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The Shelby GT500 is far and away the most powerful production Mustang, and pony car for that matter, ever built. So how in the world do you reign in those 662 ponies and 631 pounds of twisting force as a rookie driver? Well, you add in traction control for one and second, you install a launch control system that allows even the novice driver to launch this `Stang like a pro.

To prove its worth, Ford has even released a video touting its launch control, which uses a combination of the ABS and traction control, mixed in with its other electronic controls to give its driver the perfect launch. The video, which you can see above, explains that you simply set the desired launch RPM, mash the gas pedal, and release the clutch, then the system maximizes the torque load and tire grip, and “Wheeeeeeeeeeee” you’re off with a cloud of beautiful, yet expensive, white smoke in your wake.

What’s simply awesome about this video is the fact that the late, great Carroll Shelby is a main feature in it, which means that this video was likely filmed nearly a year ago. He still shows his dislike for Corvettes at the 1:17 mark when he says “You know, that’s important to people that want to leave a Corvette in the dust at a stop sign.” You can’t help but love the fact that Ford truly flowed deep within Shelby’s veins.

For those that don’t like the predictability of launch control, the video also lets you know that you can turn it off. Why someone wouldn’t want to rip, dig, and scoot perfectly off of the line every time is beyond us, but some people prefer controlling it themselves.

Even if you don’t give a rat’s hindquarters about traction control, the hoonage and white smoke in this video is a gorgeous thing. Plus there are few engines in the world that sound as sexy as a well-tuned Ford V-8. Have a look and listen, you won’t regret it.

We told you before exactly how awesome RallyCross really is. It’s full of carnage, contact, and even bicycle ramps. Well, on the flip-side of that coin is extreme danger, especially where the jumping part is concerned. At the X-Games RallyCross running this year, there was a jump with a 50-foot gap and clearing that is typically not a problem.

Well, RallyCross rookie, Toomas Heikkinen, found out just what can happen if you take the jump a little too slowly. As Toomas exits his jump, you can tell something just isn’t quite right. Your feeling would be accurate too, as he slams headfirst into the landing ramp, absolutely destroying his car and landing upside down.

Toomas managed to get out of his flipped Ford Fiesta , as it spewed fluids and fortunately got out prior to it catching fire. Also fortunate is the fact that Toomas escaped with his life, though he does have a broken ankle and some abdominal pain, according to X-Games representatives, to deal with. This means that he will likely not compete in the remainder of the X-Games, but you never know about these RallyCross guys.

Our best wishes go out to Heikkinen for a speedy recovery and a successful return from his injury. Since he is doing well, we feel some good video of the crash is in order. There are two different angles of the crash, with the first being the best, and you can just imagine how much that wreck hurt.

The best video is above and the alternate angle is after the jump.

The annual EAA AirVenture event has been, at least for the past few years, a showcase of sorts for the Ford Mustang.

That’s because every year, a special edition, aviation-themed Mustang is always in attendance, ready to be auctioned off for the benefit of the EAA’s Young Eagles Program. Last, year the "Blue Angels" Mustang was sold for a whopping $400,000 and before that the "SR-71" Mustang fetched $375,000 in 2010 and the "Dearborn Doll" Mustang went for $250,000 back in 2009.

For this year’s event, Ford and tuning shop Creations N’ Chrome are teaming up to present the latest auction-ready, aviation-themed Mustang: the Red Tails.

The “Red Tails” Mustang was designed as a tribute vehicle to the first African American aviators in the United States Army Air Corps, in particular to the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. As a way to pay homage to them, Ford specifically chose the Mustang model that carried the VIN #00051 in honor of the P-51 Mustangs the airmen flew in their time.

The Red Tails Mustang will on display from July 23rd to 26th, 2012. On July 26th, the car will head out to the auction block where it will be sold for charity.

Find out more details about the Ford Mustang "Red Tails" Special Edition after the jump

After the first details on the 2013 GT350 accidentally surfaced online, Shelby has decided that the time has come to reveal the official details on the sports car. The model will be built in limited numbers and will be offered in both coupe and convertible versions. Prices will start from $26,995.00 (normally aspirated) and $33,995.00 (supercharged).

The Shelby GT350 was released onto the market in 2011 and since then, has been improved upon every year. In 2011, it only came as a coupe painted in white with blue stripes and for the 2012 model year, Shelby also added a convertible version with three more colors. For the 2013 model year, the GT350 will receive new color options, visual styling cues, and optional performance enhancements.

The 2013 Shelby GT350 is powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine offered in either a 430 HP normally aspirated version, a Ford Racing supercharged 525 HP, or a Ford Racing supercharged 624 HP version.

UPDATE 06/29/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.

Hit the jump to read more about the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.

The all-newFord Mondeo is set to be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show at the end of September, but the first details on the car have been unveiled today at Ford’s "Go Further" brand event.

As promised, the car has been inspired by Ford’s latest design language previewed by the Evos Concept launched at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. These elements include a new, more prominent trapezoidal grille, a power-dome bonnet and segment-first adaptive, full LED headlamps. In fact the new Mondeo is the first Ford to feature headlamps with LED high-beam, low-beam and signal lighting.

Under the hood Ford has placed the company’s new 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and for the first time Mondeo will be offered in a hybrid version that combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 35kW lithium-ion battery.

Also, as a first, Mondeo will offer segment-first SYNC with MyFord Touch, a voice-activated in-car connectivity system that delivers an eight-inch color touchscreen and the ability to act as a WiFi hotspot for up to five devices.

The new Mondeo will go on sale in early 2013.

Updated 09/06/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

We have already been over Cadillac’s “automated” driving system , which is basically just an adaptive cruise control system that takes over the steering too. Basically, it is not a true automated driving system, but it is semi-autonomous. Well, we all knew that Ford wouldn’t just sit back and watch GM take over this realm, as it has just announced that its engineers are working on a slightly similar, but far more restrictive, system.

The system that Ford is working on is called Traffic Jam Assist, and it does exactly what its name tells you. When you’re get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, you can enable this system and it will move the car with traffic and keep it within the lines. This frees up your hands to do far more important things than look at the road, like text message, enjoy a coffee and doughnut, or reprogram your stereo system.

One the traffic clears up, the system asks you to take over and you’re then forced to attempt to complete the uncompleted tasks that you started in traffic while driving… What a bummer.

Ford has even released a video displaying the system, and we have to say that on 99 percent of the roads in the U.S. with heavy congestion, we doubt this system will do little more than increase your stress. From what we can see, this system waits for the car in front to get a good car length or two ahead of you before moving your car forward. That just may induce a few “friendly” honks and one finger salutes from the less patient drivers behind you.

So, unless Ford can develop a way to have the system respond more quickly, we can see this being a really cool feature until you catch the first severe traffic jam. Fortunately, this system is nowhere near ready for release, so Ford has lots of time to perfect it.

We’ll let you know if any new features of this system pop up.

After being unveiled for the first time in 2010, the SVT Raptor is now entering its third year of production with higher levels of capability. While the majority of the SVT Raptor remains very similar to the 2012 model, Ford has tweaked it in a few places to make it more driver-friendly and more off-road capable. It’s hard to think that there is anything else that Ford could do to make the Raptor any more awesome, but apparently it found a few shortcomings in need of fixing.

The biggest change for the 2013 model year include the addition of a new set of forged-aluminum conventional wheels that can be upgraded after purchase to extra-capable bead-locks, but there also also a few more functional improvements.

What hasn’t changed is the power source. As usual, the 2013 F-150 Raptor will be offered exclusively with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 411 HP and 434 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to an electronic six-speed automatic transmission.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.

Ken Block promised a return to roots for Gymkhana 5 and judging by the first trailer of the highly-anticipated video, the man wasn’t lying.

Not that it needs any more teasing, but Ken Block and his peeps still decided to go that route with Gymkhana 5, providing us with a 37-second appetizer of what we’re all in store for.

Block is already on record saying that Gymkhana 5 will leave the theatrics of Gymkhana 4 behind in order to concentrate on bringing it back to the kind of action-packed, tire-screeching, rubber-burning stunts we’ve become accustomed to.

This time, Block brought his trusty Ford Fiesta H.F.H.V. rally racer to the streets of San Francisco, where it laid waste to a whole load of things, including a barge.

Confused? Check out the video and find out!

Don’t forget, the video debuts on July 9, at which point, we’ll be glued to our monitors waiting in earnest for it to drop.

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Ford Motor Company is desperately trying to breathe some life into its nearly deceased luxury brand, Lincoln. A recent lineup overhaul was step one, and we definitely see improvement to date. The next step appears to be to develop a new rear-wheel drive car to add to Lincoln’s lineup to face off against the likes of the Cadillac ATS and BMW 3-Series .

Lincolns will not have to look too far for a donor rear-wheel-drive car that is willing and able to donate a platform for this new Lincoln. According to Car and Driver, Ford is seriously contemplating using the 2015 Ford Mustang platform as the Lincoln’s base. If that ends up being the case, we could not only be in for seeing the first rear-wheel drive Lincoln in some time, but also we could see the first performance-based Lincoln since who knows when.

This could end up going in either direction. On the good side, it could result in the Lincoln brand being seen as “cool” again and drawing in young buyers. Then again, once Mustang enthusiasts find out that the Mustang underpinnings have become modular, they could lose interest rather quickly.

We would love nothing more than to see Lincoln succeed. It has one of the longest and most storied histories in all of the automotive realm. That said, you don’t want to alienate the bases that you already have. Ford needs to make sure that, if it decides to go this route, they change the Mustang’s underpinnings enough so when under the Lincoln name, Mustang owners can notice a difference and feel satisfied.

On the other hand, Lincoln, despite its struggles, does have a loyal customer base, so Ford has to be sure not to alienate them. We’ll keep an eye on this situation and let you know if anything else comes up.

At its official launch, the 2013 Ford F-150 was only offered in three versions - XLT, Lariat, and FX4 - but now Ford is expanding the F-150 line-up with the addition of a new version. According to Ford, the new F-150 Limited represents "the highest levels of design refinement, luxury and technology."

The 2013 Ford F-150 Limited will be distinguished by body-colored front and rear bumpers, front bumper valance, side-view mirror caps, wheel-lip molding, upper fascia, and grille surround. Chrome elements will be used for the bold three-bar grille, tie-down hooks lining the cargo box, the single tip of the tuned exhaust, and the tow hooks on 4x4 variants. The model will only be offered in three exterior colors: Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Tuxedo Black Metallic, and White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat.

The Ford F-150 Limited will be offered exclusively with a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost engine that delivers a total of 365 HP and a peak torque of 420 lb.-ft.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Ford F-150 Limited.


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