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      How much power is the upcoming Ford GT packing?


    Has it really been two years since Ford introduced the GT? *Looks at calendar* Yep, it has been two years. Since that time, we have been wondering about how much power the twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V6 would produce. Ford has finally revealed the numbers earlier this morning.

    The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 will produce 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Ford hasn't revealed the 0-60 mph time, but does say the GT has a top speed of 216 mph - making the fastest production vehicle done by the blue oval. Dry weight (meaning no fluids) comes in at 3,054 lbs.

    Ford also published lap times of the GT against a Ferrari 458 Speciale and McLaren 675LT done at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Ontario, Canada during development. The times are as followed,

    • Ford GT: 2:09.8
    • McLaren 675LT: 2:10.8
    • Ferrari 458 Speciale: 2:12.9

    Source: Ford
    Press Release is on Page 2


    FORD GT DELIVERS HIGHEST TOP SPEED, FASTEST LAP TIMES ON THE TRACK OF ANY PRODUCTION FORD EVER

    • Assisted by fully active dynamic systems, all-new Ford GT achieves top speed of 216 mph – the highest ever for any Ford production vehicle
    • Strong power-to-weight ratio coupled with the most advanced active suspension system in the segment gives Ford GT the edge in lap times versus the competition
    • Fully active dynamic systems provide optimum downforce, drag and balance at any speed – making the car faster for drivers of all skill levels

    DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 25, 2017 – Delivering the highest output of any EcoBoost® production engine to date, the all-new Ford GT couples its extraordinary power with impressive aerodynamic efficiency and advanced active dynamics to achieve a maximum speed of 216 mph – making it the fastest Ford production vehicle on the track ever.

    Capable of an exceptional top speed, Ford’s all-new supercar is designed and optimized for track performance to honor its racing heritage. In 2016 development testing, with all contenders track-prepped with new fluids, fresh tires and optimal suspension settings, in identical conditions and with the same driver behind the wheel, Ford GT bested both the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Speciale at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada.

    The numbers speak for themselves:

    • Ford GT: 2:09.8
    • McLaren 675LT: 2:10.8
    • Ferrari 458 Speciale: 2:12.9

    SAE-rated at 647 horsepower and with 550 lb.-ft. of torque, Ford’s new high-output 3.5-liter V6 powerplant produces the most horsepower of any EcoBoost production engine ever, making Ford GT the fastest production car ever to wear the Blue Oval badge. The engine’s wide powerband produces 90 percent of its peak torque from 3,500 rpm.

    “Our expectation has always been that the EcoBoost V6 would perform exceptionally well in the Ford GT – both in terms of power as well as aerodynamic efficiency,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “We tested and developed this powertrain through the Daytona Prototype race car that ran in IMSA for two seasons, last season racing with Ford GT. We are extremely pleased with how it performs, both on the track and on the road.”

    Ford GT’s dry weight just tops 3,000 pounds, which places the supercar between its two primary competitors, the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 488. Ford GT’s power-to-weight ratio is 4.72 pounds/horsepower.

    “The Ford GT is all about performance,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, global product development and chief technical officer. “We achieved considerable weight savings with the carbon fiber architecture. We then reinvested some of that savings into where it counts most – performance, specifically, the active dynamics. The result is an even faster car.”

    The active dynamics systems – for both suspension and aerodynamics – are designed to make the car perform with optimum downforce, drag and balance at any speed, creating a faster setup regardless of driver skill level.

    Ford GT, with no excuses to give, has proven itself time and again, racing to class wins at Le Mans and numerous other tracks in both IMSA and WEC last season. The production Ford GT shares a great deal with the high-performance track version, with advanced aero and suspension features added that take it to another level.

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    I love this quote, "Blame the GT's anti-lag. "We certainly could have gotten more fuel economy," Nair told R&T, "but we tuned it for horsepower and throttle response." In three of the GT's five drive modes, anti-lag programming kicks in, sending fuel through the engine even when the throttle's closed to keep the turbos spinning. "We completely looked at the performance metrics," Nair told us. "The fuel economy is what it is." "

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    In this car, I would expect nothing but Performance, MPG be damned! They better keep those Turbo's spooling so there is no delay. Nice Job Ford!

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    Ford also published lap times of the GT against a Ferrari 458 Speciale and McLaren 675LT done at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Ontario, Canada during development.

     

    TSK TSK TSK...

    Im sure Donald Trump will have something to say about that.

    Future testing will have to be performed on AMERICAN GROUND! On American road courses!

    Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca, Willow Springs, Lime Rock...what are those there for?

    Americans and American jobs...

    Im sure he will hit hard with words but will be willing to negotiate...he is a negotiator after all...

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    Watch out Bill, you arent American by blood...

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    THERE....THAT IS MORE LIKE IT!

    He dont like Saturday Night Live I heard....

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    This bastard is taking away from American jobs..I mean, an American could have invented SNL and those sketches could be satirizing Canadian Prime Ministers instead!

    Oh...back to the Ford GT....

    Yeah...awesome!

     

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    12 minutes ago, FordCosworth said:

    This beauty dry weight is at least 55lbs too heavy :(

    Agreed, buuuuut... It sounds worth it.

    " "But as we did the simulations and some of the testing with the mules, we thought it was worth reinvesting some of that [weight savings] into the active aero and the active suspension. We were faster by putting the systems in. So we felt it was worth reinvesting it into getting the lap times. We would have been right there on dry weight without that." "

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    3 hours ago, dfelt said:

    In this car, I would expect nothing but Performance, MPG be damned! They better keep those Turbo's spooling so there is no delay. Nice Job Ford!

    Exactly! It's not like people buy these for a trip to the local Wal Mart or something...

    Still love the looks of this car....

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    Not enough power.

    Too expensive.

    Too heavy.

    I'm sorry, but I don't see this car being the mega hit with the press. Within the next year, there are going to be cars six-figures cheaper that will deliver the same or better performance. 

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    Here is the deal with this car. 

    It is not a mega exotic like the Veyron or La Ferrari. 

    It also is not a lower priced super car like the 458 and Mclaren. It is in  no mans land where it is too expensive to be classed where it should be and not powerful enough and expensive enough to play with the big names. 

    Next we have a Corvette coming that will sell for about 1/3 of the price and will be fitted with a V8 with more power. heck the present car as similar power now. 

    Hmm this is why they are only making a few hundred a year. The exclusivity is about all it really has going for it to expect that price. 

    I still think they should have used a V8 and priced this car to where the last GT was. Sell about 2000 a year and really have a lasting car that you could continue and build on. Also one someone may be more likely to see than a Veyron. 

    In the end it is still a Ford not a Ferrari or a Mclaren. 

    To be fair the media will swoon over it. Kits will put up free car show posters and odds are the BOP will be worked so they win the GTLM class this year for them. But most people with the mean will opt for the bigger exotic name.

    Lets face it. Is it more fun to be known as the guy with the Ferrari or Mclaren or the guy with the Ford?

    This is why Chevy will not go this route as while the Corvette name has a lot of equity it also is know to be a car that can deliver exotic performance, A car that can win Le Mans and a car that is still in the realm of ownership of a large number of people new and used.

    I like the GT but I just see a lot of limitations of benefit for Ford. I just think they got the package right on the last car. I saw one in the JW Gulf colors the other say and that is what it is all about. Heritage but yet in a modern car.  

     

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    Love the car design, I wonder how long before someone builds a knock off fiberglass kit car for about $50,000. Buy a trashed Corvette, dump the body, spruce up the power-train and drop the fiber glass kit on and boom, Sleeper GT! :P

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    3 hours ago, dfelt said:

    Love the car design, I wonder how long before someone builds a knock off fiberglass kit car for about $50,000. Buy a trashed Corvette, dump the body, spruce up the power-train and drop the fiber glass kit on and boom, Sleeper GT! :P

    It will be a old Fiero with a bad kit and a LT4.

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    14 hours ago, hyperv6 said:

    Lets face it. Is it more fun to be known as the guy with the Ferrari or Mclaren or the guy with the Ford?

     

    WHAT YOU PEOPLE ARE ABOUT TO READ, THE RANT DOWN BELOW, WAS STARTED YESTERDAY.

    I NEVER FINISHED IT TO POST IT, BECAUSE I SAID...."PHOQUE IT! NOT WORTH MY TIME!"

    BUT BECAUSE SAUVE DONE HIS RANT, AND I APPLAUD HIM FOR IT, AND THROUGH THE MAGIC OF THIS SITE SAVING POSTS...HERE IS MINE!!!

     

    Well...in this picture

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    Id rather the Blue Oval ..

    Mclarens are too stiff to have fun with. They take the speed business waaaay too serious. No passion. No sexiness. Blah! Dry like toast they are.

    The price tag is what makes people go oooooo and aaaaaa over it. Like Bentley cars....

    It aint the speed....because 1990 Japanese sports cars with Twin Turbo V6s could reach 1000 HP with ease and reliability and offer just as much handling prowess....and those Japanese tuned up sports cars have got that passion in spades...

    Sure the latest and greatest Mclaren has a few curves here and there, but they do nothing for me...

    So its the price tag that denotes that "I gotta have it"  feeling.

     

    Ferraris have forgotten how to be sexy. And they have just about sold out and whored out their branding to actually mean anything to me. To fake latte swilling imbeciles who only buy badges...Ferraris work....to connoisseurs like myself....Id rather a vintage Ferrari...

     

    This is where a Ford GT comes in....

    You did mention that a decade ago....those GTs were selling MSRP $150 000.

    In the auctions now...upward $500 000...in a decade...they rose up in value.

    Yes I know...

    Ecoboost V6 with only 640 some odd ponies where Ferraris and Mclarens make 750 or so and there is a Mclaren with Hybrid electric power...

    I understand that.

    But the Ford GT is a car with deep rooted history that embarrassed Ferrari, spanked Ferraris ass!

    At a time when American cars were huge land yachts with gobs of chrome...

    Muscle cars were laughed at because they couldnt turn...well...the Ford GT40 held a big middle finger to that and told Ferrari...and the rest of the world to PHOQUE OFF!!!

    The Corvette was not the one to do that, nor was it the Cobra Daytona, despite both the Vette and Daytona having racing success before the GT40 was even a sperm...

    And the races were not fixed then!

    OK.....so the race was rigged in Ford's favor last year!

    The Vettes a decade ago, when they were winning, laws were put into place to neuter them, the complete opposite...which to me says that at Lemans, and the peeps running Lemans, do like a Ford better than Chevy, telling me Ford has more weight than Chevy...and FERRARI!

    To boot, Duntov wanted a mid-engined Vette from the early 60s.

    GM/Chevy has had cold feet with that since the early 60s....

    Ford has had RUNAWAY success with that mid-engine GT40 brand since the 1960s...

    ALL OVER THE WORLD, PEEPS RESPECT the GT and the GT40...

    THAT IS WHY the previous generation just in a decades time is a sought after collector's car...and the peeps, they keep modifying it to stay relevant...

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    A Ford GT is not just a "Ford"

    A Ford GT is just as COVETED AS ANY SPORTS MACHINE AS ANY OTHER!

    This new one is an ecoboosted V6...

    People will find ways to mod it just like they did with the other one...

    Outside the United States of America of all things!

     

    I dont get this negativity at all!

    I was once one of those that HATED the idea of an ecoboost V6 under the hood, actually, I still wished it had the Voodoo under the hood with ONLY 500 some odd horses...

    This new Ford GT, hey....

    it looks a TON better than ANY McLaren, or MODERN Ferrari!

    LaFerrari is sex on wheels, it ought to be, its a Ferrari!

    The Ford GT has passion: the secrecy surrounding its existence is proof of that!

    Its sexy in a retro but very different approach and take to the original!

    Unlike the 2005 model which was a copy and paste and enlarge by 25% type deal! Which was AWESOME for 2005! This new GT exterior is EXCELLENT for 2017!

    There are some exotic technologies in this new one. Yeah, even the engine!

    The 2005 one was just a F-150 lightning truck engine! 

    Debbie Downers . Stop with the depressing shyte!

     

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    16 hours ago, Frisky Dingo said:

    Not enough power.

    Too expensive.

    Too heavy.

    I'm sorry, but I don't see this car being the mega hit with the press. Within the next year, there are going to be cars six-figures cheaper that will deliver the same or better performance. 

    Money isn't an issue on something like this as it's basically an investment. You won't lose money on it whereas one of its direct competitors is known to depreciate like a son of a bitch in McLarens.

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    @oldshurst442 I get the underlying premise of your post, and largely agree with it. That however doesn't justify this car's position in my mind. 

    Is the Ford GT a collectible car that enthusiasts the world over respect and put in the same league as Ferrari, Lambo, etc?? Absolutely. Is this car any more special and deserving of a higher price tag than a 458 Speciale, a 675 LT, or Huracan Performante? I find it hard to make a case for it.

    3 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    Money isn't an issue on something like this as it's basically an investment. You won't lose money on it whereas one of its direct competitors is known to depreciate like a son of a bitch in McLarens.

    Hahahahaha. :lol:

    I think you need to check Speciale and 675 LT values.... :AH-HA:

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    3 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

    @oldshurst442 I get the underlying premise of your post, and largely agree with it. That however doesn't justify this car's position in my mind. 

    Is the Ford GT a collectible car that enthusiasts the world over respect and put in the same league as Ferrari, Lambo, etc?? Absolutely. Is this car any more special and deserving of a higher price tag than a 458 Speciale, a 675 LT, or Huracan Performante? I find it hard to make a case for it.

    Well.

    No regular civilian has driven it yet. No journalist.

    Like Suave said though...

    500 units more were added to the final tally because the MYSTIQUE of a Ford GT is DEFINITELY worth the price of admission.

    Now...I will find middle ground with you:

    IT BETTER HAVE SUBSTANCE or the mystique of a Ford GT will die with this model never to command another generation 10-20-30 years down the road. It will die like the Viper died!

    Something that Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Corvette and even McLaren for a shorter amount of time than the others mentioned have done over the decades to  continue to have people flock to their cars decade after decade. Unlike the aforementioned Dodge Viper!

     

     

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    8 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

    Well.

    No regular civilian has driven it yet. No journalist.

    Like Suave said though...

    500 units more were added to the final tally because the MYSTIQUE of a Ford GT is DEFINITELY worth the price of admission.

    Now...I will find middle ground with you:

    IT BETTER HAVE SUBSTANCE or the mystique of a Ford GT will die with this model never to command another generation 10-20-30 years down the road. It will die like the Viper died!

    Something that Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Corvette and even McLaren for a shorter amount of time than the others mentioned have done over the decades to  continue to have people flock to their cars decade after decade. Unlike the aforementioned Dodge Viper!

     

     

    This is true.

    And to clarify, for me it's not a matter of a potential cross-shopper not seeing the value relative to other supercars. Someone who wants one of these is going to buy it regardless.

    It's simply more an issue of "If others can do it, why can't you?" To me, this car needs to be objectively perfect, and subjectively stellar. A 400K car can't be just 'pretty good'. It needs to be likened to the other great modern supercars and be declared to be in the same league as other special models. It can't just be an Americanized 488 or 650S.

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    1 hour ago, Frisky Dingo said:

    @oldshurst442 I get the underlying premise of your post, and largely agree with it. That however doesn't justify this car's position in my mind. 

    Is the Ford GT a collectible car that enthusiasts the world over respect and put in the same league as Ferrari, Lambo, etc?? Absolutely. Is this car any more special and deserving of a higher price tag than a 458 Speciale, a 675 LT, or Huracan Performante? I find it hard to make a case for it.

    Hahahahaha. :lol:

    I think you need to check Speciale and 675 LT values.... :AH-HA:

    McLaren's resale is dog$h!.. I know Ferrari's all tend to hold their value. 

    It doesn't take much shopping around to see the depreciation of Mclarens compared to any Ferrari or GTs.

    Also, because the 675LT is a stripped down/track-ier version of the 650S wouldn't the 650S be more a long the lines of a GT/488 competitor? Or are we comparing to the 675LT because of price?

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    22 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    McLaren's resale is dog$h!.. I know Ferrari's all tend to hold their value. 

    It doesn't take much shopping around to see the depreciation of Mclarens compared to any Ferrari or GTs.

    Also, because the 675LT is a stripped down/track-ier version of the 650S wouldn't the 650S be more a long the lines of a GT/488 competitor? Or are we comparing to the 675LT because of price?

    Why on earth would you compare the GT to a standard 650S? :confused0071:

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    "standard" just means it has a full interior and doesn't have tacked on larger carbon fiber pieces extending off the front and rear of the car. Oh, and 25hp. The 675LT doesn't come with A/C standard either.

    Why does the GT have to be compared to the 675LT? It's an honest question.

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    FYI has anyone noted the word going around GM bought back the Cerv 1 at Barrett Jackson last week for $1.3m. 

    This a great indication they may be preparing the launch of the C8 Zora. What better car to use to introduce the new car than the first mid engine Chevy Zora himself built and drove. I can see a intro and marketing program using the two cars together. Too bad the Cerv 2 is not for sale. 

    GM should have never let them get away in the first place. 

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    lol that's what investors want to see. 1.3m thrown out the door as a prop for a new vehicle introduction. 

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    The thing is Mclaren and Ferrari need to sell their supercars to earn a living, Ford doesn't need the GT, they built it around the legacy of the historic win in 1966, and this car truly will be limited.

     

    Mclaren has a whole family of vehicles so does Ferrari. But there is only one GT. 

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    4 minutes ago, Suaviloquent said:

    The thing is Mclaren and Ferrari need to sell their supercars to earn a living, Ford doesn't need the GT, they built it around the legacy of the historic win in 1966, and this car truly will be limited.

     

    Mclaren has a whole family of vehicles so does Ferrari. But there is only one GT. 

    So much for Ferrari heritage...

    http://ls1tech.com/articles/ferrari-308-ls-swap/

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    http://www.lsxmag.com/news/swap-insanity-ferrari-360-gt-powered-by-1000-horsepower-ls-engine/

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    This is about the Ford GT...

    However, this also goes to show you how whoring out your brand does to the respect aspect...

    Like you said Suave, there is only 1 Ford GT...

    And with that being said, I change my mind about the Corvette being its own brand.

    It dont need to be its own brand...people respect it the way it is now...

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    So much so, that newer Porsches and Ferraris prefer the Vette's heart!

     

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    11 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

    So much for Ferrari heritage...

    http://ls1tech.com/articles/ferrari-308-ls-swap/

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    http://www.lsxmag.com/news/swap-insanity-ferrari-360-gt-powered-by-1000-horsepower-ls-engine/

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    This is about the Ford GT...

    However, this also goes to show you how whoring out your brand does to the respect aspect...

    Like you said Suave, there is only 1 Ford GT...

    And with that being said, I change my mind about the Corvette being its own brand.

    It dont need to be its own brand...people respect it the way it is now...

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    So much so, that newer Porsches and Ferraris prefer the Vette's heart!

     

    LS engine swaps in these auto's are very common in Washington. You have the RIch people buy these auto's till the engines blow and they get rid of them cheap and then others who love the body style but want an easy to work on and cheap to repair engine swap out for an LS. Jeep Wrangler owners do this all the time as do many others due to the ease of fitting a small block V8 into so many various cars, trucks, SUV's.

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    23 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    "standard" just means it has a full interior and doesn't have tacked on larger carbon fiber pieces extending off the front and rear of the car. Oh, and 25hp. The 675LT doesn't come with A/C standard either.

    Why does the GT have to be compared to the 675LT? It's an honest question.

    Price.

    Power.

    Purpose.

    Production numbers.

    What else is there??

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      Hackett, who will continue as a special advisor to Ford through March of 2021, said the time is right to pass the mantle of leadership to Jim Farley.
      “My goal when I took on the CEO role was to prepare Ford to win in the future,” Hackett said. “The hardest thing for a proud, long-lived company to do is change to meet the challenges of the world it’s entering rather than the world it has known. I’m very proud of how far we have come in creating a modern Ford and I am very optimistic about the future.
      “I have worked side-by-side with Jim Farley for the past three years and have the greatest confidence in him as a person and a leader,” Hackett said. “He has been instrumental in crafting our new product portfolio and redesigning our businesses around the world. He is also a change agent with a deep understanding of how to lead Ford in this new era defined by smart vehicles in a smart world.”
      Said Farley: “I love Ford and I am honored by the opportunity to serve and create value for Ford’s employees, customers, dealers, communities and all of our stakeholders. Jim Hackett has laid the foundation for a really vibrant future and we have made tremendous progress in the past three years. I am so excited to work together with the whole Ford team to realize the full potential of this great company in a new era.”

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    • By William Maley
      Jim Hackett's tenure as Ford CEO will be coming to a close on October 1st as he will retire from the position. His replacement is Jim Farley, currently Ford's Chief Operating Officer, a role he took on at the beginning of this year. In a press release, Ford said the two will be working together over the next two months on the transition. Hackett will stay on as "special advisor" for some time after.
      “I am very grateful to Jim Hackett for all he has done to modernize Ford and prepare us to compete and win in the future. Our new product vision – led by the Mustang Mach-E, new F-150 and Bronco family – is taking shape. We now have compelling plans for electric and autonomous vehicles, as well as full vehicle connectivity. And we are becoming much more nimble, which was apparent when we quickly mobilized to make life-saving equipment at the outset of the pandemic,” said Ford executive chairman, Bill Ford.
      Hackett became Ford's CEO in 2017 after the ousting of then CEO Mark Fields. His short tenure brought forth some major and controversial decisions such as Ford killing off most of their passenger car nameplates to focus on trucks and utility vehicles; spending $11 billion in electric vehicles by 2022, and the introductions of the Mach-E, 2021 F-150, and Bronco. He has also dealt with a lot frustration from various groups as The Detroit News outlines,
      Hackett admitted that his tenure did cause a fair amount of friction, but said his efforts are starting to show.
      "I aimed for moving ahead versus just moving fast. Could we aim for a longer-arc kind of reward. In this case, for the three years it takes to get products to market, you're starting to see the fruits of our labor."
      Farley, who has been with Ford since 2007, knows he has a tough road ahead. Aside from realizing the various paths laid out by Hackett, he also has to deal with the issues of the COVID-19 pandemic and hopefully launch two of Ford's key product without any issues.
      Source: Ford
      Press Release is on Page 2


      FORD ANNOUNCES JIM HACKETT TO RETIRE AS PRESIDENT AND CEO; JIM FARLEY TO SUCCEED HACKETT AS COMPANY CONTINUES TRANSFORMATION
      Jim Hackett, who has led Ford Motor Company’s transformation since 2017 as president and CEO, has elected to retire from the company Jim Farley, currently chief operating officer, becomes president and CEO of Ford effective Oct. 1. He was also elected to the Ford board of directors. He will work closely with Jim Hackett on the transition over the next two months Seamless CEO transition underscores strength of Ford’s leadership team, succession planning, and company progress over the past three years, Executive Chairman Bill Ford says DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 4, 2020 – Ford Motor Company today announced that Jim Hackett, who has led the company’s transformation since 2017, plans to retire from the company. Jim Farley has been named the company’s new president and CEO and will join the board of directors, effective Oct. 1.
      Hackett, 65, and Farley, 58, will work together on a smooth leadership transition over the next two months.
      Under Hackett, Ford moved aggressively into the new era of smart vehicles and drove a deeper focus on customers’ wants and needs. At the same time, Ford improved the fitness of the base business – restructuring operations, invigorating the product portfolio and reducing bureaucracy.
      “I am very grateful to Jim Hackett for all he has done to modernize Ford and prepare us to compete and win in the future,” said Bill Ford, Ford’s executive chairman. “Our new product vision – led by the Mustang Mach-E, new F-150 and Bronco family – is taking shape. We now have compelling plans for electric and autonomous vehicles, as well as full vehicle connectivity. And we are becoming much more nimble, which was apparent when we quickly mobilized to make life-saving equipment at the outset of the pandemic.”
      Farley, an automotive leader with deep global experience and a successful track record, collaborated with Hackett over the past three years to develop and execute Ford’s Creating Tomorrow Together plan to transform Ford into a higher-growth, higher-margin business.
      “Jim Farley matches an innate feel for cars and customers with great instincts for the future and the new technologies that are changing our industry,” Bill Ford said. “Jim’s passion for great vehicles and his intense drive for results are well known, and I have also seen him develop into a transformational leader with the determination and foresight to help Ford thrive into the future.”
      Farley joined Ford in 2007 as global head of Marketing and Sales and went on to lead Lincoln, Ford South America, Ford of Europe and all Ford global markets in successive roles. In April 2019, Farley was chosen to lead Ford’s New Businesses, Technology & Strategy team, helping the company determine how to capitalize on powerful forces reshaping the industry – such as software platforms, connectivity, AI, automation and new forms of propulsion. He was named chief operating officer in February of this year.
      Hackett, who will continue as a special advisor to Ford through March of 2021, said the time is right to pass the mantle of leadership to Jim Farley.
      “My goal when I took on the CEO role was to prepare Ford to win in the future,” Hackett said. “The hardest thing for a proud, long-lived company to do is change to meet the challenges of the world it’s entering rather than the world it has known. I’m very proud of how far we have come in creating a modern Ford and I am very optimistic about the future.
      “I have worked side-by-side with Jim Farley for the past three years and have the greatest confidence in him as a person and a leader,” Hackett said. “He has been instrumental in crafting our new product portfolio and redesigning our businesses around the world. He is also a change agent with a deep understanding of how to lead Ford in this new era defined by smart vehicles in a smart world.”
      Said Farley: “I love Ford and I am honored by the opportunity to serve and create value for Ford’s employees, customers, dealers, communities and all of our stakeholders. Jim Hackett has laid the foundation for a really vibrant future and we have made tremendous progress in the past three years. I am so excited to work together with the whole Ford team to realize the full potential of this great company in a new era.”
    • By William Maley
      During a recent fireside chat with Bank of America, Ford teased a new 'Whitespace' product due in the 2021MY. What could that product be? Muscle Cars & Trucks speculates this may be a smaller pickup truck.
      We've been hearing rumblings about this since 2018 when Automobile Magazine first brought this to light. This truck would be the replacement for the Brazilian market Courier, last sold in 2013. It would be based on the C2 platform that underpinned at the time the new Focus for markets outside of the U.S. Fuel would be added to the fire a year later when Jim Farley, Ford's president of global markets dropped this,
      Since then, a trademark filing for Maverick by Ford has appeared, possibly giving us a name for this new model. Plus, dealers were shown this model earlier this year where it earned an enthusiastic reception.
      This model could have a starting price of around $20,000 or so when it launches. Stay tuned.
      Source: Muscle Cars & Trucks

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    • By William Maley
      During a recent fireside chat with Bank of America, Ford teased a new 'Whitespace' product due in the 2021MY. What could that product be? Muscle Cars & Trucks speculates this may be a smaller pickup truck.
      We've been hearing rumblings about this since 2018 when Automobile Magazine first brought this to light. This truck would be the replacement for the Brazilian market Courier, last sold in 2013. It would be based on the C2 platform that underpinned at the time the new Focus for markets outside of the U.S. Fuel would be added to the fire a year later when Jim Farley, Ford's president of global markets dropped this,
      Since then, a trademark filing for Maverick by Ford has appeared, possibly giving us a name for this new model. Plus, dealers were shown this model earlier this year where it earned an enthusiastic reception.
      This model could have a starting price of around $20,000 or so when it launches. Stay tuned.
      Source: Muscle Cars & Trucks
    • By William Maley
      The 2021 Ford Bronco shows how serious the automaker is to creating a real threat to the Jeep Wrangler. With two and four-door versions, seven different trims, a number of off-road features, and other goodies, there is a lot to digest. So let us dive in.
      It Certainly Looks the Part
      Ford's designers leaned heavily on the first-generation (1963-1977) Bronco as inspiration for the new model. The boxy profile is here, as is the "BRONCO" front grille. Unlike Broncos of the past, Ford is offering two and four-door versions. Before you ask, the doors are removable. While being slightly heavier than the Wrangler, the Bronco's doors are frameless that not only makes them more compact to store, but also makes it feel more like a convertible. If you're wondering about the side-view mirrors, Ford moved them from the doors to the front cowl.
      Which brings us to the Bronco's tops. The two-door version will only come with a hardtop, while the four-door comes with both a soft and hardtop. Ford claims that removing the top on the Bronco will be easier and quicker than on the Wrangler, we can't wait to see that claim be put to the test.
      One item that the Bronco doesn't have is the ability for the front windshield to fold down like on the Wrangler. Roadshow asked Ford officials and this is what they wrote,
      Moving inside, the Bronco leans more on being purposeful and plain. There are some clever touches such as grab handles molded into the dash, a set of dedicated buttons on top of the dash for various off-road features, and built-in drains in the floor to wash out the interior. Ford's latest infotainment system, SYNC 4 will come standard in the Bronco - either in 8 or 12-inch touchscreen. 
      Turbo Power!
      Ford is going all-in on turbocharged power for the new Bronco. The base engine is the 2.3 EcoBoost four-cylinder packing 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. This will come standard with a seven-speed manual. Before you start thinking this is similar to what you'll find in a last-generation Chevrolet Corvette or Porsche 911, the seventh-gear acts a crawler gear. With the upgraded 4x4 system, it can achieve a 95:1 crawl ratio for peak climbing prowess. A ten-speed automatic is optional.
      Next step up is the 2.7L EcoBoost with 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. This is paired solely with the ten-speed automatic.
      Both engines have four-wheel drive as standard - in this case a part-time system with a two-speed, shift-on-the-fly electronic transfer case. Optional is a full-time system with a 4-Auto setting.
      GOAT Doesn't Mean "Greatest of All Time" for Bronco
      If you checked our Bronco Sport story from last night, you may have seen something called GOAT. This in Bronco terms means "Goes Over Any Type of Terrain" - i.e. seven different drive modes. Those modes are,
      Normal Eco Sport Slippery Sand Baja Mud/Ruts Rock Crawl There is also hill-descent control and Trail Control, the latter being an off-road cruise control system.
      How About that Suspension?
      Up front, the Bronco utilizes a independent suspension setup with twin-A control arms and coilovers. The back utilizes a live axle with trailing links and coil-over springs. On certain versions, a electro-hydraulically actuated sway bar can be disconnected while under load. It will automatically reconnect at speeds above 20 mph.
      If you want a slightly deeper dive into the Bronco's suspension, I highly recommend Dan Edmunds' piece on Autoblog.
      How Much and When I Can Get One?
      First the bad news, the 2021 Ford Bronco will not be available at dealers until next spring. This might be a good thing considering Ford's previous launches haven't gone over so well (see Explorer). As for pricing, the base two-door will begin at $29,995. The four-door kicks off at $34,695. Prices include a $1,495 destination charge.
      The rest of the lineup is as followed (two-door, four-door),
      Big Bend: $34,880, $37,375 Black Diamond: $37,545, $40,040 Outer Banks: $40,450, $42,945 Badlands: $43,590, $46,085 Wildtrak: $50,370, $52,865 First Edition: $60,800, $64,995 (Author's Note: As of this morning, Ford has announced that all First Editions of the Bronco have sold out.)
      Car and Driver has a good piece breaking down each trim and what comes equipped.
      As we mentioned in our Bronco Sport story, you can put a reservation on a 2021 Bronco with a $100 deposit. Hopefully, Ford's servers are up to the task as they were struggling last night.
      Source: Ford
      Press Release is on Page 2


      ALL-NEW 2021 BRONCO TWO-DOOR AND FIRST-EVER FOUR-DOOR MODELS: BUILT WILD SUVS WITH THRILLING 4X4 CAPABILITY, READY FOR FUN
      Built Wild™: Ford Bronco returns as the flagship of a new all-4x4 family of rugged SUVs, with a classic two-door and a first-ever four-door; both are engineered with Built Wild Extreme Durability Testing, Capability and Innovative Design for segment-leading 4x4 capability, long-term off-road performance and dependability Thrilling: Bronco features powerful EcoBoost® engines with segment-exclusive 7-speed manual transmission and available 35-inch tires; Bronco excels with available best-in-class 94.75:1 crawl ratio, ground clearance, suspension travel and water fording capabilities, plus breakover and departure angles Ready for fun: Bronco two-door and four-door models can get you to the trails fast with quick-release stowable roof panels and doors on select versions; available cutting-edge off-road drive technologies and segment-exclusive digital trail mapping allow owners to easily plan, record and share their experiences via an all-in-one app Infinitely customizable: Bronco launches with more than 200 factory-backed aftermarket accessories for more capability, personalization and style, and with a base MSRP of $29,995; 2021 Bronco two- and four-door SUVs can be reserved at ford.com starting today for $100 DEARBORN, Mich., July 13, 2020 – Ford today unveils the 2021 Bronco – including a classic two-door and first-ever four-door – the flagship of an all-new family of rugged off-road vehicles.
      The all-4x4 Bronco brand is Built Wild™ and ready to deliver thrilling experiences with its heritage-inspired style, engineering and smart off-road technology, plus innovative features to help outdoor enthusiasts create adventures in the most remote corners of the world.
      “We created the Bronco family to elevate every aspect of off-road adventure and equipped them with class-leading chassis hardware and exclusive technologies to raise the bar in the rugged 4x4 segment and take people further into the wild,” said Jim Farley, Ford chief operating officer. “They’re built with the toughness of an F-Series truck and performance spirit of Mustang – and come wrapped in one of the most stunning and functional off-road designs that’s true to the original Bronco design DNA.”
      The all-new Bronco re-enters the scene with an all-4x4 lineup with production beginning in early 2021 and first models arriving in Ford dealerships next spring. Bronco owners can choose from an extensive lineup of more than 200 factory-backed accessories for maximum personalization, enabling dealers to provide outfitting-on-demand for each customer’s individual adventure needs.
      Built Wild 4x4 confidence

      Just like the first-generation Bronco, nicknamed G.O.A.T., the mission of the all-new 2021 Bronco is to deliver maximum 4x4 go-anywhere, anytime capability and confidence. Bronco incorporates off-road mapping and drive technologies to give novice adventurers as much fun as hard-core off-road experts, while its Built Wild durability makes for lasting performance in the harshest of conditions for generations to come.
      “Bronco’s advanced four-wheel-drive technology is at the core of its off-road capabilities, and at the heart of it all is Bronco’s exclusive Terrain Management System™ with G.O.A.T. Modes™ that is designed to help drivers better navigate any type of terrain,” said Mark Grueber, Bronco consumer marketing manager.
      Up to seven driver-selectable modes are offered including Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand, with Baja, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl for off-road driving.
      Two 4x4 systems are offered on all Bronco models, a base setup and advanced 4x4. The base system utilizes a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case, while the optional advanced system features a two-speed electromechanical transfer case that adds an auto mode for on-demand engagement to select between 2H and 4H. Power is distributed to a Dana™ 44 AdvanTEK® solid rear axle and Dana AdvanTEK independent front differential unit – both with available Spicer® Performa-TraK™ electronic locking differentials for improved traction over rough terrain.
      Available segment-first Trail Toolbox gives Bronco owners a suite of exclusive technologies to elevate their off-road experience. This includes Trail Control™ – cruise control for low-speed trail driving, while Trail Turn Assist tightens off-road turning radiuses through torque vectoring, and the innovative Trail One-Pedal Drive acceleration/braking control makes for more precise and confident slow-mode rock crawling.
      Segment-leading levels of off-road capability are possible thanks to Bronco’s available best-in-class 11.6-inch ground clearance, maximum 29-degree breakover angle and 37.2-degree departure angle, plus best-in-class water fording capability of up to 33.5 inches. Off-road capability is further reinforced by exposed tow hooks in the front and rear and available heavy-duty modular steel bumpers with integrated Ford Performance accessory winch mount.
      Bronco’s strategically placed steel shields protect critical hardware. Higher-capability models get an available front bash plate, plus shields for the engine, transmission, transfer case and fuel tank. For those taking on the roughest rocky terrain, Bronco’s available side rock rails are strong enough to support the weight of each side of the vehicle.
      “Bronco two- and four-door models leverage the company’s Built Ford Tough durability and performance testing and take it even further off-road with Built Wild Extreme Durability Testing in the harshest possible environments, including the brutal trails of the King of the Hammers off-road competition,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford enterprise product line management, Icons.
      Thrilling performance borne of Bronco DNA
      Thanks to Bronco’s legendary Baja racing DNA, each model brings forth a thrilling off-road experience and delivers it with modern, heritage-inspired style. It all began in a Ford design studio with a life-size digital scan of a first-generation model that served to influence the proportions and design of the all-new Bronco for maximum off-road capability and performance.
      “Similar to the first-generation model, Bronco’s square proportions, short overhangs and wide stance are optimized for off-road adventure,” said Paul Wraith, Bronco chief designer. “The side profile features a flat, no-nonsense surface with clear-cut edges and robustly flared fenders. Large, open wheel wells are a modular design with a quick-release attachment for simple customization.
      All-new Bronco architecture for two- and four-door models is based on a fully boxed, high-strength steel chassis that delivers available best-in-class suspension travel – 17 percent more both front and rear over the closest competitor to thrive in rugged environments.
      To deliver thrilling high-speed off-roading and overall driving performance, every Bronco comes with an independent front suspension for improved control, confidence and comfort. At the rear, a rugged solid axle design featuring coil springs with five locating links delivers both strength and off-road control. Long-travel position-sensitive Bilstein® dampers with end-stop control valves at every corner are available for added off-road durability and reduced harshness.
      An available segment-exclusive semi-active hydraulic stabilizer bar disconnect design provides maximum articulation and increased ramp angle index for off-camber terrain. This innovative system bests competitors by disconnecting during articulation; it can reconnect under all conditions to improve steering and stability at higher speeds.
      Segment-first 35-inch off-road tires direct from the factory are available on every trim level of two- and four-door Bronco, while available segment-first beadlock-capable wheels allow customers to elevate off-road capability, regardless of price point. 
      “Race-bred EcoBoost® engines and our segment-first 7-speed manual and available 10-speed automatic transmissions give the all-new Bronco the optimal combination of power, torque and gear ranges to perform in a wide variety of terrains and uses,” said Pericak.
      Best-in-class projected gasoline-powered horsepower and torque is available with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, which is projected to produce 310 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 2.3-liter EcoBoost is targeted to deliver best-in-class four-cylinder torque of 310 lb.-ft. with an expected 270 horsepower.
      For maximum low-speed rock-climbing capability, a segment-first 7-speed (6+1) manual transmission paired with the available advanced 4x4 system with automatic on-demand engagement generates a class-leading available crawler-gear ratio of 94.75:1. An available segment-first SelectShift® 10-speed automatic transmission makes for easier driving on- and off-road, while offering a maximum 67.8:1 crawl ratio with the available advanced 4x4 transfer case.
      Ready to head effortlessly into the wild
      Both Bronco two- and four-door models make the open-air experience quick, easy and fun. Two-door models come with a standard three-section roof system – left and right front sections and a rear section – molded-in color and an available premium painted modular top with four sections that adds a removable panel over the rear seats and cargo area. Four-door models have four removable roof sections – left and right front panels, a full-width center panel and a rear section. Roof panels on all models can be removed by one person by unlocking the latches from the interior. First-row panels stow away onboard on two-door models.
      All modular hardtops have rear quarter windows that are removable in three easy steps – snap, push and lift away in a fraction of the time it takes for competitors – without removing the roof panels. By locating the sportbar behind the second row, both Bronco two- and four-door models offer the largest overall open-top view in its class to take in the sunshine or to gaze at the stars at night.
      A cloth soft top, standard on four-door models, provides easy access to the open air and a unique tilt-up function for quick access to the rear cargo area. For customers who don’t want to choose between a soft or hardtop, the four-door model can be optioned with both.
      Every Bronco comes with class-exclusive frameless doors that make them easier to remove than what competitors offer. On four-door Bronco models, all four doors can be stored onboard with protective door bags. Exclusive cowl-mounted mirrors maintain sideview visibility when the doors are removed. Trail sights on the front fenders also serve as tie-downs, reminiscent of the first-generation Bronco, have a 150-pound capacity for securing longer items like canoes.
      High-tech interior designed for the outdoors
      Inside, all Bronco models are purpose-built and ready for action. The instrument panel is inspired by the first-generation model, with gauges and controls clearly visible and intuitive. Colors and materials are inspired by natural palettes and outdoor gear. With off-road functionality paramount, materials are tough and rugged.
      A multifunction color LCD instrument panel is front and center with the transmission shifter/selector and G.O.A.T. Modes controller in the center console. Available grab handles are integrated into the modular instrument panel and center console, while available MOLLE hooks are mounted in the seatbacks. Attachment points are built into the instrument panel to mount a bring-your-own-device rack, with 12-volt power connections to easily mount cameras, navigation units, phones or other devices.
      Further setting Bronco ahead of the off-road competition is an available segment-exclusive 12-inch SYNC® 4 system with over-the-air updates and seamless integration to the FordPass Performance app with off-road navigation – a Bronco class-exclusive feature that allows owners to easily plan, navigate and share their off-road adventures. The SYNC system also displays the available 360-degree camera system with class-exclusive off-road spotter views to provide additional visibility in technical pursuits such as rock crawling.
      Bronco’s advanced topographic trail maps and more than 1,000 curated trail maps are powered by class-exclusive trail content from NeoTreks’ AccuTerra® Maps, Trails Offroad trail guides and FunTreks trail guides.
      “The trail mapping system available on Bronco is truly a game-changer in the off-road community,” said Grueber. “It works online or off on either of the navigation-capable 8- or 12-inch SYNC systems, allowing users to select one of hundreds of available curated trail maps to map out and then track, capture and share their adventures with others.”  
      To make post-adventure cleanups simple, fast and painless, select Bronco models come with washable rubberized floors with integrated drains and marine-grade vinyl seating surfaces that resist mildew. Instrument panel surfaces are wipeable, with seamless silicone rubber on the dash-mounted hero switches, while rubber touchpoints protect against dirt and water. Six available upfitter switches mounted overhead are silicone-sealed to protect against the elements and to make customization easy, with pre-wired leads to key accessory points.
      A modern high-strength steel roll cage with integrated side curtain airbags in the upper structure and seats helps protect passengers from side impacts and complements driver and front passenger airbags. Available Ford Co-Pilot360™ driver-assist technologies plus standard AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ and Trailer Sway Control help instill driver confidence.
      Equipment series redefine customization
      An all-new experiential-based equipment series provides unique flexibility to align capability with the adventure interests of each customer. Seven unique Bronco series are offered, with matched color and trim combinations. When combined with four content packages, numerous available options, 11 color choices and more than 200 dealer-installable accessories, personalizing an all-new Bronco SUV has never been easier.
      Series range from a base Bronco, a no-frills SUV for those who want to customize their own, to Big Bend™, Black Diamond™ and Outer Banks™ with a variety of options and colors, topping out with Wildtrak™ and Badlands™ for more extreme off-road adventuring. A limited-production First Edition™ will be offered at launch.
      Reservations begin today

      As with the five generations before it, the all-new 2021 Bronco two-door and four-door models will be built at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. More detailed information, including vehicle specs, accessories and full pricing and options, will be provided closer to launch. MSRP for the base two-door Bronco is $29,995, including $1,495 destination and delivery. Reservations for Bronco two- and four-door models can be made for $100 beginning at 8 p.m. EDT today at ford.com. 

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