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 International flavour as Hankook GRC spreads its wings 

The UK’s leading gravel rally championship – the 2007 Hankook MSA Gravel Rally Championship - is set to spread its wings this year with rounds in England, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and Ireland. 

As usual there are categories for both driver and co-driver in most types of vehicles including Group A, Group B and Group N as well as Juniors, Ladies, Manufacturers and of course the Subaru Group N Trophy. This year registered competitors will count their best SIX scores towards the overall championship, meaning only one round can be dropped (as opposed to the two rounds allowed in 2006).   

Further Information is available at the Championship Website: www.gravelrally.co.uk  

2007 Calendar

23/24 February         Rally Sunseeker (Bournemouth) 

24 March                 Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally (Jedburgh)

11/12 May               RBS International Manx Rally (Douglas)

2 June                    Severn Valley Stages Rally (Builth Wells)

21 July                    Swansea Bay National Rally (Swansea)

2 September            Killarney Forest Stages Rally (Killarney)

20 October              Bulldog Rally (Oswestry)

                           

                                  2007 Pure Muscle Mustang 

 

New GT California Special Package, available everywhere, features unique front and rear fascias and GT/CS door stripes.

New GT appearance package features bright rolled exhaust tips, an engine cover with a Pony emblem and a hood scoop.

New attention-calling colours include Grabber Orange Clearcoat Metallic and Alloy Clearcoat Metallic.

New auxiliary audio input jack standard on all models. Available DVD-based navigation system (late availability).

SIRIUS satellite radio available on all models.

New comfort package features an electrochromic mirror with compass, driver and passenger heated seats and a six-way power passenger seat.

 

For 2007, Mustang's bold American style is enhanced with two new appearance packages and a host of interior and equipment upgrades. Additional features include available heated front seats, a standard auxiliary audio input jack and optional SIRIUS satellite radio. Yet another Mustang first, a DVD-based navigation system, will be available shortly after the 2007 model year launches. Mustang is one of the greatest automotive sales success stories of all time. Nearly one out of every two sports cars sold in America is a Mustang, and Mustang remains one of the hottest-selling cars in America. It’s also America’s best-selling convertible.

Mustang coupe and convertible body styles are offered in four models: V6 Deluxe, V6 Premium, GT Deluxe and GT Premium. Muscular engines infuse Mustang with tire-smoking performance. The 4.6-liter, aluminum V-8 has three valve heads and cranks out 300 horsepower. That’s more than 50 percent more power than the small-block, 289-cubic-inch V-8 found in the classic 1964 model. The standard engine, a 60-degree, 4.0-liter, single-overhead-cam V-6, produces 210 horsepower and 240 foot-pounds of torque. Both engines are paired with a standard five-speed manual or an available five-speed automatic, which provides a unique combination of off-the-line jump and good highway fuel economy. 

 Major Features and Options

V-6 Deluxe: auxiliary audio input jack, one-touch up-down power windows, power mirrors and door locks, keyless entry, air conditioning, CD player, tilt steering wheel, speed control, rear window defroster, stainless steel exhaust, 16-inch wheels, four-wheel power disc brakes, and split-folding rear seat on coupe models. V-6 Premium adds: 16-inch, painted, bright machined-aluminum wheels with chrome spinner; Shaker 500 audio system with six-disc CD changer and MP3 capability; and six-way power-adjustable driver seat.

GT Deluxe adds: 4.6-liter, three-valve, V-8 engine; ABS with traction control; stainless steel dual exhaust; front fog lamps in grille; complex reflector halogen headlamps with integral turn signals; rear spoiler; performance tires with 17-inch, painted cast-aluminum wheels; AM/FM audio system with single CD; cloth sport bucket seats; and tilt steering wheel. GT Premium adds: Shaker 500 audio system with six-disc CD player, and Aberdeen leather-trimmed, embossed sport bucket seats.

Options include: GT California Special Package; GT appearance package; comfort group; SIRIUS satellite radio; V-6 Pony Package; seat-mounted side air bags; interior upgrade package with satin-aluminum trim or dark aluminum trim; MyColor custom instrument panel; interior color accent package with black interior and red seats and door inserts; five-speed automatic transmission; two styles of 18-inch, cast-aluminum wheels; and active anti-theft system.

 

MAZDA MPV: THE MINIVAN FOR DRIVERS

Minivans are great for carrying lots of people and lots of cargo, but few owners look forward to driving them. After all, they're not stylish and are seldom fun to drive. The 2006 MPV is the exception. It looks great, with all the style you'd expect from the Zoom-Zoom company.

The front is similar to the MAZDA 6 sports sedan. A deep front fascia and side skirts add to the aggressive styling as do 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels. And, the MPV drives more like a sports sedan than a minivan because it's built by one of the world's renowned sports car makers. Under its taut sheet metal is an all-aluminium V6 engine, four-wheel disc brakes, and rack & pinion steering, five-speed automatic transmission, and sports car-influenced front and rear stabilizer bars. But it wouldn't be a great minivan if it weren't spacious and versatile.

The seven-seat Mazda MPV is functional and stacked with clever stowage and packaging details. The big sliding doors on both sides open wide (power assistance on both doors is optional), giving excellent access to the two rows of rear seats. The sliding doors have power up-and-down windows, unusual for this type of door and highly popular with middle-seat passengers. The rearmost seats are spring loaded, so they're light and easy to fold flat and erect. Even when up, there is still plenty of luggage-carrying space in the rear.

WHY IT'S GREAT TO DRIVE…

A great engine is at the heart of every great car and there are few six-cylinder engines smoother, lighter or more efficient than Mazda's powerful 3.0-liter V6. It has twin camshafts per bank and four-valves per cylinder (24 valves in all). This improves engine breathing and the car's willingness to rev. The all-aluminium construction reduces weight and improves handling, performance and fuel economy.

Maximum power is 200 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and maximum torque is 200 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm. Match those figures to the MPV's low curb weight (3,772 lbs) and you get a driving experience more like a sports sedan than a minivan. Call it the sports car of minivans. A key reason for the MPV's nimbleness is its comparatively low weight and compact exterior dimensions. At 189.5 inches long and 72.1 inches wide, the vehicle has a true minivan ‘footprint,' unlike most of its competitors, which have grown to garage-squeezing full-size van dimensions. So not only is it more precise on bends and livelier on the open road, it is also more manoeuvrable and easier to drive in towns or cities. Parking is especially easy: Highly responsive power rack-and-pinion steering has only 3.3 turns lock to lock. That's just shy of sports-car sharp.

WHY IT'S FUNCTIONAL, COMFORTABLE AND SAFE…

Sports driving characteristics add real character to the MPV and are what you'd expect from the Zoom-Zoom company. But Mazda understands that the primary role of a minivan is to offer comfortable, spacious, safe and versatile transport. Otherwise, customers would simply buy an MAZDA 3 or a MAZDA 6 .

The MPV, accordingly, accommodates seven people and plenty of cargo. In the front- and middle-seat rows, comfortable and supportive ‘captain's chairs' are standard, each with fold-down armrests and adjustable seat backs and head rests. Passenger safety is always top of the mind at Mazda.

Primary safety features, which help drivers avoid accidents, include standard Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), which compensates for different loads to deliver maximum braking force regardless of passenger or cargo load.

A Traction Control System (TCS), which improves stability and reduces skids, is standard on the MPV ES and available on the MPV LX. All MPVs get four-wheel disc brakes for superior stopping power. The nimbleness, smooth handling and responsive steering are further reasons why the Mazda MPV driver is well equipped to avoid accidents. But if an accident does happen, the MPV is well prepared.

To keep the vehicle and its passengers secure, all MPVs come equipped with a two-stage unlocking feature on the power door locks and a remote keyless entry panic button for use in case of an emergency.

 

MAZDA MX-5 MIATA: HOW CALMNESS AND THOUGHT DELIVERED A BRILLIANT NEW VERSION OF THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR TWO-SEAT CONVERTIBLE SPORTS CAR

 

Replacing a car rated as one of the greatest sports cars of all time – and the best selling two-seat convertible, ever – is a challenge that would make even the best designers and engineers nervous. 

 “Jinba Ittai drove all of the development team’s decisions, yielding a car so nimble and fun to drive that the driver and car achieve true unity,” says Kijima. “This unified rider and horse concept allowed us to create a new MX-5 that’s true to the spirit of the original: exceptionally lightweight, and lots of fun to drive.” The 2006 MX-5 Miata is all-new, sharing not a single component with the car it replaces, with significant key updates, including:

  • A body structure that uses new materials and technologies to trim weight, improve crashworthiness, and increase rigidity;
  • Fresh, modern interior and exterior designs that celebrate the iconic status of the original MX-5;
  • Slightly larger exterior dimensions to provide room for taller occupants, as well as improved comfort and enhanced safety for both driver and passenger;
  • A linear and lively new 2.0-liter MZR engine;
  • All-new platform with advanced front mid-ship layout;
  • Improved steering, suspension, and brakes;
  • Top-level craftsmanship and fit-and-finish that yields a high quality ‘fun’ appearance.

Mazda, of course, has a distinguished history of producing great sports cars. The first Mazda sports car to win worldwide recognition and praise was the rotary-powered Cosmo Sport launched in 1967. The RX-7, which followed in 1978, won the hearts of sports car enthusiasts and claimed many important race victories. The original MX-5 Miata, launched in 1989 as a 1990 model, revolutionized the affordable two-seat roadster market.

Two years ago, Mazda’s introduction of the RX-8 redefined the boundaries of sports car design by offering spectacular performance and comfortable accommodation for four adults in one innovative sports car package. All of Mazda’s considerable expertise and passion for designing great sports cars was drawn on for the latest third-generation MX-5 Miata.

NEW ENGINE AND TRANSMISSIONS

An improved four-cylinder engine, offering better performance, and two new transmission choices – including an all-new six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters – increase the appeal of the MX-5 Miata.

The sophisticated new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine gives strong performance, has an inspiring exhaust note, and most important of all, is brilliantly responsive. It reacts to driver commands with lightning-quick reflexes, and offers progressive power delivery.

Such linearity is the key to all of the MX-5 Miata’s driving controls. The MZR-series engine is shared with the engine used in MAZDA 3, MAZDA 5 and MAZDA 6. Maximum power is 170 horsepower at 6,700 rpm. For good tractability and ease-of-driving, at least 90 percent of peak torque (140 lb-ft) is available from 2,500 rpm to the 6,700 rpm redline. (Fuel cut off is at 7,000 rpm.)

DESIGN BRIEF: ABOVE ALL, TO BE MODERN AND FUN

Head and tail lamps are mounted inboard to reinforce compactness, central to the car’s design philosophy. The headlamp design is different from previous MX-5 configurations: the lens cover is shorter in height but steeply slanted to sweep around the corner of the car. The tail lamps combine the traditional elliptical shape from previous design generations with new, modern materials. The rounded grille opening is similar to the original MX-5 Miata, and is part of the car’s iconic shape.

The front bumper is cleaner and more aerodynamically shaped. Seat-back bars add an eye-catching detail to the rear view. The revised body shape is excellent for stability. Side skirts, tire-area deflectors and the front spoiler are designed to control airflow under the body and along its sides, minimizing drag.

The soft top is reshaped and re-engineered. It provides a sportier, more classic appearance with a flatter upper surface and a longer rear contour that flows smoothly into the rear deck. The lowered shape blends smoothly with surrounding body contours so well that no separate ‘tonneau’ cover is needed. The new Z-fold design makes erecting and folding the roof even easier. It now uses a simple, central latch handle rather than the previous model’s two latch handles. The optional detachable hard top has a sweeping shape that widens out to the rear window for a light, modern and aggressive look.

INSIDE BRIEF: THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT TO ENJOY DRIVING

The quality of craftsmanship used in the new MX-5 is quite unlike any MX-5 before. From the details of bright-trimmed gauges to the “piano-black” finish on the dash, the new MX-5 feels and looks like a far more expensive vehicle than it actually is. The Touring version, in addition, gets fog lamps, cruise control, Advanced Keyless Entry with retractable key and steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, among other extra features.

The new six-speed manual gearbox with leather shift knob is standard on the MX-5 Miata Sport, as are bigger 17-inch alloy sports wheels. The Grand Touring gets leather seats, faux leather door trim, cloth soft top, and a BOSE ® audio system with seven speakers. When upgrading to the Grand Touring with Premium Package, the vehicle gets Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry & Start System.

The top-range 3 rd Generation Limited adds exclusive Velocity Red paint with Red or Black leather upholstery, chrome grille, windshield trim, headlamp bezels, fog lamps bezels and door handles, chrome rings around the gauges and vents, silver instrument panel finisher, stainless steel scuff plates and unique-design 17-inch wheels with bright finish, among other unique features.

S-Type 2008, Now Ready for Your Order..... 

The latest S-TYPE continues to be loved and admired by customers throughout the world, attracted on an emotional level by its spirit of individuality, iconic design and sporting performance. There is also a rational attraction as well, with the recent addition of the acclaimed twin-turbo 2.7-litre diesel engine which offers outstanding performance alongside superb fuel economy.

For the 2008 Model Year, all S-TYPE versions feature an updated front end, with the addition of the sporting S-TYPE R bumper and mesh grille to all models. The new-look front is more contemporary, giving every S-TYPE a more poised and dynamic appearance. A new series of beautiful alloy wheels adds to the sporting appearance of the 2008 Model Year.

Entry level versions now come with the multi-spoke 17-inch Antares wheel as standard. The 18-inch Triton alloy wheel is standard on all SE models (18-inch Triton on UK Sport version), while the top-of-the-range S-TYPE R now comes with the stunning 19-inch Barcelona wheel as standard. The S-TYPE’s interior is also upgraded, with the introduction of multi-function Sport seats (with non-perforated leather) instead of the previous Classic seat for all SE and Sport models.

Entry-level S-TYPE models come with a leather-trimmed steering wheel as standard, while a new Satin Mahogany veneer is available as an option across the range. Choice is further extended with the option of a beautiful new Ivory and Charcoal leather colour combination for SE models. Technical innovation is part of the S-TYPE’s appeal and every new model will now come with Rear Park Assist as standard.

2008 Model Year S-TYPE at a glance

• Executive Jaguar saloon with four engine variants including class-leading 2.7-litre twin-turbo diesel, 3.0-litre V6 petrol and renowned 4.2-litre naturally aspirated and supercharged V8s

• Streamlined styling combined with advanced technology and legendary Jaguar ride and handling make the S-TYPE the epitome of the contemporary, sporting Jaguar saloon

• From the top-of-the-range 400bhp (DIN), 155mph supercharged S-TYPE R which is capable of 60mph in just 5.3 seconds to the highly acclaimed twin-turbo 2.7-litre diesel which offers a 0-60mph time of just 8.1 seconds yet returns 41.5mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle, outstanding Jaguar innovation is clear across the range

• The diesel-engined S-TYPE is offered with either a much-admired six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The 3.0-litre petrol is available with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, while both 4.2-litre V8 models are equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission

• AJD-V6 diesel engine is the lightest unit of its type and size, weighing just 202kg

• Comprehensive safety features in every S-TYPE include front, side and side-curtain airbags, Jaguar’s Adaptive Restraint Technology System (A.R.T.S.) and Anti-lock Braking System

• Wide range of standard interior features in every S-TYPE including automatic climate control with dual zone control for driver and front passenger, Rear Park Assist, electrically adjustable seats, multi-function steering wheel controls for audio, cruise control and (where fitted) Bluetooth® telephone connectivity and voice control, trip computer, Jaguar Alpine Sound System with AM/FM radio and single slot CD player

• Comprehensive security system includes remote central locking and driveaway locking, ultrasonic intrusion sensing, radio frequency remote control and engine immobiliser (Thatcham 1 approved)

• Key optional features include 19-inch wheels across the range, electrically adjustable pedals, Front Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Alert, in addition to existing driver aids.

2007 MAZDA RX-8: THE ROTARY REVOLUTION ROLLS ON

Rotary-Powered RX-8 Remains the Only Rotary-Powered Mass Production Vehicle in the World

High-powered, lightweight and perfectly balanced for nimble handling and supreme control, the Mazda RX-8 is unlike any other sports car in the world. From the industries only rotary engine to the innovative free-style doors, the RX-8 is a sports car like no other.

The 2007 model-year edition continues to push the parameters of the sports car segment, this year with only minor updates. New for 2007, the Grand Touring model offers available Sand leather-trimmed seats, while the Touring and the Grand Touring models add a standard 6-disc CD changer. Two new exterior colours are available on all 2007 RX-8 models – Crystal White Pearl and Stormy Blue Mica.

The 2007 Mazda RX-8 is available as either a 232-horsepower model fitted with a six-speed manual transmission, or a 212-horsepower model fitted with a six-speed automatic with steering- wheel-mounted paddle shifters for a Formula 1-style driving experience (the change in horsepower ratings from 2006 is due to the new SAE rating standards). Both automatic and manual transmission cars come equipped with power windows, mirrors and door locks, cruise control and an AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers.

RENESIS ROTARY ENGINE

Improving upon 40 years of rotary designs, the RENESIS engine features side intake and exhaust ports with nearly 30 percent more intake area and twice as much exhaust area than its predecessors. The efficiencies gained through larger intake and exhaust ports exclude the need for forced induction.

By placing the power plant low and far back in the engine bay, in what Mazda calls an advanced front-midship layout, the centre of gravity is lowered, which in turn improves vehicle balance. In addition, the fuel tank is placed ahead of the rear axle, and all seating is within the wheelbase and track of the car. Combined, these factors contribute to a perfect 50/50 vehicle weight distribution, low yaw-inertia movement and superb handling characteristics. With such excellent balance, it is little wonder the RX-8 feels right at home on the twists and turns of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, negotiating a tight freeway onramp or in stop-and-go traffic.

A RACE CAR AT HEART

The RX-8’s demeanour on the track is not overlooked by the motor sports community. The same RENESIS engine found in production RX-8s is used in the professional Formula Mazda series, a popular open-wheel racing series run on the nation’s most demanding race tracks. Formula Mazda is widely regarded as a training ground for developing drivers looking to build a career in motor sports. The fact that the series uses a showroom-stock, non-modified RENESIS engine is a testament to the power, reliability and light-weight of the RX-8 power plant.  

                       The all-new Freelander 2

3.2-litre i6 petrol (233 PS / 171 kW) – 30 per cent more powerful than the outgoing V6 with 10 per cent improvement in fuel economy 2.2-litre TD4 diesel (160 PS / 118 kW) – better fuel economy than its predecessor (37.7 mpg : 7.5 l/100 km) and 43 per cent more power

Full-time intelligent 4x4 that helps optimise traction and fuel economy Land Rover’ s unique Terrain Response™ – for easier off-road driving – heads a long list of advanced technologies, many new to the class.38 per cent more boot space than the outgoing Freelander 0VERVIEW

The all-new Land Rover Freelander 2 redefines the compact premium 4x4 class. New from the ground up, Freelander 2 delivers outstanding on-road performance as well as the class-leading off-road ability of a true Land Rover.

A dynamic design, purposeful stance, smart and spacious interior, and an abundance of advanced technologies complete the package. Freelander 2 is Land Rover’s fourth all-new vehicle in just over four years, and follows the new Range Rover (2002), Discovery 3 (2004) and Range Rover Sport (2005). Their highly successful introductions contributed to record Land Rover sales worldwide in 2005.

Technical highlights of the Freelander 2 include two brand-new engines: a 3.2-litre straight-six petrol and a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel. Both feature advanced technologies to deliver outstanding combinations of performance and economy. The 233 PS (171 kW) i6 petrol engine provides a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h) and 0-60 mph acceleration in 8.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 8.9 seconds). Combined fuel economy is 25.2 mpg (11.2 litres/100 km).

The engine is matched to a new six-speed automatic transmission, with Land Rover’s CommandShift™ offering manual sequential gear changes when required. There is also a driver-selectable sport mode, for livelier performance.  

The diesel engine chosen for Freelander 2 is an all-new 2.2-litre four-cylinder. The 160 PS (118 kW) unit delivers peak torque of 400 Nm (295 lb ft), with over 200 Nm (148 lb ft) of torque from 1000 rpm all the way to 4500 rpm. The engine is easy and responsive to drive, as well as highly refined and economical, with a combined average fuel consumption of 37.7 mpg (7.5 l/100 km).

An optional catalysed Diesel Particulate Filter (cDPF) is also available for even cleaner performance. Two transmissions are offered: a new six-speed manual gearbox and the same six-speed automatic used on the petrol engine (diesel auto available from Spring 2007).

Freelander 2 is packed with new technologies to improve both on-road and off-road performance, many new to the class. Land Rover’s unique Terrain Response™ is standard on all but the entry-level model, to make off-roading easier. Other interesting technologies include a new full-time intelligent 4x4 system for superior traction and better on-road fuel economy, and the patented Gradient Release Control, which improves driver confidence and control when releasing the brakes on steep and slippery slopes.

Other features and options rare in this class include: keyless starter button, bi-xenon headlamps, adaptive front lighting, rain-sensing wipers and park distance control (front and rear). A two-part panoramic sunroof increases the cabin’s airiness: air-conditioning is standard on all models and a full colour touch-screen DVD satellite navigation system is also available. The choice of top-level audio systems includes DAB digital radio and 12-speaker Dolby™ Prologic IIx Surround Sound with fibre-optic interconnects. An auxiliary audio connection (for iPods and MP3 players) is standard on all vehicles.

Designed and engineered by Land Rover at Gaydon, near Warwick, Freelander 2 is built at the Halewood plant in Liverpool, where outstanding build quality has been acknowledged with a JD Power European Plant Quality Gold Award in 2005.

All photographs and engineering data in this are from pre-production prototype work.

                     Fiesta XR2 Out, Fiesta ST In 

 

Ever since the Fiesta XR2 of 1981, affordable performance and sheer driving pleasure have been major characteristics of Ford’s small car range. Now the Fiesta ST brings those virtues to a new generation of drivers.

 

Fiesta ST is aimed right at the heart of the popular ‘junior hot hatch’ class and Ford’s engineers are confident it will take the class by storm. "Our goal was to make the Fiesta ST the best all-rounder in the class," explains Project Leader, Nick Collins, "but we believe we have created a car whose dynamics will be the best of the lot. Its ride handling balance is fantastic, and the grip is phenomenal".

 Fiesta ST is also the first road car to come from Ford’s new TeamRS organisation. The Team was formed early in 2003 when the Company’s competition and performance road car engineers were pulled together for the first time to create performance road cars and new competition models.


ST delivers performance and value

ST stands for 'Sports Technologies', and the new Fiesta ST is the first of Ford’s Sports Technologies models to feature new style ST branding. Its new 'ST' badge uses a central red stripe design inspired by Ford’s classic RS 'racing stripes' logo and will be adopted by all new Ford ST models introduced from now on.

 

"The new style ST is more than just a badge, it is a whole new performance and design concept devised by TeamRS as an ongoing part of its road car programme," explains Jost Capito, TeamRS Director.

 "ST should be synonymous with affordable, dependable performance and an ST model should reflect the character of the car from which it is derived," says Jost Capito. "Theoriginal Fiesta XR2 created a feeling of driving fun and youthful spirit that has been part of the Fiesta’s DNA ever since. The new Fiesta ST encapsulates that attitude once again. It aims to bring out the enthusiast in every driver while being enjoyable to live with as an everyday car."


Performance car credentials

Fiesta ST is powered by a specially modified version of Ford’s 2.0 litre Duratec 16-valve engine, delivering 150PS and a wide spread of torque for flexibility and pulling power. The Fiesta ST gets from 0 to 60mph in just 7.9 sec with a maximum speed of 129 mph.

 

Fiesta’s acclaimed chassis has been modified to deliver class-leading handling and roadholding for the ST. Steering is quicker acting and the brakes have improved in performance, with rear disc brakes fitted for the first time on Fiesta.

 

 

 

                                       2006 Ford S-Max Overview

 
  • All new model for Ford portfolio, sits between Mondeo and Galaxy
  • Introduces elements of Ford 'kinetic design' language, expressing energy in motion
  • Stylish, spacious and flexible with sporty design
  • Demands to be driven – sporty, athletic lines with Ford's acclaimed driving quality
  • 220PS Duratec 2.5-litre turbo unit tops range of engines
  • S-MAX features Ford's unique FoldFlatSystem (FFS), which keeps all seats on board as well as providing impressive luggage space
  • Interior provides 26 thoughtfully designed stowage compartments
  • New user friendly technologies include Human Machine Interface (HMI)
  • Ford Intelligent Protection System provides latest driver assistance and occupant protection technologies, including a new driver's knee airbag
  • Optional sliding load floor available for five-seat version
  • New S-MAX fully developed in-house and exclusively built at Ford's Genk plant in Belgium
  • Available in three distinct series – Core, Trend and Titanium – with an optional X-Pack for Titanium, and Sports Pack for Trend and Titanium

                              Powertrain

·         New Galaxy and S-MAX offer performance and driving quality to match the looks

·         Two Duratorq TDCi diesel and two Duratec petrol engines with a power range from 100 PS to 220 PS

·         Diesel Stage IV emissions as standard with available coated Diesel Particulate Filter (cDPF) systems

·         Top-of-the-range S-MAX available with 220PS, 2.5-litre Duratec 5-cylinder engine, as used in the Focus ST

·         Transmissions combine driving enjoyment with good fuel economy and low emissions

The full S-MAX engine line-up:2.5 litre Duratec 220 PS (162 kW)

 2.0 litre Duratec 145 PS (107 kW)

 1.8 litre Duratorq TDCi 125 PS (92 kW)

 2.0 litre Duratorq TDCi 130 PS (96 kW) with cDPF

2.0 litre Duratorq TDCi 140 PS (103 kW) with or without cDPF

  

APEX MOTORSPORT REVEAL INITIAL VISUALS OF THE JAGUAR XKR GT3

Apex Motorsport, led by Richard Lloyd, are pleased to reveal the first images of the recently announced Jaguar XKR GT3 race car. 

Richard has already assembled an experienced squad to develop the XKR headed up by Team Manager Dave Ward who has recently returned from two years in Australia where he had been managing one of the top V8 teams.

Dave is joined by another ex Apex team member Howden Haynes who is responsible for all design and development work.

Work continues apace at the Buckingham race shop with the build of the first XKR chassis nearing roll cage completion and as Dave said: "The basic all aluminium chassis is already immensely rigid so we're confident that with the addition of the roll cage it will be amongst the best in class."

Stuart Dyble, Jaguar Board Director and Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Premier Automotive Group and Ford of Europe: "There is a great buzz surrounding the launch of the XKR and this GT3 programme is going to reinforce the sporting credentials of the XK range even further. The XKR is undoubtedly a great looking car and we're very pleased that Apex shares our view that its lightweight body structure is an ideal platform for the series. We're really looking forward to seeing the car run for the first time."

The development car is expected to complete its shakedown test in December before moving on to the official FIA tests early next year.

In only its first year the FIA GT3 European Championship has attracted enormous interest from teams and drivers alike and is set for even more success in 2007 with six Championship races planned in addition to a non championship opening event supporting the Australian Grand Prix in March.

Lloyd and business partner Harry Handkammer are currently in talks with a number of teams interested in running in GT3 next year and are delighted by the level of interest this exciting project has generated already.

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