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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.”

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.