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There may be several owners of the Ford Focus RS who have experienced seeing white smoke coming out from the exhaust of their performance-laden hatchback. Now, the American carmaker has admitted that a version of the engine powering the Focus RS for the 2016 and 2017 model years is causing this issue, Autocar has reported.
The issue became apparent after some Focus RS owners took their predicament to Focus RS forums and even posted videos about their concerns in social sharing site YouTube. Some owners even reported that the engine – an early version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost mill – couldn’t be repaired by their dealers. Ford confirmed that the engine could develop an issue that causes it to consume coolant fluid. When the engine burns the coolant fluid, it would emit a white exhaust smoke as a result. So far, Ford hasn’t divulged the official cause of the issue, which reported affected cars with as little as 6,000 miles on their odometers.
A spokesman for the carmaker told Autocar that Ford is working on a repair for all customers, which may mean that even Focus RS models not exhibiting the issue would receive the fix. But before Ford rolls this out, it is saying that customers may bring their rides to their dealer – for an inspection and repair under warranty – if their Focus RS are showing the aforementioned symptom of white exhaust smoke. So far, Ford has only replaced affected engines with new mills built to the latest specs under warranty.Read the entire article Ford opens up about exhaust smoke problem of 2016-2017 Focus RS models
Ford has just stepped up its game by electrifying its models for the police, fire and government market. This special edition model of the Fusion Energi, which is officially known as the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. Though this model was not made for pursuits, the four-door vehicle can cover as far as 500 miles (805 kilometers), including 21 miles (34 kilometers) that’s propelled by electric power alone.
According to Ford, they believe that this sort of setup is perfect for officials like detectives, police and fire chiefs. This model will be up for grabs starting December this year, but deliveries will not begin until summer 2018.
What powers the Special Service Plug-in Hybrid is the same battery that they use in the Standard Fusion Energi, and that is a 7.6 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery that can be charged on a level-two 240 volt charger in just two and a half hours, or a conventional 110 volt outlet for 7 hours.Read the entire article Sales begin in December for Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan built for the Police force
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.Read the entire article SpeedKore showcases Robert Downey Jr.’s bespoke Ford Mustang Boss 302
Green Car Reports recently reported that Ford North America has just stopped producing its C-Max Energi. While speaking with Dan Jones, Ford North America’s Communications Mgr., it has been confirmed that the electric version of the C-Max has bowed out of the assembly lines while its hybrid version is expected to come next in the following year.
The recent decision could be due to the C-Max series’ unfulfilled sales expectations. Ford has only delivered a total of 40,690 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids from October 2012 up to the end of October this year. For a while now, it has also been wildly anticipated that Ford will soon be replacing it with some new models. Given that the company has just started testing its new Ford Escape Energi plugins as well as the expected arrival of the new Ford Focus Energi, the C-Max Energi’s production course has inevitably ended.
For one, The C-Max Energi has never been as popular in the US market. Despite selling a total of 2,374 units in 2012 followed by 7,154 in 2013 and 8,433 in 2014, the sales volume never really took off as much as the Tesla Model S or Nissan LEAF or Toyota Prius or even Chevy’s Volt and Bolt EVs. Even so, Ford has sold as many as 7,591 C-Max plugins in 2015, 7,957 in 2016 and 7,181 in 2017 and has stayed consistently among the top ten hybrid models in the country. Ford only has one remaining plug-in hybrid model under its portfolio and that is the Ford Fusion Energi with the same powertrain.Read the entire article Ford C-Max Energi discontinued, C-Max Hybrid to continue assembly until mid-2018
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.Read the entire article Track-only 2018 Shelby 1000 will be loaded with 1,000 horsepower
It was not very long ago when we first saw the Ford F-150 Raptor, and already we have seen a number of interesting variants of the said model. From a police truck, and now to an Xbox One X Edition, that was specially made for gamers. Its release is timed to nearly coincide with Microsoft’s launch of its newest gaming console, the Xbox One X, on November 7. It will be the fourth generation Xbox console since it was first launched. This videogame-inspired F-150 Raptor is showcased at the 2017 SEMA Show in Vegas. Of course, it is dressed in a unique Xbox livery and has got a number of added performance cues.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Xbox One X Edition was designed with a number of video-game inspired design elements such as custom graphics, paint, and even the upholstery - all of which are inspired by Xbox One X’s internal codename “project Scorpio”. The exterior is finished in a subtle matte grey paint, with matching white accents all over, and of course, Forza Motorsport decals by the front wheel. Some of which include a giant “X” as well as the words “Project Scorpio” across the windshield. This truck is basically an Xbox on wheels.
To make it even more special, it had been given custom wheels, bumpers, a chase rack, and some green LED lighting of course - the same hue that has been used on every Xbox since 2001. There are performance modifications that come standard like the Fabtech six-inch lift kit, upgraded Alcon brakes, and Addictive Desert Designs intercooler and a Ford Performance Borla exhaust. However, it was not mentioned whether this would give the standard Raptor added horsepower. But without any modifications whatsoever, it does deliver an impressive 450 horsepower (335 kilowatts) from its 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6.Read the entire article 2017 SEMA: Ford F-150 Raptor takes inspiration from Xbox One X
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.Read the entire article Vaughn Gittin Jr’s Ford Mustang RTR will make its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show
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.Read the entire article 2018 Ford Mustang GT offers more power and bolder looks with new Performance Pack Level 2
This is definitely one of the hotter versions of the so-called hot rod. Using the chassis and body of a 1930s vehicle from Ford, the creator of this hot rod installed a semi-modern eight-cylinder engine from Ferrari boosted by a pair of turbochargers. Throw in a number of complementing parts and a satin red finish, and the result is a classic hot rod with a 950-hp Ferrari engine.
Essentially, this hot rod from the 1930s already boasts of a power level already beyond the supercar of the present times. It features the chassis, box and stainless inserts of a 1932 Ford. Aside from these parts, all are outsourced or modified, especially its engine. This hot rod also comes with a 1932 Ford three-window fiberglass body finished in Vintage Flatz satin red. Also provided are power windows as well as pop up doors.
Gone is the original engine of this 1932 Ford, but in its stead, a powerful 1989 Ferrari V8 engine with a capacity of 3.0 liters has been transplanted. Featuring a compression ratio of 9.1 to 1, this V8 unit is believed to be sourced from a Ferrari 308 and is similar to the mill found inside the engine bay of the Lancia Thema 8.32. For this particular hot rod, this Ferrari 3.0-liter V8 engine was even made more powerful thanks to the installation of the Twin Turbonetics Turbochargers as well as its one-off stainless steel high-flow headers courtesy of Alan Lee as complemented by pre-bend tubing from Cone Engineering.Read the entire article Red 1932 Ford Hot Rod burns with 950-hp V8 bi-turbo engine from Ferrari
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.Read the entire article 2018 Ford Mustang GT comes with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires as standard
A monster in a sporty elegant outfit, the 2017 Ford GT started rolling off the carmaker’s Multimatic facility in Markham, Ontario in Canada in February this year. There are 250 units bound to be produced annually for four years (total of 1,000). Nevertheless, it’s quite a stunning sight for a new Ford GT to be wrapped in a greenish finish similar to same to that of Lamborghini’s Verde Mantis green wrap.
Of course, it won't take long for a Lamborghini fan or enthusiast to recognize that this greenish shade wrapping on the new 2017 Ford GT is somewhat lifted off from the Lamborhini-exclusive color palette. It could be the same shade, but it could also be just something similar. Some have even opined that this greenish shade on the Ford GT is a neon green glow typically associated with radioactivity. Perhaps, the color of this 2017 Ford GT was inspired by the intense power of radiation, knowing that this all-new supercar packs some dynamic power itself. Whatever the inspiration is of this strange color on this new 2017 Ford GT, only its owner knows.
The debate may rage on of whether the color of this Ford GT is derived from Lamborghini’s palette, but one thing is clear for us, it sure looks good on Ford’s fastest production vehicle on track. This greenish shade attracts attention whether it is being driven or just lurking at a parking lot. Moreover, it sends chills to more than a few onlookers as it exudes power in an eccentric yet effective manner. Whether people like it or not, this color is a choice made by this Ford GT’s owner, who is lucky enough to be one of the 1,000 customers to own this new American supercar.Read the entire article 2017 Ford GT rolls off production site wrapped in Verde Mantis
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.Read the entire article Refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang offers better fuel economy
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.Read the entire article Lincoln-bodied Mustang seen on Reddit looks absolutely dreadful
In 2011, Ford announced the retirement of certain vehicles including the Ford Crown Victoria, the Police Interceptor Sedan that is based on the Ford Taurus, and the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility - vehicles that served as options for many police forces around the United States. But just recently, Ford introduced the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan and the new F-150 Police Responder to further expand its range. And both models are now pursuit rated.
To become a pursuit rated vehicle, the car must go through a test that includes driving 32 laps around the Grattan Raceway. Undergoing these laps evaluates the vehicles’ features such as its durability, pertaining to how its powertrain, suspension, brake, and tire systems perform.
After going through tests, the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, which we first heard of in April, did better than the Crown Victoria when it comes to efficiency, and it is faster too. The former returns an EPA-estimated mile per gallon rating of 40 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 38 mpg combined, while the latter does 16 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined rating.Read the entire article New Ford police vehicles – hybrid sedan and F-150 – are now pursuit rated
Van-Sport, the creator of Ford custom vehicles, has just added a Rally edition for the famous Ford Transit Custom MS-RT commercial vans. The R-spec edition, which will be limited to only 50 units and provides as much as 208hp, is especially made for the 2nd year anniversary between Van-Sport and its British partner Malcom Wilson of M-Sport motorsport company.
Seen recently at the 2017 Rallyday event in Castle Combe racing circuit, the Ford Transit arrives with a handful of new upgrades over the standard Transit Custom MS-RT. One of which is the brake kit that the company has been talking about in the past several months. The custom specialist has also added some special options including the 208hp power increase and an uprated rear suspension. As standard, the Transit Custom packs only a total of 170 horsepower.
Since the R-Spec is an upgraded version of the Custom MS-RT, the van is already equipped with an 18-inch OZ Racing alloy wheels and a bespoke bodykit. Similarly, the double cab in van is offered as a five-seater configuration and features dual sliding side doors and rear tailgate. Due to the MS-RT upgrade, the vehicle received additional goodies such as power convertor, a LED powered load space lighting plus a satellite navigation system with reversing camera.Read the entire article Limited-edition Ford Transit gets the WRC treatment
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.Read the entire article Liberty Walk creates wide-body kit for 2017 Ford Mustang
The original classic Ford Bronco has become more relevant lately, thanks to the upcoming release of the all new version of it. The classic 1966 Bronco will make its way to this year’s 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas to be displayed before it heads to an auction later in the year.
In collaboration with WD-40, Vaccar built this custom first-generation Bronco to mimic the many uses of the brand. It had been designed with a unique blue and yellow livery on the exterior, accented with a single black horizontal line that runs through the sides, as well as the mirror caps and blacked out roof. The front fascia gets a bright yellow frame that matches the same shade of yellow around the wheels. There is also a WD-40 logo that is etched on the front fender.
From the looks of it, the Ford Bronco had also been raised up a little and has got a larger set of wheels wrapped in off-road tires. Though not everybody may be fond of the design of the WD-40 themed Bronco, with the blue finish and bright yellow accents - just like that of Ikea. Take note that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.Read the entire article WD-40 themed Ford Boosted Bronco by Aaron Vaccar prepares for 2017 SEMA Show
It was in February when Ford revealed the new Fiesta ST, just before it made its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. But it is not until next year that the model goes on sale in both three- and five-door variants. Today, the entry level Ford Fiesta, and the sporty ST Line trim can already be purchased in Europe. But in the United States, they will have to be content with the old Fiesta for now as the 2018 model year is set to arrive with only minor changes.
Most importantly, what people should know is that the US-spec Fiesta will retire and that the seventh generation model will not hit the stateside. This news was recently shared to us by the European Director of Ford Performance, Leo Roeks, when he was interviewed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The automaker says that there is a low demand for this class in the United States, which led them to make the decision to eventually get rid of the Fiesta in the market. If sales are low, having large inventories would be a big problem.
In other news, Volkswagen bosses made a decision of not bringing the new Polo to the United States, including the much sexier Polo GTI. Another sad news for US customers is that Toyota will also be discontinuing the supercharged Yaris GRMN as well. In fact, the new Yaris will actually be very limited, even in Europe, where only 400 examples will be sold around the continent.Read the entire article New Ford Fiesta ST will not be available in the United States
Does the RS Edition and its LSD feature deserve all the media attention? The short answer to that is yes. Let us explain why. Ford today has revealed its new Focus RS Edition together with the complete details about its latest features, price and specifications. While on stage at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new hatchback is seen to be wearing a stunning new look while dressed in Nitrous Blue body paint and fitted with blackened front splitter, spoiler, roof, and black 19-inch wheels.
The hatchback’s stunning new features are also seen along the RS Edition’s more angular and more aggressive front grille and bumpers which are even more enhanced with its massive spoiler and large exhausts down the vehicle's rear section. Beyond the menacing appearance, you will also find Recaro carbon fibre sports seats inside plus a pair of folding side mirrors on both sides of the exterior.
What’s more interesting however is that the new model receives Ford’s 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine, which is capable of up to 350PS that would allow the hatchback to run from a zero to 60mph in as quickly as 4.7 seconds. Needless to say, Ford has added the latest mechanical Quaife limited slip differential (or LSD) that should significantly improve the RS Edition’s handling and traction more than ever.Read the entire article Ford Focus RS Edition rises a notch higher with new Quaife limited-slip differential
Ford Ranger is currently Ford’s best-selling pickup in Europe, delivering over 23,000 units since the start of 2017, that is a 12.1 percent increase compared to last year, and marks the best year for the Ranger since it launched. Having said that, the blue oval isn’t ready to come up with its successor just yet even if people have been talking about a next generation Ford Ranger. So instead of doing so, the automaker will reveal a special version they call the “Black Edition” instead. Expect to see this wow audiences at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this month.
The Black Edition will solely be based on the Limited trim, and it will be featuring an Absolute Black paint, de-chromed, and a blacked-out grille, alloy wheels, bed bars and exterior details to match the look.
Some of the features this limited edition version includes would be a set of gadgets like the satellite navigation and SYNC 3 multimedia system, featuring an eight-inch touchscreen display, front parking sensors and rear view camera and dual-zone electric climate control. The power folding door mirrors are now heated, while it gets a set of seats with leather trim.Read the entire article Ford will be unveiling a limited-run Ranger Black Edition at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
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