May Newsletter

Wet Roads Are No Match for the All-Wheel Drive Focus RS

Slippery roads can be cause for pause for many performance car drivers, but a new feature can relieve the apprehension for owners of a 2017 Ford Focus RS. The Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive System with Torque Vectoring Control takes the guesswork out of handling your vehicle at times when the pavement might not be perfect. Currently available on the Focus RS, the system is designed to provide outstanding traction, plus the exceptional cornering ability you’d expect from a fine-tuned rally car.

The system was recently put to the test by former semi-professional driver Jeff Catlin at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix. Jeff got behind the wheel of a Ford Focus RS after a fresh desert rain, and went head-to-head against some of the fastest cars on the road today.

“Nobody could stay within five seconds per lap of me,” Jeff boasted. “It’s unbelievable how the all-wheel drive system on that car can sense a slide, I was amazed. I’ve never driven anything like it; it does so much of the work for you.”

Jeff was so impressed that he decided to add a 2017 Ford Focus RS to his garage, right alongside his Shelby® GT350R Mustang and a pair of classic Mustangs from the 1960s.

The Performance All-Wheel-Drive System on the 2017 Ford Focus RS comes with selectable drive modes, including “Track” and “Drift” to give you the control you need on the race track for specific types of competition.

But you don’t have to be a professional driver to reap the benefits of the Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive System. While the system is active, it uses sensors that communicate with the Anti-Lock Brake System to automatically distribute power between the front and rear wheels, as well as the left and right wheels. As a result, you’ll enjoy added balance and grip on wet roads.

Source: Ford Social


3 Things You're Going to Love About the New Ford Bronco

Obviously, most products and franchises are developed with the hope that consumers will fall head over heels and fork over huge sums of money to own or consume them. But every once in a while a product, TV show, movie, or even a vehicle goes above and beyond, accumulating a cult-like following. Star Wars comes to mind -- you likely heard something about "May the Fourth be with you" on Thursday. HBO's series The Wire is a personal favorite of mine -- and of many others. Some followings are more difficult for me to understand, such as that for McDonald's McRib, which is a huge deal every time it appears on the menu.
But while fans of many phased-out vehicles hope for their once-popular whips to be revived, Ford Motor Company's (NYSE:F) Bronco is arguably the most anticipated vehicle set to return over the next few years -- drivers are seriously excited. The company hasn't released many official details yet, but here are three things you're probably going to like about Ford's all-new version of the iconic SUV.

1. Better gas mileage

The Ford Bronco last hit the road in the 1996 model year, and vehicles and engines -- like most things -- have evolved in the two decades since. Fortunately for most of us, one factor that has improved is fuel efficiency; the new Bronco is all but guaranteed to have much better gas mileage.
The 1996 Bronco had a curb weight of roughly 4,500 pounds and a miles-per-gallon rating of 14 in the city and up to 17 on the highway. It's tough to speculate about what a new Bronco would weigh, but it's very likely to share the Ranger platform, rather than a car-based platform similar to the Escape -- it'll end up sharing production capacity at the factory where Rangers are being made. One comparison could be Ford's Explorer, which weighs between 4,400 and 4,901 pounds and is rated for 19 mpg in the city and up to 28 on the highway. No matter what fuel-efficiency specs the Bronco rolls out with, consumers will assuredly be much happier when they visit the pump.

2. True to its roots

"Back and badder than ever," claims Ford in its pre-emptive marketing. If you're concerned that the Bronco could be sized down, or modernized so much it loses its former identity as a rugged vehicle, don't be. Since the Bronco will likely be built on the Ranger's platform, it's most likely going to be a more rugged and off-road type of SUV than current Ford SUV drivers are used to. Backing up this theory is word from axle company Dana Incorporated, which announced a contract to supply Ford's Bronco and Ranger axles. The speculation is that both the Ranger and Bronco will have a solid front axle, which equips both vehicles for off-road driving -- and, for the record, the Ranger has rated well in off-road performance in global markets it still competes in.
While the move makes for a heavier vehicle and could dent the fuel economy, it suggests that Ford wants the Bronco to be more of an off-road-capable vehicle, and perhaps to siphon some buyers away from Jeep. Drivers who want to go off-road are a market it doesn't really serve with its current portfolio of SUVs. To Bronco fans from the decades when the iconic SUV was the world's leading 4x4 vehicle, the idea that the new vehicle will stick to its roots is something to be excited about.

3. Not like any current Ford SUV

For decades, Ford has faced varied amounts of criticism for its designs. One example is the Lincoln brand, which seems it has been suffering from the "It's simply a rebadged Ford" stigma for decades. (It's finally beginning to shake off that perception.) One of the prime concerns about the new Bronco was that it could end up being a rebadged Ford Everest, which is also Ranger-based, but that was refuted by Ford executives speaking to Road &Track. Furthermore, the Bronco won't be a size-down amid a trend of increasingly popular crossovers. Ford plans the vehicle to be larger than the original Bronco, but still smaller than the second generation.

There are additional rumors that further the idea that the Bronco will be unique. One speculation is that there will be a premium off-road version that would resemble an SUV version of the Raptor and be aimed toward fans of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited -- check out this awesome concept from Road & Track. The idea of a Bronco SUV taking cues from the Raptor is drool-inducing because the F-150 Raptor is easily one of the baddest-looking and best-performing trucks on the planet, at least in my humble opinion. And, according to sources from, there's a good chance the roof will be removable, adding another unique aspect to Ford's SUV lineup.

While most details about the Bronco are still rumors and speculation, we at least know it's going to be faithful to the Bronco's off-road roots, while remaining a unique Ford vehicle that shouldn't bring too much pain at the pump. It's an exciting time for followers of the long-discontinued Bronco. And, unlike that for the McRib craze, I share their enthusiasm. 
Source: The Motley Fool

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Historic Ford Mustang goes up for auction
INDIANAPOLIS — A 1965 Ford Mustang goes up for auction here this month, a car that represents a piece of history.
With the vehicle identification number, or VIN, of 5F07U100002, it's believed to be the first Mustang hardtop ever made.
"I know how to read Ford VIN numbers," says Bob Fria, its current owner who was able to figure out its significance. "I knew what it was when I bought it."
The Mustang was among the 150 to 180 pre-production Mustangs built between Feb. 10 and March 5, 1964. In preparation for the Mustang's launch, workers had to be trained and cars had to be built for public relations duties, according to the Mecum Auctions website. It goes on the auction block at Mecum's Indianapolis auction, May 16 to 21.
The first two orders, white convertible 5F08F100001 and blue hardtop 5F07U100002, were to make the trip to Canadian Ford dealers so they would have a showroom car for the April 17 introduction day, according to the Mecum website. Like today, consecutive unit numbers didn’t necessarily determine the order off the assembly line, so it is unclear what car was actually the first off the line.
The hardtop was scheduled for early assembly so it could be shipped to Brown Brothers Ford in Vancouver by April 17, according to the website. But the hardtop was misrouted and ended up at Whitehorse Motors in the Yukon Territory in May, missing introduction day.
The six-cylinder, three-speed Mustang with 13-inch tires served as a demo car for about a year before it was sold in the spring of 1965.
Fria says he was living in Los Angeles when he found the car about 100 miles away in Temecula, Calif. It had been "painted the wrong color and different things had been changed" but he bought it and painstakingly returned to its original shape, including its Caspian Blue paint.
He said there had been 12 owners before he discovered it. He declines to say what he paid, but dare say it was far less than the $450,000 to $650,000 it is expected to fetch at auction.
"It was the car that started the 'pony car,'" Fria said. "Without it, there wouldn't have been the (Mercury) Cougar or (Chevrolet) Camaro or the (Pontiac) Firebird."
Source: USA Today

Shaquille O'Neal just bought a Ford truck that's taller than him
Shaquille O’Neal has a Superman tattoo on his arm, and now he has a Supertruck to go with it.
The 7’ 1” NBA great picked up a 7' 5" Ford F-650 pickup from Wade Ford in Smyrna, Ga., and tweeted his love to “FORD FOR MAKING TRUCKS FOR BIG GUYS.”
The automaker actually had an assist on this one from an Augusta-based outfit called Supertruck that converts Ford’s commercial F-Series models into a variety of colossal customs, including a stretched six-door model.
Shaq’s features a pickup bed, stainless steel fuel tanks, updated suspension, leather-upholstered interior and likely cost in excess of $110,000. Wade Ford tells Fox News that he went with the 6.7-liter Powerstroke diesel V8 in lieu of the gas V10.
The F-650 is a Class 6 heavy duty truck, the largest type available that doesn’t require a commercial driver’s license to operate.
Shaq, who lives on a relatively modest 14-acre estate outside of Atlanta, also bought an F-350 from the dealer a few weeks ago, which is basically an economy car compared to the Supertruck.
Source: Fox News Auto

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      Facebook's Zuckerberg   visits Ford plant  
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stopped by Ford Motor Co.'s Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Mich., last week as part of his "Personal Year of Travel Challenge."
The social media tycoon is touring the country to interact with people and discover how they live, work and think about the future.
The 32-year-old billionaire worked on the line at Ford's Dearborn truck plant, helping assemble an F-150 pickup truck and was shown how the company designs vehicles at its product development center.
Zuckerberg also rode in the Ford Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicle.
And of course, the social media pioneer posted a message to his Facebook profile.
Source Automotive News

Here's what $1 million worth of Ford GT supercars look like

The new Ford GT is a supercar that, in competition form, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in France in 2016, repeating history from 1966, when a much earlier Ford GT went 1-2-3.
Ford invited the media to get up-close-and-personal with the production GT, of which only 250 will be built this year. In total, 1,000 supercars will be delivered over four years.
The GT starts at $400,000, but I have it on good authority that once the optioning process in finished some owners could be writing a $500,000 check.
Ford brought about $2.5 million worth of GT's, six vehicles, to Utah for us to check out. But only three cars, which together totaled about $1.2 million, were allowed on the track at a time. 
Needless to say, the cars looked stunning.
Source: Business Insider

Savory Asparagus Strata

Fresh asparagus and goat cheese combine to make a delectable strata. Assemble it a day ahead and let it chill overnight for an easy brunch!


1.    In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add asparagus, mushrooms, garlic salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender.
2.    Place half of the bread cubes in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with asparagus mixture, goat cheese and remaining bread.
3.    In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, thyme, salt and remaining pepper. Pour over top; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
4.    Preheat oven to 350°. Remove strata from refrigerator while oven heats. Bake, uncovered, 50-60 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving. Meanwhile, prepare sauce mix according to package directions. Serve with strata. Yield: 12 servings.

April Newsletter

1968 Ford Mustang Found!
After a 50-year search, the Ford Mustang driven by the late Steve McQueen in the 1968 film Bullitt -- in what's considered one of the greatest chase scenes ever filmed -- has been found in a Mexican junkyard, Ford confirmed. It was missing its drivetrain and had several coats of paint but is being restored in California. Its auction value is estimated at enormous.

Source: Automotive News

Ford's New 3-Banger Can Run On 2 Cylinders

GENEVA -- Ford's next-generation Fiesta ST is losing at least one cylinder -- and sometimes two -- but it's gaining an injection of technology under the hood.

The new Fiesta ST, going on sale in Europe early next year, debuts Ford's second three-cylinder engine, a 1.5-liter turbo that generates 197 hp and features a cylinder deactivation system that reduces the engine to a two-cylinder under light loads and when cruising at highway speeds.

Ford offers a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine in the Fiesta and Focus. That engine also will be available early next year with cylinder deactivation, which can improve fuel economy by 6 percent, Ford claims.

The Fiesta ST's new 1.5-liter engine, featuring an aluminum head and block, replaces the 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo in the current Fiesta ST, which is also rated at 197 hp. Ford says the 1.5-liter engine will develop high torque at low rpm and offer higher fuel economy than the outgoing engine. Ford unveiled the new Fiesta ST last week at the Geneva auto show.

Ford engineers in Europe and in Dearborn, using technology from German supplier Schaeffler Group, designed the engine to shut down cylinder No. 1 by using oil pressure to activate a special rocker on the camshaft that prevents the lobes from opening the valves. Ford has not said if the 2018 Fiesta ST will be sold outside Europe.

Source: Automotive News

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2018 Ford F-150, Mustang Getting Next-Gen Pedestrian Avoidance Tech

The 2018 Ford Mustang will be the first of the Big Three muscle cars offered with a pedestrian-detecting emergency braking feature when it goes on sale later this year.

Ford has revealed that technology is a further development of the system available today in the Ford Fusion sedan, enhanced here with improved nighttime capability.

Using both a radar and camera, it scans the road in front of the car looking pedestrian shapes, alerting the driver to an imminent collision and autonomously engaging the brakes if action isn’t taken.

The current Mustang has a similar system bundled with its optional adaptive cruise control, but it can only react to vehicles and isn't always fully effective in low-light situations.

The 2018 F-150 pickup will also be upgraded to the same pedestrian-detection capability as the Mustang.

Details on pricing and availability on both vehicles will be released closer to their on sale dates later this year.

Toyota announced earlier this year that the 2018 Tundra pickup will come standard with its version of pedestrian-detection tech.

Source: Fox News Auto

Ford Focus RS Demand Stays High Months After Release

The Ford Focus RS, everyone’s new favorite hot hatchback, is still flying out of dealer showrooms and shows no sign of slowing sales. Since arriving in showrooms last summer, Ford has averaged more than 500 sold per month, with more than 3,500 total units sold stateside so far.

Perhaps this should come as no surprise, since previous generations of the Focus RS have been kept away from the US market. Early dealer allocations of the RS were fiercely sought after, often selling for around $10k over sticker price, showing just how much hype the all-wheel drive hatchback generated.

Months after its initial release, demand for the Focus RS hasn’t shown any decline. In fact, the average selling price for the RS sits at over $42k, well above its $36k base price, as buyers opt for factory options like leather seats and navigation.

According to Ford, interest in the RS has actually gone up during the typically slow winter months, since its all-wheel drive platform and optional winter tire package make it viable as a daily driver in weather-prone areas. Michigan and Pennsylvania are among two of the most popular states for the RS, along with warmer states like California, Texas, and Florida.

Since its global release, the Focus RS has sold out in every region of the world. Other sporty Fords like the Mustang and Fiesta ST have helped Ford double its volume of performance vehicles in the last few years, and with the new F-150 Raptor and Ford GT on the horizon, it looks like Ford will be busy keeping up with demand.

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                                       Spring Onion Frittata

First thing: blend your eggs in a blender. I’m sure many of you do this already. I, myself, have been lazily ignoring this tip for years thinking my whisking arm strength was enough. But aerating them in the blender is really the trick to a lighter, fluffier frittata.

Number two: add your fillings in two stages so they don’t all sink to the bottom. I learned this one by accident. (At first, I did this purely as a food styling trick). It not only made my fritatta look prettier, it created a better texture since the veggies were more evenly distributed.

Serves: serves 2-3 as a main course, 4 as a side
  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ cup water or milk
  • olive oil, for the pan
  • 3-4 thin spring onions, chopped small, plus slice a few into thin vertical strips
  • ½ cup chopped asparagus tips
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ½ cup frozen peas, thawed
  • ¼ cup fresh mozzarella pieces
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta
  • ¼ cup chopped tarragon
  • salt & pepper
  • a few pinches of red pepper flakes

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a medium (8-inch) cast iron or oven-safe non-stick skillet, lightly sauté the chopped onions & asparagus pieces in a bit of olive oil, salt & pepper. Remove from the pan after just a few minutes.
  3. Blend the eggs, garlic, water, salt and pepper in a blender until combined and lightly foamy.
  4. Wipe out the skillet you used previously and coat it with a bit of olive oil. Pour in the eggs and add half of the veggies and half of the cheeses. Put the skillet in the oven, and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the frittata begins to set but is still uncooked on top. Carefully, (without moving the skillet around too much), add the rest of the veggies and the cheeses. Continue to bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the edges of the frittata are golden brown and the eggs are set.
  5. Top with chopped tarragon, a grind of pepper and a few red pepper flakes. Let cool before slicing.