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Ford’s New Vehicle Could Completely Change the Camper Van World

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Ford has received a lot of attention for the Mustang Mach-E, its forthcoming muscle car-inspired electric crossover. The electric F-150 pickup truck should be kind of a big deal, too. Ford’s new electric Transit van, which the brand just announced will arrive for the 2022 model year, is liable to be much less widely heralded — but it should be equally important for the world.

An electric cargo van, after all, will reduce overall fleet emissions around the world, as companies like Amazon and UPS switch over from gas-powered vehicles to EVs. It will be great for Ford’s bottom line for deliveries. And perhaps most interestingly, it’ll also offer environmentally-conscious camper van enthusiasts a compelling and versatile zero-emissions option.

Camper van outfitters will have a ton of flexibility with this new EV van. Ford will sell the electric Transit with three different roof heights and three different body lengths. There will also be a bare cutaway cab version for manufacturers that want to customize it. It’ll come with Ford’s suite of driver assistant technologies and an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot, and have access to the massive continent-wide charging network Ford is building.

Ford was scant on the initial details; we don’t know what sort of range the electric Transit will offer, or how much it will cost, and the 2022 model year is a broad timeframe for a launch, meaning we could see it as soon as next January or as late as September 2022. But this should be a major step forward. And, unlike many great things camper-related, the electric Transit will be sold in the United States.

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Tyler Duffy

Tyler Duffy is Gear Patrol’s Motoring Staff Writer. He used to write about sports for The Big Lead and The Athletic. He has a black belt in toddler wrangling. He’s based outside Detroit.

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Liquid Carbon Ford GT Revealed with Full Exposed Carbon

Chicago – Following their invitation-only unveiling of the exposed carbon fiber GT supercar, Ford rolled it out onto the floor of the Chicago Auto Show to give everyone a better look. Still as stunning as it was when unveiled, the brighter spotlights highlighted the intricate carbon fiber weave and made it even better. The look, known as “Liquid Carbon”, is one of two new available decorative schemes, the other being an updated Gulf Racing Livery with the number “6” rather than the number “9” to acknowledge the other LeMans winning GT-40. The Liquid Silver exposed carbon fiber appearance will be limited to 12 cars per year as a result of the handbuilt effort that has to go into it, getting the weave to line up and match everywhere.

The 2020 GT features several engine improvements carried over from Ford’s GT Mk II program. New aerodynamics increase airflow through the intercoolers by 50%, allowing them to run much longer at peak power, and engine updates and modifications that broaden the torque curve, making it more responsive. These changes increase the horsepower level by 13hp to a total of 660hp.

Suspension changes increase body control during dynamic transitional changes when the car is in Dynamic mode.

The run of the updated GT’s will end in 2022.


Ford Mustang Mach-E Live from Chicago Auto Show 2020

Chicago – After showing off and giving rides in their 2021 Mustang Mach-E concept, Ford placed a white one on the Chicago Auto Show floor. Bathed in heavy blue light, the white model showed off the lines of the new concept.

That the Mustang Mach-E is a new addition sharing the Mustang name speaks volumes about Ford’s expectations for it’s performance. After a quick acceleration run on a polished concrete floor, we can see why they’re excited about it.

The Mach-E will come with a standard-sized battery or and extended-range battery, promising 210-230 to 270-300 miles of range respectively, depending on whether one opts for the RWD or the AWD version.

Higher performance versions are planned in the near future, offering faster acceleration times and higher top speeds.


2020 Ford GT gets more power, full carbon fiber body in surprise update

Just when you thought the Ford GT was yesterday’s news, Ford hits us with an unexpected shot of supercar. With a few years of production remaining (scheduled to finish in 2022), Ford has decided to make the last half of its run of GTs a hair better than the first half. Call it a mid-cycle refresh, but for a half-million dollar supercar.

Instead of 647 horsepower from the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, all 2020 GTs will produce 660 horsepower. That 13 horsepower increase comes thanks to a few changes, according to Ford. Mechanical upgrades include new gallery-cooled pistons and higher energy ignition coils. This is then combined with a new engine calibration, ultimately resulting in a broader torque band — though Ford hasn’t told us what the exact difference is yet. Ford mentions that lessons learned from the track-only GT Mk II helped this upgrade along. 

Cooling to the engine is greatly improved, as Ford designed new buttress air ducts that increase airflow by 50 percent. The intercoolers are also slightly larger than before, a boon for extreme track use. Speaking of the track, Ford says it also increased the suspension stiffness in “Track” mode for even greater on-track performance. It was probably stiff enough before, but maybe you’ll be able to pick up a tenth of a second somewhere in the lap. Everybody will be able to hear you a little better on track in the new car, too, because Ford is making the optional Akropovic titanium exhaust standard equipment for 2020. It was a $10,000 option before.

Lastly, Ford is introducing a couple new looks for the 2020 GT. The first is called Liquid Carbon, and it’s pictured at the top of this page. If you like carbon fiber, this is the GT for you. Ford eliminated the paint! Well, not all of it. There’s still a special clear coat sprayed onto the full carbon fiber body — we’ve asked Ford what kind of weight savings there are with the elimination of the paint, but it wasn’t able to provide a figure. You can bring a little color to the party in the form of optional stripes and painted mirror caps. These will be available in any of the colors offered on the regular GT. The carbon fiber wheels will be standard with this car (duh), and you can still pick an optional brake caliper color.

The last appearance package is an updated Gulf Racing Heritage livery. Ford now uses black pinstriping to surround the orange stripes, and the number has changed from a 9 (2019 car) to a 6 for 2020 as it mimics the racing numbers of the back-to-back (1968 and 1969) Le Mans winning GT40. You can also select carbon fiber wheels on the Gulf liveried car this year, an option that wasn’t available for 2019.

When we asked, Ford told us the 2020 price has increased to “approximately $500,000.” That’s up significantly from the $450,000 Ford wanted when the car first went on sale. For those who want one of the special Liquid Carbon GTs, Ford says to expect a number in the $750,000 range. As a reminder, all GTs are currently spoken for, so these updated cars already have future homes.

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Ford Unveils Upgraded GT for 2020, Special Editions

Chicago – Ford unveiled their upgraded 2020 GT at a special off-site presentation to kick off the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. Beneath the black sheet lay a stunning GT, with the body done in what Ford refers to as “Liquid Carbon.” It’s essentially a high-gloss, exposed carbon fiber body. With the GT already completely constructed from carbon fiber, leaving the paint off lets one observe the unique beauty and the natural weave of the carbon fiber cloth. It lends the GT a unique and stylish alternative to the painted body.

The new 2020 Ford GT benefits from several changes learned from the GT Mk II, which is the track-only version of the GT. It has larger ducting to feed 50% more cool air to the turbo intercoolers, allowing it to run at peak performance for longer periods, revised engine calibration, mechanical upgrades like gallery-cooled pistons and higher energy ignition coils, and Ford has also made the previously optional titanium Akropovic exhaust standard, reducing weight, increasing airflow, and providing a fantastic exhaust note. These changes serve to make an additional 13hp, raising the total to 660hp. More importantly though, it makes a broader torque curve to make that power more accessible throughout the rev range.

Ford didn’t stop at the engine though. Track mode now has increased suspension damping to improve handling and reduce unwanted body movement in high-speed transitions on the track.

The Liquid Carbon body will be limited to 12 units per year as it’s a very labor-intensive hand-built car.

The other finish available is a revised Gulf Racing livery, with black pinstriping between the blue and orange. This serves to set off the colors a little more. Unlike the earlier GT’s, which featured the “9” racing number in the white circles, the new GT will feature the other historical GT40 racing number of “6”. Also, carbon fiber wheels will now be available now on Gulf Heritage racing livery.

Liquid Carbon Ford GT Rear

Production of the carbon supercar will wrap up in 2022.


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Special Report: One Last Drive – Bullitt Mustang

The word ‘icon’ is banded about a lot in the auto industry. In my mind, there are a few categories that are defined by the cars which have been sold for generations. Think SUV and Defender or G Wagon will, more likely than not, be projected in your mind. Supermini? Mini. Hot Hatch? Golf GTi. This is quickly morphing to a scenario not too dissimilar to laying flat on a red sofa in a psychiatrists office and being probed for the first word a blot of ink conjures. One more: Muscle Car? Ford Mustang.

Unlike the other aforementioned icons, I have never driven a Mustang. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, it took 52 years for the Mustang to be sold in the UK, 2016 was a big year for the ‘Stang. Secondly, I didn’t fancy a Mustang for one of my fly-and-drive visits to the States as I feared losing my Mustang v plates to a 4-cylinder which, like my first time losing other v plates, would have been all to brief and underwhelming. I needed to wait for the right time, place and specification to captivate me enough to take the dive. The final drive of the year is always a special one for me. Most sane human beings would rather curl up next to the fire with their loved ones watching mushy Christmas movies than ever consider going for a drive for anything more than another bag of sprouts. I, on the other hand, can think of nothing worse that sitting on a sofa for days on end eating my weight in mince pies. Instead, I packed the, self made, mince pies into a plastic box and jumped into a car, one that I have been waiting decades to drive.

Why decades? Because of a movie titled ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ that I watched as a 6-year-old at the turn of the millennium. The movie itself was nothing to write home about. There were two stand out scenes – one featured Angelina Jolie (I’m sure you can imagine why) and the other, more relevantly, focused on a 1967 Shelby Mustang called Elanor. It was the hero car of the movie and one that captivated six and 60-year-olds alike, I guess the same can be said for Angelina.

Bear with me, I’m not rambling aimlessly, movie cars really do capture the hearts and minds of viewers. For me it was Gone in 60 Seconds, for the generation of movie goers in 1968, it was Bullitt, the hero car was a Mustang. Much like Gone in 60 Seconds, the movie itself was never destined to win Oscars, but, there were a couple of scenes that have been viewed millions of times on YouTube (add to the tally by watching below).

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Enough of the old, what’s the deal with the movie talk? Well, the Mustang I’m buckling into is a tribute to the Bullitt car you see above. The link is obvious – the wheels, Highland Green paint, distinct lack of pony badges and cue ball gear shifter have all be copied and pasted onto the 2019 Mustang. It is available with a Mustang ordered with the 5.0-litre V8 (no EcoBoost silliness here) with the manual box and not as a convertible – the good stuff then. This was the perfect opportunity to drive my first Mustang. Back to the mince pies, they were secured on the lap of my copilot, an equally deranged human that suggested we compliment the mince pies with a drive to feed a reindeer herd a few hours drive out of London.

The drive involved long flowing sections of well paved ‘highway’ where the V8 could sing, and twisty country roads where the chassis balance and gearbox could be put to the test. The Bullitt package is not just cosmetic. Adding to the appeal are a plethora of parts that you cannot configure on any other Mustang. Power is up to 453bhp, part due to the intake manifold from the GT350 which has the added benefit of making the Mustang sound like a V8 NASCAR. Furthermore, ticking the Bullitt box adds the Ford’s GT Performance Package which, apparently, improves chassis control significantly courtesy of suspension springs that have been lowered and stiffened by another few degrees, beefed-up anti-roll bars, recalibrated dampers and a Torsen limited-slip differential. Tasty. Magnetorheological adaptive dampers are fitted to the car I am driving and a noticeable difference can be felt through the modes.

How did it feel on the road to visiting Rudolph and co? Refreshing, if you’re a regular reader you’ll know I’m that guy raving about how sublime Porsches are and how the feel and feedback of a McLaren is so delightful. Jumping into a naturally aspirated, manually operated American muscle car is a far cry from the usual for me and it was an unforgettable experience. There is a raw, old school feel. There is immense character and a connection that comes with less sophisticated cars.

The Bullitt Mustang is one of the best examples of that. The traction control seems to be too busy to stop you from pulling massive angles out of every junction. The cold and salt paved streets at this time of year mean you can feel the chassis shuffling underneath you and there is so much confidence in its abilities. The gearbox is fabulous, the cue ball is gorgeous and the rev-matched downshift bring a smile to your face and the revs yelp. The digital dash is tremendous and there a host of layouts to pick from. The Recaros hug you tight and are immensely comfortable and are almost good enough to make up for the questionable build quality, poor plastics and terrible infotainment system. Then again, the Mustang is a unique offering and I am just pleased to be able to drive a manual V8 free of turbochargers – the infotainment could be running Windows ’95 and I would still be grinning from ear-to-ear. The noise from the exhaust is bewitching in race mode and eggs you on to chase the redline.

The car does feel massive on tight British country lanes but the car still feels reasonably nimble. Big open motorways are where it really can be set free. The engine isn’t the most responsive below 3,000, you need to wind it up and it really is explosive in the mid-range. The gearbox, though physically great to shift, needs to be handled with patience. The engine does not like to be rushed, this is not a Cayman GT4 that relishes a lightening quick shift.

The Bullitt Mustang really is a unique proposition and like nothing I have ever driven before. It brims with character and presents endless joy. You’ll want to find any excuse to drive it down your favourite road at any time of day. It is a very special car, one that will make you feel better than cars that cost two or three times the price. It feels even better than it looks.

P.S. Ford, please make an Elanor edition, I’ll be ready with my deposit.


Shelby American could push the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 beyond 1,000 hp

After a daylong media drive, auto media and enthusiasts have only just opened the discussion on the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Nevertheless, the only thing better than the great toy you have in your hands is the potentially greater toy you might one day get. That why, on a trip to the Shelby American Heritage Center during the GT500 launch, CarBuzz asked the folks at Shelby American how far they might push the GT500’s 5.2-liter supercharged Predator V8. Remember, Shelby already gets 800 horsepower out of the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 for its top-shelf Super Snake model, a gain of 340 hp over the current Mustang GT. It wasn’t a Shelby exec who answered the CarBuzz query, however, but Ford Performance marketing manager Jim Owens, who said, “at least 1,000 [horsepower.].” That sounds like an insider’s nod to how much firepower Ford left on the table waiting to be unlocked by a company like Shelby. An even four-figure number would, as with the Super Snake, add 240 hp to the stock GT500 tally.

Don’t expect the Super Snake to go away, though. CarBuzz also asked what such a car might be called, and this time Shelby answered. Company President Gary Patterson told the site that Super Snake belongs to models powered by the 5.0-liter V8. The Predator would need to be christened with something else, which “may be a new name, or may be a name from the past.”

Elsewhere on the same launch, The Drive cornered a Ford exec to ask about the 647-hp Ford GT. The regular, $450,000 GT is clearly Ford’s official halo car, right next to the track-only, 700-hp, $1.2 million GT Mk II. The standard GT has two more years to go to finish production, those years potentially out of the limelight since the coupe retired from racing. In the interim, the GT500’s supergiant star turn could outshine Ford’s intended angels by being the most powerful Ford to leave Dearborn, by being so close to so many GT performance specs, and by not yet having shown what’s its genuinely capable of. The GT500, for instance, is just 0.3 seconds shy of the GT’s 0 to 60 mph time and is faster through the quarter-mile even though the GT500 weighs 900 pounds more.     

The unnamed Ford exec who spoke to The Drive explained the GT’s power figures as mandated by homologation rules, but now that competition concerns are moot, “Maybe we’re not done there.” When the outlet asked if there could be a road-legal GT Mk II or some other more aggressive variant on the way, the exec answered, “You’ll just have to wait.” On one hand, these could be artful deflections to forestall anyone trash-talking the GT for the moment. On the other, we’d be surprised Ford would let the GT stand still for two years in the face of in-house, cross-town, and overseas competition.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.