The Ford Mustang was conceived as a "working man's Thunderbird", according to the engineers at Ford. A sporty ride that the every-man could own. Fast forward fifty plus years into the future, and Ford's dreamers have made that into a robust reality, with nearly nine million Mustangs sold to date.
And that number keeps growing substantially, having been in uninterrupted production since it's inception.
When the Mustang was first sold back in 1964, there was no such thing as a "pony car" or anything about a "sports" class. The Ford Mustang was introduced and iconized a whole new class of automobile, drawing the likes of the Pontiac Firebird, Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro, and the Plymouth Barracuda. The Mustang even brought back excitement and renovation to the Challenger and Camaro in the 2000's with the "retro" look of the 2005 Mustang. Quite the revolutionary vehicle over the past fifty years!
The Mustang has also inspired the need for speed in racing events across the world, making a first appearance as a pace car for the 1964 Indy 500. This, with the sporty lines of the pony car and increasing power under the hood led to many events such as drag racing and the National Hot Rod Associations' own events, NASCAR, and drifting at the Formula Drift and D1 Grand Prix series.
This weekend, however, the Mustang has stirred the car enthusiasts with Strictly Stangs to host their annual one-night car show—MAD Mustangs After Dark right here at Raceway Ford. A small community event which started out in 2009, Mustangs After Dark has developed into a full-on Mustang event, with estimation of over 100 Mustangs in the club, and over 600 aficionados at the event alone! This has become a traditional Southern California event which gathers Mustangs from all over California and the outlying states.
MAD Mustangs After Dark and Strictly Stangs congregate all types of the steel equine. From your entry-level, to the BOSS 302, down to the GT350 Shelby and Bullitt and ROUSH, it’s all going to be here at Raceway Ford. Food and drinks and even a raffle or two. Don’t miss out on the biggest Ford pony show of the Inland Empire!
For six years, Ford has taken home top honors when it comes to the 1.0L EcoBoost engine, as the robust little three-cylinder was voted 2017 International Engine of the Year “Best Engine Under 1.0-liter”—remaining undefeated in the category since its inception in 2012. The 1.0L EcoBoost maintains ten separate International Engine of the Year records over the past such as an overall winner on a record three times, and also “Best Newcomer.”
Take us to your Liter!
“Our 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has been a game-changer, setting the benchmark for compact, fuel-efficient engines with sophisticated EcoBoost turbocharging, direct fuel injection and Twin-Independent Variable Camshaft Timing technologies. Even with 10 International Engine of the Year awards under our belt, we’re still finding ways to push back the boundaries of powertrain engineering, and deliver even more benefit to our customers from this acclaimed small engine.”
-Joe Bakaj, VP Product Development, Ford of Europe.
With the considerable amount of technological changes in today’s modern society, the 1.0L EcoBoost engine has made several strides in the three-cylinder market. A 1.0L wasn’t even considered in a segment that
didn’t conjoin an electric motor of sorts, such as the first-generation Honda Insight back in 2000. Now, the hard-working EcoBoost has shown to be rather impressive, landing in the engine bays of the more peppy and sporty.
The 1.0L EcoBoost Engine, boasting 123hp and 148lb-ft of torque!
The 1.0L EcoBoost churns out 123hp and 148lb-ft of torque, again, quite the little miniature rocket for such a tiny engine. Comparing apples to apples (as close as apples can get), these figures get even more impressive – The next closest competitor, the tepid 3-cylinder Mitsubishi Mirage makes for about 74hp/74lb-ft of torque. Quite the difference.
A little fun fact; the 1.0L engine has the same power per liter (power density) as the 8.0L, 1001hp Bugatti Veyron! With all things considered, this isn’t a cheap, run of the mill engine—this is a first-rate engine. Just very small, as being Ford’s highest torque-per-liter of any engine in their lineup. An example of this advanced engineering is something that has been utilized for a few years now in a few other makes—cylinder deactivation, which shuts down one (or more) cylinders at light speeds or cruising to reduce running costs. This technology can disengage or re-engage one cylinder in 14 milliseconds—20 times faster than the blink of an eye without any compromise in performance. You don’t feel it—it is that precise.
There is plenty of reasons why Ford’s backpack sized 1.0L engine takes the acclaim as it does, but there isn’t anything better than experiencing it for yourself. Get behind the wheel and test drive one of these power plants today at Raceway Ford!
When one reflects upon the Fourth of July, America’s Independence from the British, they commonly associate the holiday with freedom, fireworks, parades, barbecues, baseball games, and political ceremonies held throughout, mostly enjoyed by the middle class. Independence Day isn’t known for the automobile. But it is all about celebrating America and the vast heritage that the USA is known for, and the automobile is a revolutionary cornerstone of America.
"I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the
individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one."
Even though Henry Ford didn’t create the automobile, he was the inventor of the assembly line during the Industrial Revolution, catapulting the United States intothe lead of an industry that dated back decades before his time. This in turn provided affordable access for every American to own a motor car, and thus the Model T was born. The Ford Model T made way for the American way of life as the first affordable automobile and it opened travel on a massive scale to the middle-class. The Model T was then positioned as a reliable, easily maintained mode of mass transportation, totaling up to over 15 million models rolling off the assembly line.
The Model T became a powerful icon for American heritage and signified innovation for the rising middle class. The freedom to own an automobile at an affordable price was Henry Ford’s mission, and he thus succeeded, and the Ford Motor Company holds those values true to this day and continuing on Ford’s legacy.
Tomorrow, as you enjoy the red, white, and blue celebration of American freedom and traditions, and honor those who continue to protect those freedoms to this day, take a gander over at your vehicle, no matter if it’s a Ford in your driveway or another fine craftsmanship worthy of Henry Ford’s assembly line. The freedom to own has been epitomized by affordability for the middle class nearly a century ago by an analyst who wanted the best for the American people.
From all of us here at Raceway Ford, we wish you a safe and Happy Independence Day.
The 2018 Ford Expedition -- The most off-road capable Expedition Ever
The wrenches over at Ford Motor Company are going on an all-new Expedition.
And we're not talking about going through the Dearborn Hiking Trails.
With consideration in breathing new life into the twenty-one-year-old SUV line, the Expedition will come equipped with the lucrative FX4 package for the 2018 year. Synonymous with the off-road capabilities in the F-Series, the FX4 package has been a mainstay favorite for the fellas who prefer dirt to asphalt. Now, Ford will bring that same idea to the Expedition and take the idiom from “grocery hauler” to “off-road ready”.
The All New Terrain Management System™
Starting at the XLT trim, the FX4 Expedition bears Fords’ twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine with a grand galloping of 375 ponies and 470lb-ft of torque, along with the 10-speed automatic transmission. As with the F-Series, the FX4 Expedition screams off-road creditability with off-road tuned shocks, side steps, 18” FX4 styled wheels, and about a dozen skid plates to protect the more vital areas of your rugged ride, such as the engine, transmission, transfer case, and fuel tank. The Expedition FX4 also comes with an all-new electronic limited-slip rear differential to make it that much easier to tackle dirt, mud, sand, and boast the class-leading 9,300 pounds of towing.
The FX4 Expedition also mirrors some of its smaller brother’s Explorer Sport technology with the new Terrain Management System™. This enables the adventurous to optimize their driving dynamic to environmental conditions—from snow, to mud, sand and much more.
Best In Class tow rating of 9,300 pounds.
“The FX4 Off-Road package delivers off-road driving confidence,” said Mike Kipley, Expedition vehicle engineering manager. “The technology we’re using works to adapt to different driving conditions so customers can enjoy the adventure without worry.”
Aesthetically speaking, the FX4 package also gives a little more recognition courtesy of the aforementioned 18” dynamic wheels, chrome running boards, and a shorter spoiler, along with the FX4 badging. With Ford claiming that about 20% of current Expedition owners happen to use their beloved SUV for off-roading skirmishes, the company believes that the FX4 package will deliver and do the SUV travelling justice.
Although Ford hasn’t announced pricing for the Expedition FX4, strap in and prepare to hit the lot with about $50,000 at the starting line. Not since the Bronco will we have seen the likes of something so eye-appealing and worthy of dirt-trails beyond the daily life of concrete confinement. As for your next Expedition excursion, it will be the most off-road Expedition ever.
The year was 1990; kids were playing Pogs and collecting Beanie Babies, on the dance floors in clubs around the country people were Vogue-ing to Madona and Pumping Up The Jam with Technotronic. In the world around us Germany reunited and the USSR dissolved as communism fell apart. Here in Riverside a Ford Diesel Truck Technician named Ken Ritchie started working for Raceway Ford. Ken’s commitment to providing the highest quality work soon gained him a nice following and as the new dealerships business grew the dealer was quickly considered the Inland Empire’s premier diesel service center. Over the years many things have changed, can you remember the last time you saw a Beanie Baby(?), but the thing that hasn’t is Kens great work and commitment to always being at his best. Having achieved the rank of Master Technician long ago Ken still continues to train and test his skills to stay ahead of the always changing technologies and advancements in engines which has helped us maintain a 100% Fixed Right The First Time rating with Ford consistently for nearly a year straight now! Ken has seen many years of the 7.3L and endured some challenges with the 6.0L years too! With a smile always at the ready for co-workers and customers alike, Ken Ritchie personifies the attitude of the Raceway Ford Team well; Be nice and be willing to help whenever you can, and it will be a great day.
Thank you for 24 years of awesome service Ken!