Ford F-150

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.

Ford has paired up with Harley Davidson yet again to bring us one of the toughest trucks around: the Ford Harley-Davidson F-150. This collaboration of toughest proportions has been around for many years and each year, both companies’ efforts double to reveal a cooler design and more aggressive performance.

The 2012 Ford-Harley Davidson F-150 was presented in Sturgis, SD with distinctive new design enhancements, snakeskin leather interior accents, and unique body-side graphics. The pick-up also receives a new set of wheels, size 22" with painted accents and unique center cap for 2012. Under the hood, Ford has placed a 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine, which uses big-bore architecture and delivers a total of 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque.

"This is a great pairing of two icons of the open road: Ford and Harley-Davidson. Both brands appeal to truck owners and motorcycle enthusiasts alike," said Marc Lapine, Ford F-150 marketing manager. "For 2012 we worked with Harley-Davidson to continue to push the styling envelope while still delivering the durability and power that F-150 is known for and that our collective customers expect. It perfectly captures both brands."

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150.

The 2011 Detroit Auto Show won’t be just about introducing cars and concepts to the public. While that aspect will take up most of the event’s time, there will also be a number of side events that promise to keep the show as interesting as it can be.

One of the events that’s scheduled to take place is a public demonstration by Ford where a group of engineers from the Blue Oval will tear down an F-150 EcoBoost engine. The whole episode will involve the engine being stripped down to its individual parts where it will then be analyzed to see the importance of each individual part that comprises the EcoBoost engine.

The engine that will be torn down by Ford engineers will be a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that can be found in the 2011 Ford F-150 Ford F-150 pick-up. Although the engine is relatively new, Ford has simulated it to have more than 160,000 miles of wear and tear on it, which in real life form, translates to a usage time of somewhere around 10 years.

Be sure to check out this special Ford event at the Detroit Auto Show where it will take place at the Ford stand on January 15th at 11 a.m. If for nothing else, it should give us a better idea of the capabilities of the company’s EcoBoost engine.

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Top Gear USA To Premiere November 21st

We are almost halfway through the first season of Top Gear USA and we are pleased to say that the show is not a complete waste of our time. In fact, we actually enjoy watching it. The clips are informative, the challenges are funny and entertaining, and the opportunity of making fun of Ferrara will never slide past us. We can’t help it; we don’t really like the guy as the "main" host.

Now that all of that is out of the way, we can move on to the actual show aired. The fourth episode of Top Gear USA takes us through a long review of the Mercedes SLS AMG with Adam Ferrara behind the wheel. Only Ferrara can ruin the Mercedes’ camera time. Top Gear UK has Captain Slow, we have Captain Boring. ’Nuff said.

The more interesting part of the show was the two challenges. The first was a race between the Ford F-150 Velociraptor and a HALO jumper while the second was a jumbled mess of two old beaters shooting out paintballs. And by two old beaters, we mean Ferrara and Wood. Just kidding.

Hit the jump to see details on the fourth episode of Top Gear USA.


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