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Falcon IRS for future Mustang?

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Ford Australia’s latest version of the IRS found in the current Falcon is a world class design with multiple links, heavy duty construction for the rough roads in OZ and a growing list of accolades from the automotive press. With rumors that this system will find its way into future American Ford models, possibly even the Mustang, we thought we’d have a look at it.

Called “Control Blade IRS“, the package is based on a similar system used in the European Ford Focus and Jaguar's X-type. It has one beefy trailing link, two lateral links, and a toe-control link. All of those components are mounted to a lightweight drop-in sub-frame. Ford's Australian division chassis development manager Alex de Vlugt said, "The great benefit of Control Blade IRS is that it's been designed to separate suspension functions, allowing an optimal tune for varying conditions."

The stout forward trailing link, or control blade, is strong enough to keep unwanted wheel motions to a minimum. Further, the use of a stamped steel arm that connects to a cast upright keeps weight down. Along with the multiple lateral and toe control links, this unit has excellent resistance to wheel hop. In fact Ford Australia already has tuning in place for high horsepower applications with the BOSS 290 Falcons which come with a snarling 5.4 liter DOHC power plant.

In addition to being more flexible and compact for design and packaging, the Australian IRS is also cost conscious for Ford. This is course has always been the excuse for the Mustang being without IRS. In Australia they see significant savings by outsourcing its manufacture to well known American component supplier, Dana Corporation. They build the complete IRS package at their own facility adjacent to Ford Australia's Campbellfield vehicle assembly plant.

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http://www.themustangnews.com/tech/st-0706_ozirs.htm

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Well, none is a strictly American company anymore, so it's good that they decided to use globally whatever they do best at one location.

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There may be more coming to the US from Ford AUS than just a rear suspension. The next Falcons will have LHD engineered into them when they start production. And we all know Ford has excess plant capacity, like say in Atlanta.

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The Falcon is an awesome vehicle (coming from experience) and like the Commodore, it is built to withstand being driven in a city such as Brisbane... or being driven fast through the desert on the way to Uluru.

Plus, the current model has an awesome Inline-6. 8)

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predictable... GM is also borrowing from Australia. :P

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I certainly hope we see more of the Falcon in North America than just it's IRS.

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Thank you, mates, for giving us American cars again. Meaning let's see the whole Falcon here, clothed in local garb.

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Besides Internet rumors, I have not read of any North American Ford executive giving even the slightest hint of any RWD cars besides the Mustang. They all say Ford is more interested in FWD/AWD. Lutz gave hints about RWD years before Zeta was announced.

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I think Chrysler decided RWD as well. Like when LH Mk II was introduced, Chrysler had apparently decided that the next generation large cars were going to be rear wheel drive. With Mercedes-Benz barging into the picture, getting hands onto some "old" proven rear drive hardware probably made it easier. Aren't the LX cars home of some previous generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

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Besides Internet rumors, I have not read of any North American Ford executive giving even the slightest hint of any RWD cars besides the Mustang.  They all say Ford is more interested in FWD/AWD.  Lutz gave hints about RWD years before Zeta was announced.

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That is because Ford Executives haven't said anything publically. But Bill Ford for the 1st time since taking over has finally gone to AUS to check out the products and facilities. I expect that the Ford AUS plant will be upgraded for Middle East exports, and the Crown Vic will go away, before any US plants are changed over to produce the new Falcon line. But it is interesting that Ford AUS made their revisions for LHD without upgrading their plant for higher capacity.

Meaning let's see the whole Falcon here, clothed in local garb.

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Does either one of those lookout of place for the NA market?

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chevy gets ZETA from australia made in Canada

Ford may get IRS from austrailia

chrysler gets LX from germany.... made in Canada

good ole american engineering!

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Ford really should use the fact the Stang is built in America in their ad campaigns. Something like "REAL American Muscle"

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Ford really should use the fact the Stang is built in America in their ad campaigns.  Something like "REAL American Muscle"

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Yes, with 36% foreign parts content.

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