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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.

Ford Explorer Sport

Most of us have all heard the saying that it is not so hard to outrun a cop car, but it’s impossible to outrun their radios. It looks as if the California Highway Patrol is taking that to heart, as it chose the Ford Explorer over the Taurus and Charger Pursuit Car as the replacement for the outgoing Crown Victoria police cruiser. According to the CHP’s representatives, the reasoning for choosing an SUV over the uni-body vehicles is payload capacity, as the CHP can hauls up to 1,700 lbs of people and gear in its vehicles at any given time.

The only two other vehicles that gave the Explorer any competition were the Chevy Tahoe Police Package and Dodge Durango Special Services . The Durango never got a chance, as it was too late for it to receive a pursuit rating in time and Chrysler never submitted a bid. There is no indication on how the testing panned out between the Explorer and Tahoe, but the CHP chose the Explorer based on a lower bid, so chances are that the Tahoe outperformed the Explorer, but was simply too expensive.

Now, don’t start thinking that this is any old Explorer that you can run down to a local Ford dealership and pick up. Ford removed the standard 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 and dropped in the 3.7-liter V-6 borrowed from the F-150 that produces 302 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. The standard 3.5-liter engine gets the Explorer to 60 mph in an acceptable 8.3 seconds, so we would figure the extra 12 ponies and 23 pound-feet should cut that down to about 8 seconds.

Yeah, the Explorer PPV is no speed demon, but as we said before, it is much harder to outrun a radio signal than it is a cop car. So this choice was more of a combination of cost and utility than pure speed. Besides, most highway patrols have special pursuit vehicles just for those pesky high-speed pursuits when patrol cars and radios just aren’t enough.

At the beginning of May 2012, a one-off Roush Stage 3 Ford Mustang Special Edition raised a total of $100,000 for the SAE Foundation’s STEM. Now, another one-off Mustang will be auctioned off for charity: a special 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 designed by Melvin Betancourt. The auction will be held on September 22, 2012 at the "Get Your Heart Racing" fundraiser at Ford ’s Dearborn test track. All the proceeds will go to Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute at Henry Ford Health System.

This one-off Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will feature a very cool exterior white paint finish combined with white graphics and a new set of 20" wheels. The interior will continue the white theme with white-leather Recaro seats contrasted by black stitching. Under the hood, everything remains unchanged, but with a 662 HP V8 engine, who needs more?

At the same event last year, a Mustang Boss 302 was sold for an impressive $300,000, so let’s hope this year will reach or surpass those results.

Source: HenryFord

The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is powered by a 5.8 liter V-8 engine with 662 HP, making it the most powerful, factory made Mustang ever. That being said, the classic Mustang is still better and many car enthusiasts prefer it over any other model, no matter how powerful that other model may be. In a situation like this - let’s face it, there aren’t many classic models ready to be scooped up - many tuners will try to convert existing models into the legendary 1969 models. Retrobuilt is one of those tuners that has a big passion for the 1969 Shelby GT500 and is ready to make one at all costs.

Their new retro package is based on a 2005 Mustang Convertible , but customers can bring in any Mustang from 2005 up to 2012, including the GT500. If the customer has the nerve to retro-fit their new Mustang, then this conversion is for them. It includes new fiberglass body panels; retro chrome trim, door handles, and taillight covers; custom HID headlights; vinyl striping; and a Shelby wheel and tire package. For clients with a racing spirit, Retrobuilt is also offering a supercharger system, Baer brakes, and a lowered suspension.

Our spy photographers have already caught the facelift version of the Fiesta hatchback testing during winter conditions, but now Ford has taken the sedan model out for a spin around the Nürburgring and our photographers were there once again to see it in action. These images show that the front and rear of the Fiesta have been blocked off from view, clearly indicating that these are the areas where most of the changes have been made.

We know that Ford is currently working on new headlights with integrated LEDs, a new shaped engine hood, and new bumpers for both the front and the rear. That modified engine hood comes as a result of the new engine that has been placed in the sedan, but it’s nothing drastic. The Ford Fiesta Sedan will be running with a new 1.0 liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine delivering around 80 HP, an engine first shown in the small B-Max MPV .

The new Ford Fiesta Sedan will make its official debut by the end of 2012, most likely at a major auto show like Paris.

We’re not quite sure how appropriate the name of this customized Ford Mustang Shelby really is - Widow Maker? - but hey, if that’s what they want to call it, more power to them.

Curious name notwithstanding, this heavily modified 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the stuff where stallion dreams are made of. Tuned by the spectacular folks over at Ultimate Bad Boy, the American muscle car has been effectively ’roided up - in a good way! - to deliver a staggering 1,100-horsepower output and 850 lb/ft of torque from its 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine.

How exactly did Ultimate Bad Boy accomplish that?

Well, for starters, the US tuner added 1,000cc fuel injectors, twin cooling fans, advanced traction control, and voice control just to spice things up. Ultimate Bad Boy also gave the muscle car a full UBB carbon body kit, a 200-mph speedo, suspension coil-overs, a new set of 19" split alloy rims, Brembo brakes, Recareo seats, a glass roof, laser jammers, and window tint.

For the thrill of being one of the few to own this ridiculous piece of work, Ultimate Bad Boy will make your dreams come true for a princely sum of $135,000, including the car itself. Expected delivery time is around 12 weeks.

Let’s see: $135,000 for a car that has 1,100 angry thoroughbreds under its hood?

Sounds like a deal to us - even if the aforementioned name of the program sounds a little foreboding.

Source: UBB Mustang

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