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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.Read the entire article Self-driving 1965 Ford Mustang to attempt first-ever Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb
The Ford F-150 Raptor is probably one of the coolest offroad vehicles out there, and the great news is that the automaker already has planned upgrades for the 2019 model year, to make the already rugged pickup even more capable. The upgraded truck will be easier to drive even on extremely bumpy roads, and this will be out in dealerships by the end of the year.
The Blue Oval will further improve the Raptor suspension after already fitting larger diameter FOX Racing shocks for the 2017 model year upgrade. The newest version features Live Valve technology that varies compression rates to adjust the damping to the terrain ahead.
This adapts to the terrain in real time to actively maximize handling, comfort and bottom out resistance. Sensors found on the suspension and body can monitor what’s happening while tweaking the setup accordingly. The technology will even be aware of when the pickup is in the air when it jumps, stiffening the dampers to ensure a smoother landing.Read the entire article 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor is easier to drive in bumpy roads
In 2017, actor and wrestling legend John Cena got in trouble when he purchased a brand new Ford GT, and then decided to sell it to another buyer. Because of this, Ford sued Cena for half a million dollars for violating the contract that stipulated that any Ford GT owner must not sell the unit within two years after purchasing it.
Cena decided to countersue Ford and this case is presently winding its way through court. Now, it seems like someone has not gotten the memo, as Motor Authority has noticed that a new Ford GT was put up at the Mercum auction block in Indianapolis this week. Of course, Ford had already begun investigating the situation.
Ford has revealed that they are aware of this and that they are looking into the situation. However, they will not comment on individual customer matters. Ford spokesman Matt Leaver pointed out that Ford GT customers come in to sign contracts, which include an agreement to not sell the car for at least two years.Read the entire article Ford is investigating Mecum auction for illegally selling 2017 Ford GT
A few days back, we discussed that Ford’s plan involves retiring most of its compact cars and sedans and replacing them with SUVs. However, there would be two small models that will remain in the lineup -- the Mustang and the Focus Active, at least for the United States. So what is the automaker’s reason for doing so? Well, the answer is as simple as this - money.
To support that statement, Jim Hackett, Ford’s CEO said in his interview with Automotive News that they have decided to just focus on the healthier part of the business, referring to trucks and crossovers. In the first quarter of 2018 alone, the company’s sales of $3 billion all came from this segment. Soon, 90 percent of all sales will come from this.
The CEO added that they will soon deal with the parts of the company that destroy value. He, of course, is speaking of sedans and hatchbacks. In fact, by 2022, they hope to uncover $25.5 billion in savings with the switch to SUVs and trucks. This is double the amount identified back in October ($14 million).Read the entire article Why is Ford getting rid of its sedans and hatchbacks?
Several years ago, on April 15, 2013, Ford and General Motors signed an agreement to jointly use automatic transmissions that both automakers had developed. This was developed mainly for models like the F-150 and the Mustang. For the former, their part of the deal was to share its own 10 speed gearbox to rear wheel drive cars with GM, and in return, they will be able to use the 9 speed gearbox which they can use in front wheel drive crossovers, for a smoother and more efficient drive.
The gearbox seen in this photo, the Hydra-Matic 9T50, which was originally introduced in Chevy models with the 2017 Malibu, 2017 Cruze Diesel and the 2018 Equinox will not find its way inside a Ford model. Rather, the automaker opted to use an eight speed box for models like the Edge and the MKX that replaces the Lincoln Nautilus.
So what made them change their mind? Well, Ford believes that GM’s transmission is not good enough to handle the extra weight that comes from the new gear. That is not all, because it also argues that it does not justify the increased cost required for it to adapt to the Ford models. AutoPacific Inc. analyst, Dave Sullivan, even joked that if he was offered a transmission that did not require much work, outside of tuning it for a specific vehicle, he would take it and run.Read the entire article Ford won’t use GM’s 9 speed automatic transmission due to cost, efficiency snags
Aftermarket tuner Roush is largely known in the automotive industry for turning Ford Mustangs into monsters that produce insane amounts of horsepower. Now guess what? The tuner has entered the super duty truck market and has recently unveiled the 2018 Roush Ford Super Duty F-250, and this thing looks pretty sick!
Taylor Bloor, vice president for global sales for Roush Performance, said that this is the perfect car for drivers who want an aggressive, no-compromise look for their pickup truck, making it an ideal entry into the Super Duty market. This 2018 Roush Super Duty F-250 doesn’t only look intimidating with its offroad stance, but it also is not afraid to get dirt on it. It is reliable and functional, and it is cool too.
Similar to most Roush tuned cars out there, the Roush F-250 gets a number of added pieces that make it look tough. Firstly, it had been given a Fox 2.0 Performance suspension system along with a 1.5 inch leveling kit. The body sits on a set of 20 inch wheels with integrated bead protection. During Roush’s press release, they said that the capped chrome wheels can withstand Ford’s factory towing capabilities. These are wrapped in BFGoodrich KO2 All-Terrain 35.3 inch tires that provide all the traction you will need. It also has a new exhaust system that can be heard around your neighbourhood.Read the entire article Roush’s first foray into truck market is an insanely jacked-up 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250
Despite the fact that many customers are choosing crossovers more than other types of vehicles, Ford continues to offer its compact car, the Focus, for the 2019 model year. The newest model comes packed with technology, new interior and exterior design, and better materials. Ford had just revealed the Euro spec version in Germany, while the US spec will follow in the second half of 2019.
The 2019 Ford Focus will be making use of Ford’s new C2 platform, meaning that aerodynamics, crash performance and interior space will all be improved. Its wheelbase has also grown by 53 millimeters, increasing the cabin space, but keeping the front and rear overhangs short.
The new Ford Focus doesn’t just boast good looks and a sleeker body as aerodynamics has also been improved and Ford has managed to lower the drag coefficient to 0.250 for the sedan and 0.273 for the hatchback. The Ford Focus has also lost a lot of weight, down to 194 pounds (88 kilograms), cutting down fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 10 percent.Read the entire article 2019 Ford Focus gets new design, lots of tech
Production of the Ford Focus RS is scheduled to end exactly on April 6, but there might not be a long wait for the next one to get on the production line. According to our sources from Autocar, Ford’s hottest hatchback might actually arrive as early as 2020. This also brings back rumours that the new RS could get a hybrid powertrain.
If reports are accurate, the 2020 Ford Focus RS will keep the 2.3 liter turbocharged four cylinder. It might also get additional tuning which might slightly boost its output. Another improvement will come from a mild hybrid setup consisting of a 48-volt electrical system and integrated started generator. Overall, the system will be able to offer as much as 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) and 425 pound feet (576 Newton metres) of torque. It will only be available with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox though.
Autocar suggests that the hybrid system could bring other driving advantages to the Ford Focus. To be more specific, engineers might tweak the tech to contribute a boost of power when gears are changing, so that there would never be a lull in torque delivery. The integrated starter generator could also add a little bit of power from a launch.Read the entire article Let’s address rumors about the next-gen Ford Focus RS
Ford have recently been dropping hints about a new Ford Fusion, and what I mean is that they will soon reveal the redesigned sedan for 2020. But even before this, they are already considering a minor upgrade for the mid-sized 2019 model year. Some of the more noticeable upgrades include visual cues on the outside like a new grille and LED driving lamps up front, as well as a new trunk lid panel and LED tail lights in the rear.
As for technology, the Ford Fusion has now been given Ford’s driver assist systems, which they had just rebranded as Co-Pilot360 earlier this month. Now, this comes standard throughout the Fusion line.
Having said that, even the base model Fusion S will be equipped with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, auto high-beam headlights, and a rear backup camera. If you want to opt for something more premium, then there is also the Co-Pilot360 Assist. This adds adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, voice activated navigation with Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link.Read the entire article 2019 Ford Fusion Facelift is not sleeker than its predecessor
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.Read the entire article Ford Mustang GT gets California Special treatment for 2019 model year
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.Read the entire article Limited edition Ford Mustang Iacocca is up for grabs at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2018 sale
The Ford Edge Facelift recently made its debut with a United States specification, and now, it is time for us to see the new Ford Edge with its European face. We are slated to see the company’s most technologically advanced SUV ever at the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show in early March, just before it goes on sale in European dealerships this year.
Similar to its American relative, the refreshed version of the European Edge will receive a wider radiator grille with unique finish that is different from every trim level. What’s also standard across the range now are LEDs on both the headlights and taillights, with LED daytime running lamps, which can be added as an option.
Under the hood of the European Ford Edge is the same 2.0 liter diesel engine, as the company decided that no gasoline motors will be added. Another highlight here is that the EcoBlue version of the diesel will be utilizing an advanced turbocharging system that enables it to carry out 238 horsepower (175 kilowatts). Ford promises that they have worked on the low-end torque and noise, vibration and harshness, while providing smooth and linear acceleration too.Read the entire article European spec 2018 Ford Edge Facelift debuts with new biturbo diesel
In today’s world, there are a lot of pros and cons that this highly digital world has brought to us. We’ve become so used to instant gratification that having to wait for something we really want can be excruciating. When most things can arrive in what seems to be a blink of an eye, a wait of nearly two years to get your hands on the Ford GT must feel terrible. That is indeed a serious type of punishment.
This is the experience of about 6,500 car enthusiasts from all over the world who applied to purchase one of the first 500 Ford GT supercars. Yes, this model has been available in the United States for quite some time now. That’s why it’s a big deal when you’re one of the first persons in Europe to get the keys to the GT.
The lucky customer who is the first to receive this GT in Scandinavia is Jason Watt. He used to be a racing driver in Denmark. Back in 1999, he got into a major motorcycle accident, which resulted to his body being paralyzed from the chest down.Read the entire article Ford GT deliveries in Europe finally started, Scandinavian customer is one of the first to get the keys
After unveiling the all-new 2019 Ford Edge ST at the Detroit Auto Show, the American carmaker is doing a surprising yet essential follow-up to the range-topping crossover model at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show – the all-new 2019 Ford Edge Titanium Elite.
As its name implies, the Ford Edge Titanium Elite is a step up from the Titanium package, while still lurking below the Platinum. In a sense, the Titanium Elite could be considered as Platinum Lite, although the moniker chosen is more indicative that it is one of the higher-spec models of the all-new Ford Edge. The introduction of the Edge Titanium Elite is Ford’s way of taking advantage of the fact that a good number of Edge customers prefer higher-specs version when purchasing a new crossover.
Ever since introducing the Edge in 2006, Ford has already sold more than 2 million units around the world, over 1.3 million units of them handed to customers in the United States. In fact, sales of all high-spec SUVs and crossover in Ford’s lineup have surged 6 percent in the past four years.Read the entire article 2019 Ford Edge Titanium Elite is unveiled at 2018 Chicago Auto Show
At the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show next month, we won’t be seeing the all new Ford Focus. But there’s something else there that we’re sure you’ll want to see for yourself. The automaker’s entry level model in Europe, the Ka+, is currently going through some physical changes. Sources say that it will also come with an Active version, like that of the Fiesta Active that came out last year.
The pseudo crossover is more than just what’s apparent on the exterior. It has got a new plastic body cladding, and its suspension has been raised by about +23 millimeters / 0.9 inches. It now has a wider track as well as larger front anti roll bars.
The automaker also decided that they will tweak the electronic power steering as well, therefore making the Ford Ka+ Active feel more like a crossover when being taken out for a ride. Dampers had been retuned as well, enabling a smoother ride when driving on bumpy roads, while the new Active Rollover Prevention system has an updated security, for when you strap your luggage on the roof.Read the entire article Active variant of 2018 Ford Ka+ comes with crossover-like features
Unlike about a handful of automakers out there, Ford claims that they do not care about breaking lap records. Recently, the GT supercar shattered the fastest lap time at Virginia International Raceway. In fact, they were able to achieve this in “less than ideal circuit conditions”, and with only a small support crew, and a driver (Billy Johnson) who has never lapped that circuit before.
The Ford GT came home with a record time of 2:38.62 after their recent visit to the Virginia International Raceway, but the automaker claims that they do not intend on building on that record - sorry GT fans.
Ford also recently told the Drive that they will not be going to the Nurburgring (or any other track) anytime soon to compete with vehicles like the Viper ACR and Corvette Z06. Right now, the GT may be the fastest car out there, but Ford would rather focus on building new vehicles than spending their time trying to prove to be better than the rest.Read the entire article Ford says GT supercar won’t attempt to break any lap records
After all the talks about the Ford Ranger’s return to the United States, as well as the revival of the Bronco (finally!), it is so easy to forget other things like the Explorer. Since 2016, the automaker has been testing the next generation Explorer out in the open, and it has been a while since the first time we saw spy shots of it. But recently, sources have come out to disclose major modifications done on the 2020 model year Ford Explorer. Its production is slated to begin in 2019.
Ford insiders have told The Truth About Cars that the sixth generation Explorer will be given a significant makeover, one of which is its use of a new rear wheel drive platform, specifically the new modular CD6 architecture.
Its body panels will likely be built mostly out of steel, and it will be assembled at an assembly plant in Chicago. Similarly, its Lincoln-badged counterpart will share the same platform as the Explorer and will be built in the Windy city. It will also have a body made out of steel too.Read the entire article 2020 Ford Explorer to have rear-wheel-drive platform, ST variant delivers over 400 hp
Last year, Ford confirmed that the Ranger will finally return to the United States market. And here they are now, pulling the wraps off the 2019 midsized pickup. It has an all-new design that was made specially for the US. Having said that, it is slightly different from the Rangers we have been seeing overseas.
One can easily recognize the 2019 Ranger as a Ford even in a pool of midsize pickups. This is because of the horizontal bar grille and its unique vents on the front fenders. The flared fenders give the truck its toughness, while the angled windshield is meant to reduce drag and wind noise. A Ranger logo can also be found on the tailgate. The truck has short overhangs which are meant to improve off-road approach and departure angles. Two variations of this will be available, a SuperCab (half rear doors) and a SuperCrew with four doors.
Ford Ranger is being marketed at those who live in the city, but who are adventurous enough to explore the outdoors. Simply put, the pickup truck strikes a balance between the city and the outdoors.Read the entire article 2019 Ford Ranger marks nameplate’s US comeback with 2.3L EcoBoost power, FX4 Off-Road version
Ford Motor Co. has unveiled its all-new new Edge. With this, the brand’s SUV range will now include the highly popular ST variant. This new model comes just as Ford has recorded the best sales for its SUVs in the U.S. market.
Making this newest offering even more unique is that this will be the first SUV from the brand to be tuned by none other than the Ford Performance team. Powering the Edge ST is the specially tuned twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. It can deliver an output amounting to 335 hp with peak torque at 380 lb.-ft., making it the segment’s most powerful V6 engine.
Paired to the powerful engine is the automatic quick-shifting 8-speed transmission with a standard all-wheel drive having selectable traction control. A performance brake package is offered and a sport suspension is tuned for the ST. All of these result in dynamic handling.Read the entire article 2019 Ford Edge ST gets improved looks, power boost, new ST trim
Ford Motor Co. revealed that it will be offering a new Power Stroke 3.0-liter V6 engine for its F-150 trucks. With this addition, customers now have a total of six choices for the engine of the F-150.
The new engine is capable of delivering 250 hp with peak torque of 440 lb.-ft., figures that customers are sure to love. Fuel efficiency meanwhile is expected to be at an EPA-estimated value of 30 mpg highway. Towing capacity is projected to be the best for its segment at 11,400 lbs. with payload capacity measured to be at 2,020 lbs.
This latest engine was designed by none other than the same powertrain team responsible for coming up with the Power Stroke 6.7-liter engine used in Ford’s Super Duty trucks going back as far as 2011. The new engine was developed in order to meet the specific demands of F-150 customers in North America. These are customers that haul and tow more frequently compared to customers in other markets. Proof of this is the fact that the maximum torque is accessible at 1,750 rpm, with strong torque being delivered all across the rpm range. These features make the F-150 the best vehicle to haul, or even tow, heavy loads across long distances.Read the entire article First-ever Ford F-150 diesel version is set to arrive this spring, specs released
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