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Ford and DreamWorks Studios developed a one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang GT500 that will be featured in the upcoming "Need for Speed" movie. The model will make its world debut later today during Electronic Arts’ press conference at E3 Expo in Los Angeles.

First details on this one-off "Need for Speed" Mustang reveal that it will feature a custom-designed wide body, a set of unique 22-inch alloy wheels and larger air intakes that will provide increased ventilation for the supercharged V-8 engine found under its classic Mustang twin-nostril hood. Of course, Ford will also offer a customized interior to fit with the "Need For Speed" theme.

The “Need for Speed” movie is based on Electronic Arts’ popular video game series and will star Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton.

The upcoming "Need for Speed" movie will arrive in theaters on March 14th, 2014.

Updated 11/12/13: Ford announced today that the one-off edition Mustang "Need for Speed" will be used as a pace car in the upcoming Ford EcoBoost 400 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway set to take place this week-end, November 15 to 17, 2013. With this occasion the company unveiled a series of new images and a new video. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

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Things have evolved significantly for Selena Gomez in the past few years. She went from "Wizards of Waverly Place" - the TV series that made her famous to the upcoming "Getaway" - the heart-pounding action thriller from Warner Bros.

The movie tells the story of former racecar driver, Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke), who is pitted against the clock. His wife got kidnapped and he is now desperately trying to save her.

Brent commandeers a custom Shelby Cobra Mustang , taking it and an unwitting carjacker (Selena Gomez) on a high-speed race against time, at the command of the mysterious villain holding his wife hostage. It looks like the movie will bring quite an evolution in Selena’s acting career: up from playing with a magic wand to being a car thief.

With a 662-horsepower Shelby GT500 in the works, this looks to be a pretty sweet flick.

The new "Getaway" movie will arrive in the U.S. theaters on 30 August 2013. Stay tuned for additional trailers.

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The C-Max is Ford’s first Hybrid-only model and comes in two mechanical configurations: Hybrid and ‘Energi’ Plug-in Hybrid. Bringing the heat to Toyota ’s popular Prius and the Chevy Volt , the C-Max fills a solid gap in the marketplace among consumers who won’t settle for the other cars’ many limitations.

C-Max sales are ramping up steadily and the C-Max is on track to be Ford’s best-selling hybrid model of all time by the end of 2013, based on current year-to-date sales and projections. Granted, Ford has some major ground to make up versus the Prius lineups, which has topped 200,000 sales annually in recent years.

The first-to-market advantage of the Prius continues today with the model family taking 58 percent of the market share for hybrid-electric cars. Despite its utter dominance of the segment so far, there’s no reason that the Prius should set the template for all PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) or simpler full hybrids. As shown by the Tesla Model S , there really is a better way. Driving a hybrid shouldn’t have to mean total misery on the road. Would anyone choose a Prius if it didn’t get amazing mileage? No way.

Living somewhere between the Prius and Prius V models, the C-Max offers some real advantages versus its archrivals from Toyota .

Ford’s bringing its fun-to-drive C-Max to crash the dull Prius party. With more space and more family-friendly packaging than the Focus , but all of its enthusiasm for corners, the C-Max pair will continue to gain ground in the sales battle among eco-keen drivers.

Click past the jump for the full C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi review, detailed specs and jumbo image gallery.

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This past few days have been pretty crazy for Chris Harris, as we’ve seen him reviewing his personal Ferrari 599 and now he was invited to test the Formula Ford 1.0 Ecoboost (FF1) . He had the chance to drive the car both on German public roads and on the famous Nürburgring track.

The Formula Ford is powered by a 1.0-liter Ford EcoBoost direct-injection engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The engine delivers a total of 205 horsepower and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds and up to a top speed of 158 mph.

It’s true Harris was not able to lap the Nürburgring’s famed Nordschleife circuit in just 7:22, but as usual, his reviews are a great watch.

The Formula Ford is a great car and Harris seems to agree with this. There is one little problem; it won’t make it to production.

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There’s a big shakeup taking place in the full-size van and truck market as Ford prepares to replace its wretched Econoline with a far superior vehicle called the Transit. At first, the setup for the new Transit seems all wrong, as a uni-body is the polar opposite of the traditional body-on-frame truck construction.

The Transit is indeed a big change for a group of hard-working van buyers who are scarily familiar with all the gritty details of the Econolines they’ve run for the last 50 years. The Transit, at first, looks like a botched Euro import, but in fact, Ford’s spent years of planning, engineering and customizing the global Transit line to make sure it answers every question asked of the Econoline by American van buyers.

Part of the admirable and smart “One Ford” strategy, the Dearborn teams take a long, hard look at which of their worldwide models is best fit to tackle global challenges. In the case of the Mustang , it turns out Europe has been clamoring for it all along, so the next-gen car will be sold in Europe and in many more global markets than ever before. In the case of the large commercial van market, the Transit is simply a far better model than the Econoline in terms of fitness for purpose, modern safety and efficiency needs.

Yes, it is a V-6 uni-body without off-road options or the four-wheel-drive system of some Econolines. As we’ll discover over the full review of the lineup, these things bring only benefits but keep the core attributes: a dozen plus different body styles and engine configurations, massive passenger or cargo payload ratings, better performance and economy, more comfort, more tech and finally, more safety.

As Ford educates and comforts the long-trenched Econoline market, the two models will briefly overlap before the eventual phase-out of the E-series altogether after 2015. Let me be the first to say it: good riddance Econoline!

Click past the jump for the full review and image gallery of the 2014 Ford Transit.

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Would you like to buy a 2014 Shelby Mustang GT500 for just $50? Sounds great, considering the car’s starting price is $54,200.

The Shelby American Collection Raffle is offering you the chance to win a fully equipped 2014 GT500 . The car is painted in Sterling Gray combined with dual black stripes. The model also gets leather Recaro seats, the SVT Performance Package and the SVT Track Pack, bringing its total MSRP up to $63,980. If you decide that you do not want this 662-horsepower `Stang, you can opt for a $50,000 cash payout if you are the winner.

In order to win it, all you have to do is buy a raffle ticket that costs $50. You can buy as many tickets as you like and for every 5 tickets you purchase, you will get one free ticket. Only 4,000 tickets will be sold for this raffle, but Shelby has to sell a minimum of 2,500 tickets to be able to offer the grand prize.

The winner will be announced on September 14, 2013 during The Shelby American Collection Annual Fundraising Party in Boulder, CO. You can buy a ticket here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Shelby Mustang GT500.

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What is better that a great sports car? A sports car with a nice girl next to it! No, we are just joking (kinda)… The answer you are looking for is a great sports car with the right tuning kit. Like this 2013 Shelby Super Snake that the folks over at Ultimate Auto took to task.

The tuner opted to update the 850-horsepower version - there is also a base version delivering 662 horsepower. Called “Project Super Snake,” Ultimate Auto tuned this rig at the request of a customer looking for some extra attention when he’s behind the wheel.

The eye-catching Chip Foose Glasurit exterior color combined with real carbon-fiber-inlaid stripes is enough to catch anyone’s attention. But, Ultimate Auto didn’t stop there the attention-drawing add-on equipment.

Click past the jump to read more about the Shelby Super Snake by Ultimate Auto and see how the tuner made this 850-horse beast even more desirable.

Ford tuner extraordinaire, Roush Performance, is most known for its programs for the Mustang . But every so often, the tuner takes a turn and works on a different Blue Oval model.

Take for example the Ford Focus ST .

The new program for Ford’s resident sports hatchback is available for 2013 models and beyond. It comes with a plethora of new components that give the Focus ST some pretty impressive aesthetic and performance credentials.

The most impressive thing about this program is that despite what you already see, Roush Performance is still working on other parts for the Focus, including suspension components, powertrain control module (PCM) upgrades, together with wheels and tire combos, and interior and exterior accessories.

For now, what it has already speaks to its impressive work on the pocket rocket of a sports hatchback.

Click past the jump to read more about what Roush Performance did to the Ford Focus ST

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In the last episode of Drive’s "Chris Harris on cars," Chris Harris had the opportunity totest-drive the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder. In the newest episode, he decided to go for something a little more timid and got behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta ST .

Ever since the Fiesta ST was announced, there was a great dispute on which one was the better subcompact pocket rocket: the ST or the Renault Clio RS? So, Harris tries to help you find an answer to this question, as he tested the car on the road and track, and ended up being quite impressed by the petite ST. Of course, the car could use some improvements here and there, but overall, he thinks the ST performs quite well.

The Fiesta ST is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with an output of 197 Horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque; all rather impressive stats for a subcompact hatch that tips the scales at only 2,720 pounds and sets you back only about 21k.

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After the VelociRaptor APV concept announced back in 2010, Hennessey finally decided to come with a production version. The new package will be applied to the Ford F-150 Raptor SVT and will be limited to only 30 units per year. Customers interested will have to pay a total of $149,500.

The tuner transformed the Raptor pickup into an SUV, so it now offers seating capacity for up to eight people, making it the ideal car for a big family.

In standard form, the VelociRaptor is powered by the Raptor’s standard 6.2-liter V-8 engine delivering a total of 411 horsepower, but you know as well as we o that Hennessey wouldn’t stop there. For an additional cost, the tuner will install a 600 Supercharged upgrade, which will increase the SUV’s output to 600 horsepower. If you have a few more dollars in your pocket, Hennessey also offers a Brembo front brake upgrade, larger wheels and tires, LED lighting upgrades, bespoke interior and electronic upgrades, and new security and armoring systems.

With all these updates, the VelociRaptor’s weight will be increased by about 600 pounds. With this added weight, the base version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds and the 600-horsepower version does the same sprint in just 5.9 seconds.

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


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