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

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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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TechArt Porsche Cayenne Turbo rears its ugly head prior to Geneva debut

Filed under: Aftermarket, Performance, SUV, Geneva Motor Show, Porsche

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TechArt Magnum Porsche Cayenne Turbo – Click above for high-res image gallery

TechArt continues to assault the senses, producing cars capable of violent bursts of speed and sound. But at the same time, its creations either cause your eyes to sparkle with lust or bleed from hate, and this, the TechArt Porsche Cayenne Turbo is… stomachable at best.

The only thing helping us keep our breakfast down are the power numbers. Thanks to TechArt’s TA 058/T1 Power Kit, output on the Cayenne has been raised from 500 horsepower up to 560 hp and torque climbs up from 516 pound-feet to 575 lb-ft. That might be enough oomph to outrun a BMW X5 M, but even so, you can’t outrun ugly.

The TechArt Magnum will debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Follow the jump for the company’s official press blast.

Gallery: TechArt Magnum Porsche Cayenne Turbo

[Source: TechArt]

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Audi Sport Quattro designer calls his iconic creation “ugly”

Filed under: Classics, Performance, Hatchback, Audi, Design/Style

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Audi SWB Sport Quattro – Click above for high-res image gallery

Audiphiles, prepare to have your lederhosen wrinkled. While speaking with Autocar, Peter Birtwhistle went and called the legendary SWB Sport Quattro “bloody ugly.” While Birtwhistle is currently the chief designer at Mazda Europe, he’s particularly well-suited to comment on the lines of the boxy Audi. After all, he designed the thing. According to the designer, the biggest problem facing the car is that it rides on the Audi 80 platform, and massaging the Sport Quattro design over those cumbersome bones required some sacrifices. Still, when taken a grain of salt borrowed from the time period, the car is as good-looking as it gets.

Of course, our opinion could be slightly tainted by the fact that Audi only minted a mere 200 of the cars as homologation specials. Anything built to justify a race car nets an automatic win in our book, and the SWB Sport Quattro is no different.

Gallery: Audi Quattro’s 30th Anniversary

[Source: Autocar]

Audi Sport Quattro designer calls his iconic creation “ugly” originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 24 Nov 2010 19:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spy Shots: Roding Roadster hopes to be faster than the speed of ugly

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Yikes. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never heard of Roding, the company responsible for this lightweight ‘Ring-runner, there’s no getting around the fact it’s quite unattractive. Our trusty spy photographers recently spotted a prototype for Roding’s next track-ready creation, and while its performance specs make us raise an eyebrow of intrigue, its appearance makes us want to wash our eyes with heavy-duty soap.

You don’t have to look at it while you drive, though, and what the roadster lacks in beauty it certainly makes up for in performance. Underneath the 2,100-pound carbon fiber shell lies a turbocharged six-cylinder engine good for around 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque running through a six-speed manual transmission. Not only will this little hellion be ultra quick off the line, it’s said to be able to reach 1.4 gs in the corners.

The production version of this car will reportedly be unveiled sometime in early 2011, with a limited-production run of 23 cars going on sale in June. Scroll through our high-res gallery of spy shots below, if you dare.

Gallery: Spy Shots: Roding Roadster

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Spy Shots: Roding Roadster hopes to be faster than the speed of ugly originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 21 Oct 2010 18:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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