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Posted on November 7, 2018 by Jeff HarrisThe Isle of Man TT Competition is among the many most well-known motorsport festivals on the planet. Yearly, over two weeks, 30 million followers tune in to see prime motorcyclists check their expertise on the unimaginable “Mountain Course”. However you don’t must be on two wheels to get the perfect out of what’s considered one of Europe’s Biggest Driving Roads. For the most recent in Ford’s sequence of movies that showcase hidden gems for drivers and travellers alike, journalist Steve Sutcliffe received behind the wheel of the Ford Mustang Bullitt, on the island the place many roads usually are not restricted by pace limits.(Though there are nonetheless legal guidelines towards careless and harmful driving.) “Think about German autobahns, then add hills and twists, and shrink it to a single carriageway with unimaginable views, and what you’ve got are these totally implausible, and dramatic, roads,” mentioned Sutcliffe. “The ‘Mountain Highway’
Posted on November 1, 2018 by Jeff HarrisAs soon as it was a way that helped shield knights in armour from the crashing blows of their rivals. Now, we’re making use of a cutting-edge model of the identical know-how to assist make our automobiles safer than ever. The primary absolutely automated hot-forming course of shapes and cuts elements of the automobile – that are integral to defending drivers and passengers – utilizing large furnaces, robots and three,000° C lasers. “We’re constructing on strategies used to strengthen metal for 1000’s of years, incorporating trendy supplies and automation to hurry and refine the hot-forming course of,” stated Dale Wishnousky, who heads up manufacturing in Europe.“The ensuing boron metal security cell helps to make the all-new Focus one in every of our most secure autos ever.” The recent-forming line – absolutely built-in throughout the Saarlouis Car Meeting Plant in Germany – was constructed as a part of a latest
Posted on October 24, 2018 by Jeff HarrisIn accordance with a current survey, most individuals are scared driving after darkish, one thing that, with the clocks about to return, will quickly be taking place for an increasing number of folks. We’re the primary producer to introduce know-how that makes use of highway indicators and lane markings because the cue to regulate headlight beams that higher illuminate the highway forward. On the brand new Focus it will, for instance, widen the beam when approaching a roundabout in order that drivers are in a position to see pedestrians and cyclists on the kerbside extra simply.Somewhat than relying on GPS mapping, which doesn’t all the time replicate the most recent highway format adjustments, the brand new system harnesses digicam and lighting applied sciences to presents real-world warning of what lies forward. “The dream is that night time driving want be no tougher than driving within the day. Our newest
Posted on October 19, 2018 by Jeff HarrisShould you want a Ford GT in your life then take coronary heart. After initially asserting 1,000 fashions worldwide again in 2016, we at the moment are going to maintain constructing our high-performance supercar into 2022 – elevating the quantity constructed to 1,350. Following overwhelming demand, the window for functions for a brand new Ford GT – powered by a twin-turbocharged, three.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine to a prime pace of 216 mph – will re-open at FordGT.com for one month from November eight.
Posted on October 10, 2018 by Jeff HarrisThink about a world the place negotiating busy junctions doesn’t require you to attend at a pink mild and the one purpose to cease your automobile is as a result of you’ve got arrived at your vacation spot. Yearly, the typical driver spends two days ready at site visitors lights. And never solely can junctions be irritating – they’re additionally the reason for as much as 60 per cent of highway site visitors accidents. In addition to saving time, avoiding stopping at junctions might save gas, as drivers keep away from braking and accelerating away from the lights.We are actually trialling a brand new means through which linked automobile know-how might assist – and that takes its lead from how individuals negotiate their means by way of busy crowds, by slowing down or dashing as much as keep away from collisions, with out coming to a standstill. Intersection Precedence
Posted on September 26, 2018 by Jeff HarrisOften called the “Inexperienced Hell”, the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife, in Germany, is a must-drive vacation spot for petrolheads world wide. Even for knowledgeable drivers, it may be demanding. So how about drifting the total 20.7-kilometre circuit? That’s precisely what champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jnr has finished – behind the wheel of his 900hp Ford Efficiency 5.zero Aluminator XS powered Ford Mustang RTR Drift automotive, the primary time the feat has been achieved. * For Gittin Jnr is was all about having a “good time, not a lap time”.However he nonetheless hit speeds in extra of 240 km/h, shredded three units of tyres, and maxed out in sixth gear on the sideways entries into the bends.
Posted on September 24, 2018 by Jeff HarrisAlong with Vodafone, we’re testing know-how that would alert drivers to an accident forward moments after it has occurred. The system may present early warning that emergency autos are approaching – and which aspect of the street drivers ought to transfer in direction of to keep away from being an obstruction. The implications of blocking emergency autos – and delaying their arrival on the scene of an accident – may show deadly. In truth, consultants imagine that survival charges for street accident victims will be improved by as a lot as 40 per cent in the event that they obtain remedy simply 4 minutes extra shortly. The system is designed to create an “emergency hall” alongside which hearth engines, ambulances and police autos can attain their locations extra shortly; and is being trialled as a part of KoMoD (Kooperative Mobilität im digitalen Testfeld Düsseldorf) – a €15
Posted on September 18, 2018 by Jeff HarrisWe’re heading to Hanover in Germany this week to indicate off our newest Transit van. Our largest Transit, with a 2-tonne capability, can be exhibiting off its capacious measurement, environment friendly engine choices and even a decrease emission gentle hybrid model. It has some welcome additions for drivers too, the massive van now extra car-like to drive and with tech like wide-angle entrance and rear cameras, hands-free parking and even hands-free exiting from parallel parking areas. Our new Transit Customized plug-in hybrid can be making its production-ready debut alongside it too.For these wanting sporty, the Ranger Raptor can be on present, together with a brand new Transit Join Sport Van. Plus we’re revealing some sensible new linked companies that allow fleet house owners use knowledge uploaded to the cloud from their autos to test their drivers are driving safely whereas maximising fleet effectivity, which is all the time factor
Posted on September 13, 2018 by Jeff HarrisFord auf der IAA Nutzfahrzeuge Hannover Am 20. September öffnen (die Tore der IAA Nutzfahrzeuge in Hannover. Als einer der führenden Hersteller von leichten Nutzfahrzeugen präsentiert sich Ford mit einem Querschnitt seiner Modellfamilie – bestehend aus den vier Baureihen Courier, Join, Customized und Transit. Einer der Schwerpunkte wird dabei die Konnektivität/Vernetzung im Nutzfahrzeugbereich sein. So werden wir unter dem Motto „Born Linked“ Fahrzeuge präsentieren, die serienmäßig mit On Board-Modems ausgerüstet sind.Ein weiterer Schwerpunkt ist das Thema elektrifizierte Antriebe. Ins Scheinwerferlicht rücken somit zum einen der serienreife Transit Customized PHEV mit Plug-in-Hybrid-Technologie und zum anderen der modernisierte Ford Transit, der im Zwei-Tonnen-Nutzlastbereich angesiedelt ist und in Hannover Weltpremiere feiert. Der Ford Transit wird als erstes Fahrzeug seines Segments mit einem 48 Volt-Gentle-Hybrid-Antrieb (mHEV) zu euch rollen. Darüber hinaus wird am Ford Messestand modern Telematik- und Datendienste vorgestellt, mit denen Flottenbetreiber ihre Fuhrparks noch effizienter managen können. Unser Stand ist in
Posted on September 3, 2018 by Jeff HarrisDo you know the common school-child grows at a price of 6 centimetres a 12 months? Children may even shoot upwards a whopping 16 centimetres in a single 12 months… with spurts of as much as half a centimetre in a single evening. That implies that some college students can be hopping into the household automobile to return to high school 2 centimetres taller than after they began their summer time break. One scientific research even confirmed college students get taller even sooner than regular throughout their summer time holidays, as a result of they’re much less confused. Our new Ford Focus presents extra room than ever for rising children as they head again to high school this autumn. There’s 5 centimetres more room for lengthier legs than the outdated model – that means extra room than some other automobile of its kind. The ground
Posted on August 31, 2018 by Jeff HarrisAngelo Paletta is self-diagnosed with OCD… “obsessive automobile dysfunction”. Loopy about our automobiles his complete life, he’s amassed a shocking assortment of quick Fords together with Mustangs and GT supercars in his particular “automobile cathedral”, close to Ontario, Canada. And fairly than preserving his prized possessions behind closed doorways, Angelo is comfortable to share his ardour by internet hosting charity occasions, get-togethers and barbecues. Take a look at Angelo’s wonderful assortment of Ford automobiles and memorabilia on this video:
Posted on August 31, 2018 by Jeff HarrisPetrol-heads will recognise it as one of the vital well-known paint schemes in motorsport – the orange and blue of the legendary American Gulf Oil-sponsored Ford GT40 racing automobile. The Le Mans 24 Hours-winning 1968 Ford GT40 that first sported this iconic paint job was one among only a few particular person vehicles to attain repeat victories within the gruelling race, when it took the fourth GT40 win in a row in in 1969. Fifty years on from the 1968 victory, we’ve revealed our new Ford GT Heritage Version full with Gulf paint-scheme. Along with the outside colors, cool retro particulars embrace one-off 20-inch aluminium wheels, silver rear-view mirror caps, and blue and orange stitching for the seats and steering wheel. Not like earlier Ford GT Heritage Editions, this particular mannequin might be on sale for 2 years as a substitute of only one, with the
Posted on August 30, 2018 by Jeff HarrisThink about if you happen to may instantly perform an arduous – however important – activity across the house or at work in a fraction of the time it will usually take, thanks to 1 easy innovation. That’s the case for workers at our Dagenham Engine Plant within the UK, who at the moment are utilizing drones to examine high-up and hard-to-reach elements of the manufacturing facility, whereas conserving their ft firmly on the bottom. Upkeep groups use radio-controlled drones fitted with superior digital cameras to view areas of the plant they’ll’t see from floor degree.This fashion they’ll test that buildings – together with these supporting the plant’s heavy equipment – are well-maintained and adjust to rigorous security requirements. Whereas the job used to take hours to finish utilizing scaffolding, the workforce can now examine a 40-metre lengthy space of the plant in simply 12 minutes. With the time
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Posted on August 21, 2018 by Jeff HarrisPlayers anticipating to see solely digital variations of their favorite vehicles at this yr’s Gamescom exhibition are in for a shock. We’ve develop into the primary carmaker to launch an actual automobile at Europe’s largest video gaming occasion. Our “bad-ass” new Ranger Raptor pick-up is a thoroughbred desert racer and excessive life-style off-roader, and makes its European debut on the present in Cologne, Germany, earlier than happening sale to thrill-seekers in 2019. The hardest and most high-performing model ever of our fashionable pick-up – which beforehand tore up the monitor at Goodwood Pageant of Pace – may also be added to the upcoming Xbox open-world racing sport Forza Horizon four, providing players hours of dirt-churning pleasure on digital racetracks. Take a look at our explosive video of the Ranger Raptor – full with “don’t do that at house” stunts. We’ve additionally introduced our particular 4D