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Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

Showcasing the cool 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. The Raptor launches with the proven three-valve Triton 5.4 litre V8 engine delivering 320 horsepower and 390 ft.-lb. of torque; a new 6.2-liter engine with an estimated 400 horsepower and 400 ft.-lb. of torque becomes available shortly after launch. Both engines underwent extreme laboratory testing, including running the engines at over 6,000 rpm for more than 150 hours. The engines also were put to the test in the desert on a 62-mile evaluation loop to prove out the durability demanded by high-performance, off-road enthusiasts.

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Mike Harrison’s enthusiasm for V-8 engines is apparent. Harrison, Ford Motor Company’s premium V-8 systems manager, is particularly excited about the availability of the new 6.2-liter V-8 that will power the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Producing an estimated 400 horsepower and 400 ft.-lb. of torque, Harrison rattles off the new engine’s components and features quickly and easily, pointing them out and explaining them with more than a trace of pride.

Harrison wants that engine to perform to its maximum capabilities so that customers of the F-150 SVT Raptor won’t have anything to worry about. In short, if the engine can withstand the rigorous testing Ford demands during the development cycle, it can withstand almost anything the most enthusiastic off-roader can dish out, even desert racers.

The testing is intense. It’s cruel, dusty and dirty. By working in the lab to push the engine to its limits, the process simulates how a customer would use the engine. But then it goes a little bit further.

“Running it over 6,000 rpm for more than 150 hours, which is over the peak power limit of the engine, really puts it through its paces,” Harrison said. “We’ve tested it in harsher operating conditions on the engine dyno than would ever be seen by a customer who races.”

Features of the new 6.2-liter V-8 engine include:
  • Cast-iron engine block and four-bolt main bearing caps, with additional cross bolts, for durability
  • Aluminum cylinder heads, with two valves per cylinder head and two spark plugs per cylinder to more efficiently burn the fuel-air mixture in the combustion
  • Single overhead camshaft with roller-rocker shaft drivetrain, which creates a stiff valvetrain that allows optimized camshaft lift profiles and results in better low-speed torque. The roller-rocker shafts allow valve angles to be splayed, resulting in optimized intake and exhaust port layout for better engine “breathing”
  • Dual-equal variable cam timing means intake and exhaust valve opening and closing events are phased at the same time to optimize fuel economy and performance throughout the engine speed range and throttle positions Core to the improvements is using a larger bore and shorter stroke. This approach to creating power has its roots in storied Ford racing engines from the past. The large bore (102 mm) allows for larger intake and exhaust valves for improved engine breathing, and the shorter stroke (95 mm) allows higher engine speed for increased horsepower. Still, peak horsepower is generated at a relatively modest 5,500 rpm. Piston cooling jets squirt oil on the underside of the pistons to keep the piston crowns cool under extreme operating conditions.

The 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor launches with Ford’s proven three-valve Triton 5.4-liter V-8 engine. The new 6.2-liter engine will become available in early 2010. Visit the Ford Raptor website for more information.

Range Rover Sport Autobiography limited edition

Another Frankfurt Motor Show favourite is the cool Range Rover Sport Autobiography limited edition plus a luxurious reclining rear seat package for the Range Rover, for the first time. The 2010 line-up also introduces other developments such as more powerful engines, and interior and exterior design improvements to the Discovery 4, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

“With August sales up 11.6% against the same period last year, we are now starting to see early signs of stability in the UK market,” John Edwards, Managing Director, Land Rover UK, stated. “We’re therefore convinced that one of the best ways to help keep things moving is to excite potential customers with new and improved vehicles. Our range for 2010 is without doubt our strongest ever, and early signs show that these new products are receiving an outstanding reception in the marketplace.”

A new Autobiography Sport limited edition is available on the Range Rover Sport’s 3.6 litre TDV8 and Supercharged derivatives. Featuring an assortment of different themes, only 500 units are expected to go on sale in the UK, with duo-tone premium leather interiors and unique accents to the exteriors including the grille, vents and 20 inch diamond turned finish alloy wheels.

Land Rover’s flagship, the Range Rover will offer a range of further enhancements such as laminated rear-door privacy glass, and electronically-controlled reclining rear seats available with heated and cooled functionality, four-way adjustable lumbar support and airline-style winged head restraints, plus the front passenger seat can be moved to a maximum distance forward remotely, when not occupied.

Four new interior colour combinations have been added to the Autobiography series. Also available is the Logic 7 1200W Harman Kardon High Dynamics audio system, which features 15 independent channels and 19 top quality speakers.

The additional new features on the Range Rover as well as the Range Rover Sport Autobiography limited edition will be made available in the UK starting in January 2010, while prices are to be revealed at a date closer to the on-sale date.