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Award-Winning 1.0-Liter EcoBoost Engine Coming to North America Next Year in the New Ford Fiesta!

November 19, 2012 by Ford Motor Company. Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The new 2014 Ford Fiesta on sale next year will be the first vehicle available in the United States with Ford’s award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine. Though the car has not yet undergone EPA testing, it is expected to be certified as the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car available in the United States.

The smallest engine available in its class, Ford’s patented 1.0-liter EcoBoost won’t be short on power, torque or refinement. The smooth, quiet-running engine is projected to produce 123 horsepower and peak torque of 148 lb.-ft.
“Customers are going to be pleasantly surprised at what the smallest member of the EcoBoost engine family can do,” said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of Powertrain Engineering. “Most customers are not going to be thinking about the number of cylinders under the hood when they drive the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost Fiesta. They’ll notice an extremely smooth and quiet idle, terrific acceleration accompanied by a sporty sound at high revs, and – most importantly – outstanding fuel economy.”
The newest member of Ford’s global EcoBoost engine family, the 1.0-liter will join the most fuel-efficient lineup in Ford Motor Company’s history. Next year, Ford will offer eight vehicles rated at 40 mpg or higher – double today’s total, and more than any other automaker. Ford tops Toyota in fuel economy in every segment in which both companies compete.
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine in the Fiesta expands Ford’s power of choice strategy by giving customers interested in a very fuel-efficient car a new alternative.
Pricing is not yet set, but as with the other EcoBoost engines available across Ford’s car, truck, SUV and crossover lineup, the 1.0-liter will be a very affordable option. Adding an EcoBoost engine costs about $995 in most Ford vehicles.
“Many customers would like the fuel efficiency of a modern diesel or a hybrid, but can’t stretch their budgets to cover the cost premium,” said Bakaj. “That’s where the EcoBoost Fiesta fits in. It will offer a highly fuel-efficient alternative at a lower cost.”
Newest EcoBoost engine – a game changer
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is unlike any engine in Ford’s 109-year history. Not only is it the company’s first three-cylinder engine, but it debuts many new technologies never before seen in a Ford vehicle. These include an offset crankshaft; variable oil pump; split cooling system; external-balancing, super-small, responsive turbocharger; and a timing belt immersed in engine oil.
The result of the 1.0-liter’s advanced design is a quiet, smooth-running engine that develops roughly the same output as a 1.6-liter four-cylinder. But with about 25 percent fewer moving parts, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is able to deliver higher fuel economy and lower emissions.
“We really focused on reducing the amount of energy the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine uses by paying very close attention to such things as bearing sizes, piston ring tension and thermal management,” said Bob Fascetti, director, Ford Global Engine Engineering. “For instance, we decided not to use a balance shaft in the engine because it adds weight and increases friction or parasitic losses. So we balance the engine externally with the crankshaft pulley and flywheel.”
Super-successful debut
Since being launched in the spring in the Ford Focus in Europe, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has established itself as one of the most noteworthy engines of 2012. In April it was voted International Engine of the Year by a jury of 76 journalists from 36 countries. In June it set 16 land speed records at a racetrack in France. In October the 1.0-liter EcoBoost was given a Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics magazine, and this month the engine won the prestigious DeWar Trophy in Great Britain.
In Europe, where the diesel engine is king, the 1.0-liter engine now accounts for about 30 percent of sales in the Focus. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is just now launching in the B-MAX and C-MAX, and will also be offered in the all-new Mondeo.
The 1.0-liter engine is the fourth member of Ford’s global EcoBoost engine family. Since launch in 2009, Ford has sold more than 520,000 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles globally and expects volume to grow to 1.6 million in 2013.
Ford has more than 125 patents on its EcoBoost engine technology, and the number of patents continues to grow.
EcoBoost combines turbocharging with gasoline direct injection and variable valve timing to allow a smaller engine to replace a larger one with no loss of performance and at least a 20 percent gain in fuel economy.
“We’re extremely proud of the amazing success the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has achieved in such a short time,” said Bakaj. “We think it will do extremely well here in the United States. With the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine in the F-150, we learned customers will embrace smaller engines as long as you don’t ask them to sacrifice performance. The 1.0-liter will deliver three things that matter most to our customers – value for the dollar, terrific fuel economy and great performance.”

 

 

  • Ford’s newest EcoBoost® engine is expected to deliver the best fuel economy of any non-hybrid car sold in America
  • Ford’s patented 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will be the most refined and powerful in its class
  • Global sales of EcoBoost engines are at 520,000 units and growing fast

Super-successful debut
Since being launched in the spring in the Ford Focus in Europe, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has established itself as one of the most noteworthy engines of 2012. In April it was voted International Engine of the Year by a jury of 76 journalists from 36 countries. In June it set 16 land speed records at a racetrack in France. In October the 1.0-liter EcoBoost was given a Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics magazine, and this month the engine won the prestigious DeWar Trophy in Great Britain.
In Europe, where the diesel engine is king, the 1.0-liter engine now accounts for about 30 percent of sales in the Focus. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is just now launching in the B-MAX and C-MAX, and will also be offered in the all-new Mondeo.
The 1.0-liter engine is the fourth member of Ford’s global EcoBoost engine family. Since launch in 2009, Ford has sold more than 520,000 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles globally and expects volume to grow to 1.6 million in 2013.
Ford has more than 125 patents on its EcoBoost engine technology, and the number of patents continues to grow.
EcoBoost combines turbocharging with gasoline direct injection and variable valve timing to allow a smaller engine to replace a larger one with no loss of performance and at least a 20 percent gain in fuel economy.
“We’re extremely proud of the amazing success the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has achieved in such a short time,” said Bakaj. “We think it will do extremely well here in the United States. With the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine in the F-150, we learned customers will embrace smaller engines as long as you don’t ask them to sacrifice performance. The 1.0-liter will deliver three things that matter most to our customers – value for the dollar, terrific fuel economy and great performance.”
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Vaughn Gittin Jr. takes 2nd place in the 2012 Formula Drift Championship and reveals hit viral video 2nd SHIFT DRIFT

October 24, 2012 by Chad Houghton

Another Formula Drift season has come to an end, and there is no doubt that this season was a victory for Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his team. From a not-so-ideal start of the season to working their way to the top of the standings coming into the finals, Vaughn and his team have proven that passion and hard work can overcome any obstacle as they claimed a 2nd place finish in the Formula Drift Championship, as well averaging as the top qualifying driver/team for the season. Vaughn also released his biggest video project of the year – 2nd SHIFT DRIFT – that was filmed at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant. Watch this viral VIDEO sensation.

Vaughn started off the season fresh at Round 1 in Long Beach in his 2013 Monster Energy Falken Tire Ford Mustang RTR, which was decked out in it’s updated livery designed by Hoonigan.

Vaughn would make a mistake in the top 32 during his lead run, which could not be made up for even when he threw down a perfectly aggressive chase run. He was however able to make up a few points with his 3rd place qualifying run out of an outstanding 61 drivers. Watch the VIDEO recap from Round One.

Moving on to Round 2, Vaughn was on top of his game all weekend at Formula Drift Road Atlanta. Friday night, Vaughn qualified 2nd out of over 50 competing drivers, and would go on to drive top-notch during Saturday’s sold-out main event, only to be knocked out in the top 8 when driving against current series Champion Daigo Saito. Watch the VIDEO recap from Round Two.

Vaughn slide into Palm Beach International Raceway for Round 3, the second time Formula Drift would compete at this Florida venue. With a new course design, Vaughn and the Monster Energy Falken Tire Ford Mustang RTR qualified in 1st place, and fought hard to take 5th place overall, slowly creeping his way more and more up the Formula Drift points ladder. Watch the VIDEO recap from Round Three.

Next up was Formula Drift Round 4 at Wall Stadium in New Jersey, a track not far from where Vaughn and the rest of Drift Alliance began their drifting careers. He came into the event with hopes of success in order to gain some more crucial points in the chase for the FD Championship. Not only did Vaughn accomplish that goal, but he also drove his Mustang all the way to 1st place after many extremely tough battles against fierce competitors. With the points earned from his 1st place finish and 2nd place qualifying, Vaughn moved up to 4h place overall in the Championship with three rounds still to go! Watch the VIDEO recap from Round Four.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. slid into Round 5 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington with intentions of another podium finish just as he had done at the previous round. Vaughn persevered to obtain not just a podium finish, but the very top spot upon the podium and also gained crucial points by qualifying first, allowing him to surge into the 1st place position overall in the Formula Drift Championship standings! Watch the VIDEO recap from Round Five.

Formula Drift Round 6 was up next in Las Vegas, and Vaughn was hoping for a third consecutive podium finish. By the end of the night after many tough battles, Vaughn not only finished 3rd overall, but also gained even more Championship points, surging him farther ahead in 1st place overall in Formula Drift standings. Watch the VIDEO recap from Round Six.

With a very close Championship race in effect, Vaughn made his way to Irwindale Speedway for Formula Drift Round Seven. Vaughn qualified in the top 10 and made it all the way to the top 16 main event, but after a perfect lead run, he was blinded coming off the bank and unfortunately spun, ending his day earlier than expected. All Vaughn could do from this point was wait to see how his fellow competitors finished the event. With Daigo Saito’s win of the event, it was enough to push Vaughn into 2nd place overall in the Championship, still a very respectable finish in the Formula Drift circuit.

“Overall I am pumped with our performance during the 2012 Formula Drift season,” says Vaughn Gittin Jr. “We worked flawlessly together as a team and our Ford Mustang performed one-hundred percent every round. Given the fact we had a rough start to the season, our second place finish in the Championship is a true testament to us never giving up! While we are content with our second place overall finish in the Championship, we are not satisfied. You can guarantee there is not going to be an ‘off-season’ for us as the work for chasing down the 2013 Formula Drift Championship begins now. Thanks to all my partners, supporters, and family for the unconditional support this year – I could not have done it without you!”

The “off-season” will be a busy one for Vaughn Gittin Jr., as he heads to the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas this weekend to perform demos with fellow Hoonigan Ken Block, then he’s off to London to compete in Gymkhana Grid, then he heads back to Las Vegas for the 2013 SEMA Show, then he will be participating in the Baja 1000 with the Monster Energy family, and then finally he heads back to China to compete in WDS.

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Cancer Claims Paul Brown.

October 20, 2012 by Chad Houghton

Paul Brown, the 2011 GTS champion of the SCCA Pro Racing Pirelli World Challenge Series, died Saturday at his home here of metastatic melanoma (skin cancer).  Paul was 43 years of age.

 

Brown’s team, Paul Brown/Tiger Racing, also won the team championship in the same series last year and secured the manufacturer’s championship for Ford.  That nameplate has always been very important to Brown, whose father is Mustang legend Kenny Brown of Kenny Brown Performance.

Paul Brown was unexpectedly diagnosed with skin cancer in March, just two weeks before the 2012 World Challenge season opener. Justin Bell drove his eBay Motors/Kenny Brown Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302S in most of the races this season. Brown had full knowledge of his prognosis but he was determined to try to drive in the doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario in June despite his illness so he could experience the thrills of competition and the camaraderie of his team and fellow competitors one more time.

Showing his intense love of the sport, he found the strength not only to compete in that event but he finished third in the first half of the doubleheader even though he hadn’t driven in competition in eight months. He was dicing for second place when time ran out and the checkered flag dropped, but it was one more podium finish in his illustrious but far too short career.

He competed in the second half of the doubleheader the following day too. His car suffered a broken header in that race, but he still finished in the top 10.

 

 

 

He drove in just one more race.  He was a last-minute entry in the HAWK with Brian Redman event July 15 at Road America sanctioned by the Milwaukee Region of the SCCA.  He drove a Tiger Racing Ferrari 512M from last place in a 35-car G1-Historic Can-Am field to sixth overall and first in class despite having Stage 4 melanoma

In 2011 he posted five World Challenge GTS victories, 10 top-10 finishes, nine top-five finishes and secured the driver championship with one race remaining on the schedule.  That matched Parnelli Jones’ 1970 record-setting single-season victory record in the SCCA Trans-Am Championship for production-based Mustang Boss 302s.

Brown led more laps during that season than all other GTS drivers combined, and he also set the fastest lap of the race in seven of the 12 races. He did all this in a production car he transformed into a race car in less than a month with a crew of two. A documentary on the construction of this car entitled “B5141872” was produced by Allan Crocket. The film’s name was taken from the Mustang’s VIN number.

Brown also won the NASA American Iron Extreme (AIX) Championship in 2009. He was the first NASA national race winner ever in AIX in 2006.  The year before that he was a winner at the Monterey Historics in a 1961 Chaparral 1. He placed 11th in the 2004 Le Mans Historic 24 Hours in a 1971 Ferrari 512M.  He held track records in SCCA World Challenge, American Sedan, ITE, Super Unlimited, American Iron and American Iron Extreme at many famous racetracks such as the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Road Atlanta, Mosport, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Road America, Buttonwillow, Hallet, Mid-America Motorplex, St. Louis and Heartland Park Topeka.

He was a Tier 3 test driver for Ford, a factory test driver for Morgan Aero Racing USA and a popular driver coach.  He got his love of the sport honestly.

Kenny Brown owned a European import automotive tuning business when Paul, his eldest son, was born. Over the years Kenny raced everything from sedans to formula cars, and by the time Paul was a teenager the import business had grown into a pro racing and light manufacturing business.

Paul Brown entered his first race at the age of 16, starting in autocross and gymkhana events with his street cars through the local SCCA chapter, and then advancing to open-track events with various clubs. His pro driving career started under his father’s personal instruction in a Kenny Brown Mustang in his early twenties.

His first job in professional racing was working for his father on the Saleen Autosport team in 1986. He helped the team sweep all four categories in the Escort Endurance Series Championship in 1987, which exposed him to other top racers like Steve Saleen, Rick Titus, Scott Pruett, Parnelli Jones, George Folmer and Pete Halsmer, to name a few. That series evolved into the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge. Brown competed in this form of motorsports for almost two decades, finishing in the top 10 in over half of the events he ran.

Along the way he also did everything from modifying late-model Mustangs to building complete racing chassis.  In the nineties he ventured out on his own to establish HP Motorsports in Omaha, Neb., a Mustang tuning and parts business. At the same time he campaigned a self-funded privateer World Challenge team and earned a reputation for being able to fix anything and keep racing despite a small budget.

At the turn of the century he moved from the Midwest to California to work at Tiger Racing, a vintage racing team formed in 1990 by the couple that would become his in-laws, Tom and Bea Hollfelder, when he married their daughter, Carol Hollfelder, on Sept. 17, 2005.  Tiger Racing’s cars range from a pre-war Alfa Romeo Monza to a 1970 Ferrari 512F Le Mans race car. In addition to preparing and maintaining vintage race cars and providing trackside support, Tiger Racing also manufactures carbon fiber and fiberglass aerodynamic pieces and body parts for Ford and other racing customers.  Brown’s carbon fiber, aerodynamically designed hoods are now stock pieces on the production Ford Mustang Boss 302S through Ford Racing.

In addition to that work, on the side both Paul and his wife campaigned Mustangs in the World Challenge series.  He also prepared and maintained vintage race cars for VSCDA, SRA and VARA events and provided trackside support and luxury car maintenance and repairs through both the Tiger Racing and Paul Brown Racing names.

Other projects included a 2003 ASM Mustang in a joint venture with Ford Research and Development that featured an Aston Martin paddle-shift transmission; a 2000 Saleen SR for World Challenge; a 2005 Mustang for Ford Mobility; several custom Morgan Aero 8 GTRs; a Ferrari 512M; Alfa T33; Devin SS and an Eagle Indy car, to name a few.

Brown was born July 8, 1969. He is survived by his wife, Carol Hollfelder; his father, Kenny Brown; his stepmother, Cari Southworth; his mother, Sylvia Musil; his stepfather, Gordon Musil; his brother, Adam Brown; his sister-in-law, Jessica Brown; his brother and sister-in-law, Cathy and Jeff Perriman; a grandfather, Jasper Brown; his in-laws and racing mentors, Tom and Bea Hollfelder; and three nieces.

To accommodate the multitude of Paul's family, friends and industry associates, two celebrations will be held.  The first Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 27th at 2:00 pm at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1800 South 84th Street, Lincoln, NE. Followed afterward by a gathering of friends and family location yet to be determined.

The second celebration will be held on the west coast to accommodate industry associates and west coast friends and family. Time and place is to be determined.

Donations in honor of Paul are being directed to:

Citrus Valley Hospice and Hospital Home Care Nursing

820 North Phillips Avenue

West Covina, CA 91791

Arcadia Methodist Hospital - Emergency Care Unit

300 West Huntington Drive

Arcadia CA 91007

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ProMedia LLC Announces Mike Galimi as New Editor of NMRA’s Race Pages Magazine

October 17, 2012 by Chad Houghton

ProMedia LLS is proud to announce Mike Galimi as the next editor of Race Pages, the official magazine of the NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals series and a leading content source for the high-performance Ford community. “I’m excited to become more involved in Race Pages and the NMRA series. My first printed work appeared in Race Pages in early 1999. It opened the door to a bigger role in this industry that eventually led to a fulltime calling,” commented Galimi. He has contributed on and off to the title since its inception and is recognized as being part of the original group of contributors. “Mike has been a long time friend and ambassador to NMRA and Race Pages. Bringing him on as the editor is exciting for us because of his rich history in Ford drag racing and vast experience with the NMRA series,” explains Steve Wolcott, ProMedia’s CEO.

The New York-based writer and photographer brings nearly 15 years of experience to the editor position. He joins the staff with renewed direction and determination to produce cutting edge technical articles, exciting NMRA racing coverage, feature stories, and lifestyle insights from the NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals series and Ford high performance community. “I’ve been contributing to Race Pages more and more over the past three or so years and this will be the first time I’m working for them in a full time capacity. To be named editor of the magazine that I helped get off the ground is exciting and fun,” concludes Galimi.

 

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Strange Engineering Offers Cash Prizes to Coyote Stock Racers at NMRA World Finals

September 27, 2012 by Chad Houghton

The Strange Engineering Coyote Stock heads-up racing category is getting its own form of stimulus money during the NMRA World Finals October 4-7, 2012 at Beech Bend Raceway (Bowling Green, KY). The class sponsor, Strange Engineering, is tossing in an extra $500 to the winner and another $250 to the racer with the best reaction time during eliminations. The Strange Bonus brings the winner’s circle check to a hefty $1,000 in cash on the spot but if the winner also owns the quickest reaction time bonus money, then Strange will add another $250 on top of the reaction time’s $250 bonus—bringing the total winner’s potential payout to $1,500.

Adding more cash on top of that is the NMRA Contingency program—HiPo Joe Charles collects $1,650 in contingency money while the other winner in 2012 is Justin Burcham who claims $1,500 in contingency winnings. That means if either of those two racers win and knock off the quickest reaction time they will walk away with $3,150 (HiPo Joe) or $3,000 (Burcham). Recently the five Coyote Stock competitors have been working hard on track to extract the most from the Ford Racing sealed 5.0L crate engine. Times have dipped into the high 10s consistently in NMRA competition with testing performances being a little quicker. The Kentucky air in early October and excellent track conditions of Beech Bend Raceway always produces record-breaking runs and we expect nothing less from the Coyote Stock contingent.

About Coyote Stock

Coyote Stock is a heads-up category in the NMRA-Keystone Drag Racing Series that requires the use of a sealed crate engine from Ford Racing. A Coyote 5.0L from Ford Racing is specially sealed to NMRA Technical department’s specs to ensure all racers run the same engine. A Ford Racing Control Pack is also required along with a special ECU flash to ensure the engines are equal in every way. The sealed crate engine requirement helps contain escalating R&D costs associated with heads-up engine programs. The racers are allowed to run a manual transmission (H-pattern style like Tremec transmissions) or a Ford C4 automatic transmission. There are basic chassis restrictions that are consistent with many other NMRA and NMCA heads-up categories, making it easy for racers to convert to Coyote Stock drag racing.

For more information on the 14th Annual NMRA All-Ford World Finals, which will take place at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the weekend of October 4-7, 2012, log on to www.nmradigital.com/ky or call (714) 444-2426.

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The Largest NMRA Event of the Year Set to Invade Bowling Green, KY, Oct. 4-7, 2012

September 24, 2012 by Chad Houghton

Santa Ana, CA – ProMedia Events, home of the #1 NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals, is gearing up for the largest all-Ford event of the year in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the weekend of October 4-7, 2012.  The 14th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals will invade Beech Bend Raceway and Mustangs will take over the city of Bowling Green, which has played host to major Ford events since the first World Ford Challenge back in 1998.

The NMRA All-Ford World Finals will feature all the cars and all the stars of blue oval drag racing with racers setting their combinations “on kill” in search of world championships and exclusive Nitto Tire Diamond Tree champions rings.  This extra special event will showcase everything from 6-second turbocharged outlaws to wheel-standing Renegades and everything in between.  The TREMEC True Street class, presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, has averaged well over 100 competitors the past 2 years and is testimonial to the crazy street-legal performance possible with Mustangs and Fords.

This 2012 event will also bring together ten of the most powerful, well-engineered, and gorgeous Mustangs from around the U.S. participating in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords King of the Street competition.  Each competitor will be judged on ¼ mile performance, horsepower, and appearance with the overall champ taking home the King of the Street title.  The NMRA World Finals will also showcase a special Terminator/GT500 Shootout, where the fastest ’03/’04 Cobras and GT500’s will race against each other for yearlong bragging rights.

Watch as Beech Bend Raceway’s fields of green turn into a sea of color as over 400 blue oval car show participants shine up and show off their awesome late-model and early Mustangs and Fords.  The UPR Products All-Ford Car Show will have national magazine editors drooling as they search for magazine features amongst row after row of stock and modified show cars.  The NMRA World Finals also features the largest all-Ford manufacturers midway and swap meet of the year.  Be sure to hit the ATM on the way to Beech Bend Raceway so you can bring home great deals on the parts you need.  Finally…hang on to your seats for the flame-throwing 300+ mph jet car exhibitions and the world famous NMRA burnout contest where past participants have gone as far as blowing tires and destroying engines for the roar of Beech Bend’s crowd!

For more information on the 14th Annual NMRA All-Ford World Finals, which will take place at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the weekend of October 4-7, 2012, log on to www.nmradigital.com/ky or call (714) 444-2426.

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New High-Flow 85mm CEA® Turbine Wheel!

September 20, 2012 by Chad Houghton

New High-Flow 85mm CEA® Turbine Wheel

Precision Turbo and Engine has announced the addition of a new 85mm size to its extremely successful line of high-flow CEA® (Competition Engineered Aerodynamics) turbine wheels.  Specifically engineered to produce massive power gains, usage of Precision's new 85mm CEA® wheel can result an average increase of 45-60 horsepower when compared to the older, standard design 85mm wheel. Furthermore, spool-up time is improved when using PTE's CEA® turbine wheels to further reduce turbo lag.

Precision's current 85mm turbine wheels will be phased out and replaced by the new 85mm CEA® version. Utilizing an enhanced design, the new high-flow CEA® turbine wheels will come standard on all of Precision's 85mm turbochargers that also feature the exclusive CEA® compressor wheels, both ball-bearing and journal bearing versions, including the 7685 and 8285 units.Additionally, all current turbine housing offerings will be available with the new CEA® turbine wheels.

Similar in concept to PTE's CEA® compressor wheels which are machined from a 2618-aluminum forging for added strength, higher efficiency, faster transient response and maximum performance, Precision's CEA® turbine wheels offer unparalleled performance and the best "bang for your buck".  The cutting-edge technology found in Precision Turbo and Engine's CEA® turbine wheels and CEA® compressor wheels is unlike anything else on the market today. PTE is committed to keeping racers well ahead of the competition by constantly innovating and engineering the most powerful turbos possible.

For more info:

www.precisionturbo.net

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins NASCAR Nationwide Series Race in his Mustang!

September 03, 2012 by Chad Houghton

VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW:
RICKY STENHOUSE JR. – No. 6 Cargill Beef Ford Mustang:
TALK ABOUT THE FINAL RESTART. “The 22 is gonna be a great Ford teammate next year. He pushed us down that front straightaway. He had the new tires on and definitely helped us get to the win. These guys did an awesome job on pit road all weekend long. We had a great Cargill Beef Mustang and the engine was strong under the hood. Doug Yates has been working really hard on that. I just had to get down on him as tight as I could. I’m glad we could make the end of the race interesting because he killed us for the first 194 laps. He killed us, but it was cool to get him on that restart. Kevin is a great driver and it was fun to go up against him.”
WHAT MADE YOU THINK YOU COULD GET THE 33? “There for a second I was really just counting on trying to get to second and staying there, but we got a good restart and hung out on the outside of him and I was able to slow him up a little bit. On the white flag lap I think he got loose coming off of two and we really got a huge run and he gave me the top going into turn three and we were able to make it work.”

HOW DOES THIS SET YOU UP FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE? “It’s not gonna be easy. That 2 car is obviously strong and runs up front with us every week. It’s gonna be a good battle. It was good to get this win.”

WINNER’S PRESS CONFERENCE
RICKY STENHOUSE JR. – No. 6 Cargill Beef Ford Mustang – “It started with making good adjustments. We were a little off there to run with the 33 and Mike kept tightening it up and tightening it up and ended up getting to where we were closer to the 33. We still probably weren’t exactly where we needed to be, but we were close enough to go get him on that restart. I got a great restart and the Roush Yates engine ran hard all night. We got a push from the 22 that definitely helped a lot, but just a great effort by the Cargill Beef team. They worked really hard all weekend and prepared really hard for this race in the shop. The body guys and everybody has done a great job with it and it was a great team effort tonight.”
DID YOU THINK YOU HAD ANYTHING FOR THE 33? WERE YOU SAVING ANYTHING? “I don’t think you could save anything to surprise them. They were fast, but I knew if I got a good restart that I could hang on his outside and slow him up enough to give ourselves a shot at it. It was probably our best restart all night and just nailed it. I was able to hang on the outside of him, slowed him down, and he gave us the top. He wanted the bottom and the 22 gave us a good push down the front straightaway and Kevin gave us the top again and didn’t slow our momentum up and that definitely paid off for us. I really thought we were gonna run that restart and I was gonna try to get to second and hang on, but when we got the good restart I went for it.”
MIKE KELLEY, Crew Chief – No. 6 Cargill Beef Ford Mustang – DID YOU HAVE ANY TIRE WEAR CONCERNS AT THE END? “All night long the tire wear was going away, but we never had an issue. We didn’t have a blister. We didn’t have a mark and that made me feel a little better about it. He was smart during the runs where Kevin had such a huge lead. Ricky would come on the radio and tell us that he knew he couldn’t run Kevin down, so he would try to save his tires just to hold off the guys in the back. I knew we didn’t put tires on until there was 20 or something to go and the short run there at the end, I knew tires wouldn’t be an issue. It was just really nice to be able to rely on your driver. We didn’t have the best car. I’m not gonna sit up here and tell you we did. I think we made gains on our car during the night, but when it came down to the end that was Ricky Stenhouse willing himself to a win and he carried our team to Victory Lane tonight.”
JACK ROUSH, Car Owner – No. 6 Cargill Beef Ford Mustang – “I’d like to follow on that. I’ve been doing this for 25 years here and many times at the end of the race you’re frustrated, the driver is frustrated, the team is frustrated because you just don’t get the best adjustment. And all night tonight for the three stops that we had, Mike Kelley dictated great changes, as good a changes I’ve seen in 25 years.”
RICKY STENHOUSE JR. CONTINUED – DO YOU FEEL YOU STOLE ONE TONIGHT? AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO GET THE WIN AND BONUS POINTS TOWARD THE CHAMPIONSHIP? “Heck yeah, we stole it. We’ve had a few stolen from us, so you go out and get as many as you can, any way that you can. It was good, hard, clean racing and I’m glad that we could put on a show for the fans because it really wasn’t a show up until that point. It was a great night and fun racing with Kevin there. Getting those bonus points is always nice. I think we got all but one – leading the most laps – so we came in here to get the most points that we could. We were shooting for 48, but I think we’ll settle for 47.”
DO YOU THROW WATER BOTTLES OUT OF YOUR CAR DURING THE RACE? “I do not because the team pays for our water bottles, so I don’t want to throw them out and waste them, so I keep them and give them to my guys on a pit stop. But I’ve run over water bottles before and it’s just part of it. I think plenty of people throw them out. It worked out for us tonight. I was pretty frustrated when the caution came out because looking behind us we had a good lead on the guys that we were racing for in points and I knew it was gonna shake things up when we had a late-race restart like that, but it paid off for us.”
YOUR FINAL WIN OF THE YEAR CAME AT IOWA LAST YEAR. WHAT KIND OF MOMENTUM DOES THIS GIVE YOU GOING INTO THE FINAL STRETCH? “I think we’ve got good momentum. I think all of the race tracks that we have left are ones that we run really strong on, but the problem is the 2 runs really strong on them as well, so I don’t think either one of us really has an advantage as far as the race track s go. They’ve got great equipment. We’ve got great equipment and it’s just gonna be who doesn’t make as many mistakes. We’ve got to make sure we do our job on pit road. I’ve got to do my job on the track and we just have to keep everything together and double-check everything that we do because it’s gonna be a tough battle.”

· Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won his fourth NASCAR Nationwide race of the season and first at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
· The win was Ford’s fifth NNS win of 2012.
· Stenhouse Jr. now has six career NNS victories and all have come in Mustang (3 at Iowa and 1 each at Las Vegas, Texas and Atlanta).
· Mustang has now won 18 all-time NNS wins since joining NASCAR full-time at the start of 2011.
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Kenny Brown Heavy-Duty Rear Shock Tower Brace for 1994-2004 Mustang and Cobra

August 21, 2012 by Chad Houghton

Kenny Brown has added his Heavy-Duty Rear Shock Tower Brace designed to fit all 1994-2004 Mustangs and Cobras back into his SN95 chassis offering.  The updated rear brace features the same design and benefits of the previous version with some changes.

“Our updated Heavy-Duty Rear Shock Tower Brace is one of our most-loved products, according to Kenny Brown.  This is just one of several components we have brought back recently for the fox-body and SN95 Mustangs.  Anyone that converts to coil-over rear shocks almost has to have some additional bracing, but it makes a huge difference in the overall feel and dynamics of the car".

The Heavy-Duty Rear Shock Tower Brace is designed to reinforce the shock mounting points and the mid-section of the car over the rear axle. The unique three-point design ties both shock towers together, and mounts to the mid pan just in front of the spare tire.  By triangulating everything together you create a much more rigid structure that improves ride-quality and handling, while also adding the reinforcement needed for coil-over or racing shocks.

 

The Tubular three-point design also allows for minimal weight addition with maximum strengthening.  Mounting on top of the shocks towers uses the OEM hardware for traditional type shocks, and is also designed to work with the Kenny Brown Rear Upper Shock Mount Kit for coil-over shocks shocks.  The assembly is manufactured from high-grade steel, finished in a durable powder coating, and includes all required hardware.

The Heavy-Duty Rear Shock Tower Brace for 1994-2004 Mustang and Cobra along with other world-class chassis and suspension components for the SN95 platform are available through authorized Kenny Brown Performance Parts Dealers, online at www.kennybrown.com or by calling Kenny Brown Performance direct – (855) 847-4477.
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One-of-a-Kind 850-Horsepower 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Cobra Created as a Tribute to Carroll Shelby

August 20, 2012 by Chad Houghton

 Friends of Carroll Shelby, including Ford Motor Company, Shelby American, Ford Racing and many others have built a unique 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra as a tribute to the late Carroll Shelby.
 
Ford is also announcing a renamed road at its Product Development Center in Dearborn, Mich., as a tribute to Shelby as well. Cobra has been the consistent performance label as Shelby worked with Ford for most of the last 60 years, and Shelby was instrumental in the creation of Ford performance vehicles including Cobras, the GT40 and Mustangs since the mid-1960s.
 
2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra
The unique tribute car was unveiled by Ford Motor Company board member Edsel Ford II, Ford’s group vice president for sales and marketing Jim Farley, and Shelby American president John Luft at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion where Cobra is the marque of show for 2012.
 
“Even at 89 years of age, Carroll was an inspiration to us all,” says Farley. “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original Shelby Cobra. The one-off car we have created represents the very idea he had about making the 2013 Shelby GT500 into a true Cobra.”
 
Using the 662-horsepower 2013 Shelby GT500 as a foundation, “Friends of Carroll” created the one-of-a-kind 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra wide-body Mustang that now generates more than 850 horsepower with the help of a Ford Racing 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger.
 
Putting that much power to the ground requires plenty of traction, so the 13-inch-wide rear wheels are wrapped in massive 345-section high-performance tires for extra grip.
 
Ford Motor Company teamed up with Shelby American for several key components on the Carroll Shelby tribute car. Shelby American provided a specially designed hood, new rear wide-body kit, Shelby Wilwood brakes and new 20x13-inch rear and 20x10-inch front wheels. The bodywork is finished in the same Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon White stripes that graced so many of the Cobra roadsters built in the 1960s.
 
“Carroll Shelby changed the performance world forever,” says Luft. “And while he was proud of Shelby American’s achievements, Carroll was far more interested in the next car we would build. You will find the spirit and influence of Carroll Shelby in every future vehicle we build just as you’ll find it in the rear wide-body kit and hood integrated into the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra.”
 
“You might also know that Carroll was a philanthropist, noted for supporting causes that moved him,” adds Farley. “In that spirit, this car will be taken on tour around the country, and hopefully will be used in a special way at the end of its tour –  a way Carroll would appreciate.”
 
Before the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra hits the road, it will be shown at the Ford display in the expo area at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this weekend.

Carroll Shelby Way
For more than half a century, Carroll Shelby inspired designers and engineers throughout the extended Ford family. As a teenager, Edsel Ford II worked for Shelby doing a variety of jobs including cleaning transmission parts.
 
Countless engineers crossed paths with Shelby over the years, from those who crafted the original GT40 to those working on the 2013 Shelby GT500. Up until his death, Carroll Shelby remained committed to developing great performance cars. Even at the age of 88, he spent more than five hours driving the most powerful production Mustang ever during engineering validation sessions at Sebring and the Arizona Proving Grounds in late 2011.
 
During and after test sessions, Carroll spent hours discussing with engineers what he liked and what needed improvement. No one who worked with Carroll will ever forget it, and his lessons in vehicle dynamics will be passed along to coming generations.
 
Ford product development engineers now will get a daily reminder of Carroll’s way as they traverse the newly renamed Carroll Shelby Way through the heart of the Product Development Center in Dearborn, Mich., to the entrance of the proving ground.
 
“Sadly, Carroll Shelby is no longer with us, but his spirit lives on with the designers and engineers he interacted with over the years and he will continue to influence Ford performance cars for many years to come,” says Farley.