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The Ford Shelby GT350 was Ford’s answer to the new Camaro Z/28 and the car Ford enthusiasts had been waiting for. It came with more aggressive exterior styling that reduced aerodynamic drag, a new front splitter, angled ducts in the grille, a vent on the hood, and real vents in the lower fascia that help to keep the front brakes cool under heavy load. It even had a belly pan to help increase air flow through. And, Ford even replaced the 5.0-liter with a 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V-8 that delivers an awesome 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. So, it’s got the credentials of a track-ready car and was marketed as such, but a bunch of owners of this “track-ready” car say it’s not track ready at all and seek financial compensation from the blue oval for being duped into thinking it was.
Apparently, the GT350 will suddenly lose speed and power once on the track. And, in some cases, this can happen in as little as 15 minutes. That doesn’t sound like it makes for a fun day at the track, does it? As the story goes, it has been found that base model GT350s or those equipped with the technology package can overheat due to defective transmissions and rear differentials that overheat without external coolers. As such, the computer detects the overheating and puts the car into limp mode, causing it to lose power and slow down suddenly – something that not only ruins your run at the track but also poses a serious safety issue if there’s anyone close to you when limp mode is activated.
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When Warner Bros. was filming the 1968 film Bullitt starring Steve McQueen, and his co-star, a 1968 Dark Highland Green Mustang, rumor had it that one Mustang was sold to a private owner – the one used for close-ups – while the stunt vehicle was sent off to the scrap yard. A true shame, indeed, but did it really happen? Maybe not. See, recently it seems that the stunt Mustang was found stashed away in Mexico, decades after was last seen. The worst part: Someone was going to turn it into an Eleanor. Not that you can blame someone for wanting an Eleanor, but it would have been a literal tragedy had someone made all of those modifications.
Apparently, the current owner and the shop that was slated to do the conversion did some research, and the VIN matched that of one of the two movie cars. Considering the other car is still stashed away in someone’s private collection, it’s not hard to at two and two together. There’s supporting photo evidence as well. User Fede Garza over at Vintage-mustang.com has posted images of the VIN, reinforced shock towers, and even the hole in the wheel well for the exhaust outlet of a generator that was used to power movie lights mounted to the vehicle.
The original poster claims he’ll be posting more images in the near future, and that an inspector was on his way to verify the authenticity of the car as the second Bullitt car. So for now, it’s still up in the air, and there is a lot of skepticism circulating about the story. Personally, I tend to wonder if this is a marketing ploy by Ford to draw interest.
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If you’re a car fanatic, you’ve probably seen C’était un Rendez-Vous, a film made back in 1976 by Claude Lelouch that showcased a car hauling ass through Paris early in the morning. It was an interesting short, to say the least, and showed off various landmarks and areas of Paris. For the 40th anniversary of the movie short, Ford has decided to do a reboot of the original, this time with 360-degree views and a woman behind the wheel of the 2018 Ford Mustang.
Of course, things have changed since 1976, which means there are a few things missing from what was shown in the original video. But the anniversary video, which is being called Re-Rendez-Vous,” does follow a similar route and shows off landmarks like the Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, and Sacre Coeur Basilica, among others. On top of that, the driver in this video is a female who ultimately meets up with her boyfriend after a delightful cruise.
With that said, I won’t break down the video any more than that, so go ahead – click play and enjoy the reboot for yourself.
When it comes to iconic movie cars, “Eleanor” from Gone in 60 Seconds is one of the most prominent Mustangs that comes to mind, but “Eleanor” isn’t the only old-school movie Mustang worth remembering. Remember Steve McQueen’s dark green Mustang Fastback in the movie Bullitt? Well, if you’ve seen the movie you would, because that dark green Mustang, like “Eleanor,” partook in a pretty sweet car chase. Over the years there have been two special editions that have worn that special Bullitt badge with the first being offered in 2001 and based on the GT model at the time and another back in 2009. Both were available in Dark Highland Green paint and got a few upgrades that included suspension tweaks, custom exhaust, upgraded brakes, and even an engine upgrade or two. Now, a recent behind-the-scenes video posted by The Rock is leading some to believe that the Bullitt badge will make another comeback.
If you click play, you’ll get to see The Rock talk about spending time in Ford’s wind tunnel, which is interesting, but what really catches the eye are the renderings behind some of the crew in the video right around the three-minute mark. The Mustang in the rendering features a dark green paint, dark five-spoke wheels, and there’s even a crosshair-styled badge on the rear. Of course, we only get a quick glance at the rendering in the background, but the guys over at Mustang6g.com all seem to think it is indeed the next iteration of a Bullitt Mustang.
So far, Ford has remained silent on the matter. But, considering the iconic pony car has now been updated, it’s quite possible that Ford will be releasing another special-edition model with the Bullitt badge soon – even as early as later this year or in early 2018. For the record, the 2001 Bullitt model was sold in 5,582 examples while the 2009 model only saw 816 examples built. Now that Ford has found out what it is like to have people beating down its door to get on a buyers list (thing Ford GT) it’s quite possible that this Bullitt model will have an even shorter run that may not even top 500 examples. For now, however, that’s all we know, so go ahead and click play to see what could be the next Bullet for yourself.
You gotta love old Mustangs. The look, the smell, the tire-squealing torque – it’s all classic muscle car stimuli that’s sure to evoke something if you’re even the least bit interested in cars. As such, it’s a platform that’s seen a ton of reimagining over the years, from light modification to complete overhauls. This particular restomod falls towards the more extreme side of that spectrum, boasting an incredible 1,000 horsepower at the rear wheels. Responsible for the build is Timeless Kustoms, a speed shop based out of southern California, which took its outrageous pony car down the road a little ways to Jay Leno’s Garage in order to give the former Tonight Show host and lifelong car guy a looksee.
“Today’s featured vehicle,” Jay begins, “1965 Ford Mustang Fastback, so far from stock that it’s hilarious. This is exactly the kind of car that just gets the comments section going.”
What started as an unblemished six-cylinder coupe was transformed into what it is now through 10,000 hours of exhaustive tweaks, tuning, and modifications. Timeless Kustoms did a complete teardown before hitting it full force with the upgrades, and clearly, pulled no punches in executing the build.
But let’s get to the party piece under the hood. Providing motivation is a 5.1-liter Coyote V-8, which gets a supercharger and two turbos to stuff an insane amount of air into the cylinders.
At over 23 minutes, the video is a bit on the long side, but there’s plenty of footage of the build and a healthy amount of tech specs to get you excited for your own wrenching adventures.
Last month we covered the story about how the 2017 Ford Mustang miserably failed Euro NCAP testing, earning the worst rating out of the 15 recently tested vehicles: two out of five stars. It did worse than a number of models, including models like the Hyundai Ioniq, Audi Q2, and even the SsangYong Tivoli. It’s a bit surprising, but testing showed that there is a high chance for upper-body injury and head injury for rear passengers during frontal crashes and a high possibility of whiplash for rear passengers in side-impact testing. Front passengers are also at risk of injury thanks to those airbags that don’t inflate properly. Meanwhile, a similar U.S.-Spec model performed fairly well during IIHS testing, with “Good” ratings for Moderate overlap, side impact, roof strength, head restraints, and seats, to go with an acceptable rating for small overlap testing. So, what separates the U.S.-spec and Euro-spec models? A serious lack of equipment and it proves that the blue oval has its sights on something other than safety.
The two-star NCAP rating can be blamed on the lack of safety equipment for rear passengers, semi-autonomous safety technology, and the fact that the front airbags that didn’t deploy properly. See, the Euro-spec model doesn’t get things like a forward-collision warning system or other safety features like lane-keep assist or pre-collision assist – all things that are standard or available on U.S.-spec models. There are no rear seatbelt pretensioners or load limiters which means lots of body movement for rear passengers in the unfortunate event of an accident. One child test dummy was even found to have slid under the seatbelt during a full-width frontal test while the other smacked his head on the interior trim.
So far, Ford has remained largely silent on the issue but, according to NCAP, has said that orders placed after May 2017 will be for the facelifted 2018 model that will include pre-collision assist with pedestrian protection, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, and a lane-keeping aid. It’s great that Ford wants to rectify the situation with the facelifted model, but what does the failed testing of the current model really mean?
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The facelifted Ford Mustang did pretty well here in the U.S. when the IIHS put it through the paces at its crash test facility. It scored “Acceptable” in small overlap testing, and “Good” it moderate overlap, side collision, roof strength, and head restraints and seats testing. But, Ford fans over in Europe are stuck with the pre-facelifted model for a bit longer, as it didn’t perform all that well in Euro NCAP’s crash testing, scoring just two stars out of five when everything was said and done. In fact, out of the 15 cars recently tested by NCAP, including models like the Volvo V90 and S90 duo, the Audi Q2, Hyundai Ioniq, Suzuki Ignis, and even the SsangYong Tivoli, the 2016 Mustang was the absolute weakest link.
Now, before we get into the results, I want to make note that the Euro version of the Mustang doesn’t have all of the same equipment that’s found on the U.S. version, including things like seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters in the rear and a Forward Collision Warning system, among others, so that two-star rating isn’t completely representative of how safe the Mustang is, but it’s troubling nonetheless. Where the Mustang really failed was in relation to rear passengers, where the lack of pretensioners and load limiters play a huge role. In full-width frontal testing, rear test dummies showed significant potential for injury to the upper body, and thighs. Rear seat dummies also showed a high possibility of whiplash during a rear impact. Rear sitting children also have the potential for head injury during lateral impact and torso injury during frontal impact.
Front seat passengers saw mixed ratings during the Frontal Offset Deformable Barrier testing with the driver having adequate protection over most of their body, with the neck and thigh protection rated as good. The front passenger saw adequate protection for head and lower legs, while having good protection of the neck, torso, and thighs. During rear testing, front seat occupants received a marginal rating for whiplash protection. It should also be noted that the front driver and passenger airbags didn’t inflate properly on frontal offset testing, which also led to such a low rating. During the full-width front test, the rear passenger slid under the seat belt while the rear child dummy smacked his head on the interior trim during side impact crash testing.
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New Technology, Attractive Looks, and Energetic Power to Keep Mustang Convertible Competitive Through 2020
The facelifted Ford Mustang had a somewhat awkward debut when a leaked promotional video forced Ford to pull the covers off the updated pony car a little earlier than expected. That may have pushed the timetable forward a bit, but probably not much. Just a few days after the coupe made its unexpected debut, Ford has taken the liberty of announcing the facelifted convertible version that comes with all of the bells and whistles found in the new coupe, but with unlimited headroom and an overwhelming desire to hit the open road feel the breeze in your hair. Like the coupe, the 3.7-liter V-6 is a thing of the past so, when it hits dealers this fall, you’ve got a big choice to make – succumb to having a four-cylinder muscle car or with the 5.0-liter V-8.
Speaking of the engines, the convertible gets the same drivetrain upgrades as the coupe, which means that little EcoBoost should see an increase in torque, while you should find that the V-8 offers a little more bang for your buck. So far, Ford has kept official specs of the updated engines under wraps, but I suspect the 2.3-liter will see a 20 to 30 pound-foot increase in the Torque Department while the 5.0-liter could be raised to as much as 450 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The latter of which would make for a 15 horsepower and 20 pound-foot increase over the pre-facelifted model.
As far as the body goes, it also gets all of the same updates that are found in the coupe, which means it has more muscular rear haunches, new LED headlamps, a redesigned front fascia, and a slightly redesigned grille. The biggest changes come in the form of exterior lighting with LED lighting up front, redesigned taillights, and redesigned taillights. The EcoBoost models should see the same dual-exhaust outlets while the GT will get a more aggressive quad outlet setup. Both models get a new rear diffuser that helps them look a little better from behind. Three new paint colors will be available for the exterior to go with 12 different wheel options.
Inside, the updated Mustang is brought into the modern ages with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster that is customizable based on your personal preferences. There’s the addition of something called MyMode that remembers your specific driving preferences when you enter the car, and the addition of Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection – a feature that should make Cars and Coffee meets a little safer for everybody, don’t you think?
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The history of the Ford Mustang extends more than 50 years, and in that span, a the muscle car’s legacy has been defined by a number of custom tunes and special edition models. As rich as that history is though, there is one model that trumps them all, largely because Shelby only built one model of it as a prototype. That model was the 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, and to this day, it remains as the most expensive Mustang ever sold when it fetched $1.3 million at a Mecum auction back in 2013.
Over the years, Ford has revived the Super Snake name a number of different ways, most recently with the 2015 Shelby Super Snake, a special edition Mustang that was limited to just 300 units. Fast forward to this year and the Super Snake name is making another comeback with the launch of the Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition. Yes, the one-and-only original 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and for a car that has turned into arguably the most iconic Mustang in history, a special edition run of 500 units (499 more than the original Super Snake!) is the least Ford can do to commemorate the original Super Snake.
Like with most special editions, the 2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition comes with a long list of exclusive features and details, including new bodywork from Shelby, commemorative appointments to indicate its status, and best of all, the option to get the car’s power up to 750 horsepower.
The 2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition may never have the lasting legacy of the legendary 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, but it is a fitting tribute to a muscle car that was completely ahead of its time in more ways than one.
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Set to break cover later in 2017 for the 2018 model year, the revised sixth-generation Ford Mustang surfaced the Interwebz earlier than planned, after a promotional clip somehow managed to slip online. Only hours after the video gave us a good glimpse at the Mustang’s new features, Ford officially launched the facelifted pony car.
Not surprisingly, Ford’s design team didn’t meddle much with the car’s exterior, but I spotted a few significant changes in the front and rear. For starters, the Mustang has a new set of headlamps. The new units are shaped differently toward the fender, with the longer corner now facing downward. At the same time, the triangular turn signal previously placed behind the headlamp has been repositioned below as a long, orange stripe. The triple LED bars toward the grille carry over unchanged, but Ford did create a new main headlamp, adding an LED ring around it.
Down below, you can see that the LED daytime running lights are also new, as are the side vents. The large openings seen on the outgoing model have been replaced by smaller, triangular outlets and I can’t make up my mind whether this new feature looks good or not. The center vent is significantly wider now, extending where the previous outlets used to be. The lower vent also has a trapezoidal shape that no longer has the rounded edges of the previous Mustang. The big splitter is still there though. Around back, there are two main features to talk about. Ford revised the taillights, giving the tri-bar design a mild C shape oriented toward the fascia, and added a larger spoiler. The latter isn’t standard though, being a cost options on all models. Below, the mildly revised diffuser gets dual-tip exhausts on the EcoBoost model and quad-tip outlets on the GT version.
In case you’re wondering why I haven’t mention the base V6, it’s because Ford dropped the 3.7-liter engine from the lineup.
Ford has yet to release engine specs, but did say that the 2.3-liter EcoBoost gets more torque. The 5.0-liter V-8 also packs more oomph, but we don’t know much beyond the fact that it is “more powerful and revs higher than any Mustang GT before.” The manual transmission has been upgraded for the four-pot, while the V-8’s is a new design that includes a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel. The 10-speed automatic that Ford announced a while back is available for both engines. Other drivetrain highlights include revised shocks and stabilizer bars, MagneRide, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires included in the optional Performance Package.
Inside, Ford promises softer materials in the more expensive trims, soft padding for the door rollover and knee bolsters, aluminum engine start button, and blue or red accent stitching for the premium seats. Ford also introduced an optional, 12-inch digital instrument cluster and MyMode, a new driving mode that enables drivers to create and save custom settings different than the basic Normal, Sport, and Track modes.
Pricing information and availability is not yet known, but Ford should announce more details soon. Stick around for a few review of the car.
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Ford Motor Company has just announced details on its massive electrification plans for the future, which include hybrid versions of existing models, new all-electric cars, as well as an autonomous hybrid. The brand plans to launch 13 new electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid electric cars in the next five years, but the biggest news is that the iconic Ford Mustang will also benefit from electrification.
According to Ford president and CEO Mark Fields, a hybrid version of the Mustang will be introduced in 2020. The first ever pony to feature an electric motor will be as powerful as a V-8 model and will boast “more low-end torque.” Specific information is not yet available, but Ford did say that the Mustang Hybrid will be built at the Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan and that it will be available in North America only at first.
Alongside the Mustang, Ford will also develop a hybrid version of the F-150 pickup truck, which will offer “powerful towing and payload capacity and operate as a mobile generator.” The truck will also be made available by 2020 and sold in North America and the Middle East. The Transit Custom van is also set to take the hybrid route. This version will be made available as a plug-in in 2019 in Europe. Ford’s electrification plans also include an all-new, fully-electric SUV with an estimated range of “at least 300 miles” and a high-volume, autonomous hybrid vehicle “designed for commercial ride hailing or ride sharing.” The latter will debut in 2021. Finally, Ford is developing two new pursuit rated hybrid police vehicles.
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The Ford Mustang – it’s known as a man’s car, a muscle car, and one to keep your distance from at any gathering of cars. But, maybe it’s not so much of a man’s car anymore, as a group of 17 women from 14 countries have just labeled it as the Women’s Performance Car of the Year for 2016. That’s right, while the Mustang is masculine and has that muscle car goodness every man loves, women really love it too. And, it’s not the only Ford that women love. The Focus RS is also widely loved by the fairer sex as it came in a very close second, nearly earning its own Women’s Performance Car of the Year title.
“Ford Mustang is surprisingly loved by women who are after a sexy, sporty, masculine car that turns heads,” said Juliet Potter, Women’s World Car of the Year jury member from Australia. “Combining the car’s silver-screen celebrity status with real-life practicality, Mustang screams, ‘I am in control!’ and delivers the same behind the wheel with above-average grip and suspension.”
The Women’s Performance car of the Year is the only vehicle honor in the world that is granted by a panel of all women. And, one could argue that they do have really good taste, as the Mustang was given the highest award after being compared to a total of 294 competitors. The women have roared. And sorry to tell you, fellas, she doesn’t want you; she wants your Mustang. The worst part is, you don’t see women crashing mustangs at car meets, so maybe they actually know how to drive them better, too. All jokes aside, this is just one of many awards the Mustang has won over its long life, and we’re sure there are more to come. Excellent choice ladies! Now, can you please teach the men in the world how to drive them?
We have a lot of nice cars here in the U.S., but there are some models we’re just not lucky enough to have. Think about models like the Volkswagen Scirocco, the Audi S1, or the recently discontinued Peugeot RCZ; all of these models graced the European market, but over here in the U.S., it has been like watching the cool kids play from a distance. And that tradition continues with two new special editions of the Ford Mustang that are being offered exclusively in the European market. Neither feature any crazy performance upgrades or anything of that nature, but one – the Mustang Blue Edition – comes in a Grabber Blue exterior finish while the other – the Black Shadow edition – gets a few blacked out details that ride against a Platinum White, Triple Yellow, Race Red, or Grabber Blue exterior color.
Unfortunately, that’s really all these models are about, but they are specced pretty nicely. For instance, the come in the fastback body style and feature Fords Sync3 infotainment system to go with navigation and the “premium” audio system. The Blue edition comes in Grabber Blue only, but it does get a blacked out front spoiler, blacked out 19-inch alloy wheels, and black racing stripes along the hood, roof, and rear deck. Meanwhile, the Black Shadow edition, which can be had in three colors other than Grabber Blue comes with a blacked out pony emblem up front, shadowed hood ridges, black shadowing on the sides, and a blacked out 5.0-liter badge on the front fenders. It also rolls on 19-inch Y-Spoke alloy wheels, that are definitely the highlight of the entire package.
On the powertrain front, the Grabber Blue Mustang can be had with the 5.0-liter V-8 that delivers some 421 horsepower and upward of 400 pound-feet of torque or the 2.3-liter EcoBoost that delivers a cool 312 horsepower and around 320 pound-feet of torque. The Black Shadow edition is available only with the 2.3-liter. Transmission options include the six-speed manual and six-speed automatic.
The sixth-generation Ford Mustang arrived in late 2013 for the 2015 model year as the company’s most advanced pony car yet. Not only redesigned inside and out, the new Mustang also gained an independent rear suspension, a first for the muscle car since its inception in 1964. The new generation also marks the return of the four-cylinder engine, with Ford having added a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost to the usual V-6 and V-8 engine lineup. On top of that, FoMoCo finally turned the Mustang into a global car, sending it to dealerships in places like Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania.
As expected, the sixth-generation Mustang has been received with great enthusiasm in Europe, where it is being offered with all engine options sans the V-6. For 2017, Ford decided to spice things up for European customers and created two special-edition models, one of which is called the Black Shadow. As the name suggests, the limited-edition model is about blacked-out exterior elements, but the package also adds extra features inside the cabin, as well as contrasting body stripes.
“Special edition Ford Mustangs have been an important part of the Mustang story for more than 50 years, and now customers in Europe can play their own part in the iconic car’s rich special edition history,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president of Ford of Europe.
This is great news for European customers and the move should open the door for other special-edition Mustangs with even more unique features in the future. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at the Black Shadow Edition.
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The sixth-generation Ford Mustang arrived in late 2013 and brought many new features to Ford’s iconic nameplate. Arguably the most important addition was the independent rear suspension, a system that the Chevrolet had adopted for the Camaro way back in 2009. The pony car also gained a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, making it the first Mustang to use one since the third-generation model. Finally, Ford made the Mustang a global car, which means that customers in markets such as Europe and Asia can buy the pony from dealerships rather than the gray market. The move was met with much enthusiasm in Europe, where countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom are home to many Mustang collectors.
While U.S.- and Euro-spec cars are mostly the same, Ford developed a special suspension system and engine internals for the European market, in order to better suit the roads and emission requirements of the “Old Continent.” Now that the Mustang has found its way into European dealerships, Ford also created a couple of special-edition models for customers on the other side of the pond. The Blue Edition is one of them, and it pays tribute to the high-impact colors that Ford offered in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
“The Ford Mustang has no trouble standing out on European roads, and with the new Ford Mustang Black Shadow Edition and Blue Edition models, Mustang drivers will be turning even more heads,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president of Ford of Europe. “Special edition Ford Mustangs have been an important part of the Mustang story for more than 50 years, and now customers in Europe can play their own part in the iconic car’s rich special edition history.”
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Ford Mustang and F-150 enthusiasts likely know American Muscle. It’s a huge aftermarket parts supplier with add-on parts ranging from cosmetic bits to full crate engines ready for a project car. Well, the retailer is throwing a huge give-away with one lucky winner taking home a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, an 850-horsepower Mustang, and an aluminum race trailer stocked full of tools and race tires!
At the heart of the package is the highly tuned Mustang. This current-gen car has a Whipple supercharger sitting on its modified 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 that makes 850 horsepower at the crank and just over 725 horsepower at the rear wheels. It comes painted in a custom Tangerine Orange paint with a unique styling package. It rides on upgraded wheels and tires that can be swapped out for the drag slicks and skinnies found on the trailer. All told, this one-off Mustang has more than $30,000 worth of aftermarket parts bolted on.
Towing duties are given to a 2017 F-150 Raptor SuperCab. It comes untouched from the factory in Blue Flame paint with the optional Black Graphics Package. American Muscle didn’t have to do anything to the Raptor’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 since it makes an impressive 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. The 35-inch-tall BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires and 10-spoke wheels reamain. The Raptor’s 6,000-pound towing capacity should be more than enough to pull the Mustang and aluminum trailer to the track.
Speaking of the trailer, it comes equipped with drag radials for the Mustang’s rear axle and skinnies for the front. It also has a full assortment of tools a race team might need in the pits.
This is perhaps the most comprehensive give-away package we’ve ever seen, so be sure to enter to win. You can enter weekly until November 11, 2016. The winner will be announced on November 25.
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The sixth-generation Ford Mustang arrived in late 2013 for the 2015 model year as the company’s most advanced pony car yet. Not only redesigned inside and out, the new Mustang also gained an independent rear suspension, a first for the muscle car since its inception in 1964. The new generation also marked the return of the four-cylinder ’Stang, with Ford adding a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost to the usual V-6 and V-8 engine lineup. In early 2017, the sixth-generation Mustang received its mid-cycle update.
Although initial rumors and spy shots didn’t suggest a major upgrade, the Mustang showed up with quite a few changes inside and out. A new front fascia makes the 2015 model seem old, while the cabin boasts significant improvements in the tech department. More upgrades were operated under the hood, where Ford added a new automatic transmission and dropped the entry-level engine. The two remaining units gained power increases. The chassis also received its fair share of upgrades to make the 2018 Mustang the sportiest pony car Ford has built to date.
Obviously, these changes were designed to bring the Mustang up to date compared to the new-generation Camaro. Naturally, the facelift will also trickle down to the higher performance versions of the current Mustang, including the Shelby GT350. But until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the newest ’Stang in town.
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Lemme tell you from a little first-hand experience – it’s usually a bad sign if you see only sky from behind the wheel of a race car. Unless you’re hitting a high-speed crest in a rally monster, catching air on all four wheels usually means you’re about to find the mean side of a physics equation. And that’s exactly what happened to Stevie Fast in his fox body Mustang when he went shiny side down in this epic drag racing crash.
The video was shot at South Georgia Motorsport Park at “No Mercy 7: World Series of Small Tire Racing,” held earlier this month. After doing a burn out and staging up, Fast and his opponent both launch cleanly, but things quickly start to go wrong for the car in the left lane.
The nose starts to tilt upwards almost immediately, and although it looks like Fast gets out of the throttle, the Mustang still goes airborne, sailing 300 feet before nearly taking out the 1/8 mile spotter camped out by the left-hand concrete barrier. The car then tumbles over onto its roof, sliding into the right lane before bursting into flames.
Luckily, no one was hurt, and the driver managed to crawl out of the wreck before emergency crews arrived to extinguish the fire.
As for the Mustang, well… maybe the steering wheel is still okay?
The Shelby GT350’s arrival with a six-speed manual transmission only was great news for purists back in 2015, but the beefed-up muscle car could get an automatic in the future. That’s the news from Road and Track, which claims, quoting information obtained from Mustang6G, that the GT350 will be offered with an optional dual-clutch automatic gearbox within the next few years. Given that Mustang6G has accurately predicted several Mustang-related details in the past, this is likely to be more than just a rumor.
There’s no word as to whether the Shelby GT350 will get a six-speed or a seven-speed dual-clutch, but word has it that Ford could use the seven-speed it offers in the Ford GT supercar. Either way, a quick-shifting, dual-clutch will improve the GT350’s already tremendous performance. With the manual model needing only 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, a dual-clutch gearbox could decrease that time to an amazing 3.3 seconds.
There’s no specific word as to when the automatic GT350 may arrive, but Ford will likely introduce the new transmission for the facelifted version of the current-generation muscle car. The updated Mustang has already been spotted testing and it should arrive sometime in 2017. A revised GT350 with the optional dual-clutch transmission could follow in 2018. Naturally, the more track-focused GT350R will also get the automatic gearbox.
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Established in the small town of Spring Green, Wisconsin, more than a decade ago, Ringbrothers is responsible for some of the coolest resto-mod cars the tuning market has spawned in recent years. Notable examples include the 1965 Ford Mustang Blizzard, the 1971 De Tomaso Pantera ADRNLN, and the awesome 1966 Chevelle that the company unveiled at the 2014 SEMA Show. Speaking of SEMA, it has been the company’s favorite event for new products in recent years, and this year’s edition isn’t going to be different. Actually, for the first time since showing up in Las Vegas, Ringbrothers will unveil no fewer than four builds at the SEMA Show.
First on the list is a 1948 Cadillac Series V that looks as if ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons would drive it around town. However, the car was actually built for Wes Rydell and his wife Vivian, known for their impressive collection of hot rods and custom vehicles. The Caddy is dubbed “Madam V” and will join the “Madame X,” another custom Cadillacs built by Chip Foose, in Rydell’s garage. The coupe melds vintage with modern features and sports a pearl white paint job, as well as carbon-fiber components.
Next up is the “G-Code,” a muscle car based on the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. The company’s only second 1969 Camaro, the “G-Code” is Rings’ fastest and most powerful Chevy to date thanks to the supercharged, LS3 V-8 engine under the hood. The coupe also features a massive number of billet components and a cool light-blue paint job with white and black stripes and golden wheels. The third car to be unveiled at SEMA is “Ballistic.” Based on a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible, it comes with a widebody kit, a supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 engine taken from a late-model Shelby GT500, and a dazzling BASF Glasurit custom hue called “Blu by U.”
Finally, Ringbrothers will also take the wraps off a custom 1972 Winnebago Brave camper van. Described as “the world’s fastest Winnebago” and dubbed “Happy Camper,” the RV packs in excess of 900 horsepower and a World War II Bomber-inspired and “party-ready” interior.
The “Madam V” Cadillac and “G-Code” Camaro will be unveiled on November 1, while the “Ballistic” Mustang and the “Happy Camper” Winnebago will be showcased starting November 2.
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