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Ford Focus RS: Rebirth of an Icon

Eight short videos by Ford Performance documenting the two-and-a-half year gestation of their third generation Ford Focus RS.

Great to see this kind of behind the scenes action from Ford, especially for such an important car for the marque.

Tip: The above links point to each video 30s in, to skip the pre-roll. You're welcome. ~

Chris Harris Does Frankfurt 2015

Chris Harris peruses the latest metal at IAA Frankfurt, with a short intermission involving a quick blat around the Lauitzring in the updated 380bhp Mercedes-AMG A45.

That VW Kombi Ducati hauler…


The Chase: A Tribute to Cinematic Vehicular Chases

A supercut of some of the best and most memorable chase sequences in cinema. Featuring, as you would expect, everything from ‘Smokey and the Bandit’, ‘Bullitt’, the ‘Mad Max’ series, ‘The Transporter’, and even a little bit of ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial’.

Don’t miss background from the video’s creator, Michael Mirasol, at Movie Mezzanine; and yet more meta over at No Film School.

Our pick as the greatest: ’Ronin‘.


The True Story of the HO Down the Hume

Street Machine catches up with journalist Mel Nichols and photographer Uwe Kuessner, instigators of the infamous ‘Wheels’ magazine review of the Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III back in 1971.

Peering at the instruments, I can still see the tacho cranking past 6000rpm and the speedo nudging beyond 140mph. When I look at my hands on that big, thin wheel, I can feel the car thrusting forward, rock-steady. We were doing better than 140mph but it felt as right as rain. No worries about keeping it all straight on that narrow bit of road, long before the Hume had any multi-lane sections – or 110km/h speed limit.

Hell, running flat out in the GTHO was a fine moment. I understand blokes all over Australia have posters of Uwe’s memorable picture up on their walls, which, more than anything else, captures the magic of the mighty HO!

Their review of the ‘HO shocked a nation with boasts of covering ‘200 miles in two hours’ and a photo of the car running down the public highway at an indicated 104 mph. Little did the readership know, the true top speed run was a rather higher. High enough for the editors to lose their nerve, opting to run with a doctored photo of top speed run showing the car’s speedometer needle at ‘only’ 104 mph rather than the actual and even more incredible 145 mph.


Why V8 Supercars Had to Buy the Bathurst 12 Hour

Peter McKay for Wheels Magazine:

The surprise move to purchase the rights to promote and run the 12 Hour certainly triggered a tsunami of comment in the grown-up media as well as the usual gossip – much of it ill-informed and hysterical – on blogs, Twitter and Facebook.

In some quarters, the bold act by V8 Supercars – the same rival category that earlier this year blocked its drivers from competing in the Bathurst 12 Hour – could be interpreted as being bad for the future of that enduro.

Some even suggested the V8s only wanted it to kill off a rising threat, a race with real momentum and one that in recent years has been emerging as an increasingly popular and significant event internationally.

Not so. V8 Supercars Australia (using owner Archer Capital’s money) wanted the 12 Hour for many fascinating reasons – mostly very positive for V8SA and some potentially beneficial for the race.

Let’s hope he’s right on this one.


Ford set to announce their return to Le Mans

Strong rumours suggest that Ford will shortly announce thir return to factory sportscar racing in 2016 with a GTE-spec version of their 2015 Ford GT concept car.

According to Autosport:

Ford’s return to Le Mans has been timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first of its four consecutive victories in the 24 Hours from 1966.


An interview with ICON's Jonathan Ward

XCAR interview ICON’s Jonathan Ward about the genesis of his creations, how his cars are built, and what’s next.


A quick look inside Ford UK's Heritage Shed

XCAR take us inside Ford’s secret Heritage Shed in Essex, UK.


Ford quits V8 Supercars from 2016

Bob Graziano, President and CEO of FoMoCo of Australia, sends the word via an internal email, as scooped by

As we continue to transform our business, we would like to share with you news that will break soon on decisions we are making to ensure a bright future for Ford Australia.

This afternoon, we will announce we will provide support to teams racing Ford Falcons in the 2015 V8 Supercars series but will not renew our sponsorships after the 2015 season.

We are electing to invest our funds to continue expanding and refreshing our product lineup while delivering a leading consumer experience.

At least now there’s no uncertainty.


Penske confirms 2015 V8 Supercars entry

SpeedCafe reports:

American giant Team Penske has confirmed it will join the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship with Marcos Ambrose in partnership with legendary outfit Dick Johnson Racing.

Ford, Dick Johnson Racing, Marcos Ambrose driving #17, and Team Penske. What could possibly go wrong?


Kenny Brack provides a lesson in car control

Attempting to qualify Adrian Newey’s Ford GT40 in the wet at the 2013 Goodwood Revival.


Disguising the next Ford Falcon XR8

Ford Prototype Build Co-ordinator Neil Trickey explains the ‘dark art’ of camouflaging pre-production prototypes before they hit the road for testing.


Formula Ford EcoBoost. Street Legal Racer on Road and Nürburgring

Chris Harris:

“This car is completely road legal. It has indicators, fog lights, even an electric handbrake. And it also has a laminated letter from the Ford Motor Company explaining as much, wedged down inside the chassis - just in case you get stopped by the Polizei.”

That laminated letter sure must come in handy.