1989 SHOGUN Prototype By Chuck Beck
SHOGUN Article and Video by Miguel Caparros
Late last year, Chuck Beck arrived at a car event I was at, not driving his
usual Porsche 904A, but this little yellow Bomb. Chuck is known for his
incredible Porsche 904A recreations that are absolutely fantastic. Aside
from the fact that they look like a 904, these cars can actually be used on
a daily basis as they have all the latest technology. Chuck's shop
fabricates everything, the quality is beyond reproach, there is usually a
waiting list for his cars. He opened his first shop after he left Shelby
American where he was one of the original crew involved in the Cobra and GT
40 projects. He opened his own shop in Southern California. I have known
about Chuck for a long time.
A crowd gathered around the little yellow car wondering what it was, Chuck
was having fun as everyone guessed wrong. Being the show off that I am I
chimed in with the correct answer. Chuck then started to explain about the
origin of the SHOGUN.
Rick Titus, a race car driver, who had some connections at Ford, brought
the idea and some drawings of the SHOGUN to Chuck Beck's Southern
California Shop. With some mild blessing from a Ford executive that Rick
worked with, Chuck located a crashed Festiva and got to work on building
this car. If I recall correctly for this prototype the engine came from
Ford via a damaged Taurus SHO that also donated many of its parts to make
the whole thing work. The Yamaha built Super High Output engine is a 4 cam
with 4 valves per cylinder. At the time the 220 horsepower was stout for a 3
liter 6 cylinder, being transplanted to a car that is 1,000 lbs lighter you
end up with Supercar performance. Where the original Festiva engine was
located, a radiator and fuel cell went in. The rear seat and floor were cut
out and a fabricated sub frame with race inspired suspension went in along
with the now mid mounted engine.
This car was a media Super Star from day one, even making the cover of most
auto publications including Road & Track. There is no denying that this car
was the right Idea at the right time. What was wrong was that it took two
new cars to build it. You needed a new Taurus SHO and a new Festiva.
Economically it made no sense but what killed it was Fords legal
department. At the time that the SHOGUN came out I was peddling around in
the car that looked very similar to it, and some said that the Renault R5
turbo was the inspiration for the
SHOGUN. Jay Leno used up a little of his Tonight Show salary and bought the
first production car from Chuck Beck.
89 ford festiva pullin 1st 2nd and 3rd
awesome little car that has balls and gets great gas mileage
check out my channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ashho56
just messing around on the dirt roads with a ford festiva
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living each week banging around on an obscure desert compound. The owner
is hard on his equipment and we took this poor bird of prey under our wing
for a week to transform it into a more vicious desert predator.
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1994 Ford Aspire Tribute Video
I finally sold my 1994 Ford Aspire. I bought this car in 2007 when gas hit
the $4.00 mark in New Hampshire. I drove it all through graduate school
while I was self-employed and it saved my butt with its awesome fuel
economy. I never once felt like falling asleep when I drove this car. It
only made 63 horsepower but it was an
enjoyable ride. I sold it to my friend, who will hopefully take care of it
for the next few years.
Ford F-250 Land Speed Record
Congrats to our friends at Hajek Motorsports, who have recently broken two
land speed records for diesel and biodiesel trucks with a Ford F-250 Super
Using the Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo-diesel, the truck hit a top speed of 171.123
mph setting the new B Production Diesel Truck land speed record. Running on
B20 biodiesel the truck smashed the existing 130.614 mph unlimited
biodiesel land speed record by running 182 mph.
1997 Ford Aspire - The eggplant!
Say hello to my little eggplant! :)
These cars are phenomenal gas savers!
I stripped 100 pounds from car, improved fuel economy 7% to 33city/42
37-38mpg combined at every fillup
5 speed manual
AM/FM radio with cd player
All 4 tires have over 85% tread!
heater works well, car has no A/C (removed)
The car is quiet, no odd noises that many used cars have.
*** Brand new carpet - CLEAN interior!!! ***
The silver tube in the video is an added air intake, doubling the air going
into the engine improving fuel economy!