2016 Ford Mustang GT350 render shows what to expect

 2016 Ford Mustang GT350 render shows what to expect

2016 Ford Mustang GT350 render / Gurnade

Based on spy shots

Automotive design company Gurnade sent us a speculative render of the 2016 Ford Mustang GT350 / SVT.

Based on our spy shots and their own research, Gurnade envisioned the more powerful GT350 / SVT which will likely come with an uprated 5.0-liter V8 naturally aspirated engine taken from the Mustang GT so expect to go well beyond 435 bhp (324 kW) and 541 Nm (400 lb-ft).

The GT350 will be distinguished by a wider and more aggressive body featuring front, side and rear splitters, a ventilated hood with reverse cowl, vented front fenders and reworked bumpers with enlarged vents to allow better cooling. The render seen here depicts the GT350 in a ruby red finish with the usual GT350 stripe kit and badges as well as specific alloy wheels matched with body-colored brake calipers.

Ford will probably decide to show us the more powerful Mustang sometime next year when it’s expected to go on sale as a 2016MY with a starting price significantly higher than Mustang GT’s.

2015 Ford Fusion Earns Five-Star Safety Rating From Federal Government

2014 Ford Fusion Picture

Just the Facts:

  • The 2015 Ford Fusion midsize sedan earned the top five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • The 2015 Fusion received five stars in the front crash test and four stars in the side crash test and rollover crash test.
  • Standard safety features on the 2015 Fusion include electronic stability control, eight airbags and a rearview camera.

WASHINGTON  The 2015 Ford Fusion midsize sedan earned the top five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2015 Fusion received five stars in the front crash test and four stars in the side crash test and rollover crash test.

Ford’s 2015 Fusion Hybrid has not been rated.

The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid earned a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The Fusioni Energi received five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover crash test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet rated the 2015 Fusion.

Standard safety features on the 2015 Fusion include electronic stability control, eight airbags and a rearview camera.

Key competitors to the Ford Fusion include the Honda AccordKia OptimaMazda 6Nissan Altimaand Toyota Camry.

A 330-HP Ford Focus RS? You bet. And it’s headed Stateside in 2016

Ford Focus RS

The front-wheel drive, Ecoboost-powered Focus has been one of the hottest hatches in Europe for years, and finally it looks to be coming stateside in 2016.

This is great news because there were serious doubts this car would ever land on American shores, or even be built at all.

One concern was the American manufacturer’s ‘One Ford’ policy, which unites the brand by requiring every Ford model to be sold globally. A 330-hp hatchback simply isn’t marketable everywhere, so the European special was thought be on the chopping block.

On top of that, because of its emphasis on performance, there were suspicions that a high-horsepower Focus could cut into Mustang sales. According to an Autocar report, however, Ford has concluded otherwise.

Ford Europe’s Vice President, Barb Samardzich, believes that buyers of the Focus ST, Focus RS, and Mustang models are all different types of buyers. We do, too.

Focus ST owners are looking for a practical, yet fun hatchback that can get their pulse pounding when they want it too, but RS buyers are more extreme, with a 78-hp advantage and a less luxurious ride. Mustang owners are a different breed entirely, whether they buy the surprisingly responsive 300-hp V6 or the tire-shredding 435-hp V8.

Furthermore, the Focus RS has been spotted testing near Ford’s engineering headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

Unlike the previous Focus RS, which housed a 2.5-liter turbo five-cylinder under its hood, the new hatchback will have the same 2.3-liter Ecoboost four as the new Mustang. Because it won’t require a custom engine, the hottest Focus can be built alongside standard models, cutting costs and facilitating entry into new markets like North America.

Ford’s crafty RevoKnuckle suspension will cut torque steer and reduce weight, while an electronic differential will ensure that all 330 ponies transfer to the road, wherever it may lie.

 

The 2015 Ford Mustang: Everything You Need To Know

To say that information about the 2015 Ford Mustang has trickled out slowly would be the understatement of the decade. Here’s most of the information you’ve been dying to know in one compact, easily digestible nugget. Think of it as a Fig Newton that can rip massive burnouts.

The car was unveiled in December, and then as the months passed, Ford doled out the car’s actual specs as if they were some junta performing water torture on a political dissident.

Okay, it wasn’t that bad. But it’s taken a long-ass time for Ford to reveal much of the information that comes out when a car debuts at an auto show or on the Internet, like how much it will cost, how much it will weigh or — and this part is kind of important when we talk about Mustangs — how much power it will have.

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In part this is because Ford wanted to unveil the Mustang in a way that would coincide with its 50th anniversary, but also have to do a staggered global release with the car debuting in Europe and Asia next year. They had to keep the hype machine fresh.

As of this week, we finally know many of the most important things about the car. Our knowledge of the 2015 Mustang is nearly complete. We’re still missing a few details, like zero to 60 mph and quarter mile times or fuel economy ratings, but hey, we’re getting there.

So here’s a roundup of everything we know about the new Mustang, all in one place. Who’s got their deposits in already?

Power

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Three engines now. We knew that all along, but this week we finally found out how much power each of them would have.

The 5.0-liter Coyote V8 now has 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. It remains the top dog with a powerplant carrying over from the old Mustang, plus a few tweaks derived from the Boss 302. No one should complain about that, because the modern 5.0 is a fantastic motor.

Below it sits the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which has supplanted the V6 as the base performance-oriented engine. This one has 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. Ford says it has a broad, flat torque curve and nearly 135 horsepower per liter that makes it a “performance car whose drivers are more inclined to use it.” If only they could do something about that goofy name.

Finally, at the bottom of the ladder for fleet sales, airport rentals and people who are more concerned with looking good in a Mustang than going fast (Just kidding, it’s plenty fast) there’s the V6. It’s been slightly downrated to 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet. Still, this is a solid motor, and that’s more than enough power for a base-engine pony car.

Performance

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Like I mentioned earlier, the zero to 60 mph and other essential times aren’t out yet. The outgoing GT 5.0 did it in about 4.5 seconds, and the V6 did it in about 5.3 seconds, so we can expect these cars to be similar if not better. Ford doesn’t release official times, so this one’s gonna be up to you, us, and the buff books.

And of course, the Mustang has an independent rear suspension for the first time since the Cobra of the late 1990s and early 2000s, except now it’s across the entire line. The old car was no slouch in the handling department and now it’s about to get better.

You’re probably going to want to opt for the Performance Pack, which is an option on the V8 and EcoBoost cars. (Sorry, not the V6.) They include retuned springs, better cooling, a thicker rear sway bar, a strut tower brace, a better final drive ratio, and Brembo brakes on the GT, among other tweaks.

Ford claims that during testing, the 2015 Mustang GT was consistently faster than the old Boss 302.

Weight

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Ah, weight. What a clusterfuck this was when it came to the new Mustang. There was quite a bit of confusion over how much the car would actually weigh, especially after noted tuner Steeda claimed the car would gain as much as 300 pounds. That was before they admitted they didn’t actually weigh it, of course. We later revealed that it will gain a few pounds, but only a few.

Frankly, with all of the safety improvements and a totally revised and more complex suspension, a gain of less than 100 pounds across the board really isn’t bad at all.

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Just over 3,500 pounds for the EcoBoost? We can live with that. Even in its heaviest configuration, it’s still lighter than the Camaro and Challenger.

Price

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The Mustang is supposed to be affordable for normal folks who wanna go real fast and look like sexy, interesting Americans. And fortunately, this new one won’t break the bank.

Ford already has all this good stuff on their official site where you can build and price the new Mustang.

What’s Next

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Production of the new Mustang actually began this week, and our pals at Mustang6G hear that it will be on sale in September for the coupe and October for the convertible.

Clearly, a new Mustang is likely to be a strong seller, but I think the really interesting thing here will be which engine sells the best. Will buyers opt for the base V6, or will they ignore it in favor of the more performance-minded EcoBoost? Or will the turbo fail to find an audience?

Part of me thinks you should just splurge for the V8. Who knows, maybe there are people willing to give a turbo four-banger Mustang another try.

It sounds promising so far. Now bring on the Shelby GT350R, please.

 

2015 Ford Mustang to pay tribute to F-35 Lightning

JULY 17, 2014

Ford Mustang to pay tribute to F-35

This year’s car is a 2015 Mustang built to resemble the F-35 Lightning.PHOTO BY FORD

FORD WILL AUCTION OFF UNIQUE CAR AT EAA AIRVENTURE FESTIVAL IN WISCONSIN

The Ford Mustang shares its name with a legendary World War II era-fighter, and for the seventh year in a row the Ford Motor Company is turning one of its cars into a tribute to a special war bird. This year the all-new 2015 Mustang has served as a canvas for the project on which Ford has collaborated with performance and tuning companies, and which will be shown at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture festival. The EAA AirVenture is an annual aircraft enthusiast event in Oshkosh., Wisc., that draws 500,000 visitors annyally, and each year a car donated by Ford and modified to resemble a particular plane has been auctioned off for charity.

According to Mustangs Daily, this year’s Mustang has been designed to pay tribute to a new fighter, one which is just entering service in the U.S. Air Force and the air forces of several other countries. The fighter jet in question is the all-new F-35 Lightning, a multi-role ground attack fighter with short/vertical take-off and landing (VSTOL) capability. The F-35 Lightning is designed and built for several branches of our armed forces by Lockheed Martin. The F-35 features next-generation thrust vectoring technology as part of its VSTOL capability, as well as a stealthy exterior designed to evade radar.

Ford’s 2015 Mustang pays tribute to the newest addition to the Air Force’s fleet with matte titanium paint work on the outside, contrasting with glossy paint on several exterior surfaces, meant to mimic the appearance of the F-35′s fuselage. The Mustang has also received a carbon-fiber front splitter and a slightly altered front bumper, while the trunklid features a modest spoiler. The rear fenders, trunklid, and spoiler on this Mustang feature paintwork imitating that of the tail of the F-35 Lightning, complete with F-35 lettering at the end of the rear fenders painted in yellow, while the custom wheels have been given a matte black finish.

In previous years, Ford’s custom-built Mustangs have paid tribute to aircraft such as the F-22 Raptor and the SR-71 Blackbird, with Carroll Shelby joining forces with Jack Roush to work on the latter. In 2013 Ford debuted an U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 Fighting Falcon-themed Mustang GT. Built by Ford in collaboration with Creations n’ Chrome, Recaro, TS Designs, and Forgiato, the Mustang GT ended up hammering for $398,000, with all proceeds going to the EAA’s Young Eagles Program. Since 1992, Young Eagles has introduced more than a million youngsters to the thrill of flying though introductory rides in a variety of planes, large and small.

 

2015 Ford Mustang GT gets 435-hp V8; full specs released

JULY 17, 2014

2015 Ford Mustang horsepower specifications released

Kick the tires, light the fires, etc. etc., with the 2015 Ford Mustang GT’s 435 hp.PHOTO BY FORD

BASE 3.7-LITER GOOD FOR 300 HP, AND THE 2.3-LITER ECOBOOST KICKS OUT 310 HP

We’ve known the new 2015 Ford Mustang was going to be more powerful than the car it replaces since it was revealed late last year, but the Blue Oval has been cagey with the details. Today, the automaker has revealed output information, and it looks good so far.

The 5.0-liter V8 is probably what fans are most excited to hear about — it’s good for 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. That’s a tidy 15 hp and 10 lb-ft increase over the outgoing model, and it’s within spitting distance of the 444-hp Boss 302. Not bad.

The two other motors aren’t too shabby, either. The 3.7-liter V6 gets 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, and the turbocharged2.3-liter inline-four EcoBoost puts down a very respectable 310 hp and 320 lb-ft. For some perspective, the V8-powered 2005 Ford Mustang GT put down just 300 hp, so we’ve clearly come a long way — and there’s no telling just what other, even hotter versions of this new Mustang are in the works.

Getrag six-speed manual transmissions are standard, but you’ll be able to opt for a six-speed automatic (if it’s a medical necessity—ED.). It gets paddle shifters, if that interests you at all.

As we previously discussed, the rumors of massive Mustang weight gain were somewhat exaggerated: The 2015 pony car does get heavier across the board, with manual GTs picking up an additional 87 pounds for a curb weight of 3,705 pounds. But some models — like the automatic transmission-equipped V6 convertible — pack on a negligible amount. That particular drop-top, for example, gains just two pounds.

At least some of that weight gain is attributable to the new independent rear suspension.

We’ve got a hunch that we won’t notice the extra pounds, but we’ll reserve judgment until we’ve secured some seat time. When it goes on sale later this year, it’ll carry a base price of $24,425; we’re awaiting full official pricing information.

2015 Ford Mustang Convertible overhead photo

Naturally, ragtop versions of the 2015 Ford Mustang will also be available.

Stephen Odell Calls for Action to Safeguard Jobs, Promote Economic Growth, and Increase Competitiveness in Europe

COLOGNE, Germany – Stephen Odell, executive vice president and president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company, is sending an open letter to political decision-makers and other key stakeholders across the European Union calling for concerted action to safeguard jobs, promote economic growth, and increase competitiveness.

Mr. Odell considers the establishment of the new European Commission in the coming weeks as an opportunity to commit to a stronger and more competitive auto industry and industrial base in Europe in the face of growing global competition.

His letter reads as follows:

It has been encouraging to see EU leaders respond to the recent elections with a clear commitment to growth, jobs and competitiveness. Turning this objective into reality is the real challenge we all now face.

The European Single Market has been fundamental to the strength of the European economy over many decades, helping to generate wealth and jobs to levels that would have been inconceivable without it. The Single Market has provided for the free movement of goods, services and people; a common regulatory framework to help sustain our businesses; and the scale required to negotiate global trading opportunities. These are all benefits that we at Ford fully support, and believe should be protected and advanced. 

It also is true that a strong and globally-competitive European auto industry is a critical driver of the Single Market, creating wealth, driving innovation and sustaining jobs. The European auto industry employs nearly 13 million people, and is the EU’s largest investor in R&D.

But the on-going economic context is challenging. Economic recovery is weak and gradual, unemployment remains stubbornly high, and Europe faces a growing and acute economic challenge from other global regions.

In this context, I believe we will only deliver the full potential benefits of the Single Market if we set a genuinely new course for Europe.

First – and most crucially – jobs, competitiveness, and growth must be the driving force behind EU policy. Whenever a new piece of legislation or trade deal is considered, the test must be to consider it in the context of how it can benefit the European economy and whether it will support increased employment, improved growth, and enhanced competitiveness. That mind-set must be driven from the top by the new leadership in the EU Commission and Parliament, and fully supported by all Member States.

Second, there needs to be a new approach to EU law-making – one that truly embraces the principles of smart regulation. The auto industry is in the vanguard of technology and innovation in Europe and we are proud of the world-leading environmental and safety standards we set – and of the high-value jobs we create in these cutting-edge areas of R&D. But if there are to be new standards, let’s ensure that their impact on competitiveness is properly and independently assessed. As EU President Barroso stated himself, sometimes it is better for the EU to do less. 

Third, we need to embrace opportunities for growth by actively pursuing fair and balanced trade agreements. Support for free trade is part of Ford’s DNA. More than 50 percent of Ford production globally is traded, and our business is dependent upon the ability to import and export vehicles and components freely.

A comprehensive trade deal between the EU and US, for example, would bring huge potential benefits for growth, jobs and consumers and we need to maintain strong momentum towards an agreement.

Trade deals must not only be free but also fair. The proposed agreement between the EU and Japan is an example of an unbalanced deal, offering unrestricted access to the EU market without ensuring Japanese market liberalization. This exposes the automotive industry to unfair competition subsidized by a deliberately weakened Japanese currency and risks the loss of many thousands of European jobs. This follows the EU-Korea free-trade agreement, concluded three years ago. This agreement has fully opened the European market to our Korean competitors but not opened the Korean market to European volume producers – they are still kept at bay by ever new non-tariff barriers.

Europe exists in an increasingly competitive global environment. Some European businesses, including Ford, have made tough decisions in recent years to enhance the competitive position of our European operations. But we need more concerted, pan-European leadership and action with all stakeholders working together to ensure that the vision of a more competitive Europe is translated into reality, and that the European Single Market – which we have strongly supported over the years – fulfils its true potential.

Ford remains fully committed to its operations and investments in Europe – as we have done for well over 100 years. But we also believe that just as when the Single Market was first created, today is a critical time for all stakeholders in the European economy to show their courage and determination.

We therefore call on political decision-makers across the EU and in the new Commission, and business and union leaders, to commit to a stronger and more competitive auto industry and industrial base in Europe that will generate jobs and create wealth both for today and for the generations to come.

Stephen Odell
Executive vice president and president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company

Going Further with Railcar Innovation Helps Ford Deliver Transit Vans

DEARBORN, Mi., – Six years ago when the Transit vehicle program was still in its infancy, the North American Vehicle Logistics team was already hard at work contemplating how they were going to ship the vehicle from the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri, to dealerships throughout North America.

The team knew that the geometry of the new Transit – specifically the medium- and high-roof models which are roughly 100 and 110 inches in height respectively – would present unique challenges.  Both are significantly taller in size than any other vehicle in the Ford lineup.  (To provide some perspective, the high-roof Transit stands 33 inches taller than the 2015 F-150 SuperCrew.)

“We entered into a significant amount of brainstorming in an effort to try and figure out what the best solution would be in terms of the cost to Ford and the speed to deliver the vehicles to our dealerships,” said Chris Lemmink, manager, Vehicle Logistics.

According to Lemmink, Ford typically uses railroads to move vehicles over long distances, while over-the-road flexible car carrier trucks are most often used for local and regional hauling.

“We quickly learned that that the maximum number of high-roof Transit vans that can fit onto a traditional car haul rig is one.  So whereas we might be able to fit nine Ford Escapes on that rig, we’d only be able to fit one of the high-roof Transits along with one of the medium-roof Transits,” he said.  “From an economic standpoint, that was an expensive proposition.”

Transporting the vehicles by rail also posed a problem since the medium- and high-roof Transits were too tall to fit in the common two-story railcars used by Ford, which traditionally only provide clearance height of 87 inches on the lower level and 94 inches on the top story.

“We worked with our railroad partners to design a major modification that included raising the floor of the second level to 116 inches in order to provide the clearance necessary to accommodate the various roof-height variations of the Transit,” said Lemmink.  “That still left enough space on the upper level to transport smaller vehicles such as the Ford Focus, Fiesta, Mustang and Fusion.”

Roughly 370 railcars were converted to accommodate the Transit vehicles.

“We have the opportunity to increase that based on the sales volume,” he said.  “It’s scalable.”
At the end of the day, Lemmink and his team developed a vehicle transportation plan for the Transit that includes both railcars and over-the-road car carriers.

“Basically, all of the territory within a 500-mile radius of the Kansas City Assembly Plant is going to be delivered by truck and everything outside of that circle will be delivered by rail – at least its first leg,” he said.  “We are working with our car haul carriers to ensure that they are maximizing the load density on the car haul rigs.  While I may only be getting one of the Transit vehicles onto the truck, I might be getting four F-150s along with it.”

When Ford President and CEO Mark Fields heard about the innovative way that Lemmink and his team approached the Transit shipping challenge, he sent a note of appreciation.

“I was happy and encouraged that Mark Fields took the time to write,” said Lemmink, who has been with Ford for 20 years.  “It made me feel very good, and quite proud of the talented team that contributed to this project.”

Michael Ellan left import cars behind in his Armageddon turbo’d 2014 Mustang GT

By Steve Turner

Photos courtesy of Michael Ellan and Motiva Performance

It’s not often that you think of Armageddon as a positive thing. You might associate it with everything coming to an end. In the case of Michael Ellan, it was the combination of the Coyote engine and an Armageddon turbo kit that brought him back to Mustangs from the import dark side.

 

Michael tweaked his bad, black GT with a few minor mods. Roush front and side splitters enhance the car’s side lines, while a GT500 rear valances rounds out the look out back.
Michael tweaked his bad, black GT with a few minor mods. Roush front and side splitters enhance the car’s side lines, while a GT500 rear valances rounds out the look out back.

That’s definitely an Armageddon with a happy ending, but it is kind of sad to hear that Michael moved from Foxes to imports. Like the second act to any three-act play, there have to be struggles before we arrive at the happiness.

“My 2014 GT’s (aka Rumblebelly) journey began years ago when the Coyote platform hit. By then I had already owned two Mustangs, an ’89 LX and a ’91 GT,” Michael confessed. “However, I was swayed to the dark side of turbocharged imports for a while and then dabbled with a few European cars. During that timeframe my fastest car was a mid-10-second Evo VIII. I liked the 4G63 platform but truly missed the low-end grunt of my Mustangs.”

Ah, we know the feeling. If you haven’t driven your Mustang in a while, the glory that is the torque of a V-8 is something that brings a smile to your face every time. Still, a stock Mustang is never the end of the road. Rather, it is the beginning.

During his dalliance with imports, Michael developed an appreciation for autocrossing and high-performance driving events on road courses. As such, he enhanced his GT’s suspension with Ground Control caster/camber plates, Ford Racing P springs, Metco adjustable upper control arm, Metco lower control arms, and a J&M adjustable Panhard bar. Those fetching rims are 19x9-inch SSR GTV-0s wearing 285/35-19 Hankook Ventus V12s.
During his dalliance with imports, Michael developed an appreciation for autocrossing and high-performance driving events on road courses. As such, he enhanced his GT’s suspension with Ground Control caster/camber plates, Ford Racing P springs, Metco adjustable upper control arm, Metco lower control arms, and a J&M adjustable Panhard bar. Those fetching rims are 19×9-inch SSR GTV-0s wearing 285/35-19 Hankook Ventus V12s.

“I knew it was only a matter of time before I had one. Fast forward to mid-2013 when we all started to see production-ready variants of the 2015 Mustang,” Michael added. “I wasn’t a fan, rather than go into why, I’ll just say that within three weeks I sold my Porsche 997 C4S (a.k.a. Rumblebutt, with her rear-mounted six) and picked up my 2014 GT base manual with the Performance Pack and Recaros.”

Ford was obviously looking to attract Euro buyers with the S550, but that styling sent a Euro fan straight into a 2014 Mustang. We certainly can’t argue with following your heart, and that’s just what Michael did. Of course, after years of playing with turbo imports and euros, Michael needed to boost his Coyote.

“Coming from the import scene I expected to find a plethora of supporting kits for such a potent platform,” he said. “Combine that with what I experienced with the finely crafted aftermarket parts for my C4S and as you can imagine my expectations were high.”

Obviously the main mod on Michael’s engine is the comprehensive Armageddon twin-turbo kit. However, he further enhanced the combo with a Boss 302 intake, a Fluidyne radiator, and Steeda engine mounts. Pushing 8 pounds of boost on pump gas, this combo put down 637 horsepower and 524 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels on TruDyno’s Mustang Dyno. Two TiAL Sport 44mm MV-R wastegates and two Tial Q 50.5mm blow-off valves support those two Garrett turbos.
Obviously the main mod on Michael’s engine is the comprehensive Armageddon twin-turbo kit. However, he further enhanced the combo with a Boss 302 intake, a Fluidyne radiator, and Steeda engine mounts. Pushing 8 pounds of boost on pump gas, this combo put down 637 horsepower and 524 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels on TruDyno’s Mustang Dyno. Two TiAL Sport 44mm MV-R wastegates and two Tial Q 50.5mm blow-off valves support those two Garrett turbos.

Having considered numerous power adder options, Michael kept coming back to turbocharging as his booster of choice. In the end, his appreciation of quality and this love of turbos led to his selection of the Armageddon Turbo System, as it featured top-notch construction and parts from the likes of Kooks, Tial, and Garrett. After the decision was made, all he had to do was have the kit installed.

“I had purchased it a few months prior but didn’t end up having it installed until just over a week prior to the 50th Mustang Anniversary in Charlotte. My wife, son, and I had already planned on going and it turned out that Jeremiah Hussey (a.k.a. QCKSNAKE) and TruDyno were in North Carolina and preferred installers and tuners for the kit. They were able to rock the install and the tune prior to the show,” he said. “We shot down there early and were on the dyno in no time. At 8 psi, on TruDyno’s Mustang dyno, she put down 637 hp and 524 lb-ft. I was shocked at how brutally fast the car was while behaving like a stock car below 3,000 rpm. Pop open the hood and everything looks as clean as can be.”

The beauty of modern Mustangs is just how driveable they are when they have been properly modded. Michael didn’t think twice about hopping in his newly turbocharged ride and driving it from the 50th Anniversary show in Charlotte, North Carolina, back to his home.

It was the quality of the kit and the included parts that ultimately led Michael to choose the Armageddon system. “The base configured Garrett GT3076Rs are a perfect match for our cars in stock form while still being 1,200hp capable,” Michael said. “The parts are custom made by the likes of Kooks, Goodrich, Fluidyne with components sourced Garrett, Tial, Vibrant, etc. and the system itself was designed by folks with decades of relevant experience who've spent gobs of time and money in R&D to get this kit right.”
It was the quality of the kit and the included parts that ultimately led Michael to choose the Armageddon system. “The base configured Garrett GT3076Rs are a perfect match for our cars in stock form while still being 1,200hp capable,” Michael said. “The parts are custom made by the likes of Kooks, Goodrich, Fluidyne with components sourced Garrett, Tial, Vibrant, etc. and the system itself was designed by folks with decades of relevant experience who’ve spent gobs of time and money in R&D to get this kit right.”
One of the companies with that experience is Kooks Custom Exhaust. They create all the tubing for the Armageddon kit by CNC-mandrel-bending them from 304 stainless steel. That includes the headers, downpipes, and charge tubing.
One of the companies with that experience is Kooks Custom Exhaust. They create all the tubing for the Armageddon kit by CNC-mandrel-bending them from 304 stainless steel. That includes the headers, downpipes, and charge tubing.

“After the show, we drove the car nearly 9 hours back to Philly with only four stops and zero issues with the exception of an overly eager late-’90s Viper owner who thought he was going to pick on Rumblebelly,” Michael enthused. “Keeping in mind I had a full trunk-full of luggage and 200 extra pounds of human family in the car, we destroyed him on each of our three pulls…”

It sure sounds like Michael made the right choice returning to the Mustang fold with a twin-turbo Coyote. As much fun as the car is in this form, we don’t expect it to stay at this power level for long. He has his sights set on running the car in standing-mile events and eventually making Rumblebelly one of the fastest Coyote ’Stangs in the standing mile.

Ford 1.0-Liter EcoBoost Engine Wins Unprecedented Third Consecutive International Engine of the Year Honors

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  • Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine named 2014 International Engine of the Year for an unprecedented third consecutive year
  • Fuel-efficient and powerful 1.0-liter EcoBoost – available in Ford Fiesta and upcoming 2015 Focus – also named Best Engine Under 1.0-Liter for third year in a row
  • Judges call 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine “one of the finest examples of powertrain engineering” as it finishes ahead of entries from premium and supercar brands

Ford Motor Company’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, which lowers fuel consumption without sacrificing power, was today named 2014 International Engine of the Year for an unprecedented third straight year.

The 1.0-liter EcoBoost – available for Ford Fiesta and slated as a power offering for the 2015 Focus as well – fought off competition from premium brands and supercar contenders to win the award for its driveability, performance, economy, refinement and technology.

A panel of 82 automotive journalists from 35 countries also named the engine Best Engine Under 1.0-Liter for the third year in a row at Engine Expo 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany.

“To deliver the complete package of eye-popping fuel economy, surprising performance and real refinement, we knew this little 1.0-liter engine would have to be a game changer,” said Bob Fascetti, vice president, Ford Powertrain Engineering. “Through our One Ford approach to development, EcoBoost continues to set the benchmark for power combined with fuel efficiency from a gasoline engine.”

The 1.0-liter EcoBoost has now won 13 major awards. In addition to collecting seven International Engine of the Year awards in three years – including Best New Engine in 2012 – the 1.0-liter EcoBoost also was awarded the International Paul Pietsch Award 2013 for technological innovation in Germany; the Dewar Trophy from Royal Automobile Club in Great Britain; and the Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics in the United States. Ford is the first automaker to win a Ward’s 10 Best Engines trophy for a three-cylinder engine.

“This year’s competition was the fiercest yet, but the 1.0-liter EcoBoost continues to stand out for all the right reasons – great refinement, surprising flexibility and excellent efficiency,” said Dean Slavnich, co-chairman, 16th International Engine of the Year awards and editor, Engine Technology International magazine. “The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is one of the finest examples of powertrain engineering.”

Global power

Ford vehicles equipped with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine are now available in 72 countries worldwide. Later this year, U.S. customers will be able to buy the new Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost. The Fiesta 1.0-liter EcoBoost is in dealerships now.

More than 200 engineers and designers from Ford research and development centers in Aachen and Merkenich in Germany, and Dagenham and Dunton in the United Kingdom spent 5 million-plus hours developing the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

The engine’s compact, low-inertia turbocharger spins at up to 248,000 rpm – more than 4,000 times per second and almost twice the maximum rpm of the turbochargers powering 2014 Formula 1 race car engines.

With an engine block small enough to fit in the overhead luggage compartment of an airplane, the 1.0-liter features a cylinder head with an integrated and cooled exhaust manifold that lowers exhaust temperatures for optimizing the fuel-to-air ratio. An innovative flywheel and front pulley design delivers improved refinement compared with traditional three-cylinder engine designs.

Engine friction is reduced by specially coated pistons, low-tension piston rings, low-friction crank seals and a cam-belt-in-oil design. A variable-displacement oil pump tailors lubrication to demand and optimizes oil pressure for improved fuel efficiency.

“The 1.0-liter EcoBoost was created as a radical, smaller-displacement engine to meet the biggest automotive challenge in the world – no-compromise refinement, performance and great fuel economy,” said Andrew Fraser, manager, Gasoline Calibration, Ford of Europe. “The secret to EcoBoost success is a range of innovative technologies that deliver big-car benefits from a small engine.”