The upcoming Ford GT will feature many firsts to this platform, but one of the most recent announcements is the type of glass this supercar will be produced with. Cornering (who are the makers of Gorilla Glass, featured in most phones today) partnered with Ford to develop both the front windshield and engine cover glass on the new GT.
Ford's goal is to reduce as much weight as possible and provide the best power to weight ratio out there. Not just best in class weight, but the best power to weight ratio "of any car on the market". A pretty bold statement made by Jamal Hameedi who is the chief engineer at Ford Performance.
The new innovative glass will save 12lbs in total compared to standard automotive glass. Which doesn't sound all that impressive to some, but when trying to save weight in a ultra high performance car every pound counts. This weight savings is achieved by reducing the glass thickness by 35 to 50%. This lighter product helps lower the vehicle's center of gravity for improved handling.
To test this new product for durability, Ford subjected the panel to a variety of impact tests using various projectiles, such as rocks and stones, in addition to performance during rough road conditions and rollovers. Although the GT is the first production car to introduce this new technology, this product made it's debut when Ford and Cornering co-created a prototype vehicle called the Fusion MMLV (Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle) where the glass was used in place of the front windshield and side windows of the car further reducing overall glass weight by more than 30%.
This new step in glass technology carries on a tradition of multiple industries uniting toward the next generation of technology and is in keeping with the spirit of Henry Ford, who in addition to being a pioneer in industrial and manufacturing engineering, is also credited for the development and implementation of laminated safety glass as an automobile windshield in 1919.
aFe is proud to introduce the all new Magnum FORCE Stage-2 air intake system for the 2015-2016 Chevrolet Colorado with V6-3.6L engine. Tested in Corona, CA this Stage-2 intake system resulted in
+10 horsepower and +8 lbs. x ft. torque. This system features a one-piece, durable 18-gauge, powder-coated heat-shield and large 3-1/2” diameter intake tube. The one piece aluminum intake tube is mandrel bent for maximum flow and has a wrinkle-black powder-coated finish. Improving airflow further is a 8” tall inverted top washable/reusable conical air filter, which is mated to a 3-angle adapter for a smooth transition from the filter into the intake tube. This system is finished off with high quality couplings for maximum durability.
If these three cars look familiar to you, that's because they were in the most recent Star Wars "The Force Awakens" commercial promoting the movie. But what many of you may or may not have known is the fact these vehicles were set loose in the streets of LA.
The two hellcats were dressed up in a special stormtrooper themed livery, while the new SRT ACR Viper was inspired after Kylo Ren who is one of the main villains in the movie.
3-way switch allows you to adjust power levels from stock, stage 1, and stage 2.
Aluminum black coated casing increases durability.
Hi quality OE style all weather connectors allow a plug and play install, while being heat and chemical resistant.
aFe Power is proud to introduce the new SCORCHER Module for the 2012-2016 BMW M5 with the V8-4.4L twin turbo engine. A simple 5 minute install gives you huge performance gains. The aFe Power SCORCHER Module is designed to alter the pressure sensor signals to increase boost to an optimum level throughout the entire RPM range.
The result is increased performance and improved throttle response across a broad power band as well as reduced turbo lag. In recent testing, this module added an extra +60 horsepower and +85 lbs. x ft. of torque verified by our in house dyno*.
Also fits: 2012-2016 BMW M6 (F12/13) V8-4.4L twin turbo engine and 2013-2016 BMW M6 (F06) Gran Coupe V8-4.4L twin turbo engine.
aFe is proud to introduce the all new Momentum GT intake system for 2012-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK2) SRT-8/SRT with V8-6.4L HEMI engine. Tested in Corona, CA this intake system produced +35 horsepower and +31 lbs. x ft. torque and outflowed the factory intake by 31%. A smooth one-piece housing keeps warm engine air out for maximum performance and the CAD designed intake tube ensures a perfect fit. This system uses a unique filter-to-housing interface that enables us to use the largest filter possible while maintaining a simple hassle-free installation. It is a direct bolt-on system and requires no modifications.
Since it's introduction in 1992 the Dodge Viper was a groundbreaking car. With it's aggressive sleek styling to the mighty V-10 engine under the reverse opening hood, it has always been an attractive car for enthusiasts whether they liked it or not.
But sales has been slow as of late, even with the introduction of the new ACR model. Chrysler announced it will cease production of the car in 2017 at it's Connor Ave Assembly Plant in Detroit, there was no word of a relocation spot where the car will be produced. Many have wondered if there will be a successor to the Viper and if it would be built at the Connor location but that hasn't been mentioned either. This announcement has many thinking no more Viper?
This shouldn't be taken as a permanent goodbye, but more so a see you later type of salute. With Hellcat sales doing very well, and demand of those vehicles high the Viper has been taking a backseat as far as sales are concerned. Many have asked Dodge to stick the Hellcat engine in these cars, but there are two problems with doing that.
1. The engine is too tall and wide to fit in the 5th gen Vipers engine bay without excessively reconstructing the car entirely.
2. The weight of the engine would disrupt the perfect cornering balance that the Viper currently has.
The Viper is Chrysler's diamond car, meaning the car was more so sold to show off the brands capability in technology and get others intrigued in the brand as a whole. Every company has that one car that everyone can associated it to, Nissan has the Skyline or GT-R, Chevy has the Corvette, and Dodge has the Viper. But with the Hellcat's popularity growing quick, for now the brand will focus on those cars. But whose to say the slithering snake won't be back better than ever? Only time will tell...
Roto Molded tube is dyno tuned for maximum power while resisting heat soak.
Optional Air scoop allows increased flow with a seamless install
(Fits 2015 Challengers Only)
aFe is NOW SHIPPING the all new Momentum GT intake system for 2011-2015 Dodge Challenger/Charger with V6-3.6L engine. This all new Momentum GT sealed intake system resulted in +18 horsepower and +22 lbs. x ft. torque and outflowed the factory intake by 28%. A CAD designed, one-piece housing keeps warm engine air out for maximum performance.
As the world waits for the release of the new Ford Focus RS, car and driver magazine got a chance to take a ride in one of these cars. Not drive unfortunately but nonetheless get a ride and feel for the car. From what they describe, you can surely bet the wait to sit behind the wheel in one of these bad boys will surely be worth it. To read the full review visit http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2016-ford-focus-rs-first-ride-review
2016 Ford Focus RS Specs
Drivetrain - Front Engine, 4 Wheel Drive System
Base Price - $36,605
Engine - L4 2.3L EcoBoost
Power and Torque - 350 HP @ 6,000 RPM & 350 lb. x ft. of torque @ 3,200 RPM
Transmission - 6 Speed Manual
Wheelbase - 104.3 in
Length - 172.8 in
Width - 71.8 in
Height - 58.0 in
Curb Weight - 3400 lbs
0-60 mph (time based on Mfr's estimate) - 4.7 Seconds
Top Speed (time based on Mfr's estimate) - 165 mph
This entry was posted in aFe News on December 9, 2015 by Josh Biggers.
Since dawn of time...well least the introduction of the Camaro and Mustang. There has always been constant comparisons between both vehicles, whether it was over the most horsepower, or the quickest lap time both have always battled it out.
Now with the introduction of the 6th gen Camaro and Mustang, it was only a matter of time that these two fierce rivals go at it again in a comparison test.
The Plymouth Prowler is best remembered as a modern day hot rod. It was under the Plymouth name back in 1997-2000 before Chrysler took over operations. They continued to sell the vehicle for a few more years as a Chrysler Prowler until the vehicle got discontinued in 2002.
The vehicle came with a naturally aspirated 3.5L V6 making 253 hp and 255 lb. x ft. of torque. Many complained that the car lacked the power it needed to back up it's looks. Trey Byrum had this problem, and while modifying the engine to it's full potential the car couldn't produce more than 196 hp to the wheels. He looked at alternative ways to go fast, upon much thought he decided to do a 6.1L Hemi V8 swap to keep it all mopar. With 425 hp and 420 lb. x ft. of torque, he knew this would be the best setup to satisfy his needs.
The end result is a fun to drive, one of a kind Prowler! If this car doesn't get your attention from it's unique looks, the sound of that Hemi V8 roaring past you will.