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All New Ford GT Goes on Sale

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The rumors surrounding Ford’s new approach to sales for their GT is true. Following in the foot steps of Ferrari, Ford will open up an online application process for prospective owners of the all new GT. From there, Ford will select the worthy customer and give them the privilege of owning the GT.

As a new owner of a Ford GT, you will get to customize and personalize many aspects of your car. For those who can’t fork over the briefcase full of cash, there’s always the online configurator to tide you over as you dream about your GT. As of now, no official specs for the engine has been released. What we do know is that pricing will start around $450,000 and power estimates should be north of 630hp.


Ford Plans to Design Plant of the Future in Michigan

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The Motor City holds a dear place for the blue oval company and Ford plans to stick to it’s loyal roots in Dearborn, Michigan by starting a 10 year construction plan which will deliver a state of the art corporate campus.

Ford CEO Mark Fields says, “Bringing our teams together in an open, collaborative environment will make our employees’ lives better. As we transition to an auto and a mobility company, we’re investing in our people and the tools they use to deliver our vision. Bringing our teams together in an open, collaborative environment will make our employees’ lives better, speed decision-making and deliver results for both our core and emerging businesses.”

Construction of the new corporate campus is Ford making a statement that they are committed to staying in Dearborn for a long time to come. Currently, Ford’s campus is made up of 70 buildings which looks like they are stuck in a time capsule and it houses more than 30,000 employees. The new campus design will incorporate open workspaces for employees, and have eBikes and shuttles and automous driving vehicles that will transport employees around the 7.5 million square feet campus.


Ford Focus RS is Arriving

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This is a long awaited moment for all performance Ford fans in North America. Avid motorsport fans know that the RS badging on a Ford roots itself in decades of motorsport history. Growing up in the 80’s, the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth reigned supreme. Unfortunately, Ford only created these hot hatches for the European market. Over the years, the Sierra RS Cosworth and a handful of Escort Cosworths made its way onto American soil. But for the first time ever, Ford will officially be bringing the RS badge to North American in their new Focus.

The RS Focus will utilize a 2.3L four-cylinder turbo motor that churns out 350 hp and power will be delivered to all four wheels with brake-based torque vectoring which will send up to 70 percent of the torque to the rear axle. This drivetrain combination is expected to propel the RS Focus to 100kph in 4.7 seconds.

The Focus RS should be arriving in North America by spring 2016.


2017 Ford Fusion Gets 2.7L EcoBoost

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Ford did not have much to unveil in terms of new vehicles at this year’s NAIAS, but an updated Ford Fusion was one of the vehicles. New for the 2017 Ford Fusion is a new Fusion V6 Sport trim that includes a twin turbo 2.7L EcoBoost V6 that provides 325 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The new Fusion has all the fancy parking technology from its predecessor, the hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking capability. It is also the first vehicle available with Ford’s pedestrian detection system. One new feature is the new rotary gear shift dial to help reclaim some interior space.

Subtle changes adorn the exterior, with a new black mesh grille and updated LED DRLs in the headlights. The 2017 Ford Fusion will be available this summer, but for those interested in the V6 Sport trim, you’ll have to wait a few weeks longer.

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Hoon With Friends In The New 2017 Ford Raptor SuperCrew

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It was last year at this same show that Ford surprised everyone with the second generation Raptor. Since then, we’ve all been waiting for Ford to add the SuperCrew option to the Raptor and now they’ve done just that. The wheelbase on the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew is a full 12″ longer (now 145″) than the regular cab providing plenty of room to bring a few friends and in all likelihood improving the balance compared to the regular Raptor. Under the hood is the same 3.5L EcoBoost (Raptor exclusive) that Ford continually reminds us puts out more power than the outgoing Raptor’s 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque while using less fuel. It is mated to a 10-speed (yeah!) automatic transmission that sends power to all four corners.

In addition to being quiet about the specs, Ford hasn’t released pricing yet either however if you wanted a bad-ass truck, the only reason you weren’t lining up to order a Raptor was because you were waiting for the two extra doors anyway. We’ve got more pictures of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew in our gallery.

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Ford Gas Tank Recall Impacts 452,000 Cars

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Ford has issues a recall which will impact nearly 452,000 of their midsize vehicles; approximately 411,000 impacted cars are in the U.S., 34,000 in Canada and 7,000 in Mexico. Vehicles impacted in this recall include the Ford Fusion with a build date between 2010 through 2011 and the Mercury Milan sedans built in Mexico between July 21, 2008 through March 4, 2011.

Ford says the issue is with a gas tank that can possibly leak fuel. A valve on a gasoline vapour recovery canister can get stuck which causes repeated air pressure changes in the gas tank. This constant pressure change can eventually cause a crack on the top of the tank and a potentially result in a fuel leak. Ford states that there are currently no reports of fires or injuries from the problem.

Owners are encouraged to contact their local dealers for additional information. Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s fuel tank and valves for leaks and replace them if needed.


Ford To Build More Potent Focus RS?

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I have been a huge fan of fast Fords for quite some time. Stemming from my inner desires to own Fords legendary RS Sierra Cosworth, anytime word spreads of a possible faster RS my ears perk up. This time, British based Autocar magazine quotes an un-identified inside source saying Ford is looking to build a “Super-RS” that can hit 0-60 in a flat four seconds.

The current version of the Focus RS winds its 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder all the way to 350 horsepower and 350 ft-lb of torque. It is likely that any additional performance gains will come from modifications to the driveline and putting the Focus on a strict diet consisting of carbon fiber bodywork and forged aluminum chassis parts. Word from Autocar is that a dual-clutch automatic and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential may make its way into the drivetrain in place of the manual only transmission with the normal Focus RS.

At this time, nothing is yet to be confirmed by Ford, but one can cross their fingers and toes and hope that a “Super-RS” may hit the market someday.


Ford Booth Tour – SEMA 2015

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Center stage at the Ford booth here at the 2015 SEMA Show was the Ford GT Le Mans race car, unveiled this summer, commemorates the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1966 overall victory. The new race car is based on the all-new Ford GT supercar unveiled last January in Detroit and features the most powerful production EcoBoost engine, a twin-turbo V6.

As with last year, there were numerous Mustangs, Focus, and F-150s with mild to radical modifications. The Ford booth at SEMA is always a fun booth to walk through as there is usually something different to check out. In fact, for 2015 the Ford Mustang won the SEMA Show’s Hottest Car award which is based on how many tuners/exhibitors had a Mustang on display. There were some pretty crazy Mustangs at SEMA, but my favorite one was actually in the Ford booth this year. You can check it out in the gallery below, it’s the white widebody with blue wheels built by Ice Nine Group.

Check it, and the other vehicles in the Ford SEMA 2015 booth.

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Ford Focus RS at the New York International Auto Show

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The highly anticipated Ford Focus RS hot hatch makes it’s North American public debut here at the New York International Auto Show, and it’s a stunner in person. 315 horsepower, torque vectoring AWD, and Brembo brakes will guarantee tons of excitement in this segment with the likes of the Subaru STi and VW Golf R.

The Focus RS, powered by a 2.3L Ecoboost engine, manages it’s torque through a clever AWD system that’s unique to the car. Multiple drive modes defines how the torque is managed to each wheel. A maximum rear torque split of 70% gives the Focus RS a rear wheel drive handling bias. The torque vectoring computers perform calculations 100 times per second, and pre-emptively sends torque to the outer rear wheel to aid in turn-in, greatly reducing understeer, an arch nemesis in normal AWD applications. The party trick here is the drift mode, where the traction control and torque vectoring systems allows the driver to initiate and hold high rear slip angle drifts without intervention. Truly awesome.

At the track, the Focus RS aims to outpace everything in it’s class. Stiffer springs, and 2 mode dampers lets the driver tweak the setup to individual demands required at varying race tracks. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires are standard, and for the ultimate in grip, Michelin Pilot Cup 2 R compound tires can be spec’d out on the order sheet. The only thing missing is a dual clutch transmission, as the Focus RS is only available in a six-speed transmission.

Check out our live shots after the jump.

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Xcar shows how to drive the Ford Model T

A few weeks ago Xcar posted a teaser review of the Ford Model T, a look at what the British duo would have been doing if they’d been doing their thing for 100 years. Now we have their complete, 12-minute take on the what might be, as they say, “arguably the most important car of the 20th century…


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