Jay Leno's "Green Car Challenge" Will be a Regular Segment
Just a few days after Ford's unveiling of its electric Focus prototype at Frankfurt, we get photos and specs of the electric Focus that will be used in Jay Leno's Green Car Challenge (which is basically just getting the best lap tip on the track, and beating any previous records) during the first season of his new show. It is based on a German made European 5-door Focus ST (not the upcoming new Focus, which will be a global car) which was turned into a battery-powered electric car in Michigan over six weeks. Read on for more details.
Jay Leno's Electric Ford Focus Technical Specifications
Powertrain: Permanent magnetic electric motor
Power: 141 hp / 105 kw
Torque: 236 lb.-ft. / 320 Nm
Redline: 7500 rpm
Batteries: 98 air-cooled, 60 A-h Lithium-ion batteries
Capacity: 23 kilowatt hours
Transmission: Single-speed gearbox
Steering: Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Front suspension: MacPherson-type struts
Rear suspension: Independent short-long arm (SLA), control blade multi-link system
Brakes: Front: 12.6 in / 320 mm ventilated discs
Rear: 11.0 in / 280 mm solid disc
Wheelbase: 104 in / 2640 mm
Overall length: 171.7 in / 4362 mm
Overall height: 58.9 in / 1497 mm
Overall width: 72.4 in / 1840 mm
Curb weight: 3,421 lbs
Ready for the Track
Curb weight is pretty high thanks to the batteries, but attention has been given to weight distribution so that it is almost the ideal 50/50. The brakes have also been beefed up to make sure the electric Focus could stop quickly enough.
The electric range is 80 miles (129 kilometers).
A production electric Ford Focus should go on sale in 2011.
If you want to watch the show, it plays on NBC at 10 p.m. ET. Not sure when the Green Car Challenge segment will be, though...
Via Ford, Ecorazzi
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