Mickey Thompson, ROUSH Performance Partner on 2016 Ford F-150

Mickey Thompson, ROUSH Performance Partner on 2016 Ford F-150 | Off-Road.com Blog

Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels has collaborated with ROUSH Performance once again to create a one-of-a-kind 2016 Ford F-150.


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The 2016 ROUSH F-150 features a set of unique ROUSH-M/T Metal Series 20-inch wheels and Mickey Thompson Baja ATZP3 all-terrain tires. This addition to the ROUSH lineup takes Ford’s new aluminum-bodied F-150 truck, and enhances it with a host of body components, ROUSH graphics, interior components and performance upgrades.

“Teaming up with ROUSH to design the new 20-inch co-branded ROUSH-M/T Metal Series wheels wrapped with the popular Baja ATZP3’s for this F-150 has been a great experience,” stated Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing for Mickey Thompson. “The F-150 retains its place as the most popular pickup with more than 250,000 sold by the end of April this year. We’ve worked with ROUSH to create a show-stopping performance F-150 with impressive off-road capability.”

The specially designed Baja ATZP3 combines Mickey Thompson’s T4 chip-resistant tread compound with PowerPly sidewall construction, beefy tread blocks and an extra-wide footprint to create a tough all-terrain tire that’s perfect for off-road use. It also delivers a smooth ride on the street.

The unique ROUSH-M/T Metal Series wheels feature an eight-spoke, matte black design with a milled lip and branded pop-top center cap for great style, durability and easy care.

In addition to a host of body components and graphics, the F-150 includes a ROUSH side-exit exhaust system and a FOX 2.0 Performance Series suspension system, as well as molded front and rear floor liners from WeatherTech, a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and more. For details, visit ROUSHperformance.com.

Uber Jumps Into the Self-Driving Wars With a Ford Fusion

The ride-hailing giant is about to start testing its own self-driving technology, with a Ford Fusion test car. How does Uber’s effort stack up to rivals’?

It’s been known for a while that the most valuable of Silicon Valley’s “unicorn” companies has been working on developing its own self-driving technology. But for the most part, the program has been shrouded in secrecy.

Here’s what we know about a potential dark horse in the race to fully self-driving cars.

A visible sign of Uber’s push toward self-driving technology

Here’s the background: Last year, Uber announced the creation of what it called an “Advanced Technologies Center” (ATC) in Pittsburgh. The center, described as part of a “strategic partnership” with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), was said at the time to be focused on “research and development, primarily in the areas of mapping and vehicle safety and autonomy technology.” Uber chose to partner with CMU because of the latter’s expertise with robotics and related technologies.

Review: Luxury name of game in Ford Explorer Platinum model

BASE PRICE: $31,050 for base model; $33,050 for base model with 4WD; $33,400 for XLT; $35,400 for XLT 4WD; $41,300 for Limited; $43,300 for Limited 4WD; $43,500 for Sport; $52,970 for Platinum.
Ford’s long-running Explorer SUV goes upscale in a big way with the new-for-2016 Platinum model that rivals traditional luxury SUVs with its numerous high-tech features, quilted-stitched leather seats and exclusive sound system.  
The Platinum model, which comes with standard front and rear cameras, automatic parking system for parallel and perpendicular parking maneuvers, 20-inch wheels and a Sony 500-watt audio system, is accompanied by a luxury-like starting retail price of $53,915, making it the most expensive Explorer. A base, front-wheel drive model is $31,995.

The 2016 Platinum model also has standard four-wheel drive and the most powerful engine offering for the 2016 Explorer — a twin-turbocharged, EcoBoost V-6 that generates 365 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque. Until this model, that engine had been reserved for the Explorer Sport, which, as its name implies, is designed with a firm suspension and quick steering response. The Explorer Platinum offers a still-controlled but less firm ride and its steering feels more mainstream.

Like all 2016 Explorers, the Platinum model has fresh exterior styling, including a grille that reminds some people of a Range Rover.

But it’s the interior styling, breadth of features and unique touches that sticks with a driver. In the test vehicle, the leather, multi-contour front seats, which are new and wide, had quilted stitching that is reminiscent of an Audi; there was even leather and stitching on the dashboard. The side pillars at the windshield are covered in fabric, too, and real aluminum and ash wood, not plastic, are used to accent the interior doors and dashboard. Details include a wood- and leather-wrapped heated steering wheel with stitching that matches that found elsewhere in this Explorer. A  large dual-pane moonroof provides natural light and airiness to the front two rows of seats. A good amount of seat movement fore and aft makes it easy to apportion comfortable legroom in these two rows.

The driver’s seat comes with power-adjustable pedals that move up and down to help every driver get comfortable. Everyone in the vehicle sits up high and has good views out, though the thick pillars at the sides of the windshield obscure views when making turns. But the Explorer Platinum’s 180-degree front camera — located below the grille and comes with a washer to keep it clean — can help when pulling out of a driveway or parking lot. The camera is in addition to ultrasonic sensors on the bumper that alert a driver when the vehicle is getting too close to an object in front.

The Explorer Platinum impresses with its hushed interior. But the sound system’s Live Acoustics and Clear Phase technology bring concert-quality audio to life.

The 3.5-liter, double-overhead cam, turbocharged, Ecoboost V-6 gives this vehicle spirited power, even while delivering more than 18 miles per gallon in combined city/highway travel. The only transmission is a six speed automatic.

Reliability of the Ford Explorer is rated at just above average by Consumer Reports, and the federal government said the 2016 Explorer earned five out of five stars in frontal and side crash tests.

There have been three U.S. safety recalls of the 2016 Explorer. They involved a parking brake that may not fully engage, fuel tank straps that may not have been properly bolted on and engine block heaters that may overheat and increase the risk of a fire.

TYPE: Front-engine, four-wheel drive, six-passenger, large sport utility vehicle.

ENGINE: 3.5-liter, double overhead cam, twin-turbocharged and intercooled, EcoBoost V-6.

MILEAGE: 16 mpg (city), 22 mpg (highway).

TOP SPEED: 123 mph.

LENGTH: 198.3 inches.

WHEELBASE: 112.8 inches.

CURB WEIGHT: 4,890 pounds.

OPTIONS: Second-row bucket seats $695; Ruby Red metallic paint $395; second-row middle console $150.

Ford Focus Electric – A good buy if your know what to expect ahead of time

It has been three years and 60,000 plus miles behind the wheel of this couple’s Ford Focus Electric and the car has performed well. In the battery only segment, the car still compares well to its main competitor, the Nissan LEAF.
At this juncture, it is clear the Focus Electric is a compliance car, sold only to meet zero emission requirements (check previous monthly US sales for the Ford here). For those who lease, this may not be an issue, but for those like me who endure two decades of prodding from a spouse before parting ways with their beloved 92 Nissan Pick Up, Ford’s lack of commitment to the vehicle is a concern. Since the chassis parts are shared with the gasoline version less so there, but the electric drivetrain components may be an issue down the road.

In 2015 the Focus Electric (top) was slightly refreshed
Likes and Kudos:

Liquid thermal control of battery temperature

Tight, precise steering and handling

Chassis parts shared with gas version

Display is very advanced and can be customized

Good phone/app integration

Logical layout and grouping of controls

Ability to see actual real time energy usage

Little or no observed decrease in range

Ford Focus Mileage Estimater Found Competent

For me this mental calculus is now second nature and I have yet to miscalculate, but yes, life does throw you some curveballs that require more driving than you planned. Nail biting moments ensued, but in every case the car did make it without me having to go Fred Flintstone on it. Drive at 30 mph in a 45mph zone? Yes. Actually push? No. The car’s range estimator does a very good job in this regard.

The problem is that these are calculations that neither my wife nor freshly minted license bearing daughter are willing to make. If it is a round trip of 30 miles or less, they’ll use it. Otherwise, Dad can just shut his face about how many times he has driven the car to point x and back with plenty of range left.

Ford Focus Battery Depleted Warning

Ford Focus Electric – A good buy if your know what to expect ahead of time

Ford F-150 Raptor vs Nissan Titan Warrior: Looking Into A Mirror

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2016-nissan-titan-xd-2017-ford-raptorsssdLet’s face it, the Raptor is sexy in a way that the handsome, but comparatively staid Titan just can’t quite match.

It did felt like we were looking into the mirror when both these models were on display at the Detroit Auto Show. Both Ford and Nissan decided to show off their Ford F-150 Raptor and Nissan Titan Warrior at the same time.



Both models came in with the same exterior color. The tires, and design also matched leaving many to wonder if one of them copied the other. While they might look the same on the outside, the engine under the hood is not the same at all.

The Ford F-150 Raptor was running on a 3.5 liter turbocharged engine that will be pushing out about 450hp and was mated to a 10 speed auto transmission. The Nissan Titan Warrior, on the other hand, will come in with a 5.0 liter Cummins turbodiesel engine that will be mated to a seven-speed auto transmission.

Which model do you think won at the show? Let’s face it, the Raptor is sexy in a way that the handsome, but comparatively staid Titan just can’t quite match.

At any rate, the new Raptor promises to be more agile than ever with its lighter weight overall as well as the better balance with the boat anchor of the old 6.2 liter V8 big-block replaced with the EcoBoost V6.


In fairness, this isn’t an apples to apples face off because the Raptor is a production intent vehicle that lands on dealership lots this fall. It’s the real deal, not faking, you can buy one. Nissan on the other hand shows they’ve got some serious bones to work with if they press the start button to compete.

The bottom line is that it’s a good to see the automakers showing some balls in the face of ever tightening CAFE standards which are out to kill all the fun. Hopefully Nissan joins in with something like the Warrior, but even if they don’t, the Raptor ain’t a bad way to spend an afternoon at all.

Despite the Titan XD out-pacing the Raptor by a nearly four-to-one margin in terms of page views on our website, we would probably say the Raptor has a broader appeal to a general audience than the somewhat niche Titan XD. Although we expect initial demand and sales to be strong for the Titan XD, when the new Raptor starts rolling off the line, we anticipate months-long waiting lists, five-figure dealer markups, and plenty of action-packed photos of it kicking up sand, blasting across lake beds, and jumping whoops online and in magazines. Let’s face it, the Raptor is sexy in a way that the handsome, but comparatively staid Titan just can’t quite match.


2018 Ford Expedition / Lincoln Navigator: Staying Large while Slimming Down

What It Is: A Ford F-series with a longer roof, three rows of seats, and a whiff of Queen Family Truckster.
Why It Matters: People still buy personal-use minibuses and will continue to, even if gas rises back above $3 a gallon.
Platform: Although body stamping likely will be different, the Expedition/Navigator will follow the same steel-frame, aluminum-body approach as the F-150. Aluminum saved several hundred pounds on the F-150; the SUVs will see a similarly significant mass savings. As with current versions, the new SUVs will surely ride on independent rear suspensions.

Powertrain: These body-on-frame twins will carry on with their current powertrain strategy of offering only twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6s. It’s likely that the 2.7-liter will share the roster with the 3.5.
Competition: GM’s Suburban-based Cadillac, Chevy, and GMC triplets outsell the Ford/Lincoln duo by more than four to one. And somehow the Infiniti QX80, the soon-to-be-replaced Nissan Armada, and the Toyota Sequoia all outsell the aged Navigator.

Estimated Arrival and Price: Late 2017 as a 2018 model, with prices mirroring today’s: from about $47,000 for a base Expedition to beyond $80,000 for a loaded Navigator L.


Matthew McConaughey’s ads for Ford’s luxury brand have inspired buzz and late-night TV parodies for years.

What’s it like to drive a 2017 Lincoln MKZ?

According to actor and Lincoln brand rep Matthew McConaughey, it’s like a hot shave from a barber with a straight razor; listening to a jazz ensemble; and jumping into a pool at midnight with your tailor-made suit on.
Those are the scenarios the Academy Award-winning actor finds himself in for Lincoln’s new ad campaign for the luxury midsize sedan. The ads will begin airing Monday on prime-time hits such as “Dancing With the Stars,” “Castle” and “The Voice.”

The 30-second spots — “Shave,” “Ensemble” and “Midnight” — debut the “It’s like that” tagline as well as “The exhilarating new Lincoln MKZ.” Both are featured at the end of each ad.

All three of the ads feature McConaughey spliced with shots of the vehicle, as each situation reminds him of driving the MKZ, which is arriving in dealerships. McConaughey appears in the ads but doesn’t say a word — a tactic from ads last year for the Lincoln MKX crossover.

Focus RS undercuts the BMW M2 by quite a lot in terms of price. Focus RS is Focus RS is the best hot hatch on the market! 

 When the BMW M2 first debuted, many comparisons were drawn between it and the Ford Focus RS. 

The reason for that slightly odd comparison is that both put out similar power and performance figures and came out at around the same time. 

However, the Focus RS undercuts the BMW M2 by quite a lot, in terms of price, so it’s the more attractive package to many potential buyers. However, there’s also another player in the game, one that’s a bit older, that also puts out similar power and performance numbers but competes with the M2 in price as well, the Audi RS3.
All three cars are blisteringly fast, all three cars are incredibly capable on the track and all three cars are fun to drive. But which is best? Well, Auto Express drove all three to find out. 
In terms of power, all three cars develop similar levels of horsepower, with the BMW M2 making 365 hp, the Ford Focus RS making 350 hp and the Audi RS3 making 362 hp. So they’re all in the same ballpark. It’s also funny how all of their engines are inline turbocharged engines with increasing cylinder counts. The Ford Focus RS uses a turbocharged 2.3 liter inline-four, the Audi RS3 uses a turbocharged 2.5 liter inline-five and the BMW M2 uses a turbocharged 3.0 liter inline-six.
The BMW and Audi were mated to seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes for this test while the Ford uses a six-speed manual. The BMW M2 is available with a six-speed manual but the Audi RS3 is not and is dual-clutch-only. Both the Ford Focus RS and Audi RS3 are all-wheel drive, while the BMW M2 is rear-wheel drive. So while these cars have similar engines and power, the way they actually drive is very different. So let’s see how they stack up.

Let’s start with the Audi RS3, which took third place in this test. Auto Express gives a familiar review of the RS3, as it’s been out for some time now, and it’s that the RS3 is a very fast car with a brilliant engine and gearbox and sensational all-wheel drive grip. However, the steering is numb and uninspiring and so is the chassis, so it never ends up being much fun. It’s blisteringly fast and immensely capable, but it just doesn’t get the blood pumping like the other two do. However, it’s probably the best daily driver, as it’s suspension is surprisingly comfortable and it’s by far the best in bad weather. But these are sports cars and they need to be fun, something the RS3 really isn’t in this company.
The BMW M2 actually takes second place in this comparison. Its chassis is said to be brilliant, the best of the bunch, and its steering is great, as is its engine. It’s probably the most fun to drive, with the Focus RS trailing it by just a bit. It also has a great cabin, a big trunk and great everyday livability. Oh, and it’s the only car here that’s rear-wheel drive, the way sports cars are meant to be. However, according to Auto Express, it’s not enough to overcome its £16,580 ($23,884) price disadvantage. Many folks would be willing to spend that extra for its rear-wheel drive chassis and brilliant steering (this guy), but it’s very hard to ignore the Focus RS’ performance/value proposition.
So that means the Ford Focus RS takes first place. Its buzzy little engine, that’s as punchy as it is small, six-speed manual and tenacious all-wheel drive traction make the Focus RS a blast to drive. It’s been said that it could possibly be the best hot hatch on the market and the best one in decades, it’s that good. So mix that in with its hatchback practicality and great price and you’ve got a sports car that’s tough to beat.

It’s pretty common knowledge among auto enthusiasts that the F30 generation of the BMW 3 Series is likely the least favorite in the model’s storied …
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Ford Escape gets major makeover for 2017

SUV/CUVs now make up one third of vehicle sales in Canada and the U.S., which Ford expects to grow to 40 per cent by 2020.  
Smart styling, lusty engines and good highway fuel economy.
The new Ford SYNC 3 system that takes connectivity up to the next level.

In the high stakes of the compact crossover arena, no detail can be overlooked and that certainly applies to the 2017 Ford Escape.
SUV/CUVs now make up one third of vehicle sales in Canada and the U.S., which Ford expects to grow to 40 per cent by 2020. Last year, sales in the U.S. topped five million, and in Canada, more than 700,000.

So for the 2017 model, Ford made sure not to change what makes Escape so popular, but to improve it inside and out.
There are three trim levels starting with the base S with a 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder producing 168 hp and 170 lb/ft of torque driving the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel rating is 11.1/8.1L/100 km city/highway.
There are two new EcoBoost engines available for the mid-trim SE and toptrim Titanium. Standard on the SE and Titanium is stop/start technology, which Ford says improves fuel economy by 4-6 per cent in stop-and-go traffic.
The 1.5-litre EcoBoost direct injection engine produces 179 hp and 177 lb/ft of torque, while the 2.0-litre EcoBoost direct injection unit makes 245 hp and 275 lb/ft of torque both with a six-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters.
COMPETITOR: Toyota hybrid RAV4 lineup

Escape Ecoboost

Front-wheel-drive is standard on the SE and Titanium with all-wheel-drive available.
Fuel consumption on the 1.5-litre (FWD/AWD) is 10.2/7.9L/100 km and 10.7/8.3L/100 km respectively city/highway. With the 2.0-litre it is 10.6/8.0L/100 km and 11.5/8.7L/100 km respectively.
When properly equipped, towing for the 2.5/1.5/2.0-litre engines is 1,500/2,000/3,500 lb respectively.
Cargo volume is 34.0 cu ft behind the second row seat and 68 cu ft behind the front seats.

Ford revamped the 2017 Escape’s appearance inside and out with the focus on ergonomics, with the shifter moved back to improve access to the climate controls with an added storage bin with a lighted USB port for charging cellphones.
2017 ford escape interior

The centre console gets cupholders designed for all kinds of containers, bins in front and behind the cupholders, added storage, “swing-bin” glove box and an all-new steering wheel and easy-to-work buttons to control audio, adaptive cruise control and SYNC 3 voice command systems.

The exterior features a redesigned hood and raised trapezoidal grille with low-beam projector headlights.
New for 2017 is the Sport Appearance Package, available on the SE and Titanium with 19-inch Ebony Black painted aluminum wheels, liberal use of exterior black trim pieces on the outside and partial leather trimmed sports seats with contrasting stitching, leather shift knob and steering wheel.
The Escape now has Ford SYNC 3 that is a major improvement over the previous system and allows interaction by voice control or tapping on the upper centre stack screen.
Believe it or not, you can ask it for restaurant suggestions by simply saying, “I’m hungry.”

It also offers music search and control, voice recognition and SIRI seamless integration.

An interesting feature when using a cellphone is a “Do Not Disturb” feature that blocks incoming calls, but still allows the driver to make voice-activated outgoing calls. Incoming calls are changed into text messages on the cellphone where they are stored to be read at a later date.

At the Canadian press launch, the drive route was Calgary to Jasper and back again the next day, providing some 800 km of “seat time”

There were no 2.0-litre models available, but a mix of SE and Titaniums including some Sport models.

They drove a SE Sport up to Jasper with the 1.5-litre engine and found it a very tightly put together package that tracked exactly where pointed with spunky acceleration and seamless shifting.

During the drive, the Ford spokesman explained SYNC in detail including pairing his cellphone, which we used as our navigation system on the centre screen.

One of the features on the Escape is called Driver Alert that uses the available lane keeping system and senses when the vehicle is veering and provides a warning in the instrument cluster and vibrates the steering wheel.
Escape also offers Adaptive Cruise Control that uses sensors to spot a slow moving or stopped vehicle ahead and automatically starts braking.
The Escape has all the qualities that are attracting buyers to crossovers, compacts in particular.
And now with smaller, frugal but powerful new engines, the Escape has more to offer than ever.
COMPETITOR: Kia’s 2017 Sportage 

BODY STYLE: Compact five-seat crossover
DRIVE METHOD: Front-engine, front- or all-wheel-drive with six-speed automatic transmission. No manual available
ENGINE: 2.5-litre inline four cylinder (168 hp, 170 lb/ft); 1.5-litre direct injection twin-turbo four-cylinder (179 hp, 177 lb/ft); 2.0-litre direct injection twin turbo (245 hp, 275 lb/ft)
CARGO VOLUME: 34.0 cu ft behind the second row, 68 cu ft behind front seats
TOW RATING: (Properly equipped) 2.5-litre, 1,500 lb; 1.5-litre, 2,000 lb; 2.0-litre, 3,500 lb respectively
FUEL ECONOMY: (Regular) 2.5-litre, 11.1/8.1L/100 km city/highway; 1.5-litre (FWD/AWD) 10.2/7.9L/100 km and 10.7/8.3L/100 km respectively; 2.0-litre, 10.6/8.0L/100 km and 11.5/8.7L/100 km respectively.
PRICE: (Starting) S FWD, $25,099; SE FWD, $27,599; SE AWD, $29,799; Titanium FWD, 33,799; Titanium AWD $35,999; shipping fee, $1,690

‘Drive4UrSchool’ raises $6,000 for high school’s DECA


For each free test drive of a Ford vehicle on Saturday, Wareham’s DECA program received $20 during the Drive4UrSchool program.The goal was to get 300 participants, and by the second hour, there were already 150 people that signed up to take vehicles out for a spin.

“We’ll have over that,” said Mike Cali, one of Wareham High School’s business teachers and an organizer of the event.

This is the third year that the club has hosted the event. Though it doesn’t come around every year, when it does, community members don’t fail to show up.

“This community is absolutely fabulous,” Cali said, explaining the turn out and how the police department donated all the cones and caution tapes for the event.

“We constantly battle with a reputation. I tell the kids, you make our rep what you want it to be,” said Cali.

Officer Dean Decas of the Wareham Police Department supervised the event and seconded the sentiment.

“Look at all the students here on a Sunday and look at what they’re doing,” he said.

There were students spread throughout Wareham, holding signs and raising awareness of the event while it occurred.

Students and their parents were the ones coordinating the test drives and drivers. Students took the drivers to the vehicles and waited with them while parents sat with the participants during the test drives.

There were five Wareham Ford vehicles to choose from: the Edge, Explorer, F-150, Taurus and Fusion.

With some music to set the mood, the event also had chips, drinks and hot dogs available to the public.

Ford hosts thousands of these events across the country. On that same day, there were 42 other locations nationwide hosting the same event. According to program’s website, the goal was to “devise a creative, low-pressure fund-raising opportunity” and raise $6,000 in the community each time.


The F-150 retains its value better than almost any other truck on the market

Shopping for an automobile is 

fun, exciting, and nerve wracking. Not only do you want to purchase a vehicle that drives well and looks good, but you also want to ensure you’re getting the best return on your investment. Well, the truth is that there are only a handful of automobiles  that hold their value over the years.



“The Ford F-150 isn’t just the  

 best-selling truck in America, it’s the best-selling vehicle, period,” says KBB. “Offering best-in-class towing, payload and fuel economy (among gasoline-powered trucks), the F-150 continues to be the full-size truck to beat. And now it’s a back-to-back winner in the truck category of our annual Best Buy Awards.” The F-150 retains its value better than almost any other truck on the market.

800 Miles In The 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang: A Raucous Muscle Car For Everyman


If high-performance cars with layers of electronic controls feel too refined, too sanitized, then Ford’s raucous 2017 Shelby GT350 Mustang should prove an ideal Saturday morning palette cleanser.

To reconnect with genetic origins and measure the Shelby GT350 on empty roads, I drove Chassis G0029 to Vegas to visit Pete Brock, who was chief designer for Shelby American in the 1960s, part of the “Original Venice Crew” that forged the Shelby legend.

 Detroit loyalists often use the phrase “Point it and punch it,” and that applies here, GT350’s V8 serving up 526 horsepower and 428 ft. lbs. of torque, enough to snap your kneck. 

the ridiculous mob that formed around the car this morning is any indication, the new Ford GT is going to be one hell of a car.
The successor to Ford’s famed line of GT models — most recently produced in the mid-aughts — the latest GT uses a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 making over 600 horsepower. Designed to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the car will go into production late next year for sale in “select global markets” — and needless to say, it won’t be cheap.
It’s not all engine, though; there’s technology here, too. Ford is quick to note that the recently introduced Sync 3 system will be included on the GT, which is made primarily of carbon fiber and aluminum.


Hundreds of car lovers sent Ford video pleas to buy the new GT


Earlier this year, Ford unveiled its newest GT — a carbon fiber and aluminum supercar with a twin-turbo V6 engine and a mob of admirers. The company has committed to making only 500 GTs over the next two years, and last month opened up an online application process to find deserving buyers. The company now says that it’s received 6,506 applications to purchase the new GT, with “hundreds” of registrars also recording videos in an attempt to boost their chances.

In an attempt to weed out the nobodies, applicants were asked questions like whether they contributed to any Ford-affiliated charities, or whether their company supplied parts to the Ford Motor Company. In a press release, Ford said: “Creative applicants featured children, lighting effects, racing footage, revving engines, garage tours and life stories to show why they should own the all-new Ford GT.” At this point, the company should stop teasing people and just turn this process into a reality TV show, with applicants attempting to woo the 600 horsepower supercar like a motoring-themed episode of The Bachelor.


2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty 

The all-new Ford F-250 Super Duty’s body may be made of lightweight aluminum, but its trim and option packages are as heavy as ever. Consumers can choose among five trim levels—XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum—as well as regular, SuperCab, and Crew Cab body styles, gasoline or turbo-diesel V-8 engines, and 6.75- or 8.0-foot bed lengths, as well as rear- or four-wheel drive.

Prices for the truck are up across the board, with the least expensive F-250 receiving a modest $150 bump in price. Don’t assume that holds true for all versions, though, as the top-of-the-line F-250 Super Duty Platinum sees its base price increase by a whopping $5070. All F-250s come standard with an SOHC 6.2-liter V-8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission; Ford offers its 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V-8 for $8595 on all models.
Ford F-250 Super Duty XL Regular Cab, $33,730: Bottom-rung F-250s come standard with a single cab and an 8.0-foot bed. Options on this truck are many, with four-wheel drive running a cool $2795. Basic power necessities such as power windows and locks and remote keyless entry, among other things, are bundled in the Power Equipment group for $915. You can get Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system with navigation and an 8.0-inch touchscreen, but you’ll have to choose more than $2000 in option packages to do so. Buyers looking for advanced safety options will want to check the boxes for a rearview camera ($370) and a blind-spot warning system ($540). The Ultimate Trailer Tow package ($710) lives up to its name and comes with a 360-degree camera system with trailer reverse guidance, a rear camera in the center high-mounted stop light (CHMSL) to give a clear view of the bed, an LED CHMSL, and a rearview camera. The XL Value package ($720) includes chrome front and rear bumpers, a 4.2-inch screen in the truck’s center stack, an upgraded stereo, chrome wheel hub covers, and cruise control. Spending $1180 nets consumers the XL-exclusive STX Appearance package, which includes STX fender vent badging, unique 18-inch wheels and tires, chrome bumpers and wheel hub covers, and a chrome grille. Four-wheel-drive shoppers can also spend $295 on the FX4 Off-Road package, which adds special decals to the truck’s box, Rancho shocks front and rear, hill descent control, a transfer case, and skid plates to protect the fuel tank.