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With Gymkhana Six already online for a few months now, drift king Ken Block is gearing up for a full racing season.

His 2014 schedule will include events from the Global RallyCross, World RallyCross and the World Rally Championship and, since a new season requires a new car, the Long Beach-born driver got an updated Ford Fiesta to hoon around the globe.

Although Hoonigan Racing dropped the skateboard- and powerboat-inspired graphics for 2014, the blue and black color scheme that was introduced last year continues to adorn the souped-up Fiesta ST . However, the new livery is as original as it gets, now blending a zebra-like animal pattern and retro 8-bit computer graphics.

Granted, it’s an awkward recipe, but it’s Ken Block we’re talking about here. You won’t see him drifting a dull-liveried car — the 2014 Volkswagen Polo R WRC comes to mind — anytime soon.

"Every year I’m challenged with outdoing my livery from the season before," Block said while taking the wraps off the new race car, and we must admit he succeeded.

Block’s first Global RallyCross Championship appearance in 2014 will take place during the Barbados season opener on May 18th.

Click past the jump to read more about Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta.

None of us, with exception of Ford , know what is really going on with the Shelby GT500 Mustang . The consensus says that Ford will replace the Shelby name starting with the next-gen Mustang and likely replace it with a revived Cobra model.

Well, regardless of what Ford does with the range-topping Mustang in the next generation, it is obvious that its engineers are working on something hot. In the above video you see a lucky man that so happened upon a next-gen Mustang on public roads with a rather throaty engine note. The assumption is — and I agree — that this is a hopped-up variant of the Mustang and likely the Shelby GT500/SVT Cobra or whatever Ford chooses to name it.

Could this simply be a tester for the 2015 Mustang GT? Sure, it could be, but that would be one hell of an exhaust note for a GT Mustang, and that quad-exhaust system simply doesn’t strike me as something Ford would put on the Mustang GT.

Regardless of what version of the Mustang this is, we do love seeing spy videos of the new `Stang.

Let us know what you think we are looking at in this video in the comments below.


When Ford revealed the Mustang on December 5th, 2014, it took what it has built in recent years and did the impossible: make it better. The new, European styling is not as over-the-top as I feared it may be and it only added to the model’s outstanding legacy.

Well, now we all get to drool over the topless version, which is sure to ruin the lives of toupee wearers around the globe.

The details are still not complete on the 2015 Mustang Convertible, much like its coupe brother, but we are able to piece things together using the details from the coupe, the limited information on the convertible and the few image that Ford released.

One thing is for sure; Ford did a good job in designing the convertible Mustang separate from the coupe, giving them distinct appearances that reminds me of the Fox Body years.

Click past the jump to read all about the 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible and let me know what you think of it in the comments.

The 2015 Ford Mustang to Star in "Need for Speed"

The 2015 Ford Mustang has drummed up plenty of interest, with its European design and independent rear suspension. Its starring role in the upcoming "Need For Speed" movie simply added fuel to the fire.

Now the upcoming Stang is set to hit the front page again, as the earlier-mentioned role in "Need For Speed" is prepared to cross the auction block. And this is no normal Mustang, as it comes with a custom wide-body kit, a set of Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels, an enlarged grille with revised air intakes, rocker-panel extensions, a twin-snorkel hood and low-profile mirrors. Add in its silver paint with Kona Blue racing stripes, and you can see that this truly is a one-of-a-kind Mustang.

To my knowledge, there are no engine mods, but given this beast packs at least 420 horsepower, then no mods are really necessary.

This custom Mustang will roll across the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction on April 12th, 2014. The car will be sold with no reserve and all of the proceeds will benefit the Henry Ford Health System.

Click past the jump to see a video about the Ford Mustang used in "Need For Speed".

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The Ford Focus RS is one of the most impressive sports hatchback in the European market. And if you were impressed by the current generation, wait until Ford unveils the new generation Focus RS in 2015. According to the British magazine TopGear, the soon-to-be-launched Focus RS is fixing to go down as the most impressive RS ever, delivering a total output of 320 horsepower — a 20-horsepower increase over the current 300-horsepower model.

The current Focus RS is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder, but for the next generation Ford will replace it with a new 2.3-liter four, with turbo, direct injection and balance shafts. Incidentally, this is the same engine that will be used for the Mustang starting in 2014, although for the RS, it will be updated to deliver more power.

The next RS will also be equipped with a RevoKnuckle front suspension and big brakes, but most importantly it will be a five-door model and not a three-door version like the one currently in the market. About the only potential downside is that Ford will not offer a 4WD system because this will add too much weight for an RS.

Updated 02/24/2014: Swedish magazine Auto Motor Sport reports that the new generation Focus RS will be powered by an updated version of the new 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine used in the Mustang, with the output increased to about 330 horsepower - which represents a 30 horsepower increase over the previous generation.

Source: TopGear
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With three years on its ticker, the Focus is ripe for a mid-cycle refresh, and our spy shooters caught a few of these revised Foci out for a testing session. This time around, the Focus sedan and hatchback were caught on ice in Sweden, and the sedan version gave us a nice glimpse of the grille and taillights.

From these little sneak peeks, we can see that the taillights and grille will be revised, and this leads us to assume that the headlights will undergo a pretty significant overhaul too. In fact, this revision is one of the biggest I’ve seen in a while that was not a full overhaul. Leaked images and rumors point toward the typical Aston Martin -like grill, more rounded headlights, a smoother hood and revised bumpers.

Under its hood, the revised Focus will carry over its entire engine lineup and inherit the new 1.0-liter Ecoboost engine that should put down around 100 horsepower. Keep it locked in on TopSpeed.com for more details.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Focus.

Ford has pulled the covers off its newest, full-size, and only body-on-frame SUV today, the 2015 Ford Expedition. Still in its third generation, the Expedition gets a much-needed makeover that includes many of the designs and features its cousin, the Lincoln Navigator received just months prior.

Much has changed to better the Expedition and help with fuel economy and drivability, but much remains the same or carryover from the previous year. The biggest news under its resculpted hood is the addition of Ford’s bread-n-butter 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Gone is the old 5.4-liter Triton V-8, leaving the EcoBoost as the Expedition’s only powerplant. Both the standard and EL, or extended length versions return with seating for five and eight passengers in high-riding comfort.

Speaking of comfort, Ford is bringing its popular, top-of-the-line Platinum series to the Expedition. The trim level ranks above the western-style King Ranch that previously held the top spot. Like the F-150s, the Platinum series will focus more on modern luxury with a clean, non-themed design aimed at more the ‘city folk’ type. MyFord Touch, SYNC, push-button start, blind sport warning, and even the F-150’s “Truck Apps” will be available.

Also new is Ford’s first-ever attempt at a continuously controlled damping suspension system. It features three driver-selectable drive modes that tailor the ride style to changing conditions. It’s designed to manage body motion, steering feedback, and unevenness in the road. Helping the system out is Ford’s new electric power-assisted steering. That system is said to improve maneuverability at low speeds and provide more feel at higher speeds. It will ever automatically compensate for heavy cross winds and road crowns.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Expedition.

Nearly every car enthusiast knows that the Ford Mustang was released on April 17th, 1964, but what if I told you that the first Mustang was actually sold on the 15th. Even more surprising is the fact that this was not special treatment given to some big celebrity at the time. That’s right, folks, Gail Wise — a 22-year-old school teacher at the time — bought the first ever Mustang two days before its release.

She came across this $3,400, Skylight Blue Mustang when she went to a dealer to buy a convertible , but the dealer was fresh out of drop-top models, except the Mustang in question. When the dealer took her into a back room to see the `Stang , she borrowed enough money from her parents to buy it on the spot. The date: April 15th, 1964 — two days before the pony car made its debut at the World’s Fair.

The car ran into issues in 1979, and Gail’s husband parked it in the garage until the early 2000s, despite his wife’s pleas to sell the car.

I don’t want to spoil the entire video for you, so I’ll stop here and let you check it out for yourself. It is an inspiring and interesting story.

As Ford preps for the all-new 2015 Mustang ’s appearance, it’s giving the 2014 model one last hurrah in the Japanese market with this 2014 ‘Stang GT "The Black.” This isn’t the first time Japan has gotten its own special edition Mustang in murdered-out form, but this will surely be the most special, as Ford is only producing 40 examples.

Making this pony car unique are bespoke 19-inch black wheels, a unique black interior package, the glass roof package, and of course, a black exterior paint scheme. Further details include brightly machined faces on the wheels with the glossy black finish giving contrast from the wheel pockets. White stitching on the black leather seats and atop the dashboard also gives a nice contrast.

Ford’s popular glass roof makes its appearance here too, while preventing 90 percent of infrared rays and 96 percent of ultraviolet rays from entering the cockpit. Such a feature might come in rather handy while thundering through the land of the rising sun.

Speaking of thunder, plenty of it will be had with the 5.0-liter singing into the dual exhaust pipes. A healthy 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque turn the rear wheels bolted to the Mustang’s soon-gone live rear axle. The Black holds an MSRP of 5.05 million Japanese Yen, which is $49,252 at the current conversion rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the Next-Gen Ford Mustang.

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There’s not much more sacred to classic American motoring than the Ford Mustang , with its origins dating back to 1964. It’s been an icon of freedom and enjoyable pastime. The same can be said for the classic arcade game of pinball.

With its heyday in the 1970s, the pinball machine was a hugely-popular pastime for teens looking to get out of the house and spend time with friends. Perhaps more than a few were driving early-model Mustangs handed down from mom and dad.

Well the two are coming together in a special way for the 2014 Chicago Auto show . Ford and the legendary Stern Pinball have built three unique pinball machines to commemorate the pop-culture contributions the two companies have made. The Mustang-themed tables feature the Boss 302 , Boss 351, and Boss 429 of 1969 to 1971 and 2012 to 2013.

Of the three games, one is signed by the game’s designer and features the original ’65 Mustang setting next to the all-new 2015 ’Stang . All three styles are covered in Mustang badges and insignias for the full effect. The machines will be built for use in arcades and public areas all over the U.S. No word yet on when the games will start appearing in local arcades, however.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang.


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