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Ford And Rockgas to Attempt World Record for NZ

Immediate Release

Ford And Rockgas to Attempt World Record for New Zealand

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 3 February 2006

Ford and Rockgas will attempt to drive New Zealand into the record books when they attempt a LPG world endurance record on February 22-23, 2006 in the Ford-Rockgas LPG Endurance Challenge.

A team of four professional drivers from Ford Racing Experience will endeavour to see how far an LPG vehicle can be driven in 24 hours, along the way setting interim records at the 6, 12 and 18 hour marks at Ruapuna Raceway near Christchurch.

"There is currently no world record for LPG endurance, so we are virtually guaranteed achieving a world record for New Zealand. Moreover, in this time of rising fuel prices, we hope this event will highlight LPG as a cheap, clean and user-friendly alternative fuel source," said Mr Keith Sharp, Director of Ford Racing Experience.

"The world record will be recognised by the FIA, which is the world governing body of motorsport in Paris," said Mr Sharp.

"Ford is proud to be the only company in New Zealand that provides factory-fitted dedicated LPG vehicles. Customers driving our LPG Falcon sedans, wagons or utes not only experience superb driving dynamics and outstanding performance, but also reap exceptional savings on fuel costs of up to 47%^" said Mr. Don Leong, Falcon Brand Manager.

“Rockgas is New Zealand's leading supplier of automotive LPG and we are delighted to partner Ford New Zealand in this event. Rockgas is the fuel of choice for high mileage fleet operators and the world record will strengthen our leadership position” said Mr. Ross Cameron, Marketing Manager.

For further information about the savings available using LPG, go to:
http://www.ford.com.au/landing/egas/egascalculator.asp

ENDS


^ The actual fuel consumption a customer can achieve will depend, however, on many factors including driving habits, the prevailing conditions and vehicle's equipment, condition and use. Figures are based on sedan with automatic transmission.

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