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Old 11-02-2004, 23:51   #1 (permalink)
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Ford already creating a TYPHOON :)

A FORD Falcon potentially faster than many expensive European supercars has prompted a call for vehicles to be speed-limited.

The FPV Typhoon, priced at $58,950, has so much thrust Ford has refused to release its acceleration figures because of concerns about negative reaction from the safety lobby.

Ford Performance Vehicles product planning manager Mark Behr acknowledged the decision not to release the figures was prompted by recent complaints about car advertisements highlighting the maximum speeds of powerful cars.

Independent tests conducted by The Courier-Mail show the car can reach 100km/h in second gear but its top speed was not found.

Pedestrian Council of Australia chairman Harold Scruby said the release this week of the turbocharged Typhoon should be the catalyst for speed-governing of vehicles.

"In generations to come people will look back on this era like the Wild West when people walked around with a gun on their hips," he said.

"These people (car manufacturers) are the cowboys of this century."

The Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) Typhoon is a souped-up version of the turbocharged Falcon XR6T.

Its four-litre, six-cylinder turbocharged engine gives it torque, or thrust, only slightly less than a $1.1 million, 5.7-litre, 10-cylinder Porsche Carrera GT.

It has more torque than a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Ferrari F430.

Mr Behr said Ford's advertising campaign, under the Performance Inc name, would work responsibly within Advertising Standards Bureau's new codes of practice.

"Most vehicles are featured in static shots in our ads," he said. "And we are the only company that offers free driver training with the sale of our performance cars."

The Pedestrian Council of Australia has recently had ads for the Mitsubishi Magna and the BMW Mini withdrawn after successfully complaining to the ASB.

Mr Scruby said these decisions put motor-vehicle manufacturers and advertisers on notice that the Pedestrian Council would complain about any advertisement which breached the ABS code.

"Why are they releasing these vehicles on our roads when the motorway speed limit is 110km/h?"

He called for speed-governing of vehicles and for speedos to be limited to showing 130km/h.

RACQ external relations general manager Gary Fites said FPV's advertising plan was "most encouraging".

"Very often the irresponsible advertisers are those who have more mundane vehicles, not the performance car manufacturers," he said.

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Old 11-03-2004, 00:10   #2 (permalink)
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Independent tests conducted by The Courier-Mail show the car can reach 100km/h in second gear but its top speed was not found.
Is this out of the ordinary? My XR6 N/A along with many other cars can get to 100km/h in 2nd gear!
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Re: Ford already creating a TYPHOON :)

Already posted here:
Scruby Attacks Typhoon

And what a lively discussion it is!
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What a complete ^*&*#^@!!! It really gets me wound up that people like this can be so totally blinkered when it comes to performance cars. This moron unfortunately is going to infect public opinion on the F6 (and other performance cars) and a few similar articles by equal morons with similarly twisted views will start getting their way.

Somebody (a coherent thinking motor journalist??) needs to point out to these duckheads that these vehicles don't just go in a straight line. They also stop extremely well, handle and respond extremely well and are likely to be driven by enthusiasts who are ABOVE average in driving skills.

It's the little old ladies and men driving 120Y's and Honda Accords that are the most danger to pedestrians..... except for you Mr Scruby, you my friend are in imminent danger of a lightening strike F6..............
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I want to see jeremy clarkson do a review on it :)
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I want to see jeremy clarkson do a review on it :)
Oh yes!!! Better still, Tiff Needell. :s6:
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Is this out of the ordinary? My XR6 N/A along with many other cars can get to 100km/h in 2nd gear!
Pfft, my 3 speed auto EA can reach 100km/h in first! (well, near enough anyway)
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Why is that F#^&head crying about car that can reach 100 in second gear? Some 4 pot na cars can do it. Even 3 sp auto EAs, All auto Au's can do it in second to 140km

Puting a 130 km speedo limit on car would only make everyone get them chipped, so its very pointless.

I wonder in mr pedestrian even has a car?

Also is he only bagging ford, or does he complain About all Australian cars such as HSV and their LS2 which wheels mag had it doing 270 in 5th gear!
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whoopdie do if it has more torque, its in a heavier body.... or does it just mean that all kenworth trucks are lethal weapons that should be banned for good?
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