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Old 12-31-2006, 08:38   #1 (permalink)
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US:Ford Interceptor celebrates American muscle

Ford Interceptor celebrates American muscle

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Ford Motor Co. pulled back the curtain today on one of the hot new concept cars it will unveil at the North American International Auto Show next week.

The Ford Interceptor was inspired by the big sedans that were synonymous with Ford in the 1960s.

The concept features a manual six-speed gearbox mated to a Ford Racing 5.0-liter V-8 Crammer engine that delivers 400 horsepower. But in a nod to the future, the Interceptor is designed to run on E-85 ethanol. It is based on the rear-wheel-drive Mustang platform.

The interior features a powerful, macho look with black leather and plenty of metal.

"This concept celebrates the best of American muscle, showing customers what ‘modern muscle' is all about," said Peter Horbury, executive director of design for the Americas. "The Interceptor concept is much like a Marine in dress uniform. He looks smart and elegant, but you can see the raw power that lies beneath."

Freeman Thomas, Ford's director of North American strategic design, said the concept aims at creating a driver's sedan.

"(It) is a sedan, but with the heart and soul of a performance car," he said. "This car is about restraint — and not clouding the driving experience with too much technology. There aren't a lot of layers between the driver and the road with this car."

The Interceptor also showcases what Ford is calling "a possible next-generation" four-point safety belt that it claims is more comfortable and easier to use than traditional three-point seatbelts. Inflatable seatbelts are also included in the rear to protect backseat passengers.

As for the vehicle itself, Ford has no immediate plans to develop a production derivative.
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Ford Interceptor celebrates American muscle

Bryce G. Hoffman / The Detroit News

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Ford Motor Co. pulled back the curtain today on one of the hot new concept cars it will unveil at the North American International Auto Show next week.

The Ford Interceptor was inspired by the big sedans that were synonymous with Ford in the 1960s.

The concept features a manual six-speed gearbox mated to a Ford Racing 5.0-liter V-8 Crammer engine that delivers 400 horsepower. But in a nod to the future, the Interceptor is designed to run on E-85 ethanol. It is based on the rear-wheel-drive Mustang platform.

The interior features a powerful, macho look with black leather and plenty of metal.

"This concept celebrates the best of American muscle, showing customers what ‘modern muscle' is all about," said Peter Horbury, executive director of design for the Americas. "The Interceptor concept is much like a Marine in dress uniform. He looks smart and elegant, but you can see the raw power that lies beneath."

Freeman Thomas, Ford's director of North American strategic design, said the concept aims at creating a driver's sedan.

"(It) is a sedan, but with the heart and soul of a performance car," he said. "This car is about restraint — and not clouding the driving experience with too much technology. There aren't a lot of layers between the driver and the road with this car."

The Interceptor also showcases what Ford is calling "a possible next-generation" four-point safety belt that it claims is more comfortable and easier to use than traditional three-point seatbelts. Inflatable seatbelts are also included in the rear to protect backseat passengers.

As for the vehicle itself, Ford has no immediate plans to develop a production derivative.
Problem here is Chrysler have beaten it to market and imho done much of the "LOOK" better
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Ford Interceptor Concept: celebrating modern American muscle with 'Built Ford tough' attitude

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Ford has issued the following press release:

Building on its legacy of bold muscle cars, Ford is introducing a modern, all-American sedan concept that combines “Built Ford Tough” attitude with the sporty elegance of its iconic 1960s sedans.

The Ford Interceptor concept comes equipped with a manual six-speed gearbox mated to a Ford Racing 5.0-liter V-8 Cammer engine that delivers 400 horsepower and runs on E-85 ethanol.

“This concept celebrates the best of American muscle, showing customers what ‘modern muscle’ is all about,” said Peter Horbury, executive director – Design, The Americas. “The Interceptor concept is much like a Marine in dress uniform. He looks smart and elegant but you can see the raw power that lies beneath.”

Flexing Modern Muscle
The Ford Interceptor concept’s exterior design features substantial, sometimes brutish, surfaces and sections that give the concept its modern, powerful look.

The Mustang-based concept features a traditional rear-wheel drive proportion that includes a short front overhang, long rear overhang and extended dash-to-axle ratio.

The Ford Interceptor also has a low cabin and higher beltline, adding to the vehicle’s attitude and sense of mystery.

“The Ford Interceptor concept is a pure sedan that speaks to performance car lovers everywhere,” said Freeman Thomas, director, North American Strategic Design. “These people might need more space, but they still appreciate the power and attitude that cars like this represent,”

Painted a deep blue, the Ford Interceptor concept’s strength exudes from its strong, high shoulders. And much like on last year’s Ford F-250 Super Chief pickup concept, a single character line runs the length of the body side, slightly sloping downward as it reaches the back of the sedan.

This adds wedge to the car, making it dynamic, without detracting from its smooth, clean design.

Signature Ford touches include the horizontal three-bar grille, which has been structurally integrated into the bumper beam, as well as “squircles” – or professionally square circle-shaped graphics – inside and out.

As a nod to performance purists, the ultimate muscle lies under the powered clamshell “shaker” hood, which caps a thoroughly detailed engine compartment that houses a 5.0-liter V-8 Cammer engine.

This is an upgraded variant of the 4.6-liter engine under the hood of the current production Mustang GT. The Cammer modular engine powered Ford Racing’s FR500C race car to the top of the Grand Am Cup’s GS class, achieving five victories on its way to the Drivers, Manufacturers and Team Championships in its first season of competition.

The Interceptor concept’s Cammer engine is mated to a manual six-speed transmission. The car, equipped with 22-inch wheels, also features a solid rear axle for more hard-core performance feel.

Attitude Within
Inside, the Ford Interceptor concept is sleek and thoroughly modern, completed in contrasting black leather and metal finishes.

The dash, headliner and thick steering wheel are leather-wrapped. Plus, the Interceptor concept’s four low-back bucket seats are wrapped in thick black belt leather with exposed-edge seams and contrasting caramel stitching. The seats are accented with Ford GT-inspired squircle grommets finished with Titan Metal painted inserts.

Squircle accents are repeated in the concept’s door trims, floor, console and instrument panel.

Designed within a pair of squircles, the speedometer and tachometer are eye-catching. The needles for both start at center and move opposite each other as the speed and RPM climb.

Other clever touches include retractable headrests that deploy from the roof when the car is parked. They adjust fore and aft, as well as up and down for each occupant. Audio control panel and climate controls also are stowable.

On the other hand, the gated six-speed shifter is exposed, just waiting to be thrown into gear.

“The Interceptor concept is a sedan – but with the heart and soul of a performance car,“ Thomas said. “This car is about restraint – and not clouding the driving experience with too much technology. There aren’t a lot of layers between the driver and the road with this car.”

Safer travels
For safety, the Interceptor concept incorporates Ford’s patented four-point “belt and suspenders” safety belt design in all four seats and inflatable seat belts in the rear.

While current three-point safety belts are extremely effective in reducing the risk of injury in a crash, Ford Motor Company is researching these two potential safety belt technologies as possible ways to further reduce injury risk in vehicle crashes.

A number of technical challenges still need to be overcome before such restraint systems could ever be used, but these technologies might one day further enhance safety belt effectiveness.

The four-point belt showcases a possible next-generation safety belt that is more comfortable and easier to use than traditional three-point belts, according to consumer research. Additionally, inflatable belts have been included in the rear seat of the concept to help better protect occupants in a variety of crashes.

“Our customer target for this powerful masculine sedan was a man with a family,” Horbury said. “He’s essentially a good guy, but a bit mischevious. He loves power and performance. But ultimately, he’s responsible. When he has his family on board, he values new safety technology as well as a powerful engine that runs on E-85 ethanol.”

Ford Interceptor Concept

Powertrain
5.0-liter Cammer V-8

Chassis lengths
Overall length...........................................201.6 in.
Wheelbase.................................................120.8 in.
Overall width..............................................76.4 in.
Overall height at curb..................................54.8 in.

Track width
Front...........................................................66.5 in.
Rear............................................................67.8 in.

Suspension
Front....................... Double wishbone-independent
Rear.........................3-Link Design with Panhard Rod

Headroom
Front...........................................................37.5 in.
Second Row................................................35.9 in.

Legroom
Front...........................................................42.3 in.
Second Row................................................35.6 in.

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Ford Interceptor Concept

A Mustang-based Chrysler 300 killer.

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For a couple years now, Ford has allowed Chrysler’s full-size 300 to enjoy a challenge-free reign of the eye-catching, rear-drive sedan market. This in spite of Ford having many bad boys in own past from which to pillage, not to mention an entirely capable rear-drive platform underpinning nothing but the Mustang. We thought there was hope in the form of the bitchin’ 427 Concept from a couple years back, but that materialized into exactly nothing. Now we have the Interceptor concept.

Ford sees the Interceptor as “keeping Mustang momentum accelerating,” but we don’t think anyone will see any Mustang anything in the Interceptor, at least not on account of its looks. And that’s a good thing, as a Mustang sedan would be hideous. To say nothing of blasphemous. Then again, that didn’t stop Dodge….

So Instead of grafting the Mustang’s iconic, shark-shaped schnoz onto a sedan, designers mimicked the front end of Ford’s F250 Super Chief Concept, which to our surprise, actually works pretty well. And why not? Ford didn’t use it for the real F250. Besides, it certainly gets the tough-guy point across. Dominant features include Ford’s three-bar grille and “squircle” (radiused rectangle) headlamps followed by a blunt, flat clamshell “shaker” hood. Back a bit further, one notices chrome fender vents, an exaggerated waistline, a narrow, chrome-trimmed greenhouse and huge wheels to accentuate its chopped, mob-boss profile.

Nestled within the lovingly detailed engine bay is a Ford Racing 5.0-liter, E85-compatible V-8 producing 400 horsepower (similar to the motor found in Ford’s successful FR500C Grand Am racer). Said engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, operated via a sexy, Ferrari-style gated shifter. Like the ‘Stang, the Interceptor rides on a double-wishbone front suspension, but ditches the Mustang’s live rear axle for a proper, multilink setup.

Inside, the black leather-covered front buckets feature low-rise seatbacks for added muscle-car character. Head restraints deploy from the low, low ceiling (only 37.5 inches of front headroom will surely render the Interceptor ineligible for the NBA’s Most Valuable Ride award). Center stack controls hide behind panels to clean up the dashboard—no iDrive for this big sedan (maybe someone can show BMW how to do this). Safety innovations include four-point seat belts for all four seats, with inflatable belts (!) for the pair in back.

Whether Ford can come up with the cash to develop the Interceptor beyond an auto show starlet is anyone’s guess. However, what worked so well for Chrysler surely couldn’t hurt Ford.

If nothing else, once the Crown Vic dies, the cops will be looking for a new Interceptor of their own.
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