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2017 King of the Hammers Race Set to Feature Special Ford Bronco

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(Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 12:00PM )
If you find yourself at the 2017 King of the Hammers off-road race, keep an eye out for Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. - you'll find him driving a buggy that Ford Performance crafted to reflect the classic Bronco style. The news was revealed after rumors spread about Ford's plans to develop an upgraded Bronco SUV; the unveiling of the buggy reinforces that notion since FoxNews.com reports that Ford has all but confirmed a 2020 debut for a new Bronco model.

Next year's annual event is slated to run its course at the Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley, CA, which many deem one of the most challenging automotive terrains across the globe. It stretches 165 miles long and is merciless, presenting drivers with aggressive rock crawling sections as well as high-speed desert running. Luckily, Gittin is set to succeed - as a rookie this past February, he came out in 10th place at the Hammers and was the first non-regular of this driving style to achieve that feat. As FoxNews.com also states, "He [Gittin] says the car control he's developed drifting his Ford Mustang RTR paid off on the flat sections, but his result suggests he was clearly a quick study on the boulders, too."

Check out the Ford Bronco in a video from last year's King of the Hammers race:



The 2017 Hammers is still a couple of months away, but Brocky (as the truck is aptly nicknamed) is already primed to go. Jimmy 4x4, a Colorado off-road racing specialist, had the honor of building Brocky, and didn't disappoint. The Bronco sports a custom fiberglass body wrapped over a tube frame, as well as an independent front suspension and 37-inch tires. Other notable features include an intimidating 600 hp Ford Performance 427 V8 and a three-speed automatic transmission. 

Until 
Brocky takes on the Dry Lake next February, though, get your kicks by test-driving one of our Ford SUVs at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington.

Ford Announces Development of Cross-Traffic Alerts for Safer Driving

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(Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 12:00PM )
Every driver's nightmare will soon be a fear of the past. As part of its revolutionary autonomous driving technology, the team at Ford recently announced a new wave of technologies that is slated to define the future of driving. Notably, the rollout of cross-traffic alerts will provide drivers with the confidence and assurance to drive in reverse, knowing that there is nobody at risk of injury behind the vehicle. Take a closer look at Ford's plans for the future by watching the video below:


Ford's value of safety and affinity for innovation resulted in the creation of the cross-traffic alerts. Although the technology is still in development, the plans are already generating excitement. According to Engadget.com, "cross-traffic alerts will detect objects that are about to pass behind the vehicle while reversing and alert the driver with a warning sound and a wide-angle view on the backup camera. If the driver still doesn't respond, the car will automatically brake to avoid a fender bender." Additionally, the automaker stated that an upgraded pushbutton parking system will allow vehicles to parallel park and back into a perpendicular space - without driver assistance.

With this new technology, drivers of all skill levels can rest - and drive - assured that the inherent risks associated with operating a vehicle will be significantly less threatening. Until the innovations are implemented into newer models, come visit us at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington and test-drive our current Ford models today. 


Ford Performance Gets On Track with New App

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(Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 12:00PM )
It's time to track your time on the track. Ford Performance recently revealed its all-new data-logging app, which is tailored for drivers who prefer the track to the streets. The app, which was announced to attendees at this year's SEMA, enables users to analyze and share their on-track performance with the push of a button, harnessing the mobility and ease of smartphone technology.

The app is 
new, but draws upon established technology already utilized by Ford to enhance the driving (and tracking) experience. Ford's most up-to-date version of Sync 3, a common feature in many Ford models, lends its program to display notable track information, such as RPM, g-forces, gear, and speed. From there, the app delivers the information to the driver's phone for later review. Additionally, the app can work with one's smartphone to record video of their track day. As Joel Patel notes for Autoblog.com, "The phone, besides being used as a camera, is also in charge of recording the vehicle's location around the track, which is also displayed on the infotainment screen. Both the phone and the Sync 3 project the same bits of information and can be used interchangeably." Take note of the new features by watching the video below:


Now that its grand reveal is known to the public, Ford enthusiasts can begin testing its functionality in relation to their own track ventures. Have questions about it? Visit Sound Ford Washington today and speak to our team to learn more.  


Drivers of the Ford Focus RS have something special to anticipate: representatives at Ford Performance recently revealed that a new calibration for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder is in progress, offering an extra perk for those desiring a burst of additional power. Although the current model's 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder provides 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft torque across all of its wheels, as well as a 0-60 mph time that clocks in under five seconds, the team at Ford wants to account for drivers who are willing (and eager) to push the boundaries a little further. Learn more about the Focus RS in the video below:


A look at the Ford Mustang EcoBoost upgrade provides some valuable clues as to what we may expect with the Focus RS'  new calibration, since Ford's representatives have been agonizingly quiet about the details. The Mustang EcoBoost's improved power package increases its hp and lb-ft numbers to 335 and 390, respectively; the torque, in particular, ends up only 10 lb-ft shy of the stock Mustang GT's digits. Considering that the Focus RS already boasts more torque and power than the Mustang, we can only wait in suspense to see if the improved calibration will make gains that parallel the GT's. 

Too eager to wait for the calibration upgrade? Visit us at Sound Ford Washington and test-drive the Ford Focus RS today.




2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Nabs Popular Science Award

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(Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 12:00PM )
Adding to its growing collection of awards, Ford's Mustang Shelby GT350R recently scooped up Popular Science's 2016 Best of What's New Award in the auto division.

The competition was stiff in this year's competition - Popular Science's annual presentation of accolades accounts for reviews of thousands of new products and innovations. Only 100 winners across 10 categories walk (or in this case, drive) away with awards in hand, as well as a secured spot in Popular Science's Best of What's New issue. The fundamental criteria? The product or technology in question must represent a notable step forward in its section.

In the case of the Shelby GT350R, its ultralight carbon-fiber wheels sealed the deal. On the GT350R, its front two wheels rely on a ceramic thermal barrier coating for insulation, a technology borrowed from a similar method NASA used on a space shuttle. Compared to equivalently sized, standard aluminum wheels, each 19-inch carbon-fiber wheel weighs approximately 15 pounds less, which improves the GT350R's handling and acceleration. Not surprisingly, the wheels are the first of their kind on a production car, setting them apart and putting the GT350R on the award pedestal. Check out the GT350R in action in the video below:



"The Best of What’s New awards honor innovations that shape the future,” Kevin Gray, Popular Science's executive editor, said. “From life-saving technology to incredible space engineering to gadgets that are just breathtakingly cool, this is the best of what’s new.” See Ford's lineup of Mustangs for yourself at Sound Ford Washington today!
This year's SEMA event in Las Vegas, Nevada features a lineup of 50 customized Ford vehicles. Ford revealed the modified Fusions, F-150s and Mustangs queued up for the event earlier in October, but recently disclosed that a customized Fiesta and five Focus hatchbacks are taking the stage as well. This leaves Ford's crossovers and SUVs as the final vehicles to be announced for the event. 

Joining the elite SEMA club is the Fiesta ST, which was built by Tucci Hot Rods. The SEMA-ready Fiesta sports a custom wide-body kit, as well as an updated clutch with a Spec Stage 4 kit. Although the Fiesta's 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine doesn't have any tweaks, the body is lowered and it shows off a custom exhaust system and a Cobb Accessport V3 ECU upgrade. Check out the Fiesta in action in the video below:



The five Focus models on display are notable more so for their aesthetic upgrades. The customized 2016 Focus ST by Blood & Grease has a dramatic matte paint job, but still shines at the show; the 2016 Focus ST is turning heads with performance upgrades provided by Mountune. While the 2016 Focus RS by H&P Special Springs/Stanceworks sports rally-inspired imagery, the 2016 Focus RS by Full-Race Motorsports has an orange and gray paint job. Rounding out the group is the Focus RS from Roush Performance, which is customized with a new body kit that gives the vehicle an air of malevolence. 

Even though SEMA isn't open to the general public, the models that are in the spotlight are also available to view and test drive at Sound Ford Washington. Stop by and take a look today!



2016 Ford Edge Allows Interior Features to Shine

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(Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 12:00PM )
For some drivers, the 2016 Ford Edge's name implies a sense of severity, suggesting that it is defined by what is new, sleek and innovative rather than what is welcoming and comfortable. You may not expect any of the Edge's secondary features to rival its most noteworthy elements, which include driver-assist technologies (such as Adaptive Steering) and the impressive SYNC® 3 driver-connectivity system. But beyond its stylish design and eye-catching exterior, one might be pleasantly surprised at the accommodating and cushioned interior that takes the driving experience of its passengers into careful consideration. 

Ergonomics are key, as illustrated in the seating alone – they boast 10-way adjusting capabilities and are crafted with perforated suede, which doesn't inhibit the built-in heating and cooling system that elevates an individual's level of comfort for both short and long drives. As Felicia Campbell reports, "This is not a bulky crossover, making it ideal for the challenges of city parking and maneuvering, but it is also far from diminutive, with plenty of space for passengers with reclining back seats and a generous cargo area." Additional features like the Cold Weather package, which is highlighted by a heated steering wheel and all-weather mats, warrant acknowledgment as well. Learn more 
by watching the video below:


Ultimately, thoughtful design and attention to both the fundamental parts and the bells and whistles help guarantee that every foot of space in the Edge is utilized and optimized in varying situations, whether you're hauling groceries or getting away for a few days. Check it out at Sound Ford Washington today!

Ford and BlackBerry Join Forces for the Future of Driving

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(Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 10:01PM )
In anticipation of its autonomous fleet, which is expected to roll out in the next five years, Ford recently announced a 'berry' sweet partnership that is sure to appeal to drivers. In conjunction with BlackBerry, Ford intends to develop a highly intelligent and secure system to propel the new generation of cars, one that is poised to accommodate the needs of the future. Leaders of both companies are aligned on the belief that connected car technology is the way of the future - watch Ford's CEO, Mark Fields, speak to the company's plans in the video below:


The partnership stemmed from the realization that developing equipment and technology in-house requires skill and manual labor, both of which can be more efficiently procured from external sources. By working together, the development process is streamlined and built upon an existing relationship -- as Reese Counts reports for Autoblog.com,  "This isn't the first partnership between the two companies. BlackBerry's QNX operating system currently powers Ford's latest infotainment system, Sync 3, among many others in the industry."  For this revolutionary collaboration, BlackBerry has stated its dedication of a team of engineers, which will work to broaden the reach of QNX and BlackBerry's Certicom security technology.

In addition to its fleet of the future, Ford also aims to have a consumer product ready to present by 2025. Given BlackBerry's publicly stated shift from the handset business to the software business moving forward, as well as its status in the autonomous tech world, the move to partner with Ford is a clear step in the right direction. After all, autonomous cars are slated to redefine the meaning of the term 'mobile device.'

Interested in what the future holds for Ford drivers? Stop by Sound Ford in Renton, Washington and speak to a member of our team today. 



2016 Ford Explorer Picks Up Active Lifestyle Vehicle Award at 13th Annual Ceremony

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(Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 12:00PM )
Six-speed automatic transmission, seven seats, 23 miles per gallon – and now, one Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) award to boot. The award for the 2016 Ford Explorer is a cherry on top of a list of notable numbers that defines this three-row crossover, which picked up the Best Value - Family award at the ALV's 13th annual awards ceremony on October 24 in Chandler, Arizona. The program's panel of judges identified vehicles that best address the needs of buyers on-the-go, distributing honors amongst seven categories that include Best Value On-Road, Luxury Off-Road, and Green. The Best Value – Family accolade encompasses contenders that, according to Carspondent.com, are active lifestyle vehicles with three rows of seating.

"Over the past seven years, our athlete evaluators have included elite runners and triathletes, professional football players, surfers, cyclists, beach volleyball players and adventure racers," Nina Russin stated on Carspondent.com. S
ee it in action by watching the video below:


The 2016 Ford Explorer is also characterized by its 2.3 EcoBoost® engine, front wheel drive, and 290 at 6,400 rpm horsepower, making it an optimal buy for adventurers, families, or both. Take it for a spin at Sound Ford Washington today and see how it can take your weekend getaways and multi-terrain escapes to the next level!

Ford Performance Releases the New 5.2-Liter Aluminator XS Crate Engine

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(Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 05:05PM )
Ford Mustang GTHankering for enhanced powertrain options in your sports car? Always innovating, Ford Performance succeeds yet again. This go round it’s a 570 horsepower beast of a crate engine, the 5.2-Liter Aluminator XS, featured in the marketed 2017 Mustang GT.

An impressive aftermarket upgrade option, the 5.2L Aluminator XS includes the following:
  • 200amp alternator
  • High-performance timing chain tensioners
  • Custom H-beam connecting rods and forged crankshaft
  • Cobra Jet 5.0L 4V intake maniforld
  • 65-mm Cobra Jet billet aluminum throttle body
“Ford Performance Parts is always developing new crate engines,” says Matt Monroe, Ford Performance Parts Marketing Manager. “In this particular case, we leveraged many of the high-performance production parts created for the GT350production car. FPP engineers made slight modifications to work with the cross-plane crank.  As a result, the Aluminator XS is a capable, high-revving aftermarket offering that we think our customers will appreciate.” 

The 5.2L Aluminator XS engine is versatile, capable of use in high-end restoration model builds or as an upgrade for built track-day cars, in addition to the aftermarket upgrade for Mustang enthusiasts. There is some big power available here and the Ford Performance staff is excited about how enthusiasts will respond.
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