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Starting this summer, Ford will be offering their updated retro muscle car with optional Shelby inspired Track Pack and Ford Racing developed FR3 Handling Package straight from the factory, so now your Mustang GT can handle almost as well as a GT500 .

The Track Pack focuses on upgrading the way the car goes through the curves, by adjusting every element of the drive train to maximize the Mustang GT’s V8 and chassis with one of the most thorough “sport suspensions” that we have ever seen. The Ford special suspension product package begins with a set of sticky set of 19 inch Pirelli summer tires to make the most out of their contact patch. A set of retuned dampers work together with the sway bars from a Shelby Shelby GT500 to reduce body roll by 13%, giving the vehicle a much more planted feel. The blue oval crew will then swap in a shorter geared rear end complete with a carbon fiber LSD, then a set of new brake pads that are made to work with the factory ABS in order to give the Mustang as much stopping power as it just got handling ability, while still maintaining drivability on the street.

There is a hard core FR3 Handling Package from Ford Racing that uses a lot of the components from the KONI Challenge car. This suspension setup will lower your ride by about 1 inch thanks to significantly stiffened springs and a set of sway bars that are said to “eliminate” body roll.

The Track Pack retails for $1,495 while the FR3 Handling Pack retails for $1,335. Either kit can be installed by a factory certified technician, or in your own garage. It is nice to see that an American automaker is endorsing high performance modifications by offering them right from the showroom, things like this are signs of a return of the muscle car days.

Press release after the jump.

Ford unveiled the new 2010 Taurus today at the Detroit Auto Show. sales will begin in the summer, and prices will start at $25,995 – the same price as 2009 models.

Ford Taurus

The 2010 Taurus comes with a more sculpted and powerful design, with new headlights combined with recessed parking lamps frame a new expression of the signature Ford three-bar grille and a new lowered roofline. It gets new exterior colors: Candy Red Metallic Tint, White Platinum Metallic, Steel Blue Metallic, Gold Leaf Metallic and Ingot Silver Metallic and new 17- to 20-inches wheels.

Ford Taurus

Inside, a forward-leaning center stack – home to the climate controls, audio components and available navigation screen – flows in a continuous unbroken form through the instrument panel and down into the center console. The smart design allows for the interior to be formed with unbroken lines to impart seamless quality and craftsmanship.

The 2010 Taurus comes standard with Ford’s proven Duratec 3.5-liter V-6, generating 263 hp and 249 lbs-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a Grade-Assist hill-holding rollback prevention feature, paired with an economical 2.77 final drive ratio.

ModelSeries CodeBase vehicle priceMSRP
SEP2DSE – Front Wheel Drive$25,170
SELP2ESEL – Front Wheel Drive$27,170
LimitedP2FLimited – Front Wheel Drive$31,170
SELP2HSEL – All Wheel Drive$29,020
LimitedP2JLimited – All Wheel Drive$33,020
SHOP2KSHO – All Wheel Drive$37,170

Press release after the jump.

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New book on Ferrari / Ford Rivalry 'Goes Like Hell'

With another year of Le Mans in the books, perhaps now is the time to pick up a book? Playboy executive editor and author A.J. Baime takes us back to the ’60s when Henry Ford II had an axe to grind with Enzo Ferrari with his book titled "Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans."

Ford had been given word by a European middleman that Enzo Ferrari was interested in selling his company to Ford Motor Company. Ford spent a lot of money going over Ferrari’s financial records and was ready to cut a deal when Ferrari suddenly backed out over issues of who would control the company’s racing program.

Ford’s hopes of acquiring the Italian stallion had been squashed and he was mad as hell about it. What do to? Simply enter the high-stakes world of European car racing with the goal of humiliating Ferrari Ferrari . Thus the Ford GT Ford GT 40 was born and the legendary car went on to win 24 hours of Le Mans four times in a row. If that isn’t the plot of a great book, then I don’t know what is. Movie rights have already been optioned by 20th Century Fox.

The 50 units of the 2008 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet were sold out before we even realize they are actually on the market. But here’s a good new for those still wishing for a Cobra in their garage: Ford plans to bring it back for the 2010 model year with another 50 examples that have already been cleared for NHRA competition.

The automaker’s initial plan is for the 2010 Cobra Jet to be powered by a 425 HP 5.4 Liter supercharged engine combined with the 6 speed manual transmission from the 2008 CJ. However, with upgrades like an 8.50 ET NHRA certified roll cage, 5-speed Liberty manual transmission or even a race prepped automatic transmission the 2010 Ford Cobra Jet will be terrorizing the NHRA Sportsman series. Especially if the Blue Oval decides to offer an all aluminum race engine making 475 HP right out of the Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog.

With prices starting at around $75,000 the 2010 Mustang Cobra Jet is truly an affordable option for someone who wants to be a professional drag racer, or if you don’t ant to lose any stop light drag races. We just think that it would be nice to incorporate these kinds of vehicles into the company’s test fleet, so that we can experience all the high performance stuff that Ford has to offer.

Press release after the jump.

The return of the muscle car is upon us, despite these awful times to be selling cars. The Dodge Challenger is a beauty; the new Chevrolet Camaro should be a dream; and the Ford Mustang , well it could be bringing back the shaker hood with an all new Mach 1. The package was first unveiled back in 1969 and was a more affordable alternative to the factory tuned Shelby cars. The package was reintroduced in 2003 combining a dancing hood scoop with a unique set of rims for the Mustang .

If the design team at Ford get a look at Edmundo Cano’s photoshop makeover of a 2010 Mustang, it’s most likely that there will be a new Mach 1 for 2011, and with the introduction of Ford’s new Coyote V8 finding its way under the hood, why not give it a little room to breathe. We especially like the flat black treatment and vents covering the rear windows, an accessory that no new Mustang should be without. The 20 inch Torq Thrust rims are pure modern day muscle.

This is just a rendering, however not too far off from a production car, stamp a few holes in a couple of hoods, apply a few black vinyl graphics and paint a couple of sets of oversized wheels; and Ford would be ready to go. It is this kind of special edition vehicle that makes us think a little harder about buying American, we couldn’t think of anything better to be seen in laying down 400 HP worth of smokey burnouts.

Source: Autoblog
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Ford’s future SVT Raptor is one of the few trucks that gives us that warm and tingly feeling inside. Built with a slew of high performance aftermarket parts straight off the showroom, Ford claims that it will be the “first truck you could buy right off the lot and drive in Baja.” That is exactly what filmmaker Bud Brutsman was out to show.

The documentary "Raptor-Born in Baja" will debut at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California on June 23rd. The film follows Ford’s design team, race engineers and team directors as they put the Raptor together and then put the off-road F-150 through its paces by entering the grueling Baja 1000, one of the toughest all terrain races in the world. A test that the Raptor passed with flying colors, coming in third in class in what was supposed to be a development run.

Following the film’s premiere, a one-hour television version of the feature will air on the SPEED Channel on Sunday, July 12. Check you local listings for time and channel.

Press release after the jump.

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We have just received the all new 2009 Ford Focus Coupe in the Top Speed test fleet. The profile of the two-door Focus with its fastback styling immediately reminded us of the old Sierra Cosworth Cosworth , with the modern day car’s long slanted C pillar and oversized rear wing. The Focus Coupe gives the impression of being a sports car, something that is only accentuated by its Sangria Red metallic paint and the rally inspired premium dark painted wheels.

The interior of our Focus Coupe comes with Medium Stone leather seats and Ford’s Sync audio system. These are two luxuries that you won’t find in many other $20,000 new cars. It looks like Ford is targeting the youth market with the Focus Coupe, aside from the sporty exterior styling; the gauges have a very tuner style look to them, they are bright, bold and in your face. Another interesting feature that we’ve noticed is the door chime, gone is the annoying monotonous “ding” and in its place is a sound that is more reminiscent of something coming from an Atari video game.

Our Focus is powered by a 2.0 Liter Duratec 16 valve four cylinder that makes 140 HP. The blue oval guys claim that the Coupe comes with a sport tuned exhaust as well as a sport tuned suspension, two things we are looking forward to listening to and trying out. Despite the sporty nature of the Focus Coupe, Ford is already ready for the future CAFÉ standards because our car get an EPA estimated 35 MPG.

For a 360 degree view of the Focus check out the video after the jump.

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Recently TopSpeed had a chance to chat with the 2011 Ford Fiesta’s brand manager, Sam De La Garza. The 2011 Fiesta won’t appear in American showrooms until the Summer of 2010, but Ford is taking a very unique approach to building up interest in its new subcompact. In addition to the usual website that most manufacturers setup for future models, Ford is making a social media push in the hopes of getting the Fiesta noticed by prospective customers and also finding out what those customers like and dislike about the car. Click on through to find out more about the car, its features and where Ford sees the Fiesta fitting in the marketplace.

There are quite a few hot hatches on the European market these days. Volkswagen has the new Scirocco , Renault has unveiled the new Megane Coupe and even Opel has the Astra ; but what about Ford?

The blue oval brand is planning to bring back the Capri nameplate in a big way. The automaker will bring a concept to the Frankfurt Motor Show this September and are planning a production version for 2010. The future Ford Capri will be inspired by the Iosis Max concept that was unveiled the Geneva Motor Show back in March. However the production Capri will feature a pair of sleeker LED headlamps complimenting the more aggressive front end.

Under the hood Ford will use one of their new turbocharged EcoBoost power plants. Like the 1.6 Liter four cylinder making anywhere from 148 HP to 178 HP, or the TDCi diesel displacing the same amount making 128 HP and even the 2.0 Liter four making 168 HP or 197 HP. However, the top of the line Capri will be powered by the 200 HP 2.0 Liter EcoBoost four cylinder.

Source: AutoExpress

Even if the Ford Fiesta hasn’t been properly introduced to the American market, the blue oval brand is planning on sending a few of its rally based machines to compete in the classic American test of man and machine, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Taking place in Colorado on July 19th, completing the Race to the Clouds is just as much of an accomplishment as setting a record around the Nurburgring, and just as difficult.

In order to reach the summit, drivers must negotiate 12.42 miles of winding mountain road, there is imminent danger awaiting just around each one of the course’s 156 turns and while rising the 4,721 feet to the peak, drivers will have to adapt to everything from paved highways surrounded by pines to loose gravel surrounded by nothing more than wide open blue Colorado skies.

The vehicles will be heavily modified rally cars based on the Fiesta hatchback, and will be powered by 2.0 Liter Duratec Ford four cylinder engines, capable of putting out over 800 HP each. Ford will bring Swedish Rally Champion Andreas Eriksson and World Rally legend Marcus Grönholm to try and conquer the mountain.

Press release after the jump.


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