Monthly Spotlight - Ford
The New Ford GT – Twin-turbo 3.5-litre V-6
The culmination of everything great at Ford
Ford’s Le Mans class–winning supercar went into production in late 2016. The company is still saying the twin-turbo 3.5-litre V-6 will make more than 600 horsepower. The almost-entirely carbon-fiber GT will also carry a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and race car–style pushrod suspension. This is what true innovation looks like.
2005's Ford GT was a radical reboot of a '60s racing icon, the GT40, so named because it was only 40 inches tall. Ten years on, the company is at it again with yet another spiritual successor to the classic, a reboot riddled with more modern technology than ever. The biggest change is at the heart of the machine: a new, twin-turbo, 3.5-litre V-6 EcoBoost engine said to offer north of 600 horsepower. (That compares quite favorably to the 550 horsepower supercharged V-8 found in the last GT.) The engine is, of course, mounted in the middle, behind the seats to offer an ideal weight balance. However, it does not offer any of the trendy electric assist hybrid systems we've seen in other recent supercars such as the Porsche 918 or McLaren P1.
New Ford Kuga
Striking, ultra-contemporary design and styling, inside and out. Uncompromising performance and unrelenting efficiency. An impressive list of smart features, systems and technologies. All the practicality, flexibility and utility you could want.
The new Kuga includes Active Park Assist which does more than automatically steer you into parking spots. With Park Out Assist, it helps you pull out of them, too. The Parallel and Perpendicular Parking system locates a suitable space as you drive past. Then it automatically steers you in, while all you do is operate the accelerator, gears and brake (following clear, simple, on-screen instructions and audible signals).
Also to avoid low speed collisions, the Ford Kuga brakes for you. Innovative Active City Stop helps to avoid or mitigate a collision in slow-moving traffic or at speeds under 30 mph (50 km/h). If the system detects the car in front has unexpectedly stopped, it automatically applies the brakes.
New Ford Fiesta
The new Ford Fiesta is on its way, with a new approach within the supermini market. With the Ford Ka+ appealing to buyers after an affordable hatchback, the Fiesta rangewill start with Zetec trim, followed by well-equipped Titanium.
Ford is also adding a luxurious Vignale model to the range, complete with quilted leather seats and an extensive range of kit, in order to address the growing popularity of higher-end trim levels. The Fiesta’s styling has changed dramatically over the years, but Ford has taken an evolutionary approach with this seventh-generation model.
Quest for better fuel economy
Consumers’ appetite for vehicles with greater fuel efficiency and performance has led Ford to invest in a new aerodynamic testing complex that will house a next-generation rolling road wind tunnel and state-of-the-art climatic chamber.
Ford’s new wind tunnel complex better positions its engineers to conduct testing that proves out advancements in vehicle design. A new five-belt conveyor system can replicate real-world drag through a rolling road aerodynamic tunnel that enables Ford to bring the road to the vehicle. To test for optimal fuel efficiency, each wheel gets its own belt.
The massive fifth belt runs under the center of the vehicle, allowing airflow around the entire vehicle at speeds up to 155 m/h (249 km/h). As a part of the rolling road belt cartridge system, a crane will be used to switch between the five belt and single belt systems – an industrial-sized plug-and-play approach bringing two testing methods into one. The single belt – which operates at up to 200 m/h (321 km/h) – opens up a new breed of testing for high-speed performance and racing vehicles.
That’s the thinking behind Ford SYNC 3, a state-of-the-art system that enables you to stay connected and control your phone, music and navigation system with intuitive voice commands, or an 8” colour touchscreen.
Ford SYNC 3 enables you to stay connected and control your phone, music, navigation system with intuitive voice commands, or an 8” colour touchscreen. You can even call up a list of local restaurants just by saying “I’m hungry”, or access the Michelin Guide to help you choose and book places to eat, along with hotels. Wi-Fi connectivity is available via hotspots, with a USB modem.