New on sister site PickupTrucks.com this week: getting behind the wheel of the updated 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor; sneaking a test drive of the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger; and rumors running wild ahead of the Jeep pickup's debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Related: Pickup Truck News Catching Air in the 2019 F-150 Raptor We went to the Ford Performance Racing School in Utah to put the updated 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor through its paces. Surprise Ranger Test Drive Find out what it's like to drive the 2019 Ford Ranger ahead of its press drive and debut, and see if a drive event is coming to a city near you. Rumor Has It Here's what we know and what's speculation regarding the upcoming Jeep mid-size pickup ahead of its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Cars.com's Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial … [Read more...] about 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Tops What’s New This Week on PickupTrucks.com
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The handheld radio crackled and a Ford Performance Driving School instructor’s voice came over the speaker, “Our target speed will be 50 mph as the front wheels hit the jump.” I’ve driven racetracks, off-roaded, and played in the mud, but I’ve never launched a truck into the air. That was about to change. I was nervous. The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor is still the only factory full-size pickup truck an automaker will encourage you to take off a jump, and it has received a host of upgrades for this year. Highlighting the list are new electronic aids and revised Fox racing shocks to make it faster and smarter. 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor The hardware The Raptor’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 idled, its 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque laying in wait as the Velocity Blue pickup pointed toward the jump. Standing still on the short course track at Miller Motorsports Park in Erda, Utah, I received the thumbs up and mashed the accelerator. As I crested the … [Read more...] about 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor first drive review: Smarter, faster, still king
It’s been barely more than a month since the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving declared bankruptcy. And now it’s reportedly ceased operating and closed its doors. One of America’s premier advanced driving and racing schools had been in operation (under a different name) since 1961 when it was founded by Carroll Shelby at Riverside Raceway near Los Angeles. He hired Bob Bondurant, already one of his top racing drivers, as one of its instructors, and Bondurant took it over in ’68 after a crash at Watkins Glen ended his racing career prematurely. It’s since taught an endless string of celebrities, racing drivers, and ordinary citizens, moving to its current home in Arizona in the late 1980s. The past few years saw it partner with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, using an array of Vipers, Chargers, Challengers, and Abarth Fiats as its rolling classrooms – much as it had previously used Fords and Corvettes. Bondurant filed for bankruptcy in … [Read more...] about The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving Has Closed Its Doors
Tweet TweetWhy own an over 500 hp car if you don’t know how to enjoy it? Ford offers to the Shelby GT350 Mustang owners a possibility to learn how to drive properly their beasts. Driving a supercar doesn’t necessarily makes you a better driver. Ford is aware of that and proposes to the owners of the GT350 a set of lessons meant to transform the drivers into racers. If you own a 2015 or a 2016 model, than you’re eligible to participate at the program. Ford invites you in Tooele, Utah, at the Motorsports Campus, to learn how to drive your GT350 or GT350R to the limit. The instructors of the Ford Performance Racing School developed a program called GT350 Track Attack especially for the top-of-the-range Mustang. It is meant to help the drivers feel better the car’s limit-behavior, to handle it right while braking, cornering and shifting. Starting from the fact that GT350’s limits can only be reached on the track, the lessons will support the drivers to get the … [Read more...] about Shelby GT350 Owner? Follow Ford Driving School For Free!
Many manufacturers offer some sort of performance driving school as part of a “high performance” vehicle purchase. Ford has their ST Octane Academy, Mopar runs the SRT Track Experience, and even Land Rover offers the Land Rover Experience Driving School. Cadillac has joined the mix with their “V-Performance Academy,” held at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club, about 55 miles west of Las Vegas. Cadillac claims the school, included with the purchase of any new V-series vehicle, “is designed to assist V-Series owners in mastering their vehicle’s immense power and capabilities, while expanding their driving skillset.” Fred Smith recently purchased a Cadillac ATS-V and was excited to attend. Cadillac covers everything aside from airfare. Fred’s last racing/driving school experience was with Panoz at Road Atlanta in 2000, and he said “the thought of doing this with the actual car I own [was] really exciting to me.” The … [Read more...] about Having a ‘V. Fun’ Time: Two Days at Cadillac’s V-Performance Academy