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The Ford Lightweight Concept is a unique prototype . It doesn’t have any fancy new headlights or levitating cabins, but it does have new technology that could end up becoming one of the more important advancements in the industry. The "Lightweight Concept" name pretty much says it all. This prototype is all about showcasing advanced lightweight materials that lets future Ford models improve their performance and fuel efficiency, while also dropping the carbon-dioxide emissions.

Weight reduction and improved efficiency are two of the industry’s most important goals, and the Lightweight Concept features Ford at its innovative best. The Lightweight Concept makes use of advanced material applications like aluminum, ultra-high-strength steels, magnesium, and carbon fiber. Each of these materials were incorporated into the design of the vehicle, creating a blueprint that could pave the way for integrating lightweight advancements in future models.

It’s not going to blow anybody away in the same way "normal" concepts would. But that’s not the point with the Lightweight Concept. Rather, this concept is here to show off just how small innovations can lead to huge benefits in the future.

Should Ford reach that point, the company can look back to the Lightweight Concept as the prototype that made it possible to achieve long-term potential lightening solutions.

So don’t sleep on the Lightweight Concept just because it’s essentially a Ford Fusion with fancy and colorful graphics all over the body. This prototype could end up becoming one of the most important Ford has developed in recent years.

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It’s no mystery that the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is the most powerful and skillful factory-built pickup truck you can buy nowadays. Its 6.2-liter, V-8 mill churns 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet, while its hardcore underpinnings enable it to take on just about any terrain. It’s the perfect machine, right?

Well, not quite. Not as long as tuning shops like Hennessey Performance and Roush are turning them into more powerful and more capable vehicles. We can’t speak on behalf of all truck enthusiasts, but we know certain drivers need at least 500 ponies with their truck.

Fitting in this category are the folks over at ZR Auto, who purchased a Raptor and took it over to Hennessey before using it as a shop truck and as a loaner car. Equipped with the HPE600 package, which turns any Raptor into a supercharged Velociraptor , the truck’s horsepower increased to 600 ponies. That’s more than a 2014 Corvette Stingray and nearly as much as a 2015 Corvette Z06 .

ZR Auto’s next step was to put the Velociraptor on the dyno and see how many of those horses get lost on their way to the wheels. Check out the video to see just how many horses it puts to the wheels.

The fastback design has become synonymous with the Mustang since the first wave of models broke into the scene back in 1965. So the 2015 Ford Mustang’s adoption of the muscle car’s iconic fastback design look was no accident.

It’s become a strong and recognizable design cue that has generated tremendous admiration from Mustang lovers of all generations, so much so that a lot of people still seek out those old fastback Mustangs to this day.

Joel Piaskowski, Ford’s Design Director of Strategic Design further explained the stylistic importance of the fastback Mustang in this new video. In it, Piaskowski goes into detail about the nostalgic look of the Mustang’s fastback DNA and how it continues to this day.

Whatever generation of Mustang it is, the fastback design, according to Piaskowski, continues to evoke that spirit of sportiness and elegance that the first Mustangs showed back in the 1960s.

Fast forward to today’s Ford Mustang and you can still see the fastback inspiration on the current muscle car . That can be attributed to the timeless nature of the design and while certain styling characteristics on the new Mustang may have changed, the stretched fastback design remains steeped in Mustang tradition.

We know Ken Block has sick drifting skills, but we didn’t know he was still as adept at smoking tires even with the lights turned off. The man famous for his Gymkhana videos definitely proved as much in this new commercial from Castrol Edge.

Block was joined by BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus, GP2 driver Adrian Zaugg, and DTM driver Mike Rockenfeller in this commercial. Together, all four drivers were given a unique challenge: drive their respective vehicles in complete darkness with only their headlights to put the company’s newest and strongest oil to the test.

The challenge looks simple enough until you realize how easy it is to get discombobulated by all the lighting effects, particularly the Laser Box that Block found himself in.

But true to their racing pedigrees, the drivers successfully pulled off all the stunts, capped off by Block doing his own drift tricks inside the Box. It’s definitely worth three minutes of your time, if only to see how Mr. Gymkhana himself manages to balance drifting his car while also enjoying that laser lights show.

The 2015 Ford Mustang is arguably one of the most anticipated vehicles to go on sale this year, and with the pony reaching Europe on a legal basis for the very first time, Mustang fans living across the Old Continent are more than excited to jump in its brand-new cabin.

They’re so anxious to get behind that stallion-badged steering wheel that the first 500 units scheduled to reach European shores have been reserved in just 30 seconds. It all happened during Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final, when more than 9,000 people battled online to reserve a pony.

The 500 Mustangs will go to 20 different countries, but only after the owners complete their orders at a Ford dealership later this year. Although the first 500 models are limited to Race Red fastbacks and Magnetic Silver convertibles, customers are allowed to choose between 2.3-liter EcoBoost and the 5.0-liter, V-8 engines. We’re no fortune tellers, but we have a feeling most buyers will go for the EcoBoost option.

Each of these vehicles will be equipped with SYNC 2 connectivity and navigation, Park Assist, heated and ventilated seats, black leather trim, and 19-inch alloy wheels, all part of a special package offered on the preliminary batch.

Unlike the U.S. version, the Euro-spec 2015 Mustang will get a stiffer suspension, specifically tuned for European roads. Also, the pony won’t feature the entry-level 3.7-liter, V-6 engine, which will remain as a base offering only in the United States.

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Arguably one of the most iconic automobiles ever built in the United States, the Ford Mustang is already 50 years old and carries with it a rich heritage. If Ford would had not developed the Mustang and crafted the pony car concept, famed vehicles such as Chevrolet Camaro , Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Cuda would have probably never existed. Sure, the `Cuda predated the Mustang, but the Mustang truly built the segment.

Of course, we can’t claim that the muscle car phenomenon wouldn’t have gained the same huge proportions without the ’Stang, but it’s hard to picture such an important era with Ford’s pony missing from picture.

The car’s background is pretty much an open, drama-filled history book. The Mustang had its highs and lows, starting with the great 1960s and early `70s and passing through the dark years of the second-generation model. Then there’s the four-cylinder era, the "new edge" generation and the rebirth that came with the current model. With the 2015 Mustang just around the corner, a new chapter is about to begin as scholars dip their pens into inkwells.

And while we’re all familiar with each generation and model of the of pony, there are numerous Mustangs that some of you might have never seen or heard of. Some of them were prototypes, others are just studies that have never seen the light of day, and some were real-life models. They’ve all contributed to the Mustang we know one way or another, but most of them are shadowed by the productions cars we’ve seen roaming the streets the past 50 years.

As you might have already guessed, we are here to introduce you to some of these concepts and studies, and to a couple of limited-edition models too, that came out of Detroit since Ford began pondering about the Mustang.

More details after the jump.

We’re pretty much done with the Mustang ’s 50th Anniversary celebrations here in the U.S., but the iconic muscle car is about to get one more birthday party in Europe. The event will occur during the Silverstone Classic in late July, when more than 25 competition-prepped Mustangs take on the famed track in two different races .

To preview the event that we expect to become the world’s largest gathering of race-spec Mustangs on one grid, the folks over at Silverstone Classic have put together a video that pays tribute to the memorable car chase from the "Bullitt" film. Regarded as one of the most influential in movie history, the chase saw a 1968 Mustang driven by Steve McQueen gain on a 1968 Dodge Charger through the streets of Chicago.

Recreated right on the Silverstone track with vehicles that looked similar to those in the movie, the scene is a worthy replica of the "Bullitt" scene with all the drifting and the V-8 revving. It all comes to an abrupt halt near the end, when the Charger "blows up" in a poorly rendered crash. At least they didn’t wreck a perfectly restored classic.

If you’re planning on traveling to Britain for the Mustang races, this year’s Silverstone Classic is scheduled between July 25th through 27th.

The highly-anticipated 2015 Mustang will wear a base sticker price of $24,425, with sales to begin this fall, Ford revealed yesterday, without mentioning anything about pricing for the more powerful EcoBoost and GT versions of the sixth-generation pony.

Fortunately, our friends over at Mustang6G have obtained pricing for both the EcoBoost and the GT Mustangs, which, together with the additional sheet of options listed below and the previous leaks, will help you create the 2015 Mustang of your dreams before placing an order with Ford.

While the entry-level, V-6 pony fetches at least $24,425, making it almost $2,000 more expensive than the current base model, the Mustang fitted with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine retails from $25,995. Once a Premium package is added, the EcoBoost will cost $31,790 before any options.

Moving over to the GT, the V-8 Coyote-powered Mustang will ease customers of $32,925 of their hard-earned in the least expensive trim and more than $38,720 with a Premium package and a other additional goodies. The base GT is only $1,815 more expensive than the 2014 model, while the GT Premium comes with a $1,615 surcharge on top.

Lastly, the Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition , which will be built in only 1,964 units and fitted with an array of exclusive features, will retail from $46,995, being the most expensive new-generation pony until a high performance GT350 or GT500 arrives next year. Those that aren’t keen on spending nearly $50K on the limited-edition model can opt for the 50th Anniversary Package. The bundle costs only $1,595 and can be fitted to both the EcoBoost and the GT.

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Fancy a 2015 Ford Mustang but can’t afford to pay at least $24,425 for an entry-level model? Or would you rather use that amount to buy something more purposeful, say a Dodge Grand Caravan ? Whatever the reason, you may have the chance to take a brand-new 2015 Mustang home for free courtesy of Ford and the 2014 BET Awards.

All you have to do is create a 60-second video in which you show and tell how you and your footage embody the passion and spirit of the Ford Mustang . The clip must be uploaded on the "Mustang And Me" campaign page on BET’s website by 6 PM EDT on June 3rd.

The big winner will be announced during the live broadcast of the 2014 BET Awards on June 29. This year’s event will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, with Chris Rock acting as the main host.

There’s no official word as to what Mustang model the winner will be receiving, but we have a feeling we’re talking about an entry-level, V-6-powered pony . You know what they say, never look a gift horse in the mouth.

In case you missed it earlier this month, Ford is also raffling a unique 2015 Mustang 50 Years Convertible by August 16. Raffle tickets cost $20 each and proceeds will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and its "No Opportunity Wasted" MS research initiative.

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We’re only a few months away from seeing Ford dealerships packed with 2015 Mustangs , but the Blue Oval automaker is still trying to keep some of the essentials in the vault. Luckily enough, it’s not really working, as more and more details continue to leak out. Less than a month ago, for instance, we got a taste of the pony’s options, packages and their pricing via the first major 2015 Mustang leak . Now we’re about to have a look at the vehicle’s ordering guide, which sheds even more light on what customers will be able to have their Mustang fitted with once it goes on sale.

The guide is quite extensive and consists of 21 pages, but we’re already familiar with some of its content, like standard features, colors and what packages each trim level can be equipped with. New on the sheet, however, are the contents of the Performance Package that can be had with both the EcoBoost and the GT models.

For $1,995 — as it was revealed by the previous drip — the bundle will add goodies such as a larger radiator and rear sway bar, heavy-duty front springs, larger brake rotors, 19-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels and a spoiler delete. Additionally, the pony will benefit from a unique chassis tuning and calibration.

Moving over to the Mustang GT, the package will bring most of the features and tweaks from the EcoBoost plus 3.73 Torsen limited-slip differential, a strut tower brace, a K Brace and Brembo six-piston front brakes, the latter only available on vehicles selected with a manual transmission. For the GT, the Performance Package is priced at $2,495.

You might also be interested in having a look at the five wheel designs that Ford will be offering. They all come in 19-inch sizes, but feature different twin-spoke styling and a multi-spoke design. None of them, however, are available as standard and require a Performance Package or a 50 Years Appearance Package.

You’re probably wondering why we’ve been talking about all of the above and haven’t said anything about performance specs. Well, the order guide doesn’t list any of them, with the respective sections being marked as TBA. Looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out more about horsepower, torque and 0-to-60 mph times. Make sure you stick around, ’cause we’ll be back as soon as we lay our eyes on them.

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