What's the definition of "energy crisis" in Detroit? When your biggest engine doesn't have enough of it.
And that's why a Hurricane may be brewing in Dearborn.
According to a report in The Detroit News, Ford North America boss Mark Fields has resumed work on the Hurricane engine program, which the cash-strapped automaker had suspended last year.
In the seemingly incongruous world of soaring fuel prices and rising horsepower, Ford has been caught short because its largest light-vehicle engine is the 300-hp, 5.4-liter Triton V-8, while its crosstown rivals are churning out engines with 400-plus hp.
The 6.2-liter Hurricane V-8 would compete with Chrysler's 6.1-liter, 425-hp Hemi V-8 and General Motors' 6.2-liter, 403-hp Vortec V-8.