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#PITS 2019 | Three Years Strong and Growing

It's hard to believe it's been three years; but #PITS 2019 has come and gone, and now the Third Annual Ponies in the Smokies (#PITS) Show is in the record books. #PITS is easily one of the fastest growing Ford Centric events around, and if you take a look at the bones of the meet it's easy to see why. #PITS is a professionally ran event, held in a beautiful resort location during an affordable time of the year, and is supported by some of the best vendors in the industry.

As with most large automotive gatherings such as #PITS, my favorite part is getting to hang out with friends I don't get to see that often. Discussions abound concerning the highlights of the show field. Everyone I spoke with was pleased by the quality of the builds on display. Two in particular stood out to me. First was Ben O'Brien's 1993 SVT Cobra that underwent a 15 year long build/restoration after the original engine dropped a valve. His build philosophy closely aligned with my own, as he tried to build a modern take on the Cobra as Ford might have done it themselves. Ben has quite the SVT collection, so we'll probably be seeing a lot more from him in the future... Click Here to Continue Reading...
Ford Adds 'Black' Appearance Package to the Ranger

DEARBORN, Mich., March 25, 2019 – With the all-new Ford Ranger off to a strong start since the first trucks went on sale in January, Ford is already introducing a new Black Appearance Package, helping buyers further customize their Ranger to match their unique personal style.

More than two-thirds of all-new Ranger pickups are leaving showrooms optioned with either the Sport Appearance Package that adds unique wheels and Magnetic Gray-painted accents, or the Chrome Appearance Package with bright chrome wheels and chrome body accents... Click Here to Continue Reading...
Ford Adds 550 New Jobs to Expand Expedition Production

DEARBORN, Mich., March 19, 2019 – Ford Motor Company will again boost production of its hot-selling Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator this summer as both vehicles continue to gain share over their competitors in the large SUV segment.

Surging demand for Expedition and Navigator is driving an increase in production of 20 percent at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville. Retail sales of the Expedition eight-passenger SUV surged 35 percent and it gained 5.6 percentage points in market segment share last year. Expedition’s average transaction price increased $11,700 and is now $62,700. Navigator sales grew 70 percent in 2018 from 2017, to 17,839 sold, giving Navigator its best sales year since 2007... Click Here to Continue Reading...
SVTP's "Man on the Ground" Perspective of NMRA Bradenton 2019

Let me guess, if you're on the East Coast and live anywhere north of Georgia you're sick of winter at this point. I know I'm ready for it to warm up a bit. Luckily, the weather in Bradenton, FL was fantastic for the Annual NMRA Spring Break Shootout last weekend. That race is always a welcome break from the chilly boredom of winter, and an opportunity to hang out with friends you haven't seen for a few months.

That's what always sticks in my mind about any NMRA race, the since of camaraderie. You'll see guys locked in a battle to climb through the standings offering help to their competitors to keep running. I personally saw a racer loan a fuel pump to a another racer he was going to have to face in the next round. Shit like that helps restore your faith in humanity a little bit... Click Here to Continue Reading...
New Color | Grabber Lime | Coming to a 2020 Mustang Near You

DEARBORN, Mich., March 15, 2019 – Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Ford is unveiling Grabber Lime for the 2020 Mustang. More potent than krypton-ite, this high-impact green inspired by a vintage Mustang color from the 1970s is sure to leave other muscle cars green with envy.

“It’s lime green on steroids,” said Barb Whalen, Ford color and materials manager. “This color traces back to a Mustang heritage color while bringing it forward with more modern, dynamic pigments and bold new energy... Click Here to Continue Reading...
2020 Shelby GT500 Air-Flow Spaghetti Models and More

When the 2020 Shelby GT500 goes on sale later this year, it will be the quickest-accelerating, most aerodynamically advanced street-legal Mustang ever, thanks to virtual testing in supercomputers and 3D printing.

Borrowing best practices from more than a century of racing, Ford Performance designers, powertrain and aerodynamics engineers functioned as a virtual racing team to test hundreds of designs both digitally and physically. They used state-of-the-art digital and additive manufacturing prototyping tools as part of a mission to make the ultimate, most advanced performance street-legal Mustang of all time... Click Here to Continue Reading...
Raptor Road Trip - What it's like to drive 1,500 Miles in a 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

Saying that Ford Performance's F-150 Raptor is a serious off-road capable machine is nearly a cliché at this point. Aside from a minor amount of competition from Ram's Power Wagon, no other factory pickup comes close to matching the Raptor's trail thrashing bona fides. And while The Truck Formerly Known as Dodge is quite impressive; the Raptor can basically perform 90% of its low-speed feats as well, if not better, than it can. However, the Ram can't even come close to matching the Raptor's high-speed performance. None of this is earth shattering news though. We've all seen and read those stories for nearly a decade now. You know what you don't see a lot of people talking about? - What it's like to have a S-Crew Raptor as a daily driver.

A couple weeks ago Ford was kind enough to loan us a nearly new 2019 Ruby Red F-150 Raptor for a week. In that time we decided to stretch its legs a bit and go on a road trip from Myrtle Beach, SC to the NMRA Spring Break Shootout in Bradenton, FL.... Click Here to Continue Reading...
Spy Shots—Mustang Hybrid Mule or Just a Minor Facelift?

Is this a mule for the Mustang hybrid? According to sources familiar with the Blue Oval, it’s highly likely that’s what this is. This Mustang mule was caught testing with two other Mustangs with identical camo, another GT and a Bullitt.

As with earlier Ford powertrain mules (F-150 hybrid camo’ed front, F-150 diesel camo’ed bed), Ford has strategically camo’ed just the A-pillar forward on this vehicle. The only real change that can be seen is the placement of the foglights, which appear to sit a couple inches higher on the front fascia. Around back, there are virtually no changes, just a hacked-up lower rear fascia with some testing tips... Click Here to Continue Reading...
Ford Introduces All-New F-600 Super Duty To Continue Dominance in the Commercial Market

Indianapolis, March 5, 2019 – Ford is adding new engines, greater connectivity and smart new driver-assist technology across its commercial vehicle lineup – on everything from the vans that deliver our food to the plows that clear our streets to the utility trucks that restore our power after a storm.

First up, America’s truck leader introduces the all-new F-600 Super Duty chassis cab, a medium-duty truck with the right size, power and technology to tackle the toughest jobs. F-600 delivers the capability of a Class 6 truck – including a maximum GVWR of 22,000 pounds – in a familiar Class 5 Super Duty package. With F-600, customers no longer have to choose between a truck that doesn’t have enough payload to carry all the tools they need to a job site and a truck that’s too big. The Built Ford Tough F-600 stands poised to go where bigger trucks can’t. Click Here to Continue Reading...
2020 Ford Transit Van Adds AWD and Two New Engines

New and improved powertrains are designed to meet a wide range of customer needs including advances in fuel efficiency. The all-new 3.5-liter PFDi V6 is the new standard gasoline engine. It features port fuel and direct injection for improved efficiency versus the outgoing 3.7-liter engine. An available all-new 2.0-liter EcoBlue® bi-turbo I4 diesel engine is more fuel-efficient and offers more power and torque than the outgoing 3.2-liter diesel engine. It is equipped with Auto Start-Stop and is quieter than its predecessor. Customers can also choose the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost® gas engine, which now includes Auto Start-Stop Technology, as well. Both gas engines can be ordered with dual 250-amp alternators to provide a robust power supply for upfit equipment. Click Here to Continue Reading...