Clocking in at a high speed of 216 mph, the all-new Ford GT recently sealed in its status as the fastest Ford production vehicle ever to grace the track. Combining its impressive power with high-achieving aerodynamics and upgraded active dynamics, the GT's engine is able to produce the highest output of any EcoBoost® production engine.
Given its status as a paragon of speed and efficiency, the Blue Oval's new supercar was unsurprisingly crafted for racing. Preliminary testing at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada confirmed what Ford's designers strived to achieve: neither the McLaren 675LT, nor the Ferrari 458 Speciale was able to hold a candle to the GT, despite being prepped with fresh fluids, tires and other optimized components.
According to the final numbers, the GT crossed the finish line at 2:09.8, a full second earlier than the McLaren 675LT and more than three seconds faster than the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
“Our expectation has always been that the EcoBoost V6 would perform exceptionally well in the Ford GT – both in terms of power as well as aerodynamic efficiency,” Dave Pericak, the global director of Ford Performance, said. “We tested and developed this powertrain through the Daytona Prototype race car that ran in IMSA for two seasons, last season racing with Ford GT. We are extremely pleased with how it performs, both on the track and on the road.”
The GT's carbon-fiber architecture helped ensure that its dry weight - just over 3,000 pounds - was a happy medium between those of its competitors. Additionally, its active dynamics system optimizes the GT's downforce, balance and drag, regardless of speed. Learn more about the new GT and all of its offerings at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!
To the delight of Ford dealers, they'll now be able to sell and service every vehicle make using a complete family of parts, compared to the limited selections of yesterday. The newly robust variety is the product of Ford Customer Service Division's launch of its new Omnicraft brand.
Even drivers who aren't cruising around in an all-new Ford Escape or Fiesta will be able to benefit from Ford parts, thanks to the new brand. Overall, the greater accessibility to non-Ford consumers is slated to holistically increase customer experience, upgrading convenience, quality and more.
“Omnicraft is a significant benefit to any vehicle owner who needs parts or to have their vehicle serviced,” Frederiek Toney, the president of Global Ford Customer Service Division, said. “Now, owners of non-Ford vehicles have access to quality parts at a competitive price, backed by Ford and installed by Ford’s world-class certified technicians.”
Before reaching the new brand's final stage, Ford's team concentrated on the most popular parts - that is, those ordered the most frequently. Narrowing down the selection provided them with the opportunity to develop the smaller range of oil filters, loaded struts, brake pads and more at the highest caliber.
“Today, 1,500 parts numbers are available with plans to eventually reach approximately 30 parts categories and 10,000 parts,” Toney added. “We targeted the most requested parts first to provide our dealers with a solid foundation of inventory.”
Keep an eye out for Omnicraft parts as the brand rolls out to dealerships nationwide throughout this year. Speak to our representatives at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to learn more!
Ford's heading across the pond to launch its multimillion-pound project, which aims to improve the quality of London's air over the next 12 months and beyond. The Blue Oval's initiative will work in tandem with its electrification plans, the latter of which serves to roll out 13 global, electrified vehicles over the next five years. Ultimately, the introduction of the new air project will help expedite the electrification plans.
Kicking off the project, which is supported by Transport for London, is a year-long trial of 20 all-new, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Ford Transit Custom vans. The uniquely designed vans are built to decrease local emissions, operating on electric power independently for most city trips. With a launch set for fall 2017, the project is part of Ford's dedication to collaborate with large cities internationally; the partnerships will all tackle local transportation challenges related to goods and people.
“Ford is the No. 1 commercial vehicle brand in Europe and it’s now going electric. Teaming up with our London partners, we will also be able to trial software and telematics with enormous potential to reduce emissions and costs in the city,” Jim Farley, the chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe, said.
Ford's overarching electrified vehicle plan plays up its strengths; that is, its commercial vehicles, SUVs, trucks and performance vehicles that are the most popular amongst buyers. The new plan will upgrade the high-volume vehicles' capability, fuel efficiency and productivity.
As Ford continues to promote its EV plans, visit Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to learn more and test-drive the vehicles on the lot.
Need a quick turnaround on your next Ford sedan, SUV, or even sports car? Ford Motor Credit Company's all-new partnership with AutoFi, a financial technology company, makes it possible to finance or buy a new Ford vehicle on the fly. Transactions can take place through any device and from any location, taking mobile shopping to a new level. For an optimized experience, Ford Credit's investment in AutoFi ensures that every purchase is processed efficiently.
Although the AutoFi platform is only available now at Ricart Ford in Groveport, Ohio, it will soon make its way to additional Ford and Lincoln dealerships nationwide. Ford's initiative is well-timed and builds upon learnings taken from an online Harris Poll, which was conducted on behalf of Ford. The poll, which surveyed over 1,000 U.S. adults, revealed that 83 percent of Americans want to spend a minimal amount of time at the dealership when car shopping. With Ford's new technology, buyers need only sign the necessary paperwork when they arrive to pick up their new Ford car. All of the other details - applying for credit, selecting financing terms, opting for vehicle protection products - are done ahead of time with the new financial platform.
Find out more about Ford's partnership with AutoFi at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.
Rolling out of the shadows for its grand debut, the all-new Ford Mustang convertible recently kicked off its nationwide tour. America's best-selling sports car will be traveling across state lines and visiting over 50 regional auto shows, building anticipation to precede its appearance on lots in North America in fall 2017.
The new Mustang is Ford's most advanced to date. The best-selling sports coupe shines with its array of upgrades, which includes new design and technology to offer more enhanced driver customization. Owners will have the options of three new paint colors, a dozen distinguishable wheel choices and even a unique digital instrument cluster. Overall vehicle performance gets a facelift as well, thanks to MagneRide™ suspension technology and more powerful engines.
A new front and rear design also give the Mustang an athletic aesthetic and improved aerodynamics, while a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine and 5.0-liter V8 upgrade couple up with a newly available 10-speed automatic transmission to give the sports car greater performance. Additionally, MagneRide suspension ensures easier handling and an optional active valve exhaust offers total auditory control for the leaner, sleeker Mustang. Topping off the list of notable features is the suite of advanced technology, which includes a new 12-inch, all-digital instrument cluster and Pre-Collision driver-assist functions.
Before the new Mustang hits dealerships nationwide, test-drive our current selection of Ford stallions at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.
School's in session, and there's one class you won't want to miss. Ford and Ford Performance recently announced that complimentary, all-new Ford Raptor Assault instruction will be provided to initial buyers of the 2017 F-150 Raptor. The Utah-based program is a unique chance for Raptor drivers to learn about the truck's defining features in greater detail, providing training from Ford Performance Racing School instructors that goes beyond books and off roads.
Ford's new initiative joins the GT350 Track Attack, ST Octane Academy and RS Adrenaline Academy enthusiast programs already provided by the school. It also builds upon off-road courses previously used for older-generation Raptor owners. The program in question will fully immerse drivers in the Raptor's performance- and handling-related attributes, as well as dig into its impressive ability to traverse over virtually any type of terrain. Participants can expect plenty of Baja runs, side-hilling, rock crawling and more, which all serve to highlight the Raptor's range of driving modes.
“The all-new F-150 Raptor was designed to be the ultimate, no-compromise off-road pickup with its cutting edge internal bypass suspension, six-mode Terrain Management System™ and 450 horsepower EcoBoost engine with massive amounts of torque,” Henry Ford III, Ford Performance's marketing manager, said. “The off-road terrain near Ford Performance Racing School offers a diversity of challenges and is perfectly suited to showcase the high-performance capabilities of Raptor. The Ford Performance owner programs that have come before are a strong indication that this experience will be outstanding – a big hit with Raptor owners."
Raptor enthusiasts can learn more about the new program at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.
One-of-a-kind and up for grabs, a special 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor was recently auctioned off for charity at the 46th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event. The event, which took place in Scottsdale, Arizona, donated all proceeds to JDRF, a type 1 diabetes research organization that is at the forefront of its industry. For those unable to attend in person, the auction was live-streamed.
The winning buyer was rewarded with ownership of the last 2017 F-150 Raptor produced, with the added ability to choose a unique Raptor color.
“The new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is by far the most off-road-capable vehicle on the market today, boasting some of the best performance technology to come from Ford,” Jim Owens, the marketing manager of Ford Performance, said. “Raptor serves as a testament to our passion for creating vehicles that are designed to tackle the toughest obstacles on earth.” Adding to the fun was Ford President and CEO Mark Fields' announcement of the new Raptor Assault at the event.
The Raptor's made headlines since it first rolled off the assembly lines. It sports a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine exclusive to the model, which yields 510 lb-ft of torque and 450 horsepower. The truck also shines in its ability to conquer a range of terrain, which is made possible by its six-mode Terrain Management System™. A military-grade, aluminum-alloy body also contributes to reducing the Raptor's weight - by 500 pounds, specifically. Despite its lighter elements, Ford designers amped up the Raptor's suspension to ensure that it can plow through any hindrance on and off the road.
Interested in the Raptor or any other trucks from the F-Series lineup? Take a test-drive at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.
Detroit's Cobo Hall was home to the recent 2017 North American International Auto Show, where Ford presented its pioneering augmented reality programs that featured the all-new Ford GT, the 2018 F-150 and the new EcoSport. But Ford's presence at the Hall during the Auto Show was only the beginning. For auto enthusiasts with a penchant for innovative technology, 2017 provides multiple opportunities to experience Ford vehicles on a previously unforeseen level of immersion.
Whether you were one of the lucky attendees at the North American International Auto Show or a vicarious participant, the potential for augmented reality is enticing enough to warrant more than a single grand appearance. Hence, Ford's plans to debut subsequent attractions at Cobo Hall this year, two of which are the automakers' new self-driving Fusion Hybrid and a fitness buff-friendly Transit. The former, an autonomous development vehicle, will show off its new computer hardware and upgraded LiDAR sensors; the latter will wow attendees with its customizability and its muscle - demonstrated both in vehicle durability and by its interior, which is outfitted with enough fitness equipment to fill a gym.
Keep your ears open for more news on Ford's augmented technology. Until Ford's next attraction graces Cobo Hall, visit Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to learn more.
Just in time for Superbowl LI, Ford is encouraging drivers to Go Further while pigskin-carrying football players go long. The Blue Oval's all-new 90-second ad, which will be revealed shortly before the game on February 5, puts a spotlight on Ford's near- and long-term mobility solutions; the concept speaks to its vision to pioneer sustainable, international mobility solutions.
Tuning in for the big game? Don't get caught up at the snack counter before kickoff, since Ford's ad will make its debut at that time. Although the details are being kept hush-hush, expect the spot to call out common moments where people become "stuck" in life's daily hindrances. And then, of course, wait for the anticipated solution - or in Ford's case, solutions - that are slated to include ride-sharing and self-driving cars. Learn more by watching Ford's feature on electric vehicles below:
Even if you miss the ad on Superbowl Sunday, there's no need to feel deflated. The ad will also be available in digital extensions at fordgofurther.com, along with in-depth stories of Ford employees, partners, dealers and more who epitomize the brand's motto - whether they're working on Ford's innovative technologies, or navigating other aspects of their lives.
Catch all the fun this Sunday and learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!
Iconic, sharp, and internationally recognized are descriptors applicable to both the Ford Mustang and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Although man and machine are renowned in their own right, they also make an unstoppable, dynamic duo. So when Johnson turned up to introduce the all-new Mustang on January 17, the only person who was shocked to see the two together was Marlene Rodriguez – an Army combat veteran who Johnson surprised with her own Mustang. The surprise debut was captured and shared across Johnson’s social media channels.
“The new Mustang is our best ever, based on more than 50 years as one of the iconic sports cars in America and now, the world,” Joe Hinrichs, president of The Americas, said.
The new Mustang features a slew of upgrades, such as customizable design and technology changes, power-packing engines and MagneRide™ suspension technology. Ford’s first 12-inch, all-digital LCD screen takes center stage in the Mustang’s dashboard, offering a variety of touch-screen capabilities that go so far as engine note customization; a spectrum of Ford driver-assist technology also makes its first appearance in the best-selling sports coupe, with elements like Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and distance alert.
Stay tuned for more details on the new Mustang’s performance, and get a taste of what to expect by test-driving our selection of Mustangs at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.