Although Ken Block stated last year was one of his best ever, the numbers show a disappointing FIA World Rally Championship campaign in his new Monster Energy Ford Fiesta RS rally car. Mechanical issues also plagued his performance in Rally America, however the Monster World Rally Team (MWRT) is hoping for an improved 2011 season with even more races and events. Some notable mentions in the United States include the Summer X Games, Gymkhana GRID, and select RallyCar rallies and RallyCross events across the states in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC car. Hit the jump to watch videos of some new eye candy car girls, and read what Ken Block had to say about the year ahead.
Check out this video from a car crash of a Ford F150 parked on the hood of a 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia. It’s never good to see an exotic like this Ferrari car wrecked from the inexperience of other drivers or the owner himself. It is unknown what exactly happened, but the Ferrari driver said the Ford F-150 jetted out right in front of him. Who knows if the Ferrari 458 was speeding or not, but the accident happened on South Parsons Ave in Brandon, Florida. What’s even worse is the Ferrari was a brand new 2011 model with less than 500 miles on the clock! Hope they have good car insurance, hit the jump to watch the video.
The tuners from Superchips Ltd. are offering a high performance ECU remap for the new Ford Kuga, Galaxy, Mondeo, and Focus S-Max line of cars. For the certain Ford cars featuring the latest version of the 2.0-liter TDCi turbo diesel engine producing 163 PS, the Superchips technicians have analyzed and determined extra power capabilities. The Ford Galaxy, Kuga, Mondeo, and Focus gained an additional 22 bhp at 3,301 rpm, along with a 89 Nm torque increase. After analyzing the dyno maps, the tuning firm noticed gains throughout the rev range, which improves the overall drive ability, and is the main focus at Superchips.
The TunerWorks Canadian based supercar tuning company and distributor of high end packages from Brabus, Hamann, Renntech, and Veilside, have released this custom Ford GT. Not much work was performed on this car, and details are limited, however the main addition we see are the ADV1 wheels. We’ve seen these installed on a Lamborghini Murcielago before, and the result is simply stunning. Hit the jump to view more pictures.
If you want your car to look different and not get much praise, then turn to this Australian tuner who shows us how NOT to customize your car with a Ford Taurus. Not like the third generation Ford Taurus was an appealing car in the first place, but a good laugh comes from them every now and then. This enterprising owner decided to install an ill fitting body kit, hood and roof scoops, and a disgusting black and gold paint. Underneath we believe is still the stock 3.0-liter V6 with the automatic transmission. The car currently has 102,104 miles and is being sold on ebay for around $1,000. It would be a funny joke to mess with your HOA by leaving this at the end of your driveway.
Without a doubt the Ford Focus RS is a car full of potential, however it’s simply not powerful enough from the factory. This is were the German tuners at Stoffler come to help with their new series of updates. Thanks to an adapted intercooler, improve fuel pump, downpipe, and suction pipe, the 2.5-liter Focus engine has been improved to deliver 356 hp and 440 Nm of torque. Customers can also choose from three different exhaust systems for optimal performance and sound, while receiving the MOT certification for driving on the street where necessary.
The car tuning scene could care less about the Jesse James and Sandra Bullock ordeal, since Hennessey brings us the supercharged Ford VelociRaptor 575. The whole cheating scandal with Jesse James is now in the past, so the custom West Coast Chopper builder decided to drop around $11,000 to tune up his Ford Raptor. I guess the high profile TV star needed something fast to run away from all the paparazzi, and after the jump is a video showing Hennessey test the Ford truck on the dyno. The supercharger on this Ford Raptor sounds sick, and the custom tuning produces a whopping 496 horsepower and 473 lb/ft of torque. Hit the jump and turn up your volume, if you think you can handle the power of the VelociRaptor 575.
The UK tuning company BBR has recently made their new package for the Ford Focus RS MK2 available to the public. With their 4-stage upgrade kit, priced at a reasonable £8,500, tuners can achieve 404 HP. For starters, the stage one kit includes an ECU upgrade accompanied by a new silicone air induction hose increasing power to about 342 bhp with 500 Nm of torque. This upgrade may appeal to some while many tuning fanatics spend about £1,440, to go the extra mile with the stage 2 package. Customers can expect a new air filter, new silicone air inlet hoses, a complete remap of the car’s ECU, along with a performance intercooler. All in all, this upgrade is capable of increasing the Ford Focus RS MK2’s power to an impressive 355 bhp accompanied by 512 Nm of torque.
Caroll Shelby and Jack Roush, some of the best known tuning experts around came together to create a masterpiece neither one could do alone in the Ford Mustang SR-71. This car will be up for sale and auctioned for charity. This insane ride came to be after inspiration by the Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird with “SR” standing for nothing less than Shelby and Roush. As far as performance modifications, the Roush & Shelby Mustang SR-71 comes with a 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine complemented by a 2.3L Whipple Twin Screw Supercharger and a Roush intake. These tuning experts also updated their SR-71 with a new exhaust from Ford Racing, a new handling pack, and reinforced roll cage. We are all waiting anxiously for the release of these Ford Mustang performance figures.
WEITEC found success with their lime green Volkswagen project back in May, and have now released their latest tuning work on the 2010 Ford Focus RS, which looks very similar. The suspension specialists decided to customize this Focus RS with a new range of high performance products from their tuning company. Lowering springs, coilover suspension system, and sport shock absorbers are just a few of the new products WEITEC has to offer to the customer. With the addition of their SPORT F Springs, the Ford Focus rides 30 mm closer to the ground, giving it a much sportier look while improving the handling. These springs are reasonably priced at 174 Euros, but the tuners didn’t stop there.
Not long after the release of the new anticipated 2011 5-liter V8 Ford Mustang GT, the world known Ford aftermarket performance manufacturer, Steeda, announced its plan for the Mustang GT. After intense planning and preparation, the package has finally arrived for all those tuning entrepreneurs, labeled the 2011 Steeda Sport Edition 5.0L Mustang. Priced at just under $40,000 for starters, this package drastically improves the cars power, handling, and much more. For the visual upgrades, the Steeda team added an aerodynamic hood, rear aero wing, insane sidewinder graphics, and a brand new set of 20-inch Spyder alloys wrapped in Nitto NT05 high-performance tires (275/35/20).