A run of bad luck has continued for the Young Guns, and they were forced to retire their Speedglas Welding Helmets Fiesta whilst leading the Electrothread Rally.
The event, Round Five of the National Rally Championship, played out in the Bapsfontein and Cullinan area on August 17 and 18, with four stages on Friday and seven on Saturday, with a total ‘race’ distance of about 150 km.
Richard Leeke and Henry Köhne – aka the Young Guns – got off to a good start on Friday and despite being first on the road (and therefore taking on the unloved role of “street sweeper”) they recorded the second-fastest time in the premier R2N class in two of the three opening stages.
“We were flat out virtually all the time,” commented Leeke. “We really didn’t leave anything in reserve!”
The disadvantage of being first became an advantage on the fourth stage and with night having descended and the [...]
Ford NWM Takes Gold at Cross Country Season Finale • Henk Lategan and Barry White claim their first win in debut season, ending fourth overall in Class T championship – selected as Best Newcomers for 2017 • Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable finish third to secure silver medal for 2017 season • Non-finish for Gareth Woolridge and Boyd Dreyer but they wrap up third place in championship • Ford earns prized Manufacturer’s Award at Atlas Copco Gold 400 • Qualifying: 46km, Loop 1: 153km, Loop 2: 153km, Total: 352km
GLENHARVIE, South Africa, 28 October 2017 – The Ford Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) Puma Lubricants team wrapped up a highly competitive and exciting 2017 South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) today at the season-ending Atlas Copco Gold 400, earning a bag of trophies for the race victory and podium positions for the overall Class T championship. Henk Lategan and Barry White [...]
Today, we are proud to announce a three year vehicle partnership with Premier Soccer League Club, Orlando Pirates. Orlando Pirates is one of the most successful and recognisable Soccer clubs in South Africa and has a loyal fan base of over 10 million people. This, coupled with the fact that Soccer remains the country’s most popular and most-viewed sport, led us to our three year partnership which begins today. We announce this partnership at interesting time with both brands currently in a phase of transformation, resolved to do better for customers and fans alike. For us at Ford, we have a resolute commitment to going further and creating enjoyable experiences at every customer touch point. We want our customers to feel proud of the brand, to be loyal supporters of our efforts, cheering us on like their favourite team. In order to achieve this we need to be the best at our game. [...]
Sun city, South Africa, 16 September 2017 – The Sun City 400 cross country race lived up to its name today, with clear skies, a scorching sun and an unforgiving landscape setting the scene for the fifth round of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS).
Featuring a relatively short route of 359km and an ultra-competitive battle in Class T for Production Vehicles, the Ford Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) Puma Lubricants team ended the two-day event with a useful haul of points for Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable in [...]
If you’re going to gamble, Sun City is the place to do it.
And Team ATS Motorsport, aka the Young Guns, will be gambling on a strong finish in the Sun City 400, fifth round of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS), which takes place at the popular North-West Province resort on September 15 and 16.
They’ve made the most of the six-week break since the last round to improve the performance of their rip-snorting Ford Ranger.
“We’ve done further development work on the shock absorbers and continue to move in the right direction,” confirmed Richard Leeke, at just 21 already a hardened veteran of national championship motorsport. “The goalposts are moving all the time and our Ranger is a much faster truck than it was at the beginning of the year and while we’re still the rookies of the Cross Country scene, we’re quick learners!”
Pretoria – Ford has upped the gizmo factor on all its locally-built Ranger one-tonners and Everest SUVs, including the latest-generation Sync3 with Navigation on the Ranger XLT and Wildtrak models and the Everest XLT and Limited.
This adds a navigation function to the Sync3 infotainment system introduced in 2016, accessible from the 20cm centre-stack touchscreen, with access to more than 20 country maps including: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The package includes voice guidance in Afrikaans, Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish or Zulu, with free annual mapping updates for five years – all you have to do is park within range of a WiFi hotspot.
All Ranger and Everest derivatives now have an electronic rear differential lock as standard, as well as a lock for the spare wheel; all [...]
Springbok prop Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira announced as brand ambassador for Ford Performance
Handover of special Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost with ROUSH Level 2 performance and styling upgrades
Ford Performance-approved range of ROUSH accessories fitted by Laz Performance in Centurion PRETORIA, South Africa, 13 December 2016 – The Beast and the Legend have been united – and no, it’s not a fairy tale or the storyline behind a new action movie. Instead, it’s a landmark brand association between world-renowned Springbok rugby player Tendai Mtawarira and the mighty Ford Mustang.
‘Beast’, as the muscular loosehead prop is commonly known, has been announced as a brand ambassador for Ford Performance, creating one of the most powerful and formidable man-machine combinations ever seen in South Africa.
As the ‘face’ of Ford Performance for the next six months, Mtawarira will be driving the legendary Ford Mustang, which is the flagship of the [...]
Ford to launch variable displacement for the multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine using cylinder deactivation technology from early 2018.
Technology will be a global first on a three-cylinder engine; can stop or restart combustion in 14 milliseconds and improve CO2 and fuel efficiency by up to 6 per cent.
Ford engineers across Europe defy industry opinion by further enhancing three-cylinder engine’s fuel efficiency with no compromise on performance or refinement COLOGNE, Germany, Nov. 29, 2016 – Ford today announced that the multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is to be offered with innovative cylinder deactivation technology for further reduced CO2 emissions and improved fuel efficiency.
Ford’s compact and powerful 1.0-litre EcoBoost will in early 2018 become the first three-cylinder engine in the world to feature cylinder deactivation. The accomplishment is delivered through innovative engineering by Ford engineers across Europe, and defies industry opinion that a three-cylinder, variable capacity engine could not deliver the refinement needed for passenger [...]
Ford Credit introduces Ford Options to tailor-make your new car financing deal
Customers can choose deposit amount, loan length and annual mileage
At agreement/loan end, customers may trade in, purchase or return the vehicle
PRETORIA, South Africa, 31 October 2016 – Ford Credit, the financing arm of Ford Motor Company, is launching the Ford Options finance plan that gives customers a wide range of choices when it comes to buying and financing a new Ford vehicle. Customers can choose their deposit amount, loan length and annual mileage, and are able to trade in, purchase or return the vehicle at the end of the loan.
“Ford Options allows customers to drive a new Ford with a tailor-made financing package that suits their needs,” says Steve Fraser, Managing Director of Ford Credit South Africa. “This type of flexible product has been well-received in many markets including the U.S., Europe and China, and we’re delighted [...]
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing went p1-2 at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen after finishing Le Mans 24 p1, p3 Richard Westbrook drove the eventual winner to a track-record crushing pole, the first IMSA pole for Ford GT, on Saturday WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., July 4, 2016 – The Ford GT is on a winning streak. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing earned its second double-podium in a row as the No. 67 Ford GT duo of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe cruised to victory lane for the second time together, this time at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, while teammates Joey Hand and Dirk Müller backed up their win at the Le Mans 24 Hours with a runner-up finish.
Westbrook, who handled all driving duties Friday and Saturday while Briscoe went home for the surprise [...]