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Patriot RaptorWhat stands before you is the ultimate representation of patriotism.  This one of a kind Ford Raptor, aptly christened “The Patriot” was a custom creation that was auctioned off at Mecum Auctions a few weeks back for a mere $250,00.  All proceeds benefited The MobilityWorks Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides handicap accessible transportation to those in need.  The money will be donated specifically to their Cars for Troops Program which benefits disabled US Military members.

The truck itself began as a stock Ford Raptor, which was designed and built by West Coast Customs of “Pimp My Ride” fame.  They installed a custom grille, interior embroidery representing each branch of the United States military and an onboard computer provided by Bully Dog.  The custom American Flag paint scheme was applied by Ryan Ryno Templeton.  BDS Suspension provided a four-inch lift.  Additional sponsors of the Patriot included LM Tire & Wheel and Magnaflow.

Check out the video here for more info.

Right now you can see amazing vehicle on display here at Mel Hambelton Ford through Saturday (8/27/2014) so head out to the Big Corner of 119th and West Kellogg to see this one of a kind machine in person!

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Zombie Invasion Run

Mel Hambelton Ford is proud to announce the 2014 Annual Zombie Invasion Run! A Grueling 5K race featuring mud, obstacles, and zombies! Here is everything you need to know about the biggest event to hit Wichita this fall.

WHY

All proceeds from the run will go to St. Francis Community Services to help provide Christmas presents for foster children in Kansas.

WHEN

The Zombie Invasion Run will take place on Sunday, October 19th 2014. Runners will be divided into waves of 100, with the first wave starting at 1:00PM, and waves will start every 20 minutes thereafter. The last wave will run at 4:40PM. Runners should arrive one hour before their wave is scheduled to start.

WHERE

It all begins and ends at Mel Hambelton Ford (11771 West Kellogg, Wichita KS 67209)

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

  • Become a runner and power through mud, obstacles and zombies.
  • Become a zombie and try your hardest to steal the life from the survivors
  • Make a donation 

RUNNER INFO

  • Cost: Pre-register by October 10th, 2014 – $50 / Walk-in event day – $60
  • Participate in the 5K
  • All runners will receive a commemorative shirt and belt
  • Join in the after party

Survivors will be provided with a belt and three “life flags” which zombies will attempt to steal. Your goal is to complete the course with at least one life flag. Runners may not make any attempt to hide or cover their life flags in any way. There may or may not be the chance to pick up additional life flags throughout the course. Don’t worry too much though, regardless of whether or not you keep your flags and conquer each obstacle, everyone can still finish the race. Runners will receive an event shirt and two free beverages during the after party! Runners will need to arrive one hour prior to the start of their wave.

Runners are encouraged to come in appropriate costumes to the run. Accessories that could inhibit running or pose a danger to runners or zombies must be removed before beginning the race. Running shoes are highly recommended. Runners should not come dressed as zombies as this can cause confusion.

Runners who register prior to October 10th will receive a $10 Discount!

Walk in registries will be permitted if waves are not full, event t-shirts will be first come, first serve.

ZOMBIE INFO

  • Join in the fun and scare your your friends
  • The option to purchase an event t-shirt – $20
  • May have professional makeup applied (limited space) requires a minimum donation – $15

Become one of the evil dead focused on taking out as many survivors as possible. Zombies will be assigned specific zones within the course. Your job is to chase humans, steal their flags, and terrorize them. The goal is to strike fear into the hearts of runners without harming them.

The minimum age required to chase survivors is 14. However kids younger than 14 can still participate as zombies, although they must be accompanied by a guardian at all times and will not be placed in areas of physical contact.

Zombies will be required to create their own costumes, and be responsible for their own makeup. Zombies who would like professional makeup assistance can arrive early and make a donation (minimum $15) to St. Francis Community Services to have themselves transformed into a true terror!

If a zombie would like an event t-shirt to commemorate the run they should select the zombie w/shirt option when registering. Shirts may be available the day of the event but they are on a first come, first serve basis.

DONATIONS

Donations will be accepted via Paypal on our website at zombieinvasionrun.com

SPONSORSHIP

If you are a local business in Wichita, KS that is interested in helping sponsor the Zombie Invasion Run please contact support@zombieinvasionrun.com

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There’s only about a month until the 2015 Mustang starts popping up on car lots around the country, including ours! The 2015 model is a completely new generation of Mustang, with new styling, revamped interior, and a new engine in the lineup. On top of all this, the cars are getting an independent rear suspension across the lineup, so they’ll go around corners better than ever.

The base model will still feature a V6 engine producing 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. That’s no slouch for an entry-level model, and the price isn’t bad either, starting at $23,600.

A step above that is the new engine, the 2.3L EcoBoost turbo. This little monster will pump out 310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque, along with being the lightest car in the lineup – and only $1500 more than the V6, starting at $25,170.

Finally, on the top of the range is the ever-powerful 5.0L V8, producing 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. The 2015 Mustang GT starts at $32,100.

Oh, the title said photos? Well don’t worry – we’ve got some for you. This morning, we had a hot-off-the-assembly-line 2015 Mustang EcoBoost stop into the showroom for a little bit. We took advantage of this for a quick photo-op. IMG_2805 IMG_2812 IMG_2822 IMG_2823 IMG_2835 IMG_2836 IMG_2847 IMG_2848 IMG_2852 IMG_2856 IMG_2859 IMG_2862 IMG_2867 IMG_2869 IMG_2873 IMG_2877 IMG_2879 IMG_2882 IMG_2884 IMG_2889 IMG_2890 IMG_2892 IMG_2897

 

The Ford Focus ST produces 252 hp, which is a pretty big number for a car its size. It makes for a fast, agile car that’s fun to drive. Ford has decided, however, that 252 simply isn’t big enough. This brings us to the upcoming Ford Focus RS.

The RS is, as of now, still a couple years away, at least in the US. Europe may see it a bit earlier. The exciting bits are the specs that have leaked so far. The RS will be powered by the same 2.3L EcoBoost that is in the 2015 Mustang, but rumor has it that this iteration of the engine will kick out 330hp. That’s a lot of power for a car that weighs just over 3000 lbs. Handling will be taken care of by a limited-slip differential on the front axis, and fuel economy is rumored to be up 20% over the last version of the RS.

Whatever the final specs turn out to be, this will be one hot hatchback. And we just can’t wait for it to get here!

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Yesterday Ford revealed the final specs on the latest version of their iconic pony car. The biggest change came from the naturally aspirated GT model which will pump out as much as 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque from it’s 5.0-liter V8. These numbers easily surpass the previously estimated “more than” 420 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque.

In its first turbo Mustang since the 1986 SVO, Ford announced that the 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder makes 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque.

The 3.7-liter V6 Mustang, which has by default become the entry-level model, has actually taken a slight decrease in power from the 2014’s 305 hp. The new V6 will now make 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

Those of you who feared the new technologies would significantly increase the weight of the new Mustang’s were overstated. According to a Ford slide shown at the Dearborn presentation, the lightest model in the 2015 lineup will be the EcoBoost four-cylinder with an automatic transmission, weighing in with a base curb weight of 3,524 pounds. This is only a 28 pound increase over last year’s V6 model with a manual.

The rest of the lineup is similarly trim. The base curb weight of the 2015 V6 fastback with a six-speed manual transmission is 3,526 pounds, a 30-pound increase from the 2014 model. A V6 with an automatic is 3,530 pounds (up just 12 pounds), followed by the EcoBoost with a manual (3,532 pounds).

The GT packed on 87 pounds, and now weighs 3,705, and the GT with an automatic gained 54 pounds to now weigh 3,729 pounds.

Raj Nair, Ford product chief, said the focus was on the power-to-weight ratio (11.36 pounds per hp for the EcoBoost and 8.52 pounds per hp for the GT). In his exact words he said this is, “the greatest most advanced performing Mustang we’ve ever done.”

If you’re excited about how these numbers compare to Ford’s previous estimations, just sit back and wait for Ford’s Special Vehicles Team to rock your socks off. They’re hard at work and are promising to give us something that’s even more menacing!

  • 2015 Ford Expedition is the most powerful, fuel-efficient Expedition ever, with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine and SelectShift® six-speed transmission under the hood
  • Advanced technology in new Expedition includes standard electric power-assisted steering, SYNC® with available MyFord Touch®, available Blind Spot Information System® with cross-traffic alert, and continuously controlled damping to give drivers control of ride performance
  • Already a leader in cargo space and towing capability, new Expedition is now more luxurious, with new Platinum model added for 2015

The new 2015 Ford Expedition is a full-size utility vehicle for consumers who want capability, class-leading maximum cargo space in the extended-length version and the latest advanced technologies.

The 2015 Expedition goes on sale later this year with a refreshed new look, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine that also powers the industry-leading Ford F-150, and a quieter cabin with more technology than previous-generation vehicles. It will be the latest Ford nameplate to offer a high-end Platinum series.

“Customers still have a need for a traditional full-size utility vehicle and the new 2015 Expedition delivers what those customers are looking for,” said Keith Wilson, Expedition marketing manager. “These are Ford’s more affluent customers who won’t compromise – they want space, performance, comfort and capability all in one impressive package.”

Expedition, which debuted in 1996, is Ford’s largest utility vehicle, with seating for eight. The standard 2015 Expedition, one of two versions available, has three rows of seats and up to 108.3 cubic feet of cargo space. It sits on a 119-inch wheelbase, making it a little more than 6 inches longer than Ford Explorer. A longer-wheelbase version – 131 inches – has three rows of seats and best-in-class maximum cargo space of 130.8 cubic feet.

2015 Ford Expedition

Expedition will continue to feature an independent rear suspension to deliver a more confident ride and great handling characteristics. The suspension also allows a more convenient fold-flat third-row bench seat and low load-floor height.

The new Expedition features the latest technologies, including available SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, passive entry with push-button start and Blind Spot Information System® with cross-traffic alert. The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, using direct injection and twin turbochargers, provides more power, efficiency and performance than the 5.4-liter V8 in the current model. In response to customer demand, Ford will introduce a top-of-the-line Platinum series Expedition with unique, refined interior appointments.

“Ford is building on a successful tradition of Expedition capability and quality with significant improvements in design, performance, efficiency and technology to bring customers a full-size utility they want to get into when hitting the open road,” said Wilson.

Improved on the road
The 2015 Expedition was engineered to be a technologically advanced utility that is easy to drive and offers refinement for all types of drivers.

“The EcoBoost engine will bring increased torque and horsepower that will excite our customers,” said David Cantrell, Ford assistant chief program engineer for Expedition. “Thanks to improved efficiencies and an independent rear suspension, the 2015 Expedition is not only more fun to drive, it’s also easier to own.”

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 will be the only engine offered in Expedition in North America. To maximize performance and control, the vehicle will be equipped with a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission featuring a manual mode that allows the driver to use a shift-mounted rocker switch to select the desired gear.

2015 Ford Expedition

With the new powerplant, Expedition will be among the full-size SUV leaders for capability, generating 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Add best-in-class maximum cargo space for the extended-length version and available best-in-class towing of up to 9,200 pounds when properly equipped, and customers will find a truly useful utility vehicle.

With the launch of the 2015 model, Expedition also becomes the first Ford nameplate to offer a continuously controlled damping suspension that allows drivers to select from three drive modes – comfort, normal and sport.

A suite of sensors detects 46 unique body, steering and braking inputs. By monitoring Expedition body motion, the system can automatically adjust damping in milliseconds. Continuously controlled damping technology analyzes the weight of the vehicle, steering feedback and road undulations and reacts accordingly to help control wheel and body motions so passengers experience an orderly, comfortable ride. A vehicle with poor damping feels as if it’s bouncing on the suspension springs.

The new Expedition also features Ford’s innovative electric power-assisted steering, which gives drivers improved maneuverability at low speeds and better feel at high speeds, and helps save fuel by operating more efficiently than traditional pump-driven systems. The technology, which has been tuned specifically for the new model, reduces steering effort and makes Expedition more engaging to drive.

Quiet driving experience
With the vehicle’s capability and cargo space comes a cabin customers will find to be even quieter than the current Expedition. A host of changes helps minimize noise. These include improved seals on the body that reduce air leaks by 20 percent.

New sound dampening material in the cabin pillars improves quietness. The material is also packed into the center console to further reduce unwanted road and engine noise.

2015 Ford Expedition

More sound deadening material has been added to the headliner and door trim panels, while the cabin features new carpeting that is able to better absorb sounds. New sound insulation used in the wheel wells also helps create a quieter experience.

Finally, acoustic glass – which debuted on Expedition in 2007 – is used for the windshield across all trim levels to reduce undesirable interior noise. Limited, King Ranch and Platinum trim levels include acoustic glass for driver and passenger side windows.

More technology customers want
The new Expedition debuts with popular technology upgrades consumers are now demanding, including available SYNC with MyFord Touch and driver-assist features such as radar-based Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert.

The updated interior of Expedition incorporates a fresh center stack to accommodate new technologies, including an available 8-inch touch screen for SYNC with MyFord Touch that features driver information in the gauge cluster shown on two full-color 4.2-inch screens.

Other available new technologies on the 2015 Expedition include a Sony® Audio System; passive entry with push-button start; rear view camera; front and rear parking sensors; seven-color, ambient interior LED lighting; and Ford truck apps to help make trailer towing and off-road driving easier.

Fresh style and design
The new Expedition takes full-size utility vehicle design to a higher level with a diverse lineup of vehicles, each featuring a distinct look and feel to give customers more choices. A Platinum trim series popular with F-Series truck buyers will be available on Expedition for the first time.

With tailored, lush leather that’s soft and smooth to the touch, the Platinum series offers customers a choice: Brunello leather-appointed seats in a new red wine color with tuxedo-stripe accents and French-seamed stitching, or Ebony leather-appointed seats with Agate Gray accents.

2015 Ford Expedition

The 2015 Expedition lineup also includes XLT, Limited and King Ranch series. The design team incorporated specific themes to define the look for each series and reflect a different consumer lifestyle.

This thoughtful planning means customers can select from the sporty XLT; the confident, elegant Limited; the sophisticated, urban Platinum; or the rural, rugged King Ranch. Each series has unique finishes specially selected to reflect the lifestyle and desires of the customer. For example, Expedition Limited features refined yet traditional finishes, while Platinum colors and material finishes are fresh and sophisticated.

The Expedition exterior has been updated for 2015 with a front end design that features available halogen projector headlamps and LED fog lamps for a fresh, aggressive look.

Other exterior changes include an all-new wheel lineup topped by optional, factory-installed 22-inch polished aluminum wheels for Limited, King Ranch and Platinum; a revised rear hatch; and subtle, chrome-tipped exhaust.

2015 Ford Expedition

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Ford and Fisher-Price took the F-150 in a whole new dimension today, unveiling the Fisher-Price Power Wheels F-150.  The ride-on toy, which retails starting at $349.99 beginning in September, was inspired by the 2015 F-150.  Ford engineers shared designs nine months before the new truck debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  This is the third generation of ride on toys inspired by F-150 models and is expected to be the best-selling merchandise Ford sells.  In 2013, Ford generated $2 billion in retail sales with 400 licensing agreements, covering everything from model cars, apparel, pinball machines, pool tables, Mustang cologne and power tools.

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