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Unique F-22 Raptor-inspired 2017 Ford F-150 will be auctioned off to benefit EAA youth programs

This year, Ford will put up for auction another one of its special vehicles to benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) youth aviation programs.

The auction will take place at the annual EAA Gathering of Eagles on July 27. This time, the special vehicle that will be put on auction is none other than the F-150 Raptor, which is quite a departure for Ford as they often choose the Mustang to be sold off. Melvin Betancourt, Ford design manager, took inspiration from the famous Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet when he designed the high-performance truck. At the same time, he highlighted the F-150 Raptor's unique style, capabilities, and design.

Not only does this F-150 Raptor look aggressively unique, it also has been given several tweaks on the inside. The truck's performance has been maximized, enabling the 3.5 liter twin-turbo, Whipple inter-cooled V6 engine to produce a total of 545 horsepower, that's 95 hp more than the standard model. Credit goes to the Ford Performance Team for all the work they have put into the Raptor from upgrading the suspension and the brakes, adding a roof mounted light bar to changing the wheels.

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602-hp Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 is now up for grabs at $349,000

After building more than a thousand units of four-wheeled VelociRaptor modified Raptor trucks in the past years, Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) unveiled the VelociRaptor 6X6 Concept in 2016. Nearly a year after, the company completed the final version and teased the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 at the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. Now, HPE is finally letting the VelociRaptor 6X6 out of its cage for a price that starts at $349,000.

The new Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 is basically a Raptor -- in particular a Ford Raptor truck – a transformed six-wheel drive off-road vehicle with more than 600 horsepower of output. HPE aimed to refine the VelociRaptor 6X6 and turn it from being just a concept to a full production unit. However, those wanting to get a piece of this off-road monster need to act fast and contact HPE. This is because the company is building only 50 examples of the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6. HPE is also willing to cater to customers outside the United States. Interested customers could order the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 directly from HPE or through select Hennessey / Ford dealers.

When HPE unveiled the concept version of the VelociRaptor 6X6 truck, it pegged the starting price at $295,000. However, something must have happened between the concept phase and the final production form that moved HPE to increase the base price by $54,000 to $349,000. There could be a number of changes on the parts and components or there could be some tweaks to the cost structure of creating a fully capable VelociRaptor 6X6. Nonetheless, the surge in starting price is understandable, and the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 remains significantly more affordable than the Mercedes-Benz G63 6x6, which is valued at least more than half a million dollars.

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HondaJet proves claim of being fastest jet in its class, sets two new speed records

Honda Aircraft Company has recently cemented its claim of the HondaJet being the fastest jet in its segment after having been presented by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association with speed records for the Boston, Massachusetts to Palm Beach, Florida, course as well as the one from Teterboro, New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This award was given during the National Business Aviation Association's Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition held in Orlando, Florida. The two flights were piloted by Peter Kriegler and Glenn Gonzales and while the speed record has already been approved by the USNAA, it is also awaiting final approval for possible world records by none other than the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, based in Switzerland.

With regards to the Boston to Palm Beach course, the HondaJet started at the New Bedford Regional Airport leaving on July 19, 2016 at 7:18 a.m. EDT. It then arrived at Palm Beach International Airport by 9:16 a.m., resulting in a total flight time of 2 hours and 58 minutes over a distance of 1,060 nautical miles. With headwinds averaging around 30 knots, this means the HondaJet had an average true air speed of 385 knots with maximum ground speed measured to be 422 knots, or around 486 mph. This achievement is remarkable as well in the sense that the HondaJet is the first aircraft belonging to its segment that attained this particular record.

For the second course, HondaJet left the Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on April 9, 2016, at 2:15 p.m. EST. It then arrived at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida by 4:06 p.m. During its transit, average speed of the headwinds was measured to be 60 knots, which is around 70 mph. Nevertheless, HondaJet flew at a 43,000-foot cruising altitude and covered the total 960 nautical miles in 2 hours and 51 minutes. Considering both the headwind and the high temperature, this meant that the HondaJet had average true air speed at 396 knots (456 mph) with top ground speed of 414 knots (478 mph).

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Ford starts accepting orders for 2017 F-150 Raptor

Ford Motor Company revealed that with the full-scale production of its 2017 F-150 Raptor scheduled to start, it has begun to receive orders for this latest model at authorized Ford dealerships.

Team Ford in Las Vegas for example, considered as one of the highly successful North American dealers for the Ford Raptor, revealed that even if its waiting list already has almost 300 customers, the dealership continues to receive inquires every day from across the U.S. on how to place orders for the brand’s latest offering. As of the moment, the three largest markets for the F-150 Raptor appear to be California, Florida, and Texas.

Dealership owner Steve Olliges shared that while this situation is indeed a problem, it is a good kind of problem. Though tough, he continued, it is great in the sense that so many are interested in this new model. Currently Team Ford is doing what it can so that customers will be able to get the new Raptor, be it making calls on their behalf to find the model or referring customers to other dealers, Olliges added.

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Ford Motor Company has partnered with Foutz Motorsports to make sure that the new 2017 F-150 Raptor is ready to participate in the Baja 1000. However, since the base version is already a competent and excellent off-road vehicle, the race-spec variant no longer needed to undergo a lot of upgrades. Among the few improvements done are the use of LED for the lighting and fitting in a full race harness.

The fuel cell has been made puncture-resistant and it now comes with racing seats and the safety cage. While the shocks and the springs are retained, they have been improved to ensure that they would be able to bear the additional weight due to the installation of the new kit. Much like the base version, it will have the 4-wheel drive system which has a torque-on-demand transfer case. Meanwhile, the wheels will be wrapped with BFGoodrich K02 tires.

A significant change is that the 2017 F-150 now has a Baja Mode. Once this mode has been triggered, it ensures that the gear shifts are faster with the throttle response being sharpened.

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It seems that having a self-driven personal flight craft will cease to be only a dream in the near future. This comes as A3 -- pronounced as “A-cubed” – announced that a full-size prototype of its Project Vahana aircraft would be flying the skies before the end of 2017.

A3, a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary of European aircraft maker Airbus Group, commenced Vahana in early 2016. This personal flight aircraft is special – it does not require a runway and a human pilot. Moreover, this personal flight aircraft could detect and automatically avoid obstacles as well as other aircraft on its flight path. A3 is aiming to have a ready-to-produce demonstrator by the end of the decade and make the Vahana the first autonomously piloted certified passenger aircraft.

Thanks to the fact that technical and regulatory challenges have become possible to comply with, the trend towards affordable flight. For instance, battery safety and energy density have now become adequate to be applied for aircrafts. In addition, obstacle detection and avoidance technologies have already matured to the point that safe aircraft takeoff and landing as well as collision avoidance in flight are now possible. Moreover, recent advances in automated composite manufacturing as well as assembly have made it possible to produce small and lightweight vehicles at high volumes yet with lower costs. Lastly, low-cost, reliable avionics are now widely available following years of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) development.

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Say hello to the VelociRaptor 6X6 Concept from Hennessey Performance (HPE)! HPE essentially picked out a base 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor truck and transformed it into six-wheel drive off-road vehicle boasting of an output of over 600 horsepower.

The VelociRaptor 6X6 concept – with a starting price of $295,000 – has the base 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor four-door truck, upgraded Fox suspension, 6X6 locking rear axles, special front and rear bumpers, roll bar and LED lights as well as upgraded 20-inch wheels wrapped in off-road tires. For customers seeking a more powerful version, they could avail of HPE’s VelociRaptor 600 twin turbo upgrade, which includes upgraded twin turbochargers, upgraded front mounted air-to-air intercooler and plumbing and stainless steel exhaust modifications, as well as re-tuned factory computer, electronic upgrades and armoring systems.

Moreover, Hennessey's VelociRaptor 6X6 concept is also specified with larger wheels and tires, upgraded Brembo front and rear brake, upgraded LED lighting and customized interiors. This twin turbo upgrade could be availed by new Raptor customers at $22,500. John Hennessey, founder and chief executive of HPE, quipped that the company has built over 800 VelociRaptor modified Raptor trucks for clients around the world in the past five years.

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Unbelievably, an electric car has been on the run beating all sorts of muscle cars and supercars in various drag races. This electric car is specially produced by American automotive and energy storage company, Tesla. The Tesla Model S has been considered a great competitor in the field of drag racing because of its capability to launch from 0 to 60 mph in just a matter of 2.8 seconds with the P90D version.

Meanwhile, sprinting to this speed takes 4.2 seconds and 5.2 seconds, for the 90D and 70D, respectively. It has a top speed of 155 mph for both the P90D and 90D versions, and 140 mph with the 70D.

Now all this will not be possible if not for its 70 kWh battery pack. Recently, someone came up with the idea for the Tesla Model S to race with something other the usual drag racing cars. For their joint promotion, Tesla and Australian national airline Qantas have decided to pit the greatest rivals of all time – the Tesla Model S and a Boeing 737 into a drag racing event. That’s something out of the ordinary, right?

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Honda Aircraft Company has completed all function and reliability (F&R) test conditions for its HondaJet, the company's top honcho announced at the National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition.

Honda Aircraft Company President and chief executive Michimasa Fujino also disclosed that the company is now concluding F&R flights for the HondaJet. He said that F&R tests with the United States Federal Aviation Administration should allow for HondaJet type certification and entry into service.

He added that Honda Aircraft is expecting FAA type certification of the HondaJet "very soon." The F&R tests simulate typical, in-service flight operations for a new aircraft design. The sets of tests include takeoffs, landings and system operations, as well as failure cases and approaches. Also included are the aircraft's operations in hot, cold, and humid environments.

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As you may know already, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor was unveiled this week at the Detroit Auto Show, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also surprised us with a rival for the new pickup: the 2015 Ram Rebel. The new Ram Rebel can be easily distinguished thanks to the all-new grille featuring prominent billet silver “RAM” letter badge, blacked-out Rebel grille tops, a brand new front bumper with durable powder-coated surface, billet silver skid plate, as well as new front tow hooks and LED fog lamps.

Moreover, the vehicle features black bezel bi-functional projector headlamps with LED market lights and a twin-snorkel sport hood. From the side, we see the wheel-arch moldings, flat-black badge, mirrors and lower body panels, as well as new 17-inch aluminum wheels.

The rear end shows the new “RAM” stamped tailgate, a rear bumper featuring the durable black powder coating with flared cutouts around the dual chrome-tipped tailpipes and new taillights that incorporate black bezels to match the headlights.

Read the entire article Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel is the answer to the Ford F-150 Raptor

Besides the impressive GT supercar, Ford also brought at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. The big surprise is found under the hood, where the 2017 F-150 Raptor carries a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine bolted to a 10-speed transmission.

According to Ford the 3.5-liter engine more powerful than the current 6.2-liter V8, which delivers 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. In addition, the new F-150 Raptor is 6-inches wider than the standard aluminum-bodied F-150 and features its first-ever dual-exhaust and new 17-inch wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires.

Furthermore, the pickup truck uses an all-new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case, with an advanced version of off-road mode driver-assist technology. Ford says that the Raptor’s new case capable to manage power distribution between the front and rear wheels.

Read the entire article Detroit Auto Show: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is our kind of truck

The 2015 Detroit Auto Show promises to be a big event, at least for Ford, which will unveil the redesigned F-150 SVT Raptor and the brand new Focus RS. As expected, the new SVT Raptor will use an aluminum body, just like the standard 2015 Ford F-150 and we expect to show the well-known aggressive design, which is perfect for travelling across the desert at high speeds.

There are no details regarding the debut of the new F-150, but according to Raj Nair a.k.a. company’s group vice president and chief technical officer, the cadence is reasonably close to the base vehicle.

The current SVT Raptor is priced at $46,190, including the $1,195 destination charge. We expect the new model not to offer a dramatic price increase.

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Lingenfelter teamed up with Southern Comfort Automotive in order to create the Chevrolet Silverado Reaper. Available at select dealerships across the United States, the new truck aims to take on the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor and just like its rival it will be available with several upgrades.

The most important upgrade is found under the hood, where the pickup truck features a Lingenfelter supercharger while the engine was chipped. The body was also restyled and the new truck comes with a high clearance bumper with reinforced skid plate, an integrated rigid flood light system, daytime LED running lights, Fox Racing Suspention, Reaper 20-inch wrapped in 33-inch off road tires and rock guard/side steps.

Moreover, the vehicle comes with a new Corsa Performance Exhaust Package. Furthermore, there is a serialized Reaper badging, auxiliary switch panel, a Reaper Gauge Package and custom stitched headrests covers. As an option, Lingenfelter comes with a rear graphics package, just like the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor and a set of 17-inch beadlock wheels wrapped in off-road tires.

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Honda Aircraft Company has achieved two significant milestones in the development of the world’s most advanced light jet, the HondaJet. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued the first Type Inspection Authorisation (TIA) certificate for the HondaJet. FAA has also recently certified Honda Aircraft Company’s customer service facility as a Part 145 repair station.

TIA is considered as a pivotal point in the development and certification of a new aircraft. During this final testing phase, a nose-to-tail FAA review is expected to result to HondaJet type certification and first customer deliveries to customers.

“Achieving FAA Type Inspection Authorisation is a tremendous milestone for the HondaJet and a significant step toward type certification,” remarked Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company.

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The first HondaJet production aircraft is almost completed, Honda Aircraft Company president and chief executive Michimasa Fujino has disclosed during the Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition of the National Business Aviation Association. Honda is now assembling six production aircrafts and is on pace to complete build activities on the first production aircraft.

Honda said that they expect the production workforce to double as they prepare for market entry. The testing program for the HondaJet is also making steady progress.  The company expects to get FAA Type Inspection Authorisation in the next few months.

The HondaJet program has already flown over 4,000 test points and has done numerous missions to remote testing sites across the United States. The testing program includes testing at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, which houses the largest environmental testing chamber in world.

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Honda Motor Co Ltd. expects the United States Federal Aviation Administration to certify its HondaJet small passenger jet in late 2014. This means that the unconventional-looking HondaJet would not be allowed to fly in the US until it receives its license in late 2014. Honda originally expected the HondaJet to receive flight approval this year, but the green light was delayed no thanks to a minor issue in the certification procedure, which has since been resolved.

Honda spokesman Shigeki Endo said that while there was a minor issue in the process of the engine approval, the fundamental design of the jet is “not being swayed by this." He remarked that HondaJet has logged several successful test flights and Honda is pressing on with more flights.

The engines of the HondaJet are located on top of its wings, a configuration that Honda says allows for more cabin space and better fuel-efficiency than rival business jets. According to Endo, while HondaJet uses a lithium-ion battery like the grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet, the delay in approval has nothing to do with the battery system.

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Ford unveiled today the 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition, a new version of its popular pickup truck that adds new touches to Raptor's existing Luxury Package such as a Ruby Red Metallic exterior color and box-side graphics. The interior was not forgotten and the 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition features Brick Red seat bolsters with black inserts and cloth honeycomb highlights, a console top finish panel and center stack and new door panel appliqué accents.

Moreover, the Raptor Special Edition is also available in Tuxedo Black Metallic. The 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition will go on sale this fall and will be powered by the same 6.2-liter V8 engine producing best-in-class 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, bolted to an electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode and SelectShift Automatic functionality.

The 4WD system features electronic shift-on-the-fly capability for the transfer case. The front axle features a Torsen differential with 4.10 to 1 gearing. The rear axle is also 4.10 to 1, with an electronic-locking differential.

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Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is already an extreme pickup, but if you want more we have the solution: the Shelby Raptor! Unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show, the new Shelby Raptor takes the impressive Ford SVT Raptor to another level and adds a 2.9 liter supercharger on the massive 6.2-liter V8 engine but also a new Shelby Borla exhaust system.

The result: the Raptor delivers 575 hp, from 411 hp! The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that transfers the power to all four wheels. Moreover, the Shelby Raptor comes with 35-inch Goodrich All-Terrain tires and optional custom wheels. Pricing starts at $17,995 and does not include the standard Raptor.

The production is limited to 100 units, and Shelby will built these units per model year. Each will be numbered and documented with a unique Shelby CSM number and entered into the official Shelby Registry. "As a native Texan, Carroll Shelby loved powerful trucks," said John Luft, president of Shelby American. "Carroll connected his love for trucks with his passion for performance on several projects, with the first one over 30 years ago. The latest Shelby truck was created to conquer any terrain with serious velocity."

Read the entire article New York Auto Show: Shelby does the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

A replica of the latest Ford F-150 SVT Raptor high-performance truck is already available and quickly selling out at the toy shops near you. In fact, sales of the Ford high-performance toy truck seem to be a reflection of the top-selling stature of the actual car, which posted a 40% increase in 2012. Already, sales of Raptor licensed products are leading their categories in the toy and gaming segments.

Kids of all ages like playing with the pickup truck and manufacturers know it. The licensing demands on Ford Motor Co. have become so high that the truck has replaced GM’s Hummer brand as the most desired licensed truck. How popular the Raptor’s licensed merchandise is reflects its top position in the performance truck market.

Because of its image as the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup, its sales have gone up this year by 20%, surpassing the record last year. Raptor sales reached the peak in October and November, its first and second best sales months ever. Mark Bentley, licensing manager, Ford Global Brand Licensing, said that when the Raptor was launched in the toy and video game companies three years ago, the company was confident that it had a “winner” in the model.

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After a year of various completed various flight, systems and structural tests, Honda Aircraft’s fifth FAA-conforming test aircraft is now in final assembly and is set to become the first HondaJet having a full production interior. The tests the HondaJet was made to undergo include crew seat crash tests, speedbrake testing, ultimate load tests, EASA windshield bird strike testing, wind tunnel icing tests and night lighting testing.

Honda Aircraft recently completed the first in a series of remote testing to authenticate the HondaJet’s performance under extreme temperatures. Honda Aircraft conducted hot-weather flight tests in Yuma, Arizona, which included critical case tests for both aircraft systems and infrastructure like hot fuel testing, fuselage structure temperature validation and powerplant and electrical generator cooling.

The company employed a 42-foot, custom telemetry vehicle in October to assist in remote location testing of the HondaJet. The mobile telemetry truck was designed to replicate the telemetry capabilities at Honda Aircraft’s global headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. The mobile telemetry truck is a fully self-contained telemetry system used to monitor aircraft data during flight testing.

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