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Jay Leno’s garage is never short on amazing vehicles with loads of historical or performance pedigrees melded into every component. But Jay’s latest guest car is a vehicle with loads of future potential for the mainstream market, though it’s not much to look at.

Starting with a stock Euro-spec Ford Focus , the folks at Ricardo replaced the car’s standard 2.0-liter Duratec inline four cylinder with a 1.0-liter I-4 with a few tricks up its sleeve. The engine features a regular turbocharger, along with an electric supercharger in a setup much like the McLaren P1 . (Ricardo helped develop the battery management software for the P1) Designed as a torque fill, the supercharger is powered by electricity stored in super capacitors. Once the driver hits the gas, the supercharger responds within 200 milliseconds, providing boost until the turbo spools up. Once the turbo is pressurized, the supercharger is turned off.

A belt-starter generator running off the engine powers the super capacitors. And because the 1.0-liter is has a stop/start feature, the capacitors also power the belt-starter generator to restart the engine.

Perhaps the two most impressive aspects of the HyBoost system are its efficiency and overall cost. The old 2.0-liter engine averaged around 32 mpg, but the HyBoost improves on that by an impressive 47 percent – meaning the new powertrain achieves roughly 47 to 50 mpg and nearly 60 mpg highway. Then there’s cost. Somehow, Ricardo is potentially able to include this system in a car for roughly $1,100 over its original sticker price.

Though the powertrain is more efficient, it hasn’t given up any performance over the larger 2.0-liter. The setup makes 143 horsepower at 5,500 and still runs the same 9.2-seconds to 60 mph.

We wouldn’t be surprised to find this technology making its way into products in the next few years. As Jay points out in the video, nothing on the car is break-through technology. All the components were pre-existing, so it’s proven technology and should be easy to manufacture.

Ford ’s massive worldwide debut of the all-new 2015 Mustang was nothing short of spectacular. While the Mustang coupe stole the show, the convertible made its appearance but didn’t seem to make its presence known. However, Ford is pulling out the stops to properly introduce the redesigned pony. Just like it did 50 years ago, Ford is putting a Mustang atop the Empire State Building, parking on the observation deck along the 86th floor.

Unfortunately, Ford is running into the same issue it had debuting the first-generation Mustang — how to get it up there. A simple helicopter drop becomes impossible when considering the deck’s close proximity to the Empire’s tall spire. Rolling in a mobile crane would work except a crane that tall doesn’t exist. So, like the Mustang before, the new pony will squeeze into an elevator.

As you can imagine, the ‘Stang would have a hard time fitting in an elevator built for people. Just like in 1964, the car will be sliced into three sections before making the ascension. Ford’s team of engineers with then have a mere six hours to reassemble the car before its grand debut 1,454 feet off the ground on April 16, coinciding with the New York Auto Show happening below. The car will be on display for a short 54 hours before the process happens in reverse.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang and watch a video on the convertible top operation.


The Ford Everest Concept isn’t earmarked for the U.S., but that doesn’t mean it needs to be completely ignored. On the contrary, the Everest Concept deserves it place on this page, in part because it showcases what Ford says is the future styling direction of of its midsize, seven-seat SUV for the ASEAN and global markets.

That’s pretty big news considering how much Ford has invested in a region that’s only becoming more and more important to the company’s bottom line.

The Everest Concept builds on the tradition of the SUV that has proudly carried its name for years. It’s got all the unmistakable Ford design characteristics that perfectly highlights how the company has managed to combine style, function, and all-around toughness into one package.

A vehicle like the Ford Everest Concept not only strengthens Ford’s utility offerings in the region, but it also marks as a testament to the commitment the Blue Oval has made to becoming a major player in a market that’s only going to get bigger and better in the years to come.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Everest Concept.

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Since it first hit the market, the Ford Mustang has been one of the “go-to” vehicles for great movie cars. From Bullitt all the way to this year’s Need for Speed movie, this pony is the king of the silver screen. One of the most memorable Mustangs to entrance theater goers was Eleanor in the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds. The Eleanor from the film was a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500 , but many modern remakes of that classic machine now roam the road. If you want a modern “Eleanor” GT500 , I know just the place to get one; RK Motors in Charlotte, North Carolina.

This particular Mustang is a 2007 model with a host of visual and performance upgrades. From the supercharged V-8 dumping almost 500 horsepower towards those rear wheels to the shimmer of that Satin Silver paint, this is one machine you don’t want to miss.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Mustang Eleanor Edition by RK Motors.

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With Gymkhana Six already online for a few months now, drift king Ken Block is gearing up for a full racing season.

His 2014 schedule will include events from the Global RallyCross, World RallyCross and the World Rally Championship and, since a new season requires a new car, the Long Beach-born driver got an updated Ford Fiesta to hoon around the globe.

Although Hoonigan Racing dropped the skateboard- and powerboat-inspired graphics for 2014, the blue and black color scheme that was introduced last year continues to adorn the souped-up Fiesta ST . However, the new livery is as original as it gets, now blending a zebra-like animal pattern and retro 8-bit computer graphics.

Granted, it’s an awkward recipe, but it’s Ken Block we’re talking about here. You won’t see him drifting a dull-liveried car — the 2014 Volkswagen Polo R WRC comes to mind — anytime soon.

"Every year I’m challenged with outdoing my livery from the season before," Block said while taking the wraps off the new race car, and we must admit he succeeded.

Block’s first Global RallyCross Championship appearance in 2014 will take place during the Barbados season opener on May 18th.

Click past the jump to read more about Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta.

None of us, with exception of Ford , know what is really going on with the Shelby GT500 Mustang . The consensus says that Ford will replace the Shelby name starting with the next-gen Mustang and likely replace it with a revived Cobra model.

Well, regardless of what Ford does with the range-topping Mustang in the next generation, it is obvious that its engineers are working on something hot. In the above video you see a lucky man that so happened upon a next-gen Mustang on public roads with a rather throaty engine note. The assumption is — and I agree — that this is a hopped-up variant of the Mustang and likely the Shelby GT500/SVT Cobra or whatever Ford chooses to name it.

Could this simply be a tester for the 2015 Mustang GT? Sure, it could be, but that would be one hell of an exhaust note for a GT Mustang, and that quad-exhaust system simply doesn’t strike me as something Ford would put on the Mustang GT.

Regardless of what version of the Mustang this is, we do love seeing spy videos of the new `Stang.

Let us know what you think we are looking at in this video in the comments below.


When Ford revealed the Mustang on December 5th, 2014, it took what it has built in recent years and did the impossible: make it better. The new, European styling is not as over-the-top as I feared it may be and it only added to the model’s outstanding legacy.

Well, now we all get to drool over the topless version, which is sure to ruin the lives of toupee wearers around the globe.

The details are still not complete on the 2015 Mustang Convertible, much like its coupe brother, but we are able to piece things together using the details from the coupe, the limited information on the convertible and the few image that Ford released.

One thing is for sure; Ford did a good job in designing the convertible Mustang separate from the coupe, giving them distinct appearances that reminds me of the Fox Body years.

Click past the jump to read all about the 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible and let me know what you think of it in the comments.

The 2015 Ford Mustang to Star in "Need for Speed"

The 2015 Ford Mustang has drummed up plenty of interest, with its European design and independent rear suspension. Its starring role in the upcoming "Need For Speed" movie simply added fuel to the fire.

Now the upcoming Stang is set to hit the front page again, as the earlier-mentioned role in "Need For Speed" is prepared to cross the auction block. And this is no normal Mustang, as it comes with a custom wide-body kit, a set of Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels, an enlarged grille with revised air intakes, rocker-panel extensions, a twin-snorkel hood and low-profile mirrors. Add in its silver paint with Kona Blue racing stripes, and you can see that this truly is a one-of-a-kind Mustang.

To my knowledge, there are no engine mods, but given this beast packs at least 420 horsepower, then no mods are really necessary.

This custom Mustang will roll across the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction on April 12th, 2014. The car will be sold with no reserve and all of the proceeds will benefit the Henry Ford Health System.

Click past the jump to see a video about the Ford Mustang used in "Need For Speed".

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The Ford Focus RS is one of the most impressive sports hatchback in the European market. And if you were impressed by the current generation, wait until Ford unveils the new generation Focus RS in 2015. According to the British magazine TopGear, the soon-to-be-launched Focus RS is fixing to go down as the most impressive RS ever, delivering a total output of 320 horsepower — a 20-horsepower increase over the current 300-horsepower model.

The current Focus RS is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder, but for the next generation Ford will replace it with a new 2.3-liter four, with turbo, direct injection and balance shafts. Incidentally, this is the same engine that will be used for the Mustang starting in 2014, although for the RS, it will be updated to deliver more power.

The next RS will also be equipped with a RevoKnuckle front suspension and big brakes, but most importantly it will be a five-door model and not a three-door version like the one currently in the market. About the only potential downside is that Ford will not offer a 4WD system because this will add too much weight for an RS.

Updated 02/24/2014: Swedish magazine Auto Motor Sport reports that the new generation Focus RS will be powered by an updated version of the new 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine used in the Mustang, with the output increased to about 330 horsepower - which represents a 30 horsepower increase over the previous generation.

Source: TopGear
Ford Focus

With three years on its ticker, the Focus is ripe for a mid-cycle refresh, and our spy shooters caught a few of these revised Foci out for a testing session. This time around, the Focus sedan and hatchback were caught on ice in Sweden, and the sedan version gave us a nice glimpse of the grille and taillights.

From these little sneak peeks, we can see that the taillights and grille will be revised, and this leads us to assume that the headlights will undergo a pretty significant overhaul too. In fact, this revision is one of the biggest I’ve seen in a while that was not a full overhaul. Leaked images and rumors point toward the typical Aston Martin -like grill, more rounded headlights, a smoother hood and revised bumpers.

Under its hood, the revised Focus will carry over its entire engine lineup and inherit the new 1.0-liter Ecoboost engine that should put down around 100 horsepower. Keep it locked in on TopSpeed.com for more details.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Focus.


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