Truck fans across the country have eagerly awaited any bits of information about the next generation of Ford's off-road beast, the F-150 Raptor and this week the Blue Oval dished all the goods at the Detroit Auto Show! With a twin-turbo EcoBoosted 3.5L V6 putting out 450hp mated to a segment exclusive ten-speed automatic transmission and thirteen inches of suspension travel with huge twin-chamber Fox shocks to cushion the fall back to earth, the all new Raptor is sure to have waiting lines at many dealerships this fall!
From the Ford Press Release:
"DETROIT, Jan. 11, 2016 – Eagerly anticipated and still unmatched by any auto manufacturer, Ford – America’s truck leader – introduces the all-new F-150 Raptor SuperCrew, adding agility, versatility and roominess to the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 Raptor ever.
Developed with the DNA of a Baja race truck, F-150 Raptor is unique among off-road and performance vehicles, with a purpose-built engine, chassis and suspension that enables it to travel fast over challenging desert landscapes or crawl over rocky terrain.
F-150 Raptor SuperCrew with four full-size doors provides rear passengers with more legroom and comfort on the trails and more space to stow gear while exploring the American and Canadian wilderness. SuperCrew’s 145-inch wheelbase is 12 inches longer than the standard Raptor SuperCab 133-inch wheelbase.
“F-150 Raptor means superior off-road capability, from rock crawling to sand running,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director. “With the addition of SuperCrew, F-150 Raptor customers can leave the pavement behind – without sacrificing comfort and space.”
Advanced materials – including high-strength steel and high-strength, military grade, aluminum alloy – help save up to 500 pounds versus the prior Raptor for improved off-road prowess. Combined with all-new EcoBoost engine technology, the next-generation F-150 Raptor’s power-to-weight ratio has been improved, making the truck even more agile off-road.
Toughest F-150 Raptor ever
The all-new F-150 Raptor starts with a purpose-built fully boxed frame – the backbone of the truck – that is the strongest in the F-150 lineup, featuring more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor.
F-150 Raptor’s chiseled looks are reminiscent of Trophy Trucks – the fastest and most powerful class of off-road pickups. F-150 Raptor is 6 inches wider than standard F-150 for enhanced stability off-road.
The all-new F-150 Raptor also boasts its first-ever dual exhaust and new 17-inch wheels with next-generation BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires designed for off-road performance.
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Automotive fans and followers have their attention turned to Detriot this week as the annual North American International Auto Show kicks off. Known as the showcase for what's new and whats news from all the world's auto makers. This year the show once again belong to Ford as they continued to roll out an ever-expanding line-up of unbelievable product! The Fusion is getting a freshen up for 2017 and two new models as well; a top of the line Platinum and a high-performance version, the Fusion Sport!
From the Ford Press Release:
"DETROIT, Jan. 11, 2016 – The new Ford Fusion continues to be a game changer among midsize sedans, with the most technologically advanced lineup ever – including two hybrid models and a new all-wheel-drive Fusion V6 Sport engineered to leave other family sedans in the dust.
Fusion V6 Sport and the new Fusion Platinum add to a lineup featuring three EcoBoost® engine choices, along with two hybrids, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid – something neither Toyota nor Honda offers midsize sedan shoppers.
“Fusion offers people a lot more car – including helpful technology, beautiful design and a more rewarding driving experience than other midsize sedans,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer, Global Product Development.
Together, Fusion V6 Sport, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi, and Fusion Platinum offer three different flavors of an award-winning lineup for midsize sedan customers.
Fusion V6 Sport adds continuously controlled damping for real-time suspension tuning based on setup and road inputs. The system features pothole detection technology that, in less than the blink of an eye, adjusts the shock absorbers to greatly reduce the severity of impact transmitted to occupants. Power and handling are complemented by unique, performance-inspired style inside and out. The look is distinguished by an aggressive exterior with deeper air intakes and a gloss black-finish mesh grille, 19-inch wheels, rear spoiler and dual twin exhaust outlets."
With the N. American truck market all abuzz with the news that Ford will reintroduce the Ford Ranger here it is not surprising that racing fans are watching the world racing scene to catch the truck in action as the Coyote V8 powered Ford Ranger is set to take on the most grueling event in all of motor sports; the South American Dakar Rally #Dakar2016! From News24.com:
"Chile - The Ford Ranger V8s built in South Africa by Neil Woolridge Motorsport has been taken over by DMAS South Racing and former WRC driver Xavier ‘Xevi’ Pons and Chilean Daniel Valdes Mas will campaign them in the 2016 Dakar race. South Racing ran a Ford Ranger in the 2015 Dakar Rally for the Argentine rally driver Federico Villagra, but the team and its strategic partner, Chilean-based DMAS Competicion, have developed the car during the course of the year with suspension revisions, new engine mapping and chassis improvements.
'Dakar Rally a great challenge'
Villagra who has driven for the Citroen, Mitsubishi and Subaru teams at the top level of rallying, will have Argentinian Riccardo Torlaschi as co-driver. Mas will be partnered by fellow countryman Juan Pablo Latrach. Follow the team during the race HERE!
Pic courtesy of SouthRacing.com
The 85,000 authorized Green CAV decals were issued to applicants that purchased or leased vehicles meeting California's Enhanced Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle or Transitional Zero-Emission Vehicle requirements.
All CAV decals must be reauthorized for use by the Federal Highway Administration. If re-authorization is not granted, the Clean Air Vehicle sticker program may end sooner than state law currently allows. State law extends the use of CAV decals for enhanced AT PZEV or TZEV through January 1, 2019."
There may be a few vehicles still available at select new car dealers that already have stickers issued from the dealership applying for them at a prior date in advance. See your Riverside HOV/EV headquarters, Raceway Ford, for details.
Debuting at this weeks auto show is the latest redesign in the SUV line-up from Ford, the 2017 Escape and it does not disappoint!
From Fords press release:
"LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17, 2015 – The popular Ford Escape SUV is newly engineered to make customers feel unstoppable – with even more driver-assist technologies to help enable safer and easier driving, new mobile connectivity that allows owners to interact with their vehicle from anywhere through a smartphone app, and two new efficient EcoBoost® engines.The new Escape is the first Ford vehicle in the world with available SYNC® Connect, allowing users to unlock doors, check fuel level and even locate where a vehicle is parked.
To help drivers feel more confident behind the wheel, driver-assist technologies available for the new Escape include adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake support, a lane-keeping system and enhanced active park assist. That’s all packed in a vehicle that has been redesigned from the inside out, including a driver and front passenger area upgraded with more storage space and mobile device charge ports.
“The compact SUV segment is the largest and most competitive in the United States, and the new Escape delivers even more of what our customers want – more technology they can really use to make their daily drive safer and easier,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas."
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Yes Ford Fans the day has arrived! Since the details were first released last year about the 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition we have been chomping at the bit so to speak, waiting for ours to arrive and the wait was worth it! Immediately recognizable by its unique custom car cover that fully wrapped it as it sat on the truck our special Pony arrived just yesterday and now sits proudly on our showroom floor, but wont stay in our stable long! Number 1850 of ONLY 1964 ever to be made this is indeed a collectors dream! If you are a Mustang fan you have to stop by Raceway Ford and see this gorgeous car in person before it finds a new home, and if you don't yet know all the details that make this commemorative edition Pony special you can read all about it HERE!
At the recent Geneva Auto Show Ford stole the spotlight on the worlds automotive stage yet again with the debut of the all-new, all wheel drive and all amazing Focus RS! Using the 2.3L EcoBoost borrowed from big brother the Mustang and sending its power thru the most sophisticated all wheel drive system ever developed bu the Blue Oval the new Focus will give American drivers the chance to have the type of RS fun that has only been experience by Ford fans in Europe for the last 40+ years of the RS badge's history. Since 1970 with the establishment the Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) division and release the now legendary RS1600 which handily won the grueling 16,000-mile London to Mexico World Cup Rally, the RS badge has been synonymous with high performance. The 2017 Focus RS more than lives up to the heritage of its legendary badge and promises to be a truly world class performance driving machine! Read more about this incredible little Pocket Rocket HERE, or stop by Raceway Ford today and take a look at our Focus inventory that you can drive home right now!
The annual Detroit Auto Show, or as it is now know around the world The North American International Auto Show, never fails to open the year with automotive excitement and this year the spot light is shinning on the Blue Oval. Over the last week the floor plan for the show was revealed and in the Ford display area were designated spots for display vehicles codenamed ‘Hummingbird’ and ‘Phoenix’ which fueled the rumor mill to full output! We will get to what those had to reveal in a moment, first we want to get you the details as we know them for the third reveal of the first day of the show; the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor!
Building on the reputation of the most powerful and capable four wheel drive pickup ever factory produced, the next generation Raptor takes serious off- roading to the next level entirely! In addition to the all aluminum construction of the new truck making it lighter than the awesome truck it replaces the 2017 Raptor will get its power from a twin turbo 3.5L EcoBoost that will develop more horsepower and torque than the monster 6.2L in the 2014 if you can believe it! Power will reach the wheels through an all new 10-Speed automatic transmission and Raptor pilots will have SIX driving modes to ensure that power is used to its fullest! New driving modes include; Normal (everyday stuff), Street (spirited hi-performance driving), Weather (for inclement conditions), Mud/Sand (for typical off road stuff), Baja (when a high speed desert run is needed) and Rock (for the crawling opportunities)! Larger Fox Racing Shox with greater travel, tuned high flow dual exhaust and a bigger stronger transfer case are just a few more dream items on the massive list of improvements for this new beast!
Now, for the mystery of the Hummingbird…. This morning the cover was pulled off of the most powerful, track-ready Mustang ever built by Ford, the 2016 Mustang GT350R. And yes, the R stands for Ridiculously Awesome! From the all new and all amazing “19 CARBON FIBER wheels at each corner to the (now lower) roof this Pony is pure adrenaline top to bottom! Reworking the car for aerodynamic improvement the put the headlights at an inch lower than a stock Mustang and that’s not all! Out back there is a huge rear spoiler, also carbon fiber, which will help keep the hind quarters firmly land locked and help keep those massive tires gripping the tarmac! Maintaining traction was at the fore front of the Ford Performance Team because they knew it would be near impossible to harness the ponies that will be produced by the all new, first ever for Ford, flat plane crankshaft 5.2L V8 under the hood! Rumors have been flying and no firm numbers are available yet however its very safe to say that horsepower will be well above 500 and torque will be simply monstrous! At every point the eye focuses there is pure performance. On the outside there is a new rear diffuser and a multitude of new vents. Air coolers for engine oil and the 6-Speed manual transmission will keep the high revving action well lubricated and power will applied to the wide rears by a 3.73 ratio, limited slip Torsen rear axle. Set to go on sales later this year as a 2016 model racers and enthusiasts around the country have already made bee lines for their nearest dealerships to get their names on the waiting list!
And finally, the biggest news of the show, if not the year as a whole….. This morning Ford announced the return of an American built, world class supercar; the Ford GT! 2016 will be the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans and to honor that momentous occasion will be no less than the most advanced Ford supercar ever; the Ford GT featuring the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower! Dreamed up by a passionate group of dedicated Ford Performance believers and then built with the specific intention of hunting Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and McLarens the Ford GT sets the new standard for the term Supercar. Built around a carbon fibers driver cell with aluminum front and rear sub-frames that have been encapsulated in structural carbon fiber body panels the GT promises an incredible on track driving experience with world class performance. From the huge ceramic disc brakes at each corner to the tear drop shaped, fighter aircraft inspires fuselage with enhanced visibility curved windshield, every aspect of the Ford GT screams ‘Full Bore Adrenaline Fueled Track Domination”! As it was meant to….
Full details will be coming soon on all three new additions to the Ford Performance line up and you can see more pics of the gorgeous GT HERE, read more on the GT350R HERE and the Raptor HERE. As always Ford fans, stay tuned here for the latest breaking news!
Like many thousands of Pony fans around the world we were incredibly excited to see the Internet explode with the headlines that the 2015 Mustang production had started at the Flat Rock plant! As we anxiously scanned all the automotive news sites for info we noticed the picture below in many posts and suddenly remembered that our first, non customer ordered, Mustang is in fact a Competition Orange GT coupe like the one being assembled here… could this Pony be destined for Raceway Ford? We sure hope so that’s for sure!!! Stay tuned Ford Fans, it will be here in a matter of days and if you want to know the specs on it you can find them HERE.