McLaren Engines Helps Put the 'Zoom' in Ford Racing's Focus FR200 Vehicle

Oct 30, 2000, 00:00 ET from McLaren Performance Technologies

    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- It features a modified 2.0-liter Zetec
 engine and delivers an astounding 304 horsepower.  It is designed to be the
 ultimate combination of high horsepower and superior handling in a small,
 front-wheel-drive car.  It is Ford Racing Technology's Focus FR200, and
 Livonia, Mich.-based McLaren Engines played an integral role in making it go
 "zoom."
     Ford Racing Technology unveiled the turbocharged Focus FR200 project car
 today during Innovations Day at the Specialty Equipment Market Association
 (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nev.
     The Focus FR200 is the second in a series of performance parts project
 vehicles created by Ford Racing Technology to develop and market new lines of
 parts for the performance parts aftermarket.  It follows the advanced, high-
 performance Mustang FR500, which made its debut at the SEMA Show in 1999.
 McLaren Engines -- a business unit of McLaren Performance Technologies
 (Nasdaq: MCLN) -- also supported Ford in the development and prototyping of
 the FR500.
     "We are excited to be involved with Ford Racing Technology on the Focus
 FR200, which is a phenomenal vehicle," said Wiley R. McCoy, president and
 chief operating officer of McLaren Performance Technologies.  "We appreciate
 Ford Racing's confidence in McLaren and look forward to continuing and
 expanding our valued relationship with Ford on projects of this type and other
 advanced concepts."
     "We want people to say this is the best high-horsepower, best-handling,
 front-wheel drive car that they've ever seen," said Dan Davis, director, Ford
 Racing Technology.  "Creating a new line of performance parts for this segment
 of the market is uncharted territory for us at Ford Racing, but it's an area
 that we felt we needed to address since there certainly appears to be a
 growing market for these kinds of parts."
     McLaren Engines worked on the Focus FR200 at the company's Livonia, Mich.
 facility.  Future vehicles of this type will be developed at the new McLaren
 Vehicle Development Center, also located in Livonia.  Expected to open by
 year's end, the center will be dedicated to advanced concept vehicle
 development for Ford Racing Technology and other related Ford vehicle
 programs.  It will encompass design, fabrication and vehicle assembly
 capabilities to build complete prototype and concept vehicles.
     Ford Racing Technology developed the Focus FR200 due to the growing demand
 for aftermarket performance parts for sport compact cars.
     Although the exterior of the car features some dramatic changes, the heart
 of this car lies in the Ford Racing-modified 2.0-liter Zetec engine, which
 delivers 304 horsepower @ 6750 rpm and 285 lb.-ft. torque at 3500 rpm -- more
 than twice the horsepower and torque of the production Focus.
     To handle that increased horsepower and torque on the road, Ford Racing
 widened the wheel track in front and back by four inches (the bodywork is
 widened by five inches front and back to cover the tires), and built a
 prototype bolt-on double A-arm front suspension, with prototype, three-way
 adjustable front and rear coil-over shocks.
     The FR200 delivers all the power smoothly through a European production
 MTX75 transmission case with FRT prototype gears.
     "Clearly, the horsepower numbers for our version of this car are extreme,"
 Davis said.  "Going forward, our plan for the parts market would be to do
 something less extreme than this -- perhaps in the 225 horsepower range.  And
 we know that the chassis modifications are radical for many do-it-yourselfers,
 but we wanted to do something different to gauge the interest level in this
 kind of package.
     "This, like the FR500 before it, is an on-going project; one that we see
 as a work in progress," Davis added.  "This has been uncharted territory for
 Ford Racing Technology in terms of these kinds of performance parts, but our
 engineers have jumped right in and I think the FR200 is a tribute to their
 hard work and vision."
     Livonia, Mich.-based McLaren Performance Technologies provides full-
 service design, development, fabrication, testing, validation and
 certification of automotive powertrains and related components, development
 and licensing of patented traction systems, as well as complete vehicle
 development and prototyping capabilities.  The company's 66,500-square-foot
 facilities house machining, fabricating and welding shops, as well as engine
 and vehicle build areas, to support its engineering design, development and
 testing services.
     McLaren Performance Technologies, which serves the automotive, racing,
 aftermarket and marine industries, has four business units: McLaren Engines,
 McLaren Traction, McLaren Vehicle Development and McLaren Manufacturing.  The
 company currently has approximately 100 employees who serve such automotive
 customers as Ford, General Motors, Delphi, New Venture Gear and Steyr
 Powertrain.  The company's 1999 sales were $4.86 million and sales for 2000
 year-to-date, as of August 31, were $10.4 million.
     This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
 Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are
 intended to be covered by the "safe harbor" created thereby.  These statements
 include the plans and objectives of management for future operations,
 including plans and objectives.  The forward-looking statements herein are
 based on current expectations that involve judgments with respect to, among
 other things, future economic, competitive, and market conditions and future
 business decisions, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict
 accurately and many of which are beyond control of the Company.  Although the
 Company believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking
 statements are reasonable, any one of the assumptions could be inaccurate and,
 therefore, can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements included in
 this release will prove to be accurate.
 
 

SOURCE McLaren Performance Technologies
    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- It features a modified 2.0-liter Zetec
 engine and delivers an astounding 304 horsepower.  It is designed to be the
 ultimate combination of high horsepower and superior handling in a small,
 front-wheel-drive car.  It is Ford Racing Technology's Focus FR200, and
 Livonia, Mich.-based McLaren Engines played an integral role in making it go
 "zoom."
     Ford Racing Technology unveiled the turbocharged Focus FR200 project car
 today during Innovations Day at the Specialty Equipment Market Association
 (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nev.
     The Focus FR200 is the second in a series of performance parts project
 vehicles created by Ford Racing Technology to develop and market new lines of
 parts for the performance parts aftermarket.  It follows the advanced, high-
 performance Mustang FR500, which made its debut at the SEMA Show in 1999.
 McLaren Engines -- a business unit of McLaren Performance Technologies
 (Nasdaq: MCLN) -- also supported Ford in the development and prototyping of
 the FR500.
     "We are excited to be involved with Ford Racing Technology on the Focus
 FR200, which is a phenomenal vehicle," said Wiley R. McCoy, president and
 chief operating officer of McLaren Performance Technologies.  "We appreciate
 Ford Racing's confidence in McLaren and look forward to continuing and
 expanding our valued relationship with Ford on projects of this type and other
 advanced concepts."
     "We want people to say this is the best high-horsepower, best-handling,
 front-wheel drive car that they've ever seen," said Dan Davis, director, Ford
 Racing Technology.  "Creating a new line of performance parts for this segment
 of the market is uncharted territory for us at Ford Racing, but it's an area
 that we felt we needed to address since there certainly appears to be a
 growing market for these kinds of parts."
     McLaren Engines worked on the Focus FR200 at the company's Livonia, Mich.
 facility.  Future vehicles of this type will be developed at the new McLaren
 Vehicle Development Center, also located in Livonia.  Expected to open by
 year's end, the center will be dedicated to advanced concept vehicle
 development for Ford Racing Technology and other related Ford vehicle
 programs.  It will encompass design, fabrication and vehicle assembly
 capabilities to build complete prototype and concept vehicles.
     Ford Racing Technology developed the Focus FR200 due to the growing demand
 for aftermarket performance parts for sport compact cars.
     Although the exterior of the car features some dramatic changes, the heart
 of this car lies in the Ford Racing-modified 2.0-liter Zetec engine, which
 delivers 304 horsepower @ 6750 rpm and 285 lb.-ft. torque at 3500 rpm -- more
 than twice the horsepower and torque of the production Focus.
     To handle that increased horsepower and torque on the road, Ford Racing
 widened the wheel track in front and back by four inches (the bodywork is
 widened by five inches front and back to cover the tires), and built a
 prototype bolt-on double A-arm front suspension, with prototype, three-way
 adjustable front and rear coil-over shocks.
     The FR200 delivers all the power smoothly through a European production
 MTX75 transmission case with FRT prototype gears.
     "Clearly, the horsepower numbers for our version of this car are extreme,"
 Davis said.  "Going forward, our plan for the parts market would be to do
 something less extreme than this -- perhaps in the 225 horsepower range.  And
 we know that the chassis modifications are radical for many do-it-yourselfers,
 but we wanted to do something different to gauge the interest level in this
 kind of package.
     "This, like the FR500 before it, is an on-going project; one that we see
 as a work in progress," Davis added.  "This has been uncharted territory for
 Ford Racing Technology in terms of these kinds of performance parts, but our
 engineers have jumped right in and I think the FR200 is a tribute to their
 hard work and vision."
     Livonia, Mich.-based McLaren Performance Technologies provides full-
 service design, development, fabrication, testing, validation and
 certification of automotive powertrains and related components, development
 and licensing of patented traction systems, as well as complete vehicle
 development and prototyping capabilities.  The company's 66,500-square-foot
 facilities house machining, fabricating and welding shops, as well as engine
 and vehicle build areas, to support its engineering design, development and
 testing services.
     McLaren Performance Technologies, which serves the automotive, racing,
 aftermarket and marine industries, has four business units: McLaren Engines,
 McLaren Traction, McLaren Vehicle Development and McLaren Manufacturing.  The
 company currently has approximately 100 employees who serve such automotive
 customers as Ford, General Motors, Delphi, New Venture Gear and Steyr
 Powertrain.  The company's 1999 sales were $4.86 million and sales for 2000
 year-to-date, as of August 31, were $10.4 million.
     This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
 Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are
 intended to be covered by the "safe harbor" created thereby.  These statements
 include the plans and objectives of management for future operations,
 including plans and objectives.  The forward-looking statements herein are
 based on current expectations that involve judgments with respect to, among
 other things, future economic, competitive, and market conditions and future
 business decisions, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict
 accurately and many of which are beyond control of the Company.  Although the
 Company believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking
 statements are reasonable, any one of the assumptions could be inaccurate and,
 therefore, can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements included in
 this release will prove to be accurate.
 
 SOURCE  McLaren Performance Technologies