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2020 Shelby GT500 Not Coming to Europe

It has been confirmed that Ford will not sell the latest Mustang, the GT500, in Europe. Strict emissions regulations are cited as the cause. It had been expected that the GT500 might be made available to customers in Europe as the standard models were selling well and the GT500 experienced its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 earlier this year.

The Ford Mustang GT500 will instead launch in North America, Mexico, and the Middle East. European customers will still be able to partake in the Ford Mustang Bullitt edition as its most powerful model. The news comes as a surprise due to the fact that the Mustang has proved so successful in Europe over recent years. Ford reports a 27% sales increase year-over-year in the first quarter.

Stricter targets will apply across the European Union from 2021 onwards, with a phase-in from 2020. From 2021, fleet-wide average emission target for new cars will be 95 g CO2/km which corresponds to a fuel consumption of around 4.1 l/100 km of petrol or 3.6 l/100 km of diesel. The GT500 will likely exceed these targets by quite a considerable amount!

Why? Under that front hood it features a 5.0 litre V8 engine, boosted by a supercharger to produce 760 horsepower and 625 lb.ft. of torque.

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The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Looked Insane at Goodwood

Vaughn Gittin Jr. was Behind the Wheel

The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford ever produced, and it had to be showcased at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Vaughn Gittin Jr. was behind the wheel, and after a smokey start, he launched the GT500 up the tight course. 

The car comes with a 5.2-liter V8 that’s supercharged to a whopping 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. It can do a 0-60 mph sprint in just 3.5 seconds and will do a quarter-mile run in just 11 seconds. The car is as powerful and quick as some supercars. It’s designed to put more expensive cars in their place, and it will look good while it does it. 

Ford has slapped a $73,995 price tag on the Mustang Shelby GT500. That means the car is a little more expensive than its biggest rival from Dodge, the Challenger Hellcat Redeye. It has less power, too, but its 0-60 and quarter-mile times are extremely similar despite the power deficit. 

Gittin Jr. appears to have no issues with the car as he sprints it up the course. The car hits triple digits at more than one point as it rockets along. It looks awesome in green, too. You can watch the full video below. 

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Ford GT Mk II

At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Ford unveiled its latest beastly ride, the Ford GT Mk II. Don’t mistake the simplistic name — this thing is a formidable new model from the automaker that’s “as fast as any GT3 car.”

Remember when a racing version of a car was the fastest and best-performing one you could buy? Well, Ford is nostalgic for that time, too. Nowadays, thanks to the hypercar revolution, not to mention current regulations in place, the meaning of a “supercar” is amorphous. In fact, some track-only sports and endurance racing cars can have less horsepower than the corresponding production model.

Essentially, that means the regular customer gets the ultimate car these days. That’s the case with the Ford GT Mk II. Ford disregarded regulation entirely and went to town on the GT. The automaker has built a track-ready ride that’s the ultimate incarnation of its Le Mans race car.

Underneath, you’ll find a turbocharged V6 engine that tops out to 700 horsepower. That’s up 43 from the street car’s 647 base, and 200 more than the race car. It also has a rear-wheel drive system coupled with a seven-speed transmission. With gear ratios for racing, no less.

Other notable additions include a rooftop air scoop that keeps the engine cool even at constant high revs. And a massive rear wing plus other aero bits that add 400% more downforce compared to the stock GT. Ford has yet to share more details on availability. Each example will cost no less than $1.2 million. If you want this, better act fast.

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Photos courtesy of Ford

Ford Launched the GT Mk2 Track-Only Supercar at Goodwood

A Super Special Supercar

We knew Ford was going to release something special at Goodwood, and we knew it was going to be some kind of GT. The company has unveiled its latest creation. It’s the Ford GT Mk2. The car is a track-only supercar that’s a modified version of the race-spec GT. The Mk2 version of the car cannot be driven on the road, and it can’t be raced in any existing series. 

First up, the engine. Ford went over the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and tuned it to make 700 hp. The company outboard-mounted air cooler with water spray technology. There’s a big hood scoop designed to bring air to auxiliary engine parts, the clutch, and transmission. The transmission is the same seven-speed, dual clutch affair, but modified for the additional power. 

Ford has also adjusted the exterior of the car, adding a new splitter, diffuser, dive planes, and a large rear wing. All told, the exterior enhancements manage to produce 400 percent more downforce than the street version of the car. This allows the car to pull 2 gs in the corners. 

Ford will sell these cars for $1.2 million. The company won’t make very many of them, though. Only 45 of the cars will be built. That means the fastest version of the GT will be a scarce sight. This is one special car. We’d imagine Ford won’t have any trouble selling them. 

$381,000 Electric Ford Mustang to Debut at Goodwood 2019

British start-up, Charge Automotive, are set to present an electric version of the Ford Mustang at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019. It isn’t the first futuristic Ford Mustang Goodwood has seen either. Last year, Siemens presented an Autonomous Ford Mustang which took part in the hill climb to showcase the technology.

The Charge Automotive vehicle is a Ford Mustang in shell only. The bodywork is a recreation of a fastback Ford Mustang with modern underpinnings. Few details are known about the sub-frame. Charge have released some details for the powertrain, which has been developed with another fledgling British company, Arrival.

Arrival have supplied a 64 kWh battery pack which puts out 885 lb-ft of maximum torque to all four wheels. Range should be around 200 miles with a sub-four-second zero-to-60-mph time, and a top speed of 149 mph. Electronic tinkering will allow the owner to switch between all wheel drive and rear wheel drive, it isn’t clear if this will affect system power.

The electric Ford Mustang won’t be taking part in the hill climb but will apparently sit on the Michelin Supercar stand. Charge plan to produce around 499 of the electric Mustangs at a cost starting from £300,000. Customer cars will be delivered from September 2019. Charge are apparently happy to work with customers on bespoke models too.

Ford Has a New Version of the GT It Will Show at Goodwood

A More Extreme Ford GT?

The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed should be a fantastic event with some of the most impressive and amazing cars in the entire world. Now, there is another good reason to pay attention to the event. Ford recently teased a shot of a new version of its GT that will appear at Goodwood. The company released the images and the information that it would share “exciting Ford GT supercar news” on July 4 at 4:45 a.m. EDT.

Hermann Salenbauch from Ford Performance and Larry Holt from Multimatic will be the two people who will give the announcement. Right now, what those two men will be discussing is a bit up in the air. Ford did not let any more information slip out beyond the fact that it will be exciting news. 

The car in the teaser image is just more or less a dark outline. However, that dark outline does show a huge rear wing and what appears to be a roof scoop. There are a few possibilities. It could be a special one-off build, a new limited edition run of the car, or some kind of new racing variant. 

Ford already has plenty coming to Goodwood, including the new Focus ST, the Mustang Shelby GT500, the Ranger Raptor, and Ken Block’s vehicles and Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s wild rides. We have a feeling, though, that the GT news will steal the show.

The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Makes 760 HP and 625 Lb-Ft of Torque

The Beast Is Here

Ford revealed its Mustang Shelby GT500 at the North American International Auto Show. When it did so, the company left out the power numbers for the car, leaving everyone to speculate as to how much the supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 would actually produce. Now the company has let those numbers and some other stats out. 

The GT500 will make 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. That’s more horsepower than the Chevy Corvette ZR1, which is regarded as a crazy-powerful machine and has won many awards for being just that. While Dodge’s Demon still has more horsepower, the GT500 is a bit of a different animal and will be a track monster as well as a true staight-line speed machine.

Official performance times have not yet been released, but Ford promises 0-60 time of mid-three seconds and a sub-11-second quarter mile time, according to Road and Track. The car will also be a track monster due to aerodynamic developments and various technologies. How good the car is will be determined at a later date, but it’s safe to say this is the most extreme Mustang yet. 

As The Drive points out, this will be the first time since the 1960s that Ford has sold the Mustang GT350 and the GT 500 at the same time. For those who thought the 1960s were the peak of muscle car performance, you were wrong. Here’s the perfect example. 

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2005 Ford GT Merkury 4

Ford is currently playing coy about a proper GT successor. No surprise, then, that other tuners have taken it upon themselves to play around with the models that are available at hand. Which brings us to this wallop — a Ford GT Merkury 4. Developed in collaboration with Camilo Pardo, no less.

Infamous Ford GT tuner GT Guy worked with original GT designer Prado on this one, you read that right. The ride features a Mirrachrome abstract custom paint job. Topped off with a florescent orange center stripe and a satin black pinstripe. The car came with HRE center-bolt rims with 275/30ZR19 front Michelin tires and 345/30ZR20 ones on the rear.

As if the base’s 5.4-liter supercharged modular V8 engine wasn’t impressive enough, the folks threw in a second-generation Whipple supercharger and a GTG cold air intake kit. As a result, the engine’s output blazes toi a whopping 725 horsepower. At 19 pounds of boost on 91 octane fuel, that is.

In all, the Ford GT Merkury 4 is a breathtaking vintage homage. Especially since chief Pardo himself supervised the touches and finishes. Other upgrades include a GTG “Vintage” bumper delete kit, which relocates the exhaust between the tail lamp like an original Mark II. And a ceramic-coated Ford racing exhaust, a nice detail on top of an already-packed job. The HRE center lock rims, custom “Ford GT” billet fuel door, billet clamshell center, and side clamshell vents are cherries. You’ll find twin sill badges to commemorate the build.

Having won the “Best In Show” award at the 10th Annual Ford GT National Rally in Detroit, the Ford GT Merkury 4 is no doubt one of the most significant splurges you can treat yourself to this year.

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Photos courtesy of Hemmings

Ford Develops Self-Braking Shopping Cart

The future of shopping carts? Self-braking ones. Ford has been using its expertise in the automotive industry to create some highly amusing yet intriguing concepts, like a conveyor-belt bed a noise-canceling doghouse. What Wes Anderson film inspired the automaker remains unknown.

Its self-braking shopping cart is yet another strikingly curious creation. The device draws from Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist technology, designed to prevent any foibles while roaming around retail. If unruly kids ride the cart, use it as a skateboard, or it hightails across the parking lot, there’s a sensor that will detect objects in its trajectory. Then it grinds to a halt.

What inspired this idea? Children, apparently. Here’s what Ford says:

“Children love to copy adults — when they push a trolley, to their minds, it’s like they are behind the wheels of a car — with long, wide supermarket aisles as their racetrack.”

While Ford has a point, it’s also fair to say that adults can be just as reckless. Some just carelessly discard shopping carts after loading their items onto the car. Then the cart rolls away, where it could clash with an innocent driver on the highway.

Of course, this isn’t coming to mainstream shopping carts anytime, soon. Do you know how many shopping carts get stolen? A lot, actually. Imagine loading one with all this tech and it just ending up on the hands of thieves. No, thanks. At best, this is a concept, and it works quite well. It’s a fun prototype and glimpses at what Ford can offer beyond just cars.

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Photos courtesy of Ford

Ford and SIXT Team Up for Shelby GT-S Rental Car

For When You Need a 600 HP Rental Car

Ford and Hertz are usually the two companies putting out some killer rental car, but now the rental car company SIXT wants in on the game. Ford worked with the company to come up with a new version of its Mustang muscle car. The result was the Shelby GT-S. It’s a supercharged orange and black rocket of a muscle car. 

Under the hood of the Shelby GT-S lurks a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. The makes 600 hp and is mated to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission. That transmission forces all that power to the rear wheels. If you want to do an awesome burnout in your rental car, we know what you should get.

In addition to the engine, the car gets retuned suspension, a cat-back exhaust, Brembo brakes. The exterior has been revamped, too. The hood features what’s called a “deep draw” for air intake. The fascia has been refined a little to make it more aggressive, there are 20-inch wheels, and Ford added a spoiler.

Only 20 of the models will be produced. The cars will be available in Southern California, Las Vegas, and Southern Florida. SIXT has 55 locations nationwide. The cars will do their rental car duty and then be up for sale at some point in the future. How much they will cost is yet to be seen.

1973 Ford Mustang Trans-Am Coupe

This beaut is now up for auction, a 1973 Ford Mustang Trans-Am Coupe that’s reminiscent of Ford’s Pony era in 1965.

Now more commonly known as Trans-Am, Trans-American Sedan Championship cars was a racing series that served as the Sports Car club of America’s first attempt at a manufacturers’ championship formula for modified sedans and coupes. This series has ran on a bevy of different courses, including streets, airport circuits, modern road courses, and race tracks.

According to RM Sotheby’s, this particular unit up for auction is one of two body-in-white cars sent to Ford after Kar Kraft shut down, which ended Ford support for factory racing. Warren Tope, of Tope Racing, assembled the other unit’s chassis and swiftly pushed it to the track. Ed Hinchliff, of Hinchliff Racing, assembled the car you see above, using factory parts and Kar Kraft blueprints. He even sought the help of Lee Dykstra and Mitch Marci, two former Kar Kraft engineers.

It features a heavily modified 351 cubic-inch V8 engine from Rousch. And it includes proper documentation, too. Gawk at its storied racing history to get a sense of the places it’s been. Unfortunately, the ride needs a proper restoration, still. A little TLC might go a long way toward reviving this golden age racer back to its classic, sophisticated roots. You likely won’t bring back its original, fresh verve. But don’t fret. With a little tuning up, this might still be eligible for vintage racing events across the country. Hit the link below to find out more.

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Photos courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Roush Unveils Its 2019 Stage 3 Ford Mustang With 710 HP

Can’t Wait for the GT500? Get the Roush

Tuner company Roush recently revealed its new 2019 Stage 3 Mustang and announced it will have the vehicle on display at the New York Auto Show. What’s special about the Stage 3 Mustang? It gets a Roush TVS R2650 supercharger. That brings the 5.0-liter V8 engine’s power up to 710 hp and 610 lb-ft of torque. This is the Mustang you always wanted, and if you can’t wait for the GT500, you should get it.

The car also gets a special Roush active exhaust system that allows the owner to choose from four different exhaust settings. One of those settings is a “Custom” setting that allows you to choose the exhaust note they want. Roush couldn’t let stop there, though, the vehicle also gets plenty of exterior styling updates to tell the world that this is no typical Mustang.

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There’s Roush badging on the front and rear of the car, a larger front splitter, special grille, new air intakes, different hood with special venting, side skirts, black wheels, rear lip spoiler, and new rear diffuser. While the car still looks like a Mustang, it’s like no other Mustang on the road.

The car will come with a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. It costs $21,925 on top of whatever it costs you to get your hands on a 2019 Ford Mustang GT. Roush will have this on display at the New York Auto Show next to its new version of the Ford F-150, that should be equally impressive.

Watch From Inside the Car as M2K Motorsports’ Ford GT Hits 300 MPH

This Looks Insanely Fast Because It Is

Recently we reported on how M2K Motorsports beat the 300 mph speed barrier for a road car in its 2006 Ford GT. The car did so at the Texas Mile event held at an airport runway in Texas. The car put the likes of Koenigsegg and Hennessey in its rearview mirror, so to speak, by making the run so quickly. It’s also apparent that it could have gone much faster on a longer runway.

Anyway, the video of the 300 mph Ford GT was cool, but now there’s a new video posted by the guys that made it happen of the car making its run. The video was shot behind the dashboard of the car. You get to see the vehicle make the run in all of its glory. It’s a thing worth watching, and what a thing it is.

The car’s 5.4-liter V8 engine makes around 2,500 hp. It takes the GT only about 8 seconds to hit 124 mph. At 13 seconds the car is at 200 mph. At 17 seconds it soars past 253 mph, which is the top speed of a Bugatti Veyron. At 22 seconds after it began its journey, the car hits 300 mph. 

Of course, the car is far from stock. It’s been heavily modified by the M2K Motorsports team. However, it’s still street legal, and that means it wins the 300 mph crown. You can watch the full video below.

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Watch a 14-Year-Old Kid Tear Around a Snow Covered Racetrack in a Ford GT

This Will Make You Nervous

If you’re looking for a video that will make you extremely anxious, then the one included below is it. In it, a 14-year-old kid takes a Ford GT for a joyride around a racetrack at the Monticello Motor Club. The video was put together by the motor club and is designed to promote the club’s Teen Race Camp, which teaches teens (ages 14 to 19) how to drive a car safely on a racetrack.

The video is an effective promotional tool. Few would feel comfortable putting a 14-year-old kid behind the wheel of a high-dollar supercar like the Ford GT. Even fewer would feel comfortable doing so when the track is completely covered with snow.

To be fair to the kid driving, he does an excellent job. He’s obviously learned car control well. Not many people his age— or honestly much, much older—could successfully pilot the car around the snow-covered track with as much style and control. We bet he had a great time while the Monticello Motor Club filmed the video.

In all likelihood, he’s the son or relative of the owner of the car. He honestly, looks a little nervous in the video, but then again, we’d be sweating, too, if we were in his place. Our hats come off to him, and to Monticello Motor Club. Any initiative to get more young people in cars learning proper driving skills is welcomed.

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Forget Hennessey and Koenigsegg, Watch this Ford GT Break 300 MPH

A Car From 2006 Pulled it Off

While Hennessey and Koenigsegg are working hard to make a car that can top 300 mph, the guys at M2K Motorsports took their 2006 Ford GT and rocketed past the 300 mph barrier. The team took their street legal Ford GT all the way up to 293.6 mph a few years ago, according to Motor1, and now they’ve toppled the barrier that supercar manufacturers were trying to get past.

The top speed was achieved in three runs at the Texas Mile event organized at the Victoria Regional Airport. Yep, the car only had one mile to hit the speed. As you can see in the video, it gets close before it actually goes over. The car did a run at 299 mph. Then it topped out the next time at 300.4 mph. 

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With only a mile of pavement for each run, it makes you wonder how fast the car would have gone had it had more room to stretch its legs. Obviously, the 2006 Ford GT that made the 300 mph run was not a stock car. It is street legal, though, according to Motor1. 

Koenigsegg, Hennessey, Bugatti, and all the other automakers out there trying to make a production car that can do 300 mph might not be too happy about this, but the thing about this particular Ford GT is that there’s only this one car. While there are other Ford GTs out there that could be made to go this fast, the other hypercar manufacturers will have their rides go that speed from the factory floor.

Ford’s New Lane-Keeping Bed Bed Helps You Stay In Your Lane

The likelihood of a sleep-related disaster happening because you’re sharing a bed is always higher than that of having a good night’s sleep. Especially if you or your partner tends to hog most of the space like it’s no big deal.

Ford comes to the rescue. The carmaker knows that to keep the negative vibes at bay, one needs to have a good night’s rest. So, it created the Lane-Keeping Bed to prevent your bed-hogging partner from taking over your side of the bed.

Ford’s Lane-Keeping Aid vehicle technology, which monitors road markings to coax the driver back into the proper lane, served as the inspiration. The Lane-Keeping Bed has built-in pressure sensors to determine whether or not someone has crossed their side of the bed. If so, the bed pulls the violator back to their respective area using an integrated conveyor belt.

Still a prototype for now, the Lane-Keeping Bed is part of the Ford Interventions series. The program is all about using automotive technology to improve people’s everyday problems. It aims to integrate car technology into general pedestrian life. Who knew that tricks typically reserved for cars can remedy bedroom issues?

Ford will most likely not put up the Lane-Keeping Bed for sale anytime soon. Even still, it’s an interesting, if imperfect, concept. There’s a chance it might never make it to the production line, but it’s a pretty cool idea, still. Unfortunately, though, it also proves that it might take an international car company to solve our bed-hogging problems in the bedroom.

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1968 Ford Bronco By Velocity Restorations

What we have right here is a very thinly veiled declaration that Velocity Restorations has had it with these custom shops that think they can skimp on any meaningful under-the-hood revamps if they work in enough visual oomph.

Here at Men’s Gear, we write a lot about custom jobs, and while most of them look impressive, looks don’t power a car. Facelifts are insufficient, and what makes a modification a true whiz-bang are the touch-ups underneath.

That isn’t lost on Velocity Restorations, and proof of that is its latest 1968 Ford Bronco project. The decked-out ride boasts improvements in terms of both appearance and performance, giving the classic SUV the supercharge it deserves.

Thanks to the shop, this 1968 Ford Bronco now has the power of a 5.0-liter Coyote engine. That’s comes with a beastly 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger. Velocity Restoration didn’t exactly share specific performance figures, but a standard Coyote tops up at 435 horsepower.

But it should perhaps come as no surprise that this ride possibly eclipses that and reaches north of 700. Especially with a brand-new exhaust system baked in. That and a six-speed 6R80 transmission, an Atlas Transfer Case, and a Velocity Exclusive Serpentine System.

It’s got sweet upgrades to match what’s under the hood, too. We’re talking a new sound system, LED lights, and tires made for off-roading adventures. Also included is a six-point roll cage plus sleek premium leather upholstery. That’s on top of a Dakota Digital gauge, a Pioneer digital head unit, a Vintage Air A/C system, and a Ididit tilt steering column.

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Photos courtesy of Velocity Restorations

Mecum Barred From Selling Ford GT Within First Two Years of Customer Ownership

Ford’s Buyers Agreement Reigns Supreme

When you buy a Ford GT, you sign an agreement that prohibits you from selling the car within the first two years of ownership. Some people have violated that agreement. Mecum auction house participated in the sale of a 2017 Ford GT at the Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis, IN. The car sold for $1.6 million.

This angered Ford because the company wanted the agreement honored. Ford actually filed a lawsuit against Mecum. According to Carscoops, the lawsuit was just settled on terms “designed to promote mutual good will and business respect.”

This agreement means that Mecum can’t auction off any Ford GTs that are still within their two years of ownership. Additionally, Mecum will have to alert Ford of any “downstream purchaser” it comes across. This refers to people who have acquired a Ford GT somehow if it is still within its first two years since the original sale. 

Ford GT

Ford GT

Ford wants to control the resale of its GTs, and the agreement signed by customers seems to be a good way of doing it. The downstream purchaser portion of the settlement applies to people who are not bound by Ford’s original agreement. It allows Ford to keep track of who is trying to resell its supercar. 

Carscoops also reported that Mecum will have to pay Ford an undisclosed monetary fee for the sale of the GT that violated the owner agreement. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it was quite a high amount. 

Ford’s tizzy with the auction house seems a little silly because the company just partnered with Barrett-Jackson to auction off a 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition for a whopping $2.5 million. However, that deal didn’t violate the owner’s agreement because Ford set up the deal itself and there was no prior owner to the car.