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Want to learn how to race cars the right way? Here's your chance. Tuason Racing School (TRS) is once again accepting enrollees for their 1-day Basic Circuit Racing Class this coming April. They'll teach you the basics on threshold braking, downshifting, racing line, and track lapping under the guidance of none-other-than multi-titled racing champion, JP Tuason.
 
All you need to have is a valid driver's license, ability to drive a manual transmission car, and P18,000 for the course fee. But for those who are underage and have no license, TRS is willing to make an exception. Just get a written consent and certification from either a parent or guardian stating that the enrollee knows how to drive.
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Don't be too surprised when you see a bright pink Ford Fiesta roaming the streets of the metro anytime soon. No, it's not driven by a Barbie or Hello Kitty fanatic; rather, it’s Avon's latest crusader against breast cancer
 
Ford Philippines recently partnered with Avon for its 2012 Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer (KGBC) campaign that helps promote breast cancer awareness. Ford will showcase a one-of-a-kind pink-wrapped all-new Ford Fiesta Sport Plus hatchback, which will be used as the official vehicle for KGBC event called “Let's Walk the Talk.”
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Words by Niky Tamayo
 
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Some people say he has terrible taste in shoes, and that he sold out when he spanked a monkey in his last movie. Which may or may not be true. All we know for sure is, he’s called Ken Block.
 
Motorheads across the world have thrilled to the antics of Ken Block over the past few years and the build up in frenzy for each new Gymkhana film is matched only by the furore over Jeremy Clarkson’s waggling jowls on camera. Yet, after the gimmicky, overproduced Gymkhana 4 failed to capture the raw horsepower and adrenaline of Gymkhana 3 (the most-viewed DC Shoes Commercial to date), the question was: “What’s left?” What could be bigger than having the huge Universal Studios lot as your playground?
 
I know! Let’s try closing an entire city down for a few days’ worth of hooning! San Francisco, say hello to Gymkhana 5.
Published in Motorsports
Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos by Ken Tamayo
 
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It was a special Sunday last June 10, 2012 for the winners of Kotse.com and Shell FuelSave's “Save on Your Summer Road Trip” contest. So maybe summer’s over, but that didn’t stop us from treating them and a bunch of their friends to a road trip and having fun. Ford Philippines was also kind enough to lend us three brand-spanking-new Fiesta Sport Plus' for the drive so we can find out for ourselves just how frugal their hot hatch really is.
 
Over the summer, Kotse.com and Shell FuelSave held a contest asking people to send in a photo showing their best fuel saving habits. The winners received free fuel and other goodies from Shell FuelSave, as well as an invitation to Kotse.com's FuelSave Workshop on a summer road trip. During the out of town workshop, we got to see some sights, eat some good food, and learn a bit about fuel economy. We also got to watch Pacquiao beat Bradley to within an inch of his life, only to lose on the judges’ scorecards. At least we were well-fed.
Published in Road Trip
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of HPI Racing
 
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If you've been longing to become a World Rally Championship (WRC) driver someday, you can now live the dream in 1/8th scale with the WR8 3.0 from HPI Racing. This radio-controlled rally car takes shape as the 2011 Ford Fiesta RS WRC and is powered by a two-stroke G3.0 nitro engine with full-time 4WD. Boxed up complete with a 2.4GHz radio system and tarmac tires, this miniature racer is ready to hit stages on tarmac, gravel, or snow. 
 
Drive Mikko Hirvonen's Fiesta RS WRC draped in the official Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team livery. And to complete the scale realism, the WR8 rolls on licensed miniature Michelin Latitude Cross S1 gravel tires used in the WRC, mounted on white OZ rims.
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raceday_posterTuason Racing School, the first and longest running professional racing school in the country, gives speed freaks three treats in one day. Head on over to the Clark International Speedway on October 2, 2011 for TRS Ford Fiesta Cup, Speedlab Invitational Drag Race, and the BMW Club Castrol Trackday.
 
The TRS Ford Fiesta Cup is a grassroots circuit car program aimed to provide a cost-effective entry point and training ground into car racing. This year's series will have 13 drivers composed of top teams and privateers from in and around the region. Among the youngest drivers on the grid will be 13 year old Karting Champion Basti Escalante in the Smart Bro Rocket car and 20 year old Yvana Carangan on board the Smart Insurance Car Pro racecar. Foreign drivers too join in the fray with Guam National Eric Choi, Indian National Manikandan Cr, and German Stefan Wolf piloting the Smart Netphone, Castrol Edge Titanium, and Häfele livery Fiestas. Other entries include Manuel Dizon in the Coke Zero racecar and 2010 C! Top Driver Challenge winner Paolo Bringas.
Published in Motorsports
 
fiestarun_fiesta1A month ago, Ford Group Philippines (FGP) went out on a mission to push the all-new Fiesta to its fuel feeding limits. Under the watchful eye of the Department of Energy (DOE), a fleet of Ford Fiestas set out on a 700 km fuel economy run to finally set the record straight and surprised by logging in an impressive 19 km/L run. But in the never ending quest for fuel economy, a special group of Fiesta fanatics was summoned to take up the challenge and do one better. 
 
At the crack of dawn, six 1.6L automatic Ford Fiesta's rolled out from Ford Balintawak to make the long journey to Ilocos Norte all vying for the most fuel-efficient drive. Driven by five media teams representing different automotive magazines, newspapers, TV programs, and websites with a select bunch from the Ford Club Philippines (FCP), all six Fiesta's adhered to strict factory specifications and were checked by duly designated and authorized Ford Service personnel. And just like in the first DOE run, security seal stickers were placed on the fuel lid, engine compartment, and aircon switches, which was set at level “1” for the entire duration of the drive.
Published in News
Words and photos by Christopher Kho
 
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For the past six years, Ford Group Philippines (FGP) has been on the road pitching its Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) campaign in schools, colleges, and private corporations. To date, the program has successfully trained more than 20,000 participants on the importance of road safety. As part of its first batch of students, I've attended well over a dozen of DSFL's classroom lessons and practically memorized each page of its presentation like the back of my hand. But no matter how repetitive it may sound, I always learn something new and make it a point to listen as a personal reminder to my responsibility as a road user.
 
Road safety is a subject matter that should never be taken lightly. Last year alone, the Metro Manila Accident Reporting and Analysis System (MMARAS) reported 18,810 traffic accidents, 7,670 of which involved fatality or injury. And in an occupation that mainly involves driving, we might just put ourselves and others at risk whenever we go on the road. That's why Ford took the initiative to host a special DSFL seminar just for us motoring media last week at the Ortigas Home Depot in Pasig City. The half-day course included a one-hour lecture on safe, smart, and fuel-efficient driving habits followed by a hands-on training on parallel parking and eco-driving using the Ford Fiesta and Focus.
Published in Road Safety
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 19:55

Ford gets sexy with the feisty Fiesta ST Concept

Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of the Ford Motor Company
 
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FoFi fans have more reason to party on the Fiesta's first birthday as Ford gets the show on the road with the feisty Fiesta ST Concept. Powered by a turbocharged Ti-VCT 1.6-liter EcoBost engine, this hot hatch is ready to knock your socks off with its 180 horses and 240 Nm of torque. And when coupled to a manual six-speed transmission, it takes less than seven seconds in the sprint to 100 km/h and top out at 220 km/h, if you've got the balls for it. Ford has wiped the smirk off its face and replaced it with a menacing grin, transforming this humble hatchback into a scandalous sportster worthy of an ST badge.
Published in Concept
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 07:39

Slip Angle | When Automatic Isn’t

Words by Andre Palma
 
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My first encounter with an automatic gearbox was back in college. Somehow, as the proctoring professor arrived at the examination room, I found myself separated from my exam permit during finals week. With my usual dumb luck, the said permit was a kilometer away and it was raining. A set of keys was tossed in my direction and off I went, down four flights of stairs with my academic life hanging in the balance. A sense of hope filled me. I could still make finals.
 
After fiddling with a Solex lock for what seemed to be an eternity, I jumped into the driver’s seat of the Ford Laser hatch, and in a single motion, kicked the clutch and tried to fumble the gear stick into neutral. To my horror, there wasn’t a clutch pedal in the car. Add to that the fact that the usual H-pattern gear change was missing as well. In its place were the mocking letters P, R, N, and D

It was then when I panicked.
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