Is Ford poised to make an Atom/Mono rival?
Last week Ford presented a promotional stunt at the Nürburgring, but it turns out that this ‘stunt’ may bear some rather interesting fruit…
Last week a special Formula Ford lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 22 seconds.
Driven by Nick Tandy, the specially designed model averaged a speed of 105 mph and posted the Ring's 11th fastest lap. This means the car was faster than supercars like the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo and the Pagani Zonda.
The car was based on the latest Formula Ford race car, but Ford’s engineers added front and rear lights, wheel covers, indicators, aero mirrors and a horn in order for it to be classed as road legal in the UK. Then they installed the new three cylinder turbo 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine from the Focus which produced 202 bhp in this case. What this gives is incredible performance given the low vehicle weight, with 0-62 mph taking 3.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 159 mph.
According to Roelant de Waard, Ford Europe's vice president of Sales and Marketing, "We wanted to prove that size doesn't matter by showing everyone what an amazingly capable engine we have developed in the 1.0-litre EcoBoost. What better way than by beating some of the best supercars in the world on the Nordschleife, while using a fraction of the fuel."
But the word on the street is that due to the incredibly positive feedback from this promo stunt, Ford Europe is considering putting a limited run of these cars into production. At the company's "Go Further" event where they introduced the 2013 Fiesta and Mondeo, an unnamed executive declined to go into specifics but said the model would cost "well under £100,000 which would make it a bargain next to the BAC Mono."
This would be a fantastically unusual move for Ford if true, who despite giving us the ST models don’t really do anything too outrageous these days. We’ll bring any further news when we have it.
Images and video courtesy of Ford Europe