Ford F-150

Ford F-150

It appears Ford is taking extra measures to ensure its new 2015 F-150 will withstand the test of time and unfavorable weather conditions, including harsh sunlight. The automaker has announced its practices for testing both interior and exterior parts, and it’s rather interesting.

A majority of testing took place at Ford’s own Central Lab, where individual parts were subjected to a Thermatron. Like a scene from an old Sci-Fi film, the Thermatron blasts the parts with UV rays over an extended timeframe, simulating five years of sun exposure in a fraction of the time.

Ford is paying a lot of attention to the F-150’s interior in terms of its anti-glare properties. Washed out gauges, infotainment screen, and reflective materials on the dash have all been eliminated – preventing the driver from getting shot in the eye with a beam of sun reflecting off a chrome trim piece.

Special attention is also being paid to the exterior badges. A quick look at any mid- to late-2000s F-Series truck will reveal Ford had serious issues with its badges fading. Ford says it tested all its exterior badges under some 3,000 hours of sun-like conditions, along with temperatures as cold as -40 degrees Celsius followed by a steam bath of 100 degrees Celsius. That’s serious stuff.

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Having the right tool for going off-road is just like having the right tool for the track; purpose-built vehicles work best for their intended purpose. And just like we at TopSpeed often compare track toys that go fast, we also like to compare the dirtier side of the automotive spectrum.

Below the jump is our pick of the top-five best off-road vehicles currently on the market. They hail from five brands, three continents, and two vehicle types. These trucks and SUVs represent the best in modern innovation tied in with proven technology wrapped in attractive packages.

Just like at the track, it’s all about getting power to the ground when heading off the beaten path. Locking differentials, axle articulation, and proper tires make all the difference. With pricing in the comparison ranging from $31,000 to in excess of $50,000, the group varies wildly from spartan to outright luxurious. But no matter what the interior looks like, the greasy bits underneath are what count the most.

Click past the jump for TopSpeed’s Top Five Off-Roaders

2014 is shaping up to be a great year for Ford . The redesigned Mustang is set to go on sale as the first version of the pony to reach global markets, while the new-generation F-150 introduces the aluminum body to the pickup-truck segment. New additions also include the revised Expedition SUV and Transit van, introduced for the first time in North America as a replacement for the long-running E Series .

2015 will be equally busy, with several new or refreshed vehicles to hit dealer lots. The new Super Duty trucks, the Edge crossover, and the restyled Focus are the most important additions that come to mind. But Ford has a lot more going on for the remainder of the decade, according to Automotive News, who managed to obtain more details about what Ford may have in store for the next three years. Read on to find out more about Ford’s future product plans.

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Ford has been selling the F-Series since 1948, but the F-150 model didn’t arrive until 1975, when Ford used it as a `tweener pickup to span the gap between the F-100 and F-250. When Ford rolled out the Atlas Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, we were pretty sure that the automaker was already hard at work overhauling the existing F-150 in its likeness. And for the 2015 model year, our suspicions are confirmed, as brand-new F-150, based on the Atlas concept, hit dealers.

With this redesign, Ford will focus on drastically reducing the F-150’s total weight by making use of lightweight aluminum materials. Under the hood, the model will carry a familiar line of engines with a new, 2.7-liter EcoBoost delivering awesome power and better fuel economy.

Updated 07/22/2014: Ford released the specifications figures for the F-150’s new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. Click past the jump for the details. A towing test video was also added.

Updated 07/29/2014: Ford released prices for the 2015 F-150, and they have suffered an increase of $395 to $3,515, depending on the trim level. (USA Today)

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It’s no mystery that the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is the most powerful and skillful factory-built pickup truck you can buy nowadays. Its 6.2-liter, V-8 mill churns 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet, while its hardcore underpinnings enable it to take on just about any terrain. It’s the perfect machine, right?

Well, not quite. Not as long as tuning shops like Hennessey Performance and Roush are turning them into more powerful and more capable vehicles. We can’t speak on behalf of all truck enthusiasts, but we know certain drivers need at least 500 ponies with their truck.

Fitting in this category are the folks over at ZR Auto, who purchased a Raptor and took it over to Hennessey before using it as a shop truck and as a loaner car. Equipped with the HPE600 package, which turns any Raptor into a supercharged Velociraptor , the truck’s horsepower increased to 600 ponies. That’s more than a 2014 Corvette Stingray and nearly as much as a 2015 Corvette Z06 .

ZR Auto’s next step was to put the Velociraptor on the dyno and see how many of those horses get lost on their way to the wheels. Check out the video to see just how many horses it puts to the wheels.

Buying a new vehicle for cheap these days can be a daunting task, especially a pickup truck. As customer demands have grown, so have the trucks’ capabilities and price tags. If you’ve got $50,000 to blow, the options are nearly limitless. But what about $30,000? Or even under that? What kind of truck can be had for less than that magical money ceiling?

The truck market is a highly competitive one with each automaker gunning to outdo and one-up the competition. This is great for those looking for feature-laden trucks with more technology than the best luxury cars could boast five years ago or tow ratings that seem to compete with Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks.

Consequently, prices for these “work vehicles” have become luxury-like in the process. Sure, some buyers need a truck to pull double duty as the family sedan throughout the week while still towing the boat or RV on the weekends. For that purpose, modern full-size trucks in mid- to upper-grade trim reign supreme.

Because prices have jumped so high, folks wanting to spend $30,000 or less on a truck only have a few options, consisting mostly of single- or extended-cab full-size trucks or smaller midsize trucks. It all depends on how the truck is optioned out.

Those looking to tow will have to sacrifice interior amenities for a larger engine and a towing package. Those looking for interior room will ironically have to stick with a midsized truck that offers a four-door crew cab model. For buyers, it all boils down to how the truck will be used. Evaluating personal use is perhaps the most critical aspect of buying a truck on a budget.

Click past the jump for TopSpeed’s 5 best trucks under $30K

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So far, this year has brought freezing temperatures and snow in places where it these are rarely seen, so it’s a good idea to start upgrading your car to for snow-driving capabilities. Ken Block, for example, transformed this Ford F-150 SVT Raptor into a sick-looking F-150 RaptorTrax, which looks like the ultimate snowmobile.

The F-150 Raptor was updated with snowboard racks, a roof basket, a rear-mounted winch, interior storage for snacks and drinks, Recaro seating, an exterior stereo setup for blasting music and four burly Mattracks. The RaptorTrax offer the usual Ken Block paint scheme, combined with exterior-mounted Rigid Industries lighting to help guide the way.

Although Ken Block didn’t announce any specifications figures just yet, the RaptorTRAX features the same Whipple-supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine as the base SVT Raptor — possibly with a slight output increase from its standard 411 horsepower — and a full roll cage for added protection.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Now that Ford has announced that it will discontinue the SVT Raptor variant for the 2015 Ford F-150 , we’re left with the kind of sadness normally reserved to seeing one of our favorite TV shows get cancelled.

The SVT Raptor trim for the F-150 was a personal favorite of ours and now that it’s going to be discontinued, we’re beginning to appreciate more and more when an aftermarket company has an impressive tuning program at its hands.

That’s precisely what Roush Performance has and it’s definitely worthy of our attention. Roush fitted its Phase 2 performance upgrade onto this F-150 SVT Raptor so, off the bat, you know that this isn’t some purely aesthetic upgrade.

Nope, this one has it all in spades, including the aforementioned aesthetic upgrades. That comes in the form of a predominantly red body finish with matching custom graphics on the sides and back, finished off by some camo detailing on the rear.

But that’s not what’s tickling our fancy for this particular Roush program on the SVT Raptor. It’s the Phase 2 performance upgrade that adds a slew of new mechanical components on the pickup ’s powertrain. A huge intercooler was dropped into place, as were high-flow fuel injectors and a dual-tip, performance-tuned, cat-back exhaust system that bumps the output of the F-150 SVT Raptor to a staggering 590 horsepower, a sizable increase from the standard 411-horsepower output from the pickup’s standard 6.2-liter, V-8 engine.

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Ford F-150

By now, all the currently available information has been disseminated regarding Ford ’s latest and greatest F-150 . The news of its new aluminum skin, stronger frame and a new engines are leading headlines; along with its host of whiz-bang gadgetry designed to make the F-150 knock out the competition.

We’ve already covered the nitty-gritty details in our review of the 2015 F-150 , but now we present the top-10 things you need to know about the 2015 truck. Call it the “Reader’s Digest” version. We cover the exterior design and interior details; explore the handy new features found in the bed; touch on the truck’s development; and speculate about horsepower, torque, and how much the whole thing will cost.

Click past the jump for an overview of the 2015 Ford F-150

When it comes to programs for pickup trucks, like the F-150 , aesthetics often take a back seat to performance and functionality upgrades.

The old adage holds true with The Sportsman Channel’s custom modification for the Ford pickup, which you will be able to see at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show .

Living up to its name as an all-around weekend adventure seeker, the since F-150 Adventure Edition was born out of requests from fans of The Sportsman Channel to see what kind of items they’d want to see in a pickup, so they could enjoy their hunting, fishing, hiking and camping excursions.

The end result is a pickup that is loaded with a bevy of custom modifications, including custom bumpers, fender flares, a six-inch lift kit, an 11,000-pound winch and a set of 20-inch all-terrain wheels from Dick Cepek Tires wrapped in Fun Country tires.

Inside, the upgrades continue with a ridiculous Maxxsonics custom audio system to go with a locked storage from TruckVault and nylon bags from Battle Lake Outdoors.

For all of your weekend outdoor exploits, the F-150 Outdoor Adventure has all your needs wrapped up in an impressive package.

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