rv65 wrote:ChrisB wrote:rv65 wrote:The next Focus RS will have a 2.0T Ecoboost motor, with an electric motor powering the rear wheels. It will be faux AWD, since the electric motors take place of the AWD system. It wouldn't be proper AWD, but I could see the WRC moving on to this type of setup.
Is that definite? I have heard it as it was a thought. That's why I am saving for a Focus Mk2 RS. I love the Focus Mk3 shell, really beautiful car, but all that electric motor stuff is blindfolded rubbish publicised by eco fanatics and I would rather buy no RS than an RS with any kind of hybrid/electric layout.
Why don't even car testers tell the truth (at least for Germany I can launch that complaint, Top Gear has told the truth with their electric car). Electric cars are around since 20 years and longer, and there has been no development, so why shall now come the development? It is all eco fanatic media talk, as you can easily se on the Toyota Prius, that sold extremely badly for 10 years, and now all the sudden Germans buy Priuses based on a 10 year old design as if there was no tomorrow. In a recent ADAC test (comparable to RAC in GB, so at least they should be unbiased) the ADAC was so surprised that in fuel consumption and emissions a Volvo diesel beat the Honda Hybrid, even though the Honda was the smaller car. Maybe I should write in to them, because I was not surprised since in January they tested the Mercedes S420 Hybrid, and that was much slower while it needed much more fuel than my car that fulfills all the anti eco stereotypes! My 405 T16 meaning a 17 years old 230BHP turbo 4x4 performance car never developped to be economic, beats a modern Hybrid hands down! Electric does not work at all and Hybrid is expensive, very heavy, no fun to drive, and the economic result is not anywhere near what we are told it is. So whoever thinks this is our future is heavily mislead. Sadly Peugeot is on the same trip as Ford here with that hybrid alibi 4WD.
Honda has the CR-Z which is supposed to be a fun hybrid, but it goes from 0-60 in only 9.7 seconds. If Honda could make a more powerful version, then that would be great.
rv65 wrote:It was also spotted on a Kart track, but instead of using Wilslow, they picked an even slower driver. The slower driver is an engineer who shall remain nameless.
"The Ford team will unveil a new two-floor team headquarters. The ground floor contains a large open area for guests, a kitchen and toilets. The first floor has four meeting rooms, a physiotherapists' room, two offices for engineering staff and a centre area for team personnel. The HQ has 14 TV screens across all areas, showing stage times, maps and promotional information. It will take a team of 24 staff four days to erect the facility and two days to take it down again."
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