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Before it’s debut Galpin Auto Sport and Henrik Fisker promised the Rocket would be the “ultimate American muscle car.”  Yesterday the veil on this monster dropped at the Los Angeles Auto Show to reveal a 725-horsepower beast.  Based off the latest 2015 Ford Mustang, the entire exterior design has been substantially reworked by Fisker.  “This is a project born out of passion, it’s a dream come true, to have the opportunity to ‘touch’ a Mustang and apply my design ideas to it,” Fisker said during the model’s announcement.

Fisker’s unique design is represented all around the pony car but nowhere more than the front end.  Long nostrils run down the sides of the hood (inspired by the 1968 Shelby GT500), leading to a hexagonal grill with a polished bar and two nearly hidden driving lights at the top corners.  The Rocket’s design also emphasizes its scalloped sides, which run back to functional ducts at the rear to help cool the Brembo Grand Turismo brakes.  The rear has been restyled as well, wider fenders are blended seamlessly into an integrated spoiler.  The interior has received a slight upgrade as well with eye-grabbing red leather and carbon-fiber trim.

Under the hood, Galpin spokesperson Nathan Hoyt has confirmed that the Rocket rocks a 5.0-liter V8 with a Whipple supercharger which can be called to attention with a six-speed manual gearbox.

This monster went from concept in reality in just a few months.  Fisker showed Galpin President Beau Boeckmann early sketches at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and the two parties went from there.  “When Henrik showed me his ideas, I got chills-it’s literally the most beautiful Mustang I have ever seen,” says Boeckmann in the company’s release.

Production is set to begin in December, with deliveries starting in early 2015.  There’s no set production total in mind for now, but Hoyt says that the price will be “just over $100,000.

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Roush Stage 3 Mustang

The 2015 Ford Mustang took home a pretty impressive title this year at SEMA,  earning the coveted “Hottest Car” award.  Two of the many pony cars to debut at the auto show were the Stage 1 and Stage 2 ROUSH Mustangs.  But the big reveal was the all new ROUSH Performance Stage 3 Mustang.  This mean machine features a 5.0L ROUSHCHARGED powertrain that produces 627HP and 530 ft. lbs. of torque with the help of the ROUSH 2.3L TVS Supercharger and Quad Tip ROUSH exhaust system with an Active Exhaust option.

The Mustang is planted on the road with the assistance of a standard Adjustable 1-way Coil Over Suspension designed to take advantage of the Mustang’s new independent rear suspension.  As an option a 3-way adjustable TrackPack Coil Over Suspension is available as part of the award winning ROUSH Stage 3 TrakPack, which includes a set of sticky Ultra High Performance Cooper PS3 tires wrapped around 20 inch ROUSH Quicksilver Wheels.

The exterior styling on the Stage 3 has also been upgraded, in both form and function.  The Front Splitter, rear deck spoiler, and valance have been designed in-house by ROUSH Performance experts to increase down force.  The High Flow Upper Grill and lower Opening help feed air to the engine and direct cool air to the intercooler.  Performance Driving Lamps, Hood Scoop, ROUSH badges and a Stage 3 Graphics package complete the look.

Additional standard equipment includes a Stage 3 serialized engine bay plaque with build signature and Dashboard plaque, as well as ROUSH branded Floor Mats and Instrument Cluster keep the interior looking as sporty as the exterior.

For those seeking an even more loaded pony car additional options include:  Front Curb Avoidance System, ROUSH hood extractors, Body Side scoops, and Quarter Window Scoops, ROUSH Leather seating, 6 speed shifter ball, custom paint options and much more!

We can’t wait to get a better look at these as soon as they start to grace our showroom floor at the Big Corner.  But one thing is for sure, if you are a Mustang performance enthusiast this is a good year for you!  Between the ROUSH RS, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage Three, Shelby GT350, Saleen 302, RTR, and the Hennessey HPE700 there is a Mustang out there for everybody!

GT350

Ford has just dropped the veil on a pony car.  The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is back with a vengeance!  This mean machine boasts the most powerful naturally aspirated engine that the brand has ever produced!  This is all courtesy of the unique flat-plane crankshaft and 5.2-liters of displacement, giving the Shelby GT350 over 500 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.

This was billed by Ford as a “thoroughbred” and is a modern iteration of the iconic ’65 version and, says Ford, will be a race car for the street.  Designed on Carroll Shelby’s concept of taking a great street car and transforming it into a track day weapon, the new GT350 is much more than just an awesome new engine!

The engine is more than just a larger version of the current Mustang’s 5.0-liter V8, this new model uses a flat-plane crankshaft similar to those in race cars or exotic European sports car.  Rather than, connecting rods that bolt to the crankshaft at 90-degree intervals, a flat-plane crankshaft uses 180-degree intervals, which allows for cylinder firing that alternates from cylinder banks, while avoiding exhaust pressure overlaps.  There’s also no need to add counterweights to the crankshaft, meaning it will rev much more freely.  Add this to an updated valvetrain and reworked cylinder head and Ford looks to be fulfilling its promise about bringing a race car to the street.

It will sound glorious too, with Jamal Hameed, chief engineer, Ford Global Performance Vehicles, commenting that, “the 5.2-liter produces a distinctive, throaty howl from its four exhaust tips.”

Ford stiffened up the Mustang’s chassis and there is an available front strut tower bar.  Big 19-inch wheels that measure 10.5 inches up front and 11-inches in the rear come wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires made specifically for the car.  To help take advantage of those larger wheels and tires, the Shelby GT350 gets a wider front track, which is accentuated with new, more prominent fenders.  The retuned suspension setup makes the GT350 sit lower than a Mustang GT, but in that lower suspension there is some hidden magic, Ford’s first ever use of MagneRide dampers that continuous adjust their stiffness every 10 milliseconds.

With all this performance stopping power is important.  Ford has created what it calls, “the most track-credible brake system ever offered on a Ford vehicle in terms of absolute stopping power, fade resistance and brake pedal feel.”

Up front are the 394-mm cross-drilled iron discs mated to aluminum hats with six-piston Brembo calipers, while the rear gets 380-mm versions mated to four-piston calipers for true stopping power.

What good is all this performance if nobody knows you are driving this monster?  The exterior has been upgraded as well, with a new more sloped hood to help improve the car’s aerodynamics, a redesigned front end and an aerodynamic underbody panel.  New functional hood vents cool the engine and act to reduce lift at speed, while a minimalist rear lip spoiler also adds downforce without adding drag.

The inside has been upgraded as well, with cloth Recaro seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel and a reduction of chrome finishes.  There is also an integrated driver control system that allows for different settings for the ABS, traction and stability control, throttle response, steering feel, exhaust note and suspension settings.

Check out the gallery for some images of this all new mean machine, and look for more info coming soon as the rest of the car is set to be revealed today at an event in Los Angeles ahead of the LA Auto Show!

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First off don’t get to excited.  This vehicle isn’t destined to hit showrooms in the United States.  The Ford EcoSport has been cruising around the likes of Brazil and India since 2003.  Generally the EcoSport has not been known for making headlines.

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The Ford EcoSport before undergoing its face lift.

But Ford just dropped the veil on on the EcoSport Storm at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil.  This little guy decided he wanted to be a Raptor when he grew up, check out the results below.

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So what do you think?  Do you love or hate the EcoSport Storm?  Let us know in the comments!

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Three new Ford Expeditions have just been given makeovers, and are making their debut at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas.  All three expeditions boast the new level of comfort and capability we have already seen in stock Expeditions, along with Ecoboost power.

This terrifying trio comes to us from Tjin EditionDUB Magazine, and Vaccar – each created to bring a unique look to the Ford powerhouse.  We will take a look at each of them below.

 

2015 Ford Expedition by Tjin Edition

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The Tjin Edition Ford Expedition stays true to the sophistication of its premium roots, but with added individuality via custom metal fender flares, a custom dark gray paint job and a whole new liftgate.

“The Tjin Edition Ford Expedition is intended to showcase a Ford vehicle featuring capability for towing, one that can serve as a daily driver and is a standout as a promotional show car,” said Tjin Edition’s Neil Tjin.

This custom Expedition starts with the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 and six-speed automatic transmission. Then, via a charge cooler kit from Vortech Engineering, custom tuneup, custom side exhaust from MagnaFlow, and high-performance oils and lubricants from Royal Purple, the Tjin Edition Expedition roars with another 40 ponies underhood for a total of 405 horsepower.

The chassis was customized by Unique Fabrication and features Air Lift struts and an Accuair air management system, as well as a big brake system from Baer Brakes, 24-inch custom Rotiform wheels and Falken tires.

The exterior features custom metal fenders, an Axalta Coating Systems custom paint job executed by L&R Autobody, twin Webasto sunroofs, and custom headlights and taillights from LightWurkz.

 

2015 Ford Expedition by DUB Magazine

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The 2015 Ford Expedition by DUB Magazine has amenities that bring an added level of style and sophistication.

The exterior has custom mesh accents, front grille and lighting with 26-inch DS644 concave wheels from Dropstars Wheels, and Pirelli tires. Custom DUB Edition badging, tinted windows and an integrated radar detection system are featured as well.

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 was given an exhaust system from Borla Performance, and the team installed a suspension kit from McGaughy’s Suspension Lift Kits to lower the vehicle, as well as high-performance brakes.

There is an upgraded multimedia and sound system, upgraded seats and upholstery, and custom adjustable LED lighting that can be controlled by remote installed inside on the front row. The center console extends throughout the vehicle, with places for headphones and tablets. Motorized hidden boxes can hold valuables like watches.

The rear seating area has multiple monitors that can be viewed from different locations and from angles both in and outside of the vehicle. There is a video gaming system and wireless headphones, along with internet accessibility.

Expedition already has a great look and design,” said Myles Kovacs, president and cofounder of DUB Media. “We wanted to take that foundation and create something that takes upscale travel to another level, taking cues from airline travel.”

 

2015 Ford Expedition XLT by Vaccar

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The 2015 Ford Expedition XLT by Vaccar is meant for winter driving in style, showcasing the vehicle’s capability on the exterior and comfort on the inside.

“I was excited to do something that showcases the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, and express aggressiveness on the outside while adding to the great comfort that is on the inside,” said Aaron Vaccar, creator and lead designer for Vaccar. “I wanted to create a rolling lodge.”

The exterior is finished in custom Vaccar two-tone matte mountain gray, with paint and accents from BASF, Vaccar Grill Guardian brush guard bull bar, swivel hooks by Monster Hooks, spring steps and a hitch stop from Go Rhino!, and MegaWarrior cargo basket from Yakima Products.

The team also gave the Expedition 20-inch M15 wheels from Mamba Off-Road Wheels and General Tire Grabber AT2 tires.

Occupants enjoy added comfort with Vaccar Lux Ultra-Suede silver upholstery on the seats.

 

People in line receive their numbers for Black Friday Cars.

People in line receive their numbers for Black Friday Cars.

Black Friday is returning to Mel Hambelton Ford, now in it’s sixth season Black Friday at the Big Corner is an event you can’t afford to miss!  As usual several specialty priced cars will appear on Wednesday the 26th of November, those cars will be priced starting at $99!  If that wasn’t enough there will be several more rows of vehicles marked down to unbelievable lows as well!

In case you are unfamiliar with the rules of Black Friday at the Big Corner, here is a breakdown of the most important parts.

1.  No Arriving Early

There is no advantage to arriving early for Black Friday at Mel Hambelton Ford.  The only rule is that you must be in line by 7:00AM on Friday, November 28th.   At precisely 7:00AM we will begin handing out numbers, those numbers will be drawn at random to decide who will have the first opportunity to purchase the specialty priced vehicles.

2. One Entry Per Household

There is a strict limit of only one entry per household.  Households who have won in the past three years cannot win again.

3. Don’t Be Late

Although there is no advantage to arriving early, arriving 1 minute after 7:00AM will disqualify you from having a chance to purchase a specialty priced car.

4. Have Your Info

A valid drivers license and insurance are required to purchase a specialty priced car, just like with any other car.

5. Don’t Leave Early

More often than not someone is unable to purchase a specialty priced car, in the event that someone is unable to purchase a vehicle we will draw additional numbers until someone purchases the car.  If you leave you are no longer eligible to win!

Stay tuned for more info on other great prizes, and be sure to visit the Ultimate Black Friday Blog for the most up to date info!

ford_hot_wheels_rip_rod_1Last year at SEMA Ford unveiled a pretty nifty little car called the Rip Rod.  It was a collaboration between Ford, Mattel and the Bandito Brothers.  Last year all that we saw was a plastic full sized model pulled behind a Transit Connect and some cute little collectors hot wheels.

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This year Ford has brought the Rip Rod to life with the award winning 1.0 liter EcoBoost unit which in its short existance has won the engine of the year award three times in a row.  There is minimal information on the specifics of what the Rip Rod is capable of, however there is this pretty great little teaser video!

 

 

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