More than 100K 2015 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ sedans recalled for seat belts that can erode

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:47
Ford announced last week that it would recall more than 100,000 2015 Ford Fusion and 2015 Lincoln MKZ sedans for seat belt fasteners that could erode and fail to hold occupants in place in a crash. The automaker said it was aware of one injury caused by the faulty seat belts. In a statement, Ford said that 2015 Fusion sedans built between Aug. 1...
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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: 4 Pearls of Performance Wisdom

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:45

Ford Performance chief engineer Carl Widmann sat down with us over lunch during the Woodward Dream Cruise 2019 and shared some great stories about how his team made the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 the performance icon we’re promised it’s going to be.


Computer Helped Optimize GT500 Lap Times and Design

“The performance team always has less time to do its job, because it can’t start until a design is almost fully engineered,” Widmann said.

Computers helped his team hit the GT500’s launch date. He uses a program that fairly accurately predicts lap times at Virginia International Raceway as the team programs in a vehicle’s hard points and tunes for factors such as differential torque bias, tire characteristics, aerodynamics, etc. Early computer twiddling resulted in the team assigning Michelin a fresh set of tire-performance targets (the front tires are especially critical at VIR) and Torsen a new torque bias requirement. And determining the aero requirements far enough in advance of launch gave the design team time enough to integrate the various elements so that nothing looks aftermarket or tacked on. “We are finding that its looks are selling this car—that’s not always the case with high-performance variants,” he said.


Strongest Block Wins

“Engine structural advances are driving the horsepower wars,” Widmann said, noting that nobody is investing in all-new scratch-built V-8 engines these days, drastically altering bore-center spacing and so forth. Iron cylinder liners are ditched for microns-thick plasma-spray coatings, as everyone scrabbles for every micron of bore diameter. To withstand the insane in-cylinder pressures that generate 850-plus hp in the GT500’s cylinders (which boils down to “just” 760 horses at the crank, after the supercharger, alternator, and other engine parasites leach their shares), Ford’s four cylinder-head bolts per cylinder are super long. They reach way to the bottom of the block, and they get “torqued to turn,” or “torqued to yield” (rendering them good for one torqueing only). This design is just as effective as the race-shop technique of torquing on a fake cylinder head through which the cylinders can be honed under load. Failure to use either method can result in oval-shaped cylinders in which the rings can’t withstand high pressures.


Dual-Clutch Is More Efficient Than the Manual

These days we’re doing a lot more dynamometer testing, so we pressed all the Ford powertrain folks on hand at Woodward: What should we use as a driveline efficiency percentage? The doublespeak that ensued made us cross-eared, and everybody dummied up. “You measure at the wheels, and we’ll give you the crank number,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director of Ford Performance vehicle programs. That suggests the GT350 you rate at 526 crank hp that we just dyno-tested at 494 hp suffers 11 percent losses through its six-speed manual’s 1.00:1 fifth gear. Well, I guess we should expect to see north of 684 hp at the rear wheels when we finally strap a GT500 to the rollers, because the team claims the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission suffers fewer losses than the six-speed manual.


Tall, Wide Ford Engines Must Rev!

“We always demand that our engines make 90 percent of peak power at redline,” said Widmann. That’s the Ford recipe for a fun-to-drive engine, and oh by the way, the redlines also need to be high, like 7,500 to 8,250 rpm. Said recipe dictates four-valve cylinder heads and dual overhead cams, making Ford engines taller and wider than their pushrod GM counterparts. High revs put lots of stress on engine components, too, so the development engineers have to really do their homework. “You know why Crown Vic powertrains were SO reliable? They weren’t FAST!” Widmann quipped.

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Updated 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is the practical pick with the heart of an enthusiast

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:42
Compact hatchbacks get a bad wrap as soulless econoboxes. Perhaps that's why fewer Americans buy them each year and run toward crossovers like they're In-N-Out Burger. (Eds note: Crossovers are basically hatchbacks on stilts, but we won't tell anyone else.) The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is one of the few remaining dedicated hatchbacks on sale...
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RESIcast: UK later living set to be the next major UK residential asset class

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:38
During an uncertain time in the worlds of tech and retail, the only predictable outcome is that everyone will get old. Demographic shifts across the world mean that working age populations are set to fall in most European cities. The upside is that this will create universal demand for retirement ...
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Uber on lookout for new London office

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:01
Uber has appointed agents to help it find a new office in London.
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​Basingstoke retail park sold for £21m

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:27
Corum Asset Management has bought Gastons Wood Retail Park in Basingstoke from Aberdeen Standard Investments for £20.7m.
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Plans submitted for 3m sq ft Jaguar Land Rover campus

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:21
IM Properties has submitted plans for a 3m sq ft campus for Jaguar Land Rover in North West Leicestershire.
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Green light for Edinburgh hotel plans

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:01
York-based developer S Harrison has secured planning permission for a 157-bedroom hotel to the west of Edinburgh city centre.
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​Cazoo takes space on Chalton Street

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 13:58
Tech start-up Cazoo has taken a five-year lease with The Boutique Workplace Company at a 17,500 sq ft  building on Chalton Street in London’s Euston.
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​Knight Frank predicts Edinburgh office shortage

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 13:55
Edinburgh’s growing popularity as a tourist destination is creating a looming shortfall of office space in the city, according to Knight Frank.
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​Curlew Capital acquires Stratford student property

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 13:52
Apeiron Capital has sold a 100-bed student accommodation property and a neighbouring vacant development site in Stratford to Curlew Capital and CBRE Global Investment Partners.
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​Oxford Properties Group conducts management shake-up

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 13:46
Oxford Properties Group has appointed Dean Hopkins as chief operations officer amid a series of senior management personnel changes.
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Enfield becomes first council to receive Housing Infrastructure Fund grant

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:11
Enfield has become the first London borough to receive money from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF).
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Javid rules out plan to shift stamp duty burden onto sellers

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 09:27
The chancellor Sajid Javid has denied reports that he is considering shifting the burden of stamp duty onto sellers.
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Safestore joins forces with Carlyle for Dutch JV

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 08:23
Safestore and Carlyle European Real Estate Fund have formed a joint venture to acquire M3 Self Storage, an operator of six storage locations in Amsterdam and Haarlem in the Netherlands.
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LondonMetric buys M62 distribution warehouse

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 07:24
LondonMetric has agreed to purchase and fund a new 232,000 sq ft distribution warehouse for £24m, reflecting a yield on cost of 5.2%.
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