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There are quite a few hot hatches on the European market these days. Volkswagen has the new Scirocco , Renault has unveiled the new Megane Coupe and even Opel has the Astra ; but what about Ford?

The blue oval brand is planning to bring back the Capri nameplate in a big way. The automaker will bring a concept to the Frankfurt Motor Show this September and are planning a production version for 2010. The future Ford Capri will be inspired by the Iosis Max concept that was unveiled the Geneva Motor Show back in March. However the production Capri will feature a pair of sleeker LED headlamps complimenting the more aggressive front end.

Under the hood Ford will use one of their new turbocharged EcoBoost power plants. Like the 1.6 Liter four cylinder making anywhere from 148 HP to 178 HP, or the TDCi diesel displacing the same amount making 128 HP and even the 2.0 Liter four making 168 HP or 197 HP. However, the top of the line Capri will be powered by the 200 HP 2.0 Liter EcoBoost four cylinder.

Source: AutoExpress

Even if the Ford Fiesta hasn’t been properly introduced to the American market, the blue oval brand is planning on sending a few of its rally based machines to compete in the classic American test of man and machine, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Taking place in Colorado on July 19th, completing the Race to the Clouds is just as much of an accomplishment as setting a record around the Nurburgring, and just as difficult.

In order to reach the summit, drivers must negotiate 12.42 miles of winding mountain road, there is imminent danger awaiting just around each one of the course’s 156 turns and while rising the 4,721 feet to the peak, drivers will have to adapt to everything from paved highways surrounded by pines to loose gravel surrounded by nothing more than wide open blue Colorado skies.

The vehicles will be heavily modified rally cars based on the Fiesta hatchback, and will be powered by 2.0 Liter Duratec Ford four cylinder engines, capable of putting out over 800 HP each. Ford will bring Swedish Rally Champion Andreas Eriksson and World Rally legend Marcus Grönholm to try and conquer the mountain.

Press release after the jump.

We apologize for getting your hopes up about seeing the rally inspired Focus RS in Ford dealerships here in the U.S. , and despite the company’s Executive Vice President, Mark Fields telling me that “anything is possible” with a reserved grin on his face, apparently a U.S. spec RS is not.

Apparently the Focus RS that was spotted in Michigan wearing manufacturer plates was nothing more than a false alarm. The official word was handed down by Jost Capito, the man in charge of Ford’s global performance division. In an interview with AutoCar magazine, the Ford representative said that "we’d like to [bring the RS to the U.S.], but the base car isn’t homologated for North America and that’s too costly a job to carry out just for a niche vehicle like the RS."

So if you were saving up your paychecks to go out and pick up a Focus RS as soon as it came stateside, we were sorry to get your hopes up. The way that things are looking, it is more likely that you will be able to purchase a Fiesta Sport than Ford’s latest hot hatch.

Source: AutoCar
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Falken drifter and Ford factory driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. recently made a trip across the Pacific with a purpose built 2010 Mustang in order to fulfill a longtime dream, drift in Japan. JR is the only American driver to win a D1 event, and because of this he is in league all his own. Follow Vaughn and his new ride as they travel Japan in search of sports roots; watch as he gets a taste for the togue, drifts the docks of Osaka and attends his first real Japanese drift day.

So check out the video after the jump, or follow the link below.

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After more than a decade of disappearing from Ford vehicles across the country, the famed 5.0 Liter V8 is making a comeback. The new V8 will replace the company’s 4.6 Liter modular motor by shoehorning the "Coyote" into the 2011 Mustang GT , and later on into the 2011 Ford F-150.

The Coyote engine will feature a four-valve per cylinder layout and will have the same fuel economy ratings to Ford’s current 5.4 Liter V8. The new engine should develop around 400 HP and 400 lb-ft of torque when it is finally placed under the hood of America’s favorite pony car.

When Ford announced plans for their factory tuned Focus RS they also reveal the hot hatch will be limited to just 4000 units. So, if you were hoping to snatch one up, but you still haven’t, we have some bad news for you. 2400 of the Ford factory hot rods have already been sold. If you are still interested, you have two options: wait six months and hope there will still be a few examples laying around, or fork over a pretty pound to get one.

Those mostly affected by the news are the blue oval enthusiasts in the U.K. Their stock has already been depleted. So if you go down to your local Ford dealership and make the payment, you will have to wait until December to get behind the wheel. Or you could check out the used car market, there are a few examples around, but they start at around £27,250 and already have about 500 miles on clock.

Whereas we here in the U.S. are still waiting for the big wigs at Ford to give the RS a shot here in the American market.

Source: iMotor

The Ford Capri was Europe’s answer to the Mustang; sure the vehicle was equipped with a smaller engine, but it was still an attractive, rear wheel drive sports car that offered good performance for the money.

Blue oval fans have been spreading rumors about a comeback for the Capri for over a year now. They are saying that Ford will release a Capri concept sometime this year , and hopefully, followed by a production version for 2010.

If the plan does come to fruition, the new Capri would share the same front wheel drive platform as the Ford Focus and will benefit from the company’s new “Kinetic Design.” If the Capri ever hits the streets, look for it to be lining up at stoplights for impromptu time trials alongside hot hatches, like Volkswagen’s new Scirocco.

Source: Paultan
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NASCAR is all about speed, I mean, how else could you have a car run between 140 and 180 MPH all day long, put them on a banked oval. The current NASCAR speed record was set by a 1987 Ford Thunderbird with NASCAR driver Bill Elliot behind the wheel at Talladega Super Speedway, and stands today at 212.089 MPH. Another blue oval badged car will be attempting to break that record, this time using an alternative fuel. Bill Elliot with have another shot behind the wheel, this time in a Mustang FR500C running on E85.

The combination of an FR500C and the Mustang Cobra Jet engine has already proven itself to be fast, the combination clocked a 252 MPH top speed run in Bonneville. But the salt goes on for miles; Elliot will have to remember to turn right every so often so he doesn’t take flight thanks to the 33 degree banking.

Press release after the jump.

Source: Autoblog
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Didn’t become an agent for the Fiesta Movement? Fear not, you still have a chance to get behind the wheel of the new Ford Fiesta Ford Fiesta well before its official launch. Ford is aiming to log 100,000 test drives by the time the North American version of the Fiesta is revealed later this year.

The events are starting this month, so head on over to Fiesta Movement to find dates for your area.

Ford’s popular contender in the city car segment, the Ka is very popular in Europe for its compact size, confident fuel economy and excellent handling. A benefit of the new Chrysler-Ford alliance is that Ford’s globally successful mini-car will come to the U.S. If the Ka ever does it will compete alongside cars like the Smart ForTwo, the smallest car sold in the U.S. today.

Due to the current Chrysler-FIAT conncetion, and the fact that the Ford Ka shares the same platform as the Italian automaker’s successful FIAT 500, the Ka has an even stronger case for U.S. sales. The Chrysler offering will be in dealerships wearing a price tag around $17,000 while the Ford could make sense at $10,000.

In a recent sit down with the Ford’s Executive Vice President, Mark Fields (who just so happens to be the President of all their business in The Americas) it did not seem like the Ka would be here anytime soon. Instead Ford Ford will test the waters with the slightly larger Ford Fiesta Ford Fiesta , a model that has been spotted across America, to see if the domestic market can warm up to the idea of owning a smaller car. But he definitely didn’t rule out the Ka coming to the U.S.

Source: Freep

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