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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty Limited

Ford has been at the top of the truck game for a very long time. So it doesn’t come as a surprise when they claim they have made the ultimate truck. The new 2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty Limited IS the ultimate truck every which way you look at it. It’s big, it’s powerful, it’s luxurious. It’s just friggin’ awesome!

The Super Duty range of Ford pickup trucks is a pretty diverse one and offers anything from a $32,890 F-250 workhorse to an $87,100 F-450 luxury road yacht. The limited range consists of F-250, F-350, and F-450 models, all with 4×4, starting at $80,835, $82,010, and $87,100 respectively. For that kind of money you would expect to get a lot of luxury, and 2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty Limited doesn’t disappoint.

Among the main highlights and features of the 2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty Limited there is Camelback two-tone leather seats, premium stitched leather-wrapped steering wheel, armrests and instrument panel, Miko suede headliner, hand-finished dark ash wood trim, special badging set the interior apart. Outside, a special twin-bar satin grille with chrome accents, quad-beam LED lights and satin-finished tailgate applique are Limited’s unique calling cards. Each Limited also has a dedicated serial number laser-etched on the center console armrest. Granted, these have nothing to do with trucking capabilities, but how cool is it that you can have a pickup truck equipped like a Escalade?

The fact that Ford is putting so much emphasis on luxury with the new Super Duty range might seem to some people a pointless exercise. But the least we can do is let them try to explain:

“There are heavy-duty truck customers who need Super Duty-level capability and want true luxury,” Eckert said. “We created this new truck to answer the call for even more premium choices in the Super Duty range as we see more and more truck customers trending to more premium models.” More than 50 percent of the Super Duty lineup’s retail sales this year are high-end models – including Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum series. Limited goes even further. “Imagine opening the door to your humidor and sinking into your favorite leather lounge chair – that’s the sensation new Super Duty Limited inspires,” said Ford design manager Aileen Barraza.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Debuts Limited Trim on 2018 Super Duty and It’s Expensive

New vehicle prices have drastically risen over the last two decades, with pickup trucks leading the surge. Now, Ford is pushing the envelope even further by launching the Limited trim on its 2018 Super Duty Lineup. First seen on the 2015 F-150, the Limited trim had not been offered on Ford’s heavy-duty pickup line. That’s changed now, along with the max price somebody can pay for a pickup.

Check every option box on a 2018 F-450 Limited and the price can soar to $95,750!

Even the “base” price for a Super Duty Limited is expensive. For $82,130, Ford will sell you an F-250 version. That’s nearly $10,000 more than the 2017 F-250 Platinum, the Super Duty’s current top trim. Of course, it doesn’t matter what weight class Super Duty you pick, the Limited trim comes standard with just about every conceivable feature and creature comfort available in anything short of a Maybach or Rolls Royce. Two-tone leather front seats have 10-way power adjustability, heating, venting, and massage functions. A panoramic moonroof spans nearly from the windshield to the rear window. Power-folding side steps, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and full LED lighting are also present.

Tech features include Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system with its 360-degree camera system and innovative auxiliary camera for attaching to the rear of a trailer. It has adaptive cruise control with collision warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring for both the truck and trailer, and an 8.0-inch productivity screen in the gauge cluster that hosts a bevy of information, including drivetrain parameters, tire pressure monitors for the truck and trailer, and other customizable screens. The Super Duty even has Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature, which allows the driver to maneuver the truck and trailer in reverse by twisting a dash-mounted knob in the direction the trailer should travel rather than having to think about counter-steering with the steering wheel.

Naturally, the Super Duty Limited has the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel for pulling heavy loads. It boasts 440 horsepower and 925 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to pull 32,500 pounds via a gooseneck trailer in the F-450. The Super Duty can also tow 21,000 pounds from its receiver hitch and haul 7,630 pounds of payload in its aluminum cargo box – all when the right cab, bed, and drivetrain combination is chosen.

Ford has said in the past that customers of high-end, heavy-duty pickups are typically hauling expensive things, like a million-dollar yacht or a $200,000 horse trailer with a prize-winning stallion riding inside. It’s no wonder, then, why these customers won’t mind spending six-figures on their tow rig.

What do you think? Is $100,000 too expensive for an ultra-luxury truck? Will GM and Ram have to develop an equally expensive trim level to compete with the Limited? Let us know in the comments below.


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PostHeaderIcon 4WD Systems Are More Complex Than You Think

The Ford F-150 Raptor is the undisputed king of off-roading pickups – at least in the full-size segment. And now with the Raptor having entered its second generation for 2017, Ford upped the ante with whiz-bang tech that makes this Baja blaster even more capable in nearly every driving condition. Much of that tech centers on the Raptor’s 4WD system. But rather than some dogleg shifter protruding from the floor, the Raptor’s transfer case is multi-talented. It can be both 4WD and AWD, not to mention having modes for RWD and neutral. Hang on to your thinking caps, kids.

In order to make the Raptor a true all-terrain monster – meaning good on-road performance and good off-road performance no matter the type of terrain – Ford developed a special transfer case that intelligently distributes power to where it’s needed. There are four main modes, all of which are electronically controlled via both the dash-mounted knob and the Raptor’s drive modes. While the Raptor is the only vehicle that currently employs this exact system, other vehicles have had similar drivetrain setups with automatic 4WD. General Motors debuted its Autotrac system in the late 1990s. It could operate in RWD, 4WD, or a 4WD Auto mode. Likewise, the Toyota 4Runner offers a full-time 4WD system with a similar operation, minus a RWD mode. Technically speaking, this means the 4Runners has a full-time 4WD system rather than a part-time 4WD system. Land Rovers are perhaps the best-known SUV for having a full-time 4WD system. All come standard with a computer-controlled full-time system that diverts power to whatever wheels have traction. Many models go a step further by adding a 4WD Low range, which uses different gears within the transfer case to multiply torque that’s sent to the wheels. 4WD Low is best for low-speed crawling or pulling a heavy load at low speeds over a short distance, like recovering a stuck vehicle or pulling a tree off a trail.

But how’s the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor’s 4WD system work? Glad you asked; Keep reading for more – and that informative video from Engineering Explained.

Breaking Down the Raptor’s 4WD System

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has four main 4WD setting. These encompass both electronic setting and gear selections within the computer-controlled transfer case. These settings are 2 High, 4 Auto, 4 High, and 4 Low.

“The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has four main 4WD setting”

Naturally, 2 High sends power only to the rear wheels, regardless of wheel slip. However, the magic starts happening in 4 Auto. This mode engages the locking front hubs so the front axle shafts, differential, and drive shaft are spinning the same speed as the front tires. A wet multi-plate clutch inside the T-case is left as the sole break in connection to the engine’s torque. Should wheel slip occur and the computer determines more traction is needed, this clutch can partially or fully engage to send power to the front wheels. 4 Auto is great for bad weather conditions like rain or snow. Not only does it provide extra traction, but that multi-plate clutch allows for slip between the front and rear axles. Without this slip, the driveline can bind under pressure, which causes wheel scrub on dry pavement. Obviously, this isn’t good for either the driveline components or tires.

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4 High completely locks the 4WD system into use. Like an old-school transfer case, this mode equally splits engine power to the front and rear axles – something that’s called a 50/50 torque split. This is great for off-roading, since wheel spin does not affect the power delivery between the axles. This mode can also be engaged, disengaged, and used at any speed.

4 Low is for more serious off-road situations. The transfer case uses different gears to multiply engine torque to provide greater turning force at each wheel. This is great for rock crawling, climbing a steep hill, or pulling something heavy like a boat out of the water at a boat ramp. But because of this torque multiplication and gearing limitations, 4 Low isn’t for going fast. Most vehicles with 4 Low engaged top out around 25 to 30 mph, with some even lower.

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While the Ford Raptor isn’t the first to employ a full-time 4WD system with a 2WD mode, it certainly has the most complex and feature-laden. That’s part of why the second-generation Raptor is so good.

The Confusing Terminology

Asking someone to explain the difference between 4WD and AWD – or even full-time and part-time 4WD – is often met with a blank stare. Hopefully, this will clear things up.

“Part-time 4WD is the oldest and least advanced type of 4WD system”

Part-Time 4WD: This is the oldest and least advanced type of 4WD system in vehicles like trucks and traditional SUVs. It uses a transfer case that only engages the front axle when the driver shifts it into gear, hints the name “part-time.” In regular driving, only two wheels are turning (most commonly, the rear wheels). When 4WD is engaged, the transfer case is locked into a 50/50 torque split, with the engine’s power equally divided between the front and rear axles. Low-range gears allow for torque multiplication, increasing torque to the wheels. Modern vehicles that use this system include the Jeep Wrangler and pickups with manually operated transfer cases like the Ram Power Wagon.

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Full-Time 4WD: This 4WD system is similar to all-wheel drive (AWD) in that all four wheels are getting engine power almost all the time. However, unlike AWD, a full-time 4WD system offers low-range gears. The driver makes the choice if/when to engage 4 Low. Vehicles like Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover, and the higher-spec Toyota 4Runners mentioned above use this type of 4WD system.

“Yet even with these 4WD and AWD systems neatly categorized, there are some systems that defy these classifications.”

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All-Wheel Drive: An AWD system powers all four wheels regardless of road or weather conditions. While AWD systems can vary the percentage of torque split between the front and rear axles, the system never disconnects one axle or another. More modern systems like Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD system even actively vary the percentage of torque split between the left and right, sending power to the outside wheel in a turn, helping the vehicle rotate around a curve. This is called torque vectoring.

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Part-Time AWD: Many of today’s crossover and AWD cars use a part-time AWD system. This type of system allows all four wheels to receive power, but automatically and seamlessly disconnects one of the axles to boost fuel economy. After all, turning extra components and wheels uses fuel. The 2017 Jeep Compass is offered with two types of AWD/4WD systems beyond its base front-wheel-drive configuration. The available Active Drive system defaults to FWD mode in normal driving conditions, but will send power to all four wheels if traction becomes an issue – all with no driver intervention. Active Drive does offer a “4WD Lock” mode the driver can engage should he desire the rear axle to remain under power.

Yet even with these 4WD and AWD systems neatly categorized, there are some systems that defy these classifications. The 2017 Jeep Compass’ other 4WD system, Active Drive Low, is a perfect example. Not only is it a part-time AWD system, but it also incorporates low-range gearing. This means ADL hovers between a part-time AWD system and a part-time 4WD system. Technically, it could be classified as an automatic part-time 4WD system. Boy, this does get tricky, right?

So, what do you think? Did you learn anything about AWD and 4WD systems? Let us know in the comments below.


Ford F-150 Raptor

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PostHeaderIcon Ford WD-40/SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco

We’re a little over a month away from the opening of the 2017 SEMA Auto Show, and as you might expect from my favorite auto show of the year, the show offerings are going to challenge your imagination. This early, we’re already getting previews of some of the projects we’ll see at SEMA, one of which is this beauty of a retro classic. It’s called the Ford WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco, and it looks nothing like O.J. Simpson’s White Bronco. To be clear, this is the OG 1966 Bronco, the first-generation version of a model that would last five generations and, arguably, one of the most infamous Ford SUVs in history.

This particular Bronco may not have the history attached to it. But it is the subject of a collaborative work undertaken by Aaron Vaccar of The Vaccar Co. and household chemicals company WD-40, the makers of the famous lubricant of the same name. Not much in the way of details have been revealed at this point, but we do know that this piece is a legitimate one-off creation that features design and color details that are inspired from WD-40. The treatment isn’t unlike what we’ve seen from WD-40, which has a history of supporting SEMA Cares over the years. Some of its past creations include a Ford WD-40 Mustang and a Dodge Challenger WD-40 that was created with the help of Chip Foose. The Ford WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco will be in attendance at SEMA where it will eventually be auctioned for charity.
All the proceeds from the auction will then be sent to a few organizations, including Childhelp, an organization that provides important services to abused and neglected children, and the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship help to students who are entering the aftermarket world of the auto industry.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Ford WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco

What makes the Ford WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco special?

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WD-40 is a staple at SEMA, so much so that the company has, over the years, sponsored one-off creations of different cars just to have them auctioned off for charity. It’s a cool gesture on the part of WD-40 and from an automotive standpoint, it’s been a treat to see that this tradition will continue at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show with the Ford WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco.

“It’s actually a different approach from what we’ve come to see in the past as most of the WD-40/SEMA Cares project cars sport the yellow car in the body while the blue acts as the trim”

For now, the only thing I can tell you about the SUV itself is that it’s dressed up in the famous blue-and-yellow colors of WD-40 with the whole body of the Bronco getting the blue treatment and the front sections and the wheel surrounds getting the yellow treatment. It’s actually a different approach from what we’ve come to see in the past as most of the WD-40/SEMA Cares project cars sport the yellow car in the body while the blue acts as the trim. It happened back in 2010 with the WD-40 Mustang, as well as in 2011 with Chip Foose’s Dodge Challenger WD-40. Even last year’s offering
– a 1966 Chevrolet Camaro – featured a yellow body and small but no less discrete blue trims all around.

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At the moment, there are no shots of the interior of the WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco. Expect more photos and details to arrive in the coming weeks as draw closer and closer to the opening of the SEMA Auto Show on October 31. That said, WD-40 indicated that some of its other products, including the WD-40 Specialist Superior Performance True Multi-Purpose Grease, Spray & Stay Gel Lubricant, Rust Release Penetrant Spray, and the new WD-40 Specialist Industrial-Strength Cleaner & Degreaser, will all be used in the development of this one-off Ford Bronco.

“From a power standpoint, the WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco will make use of a biturbo EcoBoost engine”

From a power standpoint, the WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco will make use of a biturbo EcoBoost engine. Neither Ford nor WD-40 have indicated the kind of power the EcoBoost mill has, but if I were to make a suggestion, a bi-turbo V-6 would be the perfect spot for the one-off SUV to be able to maximize its full potential. Should that be the case, don’t sleep on the WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco and its ability to turn more than a few heads through different means. Could it be that it could even get the same engine as the Ford Raptor, which already packs 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque at its disposal?

Some of WD-40’s past SEMA-bound project cars

Last year, WD-40, designer Neil Tjin, and instructors from the Universal Technical Institute all joined forces to give us the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 50th Anniversary Edition. It was meant to be an anniversary piece to celebrate the Camaro’s 50th anniversary. The car itself underwent an extensive build process, and included the help of several partners, namely Eckler’s, Budnik Wheels, Axalta, Eibach, Falken Tires, Baer Brake Systems, LR Auto Body, and Optima Batteries.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro 50th Anniversary WD-40 Sema Cares

In truth, most of WD-40’s SEMA one-offs are born from multi-company collaborations like the one that created the Camaro 50th Anniversary model last year. This year, WD-40’s list of partners extend past Aaron Vaccar and The Vaccar Co. Other build partners that have donated products for this particular build include AIRAID, AMSOIL, AutoMeter, B&M, BASF, Blood & Grease, Detroit Steel Wheel, Diode Dynamics, Flowmaster, General Tire, Grip Royal, Mishimoto, POR-15, The Club, VMS Racing, and XS Power.

Go back a few years and you’ll similar patterns taking fold every time WD-40 creates a one-off model for SEMA. Back in 2011, legendary hot rod designer and TV star Chip Foose created a Dodge Challenger with the help of BASF, Street Scene/Foose, Hotchkis, Magnaflow, and Brembo brakes. The result of that was a stunning Challenger wearing WD-40’s trademark colors.

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PostHeaderIcon Click Mechanic Renders 7 Automakers As Star Wars Podracers

Arguably the coolest scene from 1999’s Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace was when young Anakin Skywalker took to the sand and battled for his freedom in a homemade podracer. Sure, the final lightsaber battle was pretty friggin’ awesome as well (Darth Maul! Double-bladed saber! Epic music!), but when it comes to high-speed CGI glory, the podracer scene is hard to beat. In fact, the folks over at Click Mechanic liked it so much, they rendered seven unique podracers as though they were built by real-world manufacturers.

The manufacturers in question all produce some kind of speedy four-wheeled machine worthy of podracer-ization, and include Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ford, Subaru, BMW, and Dodge. Like their real-life equivalents, each rendering gets easily recognizable liveries, and in some cases, a few sponsorship decals as well, all of which was inspired by actual race cars (you know, from planet Earth). Which one of these wild contraptions would you bring to the Boonta Eve Classic? Let us know in the comments section!

Continue reading to learn more about real-life automakers rendered as podracers.


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The Prancing Horse already has a penchant for turning out some pretty crazy-looking, spaceship-esque designs, so Ferrari is a natural fit for something like this. The first thing to grab us is the rosso corsa paint color, which seems to complement the flaming engines rather well. The cockpit looks like it draws from Formula 1 (top-mounted intake) and the FXX K (rear winglets), while both UPS and Shell branding were added to the profile.


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Speaking of spaceships, Lambo has traditionally met Ferrari blow for blow when it comes to creating designs destined for bedroom posters. The latest example of this is the Huracan, a V-10-powered monster that looks right at home as a podracer. Point and squirt for the win.

Aston Martin

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Aston Martin clinched an incredible victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, securing a first place-win in the GTE Pro class on the final lap of the iconic race. Indeed, the British Racing Green Aston looks most at home when talking a race track, but seeing it here on the sands of Tatooine ain’t bad either. Up front is the easily recognizable Aston Martin grille, while yellow accents offset the green paint.

Ford GT40

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If that front hood vent doesn’t tip you off, the baby blue and orange Gulf livery surely will. When it comes to American-built race cars, the Ford GT40 is arguably one of the most famous, having taken the fight to the Europeans at the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in the 60’s. Which naturally leads us to ask – which would take the win on Tatooine, the Ford, or the Ferrari?


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Dirt. Sand. Rocks. Jumps. These are the things you find in professional rally racing, a sport where Subaru has earned a huge collection of wins and championship titles. Indeed, the rally racing environment seems like the perfect primer for podracing, so we aren’t surprised to see the Six Star’s blue and gold livery making an appearance here.

BMW M1 Procar

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Back in the late ‘70s, Bimmer teamed up with Lamborghini to create a rear/mid-engine production race car, and although Lambo eventually dropped out of the agreement, BMW followed through. The result was the M1, a sexy speed wedge that eventually formed the base for the one-make Procar Championship. Providing a competitive format for well-known race drivers from a diverse range of backgrounds (sports cars, touring cars, Formula 1) to go head-to-head, the M1 Procar livery is recognized worldwide. Now, it’s going intergalactic with this podracer, which even gets a squared-off BMW kidney grille in the nose.

Dodge Charger

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The first generation of the Dodge Charger hit production back in the day for the 1966 model year, followed by a second generation in 1968. Although initially unsuccessful in NASCAR stock racing, the follow-up Charger Daytona arrived in 1969 to break new ground in the sport. In fact, the Daytona was the first car to ever break the 200-mph barrier in NASCAR. We’re not sure about the top speed in this podracer, but with that enormous blower sticking out of the hood, we’re pretty sure it won’t be slow.


Ferrari FXX K

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Lamborghini Huracan

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Aston Martin DB9

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Ford GT40

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Subaru WRX STI

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Dodge Charger

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PostHeaderIcon Expecting Greatness From The Ford F-150’s Upcoming Turbodiesel V-6

Ford made big waves in the half-ton pickup segment when it announced the 2018 F-150 would be available with a V-6 turbodiesel. Details about the new 3.0-liter have been scarce, with Ford only divulging it was designed, engineered, and tested in-house and that it will wear the Power Stroke name. Fortunately for us, Ford’s corporate ties to Jaguar Land Rover give telling clues about the new Power Stroke.

See, Jaguar Land Rover’s 3.0-liter V-6 Td6 turbodiesel is actually a Ford engine – a byproduct of Ford’s past ownership of both Jaguar and Land Rover. The engine is even found in Peugeot and Citroën cars, too, as part of the Lion engine series. Introduced in the U.S. for the 2016 model year, the 3.0 Td6 plays a staring role in Land Rover’s new Discovery, the Range Rover, and Range Rover Sport. To show off the Td6’s abilities, Land Rover recently hitched a diesel Discovery to a 121-ton road train in Australia. The 328-foot-long semi truck included seven trailers – three more than what’s typically legal to tow across the open roads of the Outback. The Discovery’s turbodiesel and full-time 4WD system seemingly had no problem moving the 242,000-pound behemoth 10 miles across a flat stretch of closed highway. That’s an impressive feat given the engine’s output of 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. While Ford hasn’t disclosed its 3.0-liter Power Stroke’s specs, we can bet big money it won’t make less power than its Land Rover twin. So what does that mean for the mid-2018 F-150? Keep reading to see what we think.

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Land Rover Gives A Good Glimpse At The F-150’s Diesel Future

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It’s hard to predict the future, but having giant clues sure makes things easier. It’s thanks to Jaguar Land Rover that we have an idea about how the F-150’s new turbodiesel will perform.

“The 3.0-liter V-6 Td6’s main block is constructed from Compacted Graphite Iron”

The 3.0-liter V-6 Td6’s main block is constructed from Compacted Graphite Iron, just like Ford’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 and the EcoBoost V-6s available in the F-150. The material is said to have a higher tensile strength than standard gray cast iron, offer better fatigue strength over aluminum, and weigh less than standard gray cast iron. The block also features a deep skirt with cross-bolted main bearings for added strength. A one-piece aluminum oil pan actually adds structural rigidity, too, while helping cut noise levels during operation.

The Td6 uses dual-overhead camshafts to control four valves over each cylinder. A single turbocharger forces air into the engine and a high-pressure fuel system squirts fuel directly into the combustion chambers. Keeping emissions in check is a low-pressure EGR system and a diesel exhaust fluid system. Interestingly, the low-pressure EGR system pulls air further down stream in the exhaust system – past the DEF filter – in an effort to get cooler air. This air is then routed into the turbocharger, then through an intercooler. The result is relatively cool (and therefore more dense) pressurized air being forced into the combustion chambers. Though this system passes the EPA’s strict emission requirements, there’s a good chance Ford will modify its operation for use in the F-150.

“The Land Rover Discovery Td6 with its eight-speed automatic transmission, full-time 4WD system, and its 5,500-pound curb weight get and EPA-estimated 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined”

As for fuel efficiency, the Land Rover Discovery Td6 with its eight-speed automatic transmission, full-time 4WD system, and its 5,500-pound curb weight get and EPA-estimated 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. The Td6 does even better in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, earning an EPA-estimated 22/28/24, respectively.

Td6 Turned Power Stroke

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The next few paragraphs will be speculation, of course, since Ford has yet to disclose much information on its new baby Power Stroke. But as mentioned before, we’re positive Land Rover’s Td6 gives a good idea about what to expect.

“On paper, the Td6 is surprisingly on-point for use in the F-150”

On paper, the Td6 is surprisingly on-point for use in the F-150. It sizes up rather well against its main competitor, the Ram 1500’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. That engine generates 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque and affords the Ram 1500 an impressive 20 mpg city and 28 mpg on the highway. In Ram’s fuel-sipping trim, the 1500 HFE, the EcoDiesel squeezes out 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway without any reduction in power. (Ram uses taller gearing in the rear axle and a few other tricks on a base-model, quad-cab truck with almost zero luxury features.) The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel can also pull up to 9,200 pounds on its hitch, only 1,200 pounds shy of the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. The EcoBoost HFE is limited to 7,920 pounds of towing.

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You can bet Ford will attempt to match, if not exceed, the Ram EcoDiesel’s numbers. In its Td6 form, the engine already out-powers the EcoDiesel with 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. We’d figure on the Power Stroke version to make at least 260 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Round numbers are better for marketing purposes, after all.

Ford did confirm the F-150 Power Stroke will utilize Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. The two extra gears give engineers a better shot at hitting that magical 30-mpg highway. That’s certainly a possibility given the F-150’s aluminum body and curb weight that ranges between 4,050 and 4,900 pounds, depending on cab, bed, engine, and drivetrain configuration. The 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Crew Cab with 4WD and the mid-grade Big Horn trim package tested by Car & Driver reportedly weighted 5,688 pounds. Though the Power Stroke V-6 will likely add between 150 to 300 pounds to the F-150’s total weight, the F-150 should still be lighter than the Ram when all variables are comparatively matched.

“The Land Rover Discovery Td6 can pull 7,716 pounds on its hitch”

As for towing, the Land Rover Discovery Td6 can pull 7,716 pounds on its hitch. That’s impressive for a unibody SUV with an independent rear suspension tuned for on-road comfort and off-road flexibility. The F-150 Power Stroke will undoubtedly have a more impressive rating, especially given how competitive the truck segment has become over this metric. We’d bet on a 9,000-pound tow rating and a payload capacity around 2,000 pounds.


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Ford is taking a bold step in offering a V-6 turbodiesel in its F-150. While Ram was the first, Ford arguably has more at stake. The F-150 represents a massive portion of Ford’s sales and there is simply no room for mistakes or tarnished perceptions. The F-150, along with the Super Duty that make up the F-Series lineup, sold more than 820,000 vehicles in 2016, making it the best-selling vehicle in America by far. Adding a turbodiesel should help satisfy customers who have been clamoring for one for decades, while helping the F-150 hit that all-important CAFÉ requirement with improved fuel economy.

Once Ford released the 3.0-liter Power Stroke’s figures, we’ll bring that information to you. In the mean time, we’re left wondering if General Motors is dusting off that 4.5-liter V-8 Duramax it had almost finished before the recession.


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PostHeaderIcon Ford Won’t Revive the F-150 Lightning But This Dealership Did

Truck fans will instantly recognize the Lightning name – it belongs to Ford and its two generations of performance-minded F-150s from back in the 1990s and early 2000s. These were short-bed, single-cab trucks with lowered suspensions and big V-8s under their hoods. Sadly, Ford dropped the F-150 Lightning in 2004 and has since kept its SVT team busy with the F-150 Raptor. That’s left the street performance pickup niche rather cold, with only the 2014 F-150 Tremor showing any signs of hope.

But like in the late 1960s, a dealership has launched its own performance upgrade for the current Ford F-150.

Pioneer Ford in Bremen, Georgia put together an “F-150 Lightning Tribute” that turns a single-cab, short-bed F-150 into a 650-horsepower monster with a side exhaust, 22-inch wheels with street rubber, and a Roush supercharger bolted to that 5.0-liter Coyote V-8. Yep, it’s got the right number of cylinders and none of that EcoBoost stuff under the hood. It doesn’t get any more American than this!

Keep reading for more on the Pioneer Ford F-150 Lightning Tribute.

PostHeaderIcon The Story of the Mustang on Top of the World

Back in 1965, the Ford Mustang was one of the coolest cars in America, probably the car of the moment. Everyone talked about Ford’s new sports car and the Dearborn based carmaker was on its way to sell 400,000 units in the first production year, a lot more than the initial estimates of 100,000 units (they sold those cars in the first three months). It was the car every teenager in the United States dreamed about and, as expected, its success didn’t go unnoticed.

That’s why the management of the tallest building in the country at the time, the iconic Empire State Building, would contact Ford about creating an incredible event that would get the media’s attention and that would have everyone talking about it. Finished in 1931, the Empire State Building was not only the tallest building in the United States, but also in the world, the 102 story building standing at 1,454 feet (443 meters) high.

Leury’s idea

Over 50 years ago, it wasn’t that easy to create an event that would go viral, like we see these days. Remember those were times when the Internet didn’t even exist and computers were rare and only scientists had access to. Actually, the expression of “going viral” didn’t even exist and the most popular media outlets were newspapers, magazines, radio and television, the latter being still in its infancy compared to the media phenomenon it is today.

That’s where Robert Leury came in. The vice-president and general manager of the Empire State Building quickly realized that he can draw some of the huge attention the Ford Mustang was getting to the building he was managing. Leury would go on and invite William Benton, a manager of the carmaker’s sales division, to talk about setting up a special event. What followed quickly became an example for advertising events and would be referenced for years to come in the marketing industry.

The idea Leury pitched to Benton was to put together two American symbols, the Ford Mustang and the Empire State Building, by placing a car on top of the building. It was an idea Benton immediately liked and he would immediately return to Dearborn and put together a team of eight Ford engineers whose purpose was to find a way to put a Ford Mustang on the building’s observation deck on the 86th floor. The project was ambitious and required several technical innovative technical solutions.

The first solution they thought of was lifting the car using a helicopter, but they soon discovered it was almost impossible, given the building’s height and architecture. They realized it was too dangerous so they went on and looked for another way, starting with a trip to New York. Here, with tape measures in their hands, they started carefully examining the building. Access doors, elevators, hallways, ceilings, everything. When they were done, nothing was left unmeasured. After making a few calculations on a napkin, the Ford engineers finally found the solution: a brand new Mustang was about to be cut to pieces, lifted using the visitor elevators and then reassembled on top of the building. The only major issue was making sure to cut the car in a way that it wouldn’t hurt its final looks after reassembly.

The Ford Mustang more like a Lego

The team returned to Dearborn and started working on the details. In order to fit the 15 feet car into the elevators, the engineers decided to cut the Mustang in four pieces: windshield, the front part (including the engine bay), the central part and the trunk. To make it even easier, they removed the front seats, the central console and the two doors in the first phase and then the engine, the transmission and the drive shaft. After these elements were removed, they started cutting the car.

The cuts for the main parts of the body were made along the doors, while the windshield was cut together with the frame. To make it easier to put them back together on the Empire State Building, they fitted the parts with several additional support elements. The team also built a special rolling dolly for guiding the pieces into the elevator and for reducing the time required for the entire process. Also, before shipping the parts to the Big Apple, the engineers performed three tests by transporting the parts and fitting them in containers similar in size to the Empire State Building elevators. All they had to do now was choose the date.

A night to remember

The event was scheduled for October 20, 1965 and the eight Ford engineers, dressed in white overalls, started doing their thing at 10:30 pm, after the building’s working and visiting hours were over. They unloaded the car from the truck and started cutting it to pieces in front of a few curious bystanders.

And like all great stories, something always gets messed up and doesn’t work according to plan. Despite all the planning, an error apparently slipped by and one of the parts proved to be a quarter of an inch (6.5 mm) wider than the elevators’ door. But after a few attempts and a little juggling, the piece finally fitted in and was lifted to the 86th floor. One by one, all the parts were brought up to the observation deck and the team started assembling them, despite a 37 mph (60 km/h) wind blowing and making their task more difficult. But everything was finished by 4:30 am and they even had time for a coffee before the news helicopters started arriving.

By 11 am, the car was photographed by every reporter in town and it was once again dismembered and moved inside the building, on the same floor. It was a surprise for the 14,000 people that visited the Empire State Building that day and to many more to come, because the Mustang was displayed there for several months.

Today, not many remember about the advertising stunt pulled by Ford and the Empire State Building’s management, but at the time, it was these events that contributed to the Mustang achieving the legend status it has today. It also had a great impact on sales, because only a year later, Ford sold an amazing number of 607,568 Mustangs. By March 1966, the Mustang was removed from the Empire State Building, and at that time, Ford was already celebrating the millionth unit sold.

Modern remake

In 2014, the Ford Mustang celebrated its 50th anniversary and what better way to mark this moment than to recreate one of the best advertising events in history. So Ford decided to lift a full sized Mustang on top of the Empire State Building once again, 49 years after the team of eight engineers did it for the first time.

You’d think that 50 years later, technology evolved enough to make the task easier, but Ford decided to do it the same way they did half a century ago and instead of using a helicopter to lift the car, they cut it to pieces and used the building’s elevators. However, they did take advantage of modern technology and even though the car was cut into several pieces, the vehicle that was used looked more like a car from the Transformers movies. Unlike the previous Mustang, the new one was cut into five pieces, because the car is also bigger than the first generation and the team was made of only six Ford engineers, not eight. Another difference is that this time they were able to use scale models of both the car and elevators to make sure they won’t repeat the mistakes made in the 1960s.

More thorough planning was required because what was more difficult than the first time was that right now, Ford and its partner DST Industries, had less time for the whole thing. They had to cut, lift and assemble the car between 2 am and 8 am, the only time when the building was closed to the public. But after countless training sessions, everyone was ready and everything worked as planned, so by 8 am, the Empire State Building observation deck was opened to visitors who were able to admire the modern Ford Mustang standing in the same place where the first one made history.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Ford Focus RS Edition – Pricing and Specs

For those who want a little bot more exciting from the Focus RS, there is a new Edition version. The 2018 Ford Focus RS Edition comes as standard with a mechanical Quaife limited-slip differential (LSD) which enhances the handling. Starting from £35,795, the hot hatch also comes with  unique styling, including matte black roof and black mirrors for Nitrous Blue exterior, two-tone seat Recaro shell seats and carbon-fibre trim.

The mechanical LSD limits the engine torque delivered to a wheel that has reduced traction on the road surface, and redistributes torque to the wheel with more traction to counteract the wheelspin that can hamper acceleration and stability.

By controlling the torque delivered to each front wheel, the Focus RS Edition’s Quaife LSD enables drivers to exploit the 350PS delivered by its 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine in high-performance driving situations even more, and seamlessly integrates with Focus RS driving technologies delivered as standard, including:

  • Ford Performance All Wheel Drive, which varies the front-to-rear torque distribution to suit the current driving situation – monitoring inputs from vehicle sensors 100 times per second and sending a maximum of 70 per cent of the drive torque to the rear axle
  • Dynamic Torque Vectoring – which uses electronically-controlled clutch packs on the rear axle to send up to 100 per cent of the available torque to either rear wheel, and can switch drive from one side to the other in as little as 0.06sec
  • Torque Vectoring Control (TVC) – which automatically applies small amounts of brake force to limit wheelspin at the front axle

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Ranger Black Edition

Ford is headed to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and is bringing an impressive lineup with it, one of which is a special edition of Europe’s best-selling pickup truck, the Ford Ranger. It may not look the part at first glance, but the Ford Ranger Black Edition is just that, thanks in part to a limited production of just 2,500 examples across the continent. Of course, it comes dressed in black, hence the name “Black Edition.”

It’s fitting that Ford is bringing a special edition Ranger with it to Frankfurt. The pickup, after all, is regarded as Europe’s best-selling pickup, a title it has earned after posting record sales this year, including 23,100 units sold in July 2017 alone. What better way to celebrate the Ranger’s status than by dressing it up, slapping on new exterior detailing, dialing up on the standard features, and then showcasing it at one of the world’s biggest auto shows. It’s a good move that adds an extra layer of intrigue into the Ranger Black Edition, even though there’s not much about the pickup that counts as an “exclusive” other than the selling point of it coming in “all black” garb. Still, it should make for an interesting vehicle in Frankfurt. And considering the Ranger’s popularity in Europe, Ford shouldn’t have any problems selling the 2,500-unit inventory of the special edition.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Australia Teases The Ranger Raptor – Big time!

Out of the blue dropped Ford’s confirmation of the 2019 Ranger Raptor – a highly capable off-roader based on the mid-size T6 Ranger pickup but with the soul of the widely loved F-150 Raptor. Without much hubbub, the Ranger Raptor’s webpage went live early September 7 as part of Ford Australia’s main website. Included is a short video that teases the truck’s capabilities and rugged underpinnings. Many details still remain unknown, but Ford did confirm the Ranger Raptor will come in 2018 within the Asia Pacific market, which includes Australia and New Zealand.

The video offers a clear look the Ranger Raptor’s front suspension system, especially the lower control arm. It’s a beefy slug of aluminum and looks very similar to the F-150 Raptor’s. The MacPherson struts are devoid of branding, however, though we’d bet Fox Racing is a shoe-in. Sadly, we can’t see the rear suspension. Rumors are running rampant of a multi-link system with coil springs and a Watts Link attached to a solid axle. Confirmation of the powertrain is also missing. Some say the Ranger Raptor will use the same High Output 3.5-liter EcoBoost found the in F-150 Raptor, while others say the Ranger’s 3.2-liter five-cylinder will be used. We’re leaning toward the standard 3.5-liter EcoBoost used in less radical F-150s. There it makes 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. We’re also betting strongly on the 10-speed automatic transmission being the only choice.
And what would a modern Raptor be without Baja Mode and the rest of the 4WD selectable setting? Ford could officially debut the Raptor at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show starting September 14, so stay tuned to TopSpeed for that.

Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor here.

PostHeaderIcon The Fastest Car In The World Is A Ford?!

The title for “fastest car in the world” is a pretty hotly contested one. Officially, the old Bugatti Veyron Super Sport holds the record at 268 mph. The new Bugatti Chiron is estimated to reach speeds of nearly 280, but it hasn’t been officially tested yet. And then we have the Hennessey Venom GT which hit 210, technically beating the Veyron, but there are several factors that disqualify it from meeting Guinness Records requirements.

PostHeaderIcon Ford’s Trying To One-Up Toyota In Useful Patent Applications

It’s hard to imagine these days being the season of strange patent applications, and yet here we are. Another day, another automaker with an amusing patent application that, in hindsight, should probably have been done years ago. Ford, for all of its engineering and innovation, is now looking into developing a unique contraption that essentially makes cup holders a lot more useful than they already are.

Imagine this: you have a hot cup of coffee while you’re on the road. The only place to put it in is in the cup holder, right? Well, cup holders have never been the most useful of items because any sudden external force experienced by a car, be it acceleration or braking, ends with the contents of the cup, in this case, coffee, spilling everywhere. Ford, however, has a designed what it calls a self-leveling cup holder that renders all these external forces moot. You can blast off the highway, brake suddenly, and the coffee stays where it’s supposed to be: inside the cup. The device itself is a good idea. A little strange, or at least late in the game, but a good idea nonetheless. It’s on par with Toyota’s own under-seat device patent application, which itself is a fascinating new wrinkle to the functionality of a car’s interior. It’s unclear, though, whether Ford has any plans for this patent beyond applying for it. Don’t expect it to arrive soon because even if the Blue Oval does bring this new feature to life, it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon. Still, a self-leveling cup holder that’ll keep your beverage in place sounds like a good idea.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford and Domino’s Working on Self-Driving Pizza Delivery Cars

Pizza giant Domino’s has teamed up with Ford as they test their autonomous vehicles to evaluate an idea they have. They want to trust the job of delivering their pizzas to self-driving cars, and Ford’s Fusion research vehicle seems like the ideal platform. 

Granted, if self-driving pizza delivery cars become mainstream they will put a large number of young people out of work. But autonomous cars never smoke pot, stop to chat with friends, or spit in your food because they know you are not a good tipper!

Ford and Domino’s have already developed a system to make the whole thing work. The autonomous car with its Heatwave Compartment uses Domino’s Tracker system to find the customer’s house. As it approaches the destination text message are delivered to the customer with instruction on how to retrieve their pizza and a code that will open the compartment and grants access to the delicious treat. Just about the only flaw we can detect with this system, which they will hopefully address in the production version, is the “You Got It!” the device makes when you enter the code. That is just embarrassing. Over the next several weeks, randomly-selected Domino’s customers in Ann Arbor will have the opportunity to receive their delivery order from a Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle.

“We’re interested to learn what people think about this type of delivery,” said Russell Weiner, president of Domino’s USA. “The majority of our questions are about the last 50 feet of the delivery experience. For instance, how will customers react to coming outside to get their food? We need to make sure the interface is clear and simple. We need to understand if a customer’s experience is different if the car is parked in the driveway versus next to the curb. All of our testing research is focused on our goal to someday make deliveries with self-driving vehicles as seamless and customer-friendly as possible.”

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Explorer – Driven

Okay, mom and dad – you need a vehicle that can carry six or seven people, but isn’t a minivan. What left on the menu? Three-row crossovers and SUVs, of course. And which SUV has been SUVing longer than most? Yep, the Ford Explorer. It debuted back in 1991 and has evolved from a utilitarian two-row brute to a plush, luxury-lined, power-everything family hauler. The current generation has been around since 2011 and received a mid-cycle refresh for 2016, which brought the high-end Platinum trim with Lincoln-like levels of refinement and the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost.

Nothing changes for 2017, but that didn’t stop me from spending a week with Ford’s grandest mid-size SUV. The Explorer is sandwiched between the smaller Ford Edge and the body-on-frame, F-150-based Ford Expedition. The Platinum trim comes equipped with nearly every major option as standard, only leaving customers to choose from the $695 second-row bucket seats, the accompanying $150 center console, and the $1,995 rear-seat entertainment package. Fitted with all but the rear TVs, my Ruby Red tester stickered at $55,420. That’s a sizable price for a family hauler, but few SUVs come packed with such utility mixed with luxury backed by a name with heritage.

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PostHeaderIcon Ken Block Taunts Death Yet Again in Terrakhana: The Ultimate Dirt Playground

There’s no doubt about it – Ken Block is either outright crazy, has a death wish, or gets an insane high from beating the mother-loving hell out of his Fiesta while taunting death at the same time. I mean, the guy can push his car to the limit and a little further without it things going awry and he does it with class and style. If you look back at any of his Gymkhana videos, you’ll find yourself in amazement, even if you’ve seen them 100 times. Well, today we’re happy to report a new video has surfaced. This one comes straight out of Swing Arm City, Utah and officially goes by the name Terrakhana: The Ultimate Dirt Playground. And, when Ken Block uses the word “Ultimate” you know he’s not playing around.

Now, I know the best part about Ken Blocks work is watching it for yourself, so I’ll forgo the usual description and instead remind you that his Fiesta ST RX43 is, by far, the craziest Fiesta ever built and designed specifically for destroying pavement, sand, dirt, or anything else that is suitable for four-wheel travel. In the video, Ken Block makes his own sand and dirt storm with the 600 horsepower in powerful little Fiesta. Of course, we’re talking death-defying stunts and close calls that require balls of titanium to watch, let alone perform.
For the record, this shoot was recorded at an elevation of 4,300 feet in an ambient temperature that was hovering right around 102 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’ve been in similar climates, you know it’s not exactly the most optimal conditions for a car to give its all.

So, with that said, go ahead and click play on the video below and then keep reading to learn more about Ken Block’s Fiesta and how it compares to some of the fastest production cars out there!

PostHeaderIcon “Pawn Stars” Steer Clear Of O.J. Simpson’s White Ford Bronco

By now, a lot of us probably know of Pawn Stars, the hit show from The History Channel that gives us a close look at the wheelings and dealings of Rick Harrison and his pawn shop-owning family. The show itself has given us plenty of unique items and moments over the years, but recently, a peculiar piece of Americana made an appearance on the show: O.J. Simpson’s 1993 Ford Bronco.

Yes, the same white Ford Bronco that Simpson was riding in during the infamous highway police chase in 1994 was being offered to Harrison by its owner, Mike Gilbert, O.J.’s former sports manager. Gilbert bought the car from O.J.’s former NFL teammate, Al (AC) Cowlings, the man behind the wheel during the police chase through Los Angeles. Not one to turn down arguably the most iconic Ford SUV of all time, Harrison welcomed Gilbert to his shop to talk about the SUV, even going so far as to take the SUV for a spin around the block. While Harrison did eventually admit that the Bronco was still in fantastic condition and could command millions in an auction, its provenance as having been involved in a double murder case, Simpson’s acquittal notwithstanding, made it very difficult for him to stomach purchasing it. He ultimately rejected Gibson’s offer of $1.3 million for the car, presumably saving himself the headache of having a car drenched in an infamous episode of American history in his inventory.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition

It’s hard enough to get your hands on a Ford GT. The ultra exclusive model is sold out over the next four years, which just so happens to be the full life cycle of the supercar. All told, Ford only plans to build 1,000 examples of the GT, amounting to just 250 units per year. So yeah, getting a Ford GT this late in the game is next to impossible. Imagine what those odds will be then now that Ford has released a special livery for 2018 models of the Ford GT. Yup. I don’t like your chances any more than I like mine.

Ford’s new treat for future GT owners is called the ’67 Heritage Edition. If the name itself sounds familiar, that’s because Ford has already released something similar last year. Remember the ’66 Heritage Edition? It’s almost the same as the ’67 version in terms of where they’re inspired from, but in the end, they’re actually two different interpretations in part because the new version pays tribute to the 1967 Le Mans-winning Shelby-American Inc. team that featured racers AJ Foyt and Dan Gurney. Considering that Ford’s success in Le Mans with the original GT40 spanned four years, we could be in store for two more Heritage Editions in 2018 and 2019. For now, though, the spotlight is focused on the ’67 Heritage Edition and the way its treatment is inspired directly from the GT40s that took the checkered flag during the 1967 Le Mans season.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford GT ’67 Heritage Limited Edition

2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition

The new Ford GT supercar is getting a lot of limited edition versions, and they all have something to do with Le Mans. The latest is this, the 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage, and it pays homage to the 1967 Le Mans-winning GT40 Mark IV race car driven by Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt.

Ford GT ’67 Heritage does that by mimicking the look of the legendary race car, featuring a gloss-finish Race Red exterior with white stripes and exposed carbon package. The car sports Frozen White No. 1 hood and door graphics, and 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in silver satin clearcoat with black wheel nuts. Red callipers and silver rearview mirror caps complete the look. It’s a very special look, but we have to say it does rob the GT of some of its modern flair. But maybe the retro look is the whole point of this paint work.

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You will the same theme inside the cabin where Ford GT ’67 Heritage edition boasts new leather trimming for the carbon fibre seats, with red accent stitching, which carries over to the steering wheel, seat belt webbing in red, paddle shifters in anodised grey, and satin dark stainless appliqués the instrument panel, door register bezels and x-brace. Being a limited edition, the car also comes with a unique serialised identification plate, plus exposed matte carbon fibre door sills, air register pods and centre console.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford F-250 Super Duty Proves Even New Trucks Break

Our friends over at TFLTruck experienced an unlikely event while testing towing and payload performance of a 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty. It seems the plastic cooling fan disintegrated into several pieces, sending high-speed projectiles into the radiator and slicing off the main serpentine belt. And all this before arriving at TFLTruck’s famed “Ike Gauntlet” towing test up the steep, seven-percent grade near the Eisenhower tunnel on I-70 outside Denver, Colorado.

The Super Duty in question is a bare-bones regular cab in XL trim with RWD and the 6.2-liter gasoline V-8. In other words – a common work truck. What’s more, the 6.2-liter is a carry-over engine from the previous generation Super Duty. Only a new air intake and camshaft profile were added for 2017, helping bump power output to 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. F-250 models with the 6.2-liter also have the new TorqShift-G six-speed automatic transmission, though the transmission certainly had nothing to do with the cooling fan blowing up.

Granted, the F-250’s V-8 was working hard. The truck was hauling a 2,500-pound water tote in its eight-foot bed while towing an 11,900-pound trailer loaded with a 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab. Combined with the 2017 truck’s curb weight, the GCWR sat around 19,500 pounds – right at the limit for this F-250. The cooling system was undoubtedly under stress. Still, the truck wasn’t overloaded; TFLTruck is known for being thorough and fair with evaluations. The heavy weight doesn’t excuse what happened. It will be interesting to see what Ford tells TFLTruck and how the issue is resolved. Luckily, we’ll get that update in Part 2 of this video review.

So, what do you think? Does this add fuel to the age-old battle between Ford, GM, and Ram? Let us know in the comments below.

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End Date: Tuesday Oct-24-2017 12:38:01 PDT
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2007 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2 - Door 2007 Corvette MONTERAY RED/BURGUNDY 6 Speed With Supercharger
$25,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Oct-27-2017 16:33:45 PDT
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1951 Chevrolet Other Pickups -- 1951 Chevrolet 3100 1 Turquoise Pickup Truck V8 Other Automatic
End Date: Monday Oct-30-2017 9:40:48 PDT
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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CORVETTE Z06 CONV 1LZ S/C 7SPD NAV HUD 1K MI #606518 Texas Direct
$60,100.00 (27 Bids)
End Date: Friday Oct-27-2017 10:26:54 PDT
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1968 Ford Mustang Deluxe Interior 1968 Mustang J Code Fastback 4 Speed Deluxe Interior Upper
$11,100.00 (14 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Oct-24-2017 23:21:13 PDT
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2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 2017 New Sprinter 144" wb. hitop van / Like a ProMaster Van
End Date: Saturday Nov-11-2017 9:52:24 PST
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS 6-SPD CLIMATE LEATHER NAV HUD 10K #105858 Texas Direct
$1.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Saturday Oct-28-2017 9:15:00 PDT
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1951 Chevrolet Other Pickups Standard 1951 Chevy Pickup Rat Rod
$15,101.00 (28 Bids)
End Date: Monday Oct-23-2017 21:16:58 PDT
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$20,100.00 (17 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Oct-24-2017 7:44:38 PDT
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1968 Ford Mustang Restored 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback
End Date: Tuesday Oct-24-2017 14:47:18 PDT
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2016 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 2016 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 5.0L Performance Package
$22,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Oct-28-2017 18:53:23 PDT
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1972 Chevrolet C10 1972 Chevy C10 Pick Up Frame Off RESTO 350 Vintage AC PS PDB 350Trans
$10,000.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Thursday Oct-26-2017 12:07:40 PDT
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CORVET
$1.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Saturday Oct-28-2017 13:48:56 PDT
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2014 Ford Mustang Base Convertible 2-Door 2014 FORD MUSTANG V6 CONVERTIBLE AUTO ALLOY WHEELS 19K #306875 Texas Direct Auto
$2,247.00 (15 Bids)
End Date: Monday Oct-23-2017 15:00:00 PDT
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1996 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Convertible 2-Door 1996 Chevy Camaro Z28 Convertible 1969 Camaro Clone 5.7L 6 Speed Trans
$21,100.00 (10 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Oct-24-2017 12:45:00 PDT
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1993 Chevrolet Other Pickups 2500 1993 Chevy Suburban 2500 clear title 90 thousand miles new transmission
$1,400.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Oct-28-2017 2:45:00 PDT
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1965 Ford Mustang 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe 302 Automatic Power Brakes Air Condition Power Steering
$10,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Oct-26-2017 12:07:40 PDT
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1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1955 Chevy Delivery Hot Rod Gasser
$6,100.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Oct-28-2017 6:09:18 PDT
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1966 Ford Mustang Convertible 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible 289 V8 Auto w/ Pony Interior
$8,350.00 (10 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Oct-28-2017 16:14:16 PDT
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2013 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 2-Door 2013 FORD MUSTANG 5.0 GT PREMIUM CONVERTIBLE NAV 15K MI #265791 Texas Direct
$15,550.00 (34 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-22-2017 15:15:00 PDT
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Camaro 2SS 2016 Red Hot / White interior 6speed Magnetic Ride Perfect.
$10.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Saturday Oct-28-2017 18:00:02 PDT
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