Ford Performance Vehicles
|Headquarters||Campbellfield, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
Ford Performance Vehicles is the Melbourne-based, premium performance vehicle partner of automobile manufacturer Ford Australia. The company has produced a range of Ford based models under the FPV brand name since April 2003.
- 1 History
- 2 BA range
- 3 BF range
- 4 Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV)
- 5 FG series
- 6 Motorsport
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The roots of FPV can be traced back to 1991, when the English automotive engineering company Tickford began a collaboration with Ford Australia to produce high-performance variants of the Australian Falcon range. The partnership, Tickford Vehicle Engineering, saw the introduction of the Ford Falcon S-XR6 and Ford Falcon S-XR8 models. This was followed in October 1999 by the launch of the Ford Tickford Experience dealer network and the FTE T-Series range based on Ford’s AU Falcon and Fairlane models. In 2002, following the purchase of Tickford by Prodrive, the Ford Performance Vehicles company was formed as a joint venture between Ford Australia and Prodrive. The FPV brand name was created to replace the FTE name and a restructured range was developed based on the Ford BA Falcon and headlined by the FPV GT-P.
In August 2012 it was announced that Ford Australia was to purchase the assets of Ford Performance Vehicles and continue the engineering, manufacturing and marketing of the FPV brand in Australia. The FPV GT, GS and F6 nameplates will be discontinued and the FPV brand retired as of 2014 in preparation for Ford Australia's manufacturing shutdown, ending 12 years of performance car production under the FPV brand.
The 2003 BA range included the GT, GT-P, and the Pursuit. The GT was the entry-level vehicle that started with a suggested retail price of A$59,810. The GT-P was the upmarket version of the GT, with a price tag of A$69,850. The Pursuit was a ute (utility) version of the GT, featuring the same seats, basic dash/interior package and wheels. All three were powered by a unique version of Ford's 5.4-litre Modular V8, with DOHC 4-valve cylinder heads from the Mustang Cobra R engine. FPV named this uniquely tuned engine as the Boss 290 because of its power output. It produced 290 kW (394 PS; 389 bhp) at 5500 rpm and 520 N·m (380 lb·ft) of torque at 4500 rpm.
2004 BA MkII update
The GT, GT-P and Pursuit received a new stripe package with bonnet decals, a six-speed Tremec T56 manual and the GT-P received 19" five-spoke alloy wheels. A new car and ute were added to the range, the F6 Typhoon (sedan) and F6 Tornado (ute). FPV also released the Super Pursuit, which was a Pursuit ute with GT-P extras.
They were FPV's version of the Ford Falcon Barra engine, featuring a 4.0 litre DOHC 24-valve turbocharged inline-six with variable cam timing, which produced 270 kW (367 PS; 362 bhp) at 5250 rpm and 550 N·m (410 lb·ft) at 2000 - 4250 rpm.
- Super Pursuit
- F6 Typhoon (sedan)
- F6 Tornado (ute)
Engine specifications remain unchanged. All models share the same six-speed manual and were now offered with an optional SS made ZF six-speed automatic (the same as featured in Jaguars and BMWs). The GT received the GT-P's old 19-inch wheels, and the GT-P and Super Pursuit received their own specific road wheel styles. Typhoon & Tornado versions had optional 18-inch road wheel design used on the previous model, or a new 19-inch design with black spokes. All models had subtle changes to the bodykit.
2006 BF MkII update
- Super Pursuit
- F6 Typhoon (sedan)
- F6 Tornado (ute)
- GT Spec R Cobra (limited edition 30th anniversary model - 400 sedans and 100 utes)
- Force 6
- Force 8
No mechanical changes were introduced with this update; however, all models came standard with 19 inch rims. Subtle styling changes were made, but the most significant news was the introduction of new Force 6 and Force 8 models. Built to rival HSV's Senator Signature, they are mechanically identical to the auto-equipped GT model, but in a more luxury-focused package with more conservative visuals (no rear wing and more conservative colour range). The Force models are essentially an FPV version of the Fairmont Ghia (luxury model in the Falcon range). In the final months of the BF MkII Falcon, a trio of limited-editions were released - the GT 40th Anniversary, the F6 Typhoon R-Spec, and the GT Cobra with a Cobra Ute - all three of which received stiffer "R-Spec" dampers, and in the case of the GT Cobra, a power hike. (The GT Cobra motor produced 405 hp (302 kW) and 398 lb·ft (540 N·m)).
300 R Spec model Typhoons were produced in 2007, these had different Ardent Dark Silver colour accents on wheels and spoilers, leather upholstery, R spec floor mats, Brembo 4-pot front brakes, ten of these R-Spec Typhoons were exported by Ford Australia into Ford New Zealand, of that ten, one was fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission and the other nine were equipped with 6-speed automatic transmissions.
Only 200 BF GT 40th Anniversary models were produced, making it the rarest and most sought after of the limited edition models, as it was released to commemorate as well as celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the Falcon GT legend in Australia, which stretches back to 1967 with the release of the original XR GT Falcon.
Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV)
In January 2008, Ford Performance Vehicles unveiled the FPV F6X, a high-performance, luxury version of the Ford Territory crossover. The F6X is fitted with the F6 270 Turbo 4.0 L DOHC in-line six-cylinder engine, a ZF six-speed automatic transmission and a full-time all-wheel-drive system. It is the first non Falcon-based model to be produced by FPV and, with an engine producing 270 kW (367 PS; 362 bhp) and 550 N·m (406 lb·ft), was claimed by the company to be the most powerful six-cylinder SUV available in Australia at that time.
The F6X was discontinued in February 2009, with approximately 226 examples having been built.
All models in the current FPV FG range are based on the Australian Ford FG Falcon and include the 6-cylinder F6 sedan, F6 Ute (the former Typhoon and Tornado names having been retired) and F6 E sedan, the V8 powered GS Sedan and Ute and the V8 engined GT, GT-P and GT E sedans. The 4.0 L Turbocharged Inline Six produces 310 kW (421 PS; 416 bhp) and 565 N·m (417 lb·ft), while the 5.4 L V8 developed 315 kW (428 PS; 422 bhp) and 551 N·m (406 lb·ft). The 5.4 L V8 was replaced with the new 5.0 L Supercharged Coyote (Miami) V8. The GT range now produces 335 kW (449 hp) and the GS 315 kW (428 PS; 422 bhp). It is capable of a sub 5 second 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph) time, surpassing the HSV GTS (the FPV's main rival) in both power and torque. The decision was brought about because of pressure to convert to Euro IV emissions, which the 5.4 L was unable to pass.
In October 2010 FPV retired the 5.4L Boss V8, in favour of a new supercharged 5.0L V8. The project, codenamed "Miami", is based on the Coyote 5.0 litre V8 and is a supercharged alloy quad cam engine. It has cost FPV $40 million and has taken 3 years to develop. The engine is offered in two versions; the less powerful variant produces 315 kW (428 PS; 422 bhp) at 5750 rpm and 545 N·m (402 lb·ft) between 2000 - 5500 rpm. This version is offered in the GS sedan and ute. The more powerful version produces 335 kW (455 PS; 449 bhp) between 5750 - 6000 rpm and 570 N·m (420 lb·ft) between 2200 - 5500 rpm. The latter is offered in the GT range, which includes GT, GT-P, and GT-E. Fuel economy was improved dropping 4.5% to 13.7 L/100 km for the auto and 13.6 L/100 km for the manual. No styling changes were made with this update, apart from different wheel designs and body striping. The model range has been changed slightly, the GS serves permanently as the entry-level variant for the sedan, and will be the only V8 ute, effectively taking the place of the Pursuit, which has been discontinued along with the Super Pursuit. The GS started at $56,990 for the sedan and the GT at $71,290.
In August 2009 FPV launched new GS Sedan and GS Ute models, reviving a name that was first used for an option pack on the XW Falcon range of 1969. Unlike that earlier GS, the new model is a limited-edition model and it is intended to provide a lower entry-point into FPV's performance stable. At $54,950 (plus on-roads) for the Sedan, and $49,950 (plus) for the Ute, the GS variants sit between Ford's Falcon XR range and FPV's GT and F6. The pricing puts both the GS Sedan and Ute under the bar for the Luxury Car Tax.
Featuring GS graphics, FPV chassis enhancements and interior updates, and sitting on 19 inch rims (Graphite for the Sedan, Alpine Silver for the Ute). Production includes 250 sedans and 75 utes. The GS features the new 5.0 litre V8, but produces slightly less power and torque than its more expensive V8 siblings. The engine makes 315 kW (428 PS; 422 hp) and 545 N·m (402 lb·ft), and driving through the standard six-speed manual, runs a GT-spec exhaust system and sits on a GT-spec suspension set-up. The GS also offers a premium sound system, Bluetooth compatibility, iPod connectivity, GT instrumentation, starter button, and dual-zone climate control as standard features.
The GT costs the same and has the same features as the F6, the major difference being the engine. It features a 5.0 L supercharged V8, code named "Miami". The engine has 335 kW (455 PS; 449 bhp) at 5750 rpm and 570 N·m (420 lb·ft) of torque between 2200 - 5500 rpm. Because of different shaped BOSS engines that are physically larger than the I6 engine in F6, the GT has a "power bulge" on the bonnet with GT decals. The GT has two transmission choices a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Standard are 4-piston front brake calipers, 19-inch alloy wheels, dual zone climate control, and other items. The GT retails for $71,000. A higher performance version of the GT was offered, called the R-spec.
The GT-P is a higher-spec version of the regular GT. It costs $81,000 (AUD). It features FPV's new "Miami" V8, it has the same power as the GT. It also includes larger brakes, adjustable pedals, performance seats, a 6-way power driver's seat, and extra GT-P decals. It also features 19-inch alloys; however, they have a different design to the regular GT.
The GT E is the flagship of the new FPV range at a price of $82,000 (AUD). It is more focused on luxury rather than performance. It has the 5.0 L supercharged V8 that is found in the GT models, which is mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic. It has replaced the Force 6 and 8. The GT E comes with a boot lip spoiler, special alloy wheels and other features like a reversing camera, parking sensors, leather, and a wood grain interior. The GT-E gets the same sport luxury suspension found in the Ford G Series range.
The F6 is one of two turbocharged 6-cylinder vehicles in the FPV sedan range, with a suggested retail price of $66,590 (AUD). It comes with the same features as the F6 ute, except it also has a Control Blade independent rear suspension, dual-zone climate control, premium audio system, and reverse sensing system that are not standard on the ute. With 310 kW (421 PS; 416 bhp) and 565 N·m (417 lb·ft), this can take it from 0–100 km (0-62 mph) in 4.9 seconds. The F6 is the quickest Ford vehicle ever sold in Australia.
The F6 E incorporates the features of the GT E with the turbocharged six cylinder engine from the F6.
The GS ute is now the only V8 powered ute in FPV's line-up. It is powered by the same 315 kW (428 PS; 422 bhp) supercharged 5.0 L V8 found in the GS sedan. Fuel economy for the GS ute is 14.0 L/100 km for the manual and 14.2 L/100 km for the automatic, both figures are small improvements over the 5.4 L V8. The GS ute can be optioned with either a 6-speed manual or a ZF 6-speed automatic. The GS ute will start at $52,000.
Pursuit and Super Pursuit
FPV offered two V8 powered utes in the FG range, both using the 5.4 L V8. The two models were discontinued when the company introduced the 5.0 L Supercharged V8 in October 2010. The Pursuit ute is effectively replaced by the new GS ute. In 2012 FPV released a limited edition Pursuit Ute alongside the GT R-Spec, The limited edition Pursuit Ute is powered by the FPV modified all-aluminium 315 kW 5.0-litre "Miami" V8 engine producing 545 Nm of torque between 2000 and 5500 rpm. It also shares styling cues with the GT R-Spec boasting Vixen coloured stripe packages and wheels. 
The F6 Ute is the only 6-cylinder vehicle in the FPV Ute range; it starts off the FPV range at $57,990 (AUD). It is powered by a 4.0 L turbo-charged DOHC 24 valve in-line six-cylinder engine, which produces a maximum power of 310 kW (421 PS; 416 bhp) at 5500 rpm and maximum torque of 565 N·m (417 lb·ft) across the range from 1950 to 5200 rpm. The fuel consumption has dropped to 12.1 L/100 km (23.3 mpg-imp; 19.4 mpg-US) for the automatic. The engine is mated to a new 6-speed manual transmission; however, a ZF 6-speed automatic is a no cost option. It is equipped with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), 6 airbags, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS), Beltminder technology, a six CD player (MP3 compatible), FPV starter button, alloy pedal covers, and 19-inch (480 mm) alloy wheels.
FPR was created in 2003 to establish a link between FPV's road car range and the V8 Supercars. Given the team's massive budget, its early results were disappointing but a form reversal in 2006 saw the team finish 2nd in the teams' standings. Mark Winterbottom has also got 2nd place in the drivers championship in 2008. The team achieved their first Bathurst 1000 victory in 2013 at the helm of Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards. Current drivers are Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert in the two FPR entries. Former drivers include Craig Lowndes, Glenn Seton, Greg Ritter, David Brabham, David Besnard, Jason Bright, Steven Richards and Will Davison.
FPV created a show car dubbed the 'DRIF6' - an F6 Typhoon with modifications making the car suitable for competitive drifting. The car was entered into the national-level Drift Australia Series in 2006, where it was driven by Adam 'Newtonmeter' Newton. One of the car's main objectives was to expose the FPV brand to a younger audience than its usual, traditional V8-driving crowd.
Apart from Adam Newton, only Gary Myers of Summernats Burnout fame has driven the car. Gary drove the F6 for Street Machine Magazine, and commented the vehicle had incredible power.
The F6 drift car managed to score a best qualifying position of 5th at Mallala Motorsport Park in Adelaide, South Australia. In the Queensland Round of racing, the car suffered damage when Warren Luff, a professional race driver, took to the wheel for a few demo laps. Under Warren's control the car only made the end of the back straight of Queensland Raceway before it was turned passenger side first into the wall and Warren ended up in hospital with a fractured nose.
The damaged vehicle made an appearance in China to bolster one of its sponsors agendas. Ford Australia brought the vehicle back to Australia and it can be seen at the Ford Australia Discovery Centre in Geelong Victoria.
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- 2012 Ford assumes sole responsibility for Ford Performance Vehicles, Thursday, August 30, fpv.com.au via www.webcitation.org Retrieved on 4 August 2013
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- "FPV launches Powerful 'F6X' Sports SUV". Ford Performance Vehicles. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
- Stanford, James; Pettendy, Marton (27 February 2009). "Ford Performance Vehicles kills off F6X super-SUV as facelifted Territory emerges". goauto.com.au. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
- "News & Media: FPV announces supercharged V8 engine program". Ford Performance Vehicles. 2 September 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
- Maric, Paul (2 September 2010). "FPV launches new supercharged V8 for GT and GS". Car Advice. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
- Stanford, James (6 October 2010). "FPV FG range V8 - First drive: FPV’s new supercharged GT unleashed". GoAuto. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
- FPV GS recreates a famous Ford Retrieved from www.caradvice.com.au on 11 May 2010
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