Saturday, January 24, 2009

FORD Unveils New FR9 Motor for Racing Applications

Baja Racing News.com EXCLUSIVE!

Last Thursday during the final day of the 2009 NASCAR Media Tour, Ford Racing officials along with Roush Yates Engines debuted the newest Ford Racing engine. The new FR9 is scheduled to be introduced into competition mid-way through the 2009 season.

"This engine was designed and developed in conjunction between Ford and Roush Yates Engines," explained Brian Wolfe, Director of Ford North America Motorsports. "Again, as I said, I've been involved in many, many powertrain programs throughout the years and have seen the technology, the CAE tools, the computer-design work, fine development analysis work, CFD work that's gone behind our production engines and this engine is no different. No stone was left unturned and this engine is going to really be the benchmark for all others to look at going forward."

The FR9 is the first purpose-built engine produced by the Ford Motor Company and the first new piece since the manufacturer debuted the current "Windsor" engine in 1991. Team owner and engine builder Doug Yates worked closely with Ford Racing engineer David Simon to develop the new engine, while also involving the expertise of legendary Ford Racing engineer Mose Nowland.

"This is an exciting time for us to say the least, especially with the way our two companies have worked so well together on this project," Yates explained Thursday. "I've never had the opportunity to work on a NASCAR engine with a clean sheet of paper, but that's basically what we've done and I've enjoyed every second. We feel we've got a piece that will not only be better than what we've got now, but will give us room to grow.

"With the exception of a few cylinder head changes through the years, we've had the same engine since 1991 and have been able to squeeze out every ounce of power and speed possible," Yates went on to say. "What's got me so excited is we've won races and championships with an engine many consider old, and this new piece is definitely a notch above, so we've got a lot to look forward to for years to come."

As Yates pointed out, this new engine is a completely new design. There are no carryover parts from the current engine used by Ford, does not retain any of the original as the production 351 dimensions as the current model and meets all of the new NASCAR engine rules.

There are three main differences between the FR9 and the current Windsor engine. First, the cooling system has been reworked on the engine. The main advantage to this new feature is that teams will be able to optimize the amount of tape they are able to put on the grill to improve downforce. Secondly, the valvetrain has been upgraded and improved. Finally, it is much easier to produce and assemble the new FR9, making it much easier on teams.

"Our main priority when we started this project was to get the bones of the engine right. We wanted to make sure we had the proper layout, the right block structure and that the overall skeleton of the engine was correct," Simon added. "Even though we've been working on these engines for decades and know a lot of things about them, there was still a lot we didn't know. In that case, we went and did some testing to get the answer."

An undertaking of this magnitude required a great deal of work and an abundance of data.

"It was a completely different mindset and approach to making power," explained Simon. "We did not finalize any part of the engine until we acquired the data that told us what was going to be our optimum setting or optimum dimension. The key to all of this in the first phase of our development was to produce as much power through the design of the engine as possible and to make sure we had the very best layout, the very best dimension, and the very best combination of dimensions that we could within the framework of the rules."

While the FR9 was introduced Thursday, the new engine will not see competition right away. There is no official date for the engine's introduction; however Yates explained they hope to use the engine in competition by the second-half of the year.

"We're not going to rush this engine into competition until we're 100 percent sure it's going to meet our strict standards," Yates explained. "We don't feel a need to rush because our current engine is still strong and that gives us the luxury to take our time and make sure we do 'FR9' right. I know we've got a winner here, and I can't wait to see it on the track."

Engine Features
* Induction and exhaust systems are an evolution of our current ones providing increased performance potential.

* The cooling system is all-new resulting in more efficient cooling of the heads and block.

* The lubrication system is all-new which allows us to meter the oil supply to every part of the engine.

* The block and head structures are all-new resulting in stronger, lighter components.


Performance Metrics
* Power: The initial power has surpassed our expectations. For an all-new engine, very early in its development, the power has been excellent.

* Durability: There is still a lot of testing to be done, but after thousands of dyno miles, the durability has been perfect so far.


Testing and Development
* Extensive dyno testing has been conducted since early '08 - thousands of dyno miles have been logged including performance and durability testing.

* The first track test was in November at Rockingham. The engine ran fine without any issues.


Installation in the Cars
* The engine requires new engine mounts and changes to the chassis to accommodate the new mounts.

* We've worked with the race teams to identify all of the concerns and design issues. Everything has been sorted out to make the new engine work in the current cars.


Basic Specifications

Layout: 90-degree V8

Displacement: 358 cid (5.87L)

Valvetrain: 2 valves/cylinder, pushrod

Induction: Naturally aspirated, single 830 cfm carburetor

Bore Spacing: 4.500"

Camshaft Height: 6.150"

Main bearings: 5, plain

Camshaft bearings: 6, 60mm roller

Deck Height: 9.000"

Compression ratio: 12.0:1

Fuel: Gasoline

Block Material: Compacted Graphite Iron

Head Material: Aluminum

CLICK HERE: NASCAR FR9 Article

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Friday, January 23, 2009

REPSOL and Baja Racing News.com Announcement



Baja Racing News and REPSOL announced yesterday, they will share internet content and racing results for media circulation.

Baja Racing News.com is based in Ensenada Mexico and REPSOL is based in Europe.


FUNCO Motorsports Expands To Meet Off-Road Demands

FUNCO Motorsports in 2009

Funco Motorsports now offers hundreds of aftermarket products for Kawasaki Teryx enthusiasts to build the ultimate UTV. After Back-to-Back CORR UTV Championship seasons, Funco has used their experiences on the track to hand pick the best brands, offering suspension systems, bumpers, roll cages, seats, doors, engine mods, tires, wheels and custom paint. Muzzys, Dynatek, Speed Industries, Beard Seats, King Shocks, ITP, Dalton, Jet Trim, Simpson, Vision-X, Douglas Wheel Technology, PWR, MAXXIS, Unisteer and C&G Performance are just some of the brands available through Funco.

In addition to over-the-counter sales, Funco Motorsports can transform any Teryx from “mild to wild” at their Rialto, California factory. “Drop it off stock, pick it up ready to rock!”

For more information about Funco Motorsports and it’s Teryx Superstore, call 909-421-2558.

Baja Racing News.com

SCORE falsifies Herbst on race entry list

UPDATE: Terrible Herbst off-road racing team did not participate in the competition last night, as anticipated by Baja Racing News.com, yet the sanctioning body SCORE, had them on the entry list. False advertising and deceptive to the race fans who expected them, last night.

Previous Report:

In an interview last night, SCORE President admitted the Terrible Herbst racing family is merely on the entry list, but won't be racing

"At least they're on the entry list", said Fish admitting the team is not actually racing in the SCORE event. This comment came after the interviewer asked if Herbst would be racing and then admitted there were no concrete plans of the famous racing family either entering the event or actually racing.

This is a common Baja race ploy by Mexican racing promoters to gain more fans to go to the race and entice more racers, who otherwise, would not race in the event.

Baja Racing News.com is following this story.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Saudi Arabia Baja 2009 on January 26-29th



UPDATED!


Saudi Baja Race won't count for points


The motor racing governing body F.I.A. and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation agreed not to count the Hail Baja Rally for Baja championship points after F.I.A. learned that officials at the four-day event, which starts Tuesday, had denied a Russian woman’s request to compete. The Saudi federation opted to stage the race on its own after deciding not to comply with the F.I.A.’s ruling to let women behind the wheel. “We cannot accept women in the race,” said Mishaal al-Sudairy, the Saudi federation’s chairman.

Original Story:

SAUDI RALLY STAR YAZEED AL-RAJHI SET TO RUN AN OVERDRIVE NISSAN NAVARA IN HA'IL BAJA


RIYADH (Saudi Arabia): Saudi Arabia's leading rally driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi has entered the forthcoming Ha'il Saudi Baja, which takes place in the north-central region of the Kingdom on January 26th-29th. The event is being organised by the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation under the patronage of HRH Prince Saud Bin Abdul Mohsen Bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Ha'il, President of the Supreme Commission for Ha'il Development and the Head of the Supreme Commission of the Ha'il Rally.

Al-Rajhi is also taking part in the Qatar International Rally this week in an exciting new Peugeot 207 S2000, run by the Belgian Kronos Racing team, and he has retained a Belgian allegiance for his home cross-country event in Ha'il.

Al-Rajhi will compete against an impressive list of over 30 drivers - a third of whom are international or GCC entrants - in a powerful Nissan Navara, run on the event by the Belgian Overdrive Racing Team under the management of Jean-Marc Fortin. Yazeed will be co-driven by the French co-driver Matthieu Baumel who, like Fortin, faces a mad dash from Argentina and the end of the Dakar Rally to the Middle East to line-up alongside Al-Rajhi.

Baumel was co-driving for Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit in the official X-raid BMW team in South America, but ruined his chance of taking a podium finish after a crash on the first stage between Buenos Aires and Santa Rosa de la Pampa. The Auxerre-based co-driver will also partner Yazeed in the Doha-based opening round of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship this week. He was the winning co-driver last year.

The Saudi Baja was really challenging last year, admitted Baumel. It will be a new challenge with Yazeed and the Nissan, but I know him and his driving style well from the Middle East rallies and we will have a good chance of achieving a good result.

Fortin will have about four days in Belgium this week to finalise his Saudi Arabian visa formalities before arriving in Ha'il to look after Yazeed's V6-engined Nissan. He was also co-driving in the recent Dakar Rally and achieved considerable success in another Overdrive Nissan Navara with the Polish driver Krzysztof Holowczyc.

Fortin attended the Saudi event last year to oversee the exploits of Russian Boris Gadasin, who eventually finished second overall behind Qatar's Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah, the revelation of the early stages of this year's Dakar Rally.

Officials at the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation have just carried out another route check to ensure that everything is in order for next week's event, although spokesman Hamoud Al-Jabri was quite surprised to report ice prevalent on some sections of the route through the Nafud desert - a phenomenon linked to the fact that the event is taking place slightly earlier in the FIA calendar and Saudi Arabian winter temperatures can be extreme, with desert temperatures plummeting to below zero once the sun begins to set.

Yazeed is a very enthusiastic competitor from Saudi Arabia and we wish him
every success next week with his new team,

said Mishaal Al-Sudairy, chairman of the organising committee.

We have a strong entry from across the Middle East and the fact that we are not a counting round for the FIA Baja Championship this year will not detract from the quality or the excitement of our premier off-road event.



Saudi Arabias leading rally driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi has entered the forthcoming Ha’il Saudi Baja, which takes place in the north-central region of the Kingdom on January 26 to 29. The event is being organised by the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation under the patronage of Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsen bin AbdulAziz, Governor of Ha’il, President of the Supreme Commission for Ha’il Development and the Head of the Supreme Commission of the Ha’il Rally.

Al Rajhi is also taking part in the Qatar International Rally this week in an exciting new Peugeot 207 S2000, run by the Belgian Kronos Racing team, and he has retained a Belgian allegiance for his home cross-country event in Ha’il. Al Rajhi will compete against an impressive list of over 30 drivers – a third of whom are international or GCC entrants - in a powerful Nissan Navara, run on the event by the Belgian Overdrive Racing Team under the management of Jean-Marc Fortin. Yazeed will be co-driven by the French co-driver Matthieu Baumel who, like Fortin, faces a mad dash from after the Dakar Rally.

Baumel was co-driving for Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit in the official X-raid BMW team in South America, but ruined his chance of taking a podium finish after a crash on the first stage between Buenos Aires and Santa Rosa de la Pampa. The Auxerre-based co-driver will also partner Yazeed in the Doha-based opening round of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship this week. “The Saudi Baja was really challenging last year,” admitted Baumel. “It will be a new challenge with Yazeed and the Nissan, but I know him and his driving style well from the Middle East rallies and we will have a good chance of achieving a good result.” this week to finalise his Saudi Arabian visa formalities before arriving in Ha’il to look after Yazeed’s V6-engined Nissan. He was also co-driving in the recent Dakar Rally and achieved considerable success in another Overdrive Nissan Navara with the Polish driver Krzysztof Holowczyc. Fortin attended the Saudi event last year to oversee the exploits of Russian Boris Gadasin, who eventually finished second overall behind Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah, the revelation of the early stages of this year’s Dakar Rally.


Here's a link to the official race website: Saudi Arabia Baja 2009