Archive for the 'Ford' Category

07
Feb
13

Ford Focus TrackSTer

Autoblog is hanging around at the Chicago Auto Show and just happened to be in the sexiest spot of the show today.  For they posted up Kenn Block and Fifteen52’s new Flord Focus TrackSter.

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If you haven’t already noticed, this was a regular old Focus ST that was sexified up to a new level and drizzled with a heep of dopesauce.

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Exterior styling changes include a restyled front bumper, fender flares, vented hood, rear diffuser and spoiler, not to mention those wheels!

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A fresh interior polish was added too.  Sparco steering wheel, short throw shifter, and aluminum racing pedals were slapped in there.

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Read the press release from Ford:

Fifteen52 and Project ST Announce CAS Debut for Project Focus TrackSTer

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6, 2013 – Los Angeles-based automotive tuner fifteen52, via Project ST, will use the 2013 Chicago Auto Show to debut its Focus TrackSTer project build.

One of three different Focus ST builds, the TrackSTer is to be the first debut for the Project ST campaign. Project ST is a relationship between fifteen52, Ken Block and Ford. The project goal is to make today’s hot hatch king – the Ford Focus ST – even hotter.

fifteen52 is excited to bring the Focus TrackSTer to the Chicago Auto Show.

“Using the CAS venue to debut the TrackSTer is bound to be one of the main highlights for the Project ST campaign,” said Brad Beardow, fifteen52 co-owner. “Chicago, if not the entire Midwest, seems to have more than its fair share of hot-hatch enthusiasts, and there’s just something so right about coming to CAS – in the dead of winter – and unveiling the hottest Focus ST anyone’s seen so far.”

Since fifteen52 launched Project ST in the late summer of 2012, interest in the campaign has grown tremendously. Regular updates via the project-st.com website have captivated an ever larger group of enthusiasts, and as each of the three cars nears completion, fans throughout the country can look forward to seeing them in person as fifteen52 plans to bring the cars to a variety of 2013 events.

TrackSTer is a Focus ST that is destined to feel just as at home on a road course as on the way to a road course. Using only top-quality engine, transmission and suspension components, TrackSTer is designed to appeal to the hardcore performance enthusiast.

Inspired by Ford’s rich global history of small performance cars, fifteen52 has worked closely with Ford Racing to build a Focus ST that pays homage to such cars of the past, while also demonstrating just how far today’s Ford performance envelope can be pushed.

Said Project ST partner Ken Block, “Teaming up with fifteen52 for this project was an obvious choice for me. They’ve got a great understanding of what’s hot in the small car performance marketplace right now, both from the style perspective and from the performance end of things. With the TrackSTer, they’ve worked closely with both Ford Racing and Mountune to put together a potent package that blends on-road performance with on-track performance. I can’t wait to actually get this car out on a track and put it through the paces.”

fifteen52 has incorporated the best of the best in constructing the TrackSTer, and trips to the Ford Racing performance well have been numerous, to say the least. A partial list of incorporated parts that will soon be available to all Focus ST enthusiasts includes:

-Ford Racing short-throw shifter
-Ford Racing performance exhaust system
In addition to Ford Racing Performance Parts, components and partners from Ford Racing’s Focus race programs globally have lent their expertise, including:

-Mountune engine build (using forged rods and pistons)
-Mountune performance intercooler
-Mountune upgraded ECU
-Quaife limited-slip differential (developed for Focus ST-R)
-Centerforce custom clutch kit (developed for Focus ST-R)
-Four-piston front caliper front brakes (developed by StopTech for Focus ST-R)
-Fender flares from Chinese Touring Car Championship Focus

With such a vast array of race-tested quality performance parts at its disposal, along with access to Ford Racing data, expertise and global strategic relationships, fifteen52 believes it has built what is possibly the ultimate all-around Focus ST with the TrackSTer.

About fifteen52

fifteen52 was founded in 1996. Originally known for bringing high-end Euro accessories to the US VW/Audi market, they quickly branched out into the high performance world as well. Builder of many high-profile project cars such as the VWvortex.com chronicled Project X Mk4 Jetta coupe series, fifteen52 has consistently been on the cutting edge of the Euro aftermarket scene. In the late 2000s fifteen52 began manufacturing their own line of wheels, with their most famous model, the Tarmac, making its way onto Ken Block’s HFHV Gymkhana FOUR and FIVE 650-hp Fiestas. By recently teaming up with Ford Racing and Ken Block for Project ST, fifteen52 is set to expand its reach even further into the automotive aftermarket scene. To learn more about these projects, and follow their progress, check out http://www.fifteen52projectST.com.

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I WANT ONE!  I feel like this would be a killer little track machine.

I need new pants.  ASAP.

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Dat Ass

I hope this is real life because I would be on the list for one.  Yes I would.

I still need new pants…

Pics and info: Autoblog

09
Mar
12

This, Could Get Interesting.

Helloooooooooooo!

I cannot stay long my ladies and gents for I am to catch an air-bound vessel carrying humans.  (I have a flight to catch)

Whilst I am traveling across the globe in search of riches and flowers, peep this Ford Transit Connet on some BBS meshies.  Hmmmm.

Thoughts??

06
Dec
11

Some HIN Wagon Fun

I’ll just be stealing some pictures from the guys over at Night-Import for this post today.  Although, I don’t think it is actually stealing if I cite them.  So that means I am not as badass as I had originally thought.  Dammit.  All I want to do is be cool!

Anyway…

Why don’t we start things off with this beautiful Previa?  We have all seen it before and it nevers loses any of its luster and charm.  Never.

A new Audi A6(?) Avant is up next.  What I dig most about this ride is how simple it is.  Looks almost like some ballin’ soccer mom is rolling in this thing.

xA content!  It’s been a long while since I posted an xA here, especially an RS2.  Lose the underglow and I’ll dig on this one even more.

Apparently those are 24k dipped VIP Modular VX’s.  Yeah, you read that correctly.  Insanity?  I do believe so.  I do believe so…

M2 Motoring’s Rotiform-equiped Ford Fiesta.  Fantastical.

Not really OMGP content.  It is just f**king awesome.

I’ll just end with this mind-blowing Beamer.  You’re welcome.

Pics and info: Night-Import

14
Jan
11

Ford Fairmont? F**k Yeah!

I would like to send out a bit of a warning before today’s post for one reason and one reason only: Dopesauce.

That my friends is a 1978 Ford Fairmont, race car.

Dopesauce, I tooooold you!

This prolifically beautiful ’78 Fairmont is piloted by Matt Johnson.  Who the fu*k is Matt Johnson? Well he is one crafty and accomplished young driver that knows a sick wagon when he sees one.

Johnson competes in the RallyCar’s Rallycross series with NitroCircus as his title sponsor.  If you ask me, they are pretty much the perfect sponsor for an insane ride/driver combo like this.  Divinely perfect almost.

Fucking sick!  Homey knows how to drive and it would appear that he can drive almost anything.

I think we all know by now that this blog caters to the weird, yet awesome.  My personal belief is that this falls deeply into that category and does it with so much style and panache that is blows people’s minds.  It literally can blow a person’s mind.  Literally.

Here is to wishing Mr Johnson the best of luck in his career and with this beast!

Pics and info: Flickr, Special Stage, Flickr, NitroCircus, Flickr

15
Nov
10

The Rally Bender Lives!

I just had a four day weekend from work and boy, let me tell you, I haven’t done shit.  I took to my usual college kid tomfoolery and did nothing.  It was great, I have never felt so lethargic.  Well that’s a lie, most of my life I have been lethargic and apathetic.  I even went and got a late-night milkshake one night.  Yep, good ol’ college kid syndromes.  But what does this have to do with bringing back more rally pics?  Absolutely nothing!  That’s the best part.

Well, the actual best part are these pics…

Amazing photo of a rally spec Fiesta?  Yes please!

What’s that?  You say you want to see a shot of an even burlier looking Fiesta and you want it to be going balls out?  Wait, you want two pics?!  Well, let’s see if we can’t get that for ya!

Yup, thought we had a couple of those insane Fiestas in stock.

Hold on now, you would like to see a pic of that blue Fiesta about to jet off the ground?  You’re hoping that pic sends shivers through your spine and makes you pants tight?!  Shall we…

Holy Stegosaurus Balls.

Oh come on now, you want more?!  Fine!

Holy Freaking Maniacal Lemur Balls.  Holy Balls.

I really need a run of the mill shot to quell my nerves after that last pic.  Relate it to a cold shower or something.

Nope, that sure didn’t help.  This is still sick as hell!

Oh screw you, this won’t calm me down!  I need to go stare at a picture of Cher to get rid of the happiness in mah pants this post has given me.

If you want to see more of this insanity, go to the photographer’s Flickr to see more.  I suggest a change of under-roo’s and a diaper.  Trust me.

15
Oct
10

Transit SportVan

Ford released a new limited edition Transit SportVan in Colorado Red.  Not sure if any of you guys will like this, and frankly I don’t care.  I think this thing is sexay as hell.

LeMans-style hood stripes complete the front end.  Along with all the little skirt enhancements and LED strips.

This is a FWD beast that is based on the popular 260 model, which is a shorter wheel-base, powered by a 140-hp turbo-diesel engine, yummay!  That doesn’t sound like much, but it apparently does the trick.  Don’t forget the six-speed manual transmission that will be standard.  I can dig that, yes I can.

Some of the standard features on this model.

  • Colorado Red paintwork with white bonnet stripes
  • 18in graphite colour alloy wheels, twin exhaust pipes and spoilers
  • Powered by a 140PS TDCi Duratorq engine
  • First medium van with DAB radio as standard
  • A limited edition of 100
  • On sale end of October at £22,630
  • Apparently the Transit SportVan special editions sell out in like 37.48 seconds, not too shabby.  And in case anyone was wondering, like it is even a question, we here in the States will never see such a sexy beast on our shores.

    It looks good and hauls shit, I like where this is going.

    Hey, it’s a van.  The absurdly stark interior comes with the territory.

    Only 100 of the SprtVans will be built in this configuration and we will never see a single one.  Don’t you just love that.  I know I sure do!

    /sarcasm

    Pics and info: Autoblog

    13
    Oct
    10

    The ‘Ring . . . of Hatches!

    The title, get it?  Huh, get it?!  No? Got it?  Bah.  It’s okay.  I was half asleep when I wrote it anyway.  For all I know I am writing about split pea soup right now.  Maybeh!

    Okay, sorry.  So I was half bored, not fully bored, and decided to rummage around Flickr for some sweet pics of The Nurburgring Nordschleife.  I hope all of you know about The ‘Ring.  If you don’t please go get your read on.  The place fascinates me personally.  I really hope to make a pilgrimage there some day, along with some other uber famous tracks.  I just want one lap on them!  Well maybe three of four (gotta warm up the rubbers first).  Anyway, I found some shots of some hot hatches roaring around The ‘Ring.

    Enjoy, bitches.

    Focus RS, I still love thee.

    You too.

    Oh shoot, one more.

    Renault Megane RS.  I have never actually seen one of these in any form of track use, so this is pretty damn cool.  I think these were the ones that were basically built for track use (if I recall Top Gear correctly) but I ave never seen one actually used.

    Dat Ass.

    Oh, okay, one more.  This is a R26R, says the photographer.

    Austin Mini, delicious.

    The Renault Megane 3 RS. Now I have never actually seen one of these before.  Very sexy little cars.  I dig, I dig.

    I’ll take one in each colour please!  To go.

    Good lord, the 120D is so sexay.  Seriously, my pants, they are tight.  I think I’m awake now.

    Rent-a-Swift.  If you guys did not know, you can rent a car to hit The ‘Ring with.  You don’t need to be a millionaire and ship your car over of buy one.  You can rent one.  From what I hear, some cars a quite reasonably priced.  Of course I could just be talking out of my ass.  Meh.

    I wonder if the 3 reeled in the STi here, hmmm.  It’s all about context.

    I still love dat ass.  Even if I saw it for the first time today.

    Renault Clio.  Yum.

    I leave you with this…

    To see all the pics, go to the photographer’s Flickr.  Trust me, there is a lot more.  The photographer has a lot of great shots of a wide variety of vehicles.




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