Are you an owner of a 2009 Ford Focus? Have you ever wanted more from it in terms of performance without sacrificing fuel efficiency? Jay Leno’s garage has just the thing for you. The Ricardo HyBoost.
As Jay demonstrates in the video, this is not your ordinary 2009 Ford Focus. The engine has been upgraded from a 2.0-liter, which is stock, to a 1.1-liter. We know what you’re thinking, shouldn’t that read downgraded? Well the answer is no, because the new engine is fed by both a supercharger and turbocharger. Those two additions provide an almost instantaneous effect, for noticeable torque improvement.
Personally, we wouldn’t expect anything less from the engineering minds at Ricardo. They are, after all, the same company involved in building the McLaren P1. For those of you who don’t know, the McLaren P1 is one of the fastest street-legal hybrid cars around.
While the upgraded Ricardo HyBoost version of the Ford Fusion, won’t accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds, it will also not cost you over $1 million to buy. In fact the upgrades made to the Ford Fusion are about $1,100 according to an autoblog.com article.
You won’t be able to buy a Ricardo Hyboost For Fusion for yourself, but come see us at Highway Ford and we can help you get the parts you’ll need.
Chocolate is one thing that people associate with Valentine’s Day more so than anything else. With Valentine’s Day today, Ford took to 3D printing to give their fans a sweet treat… a 2015 Ford chocolate Mustang. Although the chocolate version doesn’t get very good gas mileage, it definitely tastes a lot better.
In partnership with a Los Angeles-based company specializing in 3D printed confections, 3D Systems Sugar Lab, Ford built the perfect scale models of their famous muscle car out of chocolate and sugar. Additionally Ford built a plastic model using similar 3D printing techniques which you can see at autoblog.com.
“It was a challenge to take it from the full CAD version down to a little one-inch bite of chocolate, [but] that was fun,” Liz Von Hasseln, Creative Director Food Products at 3D Systems/The Sugar Lab, said. The mini mustangs were a challenge worth taking on, as they created a lot of buzz with blog posts like this and various news articles.
The three 3D printed model Mustangs were part of Ford’s initiative to showcase how the automaker is using 3D printing for all its vehicles. This Ford video talks on that point specifically.
You can’t buy the chocolate or sugar models of the American classic for the motor head on your list this Valentine’s Day, but Ford is considering licensing the design in the future. Maybe you’ll have to settle for getting them a real Ford Mustang instead.