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FORD PERFORMANCE REVEALS ALL-NEW, GLOBAL, MUSTANG GT4 TURNKEY RACE CAR AT 2016 SEMA SHOW

Posted on: November 1st, 2016
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  • All-new turnkey racecar developed to compete on global stage, in GT4 series throughout the world.
  • The new racecar from Ford is based on the championship-winning Ford Shelby GT350R-C and is built to compete in IMSA (Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge – GS), Pirelli World Challenge (GTS/G4) and GT4 European Series, among others.
  • Features host of race-proven elements from drivetrain to suspension.

LAS VEGAS, Nev find here., Nov. 1, 2016 – Ford Performance today revealed an all-new, track-ready turnkey Mustang racecar that’s ready to compete around the globe – the Ford Mustang GT4.

Unveiled at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Mustang GT4 has been designed and engineered jointly by Ford Performance and Multimatic Motorsports to compete in sports car championship racing series globally, including the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Pirelli World Challenge GTS/GT4, and GT4 European Series. It’s inspired by the Ford Shelby GT350R-C that won the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship just last month.

“As the Mustang nameplate continually expands its presence in markets throughout the world, so does our relevant motorsport presence,” explained David Pericak, global director of Ford Performance. “The Mustang GT4 is equipped to compete and win on tracks around the globe, and we expect it to be as popular with racers as its production sibling is with consumers.”

The Mustang GT4 is equipped with the next generation, naturally aspirated 5.2L V8 racing engine specifically tuned for GT4 competition. The race engine was engineered, validated and built by Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines.

A lightweight, compact six-speed Holinger paddle shift transmission delivers proven race durability with direct-pneumatic activation for fast, positive and consistent gear shifts. The GT4 powertrain also carries a dry sump oiling system, ZF-developed twin-plate racing clutch and flywheel.

Chassis features on the Mustang GT4 include:

  • Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers from Multimatic for advanced predictability, accuracy, repeatability and ultimate vehicle control
  • Rear lower control arms (designed specifically for coil-over springs) and front/rear stabilizer bars from Multimatic
  • Lightweight 18” x 11” forged alloy wheels from Forgeline
  • Rotors and six-piston calipers from Brembo

Aerodynamic enhancements on the Mustang GT4 include a rear wing, the design of which was derived from lessons learned by the Ford GT racing program, front splitter, hood venting, diveplanes and rear diffuser.

On the interior, the Mustang GT4 carries a full FIA-compliant roll cage and race-oriented dash logger from MoTeC.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

SOURCE: Ford Performance PR

ROUSH YATES ENGINES ACHIEVES 250th POLE!

Posted on: November 5th, 2016
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MOORESVILLE, NC, November 5, 2016 – Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell drivers of the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team put the Ford GT on the pole at the 6 Hours of Shanghai, in the FIA World Endurance Championship series.
This pole position marked the 250th pole in NASCAR and Road Racing for Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance since 2004. The No. 67 recorded a qualifying lap time of 2:01.391 and the No. 66 of Stefan Mucke and Olivier Pla were a mere .137s behind to make it an all Ford front row.
This milestone is a shared achievement of 47 dynamic drivers and the greatest race teams in the industry, which includes a legendary motorsports lineup. It consists of NASCAR HALL of Famers, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champions, Daytona 500 winners, Indianapolis winners, NASCAR Xfinity Champions, NASCAR Camping World Truck drivers, IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship drivers, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Champions, 24 Hours of Le Mans winners and FIA World Endurance Championship drivers.

Over the past 13 years, Roush Yates Engines has partnered with Ford Performance to design, develop and build world-class winning race engines. The partnership started with the Roush Yates Engines’ C3 race engine in 2004 and has evolved into the 2016 NASCAR Ford FR9 EFI and twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost race engines.

In 2004 and 2005 the Roush Yates Engines’ C3 V8 and D3 V8 race engines were the power under the hood for both Greg Biffle of Roush Racing and Dale Jarrett of Robert Yates Racing when they won their respective Daytona 500 poles.

Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines recalls one of his favorite moments as the newly formed company took to the track for the first time in 2004 – “The proudest moment for me was, when we qualified for the Daytona 500, Jack Roush’s car with Greg Biffle on the pole and my Dad’s car with Elliott Salder was the outside pole.”

NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin of Roush Racing took the 2006 pole at Texas Motor Speedway in the Busch Grand National Series.
Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray in the No. 1 Roush Fenway Racing car captured his third career pole and first on a road course in 2007 at Infineon Raceway.
Carl Edwards, accumulated over 50 pole wins while driving the Ford brand and in 2008 brought home another Sprint Cup Series pole at Bristol Motor Speedway for Ford and Roush Fenway Racing.

In 2009, Matt Kenseth of Roush Fenway Racing leveraged the horsepower of the Roush Yates Engines built Ford FR9 V8 race engine to secure the Texas Motor Speedway pole in the Nationwide Series.

Kasey Kahne and Richard Petty Motorsports would bring home the pole in Ford’s own backyard in Brooklyn, Michigan at the beloved Michigan International Speedway in 2010.
The 2011 and 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Champion, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. driver for Roush Fenway Racing captured one of his Nationwide poles at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Aric Almirola with Richard Petty Motorsports and the newly designed Ford FR9 EFI V8 race engine, won the 2012 Sprint Cup pole at NASCAR’s home track, Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Ford swept the front row at Chicagoland in 2013. Joey Logano, the No. 22 driver for Team Penske and Ford Performance kicked off the Chase by taking the pole at Chicagoland and teammate Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 completed the sweep of the front row.
2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck pole was captured by No. 21 Ryan Blaney driver for Brad Keselowski Racing at Michigan International Speedway.
In 2015, Brad Keselowski clinched the pole at a fan favorite track, Darlington Raceway. Darlington has become known as NASCAR’s Throwback event of the year.
This past June Roush Yates Engines won one of their most coveted road racing poles with Ford Performance and Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship Series, at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. The drivers of the No. 68 FCGR Ford GT race car; Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais took the pole position. They would go onto make history by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the 50th Anniversary of Ford Motor Company’s first Le Mans win in 1966.
“Congratulations to all the previous and future pole winners,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “This is a humbling moment for the Roush Yates Engines’ team. We have created a company that continues to deliver world-class winning race engines each and every week. We share this achievement and commitment with Ford Performance and all the teams that race the Blue Oval.”
13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 281 WINS – 250 POLES!
About Roush Yates Engines  
Roush Yates Engines is a leading edge engine development company, with 3 state-of-the-art facilities based in Mooresville, NC; which include Roush Yates Engines, Roush Yates Performance Engines Group, focused on road racing and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, a world class manufacturing center and ISO 9001 / AS9100 certified. The company’s core business includes designing, building and testing purpose built race engines.Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance is the exclusive engine builder of the NASCAR FR9 Ford V8 engine and twin-turbo EcoBoost Ford V6 race engine that powers the Ford GT ‘Super Car’.

With the unparalleled culture of winning and steeped in rich racing history, Roush Yates Engines continues to follow the company’s vision to lead performance engine innovation and staying true to the company’s mission, provide winning engines through demonstrated power and performance.

5 Series – 9 Countries – 114 Races

FORD GT TAKES 1-2 FINISH IN SHANGHAI!

Posted on: November 7th, 2016
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SHANGHAI, China, November 7, 2016 – The Ford GT powered by the twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine took a 1-2 podium finish. Andy Priaulx / Harry Tincknell drivers of the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing No. 67 took the checkered flag in the 6 Hours of Shanghai in back-to-back FIA World Endurance Championship races.
The No. 67 dominated the 3.387 mile Shanghai International Circuit in Jiading, Shanghai. On the fifth lap of the race, Priaulx recorded the fastest lap of the race (and new lap record) of 2:02.217 in the LMGTE Pro Class.
“We’ve had a good day today,” said Priaulx when interviewed after his last stint of the race. “A six hour race is very hard on the car, we’ve pushed 100%. The team was brilliant today on pit stops and it is down to Harry to bring the car home this weekend.”
The No. 67 was able to maintain good pace throughout the race while the crew executed their pit stops and driver changes flawlessly to stretch the lead as the No. 67 took the checkered flag.
After sustaining some rear end damage at the beginning of the race, teammates Olivier Pla / Stefan Mücke in the No. 66 were pushed back to P3, but were able to overtake the No. 51 Ferrari to retake second and eventually make it a 1-2 finish.
Priaulx / Tincknell started the weekend off by securing the LMGTE Pro class pole in the No. 67 and achieving Roush Yates Engines 250th overall motorsports pole with Ford Performance. The No. 66 sister car made it an all Ford GT front row on the grid Saturday.
Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance designed, tested and redefined the twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine. The Roush Yates Engines’ Calibration Engineers (Adam McMaster and Phil Vars) worked closely with the teams to manage the rapidly changing track conditions over the 575.79 mile (170 laps) endurance race.
“Congratulations Andy, Harry and Ford Chip Ganassi Racing,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “To win our second race and pole in a row in the World Endurance Championship series is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the entire team. We have great momentum going into the final race of the season and will be pushing for the win.”
The win in Shanghai moved both FCGR teams up the leader board. No. 67 moved into second (129 points) and the No. 66 third (121 points). With only two points separating the No. 67 and No. 95 Aston Martin (131 points), the LMGTE Pro championship will be decided at the 6 hours of Bahrain.

The teams are poised and will take the momentum from the last two wins into the last race of the FIA World Endurance Championship season in Bahrain.

Weekend Recap:  4 RACES – 1 WIN – 2 POLES

2016 FIA
World Endurance Championship
November 19: Bahrain International Circuit – Bahrain

13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 282 WINS – 251 POLES!

About Roush Yates Engines  
Roush Yates Engines is a leading edge engine development company, with three state-of-the-art facilities based in Mooresville, NC; which include Roush Yates Engines, Roush Yates Performance Engines Group, focused on road racing and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, a world class manufacturing center and ISO 9001 / AS9100 certified. The company’s core business includes designing, building and testing race engines.

Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance is the exclusive engine builder of the NASCAR Ford FR9 V8 engine and twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine that powers the Ford GT supercar.

With the unparalleled culture of winning and steeped in rich racing history, Roush Yates Engines continues to follow the company’s vision to lead performance engine innovation and staying true to the company’s mission, provide winning engines through demonstrated power and performance.

5 Series – 9 Countries – 114 Races

LOGANO WINS PHOENIX | HOMESTEAD BOUND!

Posted on: November 14th, 2016
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AVONDALE, Ariz. November 14, 2016 – Joey Logano captured the win at Phoenix International Raceway in dramatic fashion to secure his spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship finale. The No. 22 of Team Penske advances to the Final 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title.
The power beneath the hood of the No. 22 Ford Fusion, a Ford FR9 V8 race engine, was built exclusively by Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance. The Ford FR9 provided the horsepower Logano needed to take the lead in double-overtime and reach victory lane in the Can-Am 500.
“There was so much on the line and everyone brings their A-game when it comes to winning championships, and this team did it,” said Logano in victory lane. “I couldn’t be more proud of this team. Roush Yates Engines bringing the heat again…I’m speechless right now.”
Logano, won his first race in Phoenix and marked Ford’s 15th win at the track since 1988 with Alan Kulwicki and now will take Roger Penske to the championship round in his 50th Anniversary year.
 “I’d have to say that today the team really was disciplined cheap ed pills.  It executed the pit stops. I think you saw that almost at every stop we picked up two or three spots, and Joey’s restarts were classic Logano,” commented Roger Penske, Team Penske team owner. “I mean, no one was able to be as cool as he was and take the position. For me here on our 50th year to have this success, it’s pretty special.”

Logano started the race third in Chase points (+1) above the cut line. After early race contact, Logano battled hard and ran in the top five for most of the race. He fought hard during the pressure packed 312 mile race, leading a total of 58 laps. Ford Performance teammates No. 21 Ryan Blaney finished P8 and Brad Keselowski finished P14.

“Congratulations to Joey, Roger and the entire 22 team,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “What an epic race. We (Roush Yates Engines) are so proud to be part of this amazing team with Ford Performance and Team Penske. We need to savor this amazing win and get ready to race next weekend for the title.”

With a championship title on the line, the team is peaking at the right time and will build on this momentum to push to the finale. It all comes down to the Ford EcoBoost 400 in Homestead-Miami for the championship this coming weekend.

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup 
CHASE Schedule:
November 20: Homestead-Miami 2:30 PM ET

13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 283 WINS – 251 POLES!

About Roush Yates Engines  
Roush Yates Engines is a leading edge engine development company, with 3 state-of-the-art facilities based in Mooresville, NC; which include Roush Yates Engines, Roush Yates Performance Engines Group, focused on road racing and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, a world class manufacturing center and ISO 9001 / AS9100 certified. The company’s core business includes designing, building and testing purpose built race engines.

Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance is the exclusive engine builder of the NASCAR FR9 Ford V8 engine and twin-turbo EcoBoost Ford V6 race engine that powers the Ford GT ‘Super Car’.

With the unparalleled culture of winning and steeped in rich racing history, Roush Yates Engines continues to follow the company’s vision to lead performance engine innovation and staying true to the company’s mission, provide winning engines through demonstrated power and performance.

5 Series – 9 Countries – 114 Races