Ford Powertrain Research, Mobility Motoring help unleash a racing 'Tiger' LAS VEGAS, Nov. 5, 2002 - Ford's Powertrain Research & Development is pushing the envelope to give a paraplegic race car driver a competitive edge in her quest to win an...
Ford Powertrain Research, Mobility Motoring help unleash a racing 'Tiger'
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 5, 2002 - Ford's Powertrain Research & Development is pushing the envelope to give a paraplegic race car driver a competitive edge in her quest to win an SCCA Speed World Challenge GT Championship.
Carol Hollfelder and her Tiger Racing team were in need of an improved system to help her shift more efficiently and a proven powerplant to help her succeed in the highly competitive race series that features drivers like Derek Bell and Boris Said. They turned to Ford for help and the company provided its proven modular 4.6-liter DOHC engine from the Mustang Cobra and hefty Tremec© six-speed gearbox with electro-hydraulic actuation from the Aston Martin Vanquish to help Hollfelder get her Mustang to victory lane.
The auto-shift/select-shift manual transmission (ASM/SSM) allows for "push-button" control of the transmission for gear selection, while managing all aspects of powertrain control.
Ford software manages the system and produces seamless gear changes in less than 250 milliseconds - quicker than the blink of an eye. Hollfelder shifts with racing style paddle shifters mounted behind or on the steering wheel.
Ford's goal is to accelerate the development of the ASM/SSM transmission while Hollfelder works the Mustang to extremes on the track. This testing will be used internally and could be used to implement the ASM/SSM transmission in volume production.
Tiger Racing's Mustang is modified and engineered by HP Motorsport of Omaha, Nebraska and also features HPM's SLA front suspension, Bassani Xhaust(tm), Brembo(tm) brakes, custom brake/throttle hand controls, a Vortech© supercharger as well as other Ford Racing components.
Ford's Mobility Motoring heard about Hollfelder's story and found her competitive and free spirit conveyed Ford's message of "No Boundaries" and Ford Mobility's core message of "A World Without Limits For Hearts That Know No Bounds." Mobility Motoring was impressed by her total dedication and passion for driving and racing. Her successes after recovering from a motorcycle accident that left her a paraplegic almost 16 years ago are truly inspirational.
About Mobility Motoring
Nearly 10,000 people received benefits from Ford Mobility Motoring last year. Since its creation in 1992, the program has assisted more than 85,000 individuals and organizations with more than $72 million in reimbursement funds.
Ford Mobility Motoring provides up to $1,000 toward the cost of adaptive equipment or up to $200 on alerting devices, lumbar support or running boards when installed on new Ford, Mercury or Lincoln vehicles.
In addition to financial aid, Ford Mobility Motoring provides customers with a state-specific packet of information listing assessment centers, equipment installers and other potential sources of financial assistance, including extended vehicle financing terms through Ford Credit Mobility Financing.
For more information about Mobility Motoring please log-on to www.mobilitymotoringprogram.com or call 800.952.2248.