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  1. Premium Members can receive the following discount on Catalytic Converters: Wholesale Net Trade Prices on mail orders place through the website
  2. Ford today demonstrated its commitment to an electrified future for customers at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany The company revealed its most comprehensive line-up of electrified vehicles, which will help drive sales anticipated to surpass conventional petrol- and diesel-models by the end of 2022 in Europe. Earlier this year, Ford announced that every new Ford passenger vehicle nameplate will include an electrified option – either a mild-hybrid, full-hybrid, plug-in hybrid or all-electric – delivering one of the most comprehensive line-ups of electrified options for European customers. The company is launching 17 electrified vehicles in Europe by 2024, including eight in 2019. Ford expects electrified powertrains to account for more than half of the company’s passenger vehicle sales by the end of 2022, creating a tipping point for Ford’s electrified vehicle sales versus conventional petrol and diesel sales. By this time, the company also expects to have sold 1 million electrified passenger vehicles. “With electrification fast becoming the mainstream, we are substantially increasing the number of electrified models and powertrain options for our customers to choose from to suit their needs,” said Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe. “By making it easier than ever to seamlessly shift into an electrified vehicle, we expect the majority of our passenger vehicle sales to be electrified by the end of 2022.” Ford’s fully electrified Frankfurt show stand features the most extensive line-up of electrified vehicles that Ford has yet displayed, including: The all-new Kuga Plug-In Hybrid variant of the all-new mid-size SUV – Ford’s most electrified vehicle ever and the first Ford to offer mild-hybrid, self-charging full-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains The all-new Explorer Plug-In Hybrid seven-seat SUV and the new Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid eight-seat people-mover – each offering pure-electric driving capability alongside the driving range and freedom offered by a traditional combustion engine The new Puma EcoBoost Hybrid SUV-inspired compact crossover, featuring sophisticated mild-hybrid technology for reduced CO2 emissions, optimised fuel-efficiency, and a more responsive and rewarding driving experience The Ford Mondeo Hybrid wagon, featuring self-charging, full-hybrid, petrol-electric powertrain technology that offers a compelling alternative to diesel and offers pure electric driving for refinement particularly in city and stop-start driving scenarios Ford’s new Mustang-inspired all-electric performance SUV will arrive in 2020, with a targeted pure-electric driving range of 600 km (more than 370 miles) calculated using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), and fast-charging capability.* "There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to electrification – every customer’s circumstances and travel needs are different," said Joerg Beyer, executive director, Engineering, Ford of Europe. "Our strategy is to pair the right electrified powertrain option to the right vehicle, helping our customers make their electrified vehicle experience easy and enjoyable." Seamless charging solutions Ford will partner with six leading energy suppliers across Europe to provide home charging wall box installation services and green energy tariffs for plug-in hybrid customers, enabling simpler, faster and more affordable charging of electrified vehicles. Ford recently announced it is set to work with Centrica to offer services in the U.K. and Ireland. Ford’s energy partners will also make their installation services available to support Ford’s dealership networks across Europe. Ford’s wall box solution will deliver up to 50 per cent more charging power than a typical domestic socket to reduce at-home charging times by up to one-third for customers of Ford’s plug-in hybrid models. “Our partnerships with leading energy suppliers including Centrica allow us to offer a one-stop shop for charging, including supply, installation, and special green energy tariffs for our fast charging wall box,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. Ford is also introducing a new smartphone and tablet application that will enable its plug-in hybrid vehicle owners and operators to easily locate, navigate to and pay for charging. In partnership with NewMotion, Ford offers access to the largest public charging network with extensive coverage across Europe. The new app will deliver simplified access and payment for Ford customers at more than 118,000 charging points in 30 countries. Customers will be able to seamlessly utilise charging points across many markets, initiating and paying for charging services from a single account for a simplified ownership experience. In addition, in combination with the available FordPass Connect on-board modem, the FordPass mobile app enables Ford plug-in hybrid drivers to remotely monitor their vehicle’s charge status. Ford also is a founder member and shareholder in the IONITY consortium that aims to build 400 fast-charging stations in key European locations by 2020, with a charging capacity of 350 kW. This enables a significant reduction in charging times for all-electric vehicles compared with existing systems – ideal for long distance journeys. Making it easier than ever to Go Electric Ford’s new Go Electric experience also debuts at the show, helping de-mystify electrification for customers. Visitors to the Go Electric experience will discover interactive exhibits, immersive experiences and an exciting, world-first electric vehicle acceleration simulator. At Go Electric, consumers will find a range of experiences designed to help them better understand electrified driving technologies from today and tomorrow, and discover which solutions are best for them. Go Electric experiences include: A world-first electric vehicle acceleration simulator, replicating the thrill of unbroken linear acceleration delivered by all-electric performance An augmented reality journey explaining the different electrified propulsion options offered by Ford and how each works – from the 48-volt mild-hybrid technology of the all-new Ford Puma to Ford’s forthcoming Mustang-inspired all-electric performance SUV An interactive touchscreen experience designed to help customers understand which electrified technologies and products best suits their lifestyle A hands-on interactive exhibit using real charging hardware to help customers understand how quickly plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles can be charged in multiple scenarios Show-goers will be able to visit Go Electric at the Frankfurt Motor Show until September 22 before the experience embarks on a European tour, moving to Italy, France, Spain and the U.K. through 2019 and early 2020.
  3. The UK’s top-selling Ford Fiesta range is welcoming the addition of a new highly-specified Trend series on sale this summer Forecast to account for one in every four of the 100,000 Fiestas sold in the UK annually, the new Fiesta Trend combines strong exterior styling cues with the most popular interior technology. Available in three- and five-door bodystyles, Fiesta Trend’s exterior standard features include 16-inch silver and black machined alloy wheels, privacy glass and six metallic body colours plus mesh design front grille with chrome surround and halogen projector headlamps with daytime running lights. As well as SYNC infotainment and connectivity inside, lane keeping aid, speed limiter, auto head lamps and MyKey also come as standard. MyKey enables top speed, maximum audio volume and other settings to be limited for when the car is driven using the second “MyKey”. Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain managing director, said: “Our new Fiesta Trend has stand-out appeal thanks to looks and equipment. It has been designed with our value Fiesta shopper in mind and represents the package of styling and ease of use they require.” The Fiesta Trend’s powertrain is the 1.1-litre petrol 85PS engine. Trend replaces Zetec as the entry-level series in the Fiesta range at £15,995 with deliveries starting next month. With a £5,000 deposit and 9,000 a year annual mileage, monthly payments on Ford Options are from £120 over four years.
  4. Ford are hoping to open up their car park at Daventry site for a Ford enthusiasts day - either Saturday or Sunday, and likely to be held in September. The organisers are looking for local enthusiasts based near Daventry that would be interested in bringing their Ford cars to display and show-off at a social gathering. They would provide refreshments and a static display of more rare vehicles to enjoy as well. If anyone is interested in attending this event could you please leave comments below and also a preferred date in September, thanks.
  5. All Owners Club members will receive 10% discount off detailing and ceramic coatings packages We provide a service second to none and 90% of our work is completed on the same day which means a nice trip to Leeds, drop your car off, enjoy Leeds city centre and at the end of your day you can collect your stunning car after its treatment at Sabre Coatings
  6. Ford fan Steve North has taken delivery of a specially-commissioned dream Transit motorhome, crafted by the van manufacturer’s sporting and luxury converters What started life as a standard long-wheelbase Ford Transit Custom has been extensively converted and customised in a collaboration between two Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifiers (QVMs) to become a unique fully-fitted campervan. The racy MS-RT exterior styling and luxury inside from Wellhouse is the latest in a long line of Fords for Steve, who has had a lifelong love for the Blue Oval. Aged 11, Steve would rush from school to his local tuning station in Stillington, N Yorks, where he would clean carburettors and tune Ford engines under the watchful eye of the owner, his best mate’s dad. As soon as he had his driver’s licence, Steve bought a Ford Escort Mk 1 and since then he has driven many Fords, from Cortinas to Sierras and various Escorts. He also built an Escort Mk 2 Rally car, which was a Group 4 BDG 2.0-litre from what was originally an ‘S’ registered shell. After entering it in a couple of rallies and sprints, he decided to sell it and set his sights on a campervan. Commissioning the ultimate campervan Steve, who lives in York, wanted a van that combined the style and performance of an MS-RT Transit Custom with the comfort and luxury of a Wellhouse campervan. In conjunction with Ford QVM-accredited converter Wellhouse, Steve selected the exact specification he wanted. This included a full kitchen, luxurious seating area and an extendable roof for an attic bedroom. The bespoke campervan was also fitted with xenon headlights, satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control, Starlit Alcantara roof and Alcantara dashboard. With the interior fitout being handled by Wellhouse, Steve approached QVM-accredited partner MS-RT to providing some serious visual style. MS-RT’s new Transit Custom package was adapted for the campervan specification, with a full body kit and anthracite 18-inch wheels backed up by a twin exhaust system and some bold graphics. Inside, the Wellhouse seating package was given a stylish MS-RT white leather finish with blue stitching and seat belts. Powered by a 2.0-litre EcoBlue 170PS diesel engine, and driven through a six-speed automatic gearbox, the final price for this unique vehicle ran to £77,000. “I wanted an MS-RT Transit campervan built to my own specifications and my expectations are pretty high,” said Steve. “I’m hoping to have some good times out exploring some Ford shows and motorbike shows – once my trailer has been built to carry my classic bikes – and I’m looking forward to travelling around the country seeking out new adventures.” Ford QVM programme offers unrivalled customisation Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) programme continues to grow at pace, with the number of accredited vehicle converters now totalling 35. MS-RT is a Ford QVM-accredited organisation, a joint venture established by Malcolm Wilson – the driving force behind M-Sport – and specialist converter Van-Sport. The venture brings together experienced designers, advanced production techniques and skilled craftsmen to produce distinctive conversions of a range of Ford vehicles. Wellhouse Leisure is an award-winning camper conversion specialist based in Skelmanthorpe near Huddersfield and is also Ford QVM accredited. Since 2003, Wellhouse has undertaken thousands of camper van conversions, and has worked with Ford since 2013. Transit Custom Nugget sets up in UK For those looking for a more conventional campervan, a new vehicle from Ford direct joins this expanding market ready for next summer. Ford will launch the Transit Custom Nugget camper in the UK this autumn ready for the 2020 season as the first campervan available from Ford dealers. The new model, developed in conjunction with camper specialist Westfalia, appeared at the Brussels Motor Show in Belgium in January and has already gone in sale in several European markets, with UK specifications and prices to follow this year. Read more about the Ford Transit Custom Nugget here
  7. Instrument Cluster Repairs - This includes faulty gauges, LCD screen - lost pixels etc Common fault on many brands Ford, Fiat, BMW, Audi, VW, Seat, etc We are offering a £10.00 discount to Premium Members on the repairs - Please add the code to your booking ! https://cartronix.co.uk/book-now/ Postal service or Call for an appointment for Drive in Drive out service. Tel: 02392 241412
  8. Premium Members can receive the following discount from TunnelRat Electronics 10% Discount on any goods ordered from their website www.tunnelratelectronics.co.uk Based in the UK and are the leading suppliers of diagnostic leads for Ford vehicles. Their products are recommended the world over by Ford owners, Forums, Owners Clubs and workshops. Their modified ELM327 works flawlessly with Forscan, Elmconfig, Focccus, Conversmod and many more making it the perfect choice for your Ford vehicle!
  9. UPDATE You should receive your tickets and passes within the next couple of days. Please see below for more information and please don't forget to print out all documentation before setting off for the event. Will the tickets and passes be sent to me? Both the tickets and vehicle passes will be print at home. On booking you will receive a confirmation email that will show the number of tickets and passes purchased. No later than one week prior to the event the e-ticket and Vehicle Pass will be emailed to you, these will need to be printed and displayed for entry. What time will clubs be allowed access? Club cars will be allowed access from 07:00am providing that you have the relevant tickets and passes Your vehicle pass will have your vehicle information printed which will be checked on entry, the vehicle passes are therefore non-transferable. If you need to change your details please contact our team on 01959 541444 OR please email fordfair@kelsey.co.uk with your order number and updated registration.
  10. Heading across mountains in the north of Portugal and cutting into the Parque Natural do Alvão, the winding N304 may just be Europe’s greatest driving road. It’s wide, has a perfect road surface, offers rhythmic bends and incredible views. Best of all, other drivers rarely use it “In three days of filming, we barely saw twenty other cars on it,” said Steve Sutcliffe, the journalist who took the Ford Focus ST there for the latest video in the Europe’s Greatest Driving Roads series. “There are other roads that head north and south, so I guess the mad and somewhat twisty N304 is not everybody’s cup of tea… but for keen drivers it’s an unforgettable route.” Good quality and inexpensive hotels coupled with great little cafes make this scenic part of Portugal a great getaway for sightseers as well as petrolheads, with waterfalls and the river Olo all nearby to explore. The video is the tenth in the series that aims to find Europe’s Greatest Driving Roads, and scores 57/60 across six categories, with maximum scores for Thrill Factor, Hospitality, Scenery and Food and Drink. That makes this Portuguese road the highest scoring so far, which is even more reason to make the trip. Road Name and Country Score out of 60 Transfagarasan Highway, Romania 51 North York Moors, England 54 C462, Catalonia, Spain 56 D526, 926, The Alps, France 55 B500, The Black Forest, Germany 51 MA10, Mallorca, Spain 53 Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway 53 Via Campocatino, Italy 53 Mountain Road, Isle of Man 56 N304, Portugal 57
  11. Ford and Multimatic today reveal at the Goodwood Festival of Speed the Ford GT Mk II, a limited-edition, track-only GT that represents the next stage in Ford GT performance With a 700 horsepower 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine, race-proven aerodynamics and competition-oriented handling, the GT Mk II has been co-developed by Ford Performance and Multimatic based on competitive learnings from Ford’s successful FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaigns with the Ford GT race car – yet GT Mk II is engineered independent of race series rules, regulations and limitations. “The GT Mk II unleashes the full performance potential of the Ford GT without any artificial performance limitations dictated by racing sanctioning bodies,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer. “It’s the closest GT owners can get to the Le Mans-winning performance and exhilarating feeling of crossing the finish line in the Ford GT race car.” Limited to just 45 vehicles, with a starting MSRP of $1.2 million, the GT Mk II joins the GT race car that won the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Ford GT supercar. “The true off-the-hook performance capability of the GT hasn’t yet been fully showcased,” said Multimatic’s chief technical officer, Larry Holt. “The road car is obviously limited by the many global homologation requirements that it must comply with, and the race car suffers from the restriction of the dreaded Balance of Performance, resulting in it being 150 horsepower down to the road car. The Mk II answers the regularly asked question of how would the car perform with all the limitations lifted: the answer is spectacularly.” Built in Markham, Ontario, the Mk II begins life at the main Ford GT plant before being transferred to a specialist facility at Multimatic Motorsports where it is crafted into the Ford GT Mk II. The best of both worlds The Ford GT Mk II is focused around aerodynamic and engine improvements and shares key features with both the street-legal GT supercar as well as the GT race car. Many of its components have been track-proven in the world’s most challenging endurance racing events. The large dual-element rear wing exceeds what the Ford GT race car offers in terms of downforce. An all-new front racing splitter and diffuser have been incorporated along with new fender louvres and dive planes, which help balance out the extra rear downforce. These aggressive aerodynamic changes enable the GT Mk II to generate over 400 per cent more downforce than the Ford GT while fixed aerodynamic elements along with its race-proven suspension and Michelin Pilot Sport racing tyres enable the car to pull more than 2 g of lateral grip. GT Mk II is also lighter and more agile. The street car’s adjustable ride height and drive modes have been removed, providing a weight savings of over 90 kg while 5-way adjustable DSSV shock absorbers work with a lowered and fixed ride height to improve handling and keep the Mk II as aerodynamically efficient as possible. The Ford GT Mk II features the 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine that powers both the Ford GT race car and the road car but since the Mk II is not limited by any racing sanctioning body it is able to generate 200 horsepower more than the race car, making the Mk II the most powerful version of the Ford GT. The 3.5-litre EcoBoost is paired with the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission from the Ford GT but specially calibrated for this track-exclusive application. To add stamina to power, the GT Mk II adds innovative engine cooling technology, including a high capacity air-to-air outboard mounted charge air cooler with water spray technology. The water spray automatically activates in high temperature situations to provide cooling by applying atomised water on the charge air cooler allowing the Ford GT Mk II to maintain a consistent level of power at high temperatures. A roof-mounted intake reminiscent of the race car engine air intake has been added for the Mk II to feed auxiliary engine, clutch and transmission coolers, giving the Mk II optimal cooling for the most extreme track day duty. Increased engine power is paired with improved stopping power. The Mk II features braking performance beyond that of the GT race car by utilising the street car’s carbon ceramic brakes, including 15.5-inch front and 14.1-inch rear Brembo brakes. Unique forged aluminium 19-inch wheels cover the massive brakes with race-proven Michelin Pilot Sport GT tyres. The front fascia and hood of the Mk II are similar to the street car as well as the stylised Ford GT headlamps with signature running lights. Interior changes include a bespoke Sparco racing seat with a six-point racing harness and an optional passenger seat. A full MoTeC data acquisition system has also added to provide vital information for a track racer, which also doubles as a display for the rear camera. Latest GT family member The Ford GT production car, which made its first Goodwood appearance in 2017, is the most advanced and exclusive Ford road car ever, limited to volumes of no more than 250 a year, globally. Built for the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, the Ford GT race car has been a great success for Ford, winning the GTE Pro class at Le Mans on its first attempt in 2016, exactly 50 years on from the first of four successive Le Mans victories for the Ford GT40 at Le Mans. Ford ended its competitive GT racing program in the FIA World Endurance Championship at the 2019 Le Mans in the GTE Pro class. The Ford GTs will continue to race through the remainder of the IMSA season, which culminates at Road Atlanta in October. The GT Mk II makes its public debut running in the Supercar class at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and will be sold directly to customers by Multimatic. Customers interested in purchasing a Mk II are invited to contact Multimatic via FordGTMkII.com.
  12. An exhilarating line-up of some of the fastest Ford road and race cars from around the world is demonstrating the diversity of Ford Performance programmes at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, which takes place near Chichester in the U.K The all-new Focus ST makes its U.K. public debut on the world-famous Goodwood Hillclimb, alongside the all-new Mustang Shelby GT500, seen for the first time in Europe demonstrating its 760 horsepower performance. Fresh from the Le Mans 24 Hours, the #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT race car swaps the Circuit de la Sarthe for the Hillclimb course wearing the special “Celebration Livery” in which it completed the iconic race. The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Ford Fiesta WRC car also shows off its proficiency on the asphalt and loose surfaces of the Hillclimb and Forest Rally Stage. Ford’s 2018 NASCAR Championship-winning performance is on show for the first time in Europe via the Team Penske Ford Fusion race car, and the 1980 Ford Zakspeed Turbo Capri race car celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ford Capri sports coupe. Champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. returns to Goodwood in 2019 with his Ford Mustang RTR Drift car, as does Gymkhana TEN star Ken Block – this time with his famous Hoonitruck and Escort RS Cosworth models. “The Ford Performance team serves as an innovation laboratory and test-bed, helping our motorsport programmes around the world deliver even more exciting road cars and experiences for our customers,” said Leo Roeks, Ford Performance director, Europe. “Whether it's the Ford GT race car's anti-lag technology that influences the system now enhancing Focus ST turbo response, or the go-anywhere capability of Fiesta WRC car replicated in the Ranger Raptor pick-up, bringing the spirit of competition into our road-going models is at the core of what we do.” Also on show to the public for the first time, the new Ford Puma SUV-inspired crossover stars alongside the all-new Kuga SUV on the Ford stand, where visitors can find exciting activities and challenges including the opportunity to win a passenger ride in the Ford Ranger Raptor – now available in the Forza Horizon 4 racing game. All-new Focus ST breaks cover Driven up the Goodwood Hillclimb by seven-time British motorsport champion Paul Swift, the all-new Focus ST features a 280 PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine for 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration in 5.7 seconds in five-door body style. Delivering 420 Nm of torque, the Focus ST offers even faster in-gear acceleration than the acclaimed previous generation Focus RS. Advanced sports technologies including twin-scroll turbocharging and anti-lag – plus optional Launch Control and rev-matching for the short-throw six speed manual gearbox – support the most responsive Focus ST driving experience ever. Unique suspension, braking and powertrain configurations are delivered by a Ford Performance-led development process. The Focus ST is the first front-wheel drive Ford to feature an electronic limited-slip differential, which enhances the cornering and stability of the EcoBoost-powered variant as standard – sharpening responses to changing grip levels and driver inputs using computer-controlled pre-emptive actuation. Selectable Drive Modes enable drivers to adjust the vehicle’s character to suit the driving scenario including Sport mode with dedicated steering wheel mounted button, and hardcore Track Mode as part of the optional Performance Pack. Continuously Controlled Damping – standard for five-door EcoBoost variants – enhances the short long arm independent rear suspension configuration for ultimate refinement. “We’ve drawn inspiration from the Ford GT supercar, F‑150 Raptor pick-up, Ford Mustang and Fiesta ST to develop a Focus ST capable of punching you in the back the moment you hit the throttle,” Roeks said. The all-new Focus ST is available from launch in five-door and wagon body styles offering 280 PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol and 190 PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel powertrains with six-speed manual transmissions. Five-door and wagon 2.3-litre EcoBoost seven-speed automatic variants will also be introduced from autumn 2019. Unprecedented power: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Making its European debut after being unveiled for customers in the U.S. earlier this year, the all-new Mustang Shelby GT500’s 760 horsepower performance will be kept in check at Goodwood by three-time world champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. The Shelby GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford ever, with a hand-built, aluminium, supercharged 5.2-litre V8 engine supporting 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) acceleration in the mid-3 second range, and sub-11-second quarter-mile times. Delivering 625 lb/ft of torque, it is the most power- and torque-dense supercharged production V8 engine in the world. The Shelby GT500 features unique suspension geometry, a new electronic power steering unit and lighter-weight coil springs front and rear. Combined with next-generation active MagneRide™ suspension, the payoff is the highest-ever lateral acceleration from a Mustang for greater track performance and driver control. Two-piece, 420 mm front brake discs are the largest of any sports coupe on sale in the U.S., and are supported by six-piston Brembo callipers for ultimate stopping power. A TREMEC® seven-speed dual-clutch transmission can shift smoothly in less than 100 milliseconds. Ford GT Le Mans racer unleashed Each of the four factory Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs that competed in last month’s Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race featured a special “Celebration Livery” reflecting Ford’s success at Le Mans, both in the present day and during the 1960s. The #66 Ford GT driven up the hill at this year’s Goodwood event by Stefan Mücke – and piloted at Le Mans by Mücke alongside teammates Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson – bears a special black livery echoing the Ford GT40 of Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon that won Le Mans in 1966. The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs feature a lightweight carbon and aluminium chassis, carbon fibre body panels and a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine delivering 500 PS and 500 Nm of torque. The Ford GT race car is based on the Ford GT road car – which delivers 655 PS and 750 Nm of torque; a top speed of 347 km/h (216 mph); and features active aerodynamics for ultimate performance. Limited to just 250 examples per year, the Ford GT is among the world’s most exclusive supercars. The company is set to make a special Ford GT announcement during a dedicated press conference from 09:45 BST, July 4, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance, and Larry Holt, chief technical officer, Multimatic, will deliver news on the Ford GT ultra-high-performance supercar. Ford Fiesta WRC takes the stage Campaigned by the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team in the FIA World Rally Championship, the Ford Fiesta WRC car delivers 385 PS and 450 Nm of torque from Ford’s 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine, for lightning-fast four-wheel drive performance whether on pave roads or gravel tracks. M-Sport WRC driver Elfyn Evans is demonstrating the combination of performance and driving skill that last year secured him his first WRC win at the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, with high-speed runs on the Goodwood Hillclimb and Forest Rally Stage. Evans’ teammate, Teemu Suninen, last month secured his best-ever result at Rally Italia Sardegna, finishing in second place overall in the Ford Fiesta WRC car. Evans and Suninen are currently fourth and fifth respectively in the drivers’ championship. Ford Fusion NASCAR racer in Europe Swapping more familiar territory of American oval races up to 600 miles (965 km) long for a hillclimb sprint of a little over 1 mile, the Team Penske Ford Fusion NASCAR race car brings a taste of one of Ford’s most successful U.S. motorsport programmes to West Sussex, England. Like all NASCAR racers, the #22 Team Penske Fusion that claimed the driver's championship in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018 driven by Joey Logano remains true to stock car racing roots – powered by a 5.8-litre Ford V8 engine producing 775 horsepower and 530 lb/ft of torque. Gear changes are via a four-speed manual H-pattern transmission. Featuring a steel tube frame, hand-formed sheet metal bodywork and a Penske chassis, the Team Penske Fusion is driven at Goodwood by U.S. sports car driver Billy Johnson – the most successful driver of all time in the IMSA Continental Tire Championship who most recently won the 2016 championship with the a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R-C. Celebrating Capri with the Zakspeed Turbo A hardcore racing version of the iconic Ford Capri, the flame-spitting Zakspeed Turbo Capri was built to compete in Germany’s DRM touring car and sports car racing series – winning the Division 2 championship in 1981 driven by Germany’s Klaus Ludwig. Powered by a turbocharged 1.7-litre engine, further enhanced from the Cosworth BDA engine based on Ford’s 1.3-litre Kent engine of the period, the Zakspeed Turbo Capri produces 540 PS and 482 Nm of torque. The distinctive race car that competed in DRM championships between 1980 and 1982 is now owned and driven at Goodwood by Peter Mücke, founder of Mücke Motorsports and father of Stefan Mücke who raced the Ford GT for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing until the conclusion of the team’s WEC racing programme at Le Mans this year. First introduced in 1969, Ford sold more than 1.9 million Capris across 17 years of production. Fan favourites Block and Gittin Jr. back on track Hugely popular petrol-heads Ken Block and Vaughn Gittin Jr. return with their purpose-built high performance Fords for more sideways antics on the Goodwood Hillclimb and The Arena -- a new drifting showground. Block’s one-of-a-kind 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck is living up to its name as it demonstrates its incredible 914 horsepower, 702 lb/ft of torque, rally-bred all-wheel drive performance for the first time at the event. The truck, which debuted in the Gymkhana TEN video last year, features the largest 3D metal-printed part for a working vehicle in automotive history. Ford Performance engineers collaborated with a team of Ford research engineers in Europe and RWTH Aachen's Digital Additive Production Institute, in Germany, to develop and build the intricate aluminium intake manifold. Block’s new Ford Escort RS Cosworth Widebody “Cossie V2” also makes its Goodwood debut. The dramatically styled retro model was developed after Block lost his 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth Group A rally car to a fire while competing in summer 2018. Powered by a 317 PS Ford Cosworth 2.0-litre engine, the model features a WRC-style body kit over a widened chassis. The Mustang RTR Spec 5-D driven by Gittin Jr. at Goodwood is the same record-breaking vehicle used last year when he became the first driver to drift all 13 miles of the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife. Developed specifically to compete in Formula Drift, Gittin Jr.’s bespoke Mustang is powered by a 5.0-litre Ford Performance Aluminator XS V8 engine with Vortech JT Trim Supercharger, and features a six-speed sequential Pfitzner Performance Gearbox and carbon fibre body panels. Ranger Raptor off-road The new Ford Ranger Raptor is the toughest and most high-performing version ever of Europe’s best-selling pick-up – developed by Ford Performance for the true enthusiast off-roader and powered by a Bi-turbo version of Ford’s 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine that delivers 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque, and Ford’s new 10-speed automatic gearbox. Precision driver Paul Swift is showcasing the Ranger Raptor’s imposing dimensions, extreme styling and unique Ford Performance chassis optimised for high-speed off-road driving and go-anywhere capability in Goodwood's Off-Road Arena. Since July 2, even greater numbers of off-road driving fans are able to experience the Ranger Raptor’s performance, after the model became available in the Xbox open-world racing game Forza Horizon 4. Last year, the Ranger Raptor became the first ever vehicle launched at video gaming event, at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. “There’s a genuine fun-factor about this unique vehicle, a rally-style pick-up that will bring smiles to drivers and gamers across the world,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “It’s also a stunning addition to the virtual Ford garage that already includes some of the most driven vehicles on Forza, and we know gamers everywhere will enjoy all the on- and off-road thrills Ranger Raptor has to offer.” Puma and Kuga debut on the Ford stand Visitors to the three-story Ford Performance stand will also be among the first to experience the all-new Ford Kuga SUV and new Ford Puma SUV-inspired crossover models, following their introductions earlier this year. Debuting sleek new exterior design with premium proportions that deliver improved roominess and comfort, the all-new Kuga is Ford's most electrified vehicle ever, with the sophisticated all-new Kuga Titanium, sporty Kuga ST‑Line and upscale Kuga Vignale will offer an advanced range of hybrid powertrains for unprecedented Ford SUV fuel efficiency. The charismatic new Puma fuses stunning exterior design, best-in-class uncompromised load space, and sophisticated mild-hybrid powertrain technology. In addition, gamers who set the fastest lap times using the Ford stand's Forza Horizon 4 gaming pods stand a chance to win a passenger ride in the Ranger Raptor with Paul Swift, and a new toboggan run offers a Ford Performance-inspired high-speed, high-thrill slide around the stand structure.
  13. Ford has unveiled a set of four ‘celebration liveries’ for its GTE-Pro cars ahead of the factory GT program’s 24 Hours of Le Mans swansong The set of designs takes inspiration from Ford’s previous successes at the Circuit de la Sarthe with the Ford GT40 in the 1960s and the Ford GT in 2016. Last month, it was confirmed that this year’s edition of the French endurance classic will be the manufacturer’s last with the Ford GT, which has taken 16 race wins in three and a half years of global competition. The No. 66 Ford, which will be driven at Le Mans by Stefan Muecke, Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson, has a black design in reference to the Ford GT40 Mk. 2 in which Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon won the race outright in 1966. Its sister FIA World Endurance Championship car, the No. 67 of Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito, will celebrate the 1967-winning Ford Mk. IV driven by Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt. The No. 69 Ford GT will take the design of the Ken Miles/Denny Hulme GT40 that finished second in Ford’s 1-2-3 sweep of the top positions in 1966. This car, which will be shared by Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, was one of two American-based Fords recently spotted loading up at Chicago O’Hare airport. The other was the No. 68 machine, which resembles the car that took its unchanged driver lineup of Dirk Mueller, Joey Hand and Sebastien Bourdais to GTE-Pro honors in 2016. This design was already known having been used by the Ford CGR team in the most recent IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Mid-Ohio. In addition, the Ford entered by Keating Motorsports in the GTE-Am category will compete in a special Wynn’s livery. The Ben Keating-run squad hinted at a Wynn’s design when it announced its Le Mans partnership with the automotive products technology company in March. “In 2016, Ford returned to Le Mans to mark the 50th anniversary of our incredible 1966 win and we celebrated in the best way possible by winning the race,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company. “To stand on that podium on behalf of the employees was a proud moment for me and I look forward returning to Le Mans this year to support the team as we approach our final race in this chapter.” Ford Performance global director Mark Rushbrook added: “The Ford GT was created to take Ford back to the world of GT endurance racing. “This factory Ford GT programme has been a great success for our brand and we have enjoyed the many challenges that have come our way during this four-year program. “Le Mans is not quite the end of the factory program as we still have many more IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races to go in 2019.” The full set of liveries will debut in the Le Mans Test Day this weekend, ahead of the WEC season finale race on June 15-16.
  14. If bling is more your thing than driving then this is the perfect car for you. It’ll never be roadworthy, but this Ford Escort is worth a fortune. Why? It’s a one-off 1:25 scale model made from silver, gold and diamonds The project has been a slow-burning labour of love for professional jeweller – and petrolhead – Russell Lord. The owner, over the years, of 55 full-sized Ford Escort cars, Lord first began work on this amazing model 25 years ago, pouring thousands of hours into completing the car. The body is made of silver and the car also features gold brakes and spoiler, 18-carat gold wheels and bonnet hinges, 18-carat white gold front grille, 72-point diamond headlights, orange sapphire indicators and ruby rear brake lights. “It’s been a hobby that I’ve come back to again and again but three years ago I determined to finish it. I know this car inside out – so there were no plans I just built it from the ground up piece by piece,” said Lord, from Essex, in the UK. Based on the works rally car driven by Ari Vatanen in the late 1970s, the Mk2 Escort – which cost 90,000 euros (£78,000) in materials alone – will be auctioned on the car auction website www.themarket.co.uk on May 2, with all profits donated to charity. Details include spinning pulleys on the front of the engine, a moving diamond-encrusted platinum gear stick and the glass windows – that involved smashing countless vases to find sections of glass with exactly the right curve.