Moments ago Matt Powers announced that he will be running a new engine provided by his new sponsor Katech Performance. He will be running Katech’s Time Attack 463 7.6L v8 that produces over 700hp (specs below).
Block: RHS aluminum, billet main caps, ARP studs, piston squirters
Crankshaft: 4340 forged steel with ATI damper
Connecting rods: Forged H-beam steel
Pistons: 2618 forged aluminum, hardcoat anodized, skirt coating, gas porting and DLC-coated pins
Camshaft: Katech Track Attack 472 spec
Cylinder heads: CNC-ported LS7 with bronze valve guides, ARP studs
Valves: Katech titanium/molybdenum intake, hollow sodium-filled exhaust
Induction: FAST LSXR 102mm
Oiling system: ARE or Dailey 5 stage
Yesterday at the Chicago Auto Show Ford made two large announcements related to GRC (Global RallyCross Championship).
First they introduced the new 2013 Ford Fiesta ST Global RallyCross Championship Race Car based off the new Ford Fiesta ST. Built by Swedish based OlsbergsMSE (Olsberg Motor Sports Evolution), the team who backed Tanner Foust in his two consecutive GRC championships. From what we can gather, as Ford has not released official specs/details, the Fiesta ST GRC edition will be available in only the 5-door hatchback body and sport a 2.0 liter Ford twin-cam Duratech four cylinder with custom head, Magnaflow exhaust, large Garrett turbo setup, Eibach springs, Alcon breaks, 17in Motegis, hydraulic handbreaking system, and be completely gutted and caged for safety standards. This combination is good for 550+ HP, 590+ TQ and a 0-60 speed of just 2 seconds flat.
The 2013 Ford Fiest ST GRC edition will be piloted in the 2013 GRC season by Tanner Foust and Brian Deegan. Ken Block is expected to also be piloting a 2013 Ford Fiest ST GRC and will reveal his car later this year.
This also means that Foust and Deegan’s previous GRC cars are currently up for grabs over at OlsbergsMSE website.
In addition to this already large announcement for Ford and the GRC, it was announced that Ford will be the sole automotive sponsor for the four 2013 summer X Games with RallyCross events in LA, Brazil, Spain and Germany. This is on top of Ford signing up to be an official sponsor of Formula D in 2013. Looks like Ford is taking a huge interest in some of the more wild motorsports series.
Chelsea Denofa announced today that he will be returning for the 2013 Formula D season as we all expected after a pretty successful rookie season in 2012. What we didn’t expect was that he will be returning in the BMW that he built after his crash at wall speedway and he never got to pilot in the 2012 season. This means he will be returning as a privateer driver and not with Bergenholtz Racing. It was surprising to many when shortly after the crash at wall speedway and in the middle of the Formula D 2012 season Bergenholtz Racing announced it would be splitting ways with Joon Maeng and picking up Chelsea Denofa to pilot the Nitto Tires RX-8. This announcement by Denofa confirms previous rumors that Bergenholtz would not be returning to Formula D for the 2013 season. I for one am excited to see the gold and black BMW back out there, I feel that Denofa looked much more comfortable in it and pushed his limits more. It’s also a more unique choice of platform vs the current roster of vehicles on the field. We wish Chelsea the best in the 2013 season and hope to see him on the podium soon.
MA Motorsports LLC posted some pictures this week of the rebuild on Corey Hosford’s KSport 350z for the 2013 season. Now that he’s on board with Forsberg Racing and MA Motorsports the z is most likely going to have some major improvements including what looks to be a wide body to fit some fatter rubber under it. Hopefully the zombie returns though, we’ll see soon. Only a little over 2 months before Formula D Streets of Long Beach.
I know that the entire Fast & Furious franchise gets a lot of flack from automotive enthusiasts due to the overly showy/exaggerated cars, unrealistic stunts, cars that seem to have a gas tank full of nitrous, and shifting that seems to never end and surpass the actual amount of gears in the car, but I think that this trailer speaks a lot for what Justin Lin is trying to do with the franchise and reveals a lot more about the plot and confirms some interesting plot twists that I was hoping would be done to switch up the normal cliches. With all of that in mind I won’t spoil it, i’ll simply direct you to the Fast & Furious 6 extended trailer below.