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  1. What is E10 fuel and why is it being introduced? The reason E10 fuel has been introduced as the standard grade fuel at forecourts across the country is to try and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This fuel is made up on 90% regular unleaded petrol and 10% ethanol. Current petrol grades in the UK (E5) contain up to 5% ethanol, with the rest being regular unleaded petrol. The Government claims that the introduction of E10 petrol at UK forecourts could cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year – the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road. Can E10 Petrol be used in my car? All cars registered since 2011 are required to be E10 compatible and for any that are older than this, the Government have produced a simple online checker. However, the RAC estimate there to be up to 600,000 vehicles currently on the UK roads not to be compatible. Specifically for Ford vehicles, E10 is cleared for use in all petrol driven Ford models sold in Europe since 1992 excluding Ford Mondeo 1.8 SCI from 2003 to 2007. This model and Ford models sold before 1992 should continue to use E5. The above statements are for approved Ford of Europe vehicles only and do not include personal imports not approved by Ford of Europe. What is E10 Petrol? Throughout September 2021, forecourts have been replacing the current 'E5' petrol with 'E10' fuel, which contains more renewable ethanol. This change only applies to standard (95 octane) petrol, and doesn't affect diesels. The change comes as part of the government's plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars by 2030, with E10 petrol predicted to reduce transport carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year; the equivalent of removing 350,000 cars from the roads. It's worth noting that the transition to E10 petrol could see an increase in fuel consumption, although experts believe this would only be an increase of around one percent, which should be barely noticeable in day-to-day driving. What is Ethanol? Ethanol is an alcohol-based fuel that is derived from a range of plants, including corn and sugarcane, through a process called fermentation. The problem with regular unleaded petrol is that it's not carbon neutral, meaning the whole process from refining the fuel to it being burned by an internal combustion engine (ICE) results in more CO2 being emitted than absorbed. However, ethanol is said to be partially carbon-neutral. As the plants that will become biofuel grow, they absorb more carbon dioxide than what will be produced through the fuel refinement and combustion process. It's believed that the greenhouse gases absorbed during the production of ethanol partially offsets the resulting CO2 produced by petrol-powered cars. How does it affect classic cars? It's highly unlikely that any classic car will be able to run on E10 petrol without damage occurring to components such as the fuel pump or fuel hoses. Components such as seals and plastics could get damaged by prolonged use because of ethanol's corrosive properties Ethanol is also hygroscopic, meaning it absorbs moisture from the air, which can pose a problem in older cars that don't utilise a closed-loop fuel system. In other words, classic cars that are left standing for long periods will be susceptible to potential corrosion within the fuel system, and could run poorly if they aren't used regularly. We'd recommend making the switch to super-unleaded petrol when E10 is introduced to prevent any issues. Although the ethanol present in super-unleaded (E5) fuel can still cause issues in the long-term, the lower amount of ethanol should reduce the likelihood of issues arising in the future, as well as offset the increased price of fuel. When was E10 petrol introduced in the UK? E10 petrol was introduced to forecourts across the UK from September 2021. With CO2 emissions set to be reduced because of this change, it should help the UK meet its climate change targets without it affecting the majority of motorists. However, there's no need to worry if your vehicle is incompatible with E10 fuel, because super unleaded petrol will still be available as E5. While your fuel bill will technically go up, it will work out cheaper than dealing with the issues that can be caused by E10 fuel inside incompatible cars. Official Government link to check if your vehicle can run on E10: https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-e10-petrol Original Article Source: https://www.evanshalshaw.com/blog/what-is-e10-petrol/
  2. So what's behind the crisis? The key issue is there aren't enough drivers to supply petrol. There's an estimated shortage of more than 100,000 HGV drivers and petrol is only the latest industry to be hit. The lack of drivers has caused problems for a range of industries - from supermarkets to fast food chains. Fuel tanker drivers need additional safety qualifications on top of their HGV licence to be able to transport chemicals such as petrol. How did the petrol shortage start? Late last week, oil firm BP warned that it would have to "temporarily" close a handful of its petrol stations, because of a lack of lorry drivers. Long queues started to build up outside stations across Great Britain over the weekend, amid fears that petrol might run out. Urban areas have been hardest hit, while Northern Ireland has been unaffected. The panic buying was said to be caused by media reports of a leaked government briefing discussing the shortage of HGV drivers. Some analysts and politicians linked the driver shortage to Brexit, although transport secretary Grant Shapps denied this, whilst others blamed the COVID-19 pandemic. What caused the driver shortage? There are a number of reasons - and many countries across Europe have been affected - but the UK has been especially badly hit. After Brexit, many European drivers returned to their home countries, or moved elsewhere, because working in the UK involved additional border bureaucracy which had an impact on their income. The pandemic saw even more drivers return to their home countries, with few coming back. Meanwhile, some older drivers have retired and there is a huge backlog in HGV driver tests due to Covid. Has the petrol shortage improved? The PRA - which represents nearly 5,500 of the UK's 8,000 filling stations - says that "trying to calm this down appears to be a monumental task at the moment". It says that more than a quarter (27%) of its members' petrol stations were out of fuel on Thursday, compared with two-thirds on Sunday. On Wednesday, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said there were signs that the petrol crisis was "stabilising" and urged people to buy petrol as they normally would. There has been no improvement in petrol supplies at independent petrol stations since Wednesday, according to industry body the Petrol Retailers Association "There's been no easing off of the pressure from drivers wanting to refuel whenever they can, wherever they can, " said PRA chairman Brian Madderson. The government had said it thought the situation was starting to get better. What is the government currently doing? The Ministry of Defence is preparing about 150 qualified military drivers to deliver fuel - and has another 150 personnel ready to support them. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) says it will also draw on some of the reserve fleet of 80 tankers which the government keeps for emergencies. Other measures include: A suspension of competition law between oil firms, which the government said would make it easier for companies to share information about fuel supply, and prioritise areas most in need An offer of temporary visas to 5,000 foreign fuel tanker and food lorry drivers (as well as 5,500 poultry workers) in the run-up to Christmas - although some business organisations, such as the British Chambers of Commerce have criticised this as "insufficient" The process for getting an HGV driver licence will be sped up, and nearly one million letters have been sent to existing HGV drivers to encourage them back into the industry, plus there are plans to train 4,000 others Can key workers get fuel? The doctors' body the BMA, the teachers' union NASUWT and some politicians including London Mayor Sadiq Khan want key workers to be given priority access to petrol stations to avoid disruption to essential services. However, the government hasn't announced plans to prioritise key workers as it did with nursery and school places during the pandemic. Is there a limit on how much petrol I can buy? The government has powers to limit how much fuel drivers can buy, and the hours when they can buy it, but there's no indication it plans to use them. Some petrol stations have introduced a £30 cap on the amount of petrol people can buy. However, the PRA said it didn't want garage staff to be put at risk "confronting" customers. Is petrol in danger of running out? No - oil companies have stressed there is plenty of fuel available. They say that the shortage is being caused by "temporary spikes in customer demand" - or as PRA chairman Brian Madderson put it, "panic buying, pure and simple". The government has claimed media coverage has inflamed the situation. What's happening to fuel prices? Petrol prices are at an eight-year high. The average petrol price at UK forecourts was 135.19p a litre on Monday, up from 134.86p a week earlier. The price of a litre of diesel rose from 137.35p to 137.95p over the same period. The RAC has said it's aware of a small number of retailers "hiking prices" in the current crisis.
  3. either or, can take it neat as long as with ice
  4. Looking at the above banner, got me thinking of a potential beer shortage. Lack of transportation.....I'm sure this will resolve over time. Lack of Co2 to dispense Lager from the pumps......I'll drink Real Ales then. Lack of Hops, now I'm getting worried! Oh god!!! What has happened to this world?
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  6. Ford today announced a new, special edition version of the Focus ST five-door hot hatchback that enhances driving dynamics with upgraded suspension and light-weight wheels for ultimate road and track driving experiences, alongside unique exterior and interior specifications The Focus ST Edition is available to order in selected European markets, including the UK priced from £35,785. The most dynamic version yet of the fourth generation Focus ST offers true driving enthusiasts the opportunity to tailor the driving dynamics to their personal preference using a Ford Performance-tuned adjustable coilover suspension system. Cornering responses and driving dynamics are further enhanced with standard flow-formed alloy wheels that reduce unsprung weight, and Sports Technologies including a hydraulically-activated electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) and selectable Drive Modes, including Track Mode, contributing to an even more rewarding and confident Focus ST driving experience. Ford Performance has developed the Focus ST Edition exclusively in five-door hatchback body style to ensure the lowest possible weight for optimised control and precision, and with the 2.3‑litre EcoBoost petrol engine and six-speed manual transmission, 1 for maximum driver engagement. A unique exterior is distinguished by an Azura Blue finish unavailable elsewhere in the Focus line-up, eye-catching high gloss black detailing and a distinctive black roof. Interior enhancements include part-leather Recaro sports seats, blue detail stitching and a red ST starter button. “The new Focus ST Edition takes the hot hatchback to a new level of handling precision and control,” said Stefan Muenzinger, Ford Performance manager, Europe. “Not only does it offer increased poise and responsiveness for the enthusiast, but also gives the ability to tailor the feel and handling balance of the car to the customer.” Precision and control The Focus ST Edition will arrive with customers featuring a factory chassis configuration that has been extensively tested and developed by Ford Performance, including at Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife. Fine-tuned to optimise balance and control through corners while working hand-in-hand with the vehicle’s high-performance powertrain, the chassis also offers drivers the flexibility to further tailor suspension settings to their specific driving style or environment. The two-way adjustable coilover suspension system, produced by motorsport specialists KW Automotive, features twin-tube stainless steel damper housings and powder-coated springs, with a distinctive Ford Performance Blue finish. Focus ST Edition’s ride height is lowered 10 mm front and rear compared with the standard Focus ST, with a further adjustment of 20 mm available to the customer. Spring rates are increased by more than 50 per cent compared with the standard Focus ST. Twelve jounce settings – the degree of upward damper movement allowed as the wheel contacts a bump in the road, and 16 rebound settings – the speed at which the damper returns to position after an upward movement, give Focus ST drivers an even greater degree of control over cornering responses. The Focus ST Edition is also supplied with a technical document providing recommended suspension settings for a variety of driving conditions – including a dedicated setting for the Nürburgring – to help performance driving enthusiasts fine-tune their driving experiences. The lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels, equipped as standard with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, reduce unsprung mass by 10 per cent at each corner of the vehicle. The wheels are constructed using a flow forming process, which compacts the aluminium alloy to retain tensile strength and increase shock resistance while using less material. Able to more effectively follow the profile of rougher road surfaces and reduce the demand on the Focus ST Edition’s dampers and springs, the lightened wheels improve tyre contact with the road for enhanced grip and responses. The Focus ST Edition continues to utilise sophisticated Sports Technologies to enhance performance, including an innovative eLSD that uses hydraulically activated clutches to redistribute up to 100 per cent of the available torque to the wheel with more traction to counteract wheelspin. Faster-acting and more precise than a conventional mechanical LSD, the system can pre-emptively adjust torque based on inputs from engine and vehicle sensors. The 2.3-litre EcoBoost all-aluminium engine uses a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger alongside an optimised air intake and exhaust system to deliver 280 PS of power at 5,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 3,000 rpm to 4,000 rpm. Anti-lag technology inspired by the Ford GT supercar and F-150 Raptor pick-up also delivers even faster power delivery in Sport and Track drive modes. Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 5.7 seconds, with standing start performance supported by flat-shift capability that holds the throttle open when the clutch is disengaged during upshifts through the six-speed manual gearbox. The Focus ST Edition can reach a top speed of 155 mph. Drivers can also use selectable Drive Modes 2 to adjust eLSD, throttle mapping, electronic power-assisted steering (EPAS) and electronic stability control (ESC) characteristics to match the driving scenario. A dedicated Track mode provides the sharpest responses and the most freedom within the ESC system for the maximum driver feedback and engagement. As with the standard Focus ST, an optimised steering knuckle design; responsive, two turn lock-to-lock EPAS; and performance braking system with 330 mm front, 302 mm rear discs and optimised fade resistance support enthusiast driving on track. Distinctive design The Focus ST Edition’s practical five-door hatchback body benefits from exclusive features and specification inside and out. The unmistakeable Azura Blue exterior paint colour contrasts with High Gloss Black detailing on the upper grille, front bumper wings and door-mirror caps, as well as the rear roof spoiler and rear diffuser panel. The roof panel is also finished in high gloss black and is complemented by ST badges edged with a black surround. Inside, the Focus ST Edition’s standard part-leather Recaro sports seats are edged in Ford Performance blue stitching, with the same effect used on the leather ST steering wheel, gear lever gaiter, centre console knee pads and floor mats. The engine start button is also finished with sporty red lettering to complement the ST badges. The Focus ST Edition joins the existing, Ford Performance-developed Focus ST line-up that offers five-door and wagon body styles, 280 PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol 1 and 190 PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel1 engines, and a seven-speed automatic transmission option for the EcoBoost petrol. 1 Ford Focus ST Edition 280 PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol homologated CO2 emissions 185 g/km and fuel efficiency 8.1l/100 km WLTP. Ford Focus ST 280 PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol homologated CO2 emissions 184-186 g/km and fuel efficiency 8.1 l/100 km WLTP Ford Focus ST 190 PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel homologated CO2 emissions 139 g/km and fuel efficiency 5.3l/100 km WLTP. 2 Driver-assist features are supplemental to and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgement and need to control the vehicle.
  7. The Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) was the best-selling PHEV across all segments in Europe during the first half of 2021,1 and customers are making the most of their vehicles’ 35 miles WLTP pure-electric driving range, new data shows According to anonymised real-world data from Ford, Kuga Plug-In Hybrid drivers across Europe have so far this year covered 49 per cent of their distance travelled using externally-charged battery power alone. With 3,628 plug-in Kuga registrations in the UK this year to June, versus 960 in the same 2020 six-month period, the Ford hybrid’s 380 per cent sales growth is almost double that of the UK plug-in market – which is up 200 per cent year-on-year. Across Europe, the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid achieved more sales in June than any previous month – with more than 6,300 models sold – and now outsells all other models in the Kuga range put together. Through April, May and June this year, Ford sold close to 16,000 Kuga Plug-In Hybrids, over a third more than the next best-selling competitor during the same period. 1 Sales of PHEV and all-electric passenger vehicles are surging across Europe as growing numbers of customers discover how their driving needs can be comfortably and cost-effectively managed – particularly using at-home charging. PHEV models accounted for 8.4 per cent of all new cars sold in Europe during the second quarter of this year, an increase of more than 255 per cent compared with the same period last year. 2 “We firmly believe that our customers buy hybrid vehicles to benefit from the advantages of driving on electric power, and this data shows that Kuga Plug-In Hybrid customers are keen to use their cars in EV mode as much as possible,” said Roelant de Waard, general manager, Passenger Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “We are committed to an electrified future for Ford, and the fact that Kuga is the best-selling PHEV shows that our customers want to join us on this exciting journey.” Kuga Plug-In Hybrid customer usage Anonymised real-world data collected by Ford to help understand and optimise the PHEV ownership experience provided insights including: Drivers are utilising the battery-electric driving capability of their Kuga Plug-In Hybrid to a significant degree. Almost half (49 per cent) of the collective distance travelled this year has been covered using externally-charged battery power alone. More than two-thirds of Kuga Plug-In Hybrid customers’ journeys are shorter, local trips of 35 miles or less that could be completed using just externally-charged battery power. From more than 633,000 drive days this year, the vehicle made possible more than 420,000 drive days with zero tailpipe emissions. The average daily driving distance was 32 miles, which is less than the vehicle’s 35-mile WLTP pure-electric driving range. Customers are confident when it comes to using battery technology and are routinely able to access charging points. For every 100 drive days in a Kuga Plug-In Hybrid there were 89 charging events. Customers are taking advantage of overnight charging and cheaper night-time domestic electricity rates to reduce their motoring costs. Thirty-five per cent of charging events took place overnight with a plug-in time of 12 hours or more – twice the six hours required to charge the battery fully from a conventional domestic 230-volt supply. In total, 45 per cent of all charging events took place overnight, demonstrating that customer car charging habits are similar to how they would charge their smartphone or tablet. Maximising the amount of time spent driving on externally-charged battery power can provide significant financial benefits for drivers. Based on average petrol and domestic electricity prices, 3 a Kuga Plug-In Hybrid driver with an annual mileage of 12,000 miles, could expect to save more than £700 per year. Ford earlier this year announced that 100 per cent of its passenger vehicle range in Europe will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or PHEV by mid-2026; moving to all-electric by 2030. Earlier this month, the all-new, all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E GT SUV went on sale for the first time, while more than 5,300 Mustang Mach-E vehicles have been delivered to customers in Europe in the second quarter of 2021. The company’s range of electrified passenger vehicles also includes both mild hybrid and full hybrid versions of the Kuga SUV as well as full hybrid powertrains for the Mondeo Hybrid, SMAX Hybrid and Galaxy Hybrid; the Explorer Plug-In Hybrid; and mild hybrid powertrains for the Puma, Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid models. Powered by a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle petrol engine and an electric motor generator with a 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid offers up to 35 miles WLTP pure-electric driving range, fuel efficiency 201.8 mpg WLTP and CO2 emissions from 32 g/km WLTP. The vehicle can be charged using an external power supply via a side-mounted charging port in the left front fender. Drivers can choose how and when to deploy battery power using EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge modes. In addition to charging from an external power supply, the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid can automatically replenish its battery on the move using regenerative charging technology that captures kinetic energy normally lost during braking.
  8. Ford is today pledging to car enthusiasts across Europe that the acclaimed “fun-to-drive” character that has helped define generations of the automaker’s vehicles will remain at the heart of a new era of electrified and connected products As Ford prepares to showcase an all-electrified line-up of road, competition and concept cars for the first time at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed, West Sussex, UK, the company is doubling-down on its commitment to continue delivering the most engaging, stimulating and rewarding driving experiences for customers – whether they choose mild hybrid, full hybrid, plug-in hybrid or all‑electric powertrains. Ford is already enhancing the driving dynamics of its passenger vehicles by harnessing the performance credentials and further benefits of ultra-responsive, high-torque electrified powertrains. Now the company is also promising that in addition to never sacrificing stimulating driving experiences in the quest for optimised electrified efficiency, it will also expand its fun-to-drive commitment to deliver exceptional experiences for passengers, as well as to make Ford vehicles enjoyable and entertaining when stationary – such as when charging. Connected, digital experiences will be enabled by FordPass Connect modems, 1 the FordPass app 1 and sophisticated technologies including next-gen SYNC. 2 “‘Fun-to-drive’ is in Ford’s DNA. Every vehicle we make is designed to put smiles on faces. Now we’re ready to shift fun-to-drive into a new gear for the all-electric era, supported by innovative new powertrain and connectivity technologies, and starting with our all-new, all-electric Mustang Mach-E,” said Roelant de Waard, general manager, Passenger Vehicles, Ford of Europe. Ford earlier this year announced that 100 per cent of its passenger vehicle range in Europe will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid by mid-2026; moving to all-electric by 2030. The Mustang Mach-E GT – the highest performing road-going version of Ford’s all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV – makes its driving debut at Goodwood this weekend where it will star on the famous hill climb. Mustang Mach-E GT produces up to 487 PS, 3 and features advanced MagneRide® 4 adaptive suspension alongside a high-performance Brembo braking system for sports car responses and agility. Ford will also at the Goodwood Festival of Speed deliver the global public debut of the Team Fordzilla P1 concept race car – developed with collaboration between the company's designers and the gaming community – and will reveal further exciting electrified motorsport news on July 8. Fun from the driving seat, passenger seat, or couch Every electrified Ford passenger vehicle features innovations designed to complement optimised efficiency with enhanced driving experiences. For example: The all-electric Mustang Mach-E GT uses its independent front and rear electric motors to deliver sophisticated all-wheel drive capability for optimised traction Kuga Plug-In Hybrid and Kuga Hybrid feature a simulated gear-shift function designed to emulate the familiar gear-changes of a conventional automatic transmission for greater driver engagement Puma, Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid models incorporate a belt-driven integrated starter/generator that can use recovered energy to supplement the total torque available from the powertrain, for more responsive in-gear acceleration In future, connected features will continue to dial up the joy of driving by dialling down the stress, enabled by integrated FordPass Connect modems. For example, Intelligent Range for Mustang Mach‑E helps reduce unplanned stops for charging by more accurately predicting how much driving range remains using past driving behaviour, weather forecasts and crowdsourced data from other Mustang Mach-E vehicles. Ford also is testing predictive smart headlight technology 5 that uses real-time location data to directs headlight beams into upcoming corners even before drivers may have seen them, making driving more enjoyable at night. Inventive technologies will make being a passenger in an electrified Ford vehicle an even greater experience. Selectable drive modes including Mustang Mach-E’s Whisper mode 5 are already helping make journeys more comfortable and enjoyable for passengers, building on the inherent refinement of pure-electric driving. FordPass Connect allows connectivity for up to ten devices, helping families stream entertainment and stay connected for fun on the move. Next-gen SYNC technology uses machine learning to truly understand Mustang Mach-E owners’ routines and make navigation and communication suggestions that benefit drivers and passengers alike. Connected technologies such as next-gen SYNC are also key to Ford’s commitment to delivering stimulating experiences even when stationary. Whether touchscreen drawing and simple gaming using Mustang Mach-E’s 15.5‑inch display, monitoring charging status and reviewing journey logs using the FordPass app, or entering your vehicle to discover new features have downloaded wirelessly via Ford Power-Up – Ford electrified vehicles will not need to be moving to be enjoyed. Race to reality Human-centred design lies at the heart of Ford’s fun-to-drive philosophy, and the company is demonstrating at Goodwood a full-size replica of one of its most innovative examples to-date: the extreme Team Fordzilla P1 race car. Seen for the first time in an all-new livery celebrating the 55th anniversary of Ford’s famous Le Mans 24 Hours 1-2-3 victory, the Team Fordzilla P1 is the first virtual gaming race car designed in collaboration between the gaming community and a car brand. Almost 250,000 fans voted on Twitter to choose elements including seating position, cockpit style and drivetrain to create the ultimate virtual race car, designed purely to deliver digital driving thrills. The vehicle features a dramatic jet fighter-style canopy and combines a Ford GT-like, heavily-sculpted front end with a completely exposed rear to highlight the aerodynamics. The interior is equally radical, with LED notification units to keep the driver and passenger up-to-date on track status, while an integrated screen on the steering wheel enables live data to be shared with the pit wall. “To build cars that customers love, you first need to truly understand what customers want. We’ve taken that thinking to extremes with the Team Fordzilla P1 race car, and we’ve applied the same innovative approach to creating our Puma ST Gold Edition that customers will actually be able to order later this year,” said Amko Leenarts, director, Design, Ford of Europe. “It’s exactly this kind of human-centred design that’s going to take us to a whole new level of fun-to-drive in the electrified era.” In addition, Ford president and chief executive officer Jim Farley will demonstrate the true fun-to-drive potential of all-electric powertrains as he tackles the Goodwood hill climb in the unique Mustang Mach-E 1400 prototype. The result of 10,000 hours of collaboration by Ford Performance and RTR Vehicles, the one-of-a-kind vehicle uses seven motors to deliver 1,419 PS, with a single driveshaft connecting them to differentials that have a huge range of adjustability to set the car up for everything from drifting to high-speed track racing. The chassis and powertrain are also set up to allow investigation of different layouts and their effects on energy consumption and performance, including rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive.
  9. Very nice logo....early fastback model Mustang or latest shape? either way, a classic shape 🙂
  10. The new Rank and Badge system is part of the latest updated system software. Also, we are shortly going to be issuing new Ford Owners Club car stickers 🙂
  11. The membership pack which you should have received at the end of March includes the new Halfords card (starts with 7 and ends in 71) A new card has been dispatched to you and you should receive it shortly
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  13. Halfords have recently updated their discount system and this has affected certain older discount cards which now have an expired barcode. We are advising Members who have an active Premium Membership and signed up before 1st March 2021 to apply for a new barcode via the link in the Announcement which is available to Premium Members only.
  14. Good to know you can still make it Nathan, should be a great day!
  15. Ford has introduced two exciting, limited-edition models building on the style and capability of the company’s award-winning pick-up - the new Ranger Stormtrak and Ranger Wolftrak Ranger Stormtrak is a premium truck offering distinctive styling and premium features for customers that value outstanding capability and a generous specification to support their active work and lifestyle needs. Ranger Wolftrak is an intrepid, rugged pick-up designed around the needs of customers who work outdoors and desire commanding off-road performance without compromising comfort and desirability. “Customers love the bold style and tough capability of our Ranger pick-up, so we’ve developed the new Stormtrak and Wolftrak limited edition models to offer even more of both,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “Stormtrak combines striking looks with added luxury touches and features for active lifestyles, while Wolftrak’s rugged off-road performance helps it comfortably take owners far off the beaten track for work and fun.” The new Ranger Stormtrak and Wolftrak limited editions will arrive in dealerships from October this year, adding further breadth to Ford’s award-winning line‑up of Ranger variants for a wide range of customers, including the thrilling Ranger Raptor, rally-inspired Ranger MS-RT and recently-announced Ranger chassis cab. Ford is also introducing a desirable new Power Roller Shutter option for Ranger Wildtrak Double Cab, which is specified as standard on Ranger Stormtrak. New Stormtrak is a force of nature Based on the premium Ranger Wildtrak series, the new Ranger Stormtrak delivers even higher specification with further enhanced comfort features and unique finishes. A limited run of vehicles will be built to ensure exclusivity, available as a Double Cab for UK customers with spacious rear seating. All Ranger Stormtrak models are equipped with Ford’s range-topping Bi-turbo 213PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine developing 500Nm of torque for outstanding pulling power. 1 A standard selectable four-wheel drive system offers confident off-road performance, while the advanced 10‑speed automatic gearbox delivers a smooth, effortless driving experience. Striking Rapid Red paint is unique to Ranger Stormtrak, complementing the exclusive red grille insert that contributes to the muscular front styling. LED headlights also feature, and rugged underbody protection as standard delivers serious road presence. Frozen White and Blue Lightning paint options are also available. Ranger Stormtrak’s powerful look is enhanced by exclusive bonnet and body side decals, chunky three-dimensional badging and a black rear bumper and sports hoop. In addition, a bedliner, load divider and Ford’s new Power Roller Shutter feature as standard, providing greater convenience and practicality when moving cargo. Ranger Stormtrak also retains the 1.0-tonne payload and 3,500kg maximum towing weight delivered by the popular Wildtrak series. 2 The Ranger Stormtrak interior further enhances the model with premium specification and practical features. Stormtrak-specific seats feature the same supple leather as Ford’s iconic Ranger Raptor, accentuated with embroidered Stormtrak logos and bolsters trimmed with technical fabric. Tinted Graphite interior surfaces and red stitching throughout mirror Stormtrak’s unmistakeable exterior palette. Ranger Wolftrak tames the wilderness Ranger Wolftrak is built for customers who desire dependable off-road capability and a bold, no‑nonsense exterior. Based on the Ranger XLT series, Wolftrak is powered by Ford’s 170PS 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine with the choice of six-speed manual or 10‑speed automatic transmission. A selectable four-wheel drive system with shift-on-the-fly function, 1 electronically-locking rear differential and all-terrain tyres are standard to enable progress in challenging off-road conditions, supported by a low range four-wheel drive setting to improve performance on steep hills and soft surfaces. Ford anticipates Ranger Wolftrak will appeal strongly to customers in farming, forestry and outdoor pursuit industries as well as private buyers. A 1.0‑tonne payload and 3,500kg maximum towing weight offer significant load-moving ability, supported by a standard protective bed liner. An optional manual load bed cover or Aeroklas full load canopy are uniquely available in matte black to match Ranger Wolftrak’s blacked-out exterior detailing. A long-leg tubular sports bar exclusive to Ranger Wolftrak creates a rugged look and supports accessory fitment and easy load restraint. Imposing Conquer Grey paint accentuates the pick-up’s haunches and complements the matte black grille, underbody protection and 17-inch black alloy wheels. The truck’s distinctive style is completed by darkened Wolftrak badges and plastic moulded side steps. Sea Grey paint is also available. Exclusive touches in Ranger Wolftrak’s cabin include Wolftrak badges, a matte black instrument panel and door spears, and durable all-weather floor mats. Ford’s SYNC 3 connectivity and navigation system with 8-inch touchscreen is a standard feature. 3 New Power Roller Shutter for extra practicality Ford is also introducing a desirable new power-operated version of its popular Roller Shutter load bed cover, available as an option for Ranger Wildtrak Double Cab models and fitted as standard to Ranger Stormtrak. The Power Roller Shutter adds new convenience and ease of use, with customers able to open and close the shutter via the key fob, or using buttons located in the load bed or inside the cabin on the dashboard. Sensors provide an anti-pinch function to help prevent trapped fingers or damaged cargo. Ranger remains Europe’s best-selling pick-up, setting a record 34.9 per cent annual segment share in Europe and 36.7 per cent in the UK last year. In the UK, Ranger accounted for 40 per cent market share for the first quarter of 2021, with more than 5,000 sold year-to-date.
  16. Looks like the battle of bots has finally been won....site should now be quick and no down time (fingers crossed)
  17. It is definitely faster than the weekend but still not as fast as it should be. I have been told it is a server issue where certain sites are scraping the site with Bots (lots of them) although the site is resilient it is exhausting the available workers which keep the site running smoothly. Once they clear off then the site refreshes and it speeds up again. Steve is trying to find a way to completely block the Bots but as soon as you get rid of some, others take their place.
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  19. It should be okay now, just loads of traffic at the weekend but settled down now
  20. The site is currently experiencing high volume traffic and is slowing down a little.....should be back up to full steam shortly 🙂
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  22. Tickets are now available to purchase for Ford Fair 2021 at Silverstone Here are the links and access code to book tickets: Book Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ford-fair-club-tickets-139643975891 Access Code: fOrDOwNeRscLuB Additional Q&A information: https://help.kelsey.co.uk/support/solutions/folders/77000185713 As with previous years, you will need to book independently but ensuring they are registered on the club stand. Also, you will need to ensure they have entered any children, vehicle and camping passes at the booking stage as it is extremely difficult to add them retrospectively. *****Let us know you're attending by leaving your name below and we'll add to the list to know how many likely to be on the stand***** List of Club Members attending Ford Fair 2021 Philf1 x3 Nick_T x2 NathanCoidan x2
  23. The new Ford S-MAX Hybrid sports activity vehicle has gone on sale, offering seven-seat practicality with the refinement, efficiency and convenience of a full electric/petrol hybrid powertrain Priced within £625 of the equivalent diesel version for the sporty ST-Line version, the new S-MAX Hybrid incorporates its powertrain into the sleek and versatile S-MAX body without compromising space, flexibility or being fun to drive and becomes the UK’s most affordable hybrid with seven seats. The new S‑MAX Hybrid reduces CO2 emissions by more than 10 per cent (WLTP) when compared with the equivalent EcoBlue diesel powertrain. A combination of 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine, 1.1 kWh lithium-ion battery, electric motor and the latest generation of Ford’s power-split transmission enables an effortless driving and ownership experience that can help active families to reduce their CO2 emissions while enjoying more relaxing journeys. Electric power is intelligently deployed to support petrol engine fuel efficiency or deliver silent, pure-electric driving for short periods depending on the scenario. Battery charge is automatically replenished by the petrol engine and by using regenerative charging technology when coasting or braking. With no need for owners to plug into an external power source, S-MAX Hybrid is designed to seamlessly fit into family life – always ready to deliver an electric power regardless of unpredictable schedules. The stylish S-MAX Hybrid continues to blend sporty exterior styling with the practicality and flexibility of a people mover. Easily configurable seating and load space combinations deliver up to 2,020 litres of load capacity behind the first row of seats2, and towing capacity is up to 1,560kg. “S-MAX is the original sports activity vehicle, and now brings even more appeal for a new generation of customers with pure-electric driving capability for the first time,” said Roelant de Waard, Ford’s European Passenger Vehicle general manager. “From a sporty, car-like driving experience to seats that fold flat at the push of a button, innovations that fit perfectly into family life have always been a big part of the S-MAX appeal. That makes the efficient and refined new hybrid powertrain a natural addition to the line-up.” Ford is also offering for the first time a full hybrid variant of the Galaxy seven-seat people mover. The new Galaxy Hybrid utilises the same sophisticated petrol-electric powertrain as S‑MAX Hybrid for diesel-rivalling fuel efficiency and optimised driving refinement. Electric power without the cables The new Hybrid can continue to offer the Ford S-MAX’s acclaimed space and flexibility by integrating its 60-cell lithium-ion battery within a crash absorbent, waterproof structure beneath the floor of the rear luggage space. The 1.1 kWh battery pack uses a liquid cooling system that allows the battery cells to be packaged closely together for greater space efficiency. A specially designed twin-exit exhaust system is routed around the battery to help accommodate its low position for maximum practicality. The configuration enables S-MAX Hybrid to accept loads up to almost one metre tall and more than one metre wide between the rear wheel houses. Even with all seven seats in place there is 285 litres of luggage space. Electric power helps deliver the most refined S-MAX driving experience yet. Regenerative braking technology captures up to 90 per cent of the energy normally lost during braking to help charge the battery. Power is sent to an electric motor that can drive the front wheels on its own to pull away silently from a standstill. The motor can also deliver pure-electric driving for short periods, for ultimate refinement and zero-emission driving particularly in urban environments. The battery’s liquid cooling system eliminates the need for a cooling fan, helping further reduce noise levels inside the cabin. In addition, the electric motor works alongside the petrol engine to deliver from 43.5mpg fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions from 147g/km WLTP,4 making S-MAX Hybrid a compelling alternative to Ford’s EcoBlue diesel powertrains. Gear selection is controlled using a stylish and ergonomic rotary gear shift dial that features an additional mode for maximising engine braking when towing or descending steep slopes, for more comfortable driving and maximum energy recuperation. Technology to take the stress out of driving Intuitive features help drivers monitor and improve their fuel and energy efficiency using interfaces for the available 10-inch digital instrument display. Brake Coach encourages gradual braking to help return more energy to the battery, and EV Coach helps drivers understand when they are using electric or hybrid power. Each S-MAX Hybrid occupant can enjoy connectivity on the move via the standard FordPass Connect modem that provides WiFi for up to 10 devices,5 and allows drivers to plan faster, less stressful journeys with Live Traffic updates for the navigation system. In addition, FordPass Connect enables remote features including Door Lock Unlock, Vehicle Status and Vehicle Locator via the FordPass mobile app, 7 as well as Ford’s sophisticated Local Hazard Information. The technology can inform drivers of a hazardous situation on the road ahead, even if the incident is not visible due to a bend in the road or other vehicles. Galaxy Hybrid offers first class travel The new Ford Galaxy Hybrid is also now available to order, powered by the same 190PS petrol-electric powertrain as the S-MAX Hybrid. Like the S-MAX Hybrid, the spacious Galaxy Hybrid continues to offer the full practicality of the rest of the Galaxy line-up, including more than one metre of head room for first- and second-row passengers and all three second-row seats having Isofix points for securely fitting child safety seats, plus 2,339 litres of cargo volume behind the first row of seats and 300 litres cargo volume with all seven seats in place. S-MAX Hybrid and Galaxy Hybrid and their lithium-ion battery packs are assembled at the company’s manufacturing facility in Valencia, Spain.
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