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FORD DRIVING PERFORMANCE INNOVATION TO NEW LEVELS; MORE THAN 12 VEHICLES COMING FROM NEW GLOBAL TEAM
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  • Ford bringing more global performance vehicles to customers worldwide; more than 12 new performance vehicles through 2020 – including Focus RS – to be available globally
  • Ford uniting regional performance engineering and racing teams as one global team under Ford Performance, delivering more new vehicles and parts, more quickly

Ford will deliver more than 12 new performance vehicles for global enthusiasts through 2020, as the company announced today its new global Ford Performance team.

The vehicles include an all-new Focus RS that will be available to customers in major markets around the world for the first time. It is part of Ford’s plan to deliver even more performance vehicles, parts and accessories for customers around the world more quickly.

“Ford remains committed to innovation through performance,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Our new global Ford Performance team ties together racing, performance vehicles and parts. It will allow us to more quickly introduce products and accessories that meet the needs of customers around the world on-road and on the track.”

Focus RS, which builds on a pedigree of driving excellence dating to the first Ford RS in 1968, was last introduced in 2009.

“To earn the RS badge, the vehicle has to be a no-compromise driver’s car that can deliver exceptional performance on the track when required while providing excellent every day driving,” said Nair.

Focus RS will join Ford’s existing performance lineup, including Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Shelby GT350 Mustang and F-150 Raptor.

In addition to pleasing enthusiasts, these vehicles help deliver the company’s One Ford plan for profitable growth, product excellence and innovation in every part of its business. Performance vehicle sales are growing around the world – with sales up 70 percent in the United States and 14 percent in Europe since 2009.

Ford’s ST lineup, for example, is attracting younger buyers who love to drive. In the United States, more than 65 percent of ST customers come from outside the Ford brand, and more than 50 percent of Ford performance vehicle owners’ next vehicle purchase is a Ford. Millennials are purchasing ST vehicles at a rate twice that of other Ford-branded vehicles.

Powering performance vehicles, such as Fiesta ST and Focus ST, is Ford’s award-winning EcoBoost® engine range. Since the introduction of the EcoBoost engine in 2009, Ford has produced more than 2 million EcoBoost engines globally.

“EcoBoost is a strong example of how we are migrating technology and engineering across our lineup, ensuring our vehicles are fun to drive – not just our Ford Performance lineup,” said Nair. “From our most nimble Fiesta to our hard-working full-size pickups and racing vehicles, our lineup benefits from the innovations we deliver at the track and at the limit.”

For instance, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine in the IMSA TUDOR Championship series powers a record-setting Daytona racing prototype sports car, as well as Ford cars, trucks and utility vehicles.

Another example of this technology transfer can be found in the recently revealed Shelby GT350 Mustang, which goes on sale next year in the United States and Canada. Aerodynamic innovations developed through Ford’s investment in racing were applied to the front end of the new Shelby GT350 Mustang, helping improve downforce in the car as well as cooling.

Ford considers racing an important proving ground for cultivating passionate engineers – allowing them to innovate in top-level competition as they face challenges that require successful solutions in very compressed time frames.

New global team
The new Ford Performance organization unifies Ford SVT, Team RS and Ford Racing globally, serving as an innovation laboratory and test bed to create unique performance vehicles, parts, accessories and experiences for customers.

This includes developing innovations and technologies in aerodynamics, light-weighting, electronics, powertrain performance and fuel efficiency that can be applied more broadly to Ford’s product portfolio.

In addition to using racetracks around the world, the team will develop new vehicles and technologies at Ford’s engineering centers globally and at the new technical center in Charlotte, North Carolina. This state-of-the-art facility will help the team deliver racing innovations, as well as advance tools for use in performance vehicles and daily drivers alike.

The Ford Performance organization is led by Dave Pericak, who has been appointed director, Global Ford Performance.

Heritage of performance innovation
Performance and racing are deeply embedded in Ford’s DNA, dating back 113 years when Henry Ford won the Sweepstakes Race against Alexander Winton, then America’s greatest racer.

Following Henry Ford’s remarkable upset victory in front of Detroit’s elite businessmen, some immediately came forward to back whatever automotive venture he had in mind. Ford Motor Company opened 18 months later.

“Ford still races for the same reasons Henry Ford did in 1901 – to prove out our products and technologies against the very best in the world,” said Nair. “The Ford Performance team will continue to pursue performance innovation, ensuring we can deliver even more coveted performance cars, utilities and trucks to customers around the world.”
 

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Curious to know the name!

I can see this new division debuting a GT successor down the road. Just hopefully not too far down the road.
 

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I wonder why they are not doing anything with the 2.7L Ecoboost in the 2015 Ford Edge Sport. It would be nice to see some performance upgrades from the factory for that motor/platform.
 

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That's it?? I figured that was a placeholder for the real name. Kinda boring, but I'm sure when I have a Focus RS in my driveway I'll get over it.
 

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I wonder why they are not doing anything with the 2.7L Ecoboost in the 2015 Ford Edge Sport...
...that we know of.

Also I expect amped up versions of the nanos in Lincolns soon.
 

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That's it?? I figured that was a placeholder for the real name. Kinda boring, but I'm sure when I have a Focus RS in my driveway I'll get over it.
At least the cars will retain their familiar "RS", "ST", "GT350", "SVT" badges.
 

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At least the cars will retain their familiar "RS", "ST", "GT350", "SVT" badges.
....and there are 12 more models coming over the next 5 years.

"Fusion ST", "Mondeo ST", "Taurus ST(notice Ford did not mention SHO", "Red Label" .......
 

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....and there are 12 more models coming over the next 5 years.

"Fusion ST", "Mondeo ST", "Taurus ST(notice Ford did not mention SHO", "Red Label" .......
Lincoln's Red Label might not have anything to do with Ford Performance. It will most likely be separate from Ford.

BTW, 'Lightning' has been trademarked. http://www.trademarkia.com/lightning-86244593.html

It would be awesome if the next F-150 Lightning had the GT350's 5.2-liter V8.

Here's my guess:

Fiesta ST
Fiesta RS
Focus ST
Focus RS
Mondeo/Fusion ST
Taurus ST
Kuga/Escape ST
Edge ST
Mustang GT350
Mustang GT350R
F-150 Lightning
F-150 Raptor

The EcoSport, Everest, Explorer, Expedition, Ranger, and Super Duty are the remaining candidates. The GT rumor is just a rumor.
 

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...that we know of.

Also I expect amped up versions of the nanos in Lincolns soon.
I've always said this for Buick, but it could go for Lincoln too... if they're going to share platforms and engines with regular Ford models, there should be a golden rule that each Lincoln version has X% more power, or quietness, or smoothness. A Fusion engine has 300 hp? Give the MKZ equivalent 325. It would help justify the price increase, and create a true difference between the brands that goes beyond looks.
 

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I've always said this for Buick, but it could go for Lincoln too... if they're going to share platforms and engines with regular Ford models, there should be a golden rule that each Lincoln version has X% more power, or quietness, or smoothness. A Fusion engine has 300 hp? Give the MKZ equivalent 325. It would help justify the price increase, and create a true difference between the brands that goes beyond looks.
That makes a whole lot of sense.

Unfortunately the Escape 2.0 and MKC/MKZ 2.0 offers the same hp/torque. And the Mustang 2.3L offers 310hp/320 torque and MKC 2.3L offers less at 285hp/305 torque.

Maybe this will be resolved with the rumored new 'nano' engines coming to Lincoln. Right now Lincoln is still in the early rebuilding process or 7 year gestation period(2013-2020).
 

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Rumor has it that the new Lincoln nano will be a 2.9L EB, which should be fun and I'm assuming the MKX will be the first recipiant. Although don't expect them to stay a Lincoln exclusive since I'm sure they need them in other Ford applications like their Trucks. However, I don't think we'll see the Lincoln engines shared with the Ford cousin. We're still waiting on that new transmission, which won't be a Lincoln exclusive, but it's key to the catch-up that Lincoln still needs to do to match their pricier competitors.

Lincoln probably needs to do more with cabin tech and design, although I'm waiting to see what happens in the upper Lincolns like the MKX and MKS. If they are using the same tiny LCD instrument panel as Ford for example, or they continue using the terrible switchgear from the MKC center stack, then they are not making sufficient progress in a competitive market. I do have high hopes for the new MKX and that it won't be a simple MKC upscale and will indeed represent a next step in tech and design (at least on the inside, outside is pretty much bigger MKC).
 
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