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Detroit-unveiled 2020 Shelby GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford so far

Ford surprised visitors at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan when it introduced the all-new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, which it touts as the most powerful street-legal Ford so far. The Mustang Shelby GT500 will arrive in Fall 2019, with prices to be announced close to launch date.

Basically a Mustang without a pony logo but with a cobra badge, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will be powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine with Eaton 2.65-liter Supercharger. This mill is mated to a segment-first dual-clutch transmission, a Tremec 7-speed dual clutch transmission that is capable of shifts in under 100 milliseconds.

Ford didn’t disclose the exact output numbers for the 5.2-liter V8 engine, but said that this mill is capable of deliver more than 700 of whooping horsepower. According to Ford, this should allow the new Mustang Shelby GT500 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in mid-three seconds and reach a quarter mile in sub-11 seconds.

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2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can go as fast as 200 mph

A couple of days ago, official sketches of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s engine emerged online. And now, The Truth About Cars just found out that the pony is capable of reaching the 200 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour) mark.

Sources say that there had been leaked information about the speedometer verification procedure, and that the car’s speedometer will reach 214 miles per hour (344 kilometers per hour), which means that the GT500 performs a little better than its rivals now.

Apart from its new and impressive top speed now, there had also been leaked documents indicating that the car will gain a couple of driving modes to improve its performance. There is a “Drag Strip” setting as well as a Launch Control function.

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Ford to sell last retail 2014 Shelby GT500 Convertible at Hot August Nights

Ford Motor Co. has confirmed its return to Hot August Nights scheduled on August 2 to 11, 2013. To mark its return and in the charitable spirit of the annual event, the carmaker is selling at no reserve its last retail 2014 Shelby GT500 Convertible at the inaugural Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson in Reno, Texas.

Proceeds from the sale will go to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), an organization backed by Indy 500 winner, Parnelli Jones. Jones will attend the auction. The winning bidder of the 2014 Shelby GT500 Convertible will be given the free hand to select any interior, exterior and stripe color combination offered by Ford on the 2014 Shelby. Jones will also sign the 2014 Shelby GT500 Convertible in appreciation for the BIAA donation.

Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford, remarked that the Shelby GT500 is “already one of the world’s greatest muscle cars,” thanks to its 662-horsepower of output, superb handling and a 0-60 acceleration time below 4.0 seconds. He remarked that the thrill of owning “such a rare and important car” is certainly appealing, adding that winner bidder will help fund research to treat serious brain trauma.

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Ford Shelby GT500 to participate at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The new Ford Shelby GT500 will be participating at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed slated to start today, its first appearance outside the United States. The Shelby GT500 will challenge the famous 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb, to be piloted by guest race drivers. The Ford Shelby GT500 is powered by an aluminium 5.8-litre supercharged V8 engine that provides 662 horsepower and 631 lb ft of torque, allowing the car to reach a top track speed of over 200mph.

The Ford Shelby GT500 features a Brembo six-piston front caliper brake system and boasts of an updated gearing for superior traction management, suspension tuning.

Ford Shelby GT500 also features a user-adjustable launch control that works hand-in-hand with the engine and chassis control systems.

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The Society of Automotive Engineers officially settled a heated debate once and for all. They determined that the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 produces 662hp, higher than that of the Ferrari 599 GTO by just one more. In a previous report, it was claimed that the 2013 Shelby GT500 would offer around 650hp and could reach 200 miles an hour.

The Shelby was then sent to the dyno and Ford found that the car produces 662hp and 631 pound-feet of torque. Because of this impressive figure, Shelby easily gets the title of the most powerful series production V-8 in the world. Of course, it’s no secret that the 2013 GT500 is one of the most powerful production cars in the world, full stop.

After surveying the production hypercars in the world, it came out that just five units are more powerful than the GT500. These are the Pagani Huayra, Lamborghini Aventador, Bugatti Veyron, SSC Ultimate Aero, and the Koenigsegg Agera. Of these five cars, the lowest priced one is the Aventador, which has a starting price of about $394,000.

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Ford Motor Co. is considering selling the 650-hp Shelby GT500 Mustang Convertible to other profitable markets outside North America. Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's executive director of global product programs, says the company believes the muscular GT500 has potential in China and Brazil, among other markets. 

"The China market is the largest market in the world, and we believe there's room for a product like this," Thai-Tang said after unveiling the GT500 in Chicago. The GT500 is specifically marketed in North America, where big horsepower vehicles are more popular. It is part of Ford’s Special Vehicle Team unit, which is a line of performance-enhanced models, like the F-150 Raptor pickup.

Thai-Thang, who also works with the SVT business, said the plan to introduce the GT500 to the rest of the world is part of Ford’s new design outlook, the one-world “One Ford” strategy, according to Autonews.

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Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT) revealed today the new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500, the newest version of the legendary muscle car featuring an all-new aluminum-block engine, even better driving dynamics and handling as well as improved fuel economy and more horsepower than ever. As we said the new car carries an all aluminum-block 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine delivering 550 horsepower and 510 ft.-lb. of torque (a 10 hp increase comparing it to the 2010 model).

And this is not all, as the engine is 102 pounds lighter than its predecessor, delivers a better power-to-weight ratio, handling and steering precision, acceleration and an impressive fuel economy.

This new engine has its roots in the iconic Ford GT because the new 5.4-liter V8 is in fact an evolution of the GT engine, with improved block structure through the use of a unique bulkhead chilled process and six-bolt billet main bearing caps. The 2011 Shelby GT500 will be the first modern Shelby without the gas guzzler tax, because it will deliver a fuel consumption of 23 mpg on the highway and 15 mpg in the city (up from 22 mpg highway and 14 mpg city for the 2010 model).

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Channeling the air so it's utilized most efficiently was a thorough procedure that eventually will be rewarding to buyers. The development of the front fascia and the vehicle's "flush" hood assists in focusing the flow of air. The top part of the grill channels air into the radiator, with a rubber flap inside the engine section aiding to seal the system.

The lower grill aids in cooling the intercooler. SVT technicians also went as far to close particular parts of the front of the 2010 Shelby GT500's characteristic diamond-studded grill to assist in maintaining the right cooling and sleek balance. The 2010 Shelby is the most-full bodied design and most-unique version of the latest 2010 Mustang range. "The design we chose was a 'flush' hood where the fascia defines the entire front of the vehicle," said Hameedi. "That's very hard to execute from an engineering standpoint, but it really sets the Shelby off as very, very different from the base Mustang."

"This epitomizes the ultimate Mustang," Exterior Design manager of the Mustang and Shelby GT500, George Saridakis added. "It's all about power and expressing power." Saridakis said his team took a prompt from the Shelby AC Cobra 427 with regards to the front grills, which are open and look ready to swallow the road.

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It is already an open secret that the newest Police Interceptor Utility is the police cruiser version of the 2020 Ford Explorer. But there is surprise. As revealed at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Police Interceptor Utility comes with a hybrid variant, which basically implies the upcoming launch of the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid.

The new Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid will be joining Ford’s armored lineup of pursuit-rated vehicles that will include the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, F-150 Police Responder, F-150 SSV, Expedition SSV and Transit PTV as well as the SSV Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. The new Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid is expected to further boost Ford’s dominance of the law enforcement community, as the carmaker accounted for around 65 percent of police vehicle sales in the US (data is as of 2007).

Ford now offers three powertrain choices for the all-new Police Interceptor Utility. The 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain comes as standard, while a 3.3-liter V6 engine and 3.0-liter EcoBoost mill are also available. All of these are mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission, as complemented by a full-time Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system and deep snow/sand traction control mode.

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Ford Motor Co.’s Explorer family of sports utility vehicles has just been expanded with the arrival of two new models. The base, XLT, Limited and Platinum models of the Explorer are welcoming their newest family members – the Explorer ST and the Explorer Hybrid. All of these models are built at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant.

The new Ford Explorer Hybrid is the first dedicated hybrid model in the Explorer family. It is powered by a 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain that is expected to deliver 318 hp of total system output, which is sent to the rear wheels of the Explorer Hybrid. Ford is aiming to make the Explorer Hybrid capable of returning more than 500 miles of range before having to refuel.

Furthering the capability of the hybrid powertrain of the new Ford Explorer Hybrid is an all-new 10-speed modular hybrid transmission as well as a liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery. Since the battery is built into the chassis just below the second-row seats, the cargo and passenger room of the Explorer Hybrid remains the same as it conventionally powered siblings.

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Sports utility vehicles are still in heavy demand. Ford knows this very well as the American carmaker has seen sales of its SUVs surge dramatically by 28 percent in the past six years. Leading this charge are the Ford Expedition and Ford Explorer SUVs, which is why these models are each getting not just one, but special editions.

These new four special edition SUVs – Ford Expedition Stealth Edition, Ford Expedition Texas Edition, Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition and Ford Explorer Desert Copper Edition – will only be offered in the United States and are expected to further boost the popularity of the Expedition and Explorer in the country. The new four special edition SUVs were all unveiled at the State Fair of Texas.

There is a reason why Ford unveiled the new four special edition SUVs at the State Fair of Texas. After all, Texas is the largest market for Ford’s large SUVs. In fact, the state accounted for nearly 25 percent of Expedition retail sales nationally – even more than the combined sales of the SUV in Florida and California.

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Visitors at the much-awaited 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show – scheduled from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 -- can expect a wide array of show cars that demonstrate not only various aftermarket parts and specialty services, but also the capabilities for various companies. One of these show cars is the Future Forty from MagnaFlow and Superformance.

Superformance is an American automobile company that creates performance components and full replicas, especially cars from the 1960s like the Shelby Cobra, Daytona Coupe, GT40, and the Corvette Grand Sport. The company and MagnaFlow – a firm that takes pride of its expertise in performance exhaust systems superior catalytic converter technology – have decided enter into a partnership and create a visually exciting fabrication that makes use of a Ford MkI GT40 replica and the engine of a modern Ford GT. The result is what is to be shown at the upcoming 2018 SEMA Show – the Future Forty.

The companies started the Future Forty project by getting a MkI GT40 replica from Superformance. This replica boasts of an exact recreation of the original monocoque and pressed steel roof of the GT40. However, this GT40 replica doesn’t feature the usual naturally aspirated V8 engine, and is instead powered by a mill derived from a modern Ford GT – a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 powerplant.

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After confirming in 2017 that its midsize pickup would be coming back to the United States, Ford took the wraps off the 2019 Ranger early last year. It featured an all-new design especially made for the US, and is a bit different from the Rangers sold overseas. Now, Ford is finally commencing the production of the 2019 Ranger at its newly transformed Michigan Assembly Plant in Detroit.

To mark the kickoff of the production of the new Ford Ranger, the carmaker had special celebrations at its Michigan Assembly Plant. The celebrations essentially mark the rebirth of the Ranger, which is slated to return to the US early 2019 following an eight-year hiatus. Likewise, the celebrations mark the rebirth of the plant that has been a witness to the ups and downs of the American auto industry in the past six decades.

Invited in the celebrations aren’t just leaders from Ford, but also from United Auto Workers. A large of number of the plant’s workforce – numbering more than 3,000 employees – was also present. These employees, as well as media members and others, were given an opportunity to ride in the new Ford Ranger a custom-built, off-road course in the plant’s parking lot.

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The Ford Mustang is definitely a performance machine made to dominate the roads. Nonetheless, the Mustang could be further improved by availing some packages from Ford Performance. To this effect, the newest version of the Mustang offers a wholesome improvement in terms of style, performance and enjoyment. The new Series 1 Mustang RTR Powered by Ford Performance delivers a greater degree of driving and owner experience.

Ford Performance in collaboration with World champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his RTR Vehicles team, came up with a Mustang that dons RTR’s signature modern and aggressive styling as well as with the ability to suit itself to a number of driving conditions.

This is made possible by installing a suspension system from Ford Performance that features adjustable sway bars. These sway bars can be adjusted to change chassis balance for either passive or MagneRide suspensions. In effect, the Series 1 Mustang RTR Powered by Ford Performance can adjust for a driving down a twisty backroad, challenging lap times, zooming on a drag strip or even drifting.

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When Ford unveiled its new Ford GT nearly four years ago at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the supercar was received very well even through the US carmaker only disclosed a few details. When the company started to produce the Ford GT, one thing was very apparent – the demand for the supercar greatly outstrips the supply. Two years into the supercar’s production, Ford is building more units than previously earmarked.

Even before it started production of the Ford GT, the US carmaker had said only 1,000 units of the supercar will be built. Ford had set the annual production pace for the Ford GT at 250 units every year. This means that supercar would have a production run that would last for around four years.

But when the US carmaker started accepting orders for the Ford GT, the total number of applicants quickly grew to more than 6,500. This number was just for the 2016 iteration of the supercar. Unfortunately, Ford can only accommodate 1,000 of the applicants, which means that the Ford GT is practically sold out.

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In June this year, rival carmakers Ford and Volkswagen inked a memorandum of agreement for a possible strategic alliance. Months after signing the MoU, automotive industry analysts are now floating the ideas of possible merger or an equity swap between the American and German companies. Nonetheless, Ford is quick enough to quash such ideas even before they get out of hand.

Under the signed MoU, Ford and VW are exploring a number of potential projects in several areas like the development of a range of commercial vehicles together. Likewise, a possible partnership would also work to better serve the evolving needs of customers. The parties have already made it clear back then that the potential alliance wouldn’t involve any equity arrangement.

However, The Detroit Bureau published an analysis that the potential alliance between Ford and VW might go beyond the commercial vehicle market, since doing so could be beneficial for both carmakers. For instance, Ford can benefit from VW’s robust presence not just in Europe, but also in Latin America and China. On the other hand, VW can take advantage of Ford’s strong fortified status in the United States, particular in the pickup and SUV segments.

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Ford is giving potential Fiesta customers more reasons to purchase its world-renowned subcompact. Two of these are the introductions of new sporty model based from the ST-Line trim of the Ford Fiesta. New customers can now indulge with the new Ford Fiesta ST-Line Red Edition and the Fiesta ST-Line Black Edition. Ford is now selling the Ford Fiesta ST-Line Red Edition and Fiesta ST-Line Black Edition models in selected markets in Europe.

According to the carmaker, the ST-Line trim accounts for around 20 percent of total Fiesta sales this year. Perhaps the satisfying demand for the ST-Line – which endows the Fiesta a sportier and more dynamic appearance – has led Ford to create two new special editions based on this trim. These new editions – the new Ford Fiesta ST-Line Red Edition and the Fiesta ST-Line Black Edition feature distinctive exterior and interior elements that make them stand out from the rest.

Making full use of Ford Performance-inspired styling, these new Ford Fiesta ST-Line edition models are available in three- and five-door body styles. Both the new Ford Fiesta ST-Line Red Edition and the Fiesta ST-Line Black Edition are served by Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine that deliver 140 PS of max output, as complemented by sports suspension. This engine is mated to a low-friction six-speed manual gearbox.

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More and more vehicles are using automatic transmissions to send power from the engine to the wheels. Even supposed sporty cars have been ditching manual transmissions in favor of automatic gearboxes. But the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco could come fitted with a manual transmission, according to a report by Jalopnik.

Citing a number of sources privy with the plans, Jalopnik reported that Ford is tapping Getrag to develop a new manual gearbox for the 2020 Ford Bronco. The partnership between Ford and Getrag to develop a new manual transmission for the Bronco isn't surprising as the German company is also the one producing the manual gearbox – the MT-82 six-speed unit -- for the Ford Mustang. The new manual transmission for the new Bronco will be named as the MT-88. As per Jalopnik’s sources, this Bronco-bound transmission will be a seven-speed unit that would send power to wheels from Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.

According to Jalopnik, there is a possibility that the new MT-88 manual transmission share components with the MT-82 manual gearbox. Likewise, Ford may also decide to use the new MT-88 manual transmission for the next generation of the Mustang. Nonetheless, while the current plan has the new MT-88 manual transmission being fitted in the Bronco, the fact that the vehicle is still being developed means things may change as Ford gets closer to the official unveiling of the Bronco.

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At the start of the year, Ford announced that it is planning to develop a new electric vehicle that focuses on performance. At the announcement, Ford said that the new performance EV would be named Mach 1. Eventually, the Mach 1 moniker was shelved, but not the performance EV. Now, Ford has released a new teaser that officially previews this upcoming EV.

During the January announcement, Ford said that this performance EV would released in 2020. In March this year, Ford Global Markets President Jim Farley remarked that the performance EV would be like a four-door SUV version of a Ford Mustang. Essentially, this means that the new performance EV would be an electric SUV with the looks or performance of the Mustang, or both.

Now, the recently released teaser image looks like a sketched silhouette of Ford’s new performance EV. It may seem so vague and unclear until a closer inspection reveals that it features the rear end of a Ford Mustang. That basically confirms the relationship of the new performance to Ford’s iconic pony car. However, this is a teaser image, and a sketch nonetheless, which means that it final looks may differ from the Mustang but retain some cues that indicate its high-performance nature.

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Every June or July of every year, motor racing vehicles – especially historic ones -- flock at West Sussex, England to challenge the hillclimb event of the highly prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed. For the first time in the festival’s history, a vehicle will brave the hillclimb without a driver behind its wheels.

So far, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been graced by conventionally powered and electrified vehicles. However, all of these vehicles completed the 1.86-km (1.16 miles) hillclimb with a driver piloting the steering wheel. This is due to change this July 12, 2018 when an autonomous vehicle created by the collaboration between Siemens and Cranfield University tries to run the course.

People who might want to witness the first autonomous hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, however, should not expect an all-new self-driving car climbing its way up to the Goodwood House. Instead, they should look out for 1965 Ford Mustang with a distinctive silver wrap. The sides of this 1965 Mustang feature the number “25”, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Goodwood. This autonomous Mustang also features the blue “Siemens” logo and a stripe running on the lower flank with the same color as the logo. Stripes of the same color are also found on the hood and roof of the autonomous Mustang.

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