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We’re not going to lie about the fact that we are big fans of the Ford F150 SVT Raptor . As we outlined in our review a couple of years back , the car is extremely fun to drive even if the whole concept of which it’s based around makes no sense.

Nevertheless, it seems fitting that one day this incredible off-roader would make its way into our ‘Photo of the Week’ article, and the following picture courtesy of GREATONE! finally has.

The F150 SVT Raptor as a standalone car is already something to behold, but this following example takes how love for the car to new extremes. Featuring an aggressive camo paint-job and some incredible ADV.1 wheels, this is undoubtedly one of the coolest Raptor’s you’re ever likely to see.

And as for the photo? Wow sums it up nicely.

Set in a rural environment which the F150 SVT Raptor calls home, the following picture helps to capture the true size of this beast. With the added bonus of the picture being offered in a range of sizes big enough for any computer, this week’s selection was the easiest thus far.

Follow the link here to find the original photo where it can be downloaded in whichever size tickles your fancy.

We have seen the competition between the 2013 Mustang GT500 and the Camaro ZL1 get exhausted in the last few weeks, so seeing yet another comparison doesn’t really interest us much. Then again, if that competition is happening live on a public track and it is between two competitors that have been jawing at each other via forum flame posts, well, we suddenly become extremely interested.

So the story begins with us taking a short trip from the TopSpeed offices down to the Miami Homestead racetrack for a day full of watching various cars tackle the track. We stumbled upon this situation of a stock 2013 GT500 with under 1,000 miles on its clock and 650 ponies under the hood, and a Camaro ZL1, which was modified by Torq and is touted as a true racecar, ready to go head-to-head to settle their online feud of which is better.

The Camaro ZL1 admittedly had supercharger overheating issues in the past, so Torq installed a high capacity water pump to help aid in the cooling. Apparently, Torq overestimated the capacity of the new pump before heading to Miami and the blazing hot South Florida sun resulted in the engine overheating. Yeah, Torq forgot an important fact, if you install a high-capacity water pump, you need to raise the amount of coolant stored in the cooling system.

Ironically, Torq is quoted as saying that pitting the GT500 against this modified ZL1 is “like bringing a knife to a gun fight” and we agree, because the GT500 is better known as a drag-style car and the ZL1 truly is a better road handler. Let’s see if Torq can rectify this issue and get us a good race to see.

06/03/12 Update from Torq: Okay, so it appears as if our article ruffled some feathers in regards to the guys involved in the race and they made it clear that there were a few misunderstandings in our article. We will further clarify what we were intending to demonstrate, as well as include some of the other details that Torq has kindly provided us.

First and foremost the statement that the ZL1 is more of a true racecar than the GT500 was not intended to be taken as a statement by Torq. This is the common consensus of the automotive industry, as the ZL1 is a best suited on a road track, whereas the GT500 is better on the drag strip, though both perform well on either track style. This has nothing to deal with any modifications performed on either car, but rather a statement of the fact around each stock model.

According to a Torq rep, the GT500 is not as stock as we thought it was. Turns out the GT500 is boasting a cold air intake and a performance ECU tune. Torq claims that this puts the GT500 up to 740 to 750 horsepower. And, yes, we rounded the GT500 down to 650 horsepower, when it is in fact 662 ponies. Also according to Torq, the ZL1 is at a drastic horsepower disadvantage, which we, of course, expect, given the factory performance differences.

It also turns out that Torq actually did attempt to compensate for the addition coolant flow by adding in an aftermarket heat exchanger that adds about two additional gallons to the cooling capacity and experimenting with several auxiliary coolant reservoirs, without success. Unfortunately, Torq did not specify why the ZL1 was running hot.

In closing, we are not taking side with either car. We were excited to see this type of real-life comparison take place and unfortunately, it did not. So hopefully you guys can get this heating issue worked out and back onto the track.

On an aside, you can catch the ZL1 in an upcoming issue of GM High Tech, so it is very clear that these guys are no amateurs.

Update #3 from RevanRacing

The GT500 did not have a full blown aftermarket cold air intake but a "factory" ford racing part that is known as a resonator eliminator and makes the supercharger whine louder. The car did have a tune estimated at around 60+ horsepower.

No doubt we will here more about the Torq ZL1 fight against RevanRacing GT500 in the near future because if there is something we have learned, it is that loosing is not an option for any of them.

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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