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2017 Ford GT rolls off production site wrapped in Verde Mantis

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.

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Refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang offers better fuel economy

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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Lincoln-bodied Mustang seen on Reddit looks absolutely dreadful

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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New Ford police vehicles – hybrid sedan and F-150 – are now pursuit rated

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Would you like to have your pizza delivered by a self-driving car? This might seem too futuristic, but realistically, it won’t be long before customers ordering from Domino’s Pizza would get their ordered pizza from a self-driving vehicle by Ford Motor Co.

This comes as Domino's Pizza and Ford have entered into a collaboration in which they would assess and understand the role that self-driving vehicles could play in pizza delivery. According to the companies, randomly-selected Domino’s customers in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will soon receive their pizza delivery from a Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle.

Set to be implemented over the next several weeks, this collaboration project will have the Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle driven manually by a Ford safety engineer and staffed with researchers. Participating customers could track the delivery vehicle -- through GPS – via an upgraded version of Domino’s Tracker. As the self-driving vehicle nears its destination, the participating customers would receive instructions – through text messages – on how to receive their orders. Participating customers would have to unlock and open Domino’s Heatwave Compartment inside the Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle by inputting a unique code.

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Most automakers are looking into electrifying their current models; that is, if they have not done so yet. But some manufacturers like Ford have offerings that are being overlooked, until recently. This is because the company finally announced that they will come out with at least four new hybrid vehicles by 2019, Ford reveled when asked by Automotive News. For the first time, they will be electrifying future crossovers and SUVs, unlike before where they just focused on hybrid sedans.

To be more specific, the company said that they will be developing a plug-in hybrid version of the Escape, and a hybrid version of the Expedition. Their upscale line Lincoln will also be following the eco-friendly trend with hybrid versions of the MKC and the Navigator - where the Expedition and Lincoln are scheduled for a 2019 release.

But that’s not all they have in mind as these hybrid SUVs will then be followed by a hybrid Mustang as well as the new F-150. We do not know which models will be released first, but we do know that all six models should be launched in the market by 2020. According to Automotive News, Ford invested around $4.5 billion to bring in 13 EVs and hybrids to the market.

Read the entire article Ford will release Expedition and Lincoln Navigator hybrid SUVs in 2019

Fifty years after its glorious victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford launches the 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition at the 2017 Monterey Car Week. The red racing livery with white stripes is a tribute to the Ford GT40 Mark IV and its team headed by racing legends A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney during the famed endurance racing event in 1967.

Garen Nicoghosian, head of exterior design for the car, recounted how the first Heritage became a success. According to him, he’s attributing this achievement not only to its history in Le Mans racing but also to its modern interpretation. The first one is a tribute to the GT40 Mark II driven by Chris Amon and Bruce McLaren in 1966. Dubbed as the 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition, its livery consists of black body paint with two silver GT stripes.

To carry on with its tradition, Ford looks back once again this time with the GT40 Mark IV race car from the year that followed. Considering the GT40 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for four consecutive years (between 1966 to 1969), we can now safely assume this ’67 GT won’t be the last Ford Heritage edition in the series.

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Today, it is the new Ford GT that people are talking about. The model packs 647 horsepower (482 kilowatts) and comes with a hefty price tag of $500,000 - definitely a car many people want but can't afford. But even with all the hype it’s getting, it cannot compare to the first ever Ford GT40 Roadster that was ever built. That fact alone makes it extra special, but even more because it is completely original and is good as new.

The best part is that it is on sale, and we are confident that it won't last very long in the second hand market before it’s snatched up. The roadster is currently being sold on Classic Driver by way of Girardo and Co. It is one of only six prototypes built. This is actually the last one with all-original parts, which include the 4.2 liter V8.

On the outside, it has an off-white livery contrasted with blue racing stripes down the middle. To match this livery, it had been given a set of 6.5-inch Borrani wire wheels at the front, and eight inches at the rear. The wheels can be seen wearing Goodyear racing tires. This 1965 GT40 comes with a great history too, as it had been driven by world champion Jim Clark and inspected by Ronnie Spain, a GT40 expert.

Read the entire article First ever Ford GT40 Roadster is currently up for grabs

Here are some things that potential buyers of the Ford F-150 and Ford Expedition could look forward to for the 2018 model year. The 2018 models of the F-150 pickup truck and the Expedition sports utility vehicle are now available with new engines that don’t only offer greater performance, but also provide better efficiency than the mills they are replacing.

Ford notes that the 75 percent of 2017 F-150 trucks sold were powered by V6 engines. Thus, the carmaker is now introducing new engines, including a new V6 mill. The 2018 F-150 could be powered by a new 3.3-liter V6 engine that provides more power output and torque – as well as more efficient -- than the larger 3.5-liter V6 it replaced. Ford was able to squeeze greater levels of performance and efficiency into this smaller V6 engine by adding dual port and direct-injection technology.

Compared to 3.5-liter V6 engine in the 2017 F-150, the new 3.3-liter V6 mill in the 2018 F-150 produces 8 hp more max output (290 hp at 6,500 rpm) and 12 lb.-ft. more peak torque (265 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm).

Read the entire article Ford brings out new powerful yet efficient engines for 2018 F-150 and Expedition

A standard Ford Focus RS that you get straight from the factory comes with a 350 horsepower (260 kilowatts) turbocharged engine and an all-wheel drive system. That is already quite fast for a Ford Focus to begin with, but there are just some people who want more. In this case, we are referring to UK-based tuner Mountune. But instead of complaining that the car is not powerful enough, they introduced an M400 upgrade for the said model instead.

But before we get into that, let us first talk about the upgrade that the company introduced last August. Ford gave the Focus RS a little push in terms of power, by increasing its output from 350 horsepower (260 kilowatts) and 350 pound-feet (474 Newton metres) of torque to 375 horsepower (276 kW) and 376 pound-feet (510 Nm). This was made possible, thanks to the custom air filter, the air re-circulation valve, and the new ECU. Now, the new upgrade can even push the 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine to an extra 25 horses (18 kW).

Going back to what I mentioned earlier, Mountune can unlock the Ford Focus RS’ power so it can achieve 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) and 413 pound-feet (560 Newton-metres) of torque. This is after they add a high-flow induction kit, a new turbo re-circulation valve, a high-flow hard pipe, and a high-performance alloy intercooler, and an upgraded ECU. All these upgrades have their own roles to play in improving the car’s performance.

Read the entire article Mountune offers M400 power upgrade for your 2017 Ford Focus RS

For many people, the idea of a vehicle that can deliver exceptional off-road capabilities is typically seen as mutually exclusive with a comfortable interior. All of that is expected to change with the reveal of the customized Ford Ranger.

Created by Carlex Design in partnership with MS-RT Road Technology, this Ford Ranger can take on any terrain while making sure that occupants get to experience total comfort. Though this combination may come as a surprise to many, what is more surprising is how the team calls this customized version. The two companies have dubbed this off-roader as the VR/46. It’s quite surprising that the name is inspired by motorcycle racing champion Valentino Rossi, a racer known mainly for winning races on the track instead of on the dirt roads.

In terms of actual contribution, Carlex was in-charge of refurbishing the interior. Looking into the cabin therefore, one is likely to see Nappa leather upholstery with both the console and the center of the seats revealing stitched patterns. Meanwhile the seatbacks and the headrests are embroidered with the VR/46 letters. The design of the steering wheel shows the middle having a striped pattern with a number of sections decorated with leather. According to Carlex, these changes ensure that comfort and overall grip are both improved. When it comes to the color, majority of the interior shows different shades of black though the gearshift has a yellow strip which gives the inside that needed flash of color.

Read the entire article Carlex and MS-RT create Ford Ranger with off-road capability and stylish interior

Earlier in July, we talked about the limited run 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 that will be put up on auction. This is one of the few models out there that have an impressive car-to-wing ratio. The Cosworth powered Sierra was born in the 1980s when Ford wanted to try the Sierra hatchback in a different setup. Only 500 units of these were made – all of which shared the whale-tail design. Most of them had a black exterior while a few were in white, some in moonstone blue, and only one example was grey.

Under the hood is a 2.0 liter engine that features a Garrett turbocharger, enabling the car to produce 224 horsepower (167 kilowatts) and 204 pound-feet (277 Newton-metres) of torque. It may not be as powerful as the race car variant, but it still is pretty fast for its time. If you did not know, the track-only model can generate an impressive 500 horsepower, and when tuned, can be pushed to 570 horses even.

With the Cosworth-powered engine, the road-going model with a rear wheel drive setup can still beat a lot of cars in our generation. It can attain the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint in just 6.2 seconds, and can continue on to a top speed of 153 miles per hour (246 kilometers per hour).

Read the entire article 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 sold at auction for £20,000 higher than estimate price

Romanian automotive media publication cars.ro earlier said that the new Ford Fiesta will no longer be offered in the United States. Robert Stiller, Ford’s vehicle program manager for the B-segment, said that since the demand for such vehicles is declining in North America especially in the US, the new generation Ford Fiesta is targeted only at markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Aside from the US, the B-segment is also becoming less popular in China and Latin America, which very much explains why the company is responding accordingly. It should be noted that Ford hasn’t made any official announcement yet but is likely to confirm the matter any day now.

It can also be recalled that the B-segment sales in the US have significantly declined in the last few years. To support this, Autoevolution recounted how Ford was only able to sell around 48,807 units in the country from the previous year. A 31% drop, the figure marks a significant decrease in Fiesta’s sales performance compared to the 71,073 examples sold in 2013.

Currently, Ford is busy showing off the 2018 Ford Fiesta to potential clients and European automotive journalists. The company has no difficulty in selling roughly 300,000 units in Europe every year. Motor1UK’s Editor Alex Goy, one of the first to get his hands on the new Fiesta, was nonetheless impressed with the new car.

Read the entire article 2018 Ford Fiesta may not be offered in the US due to sluggish B-segment sales

Earlier this year, Ford had already begun deliveries of the Ford GT. However, the company has been experiencing some delays at their facility in Canada. This means that the next few GT supercars may take a little longer to get to their respective owners. The reason for the delay is due to supplier constraints and issues related to homologation testing

But Ford has already sent out letters to customers who will be receiving their Ford GTs later than the original schedule. According to Automotive News, Ford stated in the letter that “the craftsmanship required to build these vehicles for global markets has required that we adjust our original timing projections”. These letters were even signed by Global Marketing Manager Henry Ford III and Ford Performance boss Dave Pericak.

Having said that, the company did not mention when the Ford GTs will be delivered specifically. Instead, they will update the customers within the week providing them with a three-month delivery window. It is said that they have also nearly completed the ramp up process, and when it has been completed, they will be able to build one Ford GT a day. From now to 2020, there will only be 250 examples of the Ford GT to be built.

Read the entire article Ford GT customers will have to wait a little longer due to supply constraints
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