Cars

Experience The Ford Raptor In Your Home

Ford just put up a new video on their YouTube channel for you to experience the Raptor like never before through a new virtual reality and 360-degree experience called the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor: Born to Baja video.

You can experience the Ford F-150 Raptor in the FordVR app and Ford Performance’s YouTube channel. Set at this year’s Baja 1000 Race, the world’s most brutal test for trucks and the drivers inside, this 36-hour experience allows VR-users to tear up the desert in Ford’s toughest truck. The video, narrated by Denis Leary, takes you through the entire Raptor story — from factory to the finish line.

Ford Gets Into The 3D Printing Game

There is some cool new coming from the folks over at Ford Motor Company. They are testing 3D printing of large scale car parts using the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer. Ford is the first automotive company to trial this technology with Stratasys, and is currently exploring potential applications for future production vehicles, like Ford Performance vehicles or for personalized car parts. Increasingly affordable and efficient, 3D printing large car parts, like car spoilers, could benefit both Ford and consumers. Parts that are printed can be lighter in weight than their traditionally manufactured counterparts, and may help improve fuel efficiency.

Capable of printing car parts of practically any shape or length, the Stratasys Infinite Build system could be a breakthrough for vehicle manufacturing, providing a more efficient and affordable way to produce tooling, prototype parts, or components at low volumes, like Ford Performance vehicles, or for personalized car parts.

“With the Infinite Build technology, we are now able to print large tools, fixtures, and components, making us more nimble in design iterations,” said Ellen Lee, Ford technical leader for additive manufacturing research. “We’re excited to have early access to Stratasys’ new technology in order to help steer the development of large scale printing for automotive applications and requirements.”

The new 3D print system is located at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn.

Check Out Who Mercedes Benz Is Teaming Up With Again

There is some cool news coming out of Miami. Mercedes AMG is getting together with Cigarette Racing teamed up again this year by presenting the Cigarette Racing Team 50’ Marauder AMG boat inspired by the stunning Mercedes-AMG GT R.

The new Mercedes-AMG 50’ Marauder AMG boat is making its world premiere at the 2017 Miami Boat Show. Designed for high-speed and further improved dynamics, carbon-fiber was employed extensively in the design to help shed more than 1,300 pounds. The deck, cockpit and consoles were developed using advanced laminate analysis techniques and are all constructed from carbon-fiber with foam core. The engine hatch is also completely carbon fiber, employing vacuum infusion technology for its construction.

The Cigarette Racing Team 2017 50’ Marauder AMG is powered by a pair of Mercury Racing 1550/1350 QC4v (Quad Cam 4 Valve) engines and M8 stern drives, delivering up to 3,100 hp. These sophisticated powerplants are dual calibration engines, which enable the operator to switch engine power levels through an electronic key fob. The Race Key fob unlocks up to 1550 hp, requiring race fuel. The Pleasure key fob is used for operating at 1,350 hp with 91 octane fuel.

The front-mid-engine concept with a transaxle, handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine rated at 577 hp, extensively modified suspension, new aerodynamics and intelligent lightweight construction laid the foundation for an especially dynamic driving experience. In addition, the unmistakable AMG Panamericana grille celebrated its standard-production premiere in the Mercedes-AMG GT R, with its 15 chrome-plated vertical fins inspired by the look of the new AMG GT3 race car and the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL that won the legendary Panamericana Mexican road race in 1952.

Lincoln Forms A New Sound With Gary Clark Jr

Lincoln Motor Company is always looking for the next thing that will push their cars to a whole new level. They look at all aspects of their car designs. They even care about music. There’s just something about music. Something universal, but also personal. It can transport listeners back to the moment they first heard the notes of a favorite song come to life. Sound leaves behind such an imprint, it can linger for a lifetime. By creating a sonic profile of all the sounds and noises we have ever heard, our brains are able to recall moments that span the emotional spectrum; sounds that remind us of all the selves we’ve ever been and all those that we aspire to be.

And that’s why The Lincoln Motor Company is dedicated to creating unforgettable sound experiences — so dedicated, in fact, that we designed the cabin of the new 2017 Lincoln Continental around the 19 speakers of the Revel audio system to foster an incredible listener experience.

But they didn’t stop there. Determined to create a one-of-a-kind sound experience celebrating talent across the auditory spectrum, we called in some outside experts: virtuoso musician Gary Clark Jr. and Ben Fargen, a renowned amp builder who designs equipment for individualized sound. The task: build a custom amp designed to accommodate Gary’s impressive range, in celebration of the power of sound, in collaboration with the team at Revel.

The New Ford Expedition Has A Lot Of Cool Features

Ford just released some exciting news in regards to the Ford Expedition. There is a ton of new upgrades on this new model. The latest Ford Expedition is the smartest, most capable and most adaptable Expedition ever. It provides families generous space, connectivity and smart new technology for their next adventures. There is flexible seating and storage solutions that include second-row tip-and-slide seating that provides easy access to the third row even when child seats are installed; new, more powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission are expected to deliver the best towing capability of any full-size SUV.

Here is a list of other fantastic features.

Wireless charging; Expedition is Ford’s first vehicle to feature this system, which allows customers to place compatible mobile devices on an integrated charging pad conveniently located in the front center console. Wi-Fi hotspot supports as many as 10 devices at once, up to 50 feet away from the vehicle.

Dual-headrest rear seat entertainment system provides a next-generation video experience that allows passengers to view their home cable programming on either of two video screens or hand-held devices. SYNC® 3, with both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capability, allows drivers to stay connected on the move. SYNC Connect lets owners connect with the vehicle remotely using FordPass® to start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle from anywhere, while also allowing access to important vehicle diagnostic information.

Power for passengers in every row, with four 12-volt power points, six USB chargers and a 110-volt power outlet that lets passengers stay charged and connected.12-speaker B&O PLAY premium audio system perfected by acoustic engineers for a sound experience even audiophiles will appreciate. Advanced cargo manager with an adjustable shelf behind the third row lets owners create a storage space customized to whatever they’re hauling; even when parked on a hill, cargo won’t roll out the back of Expedition when the liftgate is opened. Panoramic Vista Roof spans two rows, a feature not offered by any competitor.

See How You Can Go Further With Ford

Have you seen the FordHub? It is Ford’s first brand experience studio, an innovation playground where consumers can explore and learn more about Ford vehicles today and, how Ford is thinking about the future of mobility. As the brand shares its vision for the City of Tomorrow, the FordHub will allow consumers to learn how Ford is finding new ways to help people move – whether they own a car or not.

Ford is also revealing a new 90-second ad that – for the first time ever – highlights near- and long-term mobility solutions it is developing to help people Go Further in their daily lives. The ad launches just before kickoff of Super Bowl LI on Sunday. Digital extensions of the ad also debut at fordgofurther.com, featuring in-depth stories of Ford people who Go Further every day.

Ford Keeps Up With The Latest Tech

It seems that every year the technology improves by leaps and bounds. You can see the difference when you upgrade your smartphone. Imagine how technologically behind you’d be if you still had the same iPhone from 2010?  With how rapidly technology is advancing in the auto industry too, car owners with 2010 models must feel like flip phone owners.

Now with Ford’s latest innovation, they can enjoy some of the newest tech features offered in today’s vehicles with a simple plug-in. Called SmartLink, Ford & Lincoln owners with 2010-2016 model year vehicles can access remote start, lock and unlock via their smartphone, activate 4G Wi-Fi hotspots capable of accepting up to eight devices, receive vehicle health and security alert and access vehicle location assistance.

The Ford GT Is Reaching New Heights

For those who have been following what Ford is doing with the Ford GT you need to check this out. Delivering the highest output of any EcoBoost production engine to date, the all-new Ford GT couples its extraordinary power with impressive aerodynamic efficiency and advanced active dynamics to achieve a maximum speed of 216 mph – making it the fastest Ford production vehicle on the track ever.

Capable of an exceptional top speed, Ford’s all-new supercar is designed and optimized for track performance to honor its racing heritage. In 2016 development testing, with all contenders track-prepped with new fluids, fresh tires and optimal suspension settings, in identical conditions and with the same driver behind the wheel, Ford GT bested both the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Speciale at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada.

SAE-rated at 647 horsepower and with 550 lb.-ft. of torque, Ford’s new high-output 3.5-liter V6 powerplant produces the most horsepower of any EcoBoost production engine ever, making Ford GT the fastest production car ever to wear the Blue Oval badge. The engine’s wide powerband produces 90 percent of its peak torque from 3,500 rpm.

Ford GT’s dry weight just tops 3,000 pounds, which places the supercar between its two primary competitors, the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 488. Ford GT’s power-to-weight ratio is 4.72 pounds/horsepower.

Ford GT, with no excuses to give, has proven itself time and again, racing to class wins at Le Mans and numerous other tracks in both IMSA and WEC last season. The production Ford GT shares a great deal with the high-performance track version, with advanced aero and suspension features added that take it to another level.

For more information on Ford GT, please visit www.fordgt.com.

Ford Presents A New Way To Design The GT

Just when you think you thought you saw it all Ford goes and flips the script on you. To assist customers in personalizing their all-new Ford GT, Ford Performance is providing them with a unique order kit. Approved applicants will receive a kit that allows them to physically piece together every aspect of their all-new supercar – everything from paint colors, wheel options, caliper colors, interior material samples and racing stripes.

The Ford GT design team has gone well beyond the traditional online build site, developing miniaturized, abstract pieces for each kit employing the same advanced materials used throughout the car’s interior – including carbon fiber and a latch identical to that found on Ford GT race car. Swatches of each interior theme are included, featuring the same high-quality leather and Alcantara that will accent the cabin of the all-new Ford GT.

Each order kit features eight exterior color samples with removable stripes that can be interchanged, showcasing the multiple options available. It has scaled-down replica wheels, with different colored calipers among the choices for the exterior.