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The Beast Returns - 2016 Ford GT
FORD REDEFINES INNOVATION IN AERODYNAMICS, ECOBOOST AND LIGHT-WEIGHTING WITH ALL-NEW FORD GT CARBON FIBER SUPERCAR
All-new Ford GT supercar sets new standards for Ford innovation through performance with advances in light-weighting, aerodynamics and ultra-efficient EcoBoost® engine Ford GT features the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower Ultra-high-performance supercar is Ford’s most extreme offering, infused with race-proven technology engineered to keep company with exotics when it goes into production in 2016
The 2017 Ford Raptor
ALL-NEW F-150 RAPTOR IS FORD’S TOUGHEST, SMARTEST, MOST CAPABLE TRUCK FOR ULTIMATE OFF-ROAD PERFORMANCE
Toughest: All-new, purpose-built high-strength steel frame unique to Ford F-150 Raptor, and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body help save more than 500 pounds of weight for improved performance and capability Smartest: Powered by all-new, high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine with more horsepower and torque than current Raptor’s 411-horsepower, 434-lb.-ft. 6.2-liter V8; all-new 10-speed transmission; advanced LED lighting, camera technology for improved visibility day or night Most capable: Redesigned, larger FOX Racing Shox with more suspension travel and all-new terrain management technology help F-150 Raptor tackle America’s toughest trails – from dry washes in the Mojave Desert to Moab’s rocky terrain to Michigan mud, sand and snow
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Takes on the Best of Europe
Cadillac brings back the CTS-V on is newly designed platform. Not only does the new CTS-V have the sporty looks to take on the likes of BMW M series and Mercedes AMG model, it has the muscle to back it up. Powered by a detuned version of the supercharged 6.2L used in the new Z06, the Cadillac CTS-V has more power and torque than the Mercedes-Benz 5.5L biturbo V-8 and the BMW M-series 4.4L TwinPower (twin-turbo) V-8. A luxury four door sedan for cruising in style and capable of 0-60 performance in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph. This is not Grandpa's Cadillac of the old days, its an all out battle against the top luxury sport sedans available today.
The Legend Returns - Shelby GT350 Mustang
by Robert Nimocks - 11/18/2014
Ford is returning with one of their most prolific cars ever, the Shelby GT350. Ford wanted to return to the roots of the performance Mustangs with a track ready version of their new independent rear suspension thoroughbred. The late 60’s model Shelby Mustangs were offered in a GT350 and GT500 version with the later receiving a big block power plant. Shelby always stated the big block cars were heavy street cars where as the small block cars could be tuned to run the local tracks. Ford returned to the roots of the early 1965 and 1966 Shelby Mustangs with naturally aspirated small block V8 power and lighter weight. The new 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 is an all new flat plane V-8, naturally aspirated producing at least 500HP and 400ft-lbs torque.
The flat plane crankshaft engine is typically found on racecars and exotic sports cars offering lighter weight and high revving power and offering a distinctive sound. While the full specs have not been released, there are rumors of 8000 – 8200 rpm redline, that puts the Shelby in Ferrari’s range. Unlike a traditional V8, where the connecting rods are attached to the crankshaft at 90-degree intervals, this design evenly spaces all crank pins at 180-degree intervals.
Crossplane V8 (for a simple example is basically)
two pistons at top (opposite sides for balance)
two pistons halfway moving up (opposite sides for balance)
two pistons halfway moving down (opposite sides for balance)
two pistons at bottom (opposite sides for balance)
Four pistons at top (opposite sides for balance)
Four pistons at bottom (opposite sides for balance)
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