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Las vegas (USA), 5. November 2008 – the tuning show SEMA, which takes place from 4. To 7. November in the city of lights las vegas, is exactly the right place for the US car manufacturers to once again give free rein to secret american dreams. The "big three" of GM, chrysler and ford use the event to take center stage with fancy design and lots of power.
Dinosaurs on four wheels
The name of the main attraction on the ford stand seems a little strange in view of the current circumstances, but it can certainly pass for self-irony: the F-150 SVT "raptor", this almost defiant interpretation of a seemingly extinct species, is intended for both everyday use and off-road adventures in the desert. The basis is the (still) most sold car in the USA, the rough pick-up ford F-150. "Raptor" refers to both a fighter jet and a dinosaur. Derrick kuzak, ford’s vice president of global product development, says the F-150 SVT raptor is "tough, fast and aggressive."Unlike the standard F-150, the raptor is nearly 18 inches wider. Special 315-series all-terrain tires provide traction. The orange paint continues in the interior. For example, there is a color-contrasting stripe on the steering wheel rim that marks the starting position. The pickup is powered by a V8 with 5.4 liters of displacement and 324 hp. Shortly after the market launch of the raptor, a 6.2-liter engine will be added to the lineup.
New mustang race car
The company’s racing division, ford racing, unveils the ford mustang FR500CJ in las vegas. The vehicle completes the range of race cars based on the ford mustang. This includes the FR500S, the FR500C and the FR500GT. The abbreviation "CJ" stands for "cobra jet" for the youngest racer. The cobra jet is intended for drag racing, which is popular in the USA and involves completing a 402-meter straight in just under ten seconds. The range of different racing mustangs is intended to allow customers to tackle the various levels up to professional racer without having to change the model. Ford has not yet revealed the technical specifications of the cobra jet.