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The last thing we want to do is lie to our readers, so here's the truth. When the Turbo staff first saw the Ford Focus, we thought it was pretty much out of its league from a styling standpoint when compared with the Civic or Integra. (Though it did have the Yugo beat hands down.) When we were offer
The beauty of blowing up your car is that it provides an opportunity to change all the parts you never thought you'd get to. Since we destroyed the engine in Project Focus SVT right after writing Part 3, the car and its powertrain have been torn down and strewn across the floors of various shops in
Currently circulating in Asia and Australia are counterfeit A'PEXi Auto Turbo Timers. The counterfeiters are illegally using the A'PEXi logo in order to make a quick buck. A'PEXi wants everyone to know how to spot the counterfeit products and the potential damage they can cause. Poor circuit design,
I originally had a completely different subject in mind for this month, but events led me to change from a column with a technical flavor to a rant about my own stupidity. More importantly, here is what you can do to avoid the consequences I'm suffering as a result of the aforementioned stupidity.
It's something of an SCC tradition to start project car updates with a long list of excuses why the update is so late. Instead, let's flip that around a bit and explain why we finally got around to turbocharging our Focus. More than a year ago, we decided it m
Don't get any ideas about going into the paint area wearing Avon Wild Country Roll-on. Same goes for Rexona Stick Cool or the local favorite, Axe Marine Desodorante. Apparently Speed Stick is OK, though, because Graciela lets me in, but not without casting a s
To say the KFC-XW1300DVC looks like a spectacular piece of work is putting it mildly. Kenwood has obviously invested a substantial amount of engineering time and money to develop a product like this. The overall motor configuration of the KFC-XW1300DVC is not your conventional single voice coil sing
In our last installment of Project Focus, we added a few key components to give the Zetec-powered Focus a little more pep. The bolt-on performance netted us a total of 129 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque at the wheels.
The last time you saw this car, it didn't look anything like a rally car. Times have changed. As we promised in the first installment of Project Focus several months back, development the Sport Compact Car/1320 Motorsports Ford Focus Rally car is well under wa
Building a one-off Group 5 rally car isn't easy. There are no established formulas to follow, no experience from which to build. This is the unfortunate reality of any new car like the Focus. But things are looking up. With the abundance of Foci beginning to a
This car looks different than the last time you saw it. We think it's better. Hopefully, in the coming months, it'll work as well as it looks. With new sponsors, suppliers and fabricators offering regular help, Project Rally Focus is slowly becoming the raceca
Project Focus is turning out to be remarkably easy. In hindsight, this might seem predictable, considering the near constant praise of its nimble chassis, handsome body and, well... willing, if not eager, engine. But it is that engine that had us worried. Judg
Most of our project installments center around taking a perfectly good car and screwing it up. At least that's what the masses would think. In personalizing, customizing and focusing our cars on performance above all else, we inevitably upset the delicate bala
Dave Coleman –
Jul 18, 2002
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Air suspension systems may seem mysterious but they aren't a whole lot different than traditional suspensions. At their core, air suspensions just swap out coil springs for flexible, pressure-filled bags of air.