Category Archives: Feature

Ford GT V6 Supercar – What You Need to Know

2017 Ford GT Supercar

The new Ford GT Supercar is a technological marvel, but anytime you start messing with tradition, you’re going to alienate a few long standing fans. Okay, so we’re hip and we have no problem with the fact that the new Ford GT comes with an EcoBoost V6, but we might have preferred a more macho engine name like the ‘Alienator V6’ or something along those lines.

We understand the government restrictions weighing down on automotive manufacturers, and can certainly respect any car with over 600 horsepower, no matter how those numbers are achieved. But it takes more than horsepower to make a great supercar. It actually begins with a competent chassis and lightweight body and frame.

7M0C5869_PK

Ford plans to take care of the weight problem by using hand-laid carbon fiber body panels throughout. And these panels are not only lightweight, but also painstakingly designed to move with the drivers needs to produce just enough cool air and down force to keep its over 600 horsepower in check. And speaking of power to weight, Fords design team claims the new GT will have the best power to weight ratio of any production car available today.  Yes, ‘the best’.

That is a gutsy claim to make for a supercar that the Ford team has only been working on for around one year. And if you believe these boasts and put two and two together – we can deduce that the new Ford GT must be awfully light (carbon fiber wheel rim possibility included). But what about the chassis and suspension? Clearly there must be something special about it.

2017 Ford GT Supercar rear

Well, Ford will be running plenty of electronics to its four wheels, enabling the GT to adjust its own ride height depending on how it is being called to use. And yes that means making it over large parking lot speed bumps without damage to those sleek carbon ground effects. And while its show is all carbon and its go is a twin-turbo Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, its stop will be all ceramic carbon,  thanks to a collaboration with Brembo.

Some fans might suspect that a rear-powered V6 would pair rather nicely with a front wheel electric engine, but Ford has no intention of making the GT a hybrid just yet. In fact, Ford would have a bit of a difficult time branding their ‘EcoBoost’ flagship with the addition of a electric motor, so rather than gum up the production release with excuses, Ford is going all petrol power for now. But what’s the hurry, you might be asking?

GT_Editorial_0632_PK

Well, Ford does plan on entering the  Le Mans in 2016 and needs a good ‘homologation’ excuse to take on Ferrari – again – just like old times. And while these prototype images are fairly fresh, Ford has no intention of making us wait unnecessarily until a production version is caught by the spy photographers. In fact, by our calculations, those spy photos should start to emerge this Spring.

Ford, we sure do love it when a plan comes together!

 

3 Trucks That Would Survive the Polar Vortex

south-pole-tacoma-01-0811-xln-2221527

The statistics are escalating, suggesting that over 187 million people are currently being smothered in a blanket of polar air. A portion of these people are trapped at the airport, considering that over 7000 flights have been canceled over the past two days. However, the majority of people are just sitting at home next to their computer, wishing they had an apocalyptic truck to take them away.

Well, if you’ve got the cash (or credit), we’ve got the solution:

Polar Toyota Tacoma

Why? Lightweight frame, snow shoes, and a supercharged DOHC 4.0-liter.

Toyota Hilux by Arctic Trucks

Why? Heavy duty battery, fuel/coolant heaters, and studded (run-flat) tires.

Subaru WRX Trax STI

Why? MOTEC tuned 2.5-liter turbo on a Mattrax rubber trax system.

The Fisker Atlantic Shows Us Some Cleavage

The New York International Auto Show opens today for the general public, and visitors are going to be treated to the first viewing of the new plug-in, hybrid powered Fisker Atlantic. The Atlantic is the second offering, following their high-performance hybrid, known as the Karma. This is a slightly dumbed-down version, which also means that it will be more affordable to the average Joe and Jolene. The Karma was a six-figure, luxury, performance car for the green elite.

The range of the Atlantic on full lithium ion electric power will be between 30 and 40 miles, and thereafter, the gasoline (possibly turbo-charged) engine, supplied by BMW, will kick in. At this point, Fisker has yet to give the details of the engine itself, or the kind of performance that we can expect from it. However, it sure does look awfully purty under all those glittering lights!

Photo Credit: Sarah Tew / CBS Interactive

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Your Chances of Being Pulled Over by the PoPo

There is a lot of advice on the Internet on how to conduct yourself as you’re being pulled over by a police officer, but not so much on how to reduce your chances of being pulled over in the first place. Let’s take a look at the top 10 ways to minimize the possibility of a big red target appearing on your trunk every time a police cruiser is nearby. Continue reading Top 10 Ways to Reduce Your Chances of Being Pulled Over by the PoPo

How Much Does it Cost to Own a Supercar?

Beyond the initial six to seven figure number, you’ve got to consider the down payment, financing, crate shipping (most supercars are out of country), insurance, and maintenance. Let’s take a look at the cost of supercar ownership from the standpoint of five of the most expensive to own. Continue reading How Much Does it Cost to Own a Supercar?