2021 Ford Mustang Stage 3 By Roush
2021 Ford Mustang GT500CR by Classic Recreations
We had just stopped drooling over SpeedKore’s Hellraiser when Classic Recreations came in smashing through the door with the carbon fiber-bodied 1967 Shelby GT500CR Mustang.
The build was announced in September 2020 as an extremely limited run of just 25 units and we are glad to report that it is finally here. With a little help from SpeedKore, that is.
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This New Suspension Lift Kit Is Exactly What Your 2019-2020 Ford Ranger Needs
Ford is not bringing the Ranger Raptorto the States and aftermarket companies are capitalizing on this vacuum. They are selling equipment for the Ranger that offers them Raptor-like performance and drive. The most popular products are the ones used in the Ranger Raptor as well.
The Ranger Raptor and the F-150 Raptor benefit from Fox shocks, and Roush is here to offer the same for the 2019-2020 Ranger. Roush Performance is offering a new lift kit that could transform your Ranger into a truck with the Raptor’s off-roading capabilities… well, to an extent.
Restored: 1970 Ford F-100 Short Bed Pickup By Icon 4x4
Icon 4x4, a California-based aftermarket company, is known for restoring classic models to perfection. The best part about the company is that they don’t mess around with the essence of the vehicle. The vehicles still have the original retro feel to them, but are reimagined for modern use. In short, you can get yourself a daily driver with classic styling and modern functionality.
The company’s latest project is a 1970 Ford F-100 short bed pickup truck. The company’s founder and lead designer Jonathan Ward found it on Craigslist. The model on sale was in good condition with the original paint scheme and nothing major changed. Fortunately, the company retained the original looks but made it a better daily driver.
Is This Ford F-350-based Motorhome Worth $250,000?
California-based camper manufacturer Nimbl has designed a motorhome based on the Ford F-350. Campers and trailer homes are becoming popular these days and Nimbl has joined the bandwagon.
This camper-manufacturer has an ideal expedition vehicle based on the F-350, called the Evolution. The Motorhome is loaded to the gills and comes with all the creature comforts you can ask for. If you’re someone who loves road trips and likes to stay on the road for months together, the Evolution will be a perfect match. However, Nimbl is selling this product for $249,000. Are you willing to spend that much on a motorhome?
Ford’s New Upgrade Package For The Ranger Offers A Significant Power Boost
Ford is giving us a faster Ranger, but it’s not the Ranger Raptor. For years now, Ford has been dilly-dallying on bringing the Ranger Raptor to the States despite there being a strong interest from enthusiasts.
Instead, Ford Performance has introduced a new performance calibration for the truck. This gives the Ranger an additional 45 horses and 60 pound-feet of torque. The upgrade is priced quite reasonably and costs less than $1,000. Any takers?
Godzilla Engine In the Ford Super Duty Could Receive A Mighty Boost Thanks To A New Whipple Supercharger
Not long ago Ford launched the 7.3-liter Godzilla engine for its Super Duty pickup truck series. The engine provides the best-in-class power and torque figures, but it looks like things are about to get even better.
Ford’s long-time supplier Whipple is working on a supercharger for the Godzilla engine that could give it mad levels of power. Photos of the supercharger surfaced online, but the final unit will look slightly different. Even more important, the supercharger is going to arrive eventually and we could have a Godzilla engine that’s churning out 700 horses! Does this mean the engine will be used in other Ford products as well?
These Ford Ranger and F-150 Leveling Kits Are Your Ticket to Ride Off-Road
When Mopar said that Jeep Gladiator owners spend on an average roughly $1,000 on accessories for their cars, Ford listened. It also took note that most of those parts comprise of lift kits and rock rails, so it complied.
That’s why today we can tell you more about the lift kits and tuned suspension setups Ford Performance has just introduced for the Ford Ranger and Ford F-150 pickup trucks.
Ford F-150 by RTR Vehicles
We generally see sports cars and hatches in any tuner’s garage. But nowadays, tuners seems to have taken a liking for pickup trucks as well. This one particular company called RTR Vehicles has been tweaking the Ford Mustang for over a decade now. The company has such a good reputation that Ford got into an agreement with them to sell RTR-modified Mustangs at Ford dealerships. Now, RTR has decided to add the F-150 to its lineup which will be also be sold through Ford. This product comes with louder exhaust notes and beefed up looks to differentiate itself from the standard F-150s. Do you think it will sell well?
2018 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Concept
Ford and Harley-Davidson have established a unique partnership in the auto industry. The latter has a long history of building custom and special edition H-D branded trucks, and the latest example of that is the 2019 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Concept Truck. Developed as a special edition version of the F-150 Super Crew trim, the new F-150 Harley-Davidson Concept was created with the help of Tuscany, a subsidiary of Fox Factory Inc. and a Ford Motor Company specialty vehicle manufacturer in the personal-use segment, to help celebrate the bikemaker’s 115th anniversary.
2017 Ford Focus RS by Mountune
Mountune may not have the most famous name in the aftermarket tuning circle, but don’t let its relative anonymity distract you from what the tuner is fully capable of. We already saw what happens when it gets its hands on the Ford Focus RS. It did so last year with Ford Performance and managed to squeeze out 375 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Now it’s back with a bigger and better upgrade for the hot hatch as calls for a 400-horsepower Ford Focus RS have finally been answered.
The scope of Mountune’s new modifications for the Focus RS covers a lot of ground as far as mechanical upgrades are concerned. There’s very little in the way of aesthetic enhancements, so customers are advised to find them elsewhere, be it from Ford or another aftermarket company. Nevertheless, the program’s lack of versatility shouldn’t be held against it, not with the promise of incredible power and performance. Take this kit from Mountune however you want to, but rest assured, this is as "no-nonsense" as any tuning program we’ve come across for the Ford Focus RS. It was developed for one purpose – power for ages – and the resulting numbers certainly speak for themselves.
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2018 Ford F-22 F-150 Raptor
Ford Performance created a one-off F-150 Raptor styled after the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet for a charity auction benefiting kids’ interest and participation in flying. Called the Gathering of Eagles, the annual event is hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association. This year, the auction raised $300,000 thanks to Ford’s donation of the “F-22 Raptor.” The truck obviously takes its name and styling cues from America’s premier fighter, going so far as to incorporate the jet’s silhouette into its grille and side mirrors. But that just scratches the surface of what Ford did to this 2018 F-150 Raptor Crew Cab.
The Raptor boasts a Whipple intercooler and other performance upgrades on its high-output, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, giving it an impressive 545 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque – a healthy improvement over its stock 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of twist. The bodywork received carbon fiber fender flairs, custom LED lighting, power-deploying running boards, an aggressive wheel and tire package, and that silver-over-black paint job. These, combined with other upgrades, helped the truck garner a $300,000 winning bid, beating out last year’s winning bid of $295,000 for a P-51D Mustang-themed 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 called Ole Yeller. Making the winning bid more special – it was from Gary Ackerman of Gaudin Ford in Las Vegas. Ackerman serves as Honorary Commander and Ambassador for the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
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Mountune to Offer 80-Horsepower Upgrade for Ford Fiesta ST
The arrival of the bonkers Focus RS gave rise to rumors that Ford is also considering an RS-badged version of the Fiesta. Unfortunately, such a scenario was dismissed by FoMoCo in January 2016, leaving Fiesta enthusiasts to look at tuning shops for more power. Until now, Ford’s official tuning partner, Mountune, offered a 23-horsepower and 26 pound-foot upgrade in the U.S., but these figures will get significantly better with a new performance package. Specifically, Mountune wants to give the Fiesta ST’s turbocharged four-cylinder an extra 80 horsepower at the flywheel.
That’s the word from Mountune’s U.S. president Ken Anderson, who told Autoblog that a new upgrade will take the Fiesta ST up to 280 horsepower. That around 80 horses more than the stock model and 65 more than the maximum output of the Fiesta ST200. As a brief reminder, the ST200 gets an additional 15 horsepower and 22 pound-feet for up to 15 seconds.
The extra 80 horsepower at the flywheel will come from a larger turbocharger, a new ECU tune, and likely a revised exhaust system too. Mountune has yet to reveal details, but Anderson said that full info will be unleashed when the new performance kit goes on sale later this year.
This new package will be one of the many Fiesta upgrades that Mountune offers in the U.S. Ford’s official tuning partner in Europe, Mountune opened shop in California in 2013 and it has since launched numerous performance-enhancing parts for the Focus, Fiesta, and sixth-generation Mustang. More recently, Mountune developed an upgrade for the Focus RS, Ford’s most powerful and only all-wheel-drive hatchback to date.
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Ford Performance to Give Focus RS the EcoBoost Mustang Treatment
It’s only been a few days since Ford announced that the EcoBoost Mustang was finally getting some attention from Ford Performance. It’s not a lot, but the EcoBoost can now be equipped with a cold air intake and an ECU remap that boosts its output by 25 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque, bringing the grand total up to 335 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. AS fate would have it, the Focus RS still has 15 ponies on the EcoBoost Mustang, but the Mustang now tops the RS’ torque by 40 pound-feet. It took about five minutes for RS fanboys everywhere to call out that the RS uses the same 2.3-liter engine as the EcoBoost Mustang. Well, you RS fanboys can rest easy, as Jesse Kershaw told Road & Track that there is a calibration kit for the RS coming down the pipeline.
“From an engine and powertrain standpoint, we feel very comfortable with doing something on the RS,” said Kershaw. “I hesitate to give any dates or any more information than that, but I can tell you we’re working on it, and we fully expect to have a Focus RS calibration in the future.”
With that in mind, it’s also important to remember that the RS does have at least one major limitation – that all-wheel-drive system. See that system was designed and specifically optimized for the RS’ factory output of 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. On top of that, the RS already has some advanced ECU calibration to give those extra 40 ponies over the EcoBoost Mustang. So, don’t expect this tuning package from Ford Performance to show up tomorrow, as there is some work to do. But, coming from Ford Performance, it should offer mild bumps in horsepower and torque, while also allowing you to maintain your factory warranty.
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Superlift Now Offering Lift Kits for the 2015 - 2016 Ford F-150
Big trucks will tall lift kits and huge wheel and tire combinations are extremely popular these days. Not only does a lift kit give a truck a unique look, it brings more off-road capability thanks to improved approach, break-over, and departure angles; improved water fording depth; and greater protection from trail debris. Now Superlift has introduced its new suspension lift for the current-generation Ford F-150.
The lift kit comes in two height options: a 4.5-inch lift and a 6.0-inch lift. Both are said to accommodate wheels 18 inches and larger and tires 36 inches and larger. Superlift gives its customers the choice between two rear shock absorbers, the Superlift Superride or the Superlift Superride SS from Bilstein. The both lift kits heights are said to maintain the factory ride quality and not make front-wheel alignments difficult. Driveshaft alignment is also taken care of with an optional bearing carrier drop kit for F-150s with a two-piece rear driveshaft.
Superlift designed the kits using 3D CAD software with
supplied software models to ensure proper fitments of the parts. The lifts are also American made and come backed by a lifetime warranty, a 60-day satisfaction guarantee, and Superlift’s Factory Warranty Assurance Policy. The lift kits come packaged with all the parts needed to complete the project and can generally be finished in seven to nine hours.
The lift kit is designed to fit all 2015 and 2015 Ford F-150s with 4WD. Prices for the lift kit start at $999.95. Impressively, Superlift’s website lists both the 4.5- and 6.0-inch lift kit at that price. Order either kit with the optional Bilstein rear shocks and the price bumps to $1,114.75. Of course, Superlift also offers other lift kits and accessories for most modern F-150 model years as well.
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Mountune and Ford Performance to Offer Engine Upgrade for Ford Focus RS
Just five years ago, Mountune – a brand that specializes in tuning Focus, Fiesta, and Mustang models – released a sick upgrade for the 2011 Ford Focus RS that brought it up from 300 horsepower to around 345 horsepower. This was enough to make the previous-gen RS the equivalent of the Ford Focus RS500 at the time. Now, Ford Performance and Mountune have dropped a new upgrade package for the new Ford Focus RS and, while it doesn’t bring as much as the upgrade for the 2011 model, it does offer up an extra chunk of power that you want to have if you’re an RS owner – the few of you that have managed to take delivery of your hot hatch, that is.
Surprisingly, there isn’t a lot that goes into the upgrade. To start off, the car gets a new, high-performance air filter, followed by a bespoke alloy crossover duct with silicone hoses, an upgraded air re-circulation valve, and some revised tuning for the engine control unit (ECU.) The power increase is a decent 20 horsepower and 29.5 pound-feet of torque. It’s enough to drop the RS’ 0-to-60 mph sprint from 4.7 seconds to 4.5 seconds. And, as Ford so willingly pointed out, this makes the Focus RS quicker to 60 mph than the Porsche 911 Carrera – a model that costs more than double that of the Focus RS.
Tyrone Johnson, a Vehicle Engineering Manage for Ford Performance, said, “Ford has a proud history of working with Mountune to unleash even more power from our hot hatchbacks for dedicated performance enthusiasts. Boosting power to 375 PS launches the already class-leading Focus RS even further ahead of the field.”
For now, this package is only available in the U.K. where Ford has received upward of 4,600 orders since last September. It can be fitted by any Mountune-appointed dealer in just 1.5 hours and doesn’t void any of the factory warranties – a nice feature that comes along with the partnership between Mountune and Ford Performance. The package will set you back £899, or about $1,175 at current exchange rates. To break it down for you, that comes to about $48.95 per extra pony and $39.83 for each extra pound-foot of gut-wrenching torque.
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I’m not going to lie. When a Roush-tuned Ford F-150 showed up in my news feed recently, I instantly pictured a modern-day Ford Lightning or at least some sort of off-road performance truck to tide the market over until the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor arrives. Boy, was I disappointed.
Instead of a truck version of Roush’s 670-horsepower 2014 Stage 3 Mustang, this F-150 is essentially just a styling package with a minor suspension upgrade. That being said, Roush did put a lot of work into creating a custom, performance look for the F-150, and with as many lifted F-Series trucks that I see riding around on oversized wheels and tires, there’s no doubt that truck lovers and F-150 and Roush loyalists will eat them up.
The lack of any performance mods will probably be cancelled out by the fact that truck customers can get the 2015 Roush F-150 at select Ford dealerships, and in addition to the factory warranty, the truck’s changes will be backed by Roush for three year or 36,000 miles.
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Formed in 1980 as an automotive engineering company specializing in preparing race-spec engines, Mountune has been updating Focus and Fiesta hatchbacks for European customers for quite a few years now. In 2013, the aftermarket tuning brand announced plans to set up shop in California to provide high-performance and racing parts for Ford vehicles here in the U.S. Two years have passed since then and 2015 Ford Focus ST owners now have access to a performance upgrade specifically developed for the hot-hatch.
While this is great news for owners looking to add more oomph to their Focus STs, Mountune claims that the new kit is not just about increasing performance. According to the company, the parts were designed for maximum reliability as well, which isn’t surprising considering Mountune’s experience in the racing world, where reliability is paramount.
“The 2015 Focus ST MP275 upgrade is the latest addition to Ford Performance’s vast Focus and Fiesta performance catalog that gives enthusiasts the components they need to take their car to the next level,” said Adam Gair, product manager at Ford Performance.
The upgrade is available now for 2015 model-year hatchbacks and joins the 2013/2014 Focus ST power kit in the company’s current offerings. And it’s more affordable than the previous bundle too!
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Halo fans now have a new vehicle to lust after as Ford, Xbox, 343 Industries, and Galpin Auto Sports come together to build the F-150 Halo Sandcat. This beast is a one-off build that follows the same design cues as other vehicles used by Halo’s United Nations Space Command, including the mighty Warthog.
Ford is ready to take you to school – or maybe just your kids next fall. Meet the Blue Bird Micro Bird T-Series bus, Blue Bird’s latest iteration of the short bus built atop the Ford Transit chassis cab with the bus prep package.
This marks the first time both Blue Bird and the Transit have come together. Traditionally, the Ford E-Series chassis cab has served this role, but with Ford beginning its phase-out, the Transit is getting some attention. The result nets plenty of benefits, including better fuel economy, a lower floor height, and increased outward visibility.
The T-Series bus is available in two wheelbases, with single or dual rear wheels, and with space ranging from nine to 25 passengers. The Transit offer all three of its engine options here as well, meaning school districts can choose between the 3.7-liter V-6, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, or the 3.2-liter inline five-cylinder Power Stroke turbodiesel. All three engines come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Ford’s SelectShift and tow/haul mode.
What’s more, school districts can opt to run CNG or propane with the 3.7-liter V-6 by choosing the gaseous prep package. For those taking the diesel route, the 3.2-liter is B20-capable, so it can run on a 20 percent mix of biodiesel. As far as capability, the Transit T-Series has a lighter curb weight, which directly translates to an improved payload capacity that maxes out at 10,360 pounds.
Like the conventional Transit, bus prep package Transits are produced at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant but come with a heavy-duty alternator, dual batteries, an auxiliary fuse panel, an auxiliary HVAC prep package, and the right-hand door delete. That door delete allows upfitters to install a large window and the two-panel bus doors where the right passenger would normally sit.
Blue Bird is only one of several bus upfitters, including Collins Bus Corporation, Thomas Built Buses, and Starcraft Bus.
UPDATE 05/28/2015: The article previously stated the Ford E-Series went out of production. While that’s true for the E-Series Wagon, Ford says the Chassis Cab will soldier on till the end of the decade.
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