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Be A Good Neighbor Silence Your Sports Car

No matter where you live you are bound to have awesome neighbors and other ones you wish would move away. Have you ever had one call the cops on you because of your car’s noise? Someone called the cops on Steve von Foerster. The former head of vehicle engineering for Ford Motor Company wasn’t thrilled, but he understood why.

On an otherwise peaceful morning in his suburban Detroit neighborhood, von Foerster had just backed a Shelby GT350 Mustang out of his driveway. As the car’s V8 engine thundered, an annoyed neighbor set aside their coffee cup and dialed 911.

Von Foerster had left before the officers arrived, and he didn’t end up with a ticket. Nor did he get angry. What he got was an idea for the new Mustang.

“I love the sound of the V8, but it can be loud, and you can’t annoy people like that in your neighborhood,” said von Foerster, who now leads Ford’s user experience team in product development. “It sounds so cool, but I thought, ‘There has to be a way to give people more control over the engine’s sound.’”

The experience fueled a discussion between von Foerster and fellow Mustang program team members that led to development of Quiet Exhaust mode and industry-first Quiet Start, known as “Good Neighbor Mode” among Mustang engineers. The new features on properly equipped 2018 Mustang GT vehicles allow drivers to keep engine sound at a minimum if they wish and to program quiet start-up times in advance.

While some sports cars offer active exhaust systems with on/off functionality, Mustang’s Quiet Start is the first to allow scheduling of times. Using steering wheel-mounted thumb controls, drivers toggle through a menu in the instrument cluster to select when they want to fire up their Mustang GT without sharing the event with neighbors. For example, between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., drivers can keep the peace by scheduling their car to start, minus the roar.

Both new Quiet Exhaust mode and Quiet Start features will be part of the available active valve performance exhaust system on the new Mustang GT, along with different exhaust volumes for Normal, Sport and Track modes, giving customers more choice than ever before.

“Active valve performance exhaust gives Mustang owners the best of both worlds – that classic Mustang sound, and the ability to not wake up your neighbors when you leave the house early in the morning or arrive home late at night,” said Matt Flis, Ford exhaust development engineer.

Neighborhoods across the country should be thrilled. According to a recent poll by Ranker.com, loud engine revving ranks among the most annoying noises neighbors make, alongside other common nuisances including power tools, barking dogs and band practice. Only early-morning lawn mowing is more robustly despised. With new Quiet Exhaust mode and Quiet Start, Ford is doing its part to keep the peace.

Let Ford Be Your Chariot

Getting around New York City can be tough. I know I used to work in the Big Apple for a bit and man let me just say that going from point A to point B was sometimes a headache. Ford is looking to change all of that. Ford is going to expand its mobility offerings. Ford Motor Company is launching its crowd-sourced shuttle service Chariot in New York City in August, aiming to provide new mobility solutions to consumers.

Chariot offers commuters, some of whom live in transit deserts – areas that are not within walking distance of public transportation – a new way of getting from point A to point B. During typical commuting times, Chariot shuttles will travel to busy areas where people work, then bring them back at the end of the day. Each Chariot comfortably accommodates more than a dozen people and guarantees seats for every rider.

“Our mission at Chariot is to provide reliable, safe and affordable transportation for as many people as possible,” said Chariot CEO Ali Vahabzadeh. “We want to connect people more easily to where they want to go – whether they need help making it to a transit hub or live in an area underserved by public transportation.”

New York is the latest market to get Chariot’s service, which is launching with two pre-planned service areas in Manhattan and Brooklyn, at a flat rate of $4 per ride. People can create additional service areas through crowd-sourcing. By this fall, Chariot plans to have 60 vehicles operating in New York City.

Using Chariot is easy. Riders simply check the APP find commuter routes near them, then reserve a guaranteed seat as they head toward their assigned Chariot. Keeping the service affordable is a priority, and solutions such as WageWorks and commuter checks – which allow people to use pretax wages to pay for commuting costs – are fully compatible with Chariot use.

Ford Debuts The F-150 Police Responder

Ford just showcased the F-150 Police Responder. Capable of speeds up to 100 mph, the all-new F-150 Police Responder features a powerful and efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine and Ford SelectShift® 10-speed transmission, plus four-wheel drive for all-terrain police performance. The truck offers 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque – more than any other pursuit-rated police vehicle.

Based on the F-150 FX4 off-road model, the Police Responder’s 145-inch wheelbase sits on a high-strength steel frame, and features Ford’s high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy SuperCrew body – giving it the largest passenger volume, payload and towing capacity of any pursuit-rated police vehicle. The truck features best-in-class front and rear shoulder and hip room, as well as rear legroom.

Additional F-150 Police Responder performance enhancements include a police-calibrated brake system with upgraded calipers and pad friction material, upgraded front-stabilizer bar for improved braking and handling and 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires. An upfit-ready interior features a column shifter with center-seat delete, heavy-duty cloth front seats with slim bolsters and anti-stab plates, vinyl rear seating and heavy-duty vinyl flooring for easy cleanup.

A high-output 240-amp alternator is included to support on-board electrical devices, along with a police-calibrated speedometer, and engine hour and engine idle hour meters. Underbody skid plates protect the truck from curbs and rough terrain. A standard class IV hitch gives F-150 Police Responder best-in-class towing capability of 7,000 pounds.

F-150 Police Responder joins the broadest lineup of law enforcement vehicles in the industry. From its Police Responder Hybrid Sedan – the first pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle – and market-leading Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility, to the Special Service F-150 and Expedition, Special Service Police Sedan and Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle, Ford offers the right vehicles for a variety of law enforcement needs.

Marvel’s Black Panther Drives In Style

Lot of cool news coming out of Comic-Con International: San Diego. One of the films that I can’t wait to see is Black Panther. Lexus and Marvel have announced a collaboration to pair the first-ever 2018 Lexus LC with Marvel’s dynamic Black Panther character in the highly anticipated film, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, slated to hit theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o, the film follows T’Challa, who, after the events of Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King.

“Marvel continuously captures audiences through charismatic characters and inspiring stories — the ideal fit for Lexus’ mission to craft amazing, engaging experiences,” said Brian Bolain general manager, Lexus marketing. “And the LC’s aggressive styling, high performance and agile handling are a perfect fit for the Black Panther’s quick, cat-like reflexes and superhuman feats. We’re excited to see the duo in action.”

To accompany the collaboration between Lexus and Marvel, Lexus also teamed with Marvel Custom Solutions to create an original graphic novel, with storytelling driven by famed writer Fabian Nicieza and cover illustrations by emerging graphic artists Scott “Rahzzah” Wilson and Szymon Kudranski. Centered around the balance between human and machine, the comic features the Lexus LC 500 with a new, Wakandan spin and its role in helping the Black Panther defeat a legendary villain.

Lexus and Marvel will celebrate their collaboration during Comic-Con after-hours at an exclusive Black Panther-themed event on Friday, July 21,  with special performances by DJ Lulo Café and a surprise headliner. During the invite-only event, six variant covers for the graphic novel will be revealed to industry guests and comic enthusiasts.

“This campaign clicked from the get-go,” said Mindy Hamilton, Marvel’s SVP of global partnerships. “We have this bold, sophisticated hero stepping into the spotlight for the first time, and it’s been a blast to work with the Lexus team to build out a story that’ll familiarize fans with T’Challa as well as his advanced home nation of Wakanda.”

Ford Mustang Looks To Take Over For The Ice Cream Man

We all scream for ice cream and now our screams will get louder in excitment. Just in time for National Ice Cream Day (July 16), Ford and ice cream startup Coolhaus are partnering to create a new ice cream flavor inspired by the 2018 Ford Mustang. From Friday, July 14-Sunday, July 16 a Coolhaus ice cream truck and 2018 Ford Mustang will stop at various locations throughout New York to hand out free ice cream, featuring the new Mustang-inspired flavor, Orange Fury.

Ford and Coolhaus have been working hand in hand through the entire research and development process to engineer a flavor that is just as enjoyable to eat as the Mustang is to drive. Just as Coolhaus is known for its unique, custom ice cream sandwiches, the new 2018 Mustang is all about customization, from its twelve different wheel designs, to its customizable dash board gauges.

The ice cream sandwich is a fresh baked orange cookie with white racing stripes. In between the cookies is a limited edition Orange Fury flavor that embodies the spirit of the Mustang and the Orange Fury color of the vehicle.

Where The Rubber Meets The Road

Today Ford released some cool news on the Mustang. It looks as though there will be more rubber meeting the road as the Ford expands the availability of electronic line-lock on 2018 Mustang. The track-exclusive feature – previously available only on V8-powered Mustang GT – will be standard on all pony cars, including those equipped with 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engines.

The feature is available with either the 10-speed SelectShift® automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

On models equipped with an available 12-inch, all-digital instrument display, drivers will see an industry-first, video-game-like animation of a spinning alloy wheel kicking up a cloud of smoke to indicate when the electronic line-lock feature is activated.

“Burnouts just never get old, no matter how old you are and how many times you’ve done them,” said Vaughn Gittin Jr., Formula Drift Champion. “Who would have thought that we would see an EcoBoost Mustang producing 15 seconds of fury like this? You’ve got to love these rad things Ford is doing.”

To introduce the new updates to the world, Vaughn randomly recruited pedestrians in Southern California to join him at Irwindale Speedway, where he put them behind the wheel of a new Mustang to lay rubber.

Electronic line-lock is traditionally used by drag racers ahead of the starting line to heat up the tire rubber for improved traction when the start light goes green. The feature leverages state-of-the-art software technology that also allows amateur race car drivers, particularly those competing in bracket racing, to achieve more consistent performance times.

Using steering wheel-mounted thumb switches, a driver toggles through a menu on the instrument cluster to activate electronic line-lock. Once engaged, the system builds pressure on the front brake calipers. Another button press holds the pressure for up to 15 seconds, allowing the driver to hit the throttle and spin the rear wheels while the car stays in place.

Check Out The Return On Amazon Prime Video

Looking for something new to check out on Amazon Prime? Well look no further. The Ford GT’s triumphant return to the Le Mans 24 Hours and the development of the revolutionary Ford GT supercar are highlighted in the new documentary “The Return,” available now on Amazon Prime Video.

The documentary, first shown at the Newport Film Festival in April, features never-before-seen footage showing the challenge Ford Motor Company set for itself in developing an all-new Ford GT that both honored its storied history on the race track and shattered modern expectations on what a supercar can be.

Enthusiasts will get a chance to see the side-by-side development of the GT race car and production car through the eyes of those involved during the intense development timeline.

“The Return” debuts to the global audience on the eve of the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours, where all four Ford GTs will fight for the trophy. The green flag drops on June 17.

Lincoln Teams Up With Montauk’s Surf Lodge

Lincoln looks to make sure you have a very luxurious Memorial Day weekend. They are partnering with the esteemed Surf Lodge this summer to deliver warm, human, personally crafted experiences. Kicking off Memorial Day, the summer long collaboration engages luxury travelers escaping to the Hamptons with Lincoln through music, entertainment and of course, an unforgettable driving experience.

As part of the collaboration, Lincoln is excited will feature the new Continental as the Surf Lodge house car, providing guests a best in class driving experience during their Hamptons explorations. You can experience the custom “Lincoln Bedroom” inspired by Lincoln’s Black Label indulgent designer themes. You will have access to the Lincoln x Surf Lodge summer concert series that will engulf guests in the sounds of summer and Lincoln Black Label members will enjoy VIP access to full Lincoln x Surf Lodge collaboration.

The Ford GT Shows Off Its Many Talents

There is some very cool news coming from Ford these past two days. Yesterday Ford announced that the Ford GT’s five new drive modes to optimize performance in any condition, from rain to racing and more. Modes include Normal for everyday touring, Wet for driving in the elements, Sport for more spirited ventures, Track for racing, and V-Max for maximum straight-line speed. With one simple turn of a dial, the driver can change engine, aerodynamic, stability control and shift characteristics, optimizing their experience of the Ford GT.

Now today Ford Performance will become the exclusive live U.S. distribution channel of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross season. Ford is the first OEM to serve as a live distribution partner for the FIA World Rallycross series, and all 12 races will be streamed live on the Ford Performance Facebook page.

Check Out The All New Head-Up Display From Lincoln

Lincoln Motor Company has just released some fantastic news. There will be an all-new Head-Up Display this spring on the Lincoln Continental, designed to help drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

They are the first to use Digital Light Projection technology – DLP – Lincoln’s new system leapfrogs the competition with its size and brightness – the brightest display and biggest display size in its class. The Head-Up Display is customizable, allowing the client to choose what features they see, providing a human, warm and personal experience that Lincoln client’s desire.

“We’ll be using a DLP chip from Texas Instruments, while many other automakers use a different technology that doesn’t get quite as bright,” said Anthony King, product design engineer for The Lincoln Motor Company. “That’s what sets us apart.”

An added benefit: The infrared reflective coating on the glass that reflects the display deflects heat, helping the car stay cool in warmer climates. The system is designed to help drivers keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel; everything in the Head-Up Display controlled by the steering wheel.

Customizable so clients can choose what they want to see displayed, the system allows the driver to set the brightness they desire, as well as the position – which can be adjusted up and down, side to side, and rotated to achieve the ideal viewing position for each driver.

However clients want to use the Head-Up Display, they can choose the information to view – from showing every available component to paring it down, or even turning it off completely. Only the phone and navigation system information automatically will appear in the display when in use. Features such as outside temperature, Lane-Keeping System, adaptive cruise control, distance to empty and the time can be turned on or off.

“It’s unique, and we’ve chosen that because our research has shown that a non-redundant display actually makes it more compelling to clients,” said King. “It’s simple, and defines what quiet luxury really means.”