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2020 Ford Explorer gets Yakima accessories for outdoorsy types

2020 Ford Explorer gets Yakima accessories for outdoorsy types

No SUV is complete without a roof-mounted bike rack or canoe carrier

Buying an SUV you also buy into the idea of a more outdoorsy style and Ford is promoting that idea with the new dealer-fit accessories it’s showing at the 2019 Chicago auto show.The move also aims to hint at the vehicle’s off-road capability and encourage future owners to use their Explorer to... do more exploring.

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Leaked Accessory List for the 2019 Ford Ranger Proves Ford isn't Playing Around

Leaked Accessory List for the 2019 Ford Ranger Proves Ford isn’t Playing Around

You can get anything from wide fenders and body graphics for your 2019 Ford Ranger

Ford’s not messing around with the list of accessories available to the upcoming 2019 Ford Ranger. Leaked documents shown via the Ranger5G forum reveal an extensive list of accessories that includes bull bars, racks, carriers, tow hooks, cup holders, and different versions of roadside assistance kits. The list of accessories points to one inevitable conclusion: you’re going to have to drop a serious amount of money to get what you want.

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New Tires Could Make Ford Mustang GT as Quick as the BMW M4

New Tires Could Make Ford Mustang GT as Quick as the BMW M4

Sub-four-second 0 to 60 mph sprints!

The summer may be long gone, and you may have already put winter tires on your car, but Ford just decided to launch a new set of summer tires for the Mustang GT. Not exactly the best timing out there, but hey, we’re talking about a set of high-performance Michelin rubber, so I’m not going to complain. Specifically, the V-8-powered Mustang GT is now available with Michelin Sport 4S tires, which will make their mass-market North American debut on the pony car. While these tires aren’t exactly new in Europe, where they’re offered on some performance cars, they have yet to make it to the United States on regular production cars. What’s more, the Mustang GT isn’t getting the usual Pilot Sport 4S, but a custom version made specifically for this model.

Ford says that its engineers took learnings from the Ford GT supercar and the Shelby GT350 Mustang to develop this special tire. Designed with optimal wet and dry grip, increased braking distance, and lateral handling performance in mind, the custom-tuned Pilot Sport 4S features an ultra-reactive tread pattern that adapts continuously to the road, and a hybrid belt of aramid and nylon that ensures optimum transmission of steering input to the road. The hybrid elastomer that forms its outer rib delivers more dry grip to help relieve stress under hard cornering, while the middle and inner rib improve braking.

Sized 275/40-19 for the rear and 255/40-19 for the front, the new tires will also enable the Mustang GT to achieve a sub-four-second sprint from 0 to 60 mph. No figures are available as of this writing, but Ford says that this will be possible only with the optional 10-speed automatic transmission and Drag Mode function. This means that the Mustang GT could be as quick as the BMW M4. It doesn’t get more exciting than this!

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2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to Come Standard with Line-Lock

2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to Come Standard with Line-Lock

You don’t need a V-8 to smoke out the neighbors anymore

The V-8-powered Ford Mustang GT has come standard with electronic line lock as a part of the track pack since its redesign in 2015, but for 2018, Ford has announced that it will now include that feature on the EcoBoost models as well – effectively giving those who want some EcoBoost love a much easy way of roasting some rubber. For those of you that don’t know, a line lock system, applies pressure to the front brakes only, making it possible for those with a six-speed manual to roast the tires without some impressively difficult footwork, while those with the automatic transmission don’t have to risk burning their transmission fluid or burning up the rear brakes from doing a traditional brake torque. Think of it as an emergency brake for the front wheels.

When Ford introduced the sixth-generation Mustang for the 2015 model year, it was met with enthusiasm from pony car fanboys everywhere. As part of the generational shift, the Mustang grew in width by 1.5 inches, sat 1.4 inches lower, and came with an all-new independent rear suspension system. More important was the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that served as a middle point between the entry-level 3.7-liter V-6 and the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8. After just three years on the market, the sixth-gen Mustang was up for a facelift and Ford decided to drop the V-6, leaving just the EcoBoost and the V-8. It’s not surprising considering the EcoBoost delivers 10 more ponies than the V-6 while offering better efficiency. There was no need for a V-6 and consumers knew it. Now limited to two engine options in the standard Mustang, Ford is ensuring both are equally capable at the dragstrip.

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Ford Offers Power Upgrades For EcoBoost And V-8 Mustangs

Ford Offers Power Upgrades For EcoBoost And V-8 Mustangs

Can’t wait until the updated ’Stang arrives in 2018? Check out Ford Performance Parts’ new packages

The sixth-generation Ford Mustang will soon receive a facelift for the 2018 model, which may also bring a bit more power to the rear wheels, but until that happens, you can add more oomph to the existing pony car via Ford Performance Parts. Specifically, FoMoCo’s aftermarket division is now offering power upgrades for both the 2.3-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter V-8 engines and the good news is that they are legal in all 50 states and won’t void your car’s warranty.

So what do these upgrades have to offer?

First up, the EcoBoost performance calibration kit boosts peak horsepower and torque by 25 horses and 70 pound-feet, respectively. When applied to the drivetrain, it gives the Mustang EcoBoost a total output of 335 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. That’s only 10 pound-feet less than the stock, V-8-powered Mustang GT! The EcoBoost also benefits from substantial gains throughout the powerband, including a 100-horsepower increase at 6,000 rpm. This kit, which includes a cold air intake and a Pro Cal 3 calibration interface, costs only $699.

Moving over to the Mustang GT, it receives a trio of power packages for its V-8 engine, marking the first time Ford has offered more than one performance calibration for a single mill. The first pack features a unique performance calibration and high-flow air filter, which delivers peak gains of 13 horsepower and 16 pound-feet of torque for a new output of 448 horses and 416 pound-feet. The second kit includes a cold air intake, 87-millimeter throttle body, and an intake adapter from the Shelby GT350 Mustang. This one adds 21 horsepower and 24 pound-feet of torque, resulting in a final output of 456 horses and 424 pound-feet.

Finally, the third power pack includes all of the above, but also moves the redline up to 7,500 rpm. When this kit is installed, the V-8’s power jumps to 472 horsepower, but torque sees a mild increase of only five pound-feet over the standard model. However, the extended powerband should deliver loads of fun behind the wheel, especially during track days.

All three power packages for the V-8 also bring a unique no-lift-shift feature to manual transmission-equipped vehicles. This feature enables drivers to maximize acceleration by allowing shifts without lifting off the throttle. As far as pricing goes, the first power pack costs $599, the second one fetches $949, while the third bundle comes in at $2,395.

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Superlift Now Offering Lift Kits for the 2015 - 2016 Ford F-150

Superlift Now Offering Lift Kits for the 2015 - 2016 Ford F-150

Lift kit gives new height to your current-gen 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 Ford-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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Ford Launches FordPass App

Ford Launches FordPass App

You can now reserve and pay for parking ahead of time... if you own a Ford

Earlier this month I brought you a story about Lexus drivers getting their own parking spots at Edmonton’s International Airport. The idea was conceived by a local dealer who wanted to extend its customer service base, and as such, rented out a number of spaces that are dedicated to use by people who drive Lexus vehicles. Some people are upset over the whole matter, but it looks like the idea is catching on. Well, kind of catching on, anyway. This time, it’s Ford with a new app. It’s called FordPass.

While it’s not quite as arrogant as the whole Lexus parking spot thing, it does offer new solutions for finding and paying for parking spots. In more than 160 cities, Ford owners can now use the app to reserve garage parking and even pay for it in advance. Apparently, parking availability is updated in real time, and certain parking spots can even be “bookmarked” so they are easy to find in the app next time.

Elena Ford, the Vice President of Global Dealer and Consumer Experience for Ford, said, “Finding and paying for parking is one of the biggest pain points for drivers. This new feature is just one of many ways we are delivering better, smarter, more efficient mobility solutions for consumers with FordPass.”

The updated FordPass app is available for download from all of the major app stores now.

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You Won't Believe What Ford Wants To Make Car Parts From

You Won’t Believe What Ford Wants To Make Car Parts From

Remember when Ford started stuffing soy into the headrests of the F-150, Taurus, and Fusion back in 2011? Well, the automaker is always striving to make its productions processes more eco-friendly. Right now all those nifty plastic pieces inside Ford vehicles – you know, the center console, door trim panels, and the like – are all derived from petroleum and natural gas, both of which are far from “green.” All that could change, however, if a new collaboration between Ford and Jose Cuervo actually pans out.

Don’t worry, you didn’t misread that. Ford is teaming up with Jose in hopes of using a leftover byproduct of the company’s distillation process to make more eco-friendly plastic components for its entire lineup of vehicles. See, Jose Cuervo uses agave plant to make that tasty tequila that you either love or hate. Once the plant is harvested, it is roasted, pressed, fermented, and distilled to make tequila. The leftover agave fibers are currently being used as compost by Jose Cuervo, but Ford has the brilliant idea to collect the leftover fibers and use them to create interior and exterior car parts.

Believe it or not, the plan is highly feasible. Jose Cuervo harvests upward or 200 to 300 tons of agave per day, which computes to, well, a hell of a lot of leftover fibers. Ford’s initial testing shows that the eco-friendly plastic made from agave looks good enough and is strong enough to be used for things like coin dishes, wiring harnesses, storage bins, and even things like cup holders, fuse boxes, and HVAC units.

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Shelby GT350R Mustang Carbon Fiber Wheels Priced At $30K

Shelby GT350R Mustang Carbon Fiber Wheels Priced At $30K

The 2016 Ford Mustang GT350R’s carbon-fiber wheels are the stuff of hypercars, and they’ll carry a price tag to match. According to newly leaked dealer invoice quote at Mustang6G, a new set of the 19-inch wheels will cost over $30,000 dollars after sales tax. Or, roughly 40 percent of the GT350R’s guesstimated price or about $7,000 more than a base-model V-6 Mustang.

To put it another way, watch out for curbs and invest in a top-of-the-line wheel lock kit.

Until now, Swedish hypercar builder Koenigsegg was the only company fitting carbon-fiber wheels to production cars. Somehow, the technology skipped several levels in the sports car hierarchy,including Ferrari, Porsche and the like, and went straight to the Ford Mustang. It’s sort of poetic, considering early Koenigseggs were powered by supercharged modular Ford 5.0-liter V-8s.

Expensive as they are, the benefits of carbon wheels are numerous. Ford says each wheel weighs just 18 pounds, or about half that of an aluminum equivalent. That’s a net savings of over 60 pounds of un-sprung weight, which translates to vastly improved grip and suspension response. Ford actually had to recalibrate the GT350R’s Delphi MagneRide dampers to cope with the faster suspension movement. Braking and acceleration are also improved, thanks to less rotational inertia.

As you (and your insurance company) would hope, Carbon Revolution, the Australian carbon-fiber experts tasked with fabricating the wheels, have coated them with a special gloss black paint that protects them from extreme brake temperatures, road salt, corrosive chemicals and curb strikes. They’re also held to the same standards as every other wheel Ford sells.

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Ford Reveals Details On Shelby GT350R's Carbon Fiber Wheels

Ford Reveals Details On Shelby GT350R’s Carbon Fiber Wheels

It wasn’t all that long ago that carbon-fiber wheels were exclusive to million-dollar Koenigseggs and concepts cars, and then the sub-$70,000 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R came along with its seven-spoke carbon-fiber wheels and democratized them for all.

It’s no gimmick either. At just 18 pounds each, the GT350R’s wheels weigh almost half that of an equivalent aluminum wheel, which represents a net savings of about 60 pounds of un-sprung weight. It’s such a leap forward that Ford engineers had to recalibrate the Delphi MagneRide dampers to respond to faster suspension movement. The lighter wheels also reduce rotational inertia, which has huge positive effects on braking and acceleration.

Ford is working with Australian carbon-fiber specialists Carbon Revolution on the GT350R’s wheels, which are the first of their kind to be mass-produced. As such, they have to meet the same standards of strength and durability as wheels that Ford bolts to a Focus or F-150. As stiff and light as it is, a ding or chip to a carbon-fiber part can compromise its structural integrity. Using a unique resin, Ford has designed its new wheel to be extremely tough. It’s been subjected to the same curb strike, UV, chemical exposure and extreme heat tests as every other wheel Ford sells.

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Ford F-150 Halo Sandcat Is A One-Off Edition Inspired By Halo's United Nations Space Command

Ford F-150 Halo Sandcat Is A One-Off Edition Inspired By Halo’s United Nations Space Command

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.

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Ford F-150 Halo Sandcat Is A One-Off Edition Inspired By Halo's United Nations Space Command

Ford F-150 Halo Sandcat Is A One-Off Edition Inspired By Halo’s United Nations Space Command

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.

The truck started life as a production 2015 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew fitted with the FX4 off-road package and the powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. It was Galpin Auto Sports that turned the truck into the Sandcat, swapping several of its stock components for beefier aftermarket parts and dressing its exterior with bumpers, a light bar, and an olive drab wrap.

First the truck received a new suspension system front and rear courtesy of Addictive Desert Designs. The company’s Baja XTR package widens the truck a full seven inches and allows the front suspension to travel 12 inches. Custom-built control arms and heavy duty Fox shocks manage off-road terrain with ease. ADD then caged the cargo box and bolted on tall Fox shocks to give the truck a full 18 inches of rear wheel travel. The stock rear axle is also replaced with a Full Floater from Currie Enterprises. Thick fender flairs help cover the mud-terrain tires mounted on bead-lock wheels.

Beyond the suspension, custom steel bumpers were also added. The front bumper features a recovery winch and LED lightbar while the rear bumper houses two LED light pods and utilizes the stock receiver hitch. In the bed, the truck features a custom headache rack with a second LED lightbar, along with slots for three Jerry cans for fuel.

The Sandcat is designated M552 for its UNSC service and pays homage to Ford’s P552 internal codename for the 2015 F-150. The truck will be on display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo being held from June 16 through 18. It will also make appearances leading up to the October 27 launch of Halo 5: Guardians.

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Sync 3 Will Debut in the 2016 Ford Fiesta and Escape

Sync 3 Will Debut in the 2016 Ford Fiesta and Escape

Ford’s SYNC/MyFord Touch system has been a bit of a bust, as there have been numerous complaints about it being finicky, and in some cases, not working at all. Well, that may soon come to an end, as Ford has announced that its new Sync 3 will debut in the 2016 Ford Escape and Fiesta.

As the proud owner of a Ford Focus ST3, my car has Sync/MyFord Touch, and I can say many of the issues reported are very much true. Sure, it broke the mold when it debuted in 2007, but the growing complaints are deafening. Some of my main complaints include the counterintuitive button placement on the touchscreen, the touchscreen sometimes doesn’t pick up your input, it’s slow to respond, and it’s downright buggy. However, the voice control is actually fairly decent, all things considered.

The new Sync 3 promises to deliver where the existing system failed, and build upon some of its better points. Some of the new features include a simpler voice-command structure, improved AppLink to automatically detect smartphones and their apps, Siri Eyes-Free integration with the iPhone, an all-new, quicker-responding captive touchscreen, response to smartphone gestures, tile-like icons with a quick-access tray on the bottom, and updates via Wi-Fi (no more flash drives for updates, yay!).

You can see a preview of the new and improved Sync 3 in the video above. I must say, it looks like a dramatic upgrade over the current system, but the current Sync system looked great at first too. Only time will tell if Ford has actually improved up on the existing system or just slathered a little lipstick on that pig.

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