Ford Racing announced today the list of updates for the 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet that will be used in competitions like NHRA Stock and Super Stock racing. Changes for the 2014 model year include two new exterior colors: Gotta Have-it Green and a Cobra Jet-exclusive flat black, an all-new 3-speed race transmission with SFI approved housing and a parachute mount needed when driving up to speeds above 150 mph.
As usual, the 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet will be for off-road use only and will be powered by a 5.4 liter DOHC supercharged aluminum block engine that delivers a total of 430 horsepower.
The model will also feature roll-cage optimized for rigidity and safety, Recaro race seats, suspensions from Ford Racing and an electric power steering.
The 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet will be priced at $97,990 plus optional paint and graphics. The model will once again be limited to only 50 units.
Racer, stunt driver, and television host, Tanner Foust, has had a lot on his plate recently. But even though he’s being thrust to juggle all these responsibilities, the man still can’t get away from doing what he does best: rally racing.
Recently, Foust unveiled his newly dressed Ford Fiesta ST rally car, which made its first public appearance over the weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Dressed in the familiar black and yellow paint scheme of sponsor Rockstar Energy Drink, the new rally car gets a host of added designs. Particularly standing out is the red and orange splash on the car as well as new sticker liveries bearing Foust’s sponsors, including new partners Illest as the new apparel partner, ODYSSEY battery, and Horizon Hobbies, which will produce Foust’s own line of R/C cars.
It is expected that the rally car will be powered by a 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo four engine with an output of 197 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque.
The model itself is based on the recently launched Fiesta ST Global RallyCross Championship that was first unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Foust is one of three drivers that will get the first dibs on the cars with the other two being Brian Deegan and Ken Block.
For now, it’s Foust’s turn to showcase his new rally ride, which he said will focus more on pure rallycross. What that means is that you can expect to see Foust and his new rally car compete in the X-Games, the Global Rallycross Championship and the European Rallycross Championship.
Car addict or not, everyone out there has seen the famous movie "Gone in sixty seconds” at least once. Of course, most of you were amazed by Angelina Jolie, but, for those of you with a passion for cars, there was another "female" that caught your attention: "Eleanor."
"She" is a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 and a total of 15 units were specially developed for the movie. Apparently, Eleanor was the last car to be stolen, but turned out to be the hardest one to get.
While the GT500 models developed during that period are known as the "Eleanor," in this video you are watching at one of the 15 units developed for the movie. It features a 7.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 650 horsepower for the rear wheels.
This video is another reminder of what an amazing car the Eleanor is!
Top Gear host and racer extraordinaire, Tanner Foust, is fixing to get a pretty sweet special-edition Ford Focus ST, thanks to its new partnership with Cobb Tuning.
The decision to build a custom-tuned version of the Focus ST Tanner Foust Edition was born from the success of the concept model that Foust first unveiled at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. Apparently, a lot of people liked it enough that it’s gotten to the point where Cobb Tuning will be sprucing up the already appealing sports hatch.
Cobb says that it’s planning to give the special edition Focus plenty of new carbon-fiber add ons to go with a new custom grille, fancy race graphics, and a wheel and tire program. There will also be plenty of tuning and it will feature a new intercooler, intake, exhaust and suspension components, and most importantly, an ECU calibration that should drive up the Focus ST’s output to somewhere in the vicinity of 300 horsepower.
Expect the custom tuned Focus ST Foust Edition to hit Ford dealerships later this year with pricing and complete specs to be announced a little earlier.
While the entire world was busy watching the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, on the other side of the globe - in Florida - the 2013 Amelia Island Concours was being held. The 18th edition of the show celebrated the 50th anniversary of models like Ford GT40, Porsche 911, Corvette Sting Ray and company Lamborghini.
There were more than 300 cars presented at the show and, as usual, the jury had to choose the Best of Show and Best of Show Sport. Best in Show was selected was a 1936 Duesenberg SJN owned by Helen and Jack Nethercutt of the Nethercutt Collection. The SJN features a convertible coupe body and is powered by a straight-eight engine that delivers a total of 420 horsepower.
Best of Show Concours de Sport was a model celebrating its 50th anniversary: the Ford GT40. The car is owned by the Rocky Mountain Auto Collection and has a pretty impressive history, as it scored numerous winnings for the Gulf Oil / J.W. Automotive Engineering team and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in both 1968 and 1969.
Remember the days when the V-6 model of various performance vehicles –the Mustang and Camaro, for example – were often seen as sub-standard models with laughable performance numbers? Well, these days these base-level V-6 models push well over 30 horsepower, allowing them to perform rather effectively.
Roush Performance has just announced its tuning program for the 2014 Mustang lineup V6, dubbed the “RS V6.” Unfortunately, two of the stages do not offer any performance upgrades, but the top levels do push the V-6 engine to its limits.
The entry-level kit, dubbed the Stage 1, includes an aero body kit, a set of wheels and interior upgrades, but no engine mods. Stage 2 upgrades the Stage 1 and adds a new racetrack-inspired suspension that improves the car’s behavior in the twist.
The good stuff arrives with the Stage 3 kit, which offers a supercharger that increases the engine’s power up to 575 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque.
The most powerful upgrade it the "Aluminator" engine, which is offered in two different phases. In Phase 2, the engine’s output is listed at 625 horsepower and Phase 3 hits a monstrous 675 horsepower.
According to the magazine, the American market is going to receive the 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, but not in the base version. Ford is already offering such an engine on models like Fusion and Explorer, so why not also offer it in the Mustang as well? The four-cylinder EcoBoost is rumored to deliver over 300 horsepower, making it an improvement over the base 3.7-liter V-6 that delivers a total of 305 horsepower.
It is also speculated that the 2015 Mustang will be offered with a paddle-shift automatic transmission too.
However, it looks like things are just getting ramped up and we expect to learn more about the next Mustang in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!
If you ever find yourself on the other side of the law with the SWAT hot on your tail, you best hope that this monster of a truck isn’t hot on your tail.
Built by Galpin Auto Sports, this massive F-450 is appropriately called the B.E.A.S.T., or the 5.11 Tactical B.E.A.S.T.
It’s an enormous ride and for our money, one that would make us a little nervous is it were in our rearview mirrors. The truck was built in coordination with the Los Angeles Police Department together with military gear manufacturer 5.11 and Sweden Entry Tools (S.E.T.) for the use of law enforcement, fire departments and Special Forces.
To accommodate the uniqueness of this truck, Galpin set out to completely build it from the ground up. The aftermarket company reinforced the chassis to accommodate the increased weight brought about by an easily deployable steel security door, which weighs more than 600 pounds, from the bed of the truck that demonstrates how the tools function.
On top of that, Galpin also added a bevy of new features and components on the exterior, including a matching satin black painted front and rear with Road Armor bumpers. The truck also has integrated high intensity discharge (H.I.D.) front PIAA fog lamps and a 10,000-pound front mounted Warn winch to go with custom water-jet-cut diamond-plate covers and exterior trim accents, front and rear strobe lighting, and a custom fabricated, backlit, side steps with 5.11 and “B.E.A.S.T.” branding.
Inside, the modifications continue with: new dash panels; headliner and console areas wrapped in 5.11’s Flextac and 1050D clothing materials; custom seat inserts reupholstered in 5.11 clothing material; custom painted satin color matched interior trim pieces; integrated DVD headrests in both drivers and passengers seats; custom diamond plate floor mats hand-formed to fit in the foot wells; and a custom flashlight, knife, and accessory pockets all throughout the seating area
The B.E.A.S.T. is then finished with a set of 22-inch custom powder-coated satin-black American Force Classic wheels wrapped in Nitto TerraGrappler tires.
There really are no bounds to the wonder that is Galpin Auto Sports. We’ve sung its praises on this site numerous times and it just keeps on smacking balls out of the park with its programs.
One of the latest projects that GAS worked on was actually commissioned by the folks over at Microsoft, specifically the team behind the PC game Halo 4. The request: build a military-inspired F-150 Raptor that could be inserted directly into Halo 4, and driven by Masterchief.
Easier said than done, right?
Not for GAS it seems. The American aftermarket company began the project by disassembling the truck and adding a custom paint scheme consisting of multiple matte green shades. From there, GAS also put in Line-X spray coating to the fender flares, bumpers, and the bed of the Raptor. A new Fox coil over suspension was also installed, increasing the truck’s suspension by 2.5 inches to accommodate the monstrous set of 35-inch Mud Grappler tires.
Inside, a slew of customized enhancements were put in, befitting the tastes of a hardcore gamer. A pair of 7-inch head rest monitors and one 10-inch drop down monitor was put in, all of which would be of good use for anybody who would want to play Halo 4 via the limited edition Halo4 XBox mounted in the custom build “UNSC” enclosure under the rear seat. And just to give everyone the feel of being inside a true military vehicle, GAS created a custom leather and canvas interior that puts you in the atmosphere of being on ground zero.
Finally, GAS also took time to add some performance enhancements to the Raptor, installing a Whipple industries supercharger and Magnaflow exhaust that improves the truck’s output to over 500 horsepower.
In a way, there was some truth to what Tanner Foust said. The Nürburgring isn’t exactly the first, second, or even third place you’d look to see a pickup truck, let alone a Ford Raptor, bouncing around the curbs and ripping through the truck.
Which is precisely why the hooning maestro and Top Gear USA host had to do it. Can’t say we blame him.
During a recent trip to Germany, Foust and his Rockstar team went to the world-famous race track and decided to put a Ford Raptor through its paces. With most Germans expecting supercar after supercar to take to the track, the sight of a hulking American pickup truck doing the same was definitely a sight to behold.
After all, you don’t always see something like this happening in the Nürburgring. But when you, it’s definitely worthy of being chronicled and shown on YouTube.
Check out the video of Tanner Foust running roughshod on the Nürburgring with the Ford Raptor!