This is not your typical barn find. You’re looking at an American Jet Seagrave back from the dead. When Bernie Kranz stopped at a yard sale he never expected to leave with a car – let alone a prototype. According to the Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975 just three Seagrave coupes were built as prototypes and this is one of them. This Seagrave sat under a tarp for years before Kranz took it home. When asked what he plans to do with this rare find, Kranz said he would like to get it running in its current state. Though we’re not getting a full restoration any time soon, keep an eye out for this classic on the road.
Are we in store for a significantly more potent Focus R.S? We don’t hate the idea. Late last year Ford announced the release of a new performance kit designed for the EcoBoost Mustang. The upgrade that was developed by Ford Performance Team, boasts V-8 torque for the Mustang EcoBoost. Ford fans and gearheads alike were quick to notice that the turbo Mustang and the Focus RS share the same 2.3-liter engine. Interesting. Will the Ford Focus RS see a Ford Performance kit?
Road & Track asked Ford Performance’s parts manger, Jesse Kershaw about the idea, here’s what he had to say:
“From an engine and powertrain standpoint, we feel very comfortable with doing something on the RS. I hesitate to give any dates, or any more information than that, but I can tell you we’re working on it, and we fully expect to have a Focus RS calibration in the future,” -Kershaw
Because the project is still ongoing, hard performance figures are yet to be revealed. Luckily for us, Kershaw dropped a few hints to peak our interest. Kershaw said to expect a similar boost in torque like the EcoBoost Mustang received, which was 70 lb-ft of torque extra (or 22% over stock). To keep this in perspective, the Focus RS makes 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque in stock form. The performance kit will be legal in all 50 states and won’t void the warranty of the Focus. We’re thinking that this upgrade is about the make this hatch even more impressive. Let’s hope it stays cheap. Ford put the Mustang calibration kit at $699, which is a steal, all things considered.
It’s easy to get caught up in the best and brightest supercars admired by media and car-lovers alike. But there’s something to be said for bringing it back to our roots. Enter: a ’71 Chevrolet Impala and a ’73 Chevrolet Caprice. There’s something about watching cars with no business being on a drag strip battle it out on 30-inch rims. Both of these rides are 4,000 lb convertibles with no absolutely no fear. The two went head-to-head at the Orangeburg, SC Street Outlaws Live event late last month. Check it out for yourself and see which one of these drop-top turbos takes home the W.
The Cadillac XT4 is expected to be unveilved later this month at the New York Auto Show. But since Cadillac is a sponsor of the Academy Awards Show, there was a mini appearance last night at the event. Just ahead of that, though, the automaker released a few teaser images (including the overall shape of the car).
Cadillac will feature three commercials. The first is called “Future Is Here,” which shows the XT4 and its Super Cruise autonomous driving technology. The second is called “Future Cars,” which showcases Super Cruise hands-free driving. The final commercial will be set to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” previewing the XT4 compact vehicle even more. We’ll keep you updated once the big reveal happens in the Big Apple. Stay tuned.
Ah, yes. The 2016 Shelby Mustang with 750-HP (naturally). This (somewhat) oldie is most certainly a goodie. This is the Terlingua Racing Team Mustang and it pays homage to the team that was created by Caroll Shelby and Bill Neale back in the ’60s. Here are some of the specs:
1 of 50 units
Shelby-by-Eibach sway bar
20-in Weld Racing wheels
Bermuda Big Brake kit
As if that’s not enough, each model carries an autograph plaque of Carroll Shelby, Bill Neale and Jerry Titus – the 67 Trans Am Champion winning driver. Talk about special edition.