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Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

We already are well aware that the next-generation Ford Mustang will drop some of the current variants and will adopt new ones. There likwly won’t be a Shelby model, but instead the new Mustang could add a new "SVO" trim level and a few new "Cobra" variations.

Until now, none of these rumors included any details on the race-going version known as the Cobra Jet . A report from Hot Rod magazine claims that Ford insiders confirmed the 2015 Cobra Jet program is already underway, but what the Ford folks didn’t reveal was if the 2015 Mustang will be the basis for the Cobra Jet program.

This leaves us no choice but to wildly speculate. Could the next-gen Cobra Jet possibly be a rear-wheel-drive version of the Taurus or Fusion ? Those are both unlikely situations, but intriguing nonetheless. Most likely, Ford will continue on with the Mustang being the CJ’s platform, unless it simply can’t handle the stress of quarter-mile launches.

Regardless of the platform, a Ford official confirmed that the 2015 Cobra Jet will continue to offer awesome performance and he was quoted saying "Our goals remain the same for next year as they are every year, produce a competitive product at a price that is a value for the racer."

We’ll keep you updated.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Cobra Jet.

Source: HotRod
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The 2013 SEMA show getting closer, more details on the cars to be displayed in Las Vegas.

Today, aerodynamics specialists APR Performance revealed the first details on a new wide body kit it developed for a 2013 Ford Mustang GT . We’re not huge fans of wide body kits on muscle cars, especially the Mustang, but we’ll entertain the idea.

This kit includes 10 new pieces, that will widen the `Stang GT by 50 mm (1.96 inches) on each side. Widening isn’t all this kit is about, as it also comes with a range of track-proven carbon fiber parts, including: a front splitter, a massive GT-250 wing, a rear diffuser and a parts bin chock-full of parts from other manufacturers.

This parts bin is what piques out interest the most, as it includes a nice list of performance parts. The big boy of the bunch is a ProCharger centrifugal supercharger system that will likely push the Mustang near the 600-horsepower mark. A MagnaFlow exhaust system also chimes in to add a nasty rumble to the 5.0-liter, V-8 powerplant.

Helping keep the Mustang in check is a KW coil-over suspension system, a set of custom wheels and a set of Stoptech brakes. On the inside, a set of Sparco racing seats help keep the driver in place when tackling the twist.

Meh, we can live without the body kit, but the performance goodies definitely add some extra "Go" to all of the show that this gaudy kit exudes.

We’ll bring you more when APR releases all of the information.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ford Mustang.

Okay, so we all loved the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning from the 1990s and 2000s, but it was never really a useful truck. You couldn’t take it off-road; well, we’ll rephrase that to you shouldn’t have tried taking it off-road; and it wasn’t much for towing either. So, it was basically a sports car with a bed...

After discontinuing the SVT Lightning, following its 2004 run, Ford went to task developing a new SVT pickup that was everything the Lightning wasn’t. And now we have the SVT Raptor : a jacked up F-150 with up to 12.1 inches of suspension travel, a snarling V-8 engine with 411 horsepower, and likely one of the best-balanced four-wheel-drive systems in a pickup.

Well, being car lovers, what else could we ask for? For Shelby to get its tuning hands on this beast it push it to extremes so obscene that the FCC is investigating it, of course — 575 horsepower, to be precise, thanks to a supercharger and some other tasty bits. Unfortunately, Shelby is limiting this supercharged, baja monster to only 100 units, so you’d better get to buying before supply runs out.

For those of you that can’t swing the $60k-plus required to own this Shelby-tuned pickup, World’s Fastest Car Show from Motor Trend has a test video (above) that at least sheds some light on what you’re missing out on.

You know as well as we do that Justin Bell wouldn’t take the Shelby down a six-lane highway in Southern Cali and tell us how smooth it runs. Rather, he opted to thrash the Shelby SVT Raptor in a more fitting manner by taking it to the Vegas Off-Road Experience (VORE) and gave it the hammering that Shelby intended it to have. We’re not too sure if Shelby saw the video yet, but It either loved the fact that it got a good workout and video evidence of its performance, or it billed Mr. Bell for the massive wear and tear on the suspension, tires, engine and brakes.

Either way, at least we get a nice look at this rare Shelby rig. Enjoy!

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Something that is really incredible about the Olympic Games is how enthralling it can be to hear the winning athletes talk about their sport. Even if the sport is something the viewer has never done or even seen, hearing an expert break it down can really bring it to life.

That is the mood from Brian Darwas in the latest promo for his mastercraft custom car shop, Atomic Hot Rods . He walks us through his vision for the hot rod ’s final state: authentic and real are the goals, so much that a bystander cannot tell if the car was made into a hot rod in 2002 or 1952.

There’s a real art to his craft and a beauty to bringing dead cars back to the roads. The best part of this expert promo video? The car (or one quite similar) featured within is for sale. A one-of-a-kind 1932 Ford Roadster with an all-steel Brookville Body is currently on the market from Atomtic Hot Rods.

Click past the jump to watch the promo video, featuring Brian Darwas and Atomic Hot Rods.

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The latest-generation Ford Fusion became one of the most successful models in Ford ’s lineup, and the company expects 2013 sales to exceed 300,000 units. Tuners are always quick to hitch their wagon to the most popular models, and now the Fusion has caught the attention of 3d Carbon.

3d Carbon initially offered a preview of this new kit at the 2012 SEMA show, and due to great response from clients, the tuner decided to put it into production. The best part is that buyers can order this kit as a package directly from the dealership at the time of purchase.

AS is typical with 3d Carbon kits, this upgrade kit manages to retain the design theme of the Fusion, while also making it bolder and slightly more aggressive than the standard car — definitely two things that the Fusion could use.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Fusion by 3dCarbon.

Source: 3d Carbon
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The 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series will be an important part of Ford ’s racing history, as the company plans to introduce a 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost racing engine in a new-look Daytona Prototype racecar . Both the car and engine will make their racing debut at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 25th and 26th or 2014 and will continue on to run the entire 12-race season.

The new racecar was developed in cooperation with Riley Technologies and designed by lead Ford production designer Garen Nicoghosian, and Ford Racing chief aerodynamicist Bernie Marcus took the reins on tweaking the car’s aerodynamics.

This new engine will get some track time on October 9th when Ford Racing, Continental Tire and Michael Shank Racing try to break the 210.364 mph track record at World Center of Speed established by NASCAR champion Bill Elliott back in 1987.

Click past the jump to learn more about the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

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Ford will auction a one-of-a-kind prototype of the NHRA competition-ready 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas on September 28, 2013. All the proceeds will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

This one-off Cobra Jet prototype is powered by a 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 engine mated to a T4 racing transmission. For safe racing, it also comes with a safety cage made out of chrome-moly, a three-link rear suspension, lightweight racing brakes, exclusive Cobra Jet-branded Weld wheels, a three-link rear suspension system and a 9-inch rear axle. The interior will also add Cobra-branded Recaro seats.

This special Cobra Jet also features a stunning fiery orange satin finish combined with dark gray reflective stripes and a distinctive license plate with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s logo.

The winner of the bid will not only get the car, but also a training session at Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School where he will be able to drive cars like the Shelby GT500 or the Boss 302 Mustang.

Updated 10/01/2013: This unique Mustang Cobra Jet prototype was auctioned this weekend during Barrett Jackson’s auction in Las Vegas for an impressive amount of $200,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ford Mustang Cobra Jet.

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Today, Ford released the 2015 F-Series Super Duty at the State Fair of Texas — company’s preferred place to reveal its trucks. For 2015, the F-Series Super Duty models receive the second-generation 6.7-liter, Power Stroke V-8 turbo-diesel engine, an updated F-450 that now delivers more towing power than ever and a restyled King Ranch edition.

The second-generation Power Stroke V-8 engine was updated with a new GT37 turbocharger and Ford combined it with a TorqShift, six-speed transmission that uses an uprated torque converter to handle the extra power and torque.

For updated the F-450 with new wheels, a strengthened frame and improved suspension. All these changes help it to deliver an increased towing capacity, but Ford chose to remain coy on the official towing numbers.

As for the King Ranch edition, Ford updated the exterior and interior in an attempt to allow it to remain one of the most luxurious trucks on the market.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty.

We have known for quite some time now that with the new-generation Mustang , Ford will replace the current Shelby GT500 with a new GT350 version. The Shelby moniker will also likely be dropped and replaced by the "Cobra" name.

Until now, everything we knew on the GT350 was pure speculations, but a Mustang fanatic at MustangG6 managed to catch what he claims is the GT350 on open road. If this claim is accurate, than it is the first time anyone has caught the GT350 on video. Even if this is not the GT350, it still bodes well for the upcoming Mustang lineup, because this thing sounds fierce!

There are few details on the new GT350 just yet, but rumors suggest it will drop the current supercharged 5.8-liter, V-8 engine that develops 662 horsepower in the GT500. Instead it will be powered by a 5.0-liter, Coyote V-8 that will deliver about 450 horsepower. Sure, that’s a huge drop in output, but it will be more fuel efficient.

No mater what engine it uses, the sound is amazing, so enjoy the video!

Click past the jump to read more on the next-gen Mustang

Source: WCF
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Today we have another car to add on our "to be displayed" list for the 2013 edition of SEMA .

After the 1,000-horsepower Genesis Coupe prepared by Bisimoto Engineering and HRE’s 1,200-horsepower surprise , the folks at Ring Brothers revealed the first image of a 1965 Ford Mustang that it nicknamed “Blizzard” and specially developed for the Las Vegas Show.

Few details are known about this special, 1965 Mustang , but according to MustangDaily, it will arrive with a 710-horsepower, NASCAR Sprint Cup V-8 lurking under the hood. The first image also reveals that it is painted white with black and red racing stripes, and features a carbon-fiber hood, roof and front spoiler. The car will also be equipped with special wheels and with large brake calipers painted in red.

We’re sure there is much more that went into building this impressive Mustang, and we will bring you all of the details when Ring Brothers releases it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1965 Ford Mustang.


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