Richmond (usa), 2. May 2012 – the ford focus electric is designed to sweep the u.S. Into a new age of vehicles: the compact electric car will serve as a pace car for the first time at a nascar (national association for stock car auto racing) race even before its market launch. Fortunately, a pace car does not have to contest the entire race, so the limited range is not a problem here. But the advertising effect is excellent. Where else does it happen that the whole pack of cars has to follow an electric car??
Through the d-oval
The focus electric pace cars were presented at the department of planning and budget near the state capitol in richmond, the capital of the u.S. State of virginia. Then virginia governor bill bolling and ford electric chief engineer eric kuehn drove one focus and nascar chief mike lynch drove the other through town to richmond international raceway (rir). There, rir boss dennis bickmeier took over the two pace cars. The rir circuit is not a classic oval, but a so-called d-oval. This means that the oval is slightly curved to the east on one side. The sprint cup (until 2007 nextel cup) takes place on the rir. Along with the nationwide series and the camping world truck series, this is the most important nascar racing series in the usa.
At the "capital city 400"-race at rir features only classic nascar cars with 5.9-liter v8 engines producing up to 850 horsepower. Ford emphasizes that the focus electric meets all the requirements for a nascar pace car. By taking the focus electric for a spin around the rir-d oval, the race-loving public will be shown that electric propulsion and performance can go together. But governor bolling also has his eye on jobs, as befits a local politician. So he’s letting the virginia tourism corporation present the race, and he won’t be shy about emphasizing that he thinks virginia is worth a visit.
For the nascar races something special
Ford itself says it has been attracting attention for years with unusual cars in nascar series. In 1998, for example, it became the first manufacturer to enter a four-door sedan in the race. In 2008, ford also introduced a new model for the "ford 400" at homestead-miami speedway in 2008, and ford will compete with a new fusion hybrid in 2013. In 2013, ford will enter a new fusion in nascar races. The new fusion models will be offered in europe as mondeo from the beginning of 2013 onwards. The powertrain lineup will also include a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid that can be recharged with household electricity.
2.2 liters per 100 kilometers
Ford calls the focus electric the most efficient fun car on the us market. The car is quoted with a consumption equivalent of 2.1 liters per 100 kilometers in the city, 2.4 liters on the highway and 2.2 liters combined. Ford has chosen the leaf from nissan as a comparison opponent. According to ford, the japanese car has an average fuel consumption equivalent of 2.4 liters per 100 kilometers. In addition, the focus is coarser inside, has a more powerful engine and its battery can be charged twice as fast as that of the leaf, according to ford. However, u.S. Customers have been able to buy the nissan leaf since early december 2010. The ford focus electric will be available in summer 2012 at the earliest – and then only in the u.S. States of california, new york and new jersey. At the end of the year 19 us states will be served. In germany, the focus electric is not expected before 2013, ford has not yet announced prices.