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.

Source: TheDrive.com
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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.