Archive for March, 2012

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2013 Ford Explorer Sport brings SHO-like performance to big CUV [UPDATE w/video]

March 28, 2012

(from John Neff, autoblog.com)

The last time we remember talking about a high-performance Ford Explorer was 2007 when a rare Saleen Explorer XP8 popped up on eBay Motors. For the 2013 model year, however, Ford will start producing high performance Explorers right at the factory. Dubbed the Explorer Sport, this new addition to the Explorer lineup sports the same twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 found in the Taurus SHO, Flex, F-150 and Lincoln MKS and MKT. It produces the least amount of power in this application – 350 horsepower – and while Ford doesn’t mention torque figures in the press release below, we can assume somewhere around 350 lb-ft.

(read the entire article HERE)

 

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Shelby unveiling 950-horsepower, street-legal Mustang

March 27, 2012

(from Chris Woodyard, usatoday.com)

Speed demons tingling for even more brutal power are about to be able to come within a whisker of breaking one of their most hallowed barriers: 1,000 horsepower.

PHOTO GALLERY: See the Shelby 1000 in development and in action

The automotive aftermarket outfitter founded by auto legend Carroll Shelby is introducing a modified Ford Mustang that it calls the Shelby 1000 at next week’s New York Auto Show. As the name implies, the racetrack-only version of the car will get more than 1,100 horsepower. The street-legal version will come in at 950.

(read the entire article HERE)

 

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What’s the furthest you’ve travelled by car?

March 21, 2012

What is the furthest you’ve travelled by car?

Boasting Ecoboost technology and sporty options, the 2013 Ford Fiesta ST is perfectly suited to give you a thrill from the downtown streets to the racetrack.

Take a peek at the new Fiesta ST in this video from the 2012 Canadian International Auto Show!

http://youtu.be/PhgufRG0T_Q

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The New 2013 Mustang…

March 16, 2012

Everyone has an Inner Mustang.  Unleash yours…

http://youtu.be/HiyhXf_KVc0

 

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2013 Ford Escape with 2.0 liter EcoBoost can tow up to 3,500 pounds

March 15, 2012

(from Omar Rana, egmcartech.com)

The 2013 Ford Escape with the 2.0 liter EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder engine allows the model to tow 3,500 pounds – bet in class among small SUVs.

“The next closest competitor, the Volkswagen Tiguan, has a tow rating of just 2,200 pounds, while turbocharged versions of Kia Sportage and Acura RDX have tow ratings of 2,000 pounds and 1,500 pounds respectively,” Ford said in a statement.

The towing capacity is roughly equal to two jet skis or a snowmobile and the trailer that they ride on.

(read the entire article HERE)

 

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Shelby American celebrates 50 years

March 15, 2012

(from themustangnews.com)

Starting today, Shelby American is hosting its 50th anniversary bash in Las Vegas, NV. Scheduled from March 14 – 17 , the event will help celebrate five decades of automotive excellence and innovation with a Cruise-in, car show, 50th anniversary banquet, two full track days and more.

“The 50th anniversary marks one of the most significant milestones in Shelby American’s history,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “Our celebration in Las Vegas will be   one of the more significant stops of Shelby American’s nationwide anniversary tour and the most action packed event for Shelby fans yet. Attending this celebration will be among the most sought-after and coveted event tickets of the year.”

(read the entire article HERE)

 

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Ford Motor Co. Looks to Foods and Crops for Greener Cars

March 14, 2012

(from David Macaulay, hispanicbusiness.com)

The car manufacturer Ford would like people to think its cars are good enough to eat. It may not be so far from the truth.

During a conference in Williamsburg Thursday, attendees heard about how the company is increasingly seeking organic materials such as soy beans, sugar and wheat products in the manufacture of its vehicles.

Angela Harris, a biomaterials research engineer with Ford in Dearborn, Mich., was the keynote lunch speaker at the 2012 Virginia Grains and Soybean annual conference at the Williamsburg Marriott.

Although the drive to incorporate more sustainable materials in the manufacture of cars is relatively new, beginning just over a decade ago, Harris said Ford’s long history of seeking to use these materials goes back to the days of company founder Henry Ford.

(read the entire article HERE)