Ford GT successor to debut in Detroit and go racing

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Anticipation for all of the exciting reveals at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show just a few weeks away is building to a fever pitch, and rumors are mounting that Ford has a big surprise in store in the shape of a future performance halo model.

Insider sources speaking to Autoweek claim the next Ford supercar is definitely going to be revealed at the Detroit show in early January. However, the model is not necessarily the next-generation Ford GT in terms of its name or design aesthetic. Instead, one of these people indicates that the new halo model might drop retro styling altogether.

If the latest reports are to be believed, Ford's high-performance project goes beyond something to just grab headlines and rocket down the street. According to Autoweek, the automaker is also reportedly employing Chip Ganassi Racing to run a two-car racing effort in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship in 2016. That would allegedly include a trip to the 24 Hours of Le Mans to race on the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40's win in 1966. The speculation goes that at least the racing version might use a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 for power. However, the motorsports part of the program may not be announced during the auto show reveal.

Rumors about the new halo car from the Blue Oval and its racing intentions have been percolating for months. The company might have considered an LMP2 entry, but speculation popped up later about the production supercar. A more recent report suggested that Ford might show a new Shelby GT350R Mustang, a successor to the F-150 Raptor and next Ford GT in Detroit.

Ford GT successor to debut in Detroit and go racing originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford blows up Takata airbag recall by over 447k vehicles

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Ford is the latest automaker to announce an expansion to its Takata driver-side airbag inflator recall, and the latest increase adds an additional 447,310 vehicles to the nationwide total. The company says that this expansion comes at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The expanded recall campaign covers:
  • The 2005-2008 Ford Mustang built between August 18, 2004, and June 25, 2007, at the at Flat Rock Assembly Plant
  • The 2005-2006 Ford GT built between February 11, 2005, and January 30, 2006, at the at the Wixom Assembly Plant
As of December 18, Ford knows of a total of 502,489 vehicles in need of replacement driver side inflators. Of those, 462,911 are in the US, 27,516 in Canada, 7,578 in Mexico and 4,484 outside of North America. The automaker is aware of one injury that may be related to these exploding parts.

Earlier in December, the automaker issued an expanded recall covering passenger side Takata airbag inflators for the Ranger pickup and Ford GT. When taking this into account, the grand total of Ford products with inflators that need replacement for the driver or passenger side is 538,977 vehicles.

Scroll down to read the company's full announcement of this enlarged safety campaign.

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Ford blows up Takata airbag recall by over 447k vehicles originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford reserving 50th Anniversary Mustangs for service members

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Think getting your hands on one of the 1,964 50th Anniversary Ford Mustangs is hard as a civilian? Imagine how tough it might be for the Mustang fanatics in our nation's military. Perhaps recognizing this fact, Ford Emerging Market Services and the Overseas Military Sales Corporation (the only Ford-authorized retailer on the military's bases) ran a raffle, with the winners receiving the opportunity to purchase one of the limited-edition muscle cars.

Ford reserving 50th Anniversary Mustangs for service members originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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First Look At The 2015 Mustang Shelby GT

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The new post-title 2015 Mustang Shelby GT was recently spotted in Palm Springs at a promotional photo shoot and it looks awesome!

Originally reported by Jalopnik, the sighting of this new Shelby GT comes to us with relatively little information other than pictures and our own theories one this newly-badged S550 Shelby offering.

Just a few months ago, we reported to you about a posting on a Shelby Forum from an employee of Shelby American, confirming that there would be a post-title Shelby option released in the coming months. There was no mention of any power or drivetrain specs, just that there was something in the works.

Shelby GT Engine vs Shelby GT500 Engine

While we have already seen the new 2015/2016 Shelby GT350 that Ford has been working on, there has been some rumors that Shelby American was going to offer a post-title Shelby GT500. However, these new pictures of the S550 Shelby show it wearing a “Shelby GT” badge with no sort of GT500 badging anywhere on the body.

I would say it is safe to assume that this post-title Shelby option will utilize the current production 5.0 coyote motor. While the new Shelby GT350 will be coming from Ford with a 5.2L Voodoo Motor, it would be a major surprise and an unexpected twist if that engine found it’s way into this post-title vehicle.

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Is The Shelby GT Supercharged?

Something that is definitely exciting and intriguing is the noticeably raised hood-line. By raising the hood-line of the 2015, one can only assume that when a company like Shelby does it, it is for a purpose; I have a sneaking suspicion that Shelby’s new 2015 Shelby GT Mustang might be hiding a Ford Racing supercharger underneath the hood, similar to other vehicles they have offered in the past.

We are eager to learn more about this new Shelby GT and will keep you posted on the latest details as we learn them. What engine do you think is under the hood of the new Shelby GT?

Ford promises 12 new global performance vehicles through 2020

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Ford just keeps rolling out the big announcements today. We've already told you about the next-gen Focus RS coming to the US and the upcoming Sync 3 infotainment system. And this latest one should perk up the ears of racing fans or anyone who enjoys an enthusiastic drive (basically, all Autoblog readers).

The Blue Oval says it has "more than 12" new performance vehicles on the way globally through 2020. Unfortunately, the only one that the automaker confirms at the moment is the Focus RS, but recent rumors might suggest a few others. Ford reportedly has the Shelby Mustang GT350R, next-gen F-150 Raptor and a Ford GT successor all on the way, all of which could possibly debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January. The future GT might even take the company back to racing at Le Mans.

Speaking of motorsports, Ford is also blending its performance vehicle and racing efforts worldwide into a unified entity by combining SVT, Team RS and Ford Racing into a new organization called Ford Performance. It's responsible not just for excelling on the track but also for developing aero improvements, electronics, powertrain and lightweight tech for the Blue Oval's vehicles.

"Our new global Ford Performance team ties together racing, performance vehicles and parts. It will allow us to more quickly introduce products and accessories that meet the needs of customers around the world on-road and on the track," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development, in the company's press release. The automaker thinks this market might be booming, especially among younger buyers. For example, recent data shows Millennials buy ST models at twice the rate of the rest of Ford's cars. Scroll down to read the Blue Oval's full announcement of the new division and the plan to get excited about things to come.

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Ford promises 12 new global performance vehicles through 2020 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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