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Revology Bringing New School Tech to Old School Shelbys

Modern motor, amenities matched to magnificent Shelby Mustangs.

by on Jun.22, 2016

Florida-based Revology Cars is ready to start production on its new 1967 Shelby GT500 replicas.

Everyone has done it. You know, the “what if” game. In this case, “What if you received $200,000 tax-free to buy whatever you wanted?”

Here’s a suggestion: a 1967 Shelby GT500.

Muscling Up the News!

However, since there aren’t so many of those around, you could always put an in order for a Revology Cars to get a replica of the real deal. The Florida-based specialty automobile manufacturer, has confirmed plans for a new, licensed reproduction 1967 Shelby GT500, to be on sale by next summer. (more…)

Ford Holds Off Ferrari to Win at Le Mans

New GT yields same historic result.

by on Jun.20, 2016

Just as it did 50 years ago, Ford took the checked flag at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Once again, the Ford GT lived up to the hype, outlasting Ferrari and taking the checkered flag in its class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The results was almost a replay of the same race 50 years ago, only Ford took to the top three spots that year. The Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE finished second, but it was an epic battle that saw the No. 68 Ford GT run by Ford Chip Ganassi take and keep the lead for good at the 20-hour mark.

Racing News!

Ford GTs took third and fourth place in the GTE Pro class race respectively. (more…)

Ford Goes Back to the Beginning with ’16 Ford GT at 24 Hours of Le Mans

Maker looking for repeat of introductory performance: Top three sweep.

by on Jun.17, 2016

Ford is looking to repeat that winning formula at the 24 Hour of Le Mans with the new 2016 GT.

Ford surprised most everyone on a cold January day when in addition to showing off its latest model introductions, it rolled out a new Ford GT.

Aside from telling attendees it was powered by an EcoBoost engine, it was light as a feather and they were pretty certain they would sell it, one question remained: will they race it.

The Last Word!

Yes. (more…)

Chevy Needles Ford About Lightweight Status

Ford still outselling Chevy through May.

by on Jun.08, 2016

Chevy fired another salvo in the escalating ad war against Ford, claiming the aluminum bed of the Ford is more easily damaged by everyday mishaps on the job.

While not quite to level of hype associated with “The Rumble in the Jungle” or the “Thrilla in Manilla,” the escalating war of words between Chevy and Ford went another round with Chevy challenging the toughness of Ford’s aluminum truck bed.

As part of its latest marketing salvo, Chevy debuted a series of new videos, including one featuring a Chevy Silverado and Ford F-150 getting more than 800 pounds of landscaping blocks dropped into the bed of each … and the aftermath.

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After the stones are removed, the rolled steel bed of the Chevy shows just scratches and a few dents while the F-150’s bed showed punctures and a crack. Then they allowed several “real people, not actors” to have a look. (more…)

Dandelion Tires; Wires from Soy

Automakers search for natural and recycled alternatives to rubber, plastic, even leather.

by on Jun.07, 2016

A prototype tire from Continental that uses dandelion-based Taraxa Gum instead of a rubber tread.

They may be a nuisance for gardeners, but dandelions can find a place in salads and even can be made into wine. Now, what many consider a noxious weed could find an even more useful application: as a replacement for natural rubber.

German supplier Continental Tire hopes to put the synthetic material, known as taraxa gum, into production “in five to 10 years” as an alternative to conventional rubber tire treads. And industry researchers are developing other natural and recycled alternatives that are replacing wire insulation, plastic panels, carpets and even leather and suede.

Green News Now!

Some of these environmentally friendly substitutes aren’t entirely new, however. Henry Ford was tinkering with soy-based compounds and recycling wood a full century ago. And, like then, researchers find some of these seeming solutions can create unexpected problems of their own.

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Land Rover Latest to Battle Chinese Over Car Clones

Jiangling Motors sued over Range Rover Evoque knock-off.

by on Jun.06, 2016

An Evoque by any other name? JLR sues Chinese maker Jiangling over Land Wind X7.

It takes a sharp eye to spot the differences: the subtle curve of the rear spoiler, the more rounded front grille and the slight changes to the taillights. But as far as consumers are concerned, the thing that likely matters most is that the Jiangling Landwind X7 costs barely one third as much as the Range Rover Evoque.”

And that has Britain’s Jaguar-Land Rover seeing red as it faces yet another Chinese knock-off blatantly stealing some of its business. That has been a problem faced by a number of foreign automakers – from little Smart, which has seen a Chinese clone of its Smart Fortwo, up to Ford, which has had its F-Series pickup copied down to the tie-downs in its cargo bed.

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JLR is aggressively pursuing a legal case, and it isn’t stopping at China’s borders, winning an injunction preventing the Chinese company from selling the X7 in Brazil, where Jiangling recently appointed an importer. But observers say the British firm could be in for a tough battle. A number of other makers have failed to get the courts to take action in similar lawsuits over the years.

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Detroit Muscle Cars Fall Short in New Crash Tests

Ford Mustang outperforms Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger.

by on May.24, 2016

They perform well on the street, but the IIHS wanted to see how the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro perform in a crash.

The Ford Mustang outperformed its domestic muscle car rivals in the latest series of crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but none of the three managed to earn top ratings in the closely watched tests.

This marks the first time the insurance industry-funded safety group tested and compared all three of the domestic “pony cars,” a move that reflects the fact that muscle cars collectively suffer some of the highest loss rates of any vehicle category, according to government statistics.

Safety News!

“Given that sports cars have high crash rates, it’s especially important that they offer the best occupant protection possible in a crash,” said IIHS President Adrian Lund.

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Hertz Offers “Rent a Racer” Again with new Shelby GT-H

Company first teamed with Carol Shelby 50 years ago.

by on May.18, 2016

The Rent-a-Racer program is back at Hertz. For $500 a day, you can drive a 435-horsepower beast.

Want to go racing, but don’t have a track-ready car or the cash handy to buy one. No problem. Head over to Hertz and, assuming you can pass the background check, you can scream off the lot in the latest iteration of the Shelby GT-H.

That’s right. Fill out the form, slide them your credit card number and for $500 a day, you could tool – or jet – around town in a 435-horsepower Carol Shelby-inspired muscle car.

Product News!

Hertz is once again teaming with performance car outfitter Shelby American to bring back its super-sized Ford Mustang, the Shelby GT-H. Clad in their tradition black with two gold racing stripes, Hertz is renting 140 of the cars, at 17 Hertz airport rental locations. (more…)

GM Sales in China Jump in April as Ford Falls

SUVs, MPVs, luxury vehicles still drawing buyers.

by on May.06, 2016

GM Executive Vice President and GM China President Matt Tsien said GM was selling SUVs and MPVs in big numbers in China in April.

General Motors and its Chinese partners said its sales increased 7.5% during April from the same month last year, while Ford Motor Co. reported an 11% decline for the same period.

GM said the company’s sales increase was focused on new segments and sport utility vehicles, which were up 107% from the same period a year earlier, while Cadillac luxury vehicle sales increased 13% in April from the previous year.

Global News!

So far, in the first four months of 2016, GM and its joint ventures’ deliveries increased 1.7% year over year to a record 1,241,631 units. (more…)

Ford Boosting the (Horsepower and Gear) Numbers for 2017 F-150

New 10-speed gearbox developed in joint venture with GM.

by on May.05, 2016

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.

Ford is playing it by the numbers as it gets ready to roll out the updated, 2017 F-150 pickup.

The full-size truck, the most popular version of the comprehensive Ford F-Series line-up, has undergone a number of big changes over the last two years, starting with its switch to a lighter, “aluminum-intensive” body. It’s also gotten an assortment of downsized engines, including a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that was already one of the F-150’s toughest haulers. But the twin-turbo package will get a 30 pound-feet bump for 2017, even as it delivers better fuel economy.

Keep on Truckin'!

A key to the mileage increase is the launch of an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. That new gearbox was developed as part of an unusual partnership between Ford and erstwhile rival General Motors. Expect to see it roll out on a variety of Ford and GM products over the next several years.

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