Ford F-150

Ford F-150

Think back about seven years or so and imagine a Ford F-150 circling the track as the official pace car for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. It’s pretty easy if you imagine that truck being the SVT or supercharged Harley-Davidson model. You can’t really picture a V-6 model though, could you?

Well, thanks to Ford’s ingenious EcoBoost, a V-6 pace truck is not only plausible, but it is actually happening. A six-pot-powered 2013 Ford F-150 FX4 4x4 will be the pace car for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Of course, said V-6 has a pair of turbochargers strapped to it, pushing its total horsepower to 365 and the torque to 434 foot-pounds. Behind the wheel of this beast is no professional driver. Nope, it’s none other than Ford’s American president, Mark Fields.

This pace truck is all decked out in a fresh-off-the-assembly-line red paint and also boasts a bold new grille, HID headlights, and a graphics package specifically for the Sprint Cup race. This also opens the door for a special edition 2013 Ford F-150 Pace Truck edition. This is especially possible, as Ford is definitely not shy with pry barring special editions into its lineup.

Chances are that we will only see this special F-150 FX4 a handful of times throughout the race, but we will likely hear about it in F-150 commercials for the next 12 months, or so. We wonder how Chevy plans to counter this one, because we all know they will somehow

You can see the F-150 twice this year, once on June 17th at 12:00 p.m. for the Quicken Loans 400. This selection of the F-150 to pace the groups marks the third straight year that a Ford model has been the pace car for the June race in Michigan and the second straight year that Mark Fields is the driver.

Click past the jump to read Ford’s official presser.

After debuting the new 2013 F-150 , Ford is now offering a new F-150 Special Service Vehicle (SSV) Package aimed at government, municipal, and commercial fleets. The package will be offered for both SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations in both 4x2 and 4x4 models and can be ordered with either a 5.0-liter V8 or 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine combined with a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission.

The Ford F-150 equipped with the SSV package will be optimized for driver comfort, and has the seating package reduced by 20% in order to offer maximized space for in-cab aftermarket equipment such as law enforcement communications and firearms installations. The central console is omitted as well, creating even more space.

The seats for the driver and the first-row passenger are upholstered in easily cleaned cloth, while the second row seat is covered completely in rugged, durable vinyl, ideal for law enforcement use or work-crew transport. Also, depending on customer’s wishes, the model can be equipped with heavy-duty tires, 4x4 skid plates and interior convenience content.

With a history that started back in 1948, the Ford F-Series is now one of the best sold pick-ups on the US market. The model is currently in its twelfth generation and for the 2013 model year, it has been updated with a new design and all-new driver controls technology.

The 2013 F-150 has received an updated front end, with a new grille and HID projector headlamps. Customers can also opt for new 18 and 20" wheels, as well as the choice of three new hues including Blue Jeans Metallic, Kodiak Brown Metallic, and Ruby Red Clearcoat Metallic. The F150 can also now be ordered with SYNC with MyFord Touch voice-activated driver controls.

Under the hood, Ford has placed a choice of four engines: a 302 HP 3.7 liter V6, a 360 HP 5.0 liter V8, a 411 HP 6.2 liter V8, and a 365 HP 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. All of the engines can be mated to a fuel-saving electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Ford F-150.

This is the kind of giveaway that can pretty much put a smile on just about everyone’s face. Rockstar has teamed up with Ford to give away one of three models as part of their "Drive like a Champion" giveaway. The winner can choose between the 2013 Ford Focus ST , the 2013 Ford Mustang GT and the 2012 Ford F-150 , and all they have to do us head over to www.rockstar69.com/drive to enter.

Entering the contest is easy too. Contestants need to choose between Tanner Foust or Brian Deegan, then choose one of the three models, type in your contact information, and patiently wait until October 15, 2012 for the winners to be announced. We wish there was some sort of virtual race to win, but unfortunately, it’s all random. Of course, you have to be a United States resident and be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of entry to be able to enter the contest, as well as read the official terms of the contest in all of its fine print glory.

Even if you don’t end up winning one of Ford’s pride and joys, you can still win a few other prizes, including a year supply of Rockstar. That’ll get your engines revving!

Let us know which of the three models you would like to win in the comments section below! But remember, in order to be entered into the contest, you must head over to www.rockstar69.com/drive!

Source: Rockstar

Italy has those Lamborghinis and the UK boasts of Lotus rides. Sure, they can have them. Here in our neck of the woods, law enforcement officials prefer less flash and more size. Something that won’t scare with you speed, but will send you quaking in your boots with pure intimidation.

This is the Ford F-150 DeeZee American Guardian and criminals should be very afraid of it.

Currently on display at SEMA , this gargantuan Ford F-150 comes with all the necessary law enforcement paraphernalia that makes it the moving embodiment of "law enforcement muscle."

The interior flashes a matte silver finish with an All-American logo emblazoned on both sides of the pick-up, fitting right to its unique moniker. It also has the customary police sirens on the roof and the front grille, as well as mammoth bull bars that make for a good ally during those ram-busting chase-downs. Other pertinent items added to the DeeZee American Guardian include a new set of BMF wheels wrapped in Goodyear tires, new AirRaid intake kit, a Magnaflow exhaust, and a HyperTech Max Energy tuning kit. This kit raises the output of the F-150’s 6.2-liter V8 to numbers that are significantly higher than the standard pick-up’s 411 horsepower and 434 lb/ft of torque output.

Finally, the law-enforcement pick-up receives an extensive Rockwell Collins Police Interceptor Kit that will allow a police officers to handle their crime-fighting business with all the gizmos and gadgetry that’s usually only reserved for law-enforcement duties.

The 2011 SEMA Auto Show is all about seeing some creative and well-built one-off machines and this Ford Raptor SVT SuperCrew fits right in that mold.

Built as a collaboration project by JPM Coachworks, Addictive Desert Design, High Desert Mobile, and Hennessey Hennessey Performance, this Ford Raptor was turned into quite a menacing beast, and that’s high praise considering that it was already a powerful machine in its own right.

For the exterior design, Addictive Desert Designs gave the Raptor an extensive body package comprising of Stealth front and rear bumpers to go with Rigid LED lighting. The exterior also comes with a new set of Fuel Hostage wheels wrapped around Goodyear MTR Kevlar rubber tires, as well as a new custom dual-exhaust system courtesy of Spintech Muffler. As for the interior, that was taken cared for by JPM Coachworks, who dressed it up in Alcantara and a Royal Hides from Edelman leather treatment, while High Desert Mobile provided the truck with a high-tech audio system.

Then there’s the engine upgrade, which was tasked to Hennessey Performance. For this, the company used their VelociRaptor 600SC package, one that carries a centrifugal supercharger system, an air-to-air intercooler, a high-flow K&N air filter, and a fuel injector upgrade. With these upgrades, the tuning company was able to take the Raptor SVT’s 6.2-liter premium V8 engine and increase the output from 411 horsepower and 434 lb/ft of torque, all the way up to 605 horsepower.

The 12-car, SEMA -bound line-up of Galpin Auto Sports features fancy hatchbacks, international exotics, celebrity editions, among other things. And then there’s the this.

The 2012 Ford F-150 Thunder isn’t going to win any best-in-show awards, but it most certainly will draw the attention of anyone that passes by. The Dark Amethyst metallic paint finish is already a visual hook, as are the number of aerodynamic parts GAS added on to the F-150 SVT. There’s a Streetscene front fascia, Streetscene Euro sport mirrors, Ram air hood, hard tonneau cover with spoiler, a custom T-Rex grille, Streetscene rear roll pan and custom bed rug. The pick-up’s overall set-up and handling was also addressed by GAS, who in turn gave the F-150 a new air-ride suspension system, a Flowmaster side-exit exhaust, and a new set of 22" Forgiato 3-piece forged Barra wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires.

Under the hood of the 2012 Ford F-150 Thunder lies a 5.0-liter V8 engine that churns out 360 horsepower and 380 lb/ft of torque. Turns out, those numbers aren’t strong enough for the boys at GAS. So they put in a Magnusson supercharger to the F-150’s engine and out came a belching beast to the tune of 540 raging horses.

This tuned up Ford F-150 isn’t a sight to behold, but where it lacks in flash, it more than makes up for in torque-twisting performance.

The 2011 SEMA Auto Show isn’t all about fancy new performance set-ups for the much sexier sports cars; it also welcomes aftermarket programs done on some hulking machines like the Ford F-150 .

Take for example the work done by Skyjacker Suspensions on the 2011 F-150 EcoBoost. For a pick-up that already packs plenty of the qualities of a powerful road-going beast, the people from Skyjacker Suspensions managed to improve the abilities of the class-leading pick-up even more.

The title of their project is called "Project No Compromise" and as the name suggests, they certainly left nothing to chance with their F-150 program. Featuring a 4" suspension lift to go with monotube shocks and larger off-road tires, Skyjacker Suspensions was able to make what is already a promising handling set-up for the F-150 into something that would make even the Ford engineers blush.

On top of that, the tuning company also added fender flares, a new stainless steel grille guard, a 30" LED bar, and a new dual exhaust system to add some serious bite to a pick-up that boasts of a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine that produces 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.

The final engine figures have yet to be announced, but expect it to be significantly better than the standard model, all thanks to the people over at Skyjacker Suspensions.

Unlike any other auto show on the planet, the SEMA Auto Show isn’t so much about the glitz and glamor of concept cars and world debuts like other shows. SEMA is about seeing some of the latest tuning projects from the world’s best auto aftermarket companies be displayed in all their audacious glory.

One such vehicle that fits that description to a tee is this custom Ford F-150 Raptor by Street Concepts. The modded pick-up is part of Toyo Tires’ four-vehicle contingent and since its headed to the event, you can be sure that it comes packed to the brim with some of the latest tuning parts available on the market.

Among the many additions to the F-150 Raptor, the most obvious is the the custom Snow Camo vehicle wrap that was added in by Street Concepts. There are also new bumpers, a new lighting set-up, Brembo brakes, and a new suspension system courtesy of Icon Vehicle Dynamics. Inside the pick-up, the modifications include a carbon fiber-wrapped interior that’s accented with luxurious black Alcantara. There’s also a comprehensive audio system that was supplied by Kenwood to give some more oomph to what already looks like a beastin’ machine.

Under the hood, the F-150 Raptor comes packed with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque.

UPDATE 11/07/2011: We have added live images from the SEMA Show. Check them out in the picture gallery!

Ford has announced details on the 2012 F-150 SVT Raptor , a pick-up that has received a new Torsen front differential system and new patent-pending new front camera system. For 2012, Ford is also offering style upgrades with a new wheel design, unique bodyside graphic, and upgraded optional interior package with aluminum accents.

The new Torsen front differential system increases grip significantly for the front end of the truck and allows it to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades, while the patent-pending off-road front camera system the the driver a new and unique view of what’s happening in front of their truck.

"A major element of the SVT Raptor program is our work to continuously expand the capabilities it offers to customers. We want to cover all dimensions of off-roading – from desert running to rock climbing," said Raj Sarkar, Ford F-150 Marketing manager. "We always aim to keep the product fresh and exciting, and all of our changes for 2012 reflect that."

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.


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