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Self-driving 1965 Ford Mustang to attempt first-ever Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb

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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Group Renault design chief compares the Dacia Duster with Ford Mustang

Can a Dacia Duster be compared with a Ford Mustang? It would be difficult to do so as these vehicles compete in different categories and segments, have different price points and different target markets. Moreover, in terms of power and performance, the Duster couldn’t be compared to a Mustang.

Nonetheless, there is one person who believes that Dacia’s budget SUV is similar to the Ford’s legendary pony car. This person is the chief of design for Group Renault -- Laurens van den Acker. Dacia, the Romanian subsidiary of Group Renault, has been building the Duster since 2009, while Ford has been producing the Mustang since 1965. Despite the Duster being just a decade old, van den Acker told Autocar that the SUV is similar to the Mustang in a sense that it is already an iconic model with an identity stronger than the brand.

Group Renault’s design chief believes that the identity of the Duster as a model is already larger than Dacia as a brand. This is similar to the iconic pony car – the Mustang as a model has a stronger identity than Ford as a brand. The Duster is iconic to Dacia just as the Mustang is iconic for Ford.

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Series 1 Mustang RTR Powered by Ford Performance is a stylish, adaptable pony car!

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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Ford officially teases Mustang-inspired full electric SUV with sketched image

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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Volvo Cars is presenting a new concept car that provides a glimpse of what the company envisions for the future of mobility. With this new concept car called 360c, Volvo Cars is essentially proposing that a fully autonomous land travel could replace air travel over long distances.

A fully autonomous concept is nothing new. Quite a number of concepts like this have been presented through the past years. But while other concepts offer a living space inside a fully autonomous, Volvo’s study -- the new Volvo 360c autonomous concept – allows its passengers to sleep like a log inside while being transported to their destinations.

The new Volvo 360c isn't just a fully autonomous car, is it also connected and electric. It is in this future that Volvo sees a holistic approach in terms of travel. As a fully autonomous, fully electric car, the 360c doesn’t have steering wheel and an internal combustion engine. Because of the absence of these components, passengers could be positioned in rows of two or three.

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Earlier this week, on exactly Monday morning, was a devastating incident that involved Uber, an autonomous vehicle, and a pedestrian. Long story short, there was a pedestrian that was hit by an autonomous Uber vehicle, and was left dead in Arizona.

The vehicle was an autonomous Volvo XC90, and the victim was a female pedestrian who had just crossed in front of the vehicle outside of a crosswalk. The woman did not pass away on the spot, and was even brought to the hospital. However, she later died due to the injuries she had on her body.

It was in Tempe, near Mill Avenue and Curry Road, where the incident occurred, said the local police. This, in fact, is the very first incident that involved a self driving vehicle. According to reports by The New York Times, the vehicle was in autonomous mode, with a safety driver behind the wheel when the incident occurred outside of a crosswalk.

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Ford is introducing a new limited edition of the 2019 Ford Mustang GT – the California Special -- that boasts of aesthetics elements derived from the 1968 original version, modern performance and styling, as well as innovative technologies.

The very first Mustang California Special was born in 1968, with design cues inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT prototype. This came to be called the California Special. The original Mustang California Special was provided with distinguishing elements like a blacked-out grille and fog lamps, as well as a racing stripe running on sides through just ahead of the rear fender scoop.

In addition, the 1968 Mustang California Special was fitted with twist-lock hood fasteners, a Shelby-inspired spoiler and custom rear lamps. The spectacular looks of the Mustang California Special prompted Ford to put it to limited production. Soon enough, the California Special has become one of the much-sought-after special edition Mustang models.

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Not a lot may have heard of Lee Iacocca, but we are pretty sure that you all know of his creation - and that would be none other than the Ford Mustang. Iacocca was the former Ford executive that turned the former concept into a reality. Not only did he turn the Mustang into production, but he also groomed it into the icon that we know it today.

To celebrate this, Ford and Galpin decided to come up with a special Mustang to celebrate the nameplate’s 45th anniversary. They named the unique version the Iacocca Silver Edition Mustang, and guess what? It will be sold off this April.

The rear wheel drive sports car will be put up for auction at the Barrett Jackson Palm Beach 2018 sale. It will be a rare treat for collectors as this is one of only 45 examples ever built and it comes with a number of unique design and performance elements to boot. This includes a special plaque in the engine bay to signify its rarity.

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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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Autonomous cars are now becoming more of a reality as carmakers and their partners continue the development of self-driving technologies. Connected vehicles now actually exist but auto companies see that more things can still be done. As cars become more connected and head onto full autonomy, there is also a growing need to secure them. As to how, BlackBerry has recommended a seven-point framework.

According to BlackBerry, cars might become more of a membership perk than ownership objects as autonomous driving technologies improve. This is because connected and self-driving vehicles become more prone to cyber attacks and failures. The company is seeing four trends in the auto industry that are causing such vulnerabilities: vehicles access, software control, autonomous driving as well as the changing state of software. Sandeep Chennakeshu, President of BlackBerry Technology Solutions, said in a statement that protecting a vehicle from cybersecurity threats requires a holistic approach.

To address such cyber risks, carmakers could adopt seven security measures, as outlined by Blackberry in its white paper.

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SpeedKore Performance Group, known for its historic and modern vehicles, has just unveiled the custom-built Ford Mustang Boss 302 at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The bespoke vintage car from the 1970s was commissioned by Hollywood superstar Robert Downey Jr. who's famous for his role as Iron Man or Tony Stark from the Avengers film franchise. Downey Jr. spent time collaborating ideas with SpeedKore to restore the Mustang Boss 302’s original design while giving it several modern-day touches.

The muscle car has been equipped with Ford Performance Aluminator 5.0-liter V8 engine with Stage 2 Ford Roush Supercharger and is paired to a Bowler T56 transmission. It is rather sad that SpeedKore hasn’t disclosed any information regarding its performance but as expected, that should probably come out much later.

Embodying the same elements from SpeedKore’s latest projects, the 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 also features lightweight carbon fiber materials which are evident on the muscle car’s front and rear spoilers, quarter extensions, fenders, deck lid, hood and bumpers. Aside from shedding tons of weight, SpeedKore has added a Detroit Speed aluminum frame, new suspension, a new set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and a new powertrain to help catch up with what's trending in the highly evolving automotive industry.

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For those of you who have been to China, you have probably noticed that their highways are very different from those in the United States and Europe. For example, each lane in China has a different speed limit. But there are many other challenges and as a result, even visitors will have to obtain local driving licenses in order to drive there.

Now, with its variations and unfamiliar rules, you would probably wonder how autonomous or driverless cars would work, right? It’s even more complicated for cars that were developed and tested in Europe and the United States. So what exactly will happen if a car made from the west was brought to the east? Well, Mercedes-Benz tried it out and has found out. Two months ago, the German automaker started its Intelligent World Drive campaign during the Frankfurt Motor Show, and they boasted that one of its features is that the autonomous driving function adapts to other countries’ ways of driving.

It was the self-driving S-Class that Mercedes-Benz brought to Shanghai, and it was tested on the streets to gather an insight of the real-life traffic and driving situations of China. This information is tasked to help develop the technology.

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Last week at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, we witnessed something that may come as a threat to the Dodge Hellcat, and it is Ford’s latest Shelby Mustang, and it has got a whopping 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts), which is why it was dubbed the Shelby 1000. The automaker’s latest kit can be added onto any 2015 or later Ford Mustang.

Unlike before, the Mustang GT will lose the 5.0 liter V8 that it once had. This will then be replaced by a 5.2-liter V8 from Shelby GT350 that will be added with a 4.5 liter Whipple supercharger that pushes its limit to an estimated 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts). Apart from the new engine, it will also get a new high-flow fuel system, intercooler, ECU tuning, and an upgraded manual transmission.

It will never be enough to just give the Mustang a new and more powerful engine, right? And because all of you probably agree, Ford does too. This is why they are giving the Mustang an all new front fascia, hood, front fenders, rockers, quarter-panels, rear diffuser, exhaust, and widened front and rear tracks. The body now sits on a fully adjustable coilover suspension, and new Brembo brakes for added stopping power. Other parts that have been added are stronger spindles and hubs, hardened wheel studs, and wider wheels and tires.

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One of the few people we know who collect high-powered modified Mustangs would be pro Formula Drift driver and motorsports enthusiast Vaughn Gittin Jr. Today, he is back with another installment, and the muscle car will make an appearance at the 2017 SEMA Show on October 31st in Vegas. One thing we expect from it, like all other RTR Mustangs, is a whole bag of horsepower.

From the outside, the Ford Mustang gets the same signature style elements from the previous model. But now, it has a more aggressive front fascia, where the grille is highlighted by LED accenting lights in triangle. It has got a meaner looking front splitter as well as a more sculpted hood too. The exterior is finished off with black accent striping on the hood and side profile, a more subtle lip spoiler, and a new set of high-spoke wheels.

Gittin has not mentioned anything in terms of this particular Mustang’s performance. However, we are guessing that it would have something close to 700 horsepower (521 kilowatts) or probably more when it makes its appearance in a few weeks. So far, the most powerful Spec 3 RTR Mustang had a supercharged 5.0 liter V8 that carries out as much as 670 horsepower (499 kilowatts) and we witnessed this at the 2015 SEMA.

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Ford announced earlier this year that it will be giving its 2018 Mustang GT an optional upgrading kit consisting of a larger radiator, six piston brake calipers, high performance tires, and so on. Moving on to the present, Ford unveils the new Level 2 performance package that is billed to fill the huge gap between the Ford Mustang’s most potent GT350 and the initially released performance pack level 1 upgrade.

It seems as if Ford did notice that “gap” from the very start and has been developing the Performance Level 2 for some time already. According to them, it will also come with a new front splitter, a custom rear spoiler, a much lower ride height, an updated steering, a new suspension, and a set of 19-inch Chauncy Eggleston wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Of course, other features from the Level 1 are also present on the new package including the enhanced chassis, improved steering, Brembo brakes with huge rotors and stability control. The Performance pack level 2’s main highlight will be the new set of wheels that are 1.5-inch wider. It has also brought the car much closer to the ground by 0.5 inch compared to the previous upgrade. Having all of these in one package will mean that the Mustang GT will not only look more aggressive but will also look like a real performer.

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The new 2018 Ford Mustang GT, when equipped with its optional Performance package, will be able to produce 460 horsepower. It also comes fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires that help it sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in just under four seconds.

It was earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show when we first saw the Pilot Sport 4S tires, which had been introduced as a replacement of the popular Pilot Super Sport. The tire manufacturer also said that the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires not only offer a 30,000-mile warranty, but also provide high performance grip levels in whatever road condition.

The Mustang GT Performance pack will be getting a pair of 255/40R19s up front, and a pair of 275/40R19s in the back. Ford engineers worked with Michelin to come up with this specific version of the tire.

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Just last year, Cruise Automation was acquired by General Motors, and today, it is the self-driving startup that is gobbling up companies on its own. General Motors is stepping their game up once more. To make things easier for them when it comes to the development of autonomous cars, they decided to acquire California-based Strobe, Inc. Not a lot of you may have heard of this company, but Strobe specializes in LiDAR technology, and that is a huge step forward for companies who are into autonomous systems for automobiles. After the acquisition, Strobe engineers will become part of the automaker’s Cruise Automation team.

Julie Schoenfeld, Founder and CEO of Strobe, Inc., said in a statement that the successful deployment of self-driving vehicles will have to depend on the availability of LiDAR sensors. Furthermore, GM and Cruise will benefit from Strobe’s deep engineering talent and technology backed by a number of patents. And hopefully, the automaker brings these autonomous vehicles sooner than we would think.

LiDAR is different from radar systems because the former uses laser pulses to “see” an area, whereas the latter relies on radar systems to do the same thing. And the LiDAR, as we know, is much more detailed as it creates a better picture of its surroundings, which translates to a more accurate processing of information. In other words, the LiDAR system can see a more realistic picture of what’s around it - from cars, pedestrians, and the road. Therefore, the LiDAR systems will play a pivotal role in the current and future development of autonomous cars. However, radars and LiDARs can complement each other to create a more robust and fault-tolerant sensing suite, operating in a wide range of environmental and lighting conditions.

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According to Ford, the 2018 Mustang not only gets a more potent powerplant but also delivers a more efficient drivetrain too. Having said that, the refreshed model is 5.6 percent more efficient than the older version when it comes to fuel economy. Another new feature is that the pony has improved handling, thanks to the aerodynamic tweaks.

For the sake of comparison, the 2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost (in automatic and manual) was rated 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined, whereas the 2018 models were rated 21 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined. On the other hand, the 2017 Ford Mustang GT in automatic and manual have ratings of 15 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined. Though the 2018 GT in manual have the same ratings, the automatic version has improved ratings at 16 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined.

Mike Del Zio, dynamics engineer of Ford, together with Jonathan Gesek, aerodynamics engineer, discovered a way to make the 2018 Mustang easier to handle. Del Zio found that high-speed cornering was not as good as the wind tunnel number indicated, which he noticed during on-track development. What he did to solve this problem was to apply a strip of duct tape over the lower gap of the grille.

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In the last 20 years, Lincoln had not built coupes, nor has it made convertibles. Now the question is, what should one do when he wants a two-door coupe that looks like a Lincoln? If that ever came across your mind, you were not alone. We actually have a concrete image of how it will look, because someone built one. Unfortunately, we aren’t a big fan of how it looks.

This photo was found on Reddit, and it is of a late-model Mustang Convertible that looks a bit off. That is because it had been given an additional rear bumper, and a Lincoln Continental-style spare tire carrier. Even without a photo, you could probably already imagine how it looks, and you are probably thinking - who in their right mind would do that?

But surprisingly, this is not the first time we have seen a Mustang with the parts or the body of a Lincoln. Having said that, Lincoln’s own Mark VIII once shared its platform with the Ford Thunderbird in the mid-1990s. Similarly, its predecessor from the 1980s, the Mark VII, was based on the same Fox platform as the Mustang.

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Japanese aftermarket tuner Liberty Walk is at it again, this time with the Ford Mustang. The tuner is known worldwide because of their outrageous and unique wide body treatments when configuring models like the Toyota Prius and the Lamborghini Aventador, plus many more in between.

As mentioned earlier, one of their latest projects would be the Liberty Walk-tuned Ford Mustang, and this is the first Mustang they have tweaked. To really make it look like it is by the tuner, they gave the example their signature bolt-on fenders, new front and rear bumpers, a new read diffuser, a modified grille, and finally a ducktail spoiler. The pony is dressed in a bright red finish to complete the exterior look. LB gave it an Airrex air suspension kit for an additional $7,900 (¥790,000), to let it sit as close as it can to the pavement.

Before we forget, the Mustang now has a set of black wheels and decals all over the body, to give some accent to its bright red body. For the full-on Works package, customers will have to be willing to spend $6,800 (¥680,000). Or they can also opt for the toned down Performance package at $4,960 (¥496,800), which only includes a tweaked front diffuser, side diffuser, rear diffuser, and a ducktail spoiler.

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