2015 Roush Mustang Exhaust Note

The growl and machine gun fire exhaust note of the the Roush Mustang is as mean as ever in the new 2015 RS2!! Here’s a teaser of the rumble of the V8 hopped up Pony car.

The New 2015 F-150 Is Officially Arizona Desert Tested

by Scott Lew

Earlier this year we asked the truck community to tell us why they should be the ones to test the brand new 2015 Ford F-150. And over 13,000 of you responded in waves. We went through some of the toughest challenges proposed and came away with some real beauties.

First up is Brian Schober, a professional military test engineer who makes a living kicking the living you-know-what out of vehicles in Arizona’s Tonto Desert. This is a man who goes through trucks like candy, so having him test the new F-150 for 36 hours on an 8.5 kilometre track of gruelling desert seemed like the perfect fit.

So how did the new truck stand up against a military test course in the desert? Check the video to find out.

Sweltering 45-degree temperatures, uneven terrain, sand roads and rocks were waiting for Brian and the F-150, but they powered through it all. The vehicle’s new box rigidity and articulation allowed it to traverse large obstacles with ease. Left to right power traction control was on full display with the uneven road conditions. And even after 36 hours and over 800 total kilometres in the extreme dry heat, the F-150 stood tall.

Brian Schober walked away impressed, how about you?

Kentucky Truck Plant Celebrates 5-Millionth Ford Super Duty

​LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For 15 years, the Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks have rolled off the assembly line at the Kentucky Truck Plant (KTP), and on Oct. 7 KTP workers built the 5-millionth best-selling heavy-duty pickup truck.

Super Duty is the No. 1 heavy-duty pickup truck, with a market share of 44 percent over the past year, according to IHS Automotive Polk data, as well as the first choice of those in the hardest-working industries* – from emergency vehicles to construction to mining. Super Duty trucks are engineered to meet the needs of the toughest customers and the continued demand is a direct reflection of how well Ford has delivered.

The Ford-designed, Ford-built second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel delivers 440 horsepower and 860 lb.-ft. of torque across all Super Duty models from F-250 to F-450. F-350 increases maximum fifth-wheel/gooseneck towing capacity as well, from 23,200 pounds to 26,700 pounds, and the gross combined weight rating goes up 4,500 pounds to 35,000 pounds. Additionally, the 2015 F-450 Super Duty pickup leads the way with a best-in-class standard tow rating of 31,200 pounds, based on the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard. The improved ratings are a result of designing and engineering the truck as an integrated system.

“It’s exciting to see how the Super Duty truck has developed over the years from a basic work truck to a powerful, durable and capable ‘Best-in-Class’ all around tough truck,” said Todd Ashton, manager, KTP New Models and Launch. “Built Ford Tough is the DNA engineered into every component of the truck, but also for assembling every part in it by our KTP work force. We take great pride building every unit with the highest quality.”

Just as the Super Duty is the market leader, it has also collected a variety of rewards and recognition along the way.

Over the past several years, the Super Duty has been recognized with the JD Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study (APEAL) Study award, outperforming other vehicles in the segment. A testament to being Built Ford Tough, the Super Duty topped the list of longevity according to a recent iSeeCars.com report. Out of the 30 million cars included in the analysis, 4.2 percent were an F-250. Most recently, AutoPacific announced the results of their annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA) where the Ford Super Duty took top honors in the Heavy Truck category.

The Super Duty name also signifies something beyond the Built Ford Tough mantra. To the employees at KTP, the Super Duty is something to be proud of and is a product that the team members are excited to be part of.

For 19-year Ford employee Jerylann Vaden on the Chassis I line, it represents pride and accomplishment. As the 5-millionth Super Duty, a Ford F-250 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel, arrived at her area she said, “It is just awesome. I am almost speechless. This is something that I will want to share with my family, that I helped make this.”

After the milestone drive-off, employees anxiously gathered around the F-250, positioned proudly next to the first vehicle produced at KTP, an F-850 firetruck, both symbols of past and future dedication by the Louisville workers at building only the best quality products possible.

“To reach the level of 5 million Super Dutys built has been a direct result of the dedication and perseverance of the employees of Kentucky Truck Plant,” said Scott Eskridge, KTP UAW building chairman. “The Super Duty is more than a truck; it is a legacy of the men and women who have worked in this plant making sure that every truck is the best-built truck in the world. The Super Duty is the culmination of American pride, craftsmanship and professionalism. This truck is not just about those here today, but those who were here in the past and those who will be here in the future.”

You Asked Tough Questions. We Have Tough Answers

You Asked Tough Questions. We Have Tough Answers.

By Scott Lew

Aside from the design, feature and performance changes to the new 2015 Ford F-150, you’ve been asking some seriously tough questions about what’s new under the hood. As you may already know, the new F-150 comes with a variety of engine options to fit your needs, including the next generation of EcoBoost technology. The available 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 engine is an absolute beast when it comes to driving performance, power and durability. But what else? Glad you asked.

What other engines will be available on the new truck?

The 2015 F-150 will come standard with the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6, but if you were wondering if you had options, you definitely do. Check out the video to see the available options under the hood.

What are the power outputs for these engine options?

The power outputs for each engine differ but we’ve got a couple highlights we want to mention when it comes to the 3.5-litre V6 and the 2.7-litre V6. The 3.5-litre Ti-VCT FFV (Flex Fuel (E85) Capability) V6 packs 283 horsepower and 255 lb. ft. of torque. While the 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 comes with 325 horsepower and 375 lb. ft. of torque. More information on the available engines is on the way, but for more detailed specs on power outputs, towing and payload ratings.   Check out this link.

What is Ti-VCT?

Ti-VCT stands for Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing. This innovative engine technology allows the camshafts to operate the intake and exhaust valves at different times in the combustion cycle. The timing adjustments provide enhanced performance and fuel economy, as well as outstanding efficiency under low load conditions like idling or highway cruising.

Is the 2.7-litre EcoBoost just a smaller version of the 3.5-litre EcoBoost?

Nope. The high-output, twin-turbo 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 features an entirely new design that delivers power and performance in a strong, smart package. The engine produces 325 horsepower and 375 lb. ft. of torque and includes standard Auto Start-Stop technology.

What’s new about the 2.7-litre EcoBoost’s construction?

The 2.7-litre EcoBoost is the first gasoline engine to use a composite compacted graphite iron (CGI) and aluminum alloy engine cylinder block. CGI is the same material we use in the engine block of our F-Series Super Duty 6.7-litre Power Stroke V8 diesel. The CGI block has been optimized to remove all unnecessary material to save weight while providing strength where it’s needed for durability.

Can we talk payload? What are the towing capacities?

The 3.5-litre Ti-VCT means 7,600 lbs towing and 1,900 lbs payload. But if you’re looking for more strength and power, check out the 2.7-litre EcoBoost with its 8,400 lbs towing and 2,250 lbs payload. Stay tuned for more engine information as we’ll be releasing it soon.

Will Auto Start-Stop be available for the 2.7-litre litre EcoBoost?

Auto Start-Stop comes standard with the 2.7-litre EcoBoost engine. This technology shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped – except when towing or in four-wheel drive – and when the brake is released, the engine quickly restarts. This feature helps you save on fuel and gives you power on demand when you need it most.

Will the new F-150 require premium fuel?

No. All F-150 engines can all be run on regular 87 octane fuel. When it comes to the new 2015 F-150, you’ve got options under the hood. Power, durability, reliability and efficiency are important and thanks to some innovative engine technology, you can choose what’s best for you. To check out all of the details for the new truck, Check out this link.

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PlayPen for Men

No toys for boys here… This is GEAR for GUYS!

Last year our Playpen for Men package went to one lucky GUY… this year we’re splitting up the $125,000 Playpen for Men package and giving 6 GUYS a shot at the loot.

You might just be cruisin’ around the city in a brand new mustang, or in your current car but with a pimped out stereo. Maybe you’ll cruise your favourite courses in a custom made golf cart, or blow $5,000 on something else to impress your buds.  You’d definitely be the king if you walked away with the Budweiser gear, or if your man cave had a custom made pool table. Or, you could gain some major brownie points, and spoil your family and friends with a catered party for 40! 

Sponsors:  

Sherwood Ford – Roush Mustang

JB’s Power Centre – Car Stereo and Alarm System

Golf Cart People – Custom Golf Cart

Aaron Acceptance – $5000 CASH

Playmore Tables and Games – Custom Made Pool Table

Enzo’s – Catered Party  for 40

 

Starting Tuesday, September 2 be listening weekdays at 6:40am to Terry Evans in the Morning, with Bill for the daily Playpen for Men qualifying times (listen at 9:10am on Saturday & Sunday for PP4M qualifying times).  Daily qualifiers instantly win $100 CASH and are invited to the October 8 Playpen for Men Party at Sherwood Ford.  Elimination draw begins at 6MST.  

Playpen for Men with Edmonton’s Classic Rock, K-97!

Click HERE for rules and regulations.

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A message from President Mark Hicks

Owner and President of Sherwood Ford, Mark Hicks, has a message to share with everyone in Edmonton and Sherwood Park on the record breaking month of September 2014. Congratulations!! Most importantly, a GIANT THANK YOU to all our valued customers throughout Canada! 

 

 

 

 

Ford brings new F-150 to dealers, consumers for test drives

 

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. is demonstrating the capabilities of its redesigned, aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup to dealership sales personnel and consumers.

Sales consultants in 26 cities have begun testing the new truck and its features in a program called the “Built Ford Tough Roundup.” It runs through December, Ford said in a statement today.

From Oct. 11 to Dec. 21, consumers in 38 cities can take part in 20,000 test drives being offered by Ford. Product experts hired by Ford to explain the truck’s features will go along for the ride.

Ford is claiming best-in-class towing and payload capabilities for the new pickup. The company is eager to show off the performance benefits from its switch from steel to aluminum and educate customers who might be wary of aluminum’s ability to be as tough as steel.

Ford spokesman Mike Levine said the consumer drives could happen at shopping malls or big-box retail stores.

The new truck, which is up to 700 pounds lighter than the outgoing, steel-bodied F-150, can tow 12,200 pounds, about 900 pounds more than the truck it is replacing.

Maximum payload goes from 3,120 pounds on the 2014 F-150 to 3,300 pounds.

By comparison, a regular cab, two-wheel-drive version of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado can tow 12,000 pounds and haul 1,980 pounds, according to Chevrolet’s website.

Ford is offering four engines for the new F-150, including a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. Ford has not issued gas mileage figures for any of the new models. Levine says the truck should be EPA certified sometime in November.

In today’s statement, Ford gave some ballpark numbers, saying the new truck should deliver improvements ranging from 5 percent to 20 percent over the current truck.

Ford today listed performance numbers for the biggest of the four engines. The 5.0-liter V-8 engine will crank out 385 hp and 387 lb.-ft. of torque, up from 360 hp and 380 lb. ft. of torque on the current 5.0 V-8. Ford dropped the 6.2-liter V-8 for the new truck.

Ford is now converting its Dearborn Truck Plant to produce the 2015 F-150. Once workers finish that conversion and production ramps up, Ford will then shut down its other F-150 plant, in Kansas City, and repeat the conversion in the first quarter of 2015.

Ford has notified dealers that they should receive stock orders in December but that retail and fleet orders are not likely to arrive before February.

Ford will be encouraging walk-up participation. Consumers can pre-register at F150drive.com.

2015 Galpin Ford GTR1

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Last year in Monterey, we met GTR1 for the first timeGalpin Auto Sports pulled the wraps off its Ford GT-based supercar, powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.4-litre V8 good for a whopping 1,024 horsepower and 739 pound-feet of torque. The thing was totally custom-made and reportedly took some 12,000 man hours to create. And there it sat on the Pebble Beach grass, $1,000,000-plus price tag and all.

This year, the Galpin was back, albeit with one big change. That twin-turbo engine? Gone. In its place, a 5.4-litre V8 with a 4.0-litre Whipple supercharger bolted on, delivering an astonishing 1,058 hp and 992 lb-ft of torque on 110-octane fuel. 0-60 (0-96 km/h)? 2.9 seconds. Top speed? Somewhere above 360 kilometres per hour (225 miles per hour).

“Some things to keep in mind: no stability control, no traction control,” were the only warnings given by Galpin’s Brandon Boeckmann before taking me on a quick spin in the supercar. And after having my eyes thrown into the back of my skull a few times, laughing hysterically and trying to regain full use of my hearing after my ear drums being bombarded by the apocalyptic roar behind me, Brandon pulled over and said it was my turn, if I was ready to take the wheel. Gulp… 


Driving Notes

  • Getting in and out of the GTR1 is the same awkward experience it is with the Ford GT. The doors extend into the roof panels, so you have to open wide. You don’t really hop in so much as you sort of throw yourself into the driver’s chair. The seat grips you tight, you reach down and slide the chair forward. You instinctively tilt your head to the right as you pull the door closed. At that moment, you’re greeted with a familiar interior – though in a jarringly unfamiliar all-blue colour scheme, here – with a small steering wheel and familiarly long, horizontal row of gauges that extend out to the middle of the dash.
  • Turn the key in the ignition, hit the red engine start button in the centre stack, and the GTR1 comes to live with a noise that cannot be precisely described. It’s loud. No, louder. No, louder than that. It’s so loud that the Galpin crew were not able to test it at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca because it exceeds the track’s noise restrictions. It is illegally loud. And you won’t be able to get enough.
  • Pulling away at low speeds, the GTR1 chugs to life, with a throttle and clutch that are surprisingly easy to modulate. There’s a progressive nature to the go-pedal, too – all that power isn’t available right at the start. Good thing, too, so you can actually pull out onto the road with some dignity, and you won’t get the back end to kick out until you’re deeper into the throttle’s travel.
  • The shift lever has been shortened versus the standard GT, and the gears are selected with a solid, shorter-throw action, too. You don’t feel like you’re trying to move the earth when shifting gears in the Galpin – it’s pretty easy, and feels natural. It reminds me of the stock Ford GT in this regard – incredibly capable, but very easy to drive.
  • Now, to be clear, I didn’t even reach close to the car’s full potential on my street drive. I was limited to the roads of the Monterey Peninsula, and while there were plenty of great curves to throw the GTR1 into, it is simply too powerful to explore its limits on public streets.
  • From what I can surmise, Galpin engineers have done a nice job of not only keeping the spirit of the Ford GT intact, they’ve added some of that conceptual madness in a way that’s easy to manage. The steering is generally good, with a direct action that isn’t overly touchy, allowing the driver to correct the occasional bouts of oversteer with ease.
  • The ride height has been lowered, and the car rides on 20-inch wheels with super grippy Pirelli PZero tires. The ride is rather harsh, considering the overall lack of suspension travel, but it won’t break your back. The comfortable, supportive seats keep things copacetic from inside, too – even if you do hit a particularly jarring bump, you won’t be thrown around inside the cockpit.
  • Most impressive, though, are the brakes, able to absolutely halt the speeding GTR1 on a dime. The car uses carbon-carbon rotors, and they stop. Immediately. Yet they don’t feel snatchy when you don’t need 100-per cent, remaining well-modulated and progressive.
  • The only thing I’m not fully in love with is the styling. From the rear three-quarter view, the GTR1 looks really cool, and reasonably unique. But from the front, I can’t help but think it still looks like a less-attractive GT, with some odd Jaguar XK cues thrown in there, too. That said, it gets a ton of attention – everyone on the road gave me the thumbs-up, and cyclists on the side of the road waved me by, some urging me to slam the throttle and give them the full brunt of the Galpin’s noise and fury. Monterey Car Week brings out some really interesting stuff to the peninsula in northern California, and even in this company, I was a rock star.
  • Galpin Auto Sports has six Ford GT chassis standing by, reading to fill orders for the monstrous supercar for those able to handle the over $1-million starting price. But you’ll get a car that’s built to order, with the interior and exterior able to be fully customized. Of course, with enough time and money, pretty much anything is possible.

All in, the GTR1 is a wonderful car to drive – to say it’s fast, or quick, doesn’t even explain it all. The car takes to the streets with an outstanding prowess, and the only car it reminds me of is the Ford GT on which it’s based. It’s loud, brutish, and absolutely absurd. And like the GT was so many years ago, the Galpin is like nothing else you can drive today.

Ford car makers wear ‘age suits’ to design for older drivers

Ford designers wear 'age suits' to tailor cars for older drivers

Ford designers wear ‘age suits’ to tailor cars for older drivers

Among the many new innovations in computerized vehicles, including driverless cars, displayed at the Intelligent Transport Systems conference in Detroit this week, Ford Motor Company is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its “age suit.”

Age suit special features

  • It uses gloves that reduce the sense of touch, and a motorized glove to mimic hand tremors
  • Sound-deadening headphones places limits on hearing
  • Goggles that simulate different visual impairments such as glaucoma and colour distortion
  • Extra weight placed on foot recreates challenges of walking
  • Knee braces limit flexibility
  • Mid-section brace restricts movement, making it harder to bend at waist and harder to get in and out of vehicles
  • Restraint device on elbows limits arm mobility
  • Neck brace increases difficulty in neck rotation

The auto company is designing cars for an aging population by using specialized suits to make anyone’s body feel 20 to 40 years older. The custom-made suit was first developed in the 1990s.

The wearable items add about 14 kilograms and simulate neck stiffness, joint pain, back problems and various eye conditions — issues taken into consideration by ergonomics engineers while conceptualizing new vehicles.

“It really does give you an appreciation of some of the limitations,” said Nadia Preston, a Ford ergonomics engineer who has worn the suit. “I found just taking simple steps was a challenge, getting in and out of the vehicle.”

She said the third-generation suit helps designers understand the needs of an aging population, while the designs benefit everyone.

“Nobody ever complains the gauges are too large or ‘Wow this is too easy to read,’” she said. “It’s going to serve all walks of life.”

John Piruzza and his wife Giuseppa are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a new Ford Lincoln, and said when shopping for a new car at their age, certain features become a priority.

“If you drive long distances, you have to have a nice comfortable car,” said Piruzza. “You open up the door, it’s nice and heavy, that tells you the car is built solid.”

The CBC’s Lisa Xing tries on a special glove that mimics hand tremors. (CBC )

These are the same issues Scott Ohler, a sales manager at Performance Ford Lincoln in Windsor, said concern older customers.

“Usually they’ll come in with a complaint about a vehicle they currently have—too low to the ground, hard time getting out, we’ll use that as a point of reference and look to make recommendations on what they’re driving currently,” said Ohler.

Each detail of the cars, including the placement of handles and design of the steering wheel, is carefully considered.

Special suit to understand pregnant women

Ford also uses what it calls the “empathy belly,” another suit that helps engineers understand the limitations pregnant women experience in their third trimester.

It also adds 14 kilograms and gives the person wearing it the appearance of being pregnant, while limiting their mobility and comfort.

CBC Windsor’s Lisa Xing give the suit a try. Check out our video as she takes us through the experience.

2015 Ford Mondeo Is Laden with Goodies

2015 Ford Mondeo Is Laden with Goodies [Photo Gallery]

While the outgoing, aging Ford Mondeo is a common sight on European roads, an all-new model has been previewed by a design study nearly three years ago. But the wait is almost over and the all-new Mondeo is slated to hit showrooms early next year.

First of all, we deem necessary to point out that the all-new Mondeo is coming as a liftback sedan with the exception of top-level trims and the hybrid. The hybrid Mondeo is basically the European version of the US-spec 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid and it will be built alongside diesel and petrol Mondeos at Ford’s production facility in Valencia, Spain. Furthermore, a range-topping Vignale trim will be added in the near future, which includes more visual sauce and cabin design spice, as well as some preferential services.

As expected, a wagon version is also available for all the mums and dads that need adequate space for their families. A neat thing about the new model is that even the entry-level variant comes with alloy wheels, dual-zone air conditioning, Sync2, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that deletes much of yesteryear’s physical buttons, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity, while satellite navigation is an optional extra. An interesting option comes in the form of inflatable rear seat belt technology. Ford says that the industry-first safety belt technology can disperse crash forces across a body area five times greater than that of conventional seat belts.

As anyone would expect from a new-generation model, the latest Mondeo is laden with a suite of other active and passive safety features, but the engineering team behind the nameplate hasn’t forgot to spruce up the powertrain. As such, the powerplant lineup now includes a 2-liter TDCi twin sequential turbocharged diesel with 210 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque available from 2,000 rpm. A small low-inertia turbo is used to respond quickly to initial boost demand, while a bigger high-inertia unit sustains boost pressure higher in the rev range.

In addition to that, a revised 2-liter TDCi turbo diesel engine with a single variable geometry turbocharger churns out either 150 or 180 horsepower. All three 2-liter TDCi variants feature a revised engine block, new cylinder head and fuel injection designs, with the addition of a NOx trap exhaust after-treatment system to lower CO2 emissions. The lower powered diesels can be had with Ford’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system for added traction and road-holding.

As for the petrol-fed end of the deal, the peppy 1L three-cylinder EcoBoost will be available with 125 horsepower on tap. If you’re not a downsizing fan, then the 1.5-liter EcoBoost with 160 ponies or the 2-liter EcoBoost with 203 or 240 horsepower are the alternatives. If you want to go green without opting for the hybrid model, then the 1.6-liter diesel-fed ECOnetic Technology Mondeo is the car for you. Other highlights worth mentioning are the adaptive LED headlamp technology, the digital instrument cluster, electric power assisted steering and Active Grille Shutter technology as on the smaller Focus.