Read This: Project Ugly Horse alive and kicking at Road & Track

Filed under: Classics, Coupe, Budget, Performance, Ford, Read This

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The hallways of the Autoblog campus are much quieter now that Zach Bowman has taken his prose, along with his welders, wrenches and hammers, over to the digital pages of Road & Track, but that doesn’t mean our favorite project Mustang is gone forever. Project Ugly Horse is still coming along, and Zach has gifted us another update on his unfoxy Fox Body.

Last we saw of the Ugly Horse, Zach was strengthening up the ’89 Mustang’s chassis as he prepares to stuff the turbocharged, direct-injected EcoBoost engine of a Ford Focus ST under the hood. First things first, the old mill must go. Head on over to Road & Track to catch the latest chapter of Project Ugly Horse.

Project Ugly Horse alive and kicking at Road & Track originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Project Ugly Horse: Part IX

Filed under: Aftermarket, Budget, Performance, Hatchback, Ford, Humor

One Step at a Time

Subframe Connector Install

Nearly every flavor of exotic driveline has been shoved into the ubiquitous Ford at some point or another.

Chuck Schwynoch had been patiently listening to my ramblings on the other end of the phone for a solid half hour. I’m not too big of a man to know when to ask for help, and at this point, I desperately needed some assistance. The truth is, working on a machine like a Fox Body Mustang is as easy as breathing thanks to the wealth of information available on the web. Nearly every flavor of exotic driveline has been shoved into the ubiquitous Ford at some point or another, and odds are the sorry souls behind those builds shared the highs and lows of their torment with the internet community.

That is, unless you’re trying to drop an EcoBoost 2.0-liter four-cylinder behind the clouded headlights of an ’89. Then you’re kind of on your own.

As the CEO of Maximum Motorsports, Schwynoch knows a thing or two about making old ponies fast around a road course. He and his team run an active research and development program committed to squeezing precious seconds from track-built Mustangs, and I was hoping that if anyone could help me navigate the vagaries of planting my modern engine into my old Fox, it was him. The fact that he had neither laughed me off nor hung up entirely seemed promising.

Project Ugly Horse is an ongoing series. Need to catch up? You can read all of the previous posts here.

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Project Ugly Horse: Part IX originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Korres Project 4 is an on- and off-road Corvette-powered juggernaut [w/video]

Filed under: Aftermarket, Coupe, Performance, Europe, Videos, Specialty, Off-Road

Korres Project 4

It looks as if the Local Motors Rally Fighter will soon have some competition. The Korres Project 4 boasts a 7.0-liter LS7 V8 lifted from the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. With 505 horsepower shoved into a 3,527-pound package, the creation should have no trouble covering ground very quickly. Dimitris Korres, the Greek architect behind the Project 4, says his creation can clip to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186. That’s all par for the course, but it’s the machine’s innovative suspension that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Capable of increasing or decreasing its ride height as necessary, the Project 4 can cover all sorts of terrain at speed. With locking differentials front, center and rear, the creation has the potential to be very impressive. You can check out a pair of videos below for a better look. Note that the photos in the gallery show the bruiser with its body panels removed for a better look at its innovative suspension and bare aluminum chassis, and check out this link for more.

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Korres Project 4 is an on- and off-road Corvette-powered juggernaut [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Project Kahn customizes Maybach to commemorate William and Kate’s royal wedding

Filed under: Aftermarket, Sedan, Etc., Maybach, UK, Celebrities, Luxury

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Project Kahn’s Wedding Commemorative Maybach 57 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Perhaps you’ve heard: two young Britons are getting hitched on Friday, April 29th, 2011. To mark the occasion, the groom, one William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor, better known as Prince William of Wales, and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, have been “honored” by exotic car customizer, Project Kahn.

The Project Kahn Wedding Commemorative Maybach 57 (what, no Bentleys or Rolls-Royces lying around the shop, guys?) is a blatant PR grab “tribute” to the new royal couple that will have nothing at all to do with the royal wedding itself reside at Project Kahn’s Bradford headquarters. The touched-up super Benz features Kahn-designed 22-inch wheels, smoked glass, an upgraded interior and darkened taillamps. It also wears the license plate, “4 HRH”, which means For His Royal Highness.

Take a closer look for yourself in the gallery below, then click past the jump to read the full press release.

Gallery: Project Kahn’s Wedding Commemorative Maybach 57

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[Source: Project Kahn]

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Project Kahn customizes Maybach to commemorate William and Kate’s royal wedding originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 23 Apr 2011 09:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Project Kahn’s silver Jeep Wrangler looks ready for urban assault, not much else

Filed under: Aftermarket, SUV, Jeep

Project Kahn silver Jeep Wrangler

Silver Jeep Wrangler by Project Kahn – Click above for image gallery

The last time a Jeep looked this at home in Europe, it was helping American forces liberate the old world from Nazi occupation. But that was another era. Europe is a new place today – necessity having mandated the rebuilding of so many bombed-out cities – but the Jeep Wrangler (or the older Civilian Jeeps in their various incarnations) has remained a constant. So the people at Project Kahn evidently thought it was about due for a modern makeover.

Kahn’s silver Jeep Wrangler is more about the whole than the sum of its parts, but to get it there, Kahn and company dropped the suspension, fitted 20″ wheels, retrofitted the interior and, apparently, gave it a proper respray. The result (that is, an off-road workhorse with a dropped suspension and oversize rims) sits at just about the opposite end of the spectrum from the recently-announced Mopar JK-8 Independence kit, and may make about as much sense as the proverbial screen door on a submarine. That said, we’ve got to admit it looks the business… whatever business that might be. See for yourself in the high-res image gallery below.

Gallery: Project Kahn silver Jeep Wrangler

[Source: Project Kahn]

Project Kahn’s silver Jeep Wrangler looks ready for urban assault, not much else originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 08 Apr 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Tata pours $15M into project researching water as fuel

Filed under: Technology, Earnings/Financials, Tata

Ratan Tata has a drink

The lure of extracting hydrogen from water in a somewhat real-time fashion in sufficient quantities to power an automobile has so far been a complete dead-end pursuit. One of the biggest problems is that it takes more energy to release the hydrogen from its water-tight bonds than is actually returned by the resulting hydrogen.

But those basic laws of physics haven’t stopped scientists with well-funded checkbooks from trying. The latest endeavor comes from Daniel Nocera of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is being funded by Indian businessman Ratan Tata, who, among other things, heads the global automaker that bears his name. At this time, the total grant comes in at $15 million.

As intriguing as all of this sounds, it bears mentioning that water-powered cars have repeatedly failed in their missions (see here) of offering nearly free fuel for all.

Take the story of the MDI’s air car. In 2007, Tata signed a deal with MDI to bring the air-powered car to market and the companies said in early 2008 that the car would require nearly two years of work. We have heard little about it since then except a name change to FlowAir and a lot of skepticism that it would ever see the light of day at all. Will Tata’s hydrogen bet fare any better? Thanks to Matteo and Roy B. for the tips!

[Sources: Sify News, ANSA.IT | Image: AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade]

Report: Tata pours $15M into project researching water as fuel originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 03 Jan 2011 18:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Project Kahn, Cosworth squeeze 500 hp out of diesel Range Rover

Filed under: Aftermarket, Performance, SUV, Land Rover, Diesel, Luxury

Cosworth Range Rover

Range Rover Sport RS500 by Project Kahn and Cosworth – Click above for high-res image gallery

There’s a grand tradition to enormously powerful and torquey diesel sport-utes. Most of them come from the Volkswagen group – like the Touareg V10 or the Audi Q7 V12 TDI – but this, as you might have guessed, is no VW. It’s a Range Rover, uut one that’s been thoroughly worked over.

The modifications have been carried out through the joint efforts of Project Kahn and Cosworth – two British tuners that have been working together for the past couple of years. Their latest product started life as the thoroughly capable and luxurious Range Rover Sport with the 4.4-liter V8 diesel. With 313 horsepower, the diesel Rover is hardly a slouch, but Cosworth has taken it a step further (and then some) by squeezing out a whopping 500 horsepower.

To go with the massive upgrade in output, Kahn has given the Range Rover an extensive cosmetic update both inside and out, with new bumpers from and rear, side skirts, 22-inch wheels and an interior decked out in billet aluminum and perforated & quilted leather trim. Check it out in the high-res image gallery below.

Gallery: Range Rover Sport RS500 by Project Kahn and Cosworth

[Source: Project Kahn]

Project Kahn, Cosworth squeeze 500 hp out of diesel Range Rover originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 26 Dec 2010 14:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Project Kahn working on Cosworth-powered Range Rover Evoque

Filed under: Aftermarket, Performance, SUV, Land Rover, UK, Luxury, Off-Road

It’s not every day that a new Range Rover is introduced. But when one is, you can count on Azfal Kahn and his crew to go to work on it. And the new Evoque appears to be no exception.

Beyond the photo above, all Project Kahn has released so far about its tuning program for the Evoque is that (a) it’s working on one, (b) it’s coming some time in the new year and (c) it’ll be powered by Cosworth. Kahn has worked with the racing engine manufacturer on previous projects, so that’s no big revelation by itself, but it’ll be interesting to see what the two British firms have got in store for the new baby Rover beyond a set of flashy rims.

[Source: Project Kahn via autoblog.nl]

Project Kahn working on Cosworth-powered Range Rover Evoque originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 07 Dec 2010 17:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Project Kahn Range Rover Sport Vesuvius Edition looks ready to erupt

Filed under: Aftermarket, SUV, Land Rover, UK, Luxury

Project Kahn Range Rover Vesuvius

Project Kahn Range Rover Sport Vesuvius Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

As luxury sport-utes go, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport is one heck of a machine. But if your neighborhood or office parking lot is already jam-packed with ’em, you may want to set yours apart as something unique. Something that really smolders. The Vesuvius edition from Project Kahn ought to do the trick.

The Vesuvius edition was previously issued on the original Range Rover Sport, but now that LR has updated the its muscle-bound SUV, so has Kahn. The Vesuvius edition features a full color-keyed aero package, an interior decked out in quilted and perforated leather, plus custom 22-inch wheels that have a surprisingly ‘factory’ look to them. The orange-and-black motif is finished off with special touches like a carbon-fiber umbrella and a custom watch made to match the vehicle. Check it out in the gallery below.

Gallery: Project Kahn Range Rover Sport Vesuvius Edition

[Source: Project Kahn via CarScoop]

Project Kahn Range Rover Sport Vesuvius Edition looks ready to erupt originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 18 Aug 2010 16:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New Stratos project gets itself a website, confirms Ferrari F430-based

Filed under: Classics, Coupe, Performance, Specialty, Design/Style, Lancia

New Lancia Stratos

New Stratos – Click above for high-res image gallery

The New Lancia Stratos project has made itself even more legitimate by getting a full-blown presence on the web. Well… kinda. While there is a fresh website for the New Stratos, much of the car’s precious details are blacked-out. We assume that will change leading up to the car’s official debut, which the website confirms will take place in November.

We also learn that the Stratos revival is a private project by Michael Stoschek, a successful businessman who heads the fifth-largest auto parts supplier in Germany and campaigned as a vintage rally car driver, along with his son Maximilian. As rumored, the New Stratos is indeed based on the guts of a Ferrari F430 and its bodywork is crafted completely from carbon fiber, allowing for a power-to-weight ratio of less than five pounds per horsepower and a 50:50 weight distribution.

Confirmation also comes that Jason Castriota was in charge of the design at Pininfarina until he left for Stile Bertone. Pininfarina’s Luca Borgogno apparently completed the project, including its interior. It’s not yet decided if this car will be a one-off (there is currently only one in existence) or if a small production run of 25 units will be completed. We supposed that would depend on demand for the car and by how much it would cost to reproduce. We vote yes, obviously.

Gallery: New Stratos

[Source: New-Stratos.com]

New Stratos project gets itself a website, confirms Ferrari F430-based originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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