Monday, March 9, 2015

THE FORD PERFORMANCE CAMPAIGN | WITH FURY FORD SANDTON

Ultimately, Ford Performance will see the development of smart innovations and technologies in aerodynamics, lightweight materials, electronics, powertrain performance and fuel efficiency that can be applied more broadly to Ford's product portfolio.

 

All of this comes since Ford South Africa's motorsport activities have been united for the 2015 season with the launch of its motorsport programme under the new Ford Performance brand. "We have focused our motorsport involvement this year on rallying and cross country, which are the most successful championships on the 2015 calendar," states John Nagel, Ford Motorsport Manager.

 

"Regional performance engineering and racing teams have been united as one global team under Ford Performance, which sees the integration of Ford SVT, Team RS and Ford Racing. This unified organisation serves as an innovation laboratory and test bed to create unique performance vehicles, parts, accessories and experiences for customers."

 

SA Rally Championship

For the 2015 rally season, double national champions Mark Cronje and co-driver Robin Houghton will be tackling the country's fastest special stages in their M-Sport prepared Ford Performance works team Class S2000 four-wheel drive Ford Fiesta.

 

"We have the best car out there and know that we will be right at the front challenging for stage wins and overall victories," says Mark Cronje. "It is fantastic having the backing and support of Ford Performance and Ford South Africa, and we hope to add even more silverware to the trophy cabinet throughout the season."

 

ROUND

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

1

27-28 February

Tour Natal Rally

KwaZulu-Natal

2

17-18 April

Sasol Rally

Mpumalanga

3

15-16 May

Secunda Motor Rally

Mpumalanga

4

19-20 June

Toyota Bela-Bela Rally

Limpopo

5

17-18 July

Volkswagen Rally

Eastern Cape

6

14-15 August

Cullinan Rally

Gauteng

7

18-19 September

Toyota Cape Rally

Western Cape

8

16-17 October

Polokwane Rally

Limpopo


Donaldson Cross Country Championship

The Ford Performance team competing in the SA cross country series this year will be back to full force once again, featuring the same combination of speed and experience that defined their 2013 campaign after regular drivers Chris Visser and Lance Woolridge were sidelined with injuries for most of last year.

 

"We are really looking forward to having our full team back in action this year," says Neil Woolridge, team manager of Neil Woolridge Motorsport which builds and runs the mighty Ford Performance 5.0-litre V8-powered Rangers in the premier Class T championship.

 

Both Ford Rangers will be competing in the Class T category of the Production Vehicle championship which caters for vehicles with an engine capacity of 4 000 cc and over, using Dakar Rally-spec independent suspension all round.

 

The 2015 calendar has been reduced from the traditional eight events to just six, but with an emphasis on longer and tougher races in keeping with the cross country concept. There are three types of events comprising 450km sprints, endurance races covering 650 to 700km, as well as the arduous three-day 1 000km marathon Desert Race in Botswana.


ROUND

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

FORMAT

1

27-28 March

RFS Endurance

Harrismith - FS

Endurance Race

2

8-9 May

Toyota Dealer 450

Eston - KZN

Sprint Race

3

26-28 June

Toyota 1 000 Desert Race

Jwaneng - Botswana

Marathon Race

4

7-8 August

Nkomazi 450

Malalane - MP

Sprint Race

5

11-12 September

Vryburg Endurance

Vryburg - NW

Endurance Race

6

30-31 October

Atlas Copco Gold 450

Westonaria - GP

Sprint Race



"Ford remains committed to innovation through performance, and the new global Ford Performance team ties together racing, performance vehicles and parts," says Tracey Delate, Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA).

 

As avid supporters of rally and cross country motorsport we at Fury Ford Sandton will be cheering on the Ford Performance teams for their upcoming races throughout the year!

 

All Posts

 
 
iX Online Motoring