Wheels Combine Carbon, Aluminum For Strength, Lighter Weight

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There are already some aftermarket carbon-fiber wheels available, but now Ford will offer them as standard equipment on its sportiest new Mustang model--the Shelby GT350R. It seems carbon fiber is starting to show up everywhere in cars to cut weight, with wheels being one of the latest examples. Performance cars aren't the only ones that could. Wheels Carbon Fiber aluminum weight reduction

Renovo shows production prototype of Shelby-based electric supercar

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Using a factory-modified Shelby American CSX9000 rolling chassis (“Cobra Daytona Coupe”), Renovo’s eponymous coupe features twin mid-mounted sequential axial-flux motors producing more than 370 kW (500 hp) and 1,000 lb-ft (1,356 N·m) of torque, with a 0-60 mph time of less than 3.4

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Ford’s first mass-produced carbon fiber wheels

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To source the new lightweight track-capable carbon fiber wheels that are standard on the new Shelby GT350R Mustang, Ford partnered with Australia-based Carbon Revolution. The wheels of Shelby GT350R are designed to be stiff, light and resilient.

ORNL, Cincinnati Incorporated sign additive manufacturing patent license agreement

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The additive manufacturing agreement is the latest in a series of ORNL advances that include the production of a 3-D printed vehicles at DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, at ORNL, including a reproduction Shelby Cobra that debuted in early 2015. The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Cincinnati Incorporated have signed a nonexclusive licensing agreement on ORNL patents related to large-scale additive manufacturing.

Ford puts the pedal down on performance … but not with electric drive technology right now

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At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit this week, Ford delivered first proof of that focus with the reveal of the new Ford GT carbon-fiber supercar, as well as the new F-150 Raptor based on the new aluminum F-150 and the Shelby GT350R Mustang. Shelby GT350R Mustang.

Audi power-dense 2.5L TFSI engine with electric biturbo delivers 591 hp from 2,480 cc; 48V subsystem for the turbo

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By comparison: The new Ford Shelby GT 350 will feature a naturally aspirated 5.2L The 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 is powered by an aluminum 5.8-liter supercharged V8 producing 494 kW (662 hp) and 856 N·m (631 lb-ft) of torque, or 85 kW/L and 148 N·m/L.

Ford’s math on hybrid fuel economy; standing by the C-MAX EPA ratings, acknowledging large real-world variance

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So when I drive that hybrid the way I drive my Shelby GT500, I typically lose about 12 mpg. Raj Nair outlining factors affecting real-world fuel economy in hybrids. Click to enlarge.

Ford using high-tech plasma coating process for recycling old engines

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We have taken a process that was originally developed to enhance performance models such as the all-new Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350R and used it to remanufacture engines that might otherwise be scrapped. Ford is recycling old engines so they can be used again with the help of a special Ford-patented plasma coating technology. The process delivers a 50% reduction in CO 2 emissions compared with producing a new engine.

Mitsubishi Evo To Go Plug-In Hybrid? World's Tuners Feel Faint

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Once in a while, we like to toss in big honkin' performance cars, like the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. We can't help it. And even screaming smaller tuner sedans , like the 2010 Subaru STi WRC and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. But now comes news to rock the world: The next generation of the Mitsubishi Evolution Lancer, the STI's arch-enemy

Ford returning to Le Mans in 2016 with Ford GT

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The Ford Performance lineup includes Ford GT, Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R, Focus ST and Fiesta ST.

BP acquiring upstream portion of Clean Energy’s renewable gas business for $155M

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and North Shelby, Tenn. BP will acquire the upstream portion of Clean Energy’s renewable natural gas business and sign a long-term supply contract with Clean Energy to support the firm’s continuing downstream renewable natural gas business. The deal enables both companies to accelerate the growth in renewable natural gas supply and meet the growing demand of the natural gas vehicle fuel market. Renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel—biomethane—is produced entirely from organic waste.

Renovo to show electric supercar prototype at CES

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Using a factory-modified Shelby American CSX9000 rolling chassis (“Cobra Daytona Coupe”), Renovo’s eponymous coupe features twin mid-mounted sequential axial-flux motors producing more than 370 kW (500 hp) and 1,000 lb-ft (1,356 N·m) of torque, with a 0-60 mph time of less than 3.4 Renovo Motors, Inc., will offer the first public viewing of its electric supercar prototype at the upcoming 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. Earlier post.).

ORNL, Strangpresse sign additive manufacturing patent license agreement

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The additive manufacturing agreement is the latest in a series of ORNL advances following printing of a Shelby Cobra at DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL. Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Strangpresse LLC of Youngstown, Ohio, have signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement on a portfolio of ORNL patents related to large-scale additive manufacturing.

New lightweight, lower-cost Uni-Chassis targeting plug-in hybrids and EVs

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Theodore expects to have a complete, running Uni-Chassis vehicle, built around Ford GT parts and housed in a modified Shelby Cobra 427 body, for evaluation this fall. Theodore and Associates is unveiling the Uni-Chassis, a frameless body-on-chassis design that is lighter in weight, lower investment and lower cost compared to traditional body-on-frame and unibody designs, at the 2011 SAE World Congress in Detroit this week.

Plasan and Toray partner on carbon fiber reinforced composites for automotive markets; Toray acquires 20% interest in Plasan

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Established in 2006, PCC began production of automotive carbon fiber composites, beginning with the Corvette Z06 fenders and followed by Corvette ZR1 exterior components, as well as Viper ACR exterior components and a limited edition Ford Shelby Mustang hood.

Team from GM, Ford, FCA reviews how to calculate engine efficiency benefits of high octane fuels

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Shelby, and William M. A team of engineers from GM Powertrain, Ford and FCA have published a detailed review of how to estimate the engine efficiency benefits of higher octane fuel—e.g.,

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Ford Announces 2.0L EcoBoost Engine; First Production EcoBoost with TI-VCT

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2010 Ford Mustang and Shelby GT500. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 Ti-VCT. Click to enlarge. Ford has officially announced the second member of its turbocharged, gasoline direct-injection EcoBoost family, a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder version that will go on sale next year.

GM OnStar and RelayRides introduce peer-to-peer car sharing for GM vehicles

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Shelby Clark, RelayRides founder and Chief Community Officer. RelayRides reservation app. Click to enlarge.

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Ford / AVL study concludes mid-level ethanol blend attractive as a long-term future fuel for use in optimized engines in US

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Shelby, M., Shelby, M., A study by a team from Ford Motor Company and AVL has concluded that a mid-level ethanol blend—greater than E20 but less than E40—appears to be attractive as a long-term future fuel for the US for use in engines optimized for the higher octane blend. The team presented a paper on their work at the 2013 SAE World Congress in Detroit.

Ford to Introduce 9 New or Upgraded Engines and Six New Transmissions in North America This Year

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5.4-liter Shelby GT 500 V-8. Ford will introduce nine new or upgraded engines and six new transmissions in North America this year as part of a five-year effort to overhaul its entire global powertrain portfolio. Earlier post.) By the end of 2010, nearly all of Ford’s North American engines will have been upgraded or replaced since 2008, according to Barb Samardzich, Ford vice president, Powertrain Engineering.

Ford CEO: Ford to focus on 5 key areas of innovation: mobility, autonomy, connectivity, customer experience and performance

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Focus RS will join Ford’s existing performance lineup, including Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Shelby GT350 Mustang and F-150 Raptor. In a pre-Christmas media event, Ford president and CEO Mark Fields said while 2014 was a good year for the company, 2015 has the potential to be a “ breakthrough year ”.

Concept: AET Reaches Final Development Stage of OX2 Barrel Engine

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Advanced Engine Technologies was incorporated in 1996 to commercialize the OX2, with automotive racing pioneer Carroll Shelby on its Board of Directors and involved in the engine development. Exploded view. of the OX2 Engine. Click to enlarge. Advanced Engine Technologies.

Ford announces second member of EcoBoost family

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2010 Ford Mustang and Shelby GT500. The green innovations continue to come thick and fast from the leading car manufacturers with Ford announcing the second member of its turbocharged, petrol direct-injection EcoBoost family. A 2.0litre, four-cylinder version is scheduled to go sale next year and follows in the footsteps of a 3.5l, V6 engine that is applied in the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO and the Lincoln MKS. When the 3.5l

Developing Fords EcoBoost Combustion System

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Jianwen Yi, Brad VanDerWege, Corey Weaver, Zheng Xu, George Davis, Brett Hinds, Andreas Schamel, Steven Wooldridge, Gary Coulson, James Hilditch, Claudia Iyer, Peter Moilanen, George Papaioannou, David Reiche, Michael Shelby. Configuration of the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost Combustion System. A 6-hole fuel injector is mounted between intake ports. The spark plug is at the center of the chamber. The piston has a shallow bowl designed to ensure stable combustion during engine cold-start operations.

2010 Aptera 2e First Drive and Video on Inside Line

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Change Is Good Punch and the PP4 prototype represent an impressive midpoint in development, but Reichenbach (formerly head engineer for the Ford GT and Shelby 350 GT programs at Ford) says that only about 30 percent of what we see in PP4 will be in the final production version.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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About CalCars Plug-In Hybrids FAQ How to Get a PHEV Where PHEVs are Carmakers Say. Our PRIUS+ Project Photos PHEV Resources Global Warming Take Action News and Events Contact Us How Carmakers are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity If you ask, "have major auto-makers come around on PHEVs?",