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Even those who know next to nothing about cars, understand that a vehicle’s top two performance metrics are horsepower and torque. These two terms are littered across every spec sheet, review and online comparison video known to man. Even here at Ziems Ford Corners, we toss the words “horsepower” and “torque” around pretty liberally. Whether we’re discussing the 600 lb-ft of torque in the Mach E or the up to 430 horsepower of the F-150, horsepower and torque are both a hot conversion topic! But few shoppers truly comprehend the differences, so the meaning of both tends to get lost along the way. Though most can grasp the general premises of horsepower and torque, their definitions, history and applications aren’t as well known. 

What Is Horsepower?

Horsepower (HP) is a unit of measurement used to reference the “rate at which work is done” by an engine or motor. However, there are different standards and types of horsepower. Two common definitions used today are mechanical or imperial horsepower, which is about 745.7 watts, and the metric horsepower, which is approximately 735.5 watts. The term was adopted in the late 18th century to compare the output of steam engines with the power of draft horses. The term now applies to all engines and motors.  

What Is Torque?

In mechanics, torque is the rotational equivalent of linear force or force multiplied by distance.

In the case of the automobile, it is “the rotational equivalent of linear force.” Essentially, it’s the amount of force applied to an object with a twisting motion, i.e. a motor applying force to a crankshaft, which consequently rotates the tires. Torque can be thought of as a twist to an object around a specific axis. It is also referred to as the moment of force, rotational force or turning effect, depending on the field of study. The concept originated with Archimedes. 

Why Horsepower?

When the term horsepower was invented, horses were the most common work animal. The term was originally created by Scottish engineer James Watt to promote his steam-powered business. By comparing the output of a steam engine to that of the draft horses he was able to determine how much more effective it was. Thus, horsepower was born.

Why do we Need Both? 

The two concepts are very much two sides of the same coin. When accelerating, both torque and horsepower matter, as one goes with the other. Torque is the brute force that gets you up and moving from idle. Horsepower supplies the muscle that keeps you moving at speed. The difference is torque is doing the work, while horsepower is how fast that work is being done. Horsepower and torque, along with where each falls on a vehicle’s engine rotation per minute (rpm) range, help to determine a vehicle’s speed and acceleration.

 

Which is better?

To answer that in simple terms, they are different but equal. Torque is the force you feel pushing you back in your seat on acceleration, while horsepower is the speed achieved at the end of that acceleration. According to the experts at Ziems, torque is vital to every engine’s operation, but horsepower is what distinguishes a good engine from a great one. So, if you’d like to get more horsepower and torque in your ride, stop by our showroom and sales lot today! 

 

 

They say you never know where lightning will strike. But that’s not entirely true. At Ziems Ford Corners, we know that Lightning plans to strike on Wednesday, May 19, at 9:30 p.m. Ford Motor Company has announced the reveal of the first-ever all-electric Ford F-150, dubbed Lightning. The reveal will take place via a Livestream from Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan headquarters scheduled for 9:30 a.m. EDT. Farmington viewers can catch the reveal on Ford’s social media platforms, including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Every so often, a new vehicle comes along that disrupts the status quo, here’s what we know about the coming storm: 

The Power of Lightning

America’s favorite truck 44 years running is ready to “turn the legendary revolutionary” and introduce you to its fully electric brethren. The F-150 Lightning is slated to be the most powerful F-150 ever built. Early reports show that the all-new F-150 Lightning will feature a dual-motor powertrain and all-wheel drive. Along with being the most powerful, it should also be the quickest member of the F-150 family. Especially given that electric vehicles offer high torque out-puts and respond instantly to driver inputs. Ford President and CEO Jim Farley described it by saying, “The Lightning can power your home during an outage and will constantly improve through over-the-air updates.” 

What’s in a Name?

Aside from being a near-perfect moniker for an all-electric vehicle, Lightning is an important name in the Ford history books. In the early 1990s and 2000s, the nameplate was applied to a series of high-performance street trucks. These trucks housed some of the most powerful engines of their day. The last generation of the nameplate held a supercharged 5.4-liter unit that boasted 380 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. In their time, these trucks offered serious performance with the style chops to match. We envision that the nameplate could be revived for nothing less than gale force strength. 

Creating a Storm 

It’s not easy turning electricity into lightning, but the Michigan-based Ford Rouge EV Complex is up to the challenge. This plant is set to be “the cathedral of American manufacturing and Ford’s most advanced plant” according to Farley. The Lightening’s body and paintwork will be completed at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant. The F-150 Lightning is scheduled to enter production in mid-2022 for the 2023 model year. 

Storm Chaser

If you can’t wait to see how the all-new Ford F-150 Lightning lives up to its heritage, neither can we. All of us at Ziems will be tuned in to see the reveal. Visit our showroom to find out how and when you can get your hands on Lightening. The Ford F-150 Lightning that is! 

 

At Ziems Ford Corners, we know that the all-new 2021 Ford Super Duty® F-250 never stops moving forward. This model year features the available 7.3L OHV gas V8 and the available Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel to keep you going. Combine your engine choice with impressive Super Duty gas and diesel power ratings and you’re in it for the long haul. Plus, with its rugged frame and chassis engineering, the F-250 achieves strong numbers in every category of hauling and towing capability. Its accolades include best-in-class horsepower, best-in-class payload and the best in class 5th-wheel and conventional towing. 

More Power to Tow and Haul

The 2021 Ford Super Duty® offers a strong lineup of powerful engines for the model year. The available pushrod 7.3L gas V8 is the largest engine available in a full-size pickup and it offers the best gas horsepower and torque in its class to prove it. This engine delivers performance with the durability to perform strenuous everyday jobs with ease. If diesel is what you’re after, the third-generation 6.7L Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel ensures you’ll have the power to get any job done. Both engines are teamed up with the TorqShift® 10-speed automatic transmission. Whether you choose gas or diesel, you have the muscle you need for hauling or towing. If properly equipped the 2021 Super Duty® can tow up to 24,200 pounds with a conventional hitch, or handle up to 37,000 pounds with a fifth-wheel hitch. With an estimated payload of 7,850 pounds, this truck can literally move mountains. 

Lightweight Strength 

The Super Duty® has the only high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body in its class. Aluminum alloy is substantially lighter than steel, yet remarkably strong. It’s also more dent, ding and rust-resistant. The use of aluminum alloy allows some of the weight savings to be reinvested where it matters the most, the frame. The fully boxed frame contains up to 10 cross-members making it 24 times stiffer than the previous design. This minimizes flexing and twisting while maximizing strength and torsional rigidity. Built Ford Tough® isn’t just a slogan. For us, it’s an attitude that has produced America’s most rugged and dependable pickups for 43 straight years.

Where Strength and Technology Meet

No matter where your job takes you, on the road, or off, Ford keeps you in touch. This model year’s Super Duty® leads in power and capability and features advances in technology to match. Available driver-assist features such as Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ aid your driving skills. While features like SYNC® 3 technology offer responsive voice activation and touch screen controls. Paired technology includes Alexa, Android Auto and an available wireless charging pad. Connect with people, navigate to a destination, feel prepared for the road ahead.

Own Our Most Capable Super Duty® Ever

If you’re ready to get behind the wheel of the 2021 Ford Super Duty® stop by and see us at Ziems Ford Corners. We have the best selection of new and used trucks in the region and we are ready to show you how easy car buying can be. 

It’s time to meet the all-new 2021 Ford Ecosport. Ford’s smallest utility vehicle packs a big punch for this model year. Here at Ziems Ford Corners, we love the EcoSport for its available Intelligent 4WD and sporty performance. Combine those features with a stylish interior and easy-connect technology and you have the ideal vehicle for care-free New Mexico driving. 

Under the Hood

The 2021 EcoSport has two engines to choose from: a turbo-charged 1.0L EcoBoost I-3 and a naturally-aspirated 2.0L four-cylinder. The standard 1.0L Ecoboost engine is turbo-charged and features direct injection. The 2.0L four-cylinder also features direct injection and adds in Intelligent 4WD. Both engines pair to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with a standard engine Auto Start-Stop. 

Available Intelligent 4WD

The 2021 EcoSport offers available Intelligent 4WD, delivering added traction in a variety of conditions. Drive with confidence because this upgrade provides added traction in a variety of situations, and comes standard with the 2.0L Ti-VCT engine.

Style Inside and Out

Experience the effortless style and comfort of the 2021 EcoSport. This SUV was designed with you in mind, bringing capable features that not only look great but also enhance the experience. Available features like ambient lighting allow you to set the mood and give the EcoSport interior a personal touch. The standard 8-inch touchscreen keeps connection at your fingertips, while the rear swing gate and power moonroof make each trip a unique experience. Turn heads with available LED lighting and halogen projector headlamps or add flair with the available SE Appearance Package. Top the looks department off with the all-new available Overlander decals. An available Cargo Management System and 60/40 split-fold rear seats allow you the versatility to prepare for the road ahead.

Capable and Connected Technology

Connect, navigate and discover with Ford’s capable and connected technology. Stay in touch with your world through smartphone apps and voice-activated technology. Choose from available SYNC® 3 with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, 161 an available 8-inch color LCD touchscreen27 and apps like Ford+Alexa or Ford and Waze. 

 

The 2021 Ford Co-Pilot 360™ Technology is designed to help you feel confident and in command while on the road.

Hill-start assist can help you switch from brake to gas without rolling backward while you transition from brake to accelerator. And it comes standard. Other features include Blis® With Cross-Traffic Alert, Reverse Sensing System, Voice-Activated Navigation and SYNC® 3.  

For Wherever Life Takes You

Be ready to take on the day with fun, freedom and feel-good driving. The 2021 Ford EcoSport is perfectly equipped to handle anything the Four Corners region has to offer. Stop by Ziems Ford Corners today to see how fun driving in Farmington can be.