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About a month ago, Ford partnered with the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) for a special contest that featured three 2013 Mustang GTs being designed by the SBN. The winning design will then be built by Ford to be shown at SEMA later this year where it will be auctioned off for the benefit of the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Fan voting for the contest was done from May 23 - June 3, 2012, and now it appears we have a winner. The "High Gear" Mustang was selected as the victor in the first SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women competition. The car, which was designed by model Jennifer Seely, was inspired by items that models are very familiar with: jewelry, couture clothing, and architecture.

The High Gear Mustang was dressed in a Satin Black finish and gets a number of exterior additions, particularly the ventilated hood and the rose-gold chrome accents. In addition, Seely designed the muscle car’s interior with suede seats and a leather-wrapped dashboard to go with a high-end audio system.

The High Gear Mustang concept will be built at the SIM Headquarters in El Segundo, California before making its debut at the SEMA Motor Show.

Chevrolet’s release of the all new Camaro ZL1 at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show allowed them to reignite the muscle car wars that have been burning up the automotive websites for a good and long time. But before Chevrolet can shout out "Checkmate,"

Ford has answered the ZL1 with an update car of their own: the 2013 Shelby GT500. Recent spy shots have revealed that the company is already testing the 2013MY GT500 and it will be more powerful than ever.

The Camaro ZL1’s LSA 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine producing an estimated 550 horsepower and 550 pound-feet. of torque is nothing to shake a stick at, but Ford has one-upped them once again. The Eaton M112 supercharger that is being housed in the current GT500’s V8 engine will be replaced with the more-efficient and quieter TVS unit. The V8 engine found in the 2013 model will also get modified and bumped up to 5.8L, all while producing up to 650 horsepower and making it the most powerful, factory made Mustang ever! The game continues...Your move Chevrolet.

UPDATE 07/02/2012: Ford has unveiled a new video featuring the 2013 Shelby GT500 as it goes out to the quarter-mile drag strip to see what it’s made of.

More details on the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 after the jump.

In the past two months, we have had two specially developed Ford Mustangs developed for charity auctions. The first was the 2013 Roush Stage 3 Mustang Special Edition and the second was a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 by Melvin Betancourt . Now, it’s time to add a third model to this very special line of one-off vehicles created specially for charity.

This time, it’s a one-off model based on a 2013 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca that will raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This one-off Mustang is basically a Laguna Seca model painted in a very cool combination of Sterling Gray Metallic with Gloss Black on the striping, rear pedestal spoiler, and mirror caps. Special badging will remind everyone around it that this is indeed a special edition. The interior has also received changes in the form of a Charcoal Cloth with custom embroidered Recaro Seating and Sterling Gray X-brace. The car sits on a new set of 19" wheels painted in aluminum.

The Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Alley Edition will be auctioned off in August 2012 at the annual Woodward Dream Cruise. In order to get a chance to place your bid, you’ll have to buy a ticket to the Cruise: $10 each or three tickets for $20.

Roush Performance’s expanding 2013 Mustang line-up now has a new member to the family: the 2013 Ford Mustang V6 RS.

Based on the 3.7-liter V6 Ford Mustang , the V6 RS has been treated to an array of styling and handling modifications that’s being called as the "Roush Six" package.

“The RS opens a new niche for Roush Performance, offering great fuel economy, a good level of power, at an economical price, while still embodying Roush’s spirit of performance,” said Gary Jurick, GM of Roush Performance.

On the outside, Roush Performance added a bevy of aerodynamic enhancements, including a new set of grilles, a front chin splitter, side rocker splitter, and a rear decklid spoiler. The program also features new "R" fender badges and an "R" Roush faux gas cap. As added options, you can also get a hood scoop, rear quarter window louvers, RS exterior side, and hood graphics. Finally, the package also comes with a new set of 19″ premium painted aluminum wheels, tires with Brembo brakes, and Roush lowering springs with progressive rate jounce bumper, effectively lowering the car’s ride height and reducing its center of gravity.

Interior styling was also part of the program and the Roush V6 RS Mustang was no different. There are embroidered floor mats, billet performance pedals and a Roush center console badge/button that are part of the enhancements. If that’s not enough, you can also opt to include GT charcoal leather seating or Roush sport leather seating, a white or black shifter ball, a suede-wrapped performance steering wheel, and door sill plates with ambient lighting.

No performance modifications are part of this package as we expect a Stage 2 kit from Roush Performance coming out soon. At any rate, this package will cost you $4,000.

If we were to compare the official numbers provided by Ford and Chevrolet , the horse power difference between a 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500 and a Camaro ZL1 would be off by about 82 HP (662 HP for the Mustang and 580 HP for the Camaro). However, a recent dyno test provided by Inside Line with the two cars side by side, revealed a difference of close to 100 HP: 595 HP at 6600 HP for the Mustang and 497 HP at 6000 rpm for the Camaro.

Either way, the result is the same: the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the victor, as well as the meaner sounding vehicle, of the two. Does this mean that Ford automatically wins the muscle car war? Well, that depends on what Chevrolet has up their sleeve. Make your move, Chevrolet!

Ford is really banking on the Focus ST taking over where the Focus SVT left of in the U.S. market, and they went a rather creative way to grow its buzz even more. Ford needed a commercial introducing the ST as a performance hatchback to the U.S. market, so what better way than to set up a street race involving two Foci STs. This “street race” was held on closed roads and each car was driven by a professional driver, of course.

That was not the interesting part though, as Ford relied on customers to film the event for them. You’re reading that correctly; no camera crews, no sound team, no directors. Just two Focuses, hundreds of screaming fans and a whole bunch of cellphone cameras, digital cameras and likely a few pieces of professional equipment.

Not only is the commercial bad ass (you can see it above), but just the pure concept really got the public excited for the upcoming release of this high performance econo-hatch.

Of course, Ford did have a hand in editing the videos taken by the fans and we are certain the majority of the shots were taken by semi-professional cameramen with thousand dollar equipment, but some of them were obviously by handheld camcorders and digital cameras too.

Our favorite camera operator was a man sitting in the tree at the 0:35 mark in the video. He obviously didn’t get his shot into the commercial, but he gets a shiny gold star for effort. Good call Ford, good call indeed!

Every now and again we come across something of such creative genius that we just cannot get enough of it. The above video is one example of someone taking a new technology – pocket projector – and doing something so bad ass that it’ll be forever etched in our memory. In this example, the folks at The Theory have taken a pocket projector and fed it video of various movements of a police chase and projected that chase throughout a room.

It sounds simple and pretty stupid on paper, but once you watch it, you’ll see the creative genius that we are talking about. All of the motions of the characters are precisely timed and actually look realistic, even though they are happening in 2-D.

To make matters even better, the folks at The Theory pulled at our auto strings a little harder by including a Ford GT40 in the chase, which is something that none of us would ever see in a lifetime.

Have a look at the video above and get a few chuckles on us. While you’re at it, think about how much time this filmmaking duo must have put into this video. We can’t help but think how much technology has progressed in the last decade, considering that projectors that could put out images like in this video were the size of a small desk and cost over $1,000.

The technology behind the device is just as amazing as the ingenuity behind the video… Enjoy.

With a history that started back in 1948, the Ford F-Series is now one of the best sold pick-ups on the US market. The model is currently in its twelfth generation and for the 2013 model year, it has been updated with a new design and all-new driver controls technology.

The 2013 F-150 has received an updated front end, with a new grille and HID projector headlamps. Customers can also opt for new 18 and 20" wheels, as well as the choice of three new hues including Blue Jeans Metallic, Kodiak Brown Metallic, and Ruby Red Clearcoat Metallic. The F150 can also now be ordered with SYNC with MyFord Touch voice-activated driver controls.

Under the hood, Ford has placed a choice of four engines: a 302 HP 3.7 liter V6, a 360 HP 5.0 liter V8, a 411 HP 6.2 liter V8, and a 365 HP 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. All of the engines can be mated to a fuel-saving electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode.

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

Ford Fiesta

When the head of Ford’s Special Vehicles Team (SVT) jetted for another opportunity at Volkswagen, Ford was left debating what to do with the popular RS line of vehicles, which we unfortunately have yet to see in the U.S. Up until recently, it has been pretty much a certainty that the Focus RS would simply carry on into its third generation, but according to Autocar, Ford is becoming a little indecisive since SVT’s recent shakeup.

Now Ford is starting to consider replacing the popular Focus RS with the Fiesta RS. The biggest reason for Ford’s reconsidering of the Focus RS is the fact that the newest generation of the Focus will not include a three-door hatchback, the staple body style for the RS line. The Fiesta , on the other hand, is available in a three-door hatchback in the European market, making it the obvious replacement.

It looks as if the RS might just make it to the U.S. market in this generation, as the other main part of the holdup on Ford’s decision is the fact that the U.S. market would likely prefer the larger and more powerful Focus RS over the compact Fiesta RS. That would give the U.S. market a nice group of performance compact Fords, regardless of the model it chooses. The Focus ST is already heading to the states and the Fiesta ST is in development, which will also likely come to the States. Add in the RS line and that gives us three hot Ford compacts to play around with.

We honestly think that given the recent market swing toward quick hatchback models, Ford would be best suited to get into that market early by handing the Fiesta the “RS” badge. If Ford manages to get into the hot-hatch market early enough with the Fiesta RS, it could benefit the entire Fiesta lineup in coming years.

We will continue to keep you updated on this growing story as more details emerge.

Source: Autocar

The name Carroll Shelby spans across three makes – Ford, Chrysler, and Dodge – and is arguably the most recognized name by any true automotive buff. Unfortunately, we lost this remarkable man just weeks ago following a fight with pneumonia, but he is far from forgotten.

This past Wednesday, Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles decided that it was time to give Mr. Shelby a proper send off. Unlike many folks, a moment of silence just wouldn’t be a good fit for a man notorious for filling the streets with cars boasting awesome-sounding exhaust systems and cams that lobe so hard it feels like the earth is moving.

In lieu of the typical moment of silence, PAM chose to honor Mr. Shelby with a “Moment of Noise” at precisely 6:55 p.m. PST on May 30th. Over 1,200 cars bearing the “Shelby” name showed up at PAM to let their pistons and dual exhaust give this legend a proper send off. But it was not all about the noise, as there was a series of speakers that followed the roaring of these Shelby-designed machines in an event named “Carroll Shelby a Life Remembered,” which Jay Leno hosted.

The event was not limited to just L.A., as Shelby cars around the world fired up and paid tribute to this great man. Fortunately, the wide world web has come in handy again, as a plethora of videos of the various synchronized revving around the world have popped up online and we have them for you. There is also an awesome tribute done up by the folks at Forza Motorsport of all Mr. Shelby’s creations running side-by-side around a track.

In all, it was a spectacular showing and our hats go off to the participants and to the man that made this all possible, Mr. Carroll Shelby…

Click past the jump to see the other four videos.

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