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First Drive: 2017 Ford Fusion Sport

Midsize function with sports-car performance and handling.

by on Aug.31, 2016

Ford took the wraps off the 2017 Fusion Sport revealing a snarling beast under the hood.

When Ford Motor Co. pulled the wraps off the 2013 Fusion sedan, it sent heads turning. It was as striking and game-changing a design as any the automaker had rolled out since the launch of the original Ford Taurus nearly three decades earlier.

The midsize model was handsome and distinctive in a segment largely known for look-alike styling. And it was reasonably well-equipped, as well, offering a range of high-tech gear as part of Ford’s strategy of “democratizing” advanced safety and infotainment systems. What it needed, however, was a little more muscle.

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Now, the carmaker has addressed that shortfall. The 2017 Ford Fusion Sport packs a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 under its nicely sculpted hood. But instead of just upgrading the sedan’s powertrain, the new model also boasts major suspension enhancements as well as some well-conceived tweaks to both its interior and exterior styling. (more…)

Ford’s New Raptor Goes Off-Road Racing

Performance truck entering new Desert series.

by on Feb.03, 2016

Ford's Raptor off-road racer.

Only weeks after revealing its new Raptor SuperCrew, Ford says it will send the performance truck out racing as part of the 2016 Best in the Desert off-road series’ new factory stock class.

Based in Las Vegas, Best in the Desert will stage nine races this year, including the Vegas to Reno run, the longest off-road race in the United States. The second event in the series, the Bluewater Resort, gets underway in Arizona on Thursday, February 4th, and marks the official race debut of the 217 Ford Raptor.

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“The all-new Raptor has the DNA of a Baja race truck, with a purpose-built engine, chassis and suspension that enables it to travel fast over challenging desert landscapes or crawl over rocky terrain,” boasted Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer of Ford Performance, in a prepared release.

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Ford Bringing Back GT Racer for Detroit Auto Show

Automaker expected to race new vehicle at LeMans in 2016.

by on Dec.19, 2014

This GT40 Le Mans winner could get a stablemate as Ford is expected to debut a new version at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

Ford GT fans may be getting a post-holiday Christmas gift in January, as the automaker appears to be ready to unveil a GT-inspired supercar during the Detroit Auto Show next month.

The car will be more than just a showpiece, according to AutoWeek, Ford plans to race it at LeMans in 2016. Chip Ganassi will oversee Ford’s new GT supercar’s entry in the GTE class at Le Mans. Additionally, Ganassi will run two cars in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.

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The details about the car are sketchy, but various reports suggest the powerplant will be a mid-engine V8 from the new Shelby GT350 with some tweaks, while others think an EcoBoost V6 will find its way into the new beast. (more…)

Ford Forms New Global Performance Unit

New Focus RS set for global debut next year.

by on Dec.11, 2014

Mustang Chief Engineer Dave Pericak will be the new head of the Ford Performance organization.

Ford Motor will introduce a high-performance RS version of its next-generation Focus line next year, with the maker expected to pull the wraps off the new model at the upcoming 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

The new model will replace the top-performing version of the Focus line that was last produced in 2010 for the European market. Other than saying the new model will be available worldwide, other details are scarce. But the new Focus RS is all but certain to pump up from the 301-horsepower delivered by the old version.

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The 2016 Ford Focus RS is part of an expanding portfolio of performance products coming from the Detroit Maker, which recently introduced an all-new version of its popular Mustang pony car. And it will be one of the first products to debut under the new Ford Performance organization.

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Ford Brings Back the Mustang King Cobra*

*Well, sort of…

by on Nov.04, 2014

Ford harkened back to another era with the debut of its King Cobra Mustang at this year's SEMA show.

Call it a blast from the past. Ford brought thunderous applause with an all-new version of a once-familiar nameplate at this week’s SEMA Show, the annual aftermarket extravaganza in Las Vegas.

Featuring a scaly paint job, complete with a raging snake on the hood, the Mustang King Cobra harkens back to some of the most powerful performance cars in Ford’s portfolio. But don’t expect to find it roll into your local Ford showroom anytime soon – not unless you spend some time browsing through the Mustang parts catalogue.

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“This is one of our most famous snakes,” said Ford Racing chief Jamie Allison as he helped pulled the covers off the show car. (more…)

Ford Reveals “Affordable” Compact Race Car

New Focus ST-R aimed at weekend racers and wannabes.

by on Nov.03, 2011

Ford will give weekend warriors a chance to race with an affordable turnkey version of the Focus ST.

Ford is betting there’s a generation of young wannabe racers who’d like to do more than just watch motor sports on television so it will begin offering an “affordable,” “turnkey,” race-tuned version of its Focus ST next year.

Dubbed the Ford Focus ST-R, it will take the street-legal version of the maker’s new compact hatchback and add an FIA-regulation rollbar, beefed-up suspension and uprated brakes.  The decals will be just about the only thing buyers would have to add on their own.

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“It’s already built to race,” said Jost Capito, Ford’s director of Global Performance and Motorsports Business Development, during an unveiling at the annual SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas — where it was surrounded by an assortment of historic Ford race cars, including Sweepstakes, the 1901 car built and raced by Henry Ford himself.

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Ford To Unveil Fiesta ST Concept in LA

Part of expanding global line-up of performance vehicles.

by on Nov.03, 2011

Ford will unveil the Fiesta Concept in LA, with a production version to follow in 2012.

Ford will use the Los Angeles Auto Show to reveal the Ford Fiesta ST Concept, the show car hinting at how a future version of its global subcompact might look when it joins the Focus ST as part of the maker’s expanding small car performance portfolio.

Bold and distinctive, the five-door Fiesta ST Concept embodies the spirit of Fiesta’s high-performance history with an infusion of dynamic, futuristic looks and innovative technology, said to Jim Farley, Ford’s global marketing chief.

“The Fiesta has a rich history of high-performance models so a new ST performance model is a logical next step in our performance vehicle strategy for our global small cars,” added Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.

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The return of the Fiesta to Ford’s U.S. portfolio last year marked the first time the maker had offered a B-segment model in two decades.  Already one of the best-selling models in the rapidly expanding small car segment, the Fiesta has drawn in buyers who want more than the traditional econobox by offering a range of features – such as Ford’s high-tech Sync infotainment system – and more dramatic styling.

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First Look: Ford Fiesta ST

"Teasing enthusiasts around the world."

by on Sep.13, 2011

Ford is gauging interest in an ST-badged version of the subcompact Fiesta.

While Ford has been signaling for some time its plans to offer a performance-oriented version of its global compact, the Focus ST, the maker dropped a surprise during the Frankfurt Motor Show, announcing a second model to wear the new performance badge, the Fiesta ST.

Though no formal launch date has been set, the maker will use the Frankfurt preview – and subsequent auto show appearances – to “begin teasing enthusiasts around the world” and gauge their response to the sporty subcompact, said Jost Capito, Ford’s global director of performance vehicles.

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In concept trim, the Fiesta ST sports a 1.6-liter version of the makers EcoBoost engine, hear producing about 180 horsepower.  It is mated to a 6-speed stick.

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First Look: Ford Focus ST and Focus ST-R

A different take on performance.

by on Sep.12, 2011

Ford will unveil the long-awaited Focus ST at this week's Frankfurt Motor Show.

The name SVT may be missing, but if the new Focus ST and Focus ST-R are any indication, Ford Motor Co. is getting serious about performance again, rather than limiting its muscle options to the likes of the Lightning pickup truck and Mustang pony car variants.

The two new offerings, which include the track-ready Ford Focus ST-R will make their long-anticipated debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, this week, with Ford insiders hinting there may be even more in the works for the biennial event, the season’s largest European car show.

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Significantly, the Focus ST underscores CEO Alan Mulally’s One Ford strategy, as it is the first of what the Detroit automaker can accurately bill as a “global performance car.”  Others, it appears, are likely to follow.  And there will be an emphasis on using higher-performance versions of Ford’s EcoBoost technology.

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