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2016 Ford GT Le Mans To Make Track Debut At Daytona

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The 2016 Ford GT Le Mans race car is set to make its debut on the race track at the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona before finally running the full schedule at the FIA World Endurance Championship and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

It can be remembered that the iconic Blue Oval officially made its return at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show after nearly a decade. This marks the car’s entrance to the race track family again.

Outside, the Ford GT is easily recognizable as a GT in racing apparel, though it had extensive body modifications for maximum downforce and minimum drag. The front end, in particular, has little resemblance to the good old GT, except for the vented hood and trapezoidal grille.

The bumper is less intricate in styling and has a massive splitter. It also sports a pair of new headlamps that are shaped slightly different from the standard car.

Although Ford decided to keep the standard design for the sides, it added larger side skirts that can now handle exhaust outlets toward the rear wheels—four race-spec, ultra-lightweight rims wrapped around Michelin tires.

There are plenty of changes at the back, but these are mainly the flat spoiler and the rear bumper. The GT’s rear end is the most aggressive of any LM GTE cars, reports said.

Of course, the car is dressed in the American flag’s colors with the “24 Hours of Le Mans” racing number stickers.

Inside, it is way too loaded for a race car, although most of the gears are essential for racing. The multifunction, racing steering wheel, however, will be in front of a much simpler instrument cluster.

The Ford GT race car will make use of a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine used already on its IMSA Daytona Prototype endurance racer. This engine can produce about 500 horsepower, though this would depend on the final weight of the racer.

Capping off the drivetrain is a seven-speed, dual-clutch transaxle, which will allow the GT to reach top speeds in excess of 200mph. It can also go 0-60mph in less than 3 seconds.

Photos via TopSpeed

2016 Ford Fiesta ST Le Mans 50th Anniversary Edition Coming Soon

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Ford is releasing special editions of their Focus ST, Focus RS and Mustang just in time for the Le Mans 50th anniversary. The new Ford Fiesta ST special edition, which will be covered in black livery with gray racing stripes that run from front to rear, is being built specifically for the French market.

There would only be 50 units of the Fiesta ST Le Mans 50th Anniversary Edition, reports said.

On the exterior, the Fiesta ST Le Mans is quite similar to the looks of the No. 2 GT40 from 1966. They have the same front and rear fascias, front and rear light units, radiator grille, and same wheels.

Inside, there’s the same styling and features as the current Fiesta. There’s the oversized six-speed shifter with leather accents on the center console, as well as MyFord’s Touch infotainment system as standard.

The only difference in this special edition Fiesta is the plate on the center console that read “1966-2016” and “Limited Edition 50 units.” There’s also that classic Ford racing logo from the 1960s.

Fiesta also has that “sound symposer” located under the dashboard, making you think you’re going faster than you actually are.

That being said, you’ll be more disappointed with what you find under the hood. Despite it being a tribute to Le Mans, we found nothing special on the engine. It has the same 1.6-liter, EcoBoost that produces 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque.

With a six-speed manual transmission, the Fiesta can go 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds. It has a top speed of 130 mph. It seems to be an underwhelming effort to pay tribute to the GT40. But since there are only 50 production units of the special edition Fiesta, Ford fans will certainly want to get their hands on this.

The Fiesta ST Le Mans edition will sell for $30,428, an increase of $2,684 from the current price of the regular Fiesta.

Ford Focus 1.0L Ecoboost Now Available In Automatic Transmission

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The Ford Focus 1.0L Ecoboost was previously just available in manual gearbox. Although this would be the best for the car, that’s not exactly a good strategy in the US. Therefore, Ford decided to come up with the automatic transmission variant of the car.

This means the Ecoboost engine is now equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission both for the Focus 1.0L sedan and hatchback models.

According to a report, the automatic transmission version has a turbocharged three cylinder as compared to the 2.0-liter four-cylinder found on the six-speed dual-clutch on manual Ford Focus models. Having an automatic transmission means the Focus Ecoboost would lose some of the fuel economy of the smaller engine on the manual gearbox.

The automatic transmission version gets 28/40/32 mpg (city/highway/combined) compared to the manual’s 30/42/35 mpg. That’s a bit higher than 2.0-liter automatic, which is rated at 27/40/31 mpg (city/highway/combined).

It doesn’t matter what the transmission is, but the 1.0 liter engine powers up 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. The manual Focus 1.0L sedan originally introduced had a 0-to-60 mph time of 9.4 seconds, two seconds slower than the 2.0L Focus.

The 1.0L engine, which is available for the SE trim level, costs $495 extra on its own, but the automatic transmission would add more on top of that. The automatic transmission adds $1,095 to the cost, but also requires $895 for the SE Ecoboost Appearance Package.

The package includes 16-inch wheels, rear disc brakes, and some LED lighting accents.

In total, the Focus 1.0L Ecoboost will be priced at $21,380 for the sedan or $21,880 for the hatchback.

The initial preference of Focus fans would be the manual transmission still because of its fuel economy, of course. But if you can’t stomach a manual transmission because of having to use the clutch, then you’ll appreciate the new powertrain option of an automatic gearbox.

2016 Ford F-150 MVP Edition Announced For Kansas City Royals

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Ford is honoring baseball team Kansas City Royals for its 2015 World Series victory by announcing a limited F-150 , which is aptly called the MVP Edition. It is only fitting Ford does something for Kansas City, Missouri since this is where the brand builds about half of its F-150 pickups.

According to the company, the truck will feature a unique appearance through add-ons and bespoke badges. Suggested by a Ford customer, the MVP Edition is based on the 1986 Ford Ranger MVP Edition, the first time Kansas celebrated a professional baseball world championship.

It will include a special MVP badging, unique polished stainless rocker panels, and a spray-in bedliner.

Gary Johnson, Ford vice president for North America manufacturing, said that the team is a great example of what efficient teamwork means. He likened the team to the company’s manufacturing team at Kansas City Assembly Plant.

The customizations for the Ford F-150 MVP Edition are being added at Kansas City’s SubTropolis underground business complex. This is where Ford applies custom accessories to vehicles in its energy-efficient cave system.

The truck will remain a standard F-150 with the XLM trim level though the 302A group adds features such as a 4.2-inch productivity screen in the gauge cluster, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear-view camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist, Class IV trailer hitch, SiriusXM radio, remote start, 10-way power front seats with heating functions, SNYC3, power-sliding rear window with privacy glass, LED cargo box lighting, and 18-inch, polished chrome wheels, chrome door and tailgate handles, a chrome exhaust tip, and chrome side steps.

The group also adds $5,245 to the XLT’s price.

Ford is requiring the 302A and Chrome packages, but Kansas City area Ford dealerships can choose the Crew Cab XLT F-150 with four engine options—2WD or 4WD—and features like Trailer Backup Assist.

Ford Debuts Its Hotter Fiesta ST200 At The Geneva Auto Show

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We’ve long heard about the hotter version of the Ford Fiesta that the company is gearing to release during the Geneva Motor Show. Now, we see full videos and photos of the ST200—a model referring to the new power level of the Fiesta, thanks to Motor Authority.

Of course, we should be clear that the power reference of 200 is measured in metric horsepower. In the United States, the Ford Fiesta ST200 would have 197 hp on tap.

The car enjoys a turbocharged 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine like the Fiesta ST. And although the ST did develop a 197 hp, that was temporary and was hit because of an overboost function.

On the other hand, the ST200 has its own overboost function that has peak output of 212 hp for bursts of 15 seconds. Peak torque is normally at 214 pound-feet and as much as 236 lb-ft with overboost.

Potential buyers of the ST200 can get to choose a six-speed manual transmission, which is the standard for this car. But thanks to a new 4.06 final drive ratio—down from 3.82 in the Fiesta ST—drivers can enjoy better in-gear acceleration that will make driving more enjoyable.

In terms of speed, the Fiesta ST200 can go 0-62 mph in 6.7 seconds, down from 6.9 seconds for the Fiesta ST. The top speed is at 143 mph.

When it comes to the exterior, the ST200 is not far from the Fiesta ST, so Ford decided to add an exclusive Storm Gray exterior finish for this line. There’s also the special 17-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, Recaro seats, illuminated door sills, and “ST200” badges.

Production for the ST200 will begin in June for the European market. Ford hasn’t confirmed if the Fiesta ST200 will be in local showrooms, but with its price range, I bet Ford lovers would want to get their hands on this.

As much as the new Focus RS was loved and accepted, its starting price of $36,605 leaves much to be desired. That’s where Fiesta ST200 comes in, as well as the fact that the current Fiesta will soon be unavailable because prototypes for the next generation model have already been launched.

The launch of the Fiesta ST200 at the Geneva Motor Show is a good way for the current model to bow out.

Ford Fiesta ST Upgraded To 200 BHP

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The Ford Fiesta ST hatch has gotten a good upgrade with 200 bhp and a nicer trim. We expect to see this at the Geneva Auto Show this March 1.

This would definitely steal some spotlight from the other hatchbacks and sedans currently lined up for the motor show. The hatch’s iteration was given more power plus a nicer trim since its going to presumably end its run soon.

Some who bought the Ford Fiesta ST may be slighted with the release of the ST200 model, but those who can get their hands on the new iteration would be greatly pleased.

According to TopGear, the changes aren’t exactly earth shattering, but they are enough to merit a second look. The Ford Fiesta ST200 will have a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine that ups the ante to 197bhp (or 200PS, hence the name), shaving a couple of tenths off the 0-62mph time, which now stands at 6.7 seconds.

Ford is also promising better in-gear performance, so its six gears should just be enough.

Ford also allows special specification and customization of the ST200. There’s a new “Storm Grey” paint, some fancy matt black alloys, and lots of nice red detailing inside and out.

All of these features are exclusive to the ST200, which only 500 will be made each year. This will, of course, keep their bragging rights strong. This might strongly remind you of the And if you recognise the short-run 2.5-litre V6 Mondeo ST200, released in 1999.

Prices have yet to be announced, but we are expecting the ST200 to be somewhere near the £21,000 range. Expectedly, some may frown at this since it’s a few thousands more than the standard edition, but the ST200 is a bargain compared to the Renaultsport Clio Trophy or Peugeot Sport 208 GTI, both will probably cost around £22,000 once they are released.

Hennessey Roars in with its 2013 Ford Velociraptor SUV

Well renowned for refurbishing various monster machines over the past two decades, Texas-based designer and tuner John Hennessey converted Ford’s F-150 Raptor SVT crew cab pick-up into a full-fledged Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) with seating available for eight passengers watching the seamless popularity of the Ford pickup especially from SEMA show in 2012. Hennessey Performance garage had already been offering an overhauled version of F-150 Raptor with an upgraded engine pacifying the needs of buyers who wanted more from the van than 411 horsepower. HPE have, since past three years, produced over 400 Raptor beasts and are overwhelmed to offer Velociraptor trucks for sports enthusiasts.

As the F-150 SVT crew cab from Ford factory travels through a series of dealers and is reached at the Hennessey Performance garage, the trailer from the crew cab and the top of pickup bed is scythed off and new parts are welded for attachment of rear set of doors. Original shaded glass windows from the discontinued in 2005 Ford truck, Excursion are installed above the rear set of wheels after masking with new sheet-metal and painting. Following this is the process of addition of a melded three door tailgate, acquired from the Excursion as well, is mounted surgically in place of the raptor trailer tailgate without altering the taillights and rear bumper from the Raptor.

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The recently added trailer bed is carpeted and padded, while the padded interior contour lines which cover the sidelines are adapted from the Excursion, too. Then the roof which is insulated with a thick insulation layer is covered with a dark character. Hennessey remarked this was to make the interiors appear, as company-like as possible. The wings of the van remain aboard while modern cues have been grafted onto the body. Chasmal interiors are exposed as the rear compartment is opened, largest in the sports utility market. It is a customer’s decision so as to what to do with the interiors – they could leave it hollow or place a second and even a third row for added seating up to eight riders. Additional mechanical upgrades like fancily wrapped aggressive tires, better Brembo brakes and armour option, alongside interior LED lighting, custom upholstery and entertainment add-ons are available.

Hennessey offers a stock 411 horsepower unit with a 6.2litre V-8 engine that fires from 0 to 97kmph in a span of 7.5 seconds while an alternative supercharged version, a 600 horsepower unit due to which Velociraptor 600 derives its identity, which despite of added 200 kg of weight reaches 97kmph mark in just 5.9 seconds. Moreover, Hennessey is developing another 800 horsepower behemoth for much more curious souls. Even after this beasty performance, on pushing the pedal right, the interior cabin remains silent, while for customers seeking roaring engine can opt for exhaust solutions. Apart from so many changes, the Velociraptor is essentially a Raptor ahead of the front door including stock dashboard and meters, and unchanged wheelbase and chassis.

The success of the beast is certainly enthralling even after rising concern for the fuel prices, but the edition vehicle is restricted to a limited audience because of its base pricing of $159,500 and thus Hennessey is determined to narrow production to only 30 units per year.

Ford Everest 2014 Concept Debut for Australia

Ford fanatics have been affected with the tentative news of Ford’s plans of ceasing production of the Territory and Falcon in Australia by 2016. A closure estimates that folks employed for production are meant to walk out, and look up for new jobs. But this termination has not been linked with termination of Ford’s tenure in Australia and is not designated to show that plans of crumbling to numbness any time soon, by unveiling Ranger-based Everest concept which is set to light up the markets by 2015.

Ford has been bracing its line-up for expansion in the market in 2017 by adding an assailant to the brigade when it launches eleven new products. Ford has flaunted its commitment to Australia by releasing a rough and tough seven-seater, not actually set to replace the senior Territory, a job either Flex or Edge shall accomplish. The Everest will be a true off-roader, and shares it blueprints from the Ranger pickup truck. Whilst the two previous production models of the Everest, dubbed Endeavour in India, were produced in Thailand since 2003, the newer member of the family is likely to be sold in Australia itself, too. It is conjectural that post production, the Everest will reach out to other undiscovered markets as indicated by Mark Fields, Ford’s COO. However, it is unlikely that the Everest sells in the home market, since similar sized SUV’s already reign the region.

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Ford has recently released pictures of the hero in the market, which flaunts its design lifted slightly from the Ranger, and a Ford’s mundane trapezoid three-stroke grille which dragoons the front face of the Everest. Everest receives a revamped bonnet, placed above front quarter panels, and Ranger relayed A-pillars, with subtle tailoring. The rear end is entirely refreshed, adorning the Everest headline, big enough and chrome-lifted along with wider new tail lights. Thin and aggressive headlamps are set to lift the Everest to an equal peak.

Although no official notifications have been flagged yet, many patrons have speculated that the Everest might acquire one of the two engines featured already on the Ford Ranger UTE which is either 2.2-litre or 3.2-litre five cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, but considering the fancy for reduced carbon footprints the Everest might also route itself onto the EcoBoost way. The Ranger’s ladder frame chassis entice as a part of Ford’s new strategy at design for 2017 shoot-out.

Despite of the acts that might exhibit Ford’s steps to uproot itself from Australian premises, Bob Graziano, Ford Australia President and CEO, ensured that employees and customers that they are dedicated to them through a sequence of launches lined up in the recent present and cutting-edge leading technologies. Apart from being misunderstood as the Dodge Durando from a far off vision due to similar grille and headlight location, the Everest is set to share market with Toyota Forerunner, Mahindra SsangYong Reston, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport besides being shared in Ford’s refreshed line up for the 2017 scenario, where it shall share space with a refreshed Falcon from the Ford shed, as well.

Boxy, Yet Amazing…the New 2014 Ford Flex

With the square and flat, solid face that it carries, Ford Flex 2014 can certainly not just be titled as a family car housing 7 passengers, reminding of the old school station wagons dating back to 1960s and 70s showing off a silken look sleeker than other SUVs. The Flex is a one of its kind innovation. Compared to its competitions in the market namely Chevrolet Tahoe, Honda Pilot etc. focuses over ride quality than off-roading capabilities.

With a seating configuration of 2-3-2 the Flex is aimed pin-pointed at people, until the rear seats are folded and its directions alter to cargo, but not being built upon solid body-on-frame chassis, the Flex is dissimilar to a van. Initially called a Crossover Utility Vehicle by Ford, it has now been decided to be called just a Utility Vehicle rather, the entitlement being unclear. The Flex could be really called a modern version of the old American station wagon clan. It would best be called a crossbreed between a limo and a taxi, not well suited for heavy off-road business. The 2014 Flex received minor tweaks in this year’s model, after last year’s extensive redesign and mechanical upgrade.

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The Flex is packed in a box full of stylish confetti with great riding comfort and long journey pleasures. The shape seems to be just apt for an elegant box, simple and sweet, with sharp edges and a rounded front. It utilizes maximum space and provides large interior space while presenting a bold image. The three screen instrumental panel is easy to use and simple while it is a home to the new MyFord Touch System. The rear compartment refrigerator and voice-controlled Sync Communication system have undoubtedly been the favorites of the show. Forgetting its wide body and long wheelbase, the Flex is good enough to respond to your driving requirements. The ride overall is fairly smooth and it quests very well over tight turns, while the quiet interiors add on to the amenity if offers. The Flex boasts a low ground posture, managed nicely because of the large wheels and taut suspension. The electric power steering often arrests the feel, but works well. Despite of its squared appearance, Flex manages to flow through the air at great speeds. An option of contracting color of the roof and a lift gate adorned in brushed aluminum enhance the looks greatly.

The base 3.5L V-6 engine with a power of 287 horsepower, with a fuel economy of 18 mpg in city and 25 mpg on the highway, provides just enough acceleration while a twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost engine with a power of 365 horsepower adds a thrill to the ride, though compromising on the fuel economy by 2 mpg . An all-wheel-drive system ensures tight grips on snowy and slippery tracks. A 6-speed automatic transmission is available with both engine variants while options of Front-wheel-drive and All-wheel-drive are available for buyers.

The Ford Flex is a clear winner for somebody looking for roomy interiors and soothing long rides but it certainly cannot double as an SUV or a crossover. Although the package is bundled with latest technology and has offers comfortable, smooth and fast rides it fails to please buyers expecting more from its looks.

2014 Ford Edge Proves To Be A Versatile Choice!

People often get stuck in the decision of which SUV to buy, a large SUV for maxing cargo storage and third row capacity while some ponder upon greater fuel economy and swift movability in the city, choosing small utility vehicles, instead. Many, meanwhile, are attracted towards the middle ground choosing for a Mid-range crossover vehicle where Ford Edge echoes with the needs of most buyers.

The love for Ford Edge originates from its high-tech features and attractive interiors which include blind-spot warning, adaptive cruise control, dual-screen rear entertainment system and cross-traffic alert, Sync voice-controlled system and a three-display MyFord Touch interface coupled with an easily maneuvering figure. Edge’s 265 horsepower, 3.6 L V-6 engines impresses well with the acceleration via a six-speed automatic transmission along with a road-oriented AWD configuration for slippery roads and snowy terrains, though it has been fabricated for off-roading purposes. Paying extra for a four cylinder turbocharged engine brings along a superb fuel economy of 30mpg on highway along with extra added enormous power. The electronic interface boasted well by Ford has invited itself criticism for being complex to use and miffing for users, while the restriction to seating capacity of five and no off-roading abilities may disappoint a vast buyer population.

The 2014 Edge is available in SE, SEL, Limited and Sport variants. The base SE packages a V-6 engine with 17 inch alloy wheels and basic functionality feature along with an add-on convenience pack that presents benefits like exterior keypad entry, rear parking sensors, automatic rearview mirror dimming and automatic headlights along with additional satellite radio and Sync Voice Command Interface.  The SEL has home for all SE features along with 18-inch alloys and 8-way power driver seat with the steering wheel wrapped with leather. Leather Comfort package adds on leather upholstery, 6-way foldable passenger seats and front seat warmers. Other options include a MyFord Touch Interface with benefits of turn-by-turn 2014-ford-edgenavigation. The Driver Entry Package in Limited features keyless entry and ignition, remote ignition and power liftgate apart from the basic SEL model and addition 12-speaker sound system from Sony with HD Radio and heated mirrors. The Edge Sport, alternatively bundles a 22-inch alloy wheel system with a retuned suspension, integrated special interiors and a beastier V-6 engine.

For safety Antilock disc braking system, front-seat side airbags and full length curtain airbags along with stability control come standard in all models. Add-ons in the Vision package include blind-vision and cross-traffic warning system. Another option for all trim variants except sport is a 2.0 L four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine that has a 270 lb-ft of torque and produces 240 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60mph in 8.4 seconds and furnishes a mileage of 24mpg in city with 30mpg on the highway.

The 2014 Edge is well known for its driving comfort and quiet, soothing and bump-free ride with a solid, concrete built. Its handling is secure with all the effective safety features and cutting corners and parking is hassle-free. The sports model, meanwhile, is more swift and sharper but its husky wheelbase degrades ride quality beyond acceptance for some. Despite of the enormous V-6 engine it leaves many people craving for more power.

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