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Euro/American controversial: the Ford F6 Tornado...look out!

Postby mach1 » Sun Nov 14, 2004 12:49 am


Controversial: the Ford F6 Tornado.


    Engine: 6-cylinder, 4-litre turbo
    Power: 270kW @ 5000rpm
    Torque: 550Nm @ 2000-4250rpm
    Price: $58,950

    BMW M5
    Engine: 5-litre V10
    Power: 373kW @ 7750rpm
    Torque: 520Nm @ 6100rpm
    Price: $220,000 (estimate)

    FERRARI F430
    Engine: 4308cc V8
    Power: 360.3kW @ 8500rpm
    Torque: 465Nm @ 5250rpm
    Price: Not yet available
    (previous model more than $365,000)

    Engine: 5.7-litre 10-cylinder
    Power: 450kW @ 8000rpm
    Torque: 590Nm @ 5750rpm
    Price: $1,155,670

Superfast Ford fuels speed row
Mark Hinchliffe

A FORD Falcon potentially faster than many expensive European supercars has prompted a call for vehicles to be speed-limited.

The FPV Typhoon, priced at $58,950, has so much thrust
Ford has refused to release its acceleration figures because
of concerns about negative reaction from the safety lobby.

Ford Performance Vehicles product planning manager Mark
Behr acknowledged the decision not to release the figures was
prompted by recent complaints about car advertisements
highlighting the maximum speeds of powerful cars.

Independent tests conducted by The Courier-Mail show the
car can reach 100km/h in second gear but its top speed was
not found.

Pedestrian Council of Australia chairman Harold Scruby said
the release this week of the turbocharged Typhoon should be
the catalyst for speed-governing of vehicles.

"In generations to come people will look back on this era like
the Wild West when people walked around with a gun on their
hips," he said.

"These people (car manufacturers) are the cowboys of this

The Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) Typhoon is a souped-up
version of the turbocharged Falcon XR6T.

Its four-litre, six-cylinder turbocharged engine gives it torque,
or thrust, only slightly less than a $1.1 million, 5.7-litre,
10-cylinder Porsche Carrera GT.

It has more torque than a Lamborghini Gallardo and a
Ferrari F430.

Mr Behr said Ford's advertising campaign, under the
Performance Inc name, would work responsibly
within Advertising Standards Bureau's new codes of

"Most vehicles are featured in static shots in our ads," he said.
"And we are the only company that offers free driver training
with the sale of our performance cars."

The Pedestrian Council of Australia has recently had ads for
the Mitsubishi Magna and the BMW Mini withdrawn after
successfully complaining to the ASB.

Mr Scruby said these decisions put motor-vehicle manufacturers
and advertisers on notice that the Pedestrian Council would
complain about any advertisement which breached the ABS

"Why are they releasing these vehicles on our roads when
the motorway speed limit is 110km/h?"

He called for speed-governing of vehicles and for speedos to be
limited to showing 130km/h.

RACQ external relations general manager Gary Fites said
FPV's advertising plan was "most encouraging".

"Very often the irresponsible advertisers are those who have
more mundane vehicles, not the performance car
manufacturers," he said.


Use sense to govern road speeds, say experts

Mick Daly

MOTORING authorities have rejected calls for purpose-built
high-performance vehicles to be speed-limited.

The debate over whether speeds should be capped was sparked
after The Courier-Mail yesterday revealed Ford had refused to
release acceleration figures for its new FPV Typhoon model
because of concerns about negative reactions from the safety

The suped-up vehicle – priced at $58,950 – has more thrust than
two of the world's fastest cars: the Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo.

Although its top speed is not known, independent tests have
found the vehicle – which comes with unique safety features
including dual front and side front airbags, four-channel ABS
and electronic brakeforce distribution – is capable of hitting
100km/h in just second gear.

Its release this week prompted Pedestrian Council of Australia
chairman Harold Scruby to suggest vehicle manufacturers were
"the cowboys of this century", living in a lawless "Wild West".

However, Mr Scruby's calls for vehicles to be speed-governed
and speedos to be limited to 130km/h have been met with
disapproval by authorities.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau safety research and
education director Joe Motha said it was not practical to
speed-limit vehicles.

"If you were to regulate strongly against manufacturers, you
would need a powerful argument detailing how the benefits of
such a move outweigh the costs," he said.

Despite statistics showing 46 per cent of fatalities on
Australian roads between October 2002 and September 2004
occurred when speeds reached more than 100km/h, Mr Motha
said most accidents happened at speeds below the limit.

"Also, drivers sometimes need to get themselves out of
dangerous situations," he said. "For example, if you're overtaking
a truck on the highway and a car is approaching in the opposite
direction, you need that power to be able to accelerate past it."

Mr Motha said it was up to drivers to abide by existing speed
laws and take responsibility on the roads.

RACQ external relations general manager Gary Fites said
there were more important issues than speed-governing

"People come to grief at any speed," he said. "We have far
higher priorities in reducing our road toll, such as improving the
state of our roads system and better educating young and
inexperienced motorists."

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