Hot-rodders love loud and powerful engines. Well, next week at the 2009 SEMA show, Ford Powertrain and Detroit Street Rods will make an attempt to prove that the thinking that more cubic inches result in higher-performance is “out-of-date” and will throw in Ford’s EcoBoost in a 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe hot rod. The move will be the “first” rear-wheel-drive application of an EcoBoost V6.
The 3.5L twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost in the 1934 Ford hot rod will be tuned to produce 400-hp with a maximum torque of 400 lb-ft.
“EcoBoost technology shows that there is a viable replacement for displacement,” said Dan Kapp, director of Ford Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering. “As consumers’ demand for fuel efficiency continues to grow, and our commitment to delivering best-in-class fuel economy remains steadfast, it’s important to show that performance does not need to suffer as a result.”
Ford said that the first production rear-wheel-drive 3.5L EcoBoost V6 model will launch next year in the Ford F-150, followed by a 2.0L 4-cylinder in 2011 for the Falcon in Australia.
Click through for the press release.
By John Coyle
Did you know the General brought back the Camaro for 2010? There’s no way I’d have known,except for the fact that you can’t walk six inches at SEMA without bumping into one. I’m kidding, obviously, and I don’t mean to sound like I’m begrudging my favorite domestic automaker all the fanfare surrounding the return of its legendary muscle car. I think the boys and girls at GM did a great job with the Camaro, and the silver one in the pic below is so hot it makes me want to use expletives. To be honest, I’m a little pissed that we aren’t going to see a NASCAR version, but the Hancoock/Seibon car that’s going to run in Formula D—which is posted after the jump—is wicked, and the ZR1 was a close second for the car I wanted to shoplift from SEMA. Oh, and from the looks of the booth, you’d never know Lutz’s overlords were trying to pawn Hummer off on the Chinese. Tons of pics :
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By Rob Einaudi
This GT convertible sports a one off body kit by Galpin Auto Sports.
Pretty wild, huh ? :
Ford brought out the big guns at SEMA 2009, and the Blue Oval continues to show the most promise of the beleaguered Big Three. Yea, so Ford is the main sponsor of this year’s event and you would expect it to assure that everything neat, new, shiny or fast made it to the show. But what was to stop its government-sponsored brothers from trying to steal the show? Was Bill Ford Jr. running security and telling GM and Chrysler “no guys, that’s too cool, you can’t bring it in. IT’S MY PARTY DON’T RUIN IT!!” at the door? Probably not.
It seems that GM and
Chrysler are still failing to innovate beyond some creative marketing
strategies. GM goes on saying, “may the best car win” when for the most
part, these are the same boring appliances it was making before the
bailout debacle, with the exception of the Camaro and some awesome cars
at Cadillac. The “new-new” Chrysler is still in the midst of its
Fiat/government backed restructuring, so it is hard to say what the
deepest-in-the-doo-doo American automaker has in store. No matter the
fate of the other guys, let’s take a look at some of the cool goodies
from Ford and Ford tuners at SEMA 2009.
Baddest-assed-award: Twin-turbo EcoBoost-powered ’34 coupe: Generally
I frown upon modern fuel-injected engines in hotrods, simply because
they look silly and out of place and they are usually stuffed into
those hot-pink and chrome-slathered atrocity-rods. However here I am
willing to make an exception. Not only is this the first
non-wrong-wheel-drive application for the EcoBoost V6, but also
twin-turbo anything in a ‘34 Ford is totally kick ass. The f’-yea
factor is there and nobody else has done this, so it does qualify for
genuine hot rod status. I do not see this becoming a trend, nor would I
like it to, though. “Hot rodders have always lived by the motto
‘There's no replacement for displacement’… Ford Powertrain and Detroit
Street Rods are out to prove that thinking out-of-date with their
EcoBoost™-powered '34 Ford hot rod,” said Ford in a press release about
the car. This of course is wrong and there is no replacement for V8s in
hotrods and muscle cars, and outdated will always be in. The silly
notion of turbo-sixes replacing V8s aside, this is one cool ride and
the Ecotech V6 is a helluva neat engine.
I’d slap a baby in the face for it award: 2010 Super Cobra Jet by Ford Racing: After the 2008 Cobra Jet mopped up the competition at the 2009 NHRA Winternationals and racked up a bevy of other wins, Ford has freshened up its turnkey dragster for 2010 and yes, you would push an old lady to the ground while slapping a row of cute children to drive one. This is a for-real stripped-down racer that is only equipped with what is needed to drive 1320 feet as fast as possible. There is no radio or silly airbags, power brakes or a glovebox—just a clapped-out 5.4 Liter Mod motor with a 4.0L Whipple supercharger that is probably capable of sucking up and combusting a dump truck if it gets too close, and a full cro-mo roll cage in case things get all flippy. The HP rating is not specified in the press release, but I bet it is somewhere between a sh*tload and a f*uckton. New to the 2010 'jet is Launch Control, so you just hit the button, put it in gear, stomp on the gas and drop the clutch (or release the brake in the slushbox) for a face-smashing launch. The price has not been set, but the 2008 CJ went for $77,000 to $98,000 so you can bet this track-only car ain’t cheap, and somehow I don’t think that Ford will accept infants for payment, slapped or not.
PBR redneck dream truck award: Ford SVT Raptor XT Is $99,950 the right price for a truck that can only haul one thing? If that thing is TONS OF ASS on dirt roads, then yes, $100k is pretty sweet for a 500hp Baja Pre-runner. OK, so this truck is not your typical lifted with cinderblocks and skateboard wheels redneck pickup with two inches of wheel travel. How’s about 15”/18” in front/rear wheel travel? That is enough to soak up jumps at 80mph without your Truck Nutz even dragging on the ground. Toss in a rollcage, beadlock tires, 5-point belts and you have yourself “a turnkey professional pre-runner with all the comforts of a production Raptor,” so says the Ford press release. However, my dreams of zipping round traffic on the fire roads that surround the 101 are for naught, because this nasty machine ain’t street legal. In all, Ford has produced the pinnacle of truck badassery, and thanks to the price we’ll never see it on cinderblocks or with three couches tied to the roof on the freeway.
WTF, don’t do that again award: All-carbon fiber bodied Mustang RTR-C by pro-drifter Vaughn Gitten Jr. : Have you ever wanted a $135,000 Mustang that looks like your kid neighbor’s Honda Civic? Is a bare carbon fiber hood just not enough for you? I didn’t think so and I am not sure who the hell would want this thing besides delusional teenagers with no money or maybe Michael Phelps. What kind of d-bag attention fiend do you have to be to drive a Mustang wearing a carbon fiber dress? It couldn’t make the car much lighter, it is butt ugly and IT COSTS $135K! Then again this is drifting we are talking about here, which is the pro-wrestling fashion show of racing-if you want to call it racing at all. This car pretty much proves my point and it is such an abortion, I won't show a picture of it here. If you are in the mood for some two-girls-one-cup sort of gagging, look it up yourself. I know this was supposed to be about Ford doing well, but I had to make fun of something, right?Of course there were a bunch of Focuses, Taurus SHO bits and pimped-out Fusion-type stuff at SEMA that showed off Ford’s newfound self confidence that most of us would not find particularly interesting, but all of this shows that the only American carmaker that is turning a profit has finally shaken off its pre-pubescent awkwardness and it is ready to offer a few rides worth looking at.
|Hurst/Magnaflow exhaust, Hurst/Eibach suspension and Hurst 20-inch forged wheels are just a few of the choice items on this Hurst-edition Camaro.|
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