-150 ECOBOOST READY TO PLAY IN THE SAND AT TECATE SCORE BAJA 1000
Enhanced dynamics for all-new Ford Focus – it’s all about having the right shoes; Ford investing in Michigan to build fuel-efficient vehicles; Upgrades galore for Ford Mustang at SEMA show; Also starring at SEMA: Customized versions of Ford F-Series; Ford trucks, crossovers and technology honored in Texas
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OCTOBER 27 FORD E-NEWS
Ford’s extensive involvement in the sustainability and future of American farming is being recognized today before the 55,000 attendees at the annual convention of the National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America). 2010 marks the 62nd year of National FFA support by Ford Trucks, participating Ford Truck dealers and Ford Fund and Community Services.
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FORD RECOGNIZED FOR SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICAN FARMING
Beginning today, via the Focus Facebook page, friends and fans from around the world are invited to submit video applications explaining why they should be included in the first-ever Focus Global Test Drive. The application process invites prospective test drivers to “start more than a car” by providing the market equivalent of $10,000 for a charity they are passionate about, under the categories of hunger, education and environment/sustainability
- The all-new 2012 Ford Focus features standard torque vectoring control to increase vehicle stability in turns by applying slight braking force to one side
- Torque vectoring control is a Focus class-exclusive feature that serves as a confidence-builder for novice drivers, while pleasing enthusiasts with added control when cornering
- Torque vectoring control provides stabilizing braking force to an individual drive wheel in a similar way that a skier or board-rider would shift weight to carving edge when turning
DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 28, 2010 – The all-new 2012 Ford Focus is the first beneficiary of a new class-exclusive Ford technology that employs downhill skiing and snowboarding moves to increase vehicle stability in turns.
Engineered to increase novice driver confidence by adding a finer sense of control in curves, the next-generation Focus will please enthusiast drivers as well with the addition of a vehicle stability control system previously reserved for premium sports cars.
“The new Focus is the first North American Ford vehicle to offer torque vectoring control,” said Rick Bolt, program manager for the Ford Focus. “This is a technology that has been offered on high-end sports cars, yet Ford is making it standard on their new small car.”
Just as a downhill skier or board rider shifts weight to their outside edge in transition from schuss to edge– adding balance and stability to carve through a turn – torque vectoring control provides slight braking force to the wheel and the tire that is subject to potential slippage to help the driver and vehicle gracefully negotiate the curve.
The slight braking pressure applied to just one driven wheel is imperceptible to the driver. The behind-the-wheel experience is an improved sense of stability and control throughout the curve. This increased vehicle stability in cornering situations is sure to please enthusiast drivers yet serves as a confidence builder for novice drivers as well.
Torque vectoring control uses the Focus braking system to imitate the effect of limited-slip differential, constantly balancing the distribution of engine output between the driven front wheels to suit driving conditions and road surface. When accelerating through a tight corner, the system applies an imperceptible degree of braking to the inside front wheel, so that more engine torque goes to the outside wheel, providing additional traction, better grip and improved vehicle handling.
The system is designed to delight experienced and enthusiastic drivers but also to provide less- experienced drivers with confidence and a better sense of vehicle control, especially in difficult driving conditions.
“Torque vectoring control elevates the dynamic capability of the entire Focus model range, from an S series sedan through a Titanium Sport Package hatchback,” said Bolt, an automotive enthusiast, frequent road course track-day participant, instructor, former Sports Car Club of America racer and – not surprisingly – downhill skier.
“Because torque vectoring control is on all our Focus models, it will elevate skill sets across a broad range of drivers,” Bolt said. “The new Focus is differentiated from other vehicles in the segment by style and design, the technology it contains and the superior driving experience it provides.”
The all-new 2012 Ford Focus goes on sale in early 2011.
Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards all held Q&A sessions Friday at Martinsville Speedway in advance of Sunday’s Tums Fast Relief 500.
The 2011 Ford Explorer has been redesigned from bottom to top, with at least 20 percent better highway fuel economy and uncompromised capability. These attributes will come in handy for Trisha Urban, as she travels to raise funds for the American Heart Association and while working as a hospice nurse.
- Ford’s Auto Start-Stop system will be available for North American cars and utilities in 2012
- Ford’s Auto Start-Stop system boosts city fuel economy between 4 and 10 percent
- Since 2004, Ford has sold more than 170,000 hybrid vehicles in North America with start-stop and is the leading domestic producer of the systems
- Ford has at least 244 worldwide patents on its Auto Start-Stop technology, proven on hybrids and soon to be added on cars, crossovers and SUVs in North America
“Ford’s start-stop technology conserves fuel and eliminates emissions at every vehicle idle opportunity once customer comfort and convenience are assured – this is good for the environment,” Sorgenfrei said.
- EcoBoost engines, which combine turbocharging, direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing or Ti-VCT, with downsizing to deliver outstanding fuel economy without sacrificing performance
- Improved and highly fuel-efficient TDCi turbo-diesel engines in European models with low emissions and high levels of refinement
- Electric power steering, which eliminates the engine-driven hydraulic pump, lines and fluid
- Six-speed transmissions, which enable engines to run more efficiently by always selecting the best gear for fuel economy
- PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission, which efficiently sends the engine’s power through the transmission without relying on a torque converter or hydraulic pumps
Robbie Loomis, Director of Competition for Richard Petty Motorsports, held a Q&A session outside the No. 43 team hauler Saturday morning before the start of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice. He addressed a number of issues surrounding the team.
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