It's summertime in Detroit, and that means one thing: the Woodward Dream Cruise, a weeklong celebration of muscle cars, hot rods, classics and all things automotive. Automakers often take this opportunity to unveil some special products — and Ford's taken the lead this year with the debut of the 2019 Mustang Cobra Jet factory-built dragster. Related: 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt First Drive: A Better Car Than a Tribute This is the 50th Anniversary Mustang Cobra Jet, as well, with the first examples built in 1968 and used to propel the pony car to National Hot Rod Association racing glory. Forty years later, Ford restarted the program, offering highly modified but factory-built dragsters to select customers who use them for racing — the 50 cars Ford built in 2008 did not have vehicle identification numbers and therefore weren't street legal. Since 2008, Ford has built and sold 250 cars, bringing total historical production of the Cobra Jet to just 350 units. The latest … [Read more...] about Demon Who? Ford Unveils Latest Mustang Cobra Jet Factory Dragster
When the Corvette ZR1 dropped in Dubai last November, we knew it’d be fast. However, we just didn’t know how much. Now with its first record in books we get to see what it’s really made of.Thankfully, GM engineers skipped the ‘Ring this time around and instead went for a track a bit closer to home. Using the Virginia International Raceway Grand West Course, the super Vette lapped the track in 2:37.25, setting a new production car record.That’s right, no need to get endlessly specific like Jaguar or Subaru on this one.The record the ZR1 beat out was only a few days old too. On January 22, Ford took to VIR with the GT setting a blistering time of 2:38.62. This too came only days after Car and Driver set its own magazine’s record of 2:43 during its Lightning Lap test with the Ford.The best part of the GM record attempt is that it wasn’t a record attempt at all. The time came during a validation session for the ZR1. During the 24-hour session, … [Read more...] about Corvette ZR1 Steals Virginia International Raceway Record from Ford GT
Just over a week ago, the Ford GT ‘accidentally’ broke the production car lap record at Virginia International Raceway. Ford wasn’t there on some ‘look at me’ PR stunt, it was there to investigate some problems suffered by a few pre-production GTs, and in the process clocked a 2min 38.62sec effort. The GT’s time at the top hasn’t lasted long however, and it’s all the fault of Chevrolet. The GM brand has well and truly rained on Ford’s short-lived parade, by announcing that its new Corvette ZR1 went round in two minutes and 37.25 seconds earlier on in January. Ah. The time was set during “routine validation testing,” Chevrolet said. The ZR1 in question had the $2995 ZTK package fitted, which gives the car super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, carbonfibre aero addendum and a different suspension setup. The 745bhp, and 715lb ft monster had bucket seats with five-point harnesses plus a harness bar fitted, but was … [Read more...] about The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Is Faster Than A Ford GT At VR Raceway
A funny thing happened on the way to writing this update about the long-term Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch I’m stewarding for a year. I lost it. OK, I didn’t actually lose it, but I lost possession of it. Turns out that for an organization like Motor Trend, a big, haul-anything, go-anywhere workhorse such as Ford’s Super Duty is exactly what we need all the time. From photo shoots to hauling tires to moving bodies around in spacious comfort to just daily living, it’s hard to beat an XXL truck. My day-to-day responsibilities have changed considerably over the past few years. Back in the day I was primarily a writer who dabbled in video. These days, my primary professional focus is making two shows for Motor Trend OnDemand, Ignition and Head 2 Head. Meaning that I’m spending days and weeks at a time away from the office driving the cars we’re filming and not “my” long-termer. As I mentioned, please don’t think for a moment … [Read more...] about 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch Long-Term Update 2: Dude, Where’s My Truck?
Ford has fired new warning shots in the ever escalating muscle-car power wars by confirming that the Mustang‘s upcoming Shelby GT500 variant will be the most powerful Ford production car ever, boasting upward of 700 horsepower. We won’t see this high-po Stang until 2019, but this confirmation is accompanied by a brief teaser video that shows some glimpses of the supercharged GT500 that certainly whet our appetite for what’s to come.Rumors about the latest GT500 have swirled ever since the S550 sixth-generation Mustang’s debut way back in 2013, and most of them have started to converge on speculation that a 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 will be under the hood. This potent powerplant may be code-named Predator and seems to share its block with the 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V-8 installed in the current Shelby GT350. It isn’t likely to be the same rev-happy monster we love in that car because of its more conventional crankshaft design, but a Roots-type … [Read more...] about Hellcat Who? Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Coming in 2019 with 700-Plus HP