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Hype: 2016 Ford Focus RS Will AWD Launch Its Way Into Your Heart At $36k. Top Speed Is 165MPH Because America

Posted on 09.16.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Ever since it was announced, the 2016 Ford Focus RS has easily been one of the most anticipated hatchbacks in the world next to the upcoming Civic Type R.  Although, when it was first revealed not much was said about it in the way of price, performance numbers, etc.  All we knew is that it would be turbo charged and all wheel drive, which frankly was enough for us.  However, today Ford not only announced its price but they included a few other numbers as well.

First off, the 2016 Ford Focus RS will start at $36,605 in North America.  That puts it approximately $2k above the starting prices of the 2016 Subaru WRX STi and the 2015 Mitsubishi Evo X GSR.  The counter to the higher price though is the fact that the Ford Focus RS will make 350hp from its 2.3 liter “ecoboost” engine while the ’16 STi and ’15 Evo X only make 268hp and 291hp respectively.  The Ford Focus RS also makes 350lbs-ft of torque as well, making it a pretty angry beastie on paper.  This power and torque combo will get the Focus RS from 0-62 in 4.7 seconds and to a top speed of 165mph.

Its pretty easy to see that Ford is looking to steal Subaru and Mitsubishi’s lunch money with the Focus RS but both of its aforementioned Japanese rivals have huge and passionate fan-bases.  Will some extra horses and torque be enough to make the Focus RS the new tuner king of the hill?  Its too early to tell but I think we’ll have more of an idea once the Focus RS hits dealerships in spring of 2016.

What do you think about the Ford Focus RS MSRP?  Do you think its too damn high?  Less than what you expected?  How do you think it will do against the WRX STi and the Evo X?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.  For more info check out the press release below.

Press Release:

Ford’s All-New Focus RS Sprints to 62 MPH in 4.7 Seconds and Hits 165 MPH

  • All-new 2016 Ford Focus RS sprints from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 165 mph
  • Fastest-ever Ford RS model will start at $36,605 featuring Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive and a projected 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque from its 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine
  • Innovative Focus RS offers drive modes – including industry-first drift mode – along with launch control; customer deliveries of high-performance hatchback start in North America in spring 2016

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 16, 2015 – Ford Motor Company’s all-new Focus RS will sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds – making the high-performance hatchback the fastest-accelerating RS model yet.

Focus RS – powered by a specially engineered version of Ford’s new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine producing projected 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque – will reach a top speed of 165 mph.

For North America, Focus RS pricing will start at $36,605.

The all-new 2016 Focus RS optimizes acceleration by introducing launch control technology to a Ford RS model for the first time. Focus RS also debuts new Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring – for outstanding traction and grip with dynamic agility and cornering speed.

“The all-new Focus RS will bring the legendary nameplate to a new generation of global customers for the first time,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford Performance. “Focus RS delivers stunning performance and innovative technology at a price that will make both enthusiast consumers and premium automakers look twice.”

Focus RS launch control configures the car’s chassis and powertrain systems to deliver the fastest possible acceleration – in various track conditions. The driver selects launch control from the cluster menu, engages first gear, applies full throttle and releases the clutch. The system then delivers optimum drive – including distributing torque through the all-wheel-drive system, maintaining maximum torque using the turbo overboost function, managing traction control and setting the dampers.

To achieve maximum acceleration through the gears, a performance shift light in the instrument cluster alerts the driver when approaching the optimum upshift point of 5,900 rpm, and flashes if the engine hits the 6,800-rpm limit.

Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive uses twin electronically controlled clutch packs to manage the car’s front/rear torque split, and can control side-to-side torque distribution on the rear axle – delivering the torque vectoring capability that produces a dramatic impact on handling and cornering stability.

The all-wheel-drive system monitors inputs from multiple vehicle sensors 100 times per second. To deliver optimum driving dynamics, the system was calibrated alongside the car’s advanced electronic stability control, in particular, its brake-based Torque Vectoring Control that works in parallel with torque vectoring all-wheel drive.

Focus RS drivers can select from four different drive modes that configure the all-wheel-drive system, damper controls, electronic stability control, steering and engine responses, and exhaust sound to deliver optimum performance in road or circuit driving conditions. Normal, sport or track settings are available, along with a special drift mode to help the driver achieve controlled oversteer drifts at the track.

The new 2.3-liter EcoBoost shares its fundamental structure with the all-aluminum four-cylinder EcoBoost in the all-new Ford Mustang. The engine is significantly upgraded to improve power by more than 10 percent. It features a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor, enhanced air intake design, and a large-bore high-performance exhaust.

Developed by a team of Ford Performance engineers in Europe and the United States, the all-new Focus RS is the third-generation Focus RS – following models launched in 2002 and 2009.

Ford Performance serves as an innovation laboratory and test bed to create unique performance vehicles, parts, accessories and experiences for customers. The group’s work in aerodynamics, light-weighting, electronics, powertrain performance and fuel efficiency can be applied more broadly across Ford’s product portfolio.

The 30th car to wear the legendary RS badge, Focus RS will be built in Saarlouis, Germany, and is one of 12 new performance vehicles Ford will bring to customers globally through 2020 as part of a new era of Ford performance. Ford expects delivery to North American customers in spring 2016.

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Hype Interview: We Get To Talk To Henry Freakin’ Ford III About The New Ford GT!

Posted on 06.17.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Relatively speaking, I haven’t been an automotive journalist for that long.  Despite that fact I have had a chance to do some amazing things and meet some incredible people.  Although I couldn’t say that I sat down with a direct descendant of a actual automotive legend, until now!  During the Forza Motorsport 6 preview event the team at Turn 10 not only wanted to celebrate the debut of the game but also highlight their partnership with Ford as the new Ford GT will be the official Forza 6 cover car.

I was told before the event that a “representative from Ford” would be on hand to answer any questions about the partnership or the Ford GT (which was also there).  What I wasn’t told is that the Ford rep they were speaking off was actually Henry Ford III.  Yes that Henry Ford!  Crazy right?!  After I let the automotive history nerd in me settle down I actually got to sit down with Henry and have a quick discussion about the Ford GT.  He takes on questions such as how the Forza team partnership with the Ford GT began, where they see the Ford GT fitting in the market, and a few other questions about engineering and design choices.  Check it out below!

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Video Game Hype: SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo Bares All (Video)

Posted on 06.02.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

SRT Tomahawk S Vision Gran Turismo

The other day a tease was released but today we get to see SRT’s Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo in all of its futuristic glory!  In addition to removing the virtual curtain, SRT dropped a ton of new details on their entry into the Vision Gran Turismo project.  The Tomahawk is SRT’s way of looking at race cars 20 years into the future and their take on the kind of tech that will be at play in top tier racing series.

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To start off with the SRT Tomahawk is a hybrid.  While hybrid race cars may not exactly be a new concept, the Tomahawk does it in a completely new way.  Rather than the traditional hybrid system of an electric motor and a gasoline motor, the Tomahawk combines its 7.0 liter wide angle V10 engine with a pneumatic propulsion system that drives the front wheel to the tune of up to 400HP using nothing but compressed air.  Yes, air!  Using one of several methods, special composite tanks are charged with air and can be released in bursts to provide power to the front wheels.  The tanks can also deliver air to the cabin to help inflate the driver’s G-suit…  Oh yeah, did we mention that the driver of this car would have to wear a G-suit?

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See, the Tomahawk actually comes in three trims: The S which is the road going version of the car and has 695hp from its V10 and 215 from its pneumatic motor, the GTS-R which is the race trim version and packs an 1,137HP V10 and 313HP pneumatics, and finally the X which stands for “experimental performance” which makes a total of 2,590HP from its combined engines and is capable of a 404mph top speed.  Hence the need for a G-suit…

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Of course all of this is imaginary and theoretical but hey, what better place to play with the theoretical than in one of the best driving simulators available?  Soon owners of Gran Turismo 6 on PlayStation will be able to test pilot the SRT Tomahawk for themselves.  Rumor has it that in X trim the Tomahawk can lap Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 45 seconds.  Think you can beat that?

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For more on the SRT Tomahawk just click the thumbnails for large HD resolution pictures (even more pics on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/MotorworldHype), to learn more about all the engineering techniques, design choices, and materials used for the SRT Tomahawk check out the official press release and reveal video below.

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Press Release:

FCA US LLC Looks 20 Years Into the Future With SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo

Single-Seat Hybrid Powertrain Concept Vehicle to be Released Exclusively in Gran Turismo®6
  • Engineered by the SRT (Street and Racing Technology) engineering team, the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo is the latest vehicle to be released in Gran Turismo 6 as part of Polyphony Digital Inc.’s Vision Gran Turismo collaboration with leading automotive manufacturers, design houses and other leading global brands
  • Single-seat SRT Tomahawk based on a 20-year forward vision of existing and future potential technologies
  • Aggressive, functional exterior design selected from sketch competition open to entire FCA US design community
  • Three powerful versions – S, GTS-R and X – offering increasing levels of performance and technology
  • Futuristic hybrid powertrain combines wide-angle V-10 with pneumatically driven front wheels
  • Range-topping SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo X boasts 2,590 hp combined
June 2, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Making its debut today, FCA US LLC’s latest concept car, the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo, is a single-seat concept that pulls from existing and potential technologies to test the limits of performance. Gran Turismo®6 (GT6™) fans can stretch those limits on the virtual track this summer when then the V-10, 2,590 combined horsepower SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo X launches exclusively in GT6 for the PlayStation®3 console.

The SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo is the latest addition to the Vision Gran Turismo project where automakers, design houses and leading brands around the globe showcase special concept vehicles exclusively in Gran Turismo®, one of the most popular video game franchises in history. Beginning summer 2015, players can access three powerful versions of the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo by successfully completing online challenges of varying degrees of difficulty in GT6.
After completing the challenges, players will find the entry level SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo S, the racing version GTS-R and the experimental technology ultimate version X concept vehicles in the game’s SRT garage.

“I’m truly happy that FCA and its performance division, SRT, have captured the spirit of the Vision Gran Turismo with the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo,” said Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo and president of Polyphony Digital, Inc. “FCA designers took part in a design competition and the concept that was chosen is extreme in every way with its striking form, aerodynamic proportions, internal mechanisms and advanced driver’s suit. Due to the radical design of the vehicle, our physics team had to develop new physics for Gran Turismo in order to represent the car properly in the game. We thank everyone at FCA who enjoyed the Vision Gran Turismo project and I am looking forward to the day when we can share the vision of SRT with Gran Turismo players.”

Internal Design Competition Brings Multitude of Ideas
The extreme exterior look of the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo was born from an internal design competition that sought a futuristic (2035) interpretation of a high-performance Dodge. But this single-seat car is more than just digital design fantasy.

“It doesn’t take much to bring out the competitive spirit of the FCA US design team,” said Ralph Gilles, Head of Design, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. “We have plenty of Gran Turismo fans in the room and every one of them has the same goal – win the race. Everything we’ve done with the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo aims for that goal.”

The popularity of video games among the members of the FCA US design studios meant that giving the GT6 assignment to one person or one studio was not an option. Everyone, from interns to seasoned designers, was invited to submit a sketch. As a result, designers worked on their sketches in their spare time, weekends and after hours producing a flood of proposals.

At the conclusion of the judging process, Paul Hoste was selected as the winner. Hoste, a young designer and new to FCA, grew up playing Gran Turismo. He was inspired by concept art and gravitated toward a design that had amped up, voluptuous curves that paid homage to iconic Dodge performance vehicles.

The overall shape of the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo imparts a sense of movement and flow. The front view conveys an aggressive, almost menacing character, while the rear view takes on a bolder and powerful aesthetic with angular graphics and asymmetric look to the fenders.

All of the transparent elements, including the cockpit and engine cover, are made from ultra-light graphene skins. The driver views the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo’s instruments and communication system on a clear digital overlay on the graphene windshield.

A large air intake for engine cooling is mounted on the hood. Active panels mounted above the front and rear fenders are constantly moving, via pneumatic assist, to create the optimal amount of aerodynamic downforce for braking assist and traction under acceleration.

An overhead view of the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo is marked by a “pinched-waist” silhouette. An exposed aluminum spine channels air to help cool the V-10 engine.

Curved, voluptuous surfacing was used to create a timeless design that is accented by functional NACA style air intakes on the front and large air intakes for engine and brake cooling on the side.

The rear of the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo has been thoughtfully designed for high impact – as this is the primary view for the gamer (and his or her competitors) during play. A bold, carbon fiber graphic detail is prominent. Thin LED lights and five large exhaust ports are integrated in the rear diffuser to create an intimidating and planted look.

Hoste worked closely with SRT engineering to optimize the hard points and performance numbers of his design for function and aerodynamics.

A Virtual Car Engineered for the Real World
With a full set of engineering and performance specifications developed by the SRT engineering team at FCA US, the capabilities of the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo are rooted in an effort to push performance just beyond the limits of known science.

The entire vehicle design, from the driver position to the nearly flat layout of the V-10 engine, is intended to achieve the lowest possible center of gravity. The SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo was engineered and developed to the same uncompromising standards as any SRT vehicle on the road today. SRT engineers also worked in their spare time and on weekends to create three extremely fast cars that test the limits of human physiology.

“We had fun stretching our minds to create the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo for GT6. The game places a high emphasis on capturing reality in a virtual environment; our goal was to respect that philosophy by focusing on plausible future technologies that could achieve our vision of extreme performance,” said Mike Shinedling, Manager – Advanced Concepts, SRT Engineering, FCA US LLC. “Everyone can appreciate an exquisite design and something that is beautifully engineered; when those two things are brought together in a fusion of cooperation, there is nothing more exciting.”

Key engineering features of the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo include:

  • Ultra-lightweight materials used in the chassis and body work result in a car that weighs just 1,658 pounds in its ultimate performance configuration – just slightly heavier than a current day Formula One race car.
  • Rear wheels are powered by a wide-angle (144 degrees) V-10 engine that delivers up to 2,168 horsepower.
  • Front wheels are pneumatically driven independently. Combined with the V-10 powertrain, the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo boasts up to 2,590 hp. Maximum performance version the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo rolls with 1.56 hp per pound.
  • In addition to the front wheel power unit, pressurized air drives fast-actuating aerodynamic body panels for enhanced braking/traction performance, and activates driver’s G-suit during extreme maneuvers. Pressurized air is stored in tanks integrated into SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo’s chassis to negate any weight penalty.

Three Performance Levels
The SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo comes in three variations:

  • Entry-level S: Game players must first master the base version of the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo. The 7.0-liter wide-angle V-10 is tuned to deliver 792 hp (compared with 645 hp for the 8.4-liter V-10 in the 2015 Dodge Viper). The pneumatically driven front wheels add 215 hp, for total system output of 1,007 hp. With a curb weight of 2,026 pounds, this version of the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo is the heaviest, yet it has a top speed in excess of 250 mph.
  • Racing version GTS-R: Race tuning pushes output of the V-10 to 1,137 hp, while the air-driven front wheels add 313 hp for total system output of 1,450 hp. Aggressive weight-cutting techniques whittle the curb weight of the Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo GTS-R to 1,459 pounds (the lightest of any version) and the top speed in excess of 300 mph.
  • Experimental technology ultimate version X: This is the ultimate Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo. With a redline set at 14,500 rpm, the V-10 engine pumps out 2,168 hp (nearly three times the output from the base Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo S) The front wheel drivetrain contributes an additional 422 hp at peak, for total output of 2,590 hp. That gives the Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo X a top speed of 404 mph. Due to the extreme performance of the X version, the driver is required to wear a G-suit for protection.

The single-seat, mid-engine, all-wheel-drive SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo uses a purpose-built composite chassis. The chassis uses emerging and advanced materials, including hollow carbon nanofibers and graphene micro-lattice structures. Filament-wound pneumatic cylinders are integral structural elements laminated into the chassis.

To assist in cooling the carbon brake disks, the pneumatic front power unit builds up a “chill-sink” with expanding air during power delivery. This chill-sink is used to deliver required brake cooling with a minimal amount of air flow, thus greatly reducing aerodynamic drag.

In order to withstand the massive cornering and down force loads, next-generation compounds and construction were used to create the tires. The on-board pneumatic system continuously monitors and adjusts tire pressures according to the vehicle demands.

Charge, Recover, Release
While the V-10 engine drives the rear wheels, the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo’s front wheels are linked to a variable-fin quad-stage pneumatic power unit that can quickly store and release energy. When the Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo’s brakes are activated, or the V-10 engine is not at max power, the pneumatic power unit compresses air into the long, composite tanks that are structural members of the chassis. The compressed air is released to drive the front wheels, power the Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo active aero panels and pressurize the driver’s G-suit in the Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo X.

Pneumatic energy is generated in three ways:

  • Pre-race full charge
  • Braking re-generation charge via independent power units at each front wheel
  • Engine charge during braking and as part of the stability control system. During hard corner-exit and launch acceleration, when wheel spin is detected, excess available power is pulled from the engine via a third power unit

Pneumatic energy is released in five primary ways:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • Fast actuation of aerodynamic panels
  • Charging the variable spring rate suspension system
  • Wake modification for low drag, high speed runs on long straights (Nordschleife Dottinger-Hohe, Mulsanne Straight, Bonneville Salt Flats/LSR)
  • Pressurization of driver G-suit

Aggressive Aerodynamics
SRT engineers called for an aggressive aerodynamic strategy to manage airflow at extreme speeds. The Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo’s aerodynamic system reacts to inputs from a forward scanning laser system that detects surface changes. The computer controls anticipate changes in vehicle ride height, pitch and yaw and adjust the splitter accordingly.

The SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo not only generates a tremendous amount of downforce, it also generates yaw force, normally seen in aircraft. There are nine active aerodynamic panels and two front splitters that actively steer the car through the air and help the vehicle corner at extreme speeds. These aerodynamic features are constantly adjusting to track conditions and driver inputs in order to provide the highest level of down force when needed. However, in a top speed run, the panels can be tucked to create a slippery, low-drag shape.

The V-10’s exhaust system is routed to the rear diffuser in a series of paired runners. Flow from the exhaust works in conjunction with the active aerodynamic system to provide an acceleration of underbody flow at the rear of the car and create a blown diffuser effect that increases down force without a negative effect on drag.

Pneumatics also drive the Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo’s suspension. The car rides on a set of variable-rate pneumatic springs with adjustable jounce and rebound damping. A revolutionary active camber system adjusts the wheel knuckles to “lean” the vehicle into turns, with each wheel angling outboard or inboard to maintain the optimum tire contact patch and highest possible mechanical grip.

About the Gran Turismo® Franchise
Gran Turismo® celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2013, having first appeared internationally in 1998. The multi-award-winning franchise has been the most successful ever for PlayStation®, and in 2013 it also surpassed worldwide sales of 70 million units. Various iterations of Gran Turismo have been created for PlayStation® , PlayStation®2, PlayStation®3 and PSP (PlayStation®Portable) systems, and have always been regarded as the best and most authentic driving simulators ever created due to true-to-life graphics, authentic physics technology and design. Since the inception of Gran Turismo, famed creator Kazunori Yamauchi and Polyphony Digital Inc. in Japan have revolutionized the racing category as we know it today. His offerings provide the most realistic driving simulation in the industry and a unique medium for automotive manufacturers to showcase their products. Gran Turismo®6, the latest iteration of the game, was released on December 6, 2013.

FCA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA US designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli.

FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

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Video Game Hype: SRT Designs “Tomahawk” Concept For Gran Turismo 6’s “Vision GT” Project (Video)

Posted on 05.29.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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SRT (Street & Racing Technology) is the next American manufacturer to join Gran Turismo 6’s Vision GT project in which car designers from various OEM’s are challenged to forget limits and design their vision of the ultimate car.  SRT didn’t give us a full reveal of the Tomahawk yet, instead showing off a few teaser shots and a quick teaser video.  From what I can tell, the Tomahawk is definitely going to be low, sleek, and probably have a hemi in it.  What really grabs my attention is the 5 exhaust tips at the back!  As with all previous Vision GT cars, the Tomahawk will be available for download in Gran Turismo 6 on PlayStation 3.  No word yet on when but I will fill you in as soon as I know!  For now, take a closer look at the SRT Tomahawk by clicking the thumbnail pictures below and watching the teaser video.  Let me know what you think about the SRT Tomahawk in the comments below or tweet to us at @Motorworldhype.

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Hype: The Gen Six Camaro Officially Makes Its Debut. Its Light, Powerful, And Has A New Engine Option (Video)

Posted on 05.18.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Chevrolet has teased the Gen Six Camaro for months but over the weekend at an enthusiast event in Detroit the new muscle car was finally revealed to the world.  In its sixth generation the new Camaro looks to become even more of a dual strip and course threat than the previous car.  It is clear that Chevrolet clearly wants the Camaro to be known as more than just a straight line brute and it is showing a lot more in this new model.

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The gen six rests on a new platform which is lighter and more rigid than that of the gen 5 Camaro.  Overall the Gen 6 Camaro loses 200lbs over its predecessor which will not only aid in handling but also improve acceleration.  Weight savings was mostly achieved by using aluminum in as many places as possible with the rest of the savings coming from small changes here and there throughout the car.

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Its exterior is similar to the gen 5 Camaro but much more aggressive and well, angry.  With its narrower headlights, more pronounced hood arch, and angular slightly frowning air dam, the new Camaro stares at you as if you insulted its mother.  It wants to fight you after school near the flag pole.  Despite technically being a slightly smaller, and much lighter car, the Gen Six just looks more muscular and capable than the last model.  Personally, I really like it.  Throughout all its generations the Camaro was always a car that looked like it meant business and its good to see that tradition continuing.

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Speaking of business, lets get to the part most of us really care about: the poweerrrrrrrr.  The 2016 Gen Six Camaro will offer three engines in six possible combinations.  For the first time ever the Camaro can be had with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine, continuing the trend started by Ford when they dropped an Ecoboost 4-banger in the new Mustang.  The Camaro’s 2.0 liter engine makes 275HP and 295lbs-ft of torque.  Some purists may be upset with the fact that a Camaro can be had with a 4 cylinder but the traditional engines also remain.  A 3.6 liter V6, and 6.2 liter V8 can be had as well.  These engines are no slouches either making 335HP and 455HP respectively.  Both the V6 and V8 engines feature direct injection and the V6 also has a model-first cylinder deactivation feature for those who want the power of a V6 but want fuel economy closer to that of the four cylinder.

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The V8 will come in the range topping Camaro SS along with a Magnetic Ride Control active suspension system.  Combined, GM promises that the new SS will tick off faster lap times than the Gen 5’s 1LE track-focused package.

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As you can imagine, the interior is all new too featuring a host of new tech and goodies.  However my personal favorite addition is the ambient color-changing LED lighting with “Car Show Mode”, in which the LED lights cycles though all the colors while the car is parked ala Fast & Furious style.  Can’t wait to start seeing animated gifs of that!

If you want to know the rest of many details about the new Gen Six Camaro I welcome you to check out the press release below as well as the video of the official debut.  The only details left out of the release and the video are the new Camaro’s price and release date.  Although with the Gen Six Camaro being a 2016 model I would venture to guess it will be released sometime this year.  Perhaps summer?

What do you think of the new Camaro?  Love it?  Hate it?  What about the fact that it can be had with a four cylinder?  Is that just GM keeping up with the times or do you think its sacrilege?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

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Press Release:

2016 Camaro Establishes New Performance Benchmark

Five-year segment leader is lighter, more powerful, with more advanced technology

DETROIT – The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro revealed today offers higher levels of performance, technology and refinement and is designed to maintain the sporty car segment leadership earned over the past five years.

The Gen Six Camaro provides a faster, more nimble driving experience, enabled by an all-new, lighter architecture and a broader powertrain range. Six all-new powertrain combinations are offered, including a 2.0L Turbo, an all-new 3.6L V-6 and the LT1 6.2L V-8, which is SAE-certified at 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 455 lb-ft of torque (617 Nm) – for the most powerful Camaro SS ever. Each engine is available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

Camaro’s leaner, stiffer platform and slightly smaller dimensions are accentuated by a dramatic, sculpted exterior. Meticulously tuned in the wind tunnel, the exterior contributes to performance through reduced aerodynamic lift for better handling while enhancing efficiency.

A driver-focused interior integrates class-leading control technologies, including a new Driver Mode Selector, configurable instrument cluster and a customizable ambient lighting feature.

“Redesigning the Camaro is thrilling and challenging all at once, but the secret is to offer something more,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development. “For Camaro enthusiasts, it retains iconic design cues and offers even more performance. For a new generation of buyers, the 2016 Camaro incorporates our most innovative engineering ideas with finely honed performance and leading design.”

Only two parts carry over from the fifth-generation Camaro to the new Gen Six: the rear bowtie emblem and the SS badge.

To make it not only the best Camaro ever, but one of the best performance cars available, Chevrolet focused on three pillars of development:


  • Vehicle mass has been reduced by 200 pounds or more, depending on the model, creating a more nimble, responsive driving experience
  • Most efficient Camaro ever, with a new 2.0L turbo SAE-certified at 275 hp (205 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) – and delivers more than 30 mpg on the highway (GM-estimated), and 0-60 mph acceleration well under 6 seconds
  • Efficient performance in a new 3.6L V-6 featuring direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and – for the first time – Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation), offering an SAE-certified 335 hp (250 kW) and 284 lb-ft of torque (385 Nm), for the highest specific output of any naturally aspirated V-6 in the segment
  • The most powerful Camaro SS ever, with a new 6.2L LT1 direct-injected Small Block V-8 rated at 455 hp (339 kW) and 455 lb-ft of torque (617 Nm)
  • Magnetic Ride Control active suspension available on Camaro SS for the first time
  • With improved handling and performance, the Camaro SS delivers better lap times than the fifth-generation’s track-focused Camaro 1LE package.


  • All-new Drive Mode Selector, which tailors up to eight vehicle attributes for four modes: Snow/Ice, Tour, Sport and – on SS models – Track settings
  • Segment-exclusive, Interior Spectrum Lighting that offers 24 different ambient lighting effects on the dash, door panels, and center console
  • High-definition, configurable color displays – including available dual, 8-inch-diagonal screens.


  • More athletic-looking, sculptured exterior that complements the tighter, leaner architecture – and offers all-new, modern lighting signatures, including light-emitting diode (LED) technology
  • Greater emphasis on customer personalization with wider range of choices, including 10 exterior colors, five interior color combinations, lighting options and a full complement of dealer-available accessories available at launch – including wheels, stripe packages and additional accessories
  • Aerodynamically optimized design that is the result of 350 hours of wind tunnel testing, reducing drag on LT models and improving downforce on SS
  • All-new, interior with shifter-focused center console, intuitive controls, flat-bottom steering wheel, and higher quality materials throughout
  • Unique control rings around the air vents used for temperature and fan speed adjustments, eliminating the need for conventional buttons

“We have had the incredible opportunity to meet literally thousands of Gen 5 Camaro owners who provided direct feedback on what they loved about their car and what they wanted for the next-gen Camaro,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “As a result, the 2016 Camaro builds on what made the current Camaro such a success with more power, more agile handling and more technology.

“We expect it will set the new benchmark in the segment – and give a new generation of enthusiasts a reason to fall in love with Camaro.”

The Gen Six Camaro goes on sale later this year, offered in LT and SS models.

Lightweight architecture and chassis systems
Approximately 70 percent of the architectural components are unique to Camaro. Through extensive computer-aided engineering, structural rigidity was increased by 28 percent, while the body-in-white mass was reduced by 133 pounds (60.5 kg).

In their quest to make the 2016 Camaro as lean as possible, engineers and designers evaluated every aspect of its architecture – already the most mass-efficient ever created by GM – and supporting elements, saving grams here and pounds there that contributes to the car’s lower curb weight. As a result, the total curb weight for Camaro has been reduced by more than 200 pounds (90 kg).

Significant weight savings came from using an aluminum instrument panel frame instead of steel, which saved 9.2 pounds (4.2 kg). The use of lightweight components, including aluminum front suspension links and steel rear suspension links with lightening holes, in the new five-link rear suspension system contributed to a 26-pound (12 kg) reduction in the overall suspension weight. With the lighter, stiffer architecture and more powerful engines, the Gen Six Camaro SS delivers better lap times than the fifth-generation’s track-focused Camaro 1LE package.

“The driving experience is significantly different,” said Aaron Link, lead development engineer. “Immediately, you will notice how much lighter and more nimble the Camaro feels. That feeling increases when you drive the Camaro harder – it brakes more powerfully, dives into corners quicker, and accelerates faster than ever.”

The Camaro features a new, multi-link MacPherson strut front suspension with Camaro-specific geometry. The double-pivot design provides a more precise feeling of control, including more linear and communicative feel from the quick-ratio electric power steering system. At the rear, a new five-link independent suspension yields outstanding wheel control and reduces “squat” during acceleration.

In addition, the Magnetic Ride Control is available on the Camaro SS for the first time. Previously limited to the Camaro ZL1, the active suspension reads road and driving conditions 1,000 times per second, and automatically adjusts the damper settings to optimize ride comfort and control.

All Camaro models offer Brembo brakes – they’re standard on SS – optimized for the car’s mass and performance capability. On Camaro LT, the available brakes include 12.6-inch (320 mm) front rotors with four-piston calipers and 12.4-inch (315 mm) rear rotors with single-piston sliding calipers. Camaro SS employs 13.6-inch (345 mm) front rotors with four-piston fixed calipers and 13.3-inch (338 mm) rear rotors with four-piston fixed calipers.

Goodyear tires are used on all models: The LT features standard 18-inch wheels wrapped with Goodyear Eagle Sport all-season tires and available 20-inch wheels matched with Eagle F1 Asymmetric all-season run-flat tires. Camaro SS features standard 20-inch aluminum wheels with Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 run-flat tires.

More powerful and efficient
The new Camaro will be offered with six different powertrain combinations, each designed to deliver improved performance and efficiency.

The Camaro LT’s standard engine is a new 2.0L Turbo, rated at an SAE-certified 275 horsepower (205 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm). For power on demand, it offers a wide torque band with 90 percent of peak torque available from 2,100 rpm to 3,000 rpm, and maximum torque from 3,000 to 4,500 rpm. The 2.0L turbo will deliver 0-60 mph acceleration in less than six seconds and offer more than 30 mpg on the highway (GM-estimated), making it the most fuel-efficient Camaro ever.

An all-new 3.6L V-6 is available in the Camaro LT, producing and SAE-certified 335 horsepower (250 kW) and 284 lb-ft of torque (385 Nm), for the highest specific output of any naturally aspirated V-6 in the segment. The engine incorporates a trio of technologies for uncompromised efficiency and performance, including direct injection, variable valve timing and, for the first time, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation), which disables two cylinders under light throttle applications to enhance efficiency.

The 2.0L turbo and 3.6L V-6 engines are offered with a six-speed manual transmission or the all-new Hydra-Matic 8L45 paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s based on the Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed, but scaled for the performance envelope of the smaller engines and offering an estimated 5-percent efficiency improvement over a comparable six-speed automatic.

Camaro SS is powered by the 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine introduced on the Corvette Stingray. About 20 percent of the components are specific for the Camaro’s architecture, including new, tubular “tri-Y”-type exhaust manifolds. It also offers advanced technologies such as variable valve timing, direct injection and Active Fuel Management (on automatic-equipped models) to help balance efficiency and performance. Output is SAE-certified at 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 455 lb-ft of torque (617 Nm), making it the most-powerful Camaro SS ever.

The LT1 engine is available with a standard six-speed manual transmission – with new Active Rev Match technology that “blips” the throttle for perfectly timed downshifts – or the Hydra-Matic 8L90 paddle-shift eight-speed automatic.

Each engine has been carefully tuned for a distinctive performance sound. All 2.0L turbo models feature active noise cancellation, which uses sound waves to cancel unwanted cabin noise. Models equipped with the available Bose audio system also feature engine sound enhancement, which amplifies the native sounds of the 2.0L turbo engine – and can be disabled based on the driver’s preference.

Both the 3.6L V-6 and 6.2L V-8 feature mechanical sound enhancers – resonators that direct induction noise from the engine bay into the cabin. Both engines are available with a dual-mode exhaust, which features electronically controlled valves that bypass the mufflers under acceleration, delivering improved performance and greater sound levels. With the dual-mode exhaust, drivers can personalize the exhaust sound, from a “stealth” mode to the most aggressive “track” mode.

Compact, athletic design
The exterior of the Camaro is more sculpted and more muscular effect that makes the new car look significantly lower and wider than before, even though it is within two inches of the exterior dimensions of the current Camaro:

2016 Camaro 2015 Camaro
Length (in /mm): 188.3/ 4784 190.6 / 4841
Width (in / mm): 74.7 / 1897 75.5 / 1917
Height (in / mm): 53.1 / 1348 54.2 / 1376
Wheelbase (in / mm): 110.7/ 2811 112.3 / 2852
Front track (in/mm): 63 / 1601 (SS) 63.6 / 1616 (SS)
Rear track (in/mm): 62.9 / 1598 (SS) 63.9 / 1622 (SS)


“From every angle, you’ll never mistake this for anything but a Camaro,” said Tom Peters, design director. “We’ve taken that iconic design and amplified its proportions to reflect a more dynamic driving experience – like the T-shirt on a muscular physique.”

The front of the Camaro is defined by a cross-car grille/headlamp aperture, a signature cue that dates to the first generation. The new, expressive execution gives the Camaro a stronger, more determined face. It also displays a new, nearly fastback profile that flows into the pronounced haunches of the rear fenders, enhancing the wider, more aggressive stance.

A more expressive take on the taillamps blends the horizontal aesthetic of the first generation with a dual-element theme and aggressive tapers for a contemporary appearance. Additionally, SS models have a unique rear spoiler.

Standard lighting includes halogen projector beam headlamps and taillamps. RS and SS models add high-intensity discharge, or HID, projector-beam headlamps and LED “signature lighting” daytime running lights – including a sweeping LED lightpipe integrated in the headlamp and an LED light pipe integrated into the front fascia. RS and SS models also feature LED lighting for the rear taillamps, including auxiliary LED light guides that mirror the shape of the front signature lighting.

In many cases, the exterior design not only communicates the performance capabilities of the new Camaro, but contributes to them. For example, the teams spent more than 350 hours testing the Camaro in the wind tunnel, meticulously tailoring the exterior to improve cooling and reduce aerodynamic lift and drag.

Aerodynamic details include a subtle “air curtain” on the front fascia, which guides air around the wheels rather than into the wheelhouses, reducing drag. Also, the Camaro SS has a unique front fascia with integrated brake cooling ducts and a unique hood with functional air vents, which improve engine cooling and reduce front lift.

All models share a more pronounced, sculpted roof panel that improves the structural rigidity of the roof for greater refinement. The roof is assembled using laser brazing, eliminating the need for “ditch channel” seams and cover trim, giving the car a sleeker appearance while saving half a kilogram compared to traditional spot welding.

There’s also a new interpretation of the Camaro’s iconic red, white and blue “banner” insignia, displayed on the front fenders.

Driver-focused interior and technologies 
Like the exterior, the interior is completely new yet instantly recognizable. The instrument panel, for example, is a departure from the previous model, but retains the Camaro’s familiar dual-binnacle-style instrument cluster hood.

“Given the level of technology and performance, the interior had to be modern and driver focused.” said Ryan Vaughan, interior design manager. “But although the interior is an all new design, it is still instinctively recognizable as a Camaro.”

The instrument cluster features analog instruments to provide the driver with essential performance information, as well as an available eight-inch-diagonal high-definition center screen that can be configured to provide additional information including navigation, performance, and infotainment features.

Another eight-inch screen, integrated in the center of the instrument panel, serves as the interface for the enhanced, next-generation MyLink system.

The new center console and center stack are designed with high performance driving in mind. For example, the heating and cooling controls are integrated into rings surrounding the air ducts. Eliminating the associated buttons makes the cabin feel more spacious, and makes adjusting the temperature easy while keeping your eyes on the road.

An electronic parking brake replaces the previous mechanical parking brake handle. This enabled the cup holders to be repositioned for improved range of motion when shifting in manual-transmission models.

An available, segment-first LED ambient lighting system, integrated in the dash, door panels and center console, offers 24 different colors, as well as fade and transition effects that spread across the interior. There’s even a theatrical “car show” mode that cycles randomly through the entire color spectrum when the Camaro is parked.

The ambient lighting is one of eight attributes the driver can adjust using the Camaro’s new Driver Mode Selector– accessed via a switch on the center console. The system enables the driver to tailor the look, sound and feel of 2016 Camaro to their preferences and driving conditions:

Snow/Ice Tour Sport Track
(SS only)
Electronic throttle progression SNOW/ICE NORMAL NORMAL TRACK
Automatic trans.
shift map
Automatic trans. Performance Algorithm Shift N/A N/A AVAIL. AVAIL.
Engine sound management
(if equipped with dual-mode exhaust)
Electric power steering calibration TOUR TOUR SPORT TRACK
StabiliTrak – Competitive Driving and Launch Control N/A N/A AVAIL. AVAIL.
Magnetic Ride Control
calibration (if equipped)
Ambient lighting
(if equipped)


The 2016 Camaro will be produced at GM’s Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Mich.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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Hype Video: Watch Vaughn Gittin Jr Hoon A Ford F-150 Drift Truck On City Streets

Posted on 04.13.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


One of my favorite things about Formula Drift Long Beach is that the course is actually made up of real city streets.  Granted they are closed off for the events but, its kind of cool to know that the same streets I drive on also double as a battle ground for race cars and drift cars alike.  That’s why it was extra cool when Vaughn Gittin Jr decided to put on an impromptu hoon session in his “ultimate fun haver” Ford F-150 drift truck during the opening ceremonies for Formula Drift.  If you ever wanted to know if it was possible to hoon a massive truck then simply watch the video below for your answer.  Spoiler alert: yes, yes it is possible…


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Hype: Chevrolet Teases 2016 Gen 6 Camaro (Video)

Posted on 03.19.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


The Camaro is one of my favorite domestic cars.  Ever since Chevrolet brought it back its been on a gradual ramp up but its been left behind a bit by the super muscle cars like the Challenger Hellcat and the ‘roided out Mustangs coming out from Ford.  Today Chevrolet is putting itself back in the fight by teasing the 6th generation Camaro and announcing that it will be a completely new car from the ground up.  In fact Chevrolet even went as far as to say the only exterior parts carried over from the gen 5 Camaro are the bow-tie and SS emblems.  That claim already got me pretty interested but on top of that Chevrolet dropped a video of the new Camaro’s exhaust note and now I’m excited!  Chevrolet plans to pull the sheet off the 2016 Camaro on May 16th during a “special public event” in Detroit.  For now the only visuals we have of the gen 6 Camaro is a shot of its new “tri-Y style” exhaust manifold, which is probably responsible for that sweet exhaust sound you’ll hear in the video below.  Turn up your speakers for this one!

Press Release:

70 percent of architectural components unique to the Gen 6 Camaro

DETROIT – The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will be a truly all-new car – from the grille’s bowtie to the rear spoiler.

In fact, only two parts carry over from the fifth-generation model: the bowtie emblem on the taillamp panel and the SS badge.

The Gen 6 Camaro is based on General Motors’ award-winning Alpha architecture. Designed to compete with premium European brands, Alpha offers exceptional driving dynamics and refinement, as well as a balance of mass and stiffness necessary for a world-class performance car.

“Our global engineering team is incredibly passionate about Camaro, and they sweated all the details to make Gen 6 the best Camaro we could possibly put into the hands of our customers,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development.

“Alpha provided a strong foundation, but more than 70 percent of the components are unique to the Gen 6 Camaro, including exterior and interior dimensions, an all-new interior, front and rear suspension, and powertrain components,” he said. “The minute you see – and hear – the Gen 6, you know it’s a Camaro, from the stance to the driving experience to the sound of the Small Block V-8.”

From the strong Alpha foundation, the Camaro team made the most of every component to create a worthy successor for the Gen 5 Camaro, which has been America’s best-selling performance car for five consecutive years.

The front structure, for example, was developed specifically for Camaro. It is lengthened, to create the dash-to-axle ratio necessary for car’s iconic profile, and widened to provide the desired track width for stable, confident cornering. In addition, 20 percent of the 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine has been tailored to fit the Camaro’s packaging, including new, tubular “tri-Y”-style exhaust manifolds.

Chevrolet will introduce the all-new, 2016 Camaro on Saturday, May 16, during a special public event at Detroit’s Belle Isle park.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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Hype: The New Ford Focus RS Finally Comes To America With AWD!

Posted on 02.03.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Ford Focus RS

The Ford Focus RS has been something of a mythical creature among enthusiasts for the last several years.  Aimed squarely at the Rally crowd, for some reason Ford thought that American consumers wouldn’t much be interested in their turbo-charged hot hatch.  They were completely wrong!  We wanted it and we wanted it bad.  Sure, we critiqued the Focus RS for not being AWD but review after review still proved that even in FWD trim the Focus RS was one of the best hatchbacks ever made.  This just made the American audience want it even more.  Yet, ironically an American company didn’t want to release one of their best cars in their home country.

How strange is it to say that “I wish Ford would release that car in America”.  Odd is it not?  Well, those days of wanting and wishing are finally over as Ford just revealed the new Ford Focus RS and announced it will be sold worldwide (that includes ‘Merica) and that the Focus RS will finally be offered in AWD!  Rumor has it that reason why Ford finally decided to go AWD with the Focus RS is because Ken Block himself continuously suggested it (AKA annoyed them on our behalf) until they finally conceded.  If that’s true then good work Mr. Block!

So, what kind of meat and potatoes will the new Ford Focus RS serve up?  Try a 315 horsepower 2.3 liter ecoboost engine which will likely also bring a healthy amount of torque to the party.  While the torque numbers weren’t given I think its safe to expect the amount to be significant.  Speaking of torque, the Focus RS’ all wheel drive system will be capable of sending up to 70% of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels.  Once there, 100% of the available power can be split evenly between the two rear wheels.  The all wheel drive system will be equipped with a torque vectoring system as well as a separate torque vectoring system based on brake sensors.  Expect the Focus RS to also include electronic stability control (also expect many owners to turn that off right away) and a power-assisted steering system.  To match its aggressive looks the Focus RS will come standard with 19 inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.  As an option, Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires will be available.

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There are a ton of other cool features here and there but it would take a lot of words to go over them all.  Thankfully Ford has provided a lengthy press release that does the job nicely; so if you really want to nerd out over all the new features I invite you to check out the official press release below and for pictures click the thumbnails.  Expect price and release date for the new Focus RS to be released at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Press Release:

  • Third-generation Ford Focus RS will be available in major markets around the world and for the first time in the United States; Focus RS follows the reveal last month of the new Ford GT supercar – a new era of Ford performance that will deliver 12 new vehicles by 2020

  • All-new Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control paired with a powerful 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine will provide impressive performance

  • Aggressive, functional design inside and out makes Focus RS the most powerful production Focus ever, with highly capable performance on both road and track

  • Professional rally driver and star of Gymkhana films Ken Block teamed with Ford as a consultant on development of Focus RS


Feb 3, 2015 | Cologne, Germany — Ford today revealed the all-new Focus RS, a high-performance road car that debuts Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control, which contributes to performance never before seen in a Focus RS. The all-new Focus RS is equipped with a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine producing well in excess of 315 horsepower.

Focus RS is the latest unveiling in a new era of Ford performance that will bring more than 12 performance vehicles to global customers by 2020.

In addition to pleasing enthusiasts, these vehicles help deliver the company’s One Ford plan for profitable growth, product excellence and innovation in every part of its business.

“The all-new Focus RS is a serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets a new benchmark for driving exhilaration on the road and track,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. “The RS line has a proud history of technical breakthroughs that have migrated to mainstream Ford vehicles to benefit all of our customers, and the new Focus RS is no exception. It’s a great example of our passion for innovation through performance, and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”

Developed by a small team of global Ford Performance engineers, the new Focus RS is the third generation in the line, following models launched in 2002 and 2009. It will be the 30th car to wear the legendary RS badge, following such technology trendsetters as the 1970 Escort RS1600 with 16 valves, 1985 Sierra RS Cosworth with turbocharging and radical aerodynamics and 1992 Escort RS Cosworth with four-wheel drive.

Sporting a dramatic exterior design that delivers enhanced aerodynamics and cooling, the new Focus RS offers technologies new to the RS line including Ford SYNC® connectivity system.

The all-new Focus RS is the first-ever RS model that will be sold around the world, including the United States, and produced for all markets at Ford’s Saarlouis, Germany, manufacturing plant beginning late this year.

“We are acutely aware of the benchmarks we have set ourselves with RS performance models through the years, and rest assured this new car raises the game to a new level,” said Jim Farley, president, Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“Just as important is the fact that with technologies such as EcoBoost, we are able to demonstrate how an innovation that powers almost every car in our range can also be the heartbeat of our finest performance cars,” added Farley.

Gymkhana and World Rallycross star Ken Block was brought on as a consultant on the all-new Focus RS, and joined the Ford Performance team at the preview event in Cologne, Germany –where the RS legend was born with the Ford 15M RS in 1968.

Innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive offers a new level of handling
The all-new Focus RS exploits innovative new Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring to deliver a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment, combining outstanding traction and grip with exciting agility and cornering speed.

The Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive system is based on twin electronically controlled clutch packs on each side of the rear drive unit. These manage the car’s front/rear torque split, and can control the side-to-side torque distribution on the rear axle – delivering the “torque vectoring” capability that has a dramatic impact on handling and cornering stability.

The control unit in the rear drive unit continuously varies the front/rear and side-to-side torque distribution to suit the current driving situation, monitoring inputs from multiple vehicle sensors 100 times per second. A maximum of 70 percent of the drive torque can be diverted to the rear axle. Up to 100 percent of available torque at the rear axle can be sent to each rear wheel.

During cornering, the rear drive unit pre-emptively diverts torque to the outer rear wheel immediately based on inputs such as steering wheel angle, lateral acceleration, yaw and speed. This torque transfer has the effect of “driving” the car into the bend, achieving improved turn-in and stability, and virtually eliminating understeer.

The AWD system has been tuned to deliver exceptional grip – with lateral acceleration exceeding 1 g – and great cornering speed and acceleration out of a bend. With neutral and adjustable limit handling, and the ability to achieve controlled oversteer drifts at the track, Focus RS delivers an exceptional fun-to-drive experience.

To deliver optimum driving dynamics, the Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive system was calibrated alongside the car’s advanced Electronic Stability Control, in particular the brake-based Torque Vectoring Control system that works in parallel with the torque-vectoring AWD. Other exclusive chassis features include sports suspension with spring rates, bushings and antiroll bars – all of which are stiffer than those found in Focus ST, and two-mode switchable dampers, which offer a firmer setting for track driving. A carefully tuned electric power-assisted steering system working in combination with a more rigid front suspension knuckle design and shorter-link arms delivers connected and responsive steering with outstanding feel.

“The Focus ST and Fiesta ST showed that we can achieve sporty steering feel with an electric power-assisted steering system, and the RS raises the bar,” said Dave Pericak, director, Global Ford Performance. “We set out to provide drivers with steering that is very direct, precise and well balanced – and the RS delivers.”

Ford engineers worked closely with Michelin to develop a choice of high-performance 235/35 R19 tires to complement the driving dynamics of the Focus RS: a standard Pilot Super Sport tire for every-day use, and – for the first time on an RS – an optional Pilot Sport Cup 2 tire for enhanced vehicle dynamics on the track.

The vehicle’s exterior design has also been developed to support the dynamic objectives. Careful aerodynamic optimization of the front splitter, rear spoiler and underbody features eliminates lift forces, and the final design delivers balanced performance with zero lift front and rear for optimum high-speed handling and stability.

Unique powertrain for increased output
Ford’s EcoBoost technology powers Focus RS and nearly every new Ford vehicle. The specially engineered 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine has levels of power and torque that translate into impressive acceleration when combined with the exceptional all-wheel-drive traction.

Projected to produce well in excess of 315 horsepower, the custom unit shares its fundamental structure with the all-aluminum 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine in the all-new Mustang, but has been significantly upgraded through a comprehensive package of design changes.

Increased output is generated by a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor that delivers significantly greater airflow, along with a much bigger intercooler to maximize charge density. Engine breathing is enhanced through a less restrictive intake design, and a large-bore high-performance exhaust system with an electronically controlled valve in the tailpipe that helps optimize the balance of back pressure and noise output.

The cylinder head is produced from an upgraded alloy material capable of withstanding higher temperatures, and is mounted on a more robust head gasket with improved thermal capability. The cylinder block employs stronger high-tensile cast iron liners.

Engine cooling also has been given the highest priority, with engineers creating additional space within the front of the vehicle to house a significantly larger radiator pack that provides the level of cooling demanded for hard circuit use.

Meticulous calibration work ensures that the power unit delivers excellent low-end responsiveness with a powerful mid-range pull, climbing to a free-revving top end up to a maximum rev limit of 6,800 rpm.

The six-speed manual transmission has been optimized for the enthusiast driver with a shorter gear lever to deliver faster and more accurate shifts. Both the transmission and the clutch have been upgraded with stronger components to cope with the engine’s increased torque output.

With its high-efficiency EcoBoost design featuring direct fuel injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing, advanced turbocharging and Auto Start-Stop as standard, the engine also delivers significantly improved fuel consumption.

High-performance design for stunning looks with optimum function
Focus RS exterior design is both dramatic and functional, with a more powerful and muscular character. Designers worked closely with Ford Performance to ensure that the necessary functional attributes were achieved, focusing on the aerodynamic downforce and balance delivered by the design, as well as the cooling demands of the powertrain and brakes.

RS features a powerful new front end appearance with a bold upper trapezoidal grille above the deep splitter, incorporating the largest possible apertures for engine cooling. A wide, muscular stance is emphasized by the lower wings and large outboard openings on each side of the car, which feed the brake cooling ducts and house vertically mounted lamps.

At the rear, the fascia panel is dominated by the exceptionally large diffuser, which optimizes airflow from under the vehicle and contains the twin round high-performance exhaust outlets. Focus RS for Europe and Asia markets will also get a clear central fog lamp. The distinctive rear roof spoiler is carefully integrated with the car’s silhouette through body-colored side panels featuring a subtle embossed RS logo.

The dynamic side profile is emphasized by sculptured rocker panels, and the bold wheel lips that house a choice of multi-spoke 19-inch RS alloy wheels – including a high-performance lightweight forged design finished in low-gloss black, which offers enhanced strength and impact resistance.

The high-performance character of Focus RS is reflected inside the car, where heavily bolstered partial-leather Recaro sports seats serve as the centerpiece of the cockpit.

The interior features the reworked Focus control layout with its simpler, more intuitive design. SYNC connectivity provides access to audio, navigation, climate control and mobile phones via voice control, and via a high-definition, 8-inch color touch screen. SYNC can be specified with rear view camera with park distance control, as well as a Sony premium sound system with 10-speakers including a subwoofer.

The RS driving experience is reinforced by a new flat-bottomed steering wheel with a soft-feel leather-covered rim, alloy pedals and unique instrument graphics within the main cluster. An additional bank of gauges above the center console displays turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure.

Four striking exterior colors include Nitrous Blue, a vibrant four-coat metallic finish exclusive to RS, as well as Stealth Gray, Absolute Black and Frozen White. The car revealed in Cologne features the same special Liquid Blue color scheme first seen on the all-new Ford GT revealed last month at the North American International Auto Show.

Rich heritage of innovation and performance
Since the first Ford RS models took to the road, the line has been an essential element of Ford’s DNA, delivering technical innovation and performance on road and track. Dating back to the early days of Ford’s success in Rallye Sport, the first RS models established a reputation for advanced technology and driving exhilaration that continues to this day.

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Gaming Hype: Forza Motorsport 6 Goes Behind The Scenes Of The New Ford GT’s Development

Posted on 01.26.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) just ended and by now I think it is safe to say that the new Ford GT easily stole the show with its striking looks and the debut of its new “Ecoboost” V6 engine.  Further increasing its momentum was the announcement that Forza Motorsport 6 was coming and that the new Ford GT would be the cover car.  Today, thanks to Forza, we get to see a behind the scenes look at how the new Ford GT was created and some insight into the design choices made by the Ford team.  Its a pretty awesome way to spend five and a half minutes!  Check it out below.

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12 Days Of Hype: Exotics Racing Is The Only Way To Drive An Exotic Car Like You Stole It…Without Stealing It..

Posted on 12.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


In the last “12 Days Of Hype” post I talked about Skip Barber racing school as a great gift for the hardcore motorsports fan in your life.  However, if you want to just gift someone a day on a race track with crazy exotic cars like Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and the like, then Exotics Racing is a good choice as well.  With Facilities at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway in California they are within relatively easy reach for anyone on the west coast.  Exotics Racing offers different packages that allow participants to take hot laps in one of up to 15 cars that cover the gamut.  Want to drive a Lamborghini Huracan? They have one.  What about a Ferrari 458 Italia? They have a few of those too.  McLaren MP4-12C? Yessir!  They even have Nissan GT-R’s available.

Since all of their experiences are one day they are much easier on the wallet than say a full racing school such as Skip Barber.  Driving packages at Exotics Racing start at around $199 and go up from there.  If someone just wants to ride shot gun then there are high-speed ride alongs offered for $99.  I have personally checked out the facility at Auto Club Speedway and I can tell you that the staff really goes the distance to make sure participants have a good experience.  If you are trying to think of a good gift then I would recommend considering a day at Exotics Racing.  Hit the source link below for more info.

[Source: ExoticsRacing.com]

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