posted June 19, 2003 08:59 AM
John Ehrlich at Quad 4 (Altech Precision) now has carbureted and stand-alone ignition (No Computer!) conversion parts for the new all-aluminum Ford-Mazda-Cosworth Duratec "Ranger" dohc engines and the Zetec "Focus" engines. John also makes bellhousings and driveline (transaxle)adapters too.
There are two stock versions of the 200 pound Duratec...a 2.0 and a 2.3 displacement with an available sleeve to boost displacement to 2550 cc. The Zetec Focus engine is a 2.0 liter and does not share the natural performance capability of the Duratec. The Zetec has been in use since the mid-90s while the Duratec was introduced in the U.S. for the 2002 Ford Ranger and Mazda trucks. In addition, the Duratec is in limited production for some of the Focus models in 2003 and will replace the Zetec in 2004. Ford and it's subsidiary companies...Mazda, Volvo, etc. will use the Duratec engine in more applications once it's production is increased to projected numbers...over a million made per year.
Why a Duratec? It's from a Cosworth-inspired race design intended for Formula One competition and it's cheap to acquire and modify as opposed to other current inline engines. A current issue of Hot Rod Magazine has quite an article on the Duratec. Now John Ehrlich makes the components to readily adapt this engine to many applications and convert back to traditional carburetion and ignition too.
Thanks and regards,
[This message has been edited by KSGerry (edited June 22, 2003).]