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Ford Torino Talladega


Ford Torino Talladega

In 1969 NASCAR Ford and Chrysler battled it out. In response to the dominating Dodge Charger 500, Ford came up with the Torino Talladega which cleaned up in its first year with 30 victories. Based on the Fairlane Torino which had appeared in 1968, the Talladega had the same monocoque chassis. The suspension used a double wishbone front and a leaf spring rear, though the back had staggered shocks to counter wheel hop. All Talladegas came with the 428ci (7-liter) Cobra Jet big-block V8 engine, rated at 335bhp (250kW); for insurance output was closer to 450bhp (335kW). It had 10.6:1 compression, a steel crank, stronger con rods and a 735cfm Holley carb. The suspension used stiffer springs and shocks plus a thicker anti-roll bar up front. At the rear a Traction Lok diff and 3.25:1 gears were stock. For better aerodynamics a tapered nose was stretched by 5 inches (127mm).

Ford Torino Talladega Specifications

Top speed:130 mph (208 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):5.8 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:428 ci (7,013 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:335 bhp (250 kW) @ 5,200 rpm
Max torque:440 lb ft (595 Nm) @ 3,400 rpm
Weight:3,536 lb (1,607 kg)
Economy:14 mpg (5 km/I)
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