Monthly Archive: June 2012

Jun 29

Ford shows off Mustang Shelby GT500’s new launch control

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2013 Shelby GT500 burnout

Listen to the sage words of the late Carroll Shelby: "650 horsepower? Nobody else has it." We're guessing this footage was recorded a little while back, before the final certified rating of the 5.8-liter supercharged engine in the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 came in at 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque.

Indeed, there isn't a single car anywhere near the sticker price of the 2013 GT500 - not even the stupid-fast Chevy Corvette ZR1 - that offers as many horses under the hood as the most powerful production Mustang in history. Suffice it to say, reeling in 662 galloping ponies and sending them to the rear tires isn't an easy conundrum to solve.

And that's where launch control comes into play. It's a cool system, allowing the driver to alter the RPM held by the engine with the clutch depressed. Drop the clutch and, instead of watching your Goodyear F1 Supercar tires go the way of the Dodo, you hook up and take off down the drag strip.

Or, ya know, you could turn the system off and smoke bomb your neighborhood. See examples of both launch techniques in the video below, because whenever a video starts off with a prominent disclaimer, you know it's going to be good.

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Ford shows off Mustang Shelby GT500's new launch control originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 29 Jun 2012 19:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jun 26

Lincoln pushing for access to next-gen Ford Mustang platform

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2007 Lincoln MKR Concept  - overhead front three-quarter view, static

Don't get ahead of yourselves: This is not yet another Lincoln-badged Mustang rumor post, the likes of which seem to crop up every few years. Instead, Ford's wayward luxury division is reportedly hoping to gain access to the bits and pieces that will underpin the next-generation pony car - specifically, the MacPherson front and independent rear suspension setup.

Having this rear-wheel-drive platform could do a number of good things for Lincoln. For example, it could finally give the brand a proper entry-level luxury fighter for the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti G and so on, though brand officials will still insist that the all-wheel-drive MKZ suits this need just fine.

According to Car and Driver, this forthcoming rear-wheel-drive architecture could be used to better place the awkward MKS in its mid-size luxury segment. Rather than being simply a more expensive Ford Taurus, the MKS could transform itself into a genuine 5 Series or CTS fighter. Perhaps it could even look something like Lincoln's 2007 MKR concept shown above. Furthermore, a proper rear-wheel-drive flagship could be in the cards for Lincoln, though the Mustang's platform would need to be seriously overhauled and stretched to handle such a task.

But for Ford, as C/D points out, would it really make sense to go through all the trouble of creating a bona fide rear-wheel-drive sedan and not just slap a Blue Oval badge on it? If the automaker truly wants Lincoln to survive, then many pundits would say yes.

Lincoln pushing for access to next-gen Ford Mustang platform originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jun 21

Ford giving away four Mustangs through updated customizer

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Ford Mustang Customizer

Ford has given its Mustang customizer a reboot, and to celebrate, the company is giving fans the chance to win a Mustang V6, GT, Boss 302 or Shelby GT500.

Around one million people have designed their own pony via the old customizer, and the new tool features all kinds of neat tricks to keep fans coming back. Those include a new battle mode that allows you to pit your design against those of your friends to see which is more popular, as well as Facebook badges and new statistics. The customizer is available online as well as for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Users can even throw in a little smack talk to make things more interesting. At the end of the year, Ford will pick four Mustang designs from the pool, build them and give them to their creators free and clear. Head over to the customizer site to get started, and check out the full press release below.

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Ford giving away four Mustangs through updated customizer originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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