Next-gen 2011 Ford Ranger shows locomotive force (+video)

January 13th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The new global Ford Ranger (read news) hasn’t been released but its already powered its way into the consciousness of many ute enthusiasts.

Now, to work up even more hype for Ford’s latest utility machine, the guys and gals at the Blue Oval have put on a little demo of its abilities. The company’s engineers decided to show off exactly how powerful the truck is, so they strapped it to a 160-ton locomotive and pulled the engine out of its brick-covered berth. The new top-spec Ranger will come packing Ford’s TDCi diesel 3.2-litre inline five-cylinder engine with 147kW of power and a whopping 470Nm of torque. Bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission and equipped with a low-range transfer case, the pickup truck appears to have no issues lugging the T-class diesel-electric locomotive out of storage.

Check back for more details on the upcoming Ford Ranger and view the video below. Continue reading “Next-gen 2011 Ford Ranger shows locomotive force (+video)” »

Ford UK celebrates the iconic Transit with special edition SportVan

October 15th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

When it comes to delivery vans, no one knows them better than the Brits. Here in NZ we often use large trucks and utes, the Brits favour the good ole panel van and the king of them all is the Ford Transit. For the past 45 years the Transit has been the best-selling van in the U.K and to celebrate Ford is releasing a special edition of this faithful workhorse.

The Transit SportVan is based on the popular 260, short wheelbase model with front wheel drive, the 104kW 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine and a six-speed transmission. The red SportVan will be the first medium-sized van to come with DAB radio as standard.

The exterior features Colorado Red paintwork, Le Mans-style white bonnet stripes, twin exhausts, 18in graphite colour alloy wheels, low profile 235/45 tyres, front and rear lower spoilers, side skirts and extended wheel arches. Standard safety features include ABS, ESP and driver and passenger airbags.

Inside the cab: velour trim, air conditioning, six CD-player with remote steering-column-mounted controls, cruise control, power windows, powered and heated mirrors, leather steering wheel, tinted glass, leather gearshift knob and a perimeter alarm are also standard.

Power deadlocks, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, front fog lights and a load area protection kit similarly come on every SportVan. Optional are leather seats, Satellite Navigation FX system with 5in colour screen, LED cargo lights in rear and LED daytime running lights. Continue reading “Ford UK celebrates the iconic Transit with special edition SportVan” »