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  1. Ford is today pledging to car enthusiasts across Europe that the acclaimed “fun-to-drive” character that has helped define generations of the automaker’s vehicles will remain at the heart of a new era of electrified and connected products As Ford prepares to showcase an all-electrified line-up of road, competition and concept cars for the first time at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed, West Sussex, UK, the company is doubling-down on its commitment to continue delivering the most engaging, stimulating and rewarding driving experiences for customers – whether they choose mild hybrid, full hybrid, plug-in hybrid or all‑electric powertrains. Ford is already enhancing the driving dynamics of its passenger vehicles by harnessing the performance credentials and further benefits of ultra-responsive, high-torque electrified powertrains. Now the company is also promising that in addition to never sacrificing stimulating driving experiences in the quest for optimised electrified efficiency, it will also expand its fun-to-drive commitment to deliver exceptional experiences for passengers, as well as to make Ford vehicles enjoyable and entertaining when stationary – such as when charging. Connected, digital experiences will be enabled by FordPass Connect modems, 1 the FordPass app 1 and sophisticated technologies including next-gen SYNC. 2 “‘Fun-to-drive’ is in Ford’s DNA. Every vehicle we make is designed to put smiles on faces. Now we’re ready to shift fun-to-drive into a new gear for the all-electric era, supported by innovative new powertrain and connectivity technologies, and starting with our all-new, all-electric Mustang Mach-E,” said Roelant de Waard, general manager, Passenger Vehicles, Ford of Europe. Ford earlier this year announced that 100 per cent of its passenger vehicle range in Europe will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid by mid-2026; moving to all-electric by 2030. The Mustang Mach-E GT – the highest performing road-going version of Ford’s all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV – makes its driving debut at Goodwood this weekend where it will star on the famous hill climb. Mustang Mach-E GT produces up to 487 PS, 3 and features advanced MagneRide® 4 adaptive suspension alongside a high-performance Brembo braking system for sports car responses and agility. Ford will also at the Goodwood Festival of Speed deliver the global public debut of the Team Fordzilla P1 concept race car – developed with collaboration between the company's designers and the gaming community – and will reveal further exciting electrified motorsport news on July 8. Fun from the driving seat, passenger seat, or couch Every electrified Ford passenger vehicle features innovations designed to complement optimised efficiency with enhanced driving experiences. For example: The all-electric Mustang Mach-E GT uses its independent front and rear electric motors to deliver sophisticated all-wheel drive capability for optimised traction Kuga Plug-In Hybrid and Kuga Hybrid feature a simulated gear-shift function designed to emulate the familiar gear-changes of a conventional automatic transmission for greater driver engagement Puma, Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid models incorporate a belt-driven integrated starter/generator that can use recovered energy to supplement the total torque available from the powertrain, for more responsive in-gear acceleration In future, connected features will continue to dial up the joy of driving by dialling down the stress, enabled by integrated FordPass Connect modems. For example, Intelligent Range for Mustang Mach‑E helps reduce unplanned stops for charging by more accurately predicting how much driving range remains using past driving behaviour, weather forecasts and crowdsourced data from other Mustang Mach-E vehicles. Ford also is testing predictive smart headlight technology 5 that uses real-time location data to directs headlight beams into upcoming corners even before drivers may have seen them, making driving more enjoyable at night. Inventive technologies will make being a passenger in an electrified Ford vehicle an even greater experience. Selectable drive modes including Mustang Mach-E’s Whisper mode 5 are already helping make journeys more comfortable and enjoyable for passengers, building on the inherent refinement of pure-electric driving. FordPass Connect allows connectivity for up to ten devices, helping families stream entertainment and stay connected for fun on the move. Next-gen SYNC technology uses machine learning to truly understand Mustang Mach-E owners’ routines and make navigation and communication suggestions that benefit drivers and passengers alike. Connected technologies such as next-gen SYNC are also key to Ford’s commitment to delivering stimulating experiences even when stationary. Whether touchscreen drawing and simple gaming using Mustang Mach-E’s 15.5‑inch display, monitoring charging status and reviewing journey logs using the FordPass app, or entering your vehicle to discover new features have downloaded wirelessly via Ford Power-Up – Ford electrified vehicles will not need to be moving to be enjoyed. Race to reality Human-centred design lies at the heart of Ford’s fun-to-drive philosophy, and the company is demonstrating at Goodwood a full-size replica of one of its most innovative examples to-date: the extreme Team Fordzilla P1 race car. Seen for the first time in an all-new livery celebrating the 55th anniversary of Ford’s famous Le Mans 24 Hours 1-2-3 victory, the Team Fordzilla P1 is the first virtual gaming race car designed in collaboration between the gaming community and a car brand. Almost 250,000 fans voted on Twitter to choose elements including seating position, cockpit style and drivetrain to create the ultimate virtual race car, designed purely to deliver digital driving thrills. The vehicle features a dramatic jet fighter-style canopy and combines a Ford GT-like, heavily-sculpted front end with a completely exposed rear to highlight the aerodynamics. The interior is equally radical, with LED notification units to keep the driver and passenger up-to-date on track status, while an integrated screen on the steering wheel enables live data to be shared with the pit wall. “To build cars that customers love, you first need to truly understand what customers want. We’ve taken that thinking to extremes with the Team Fordzilla P1 race car, and we’ve applied the same innovative approach to creating our Puma ST Gold Edition that customers will actually be able to order later this year,” said Amko Leenarts, director, Design, Ford of Europe. “It’s exactly this kind of human-centred design that’s going to take us to a whole new level of fun-to-drive in the electrified era.” In addition, Ford president and chief executive officer Jim Farley will demonstrate the true fun-to-drive potential of all-electric powertrains as he tackles the Goodwood hill climb in the unique Mustang Mach-E 1400 prototype. The result of 10,000 hours of collaboration by Ford Performance and RTR Vehicles, the one-of-a-kind vehicle uses seven motors to deliver 1,419 PS, with a single driveshaft connecting them to differentials that have a huge range of adjustability to set the car up for everything from drifting to high-speed track racing. The chassis and powertrain are also set up to allow investigation of different layouts and their effects on energy consumption and performance, including rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive.
  2. Very nice logo....early fastback model Mustang or latest shape? either way, a classic shape 🙂
  3. The new Rank and Badge system is part of the latest updated system software. Also, we are shortly going to be issuing new Ford Owners Club car stickers 🙂
  4. The membership pack which you should have received at the end of March includes the new Halfords card (starts with 7 and ends in 71) A new card has been dispatched to you and you should receive it shortly
  5. Unfortunately your premium membership expired but there is an invoice still pending if you wish to resubscribe? Any problems with it please let me know
  6. Halfords have recently updated their discount system and this has affected certain older discount cards which now have an expired barcode. We are advising Members who have an active Premium Membership and signed up before 1st March 2021 to apply for a new barcode via the link in the Announcement which is available to Premium Members only.
  7. Good to know you can still make it Nathan, should be a great day!
  8. Ford has introduced two exciting, limited-edition models building on the style and capability of the company’s award-winning pick-up - the new Ranger Stormtrak and Ranger Wolftrak Ranger Stormtrak is a premium truck offering distinctive styling and premium features for customers that value outstanding capability and a generous specification to support their active work and lifestyle needs. Ranger Wolftrak is an intrepid, rugged pick-up designed around the needs of customers who work outdoors and desire commanding off-road performance without compromising comfort and desirability. “Customers love the bold style and tough capability of our Ranger pick-up, so we’ve developed the new Stormtrak and Wolftrak limited edition models to offer even more of both,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “Stormtrak combines striking looks with added luxury touches and features for active lifestyles, while Wolftrak’s rugged off-road performance helps it comfortably take owners far off the beaten track for work and fun.” The new Ranger Stormtrak and Wolftrak limited editions will arrive in dealerships from October this year, adding further breadth to Ford’s award-winning line‑up of Ranger variants for a wide range of customers, including the thrilling Ranger Raptor, rally-inspired Ranger MS-RT and recently-announced Ranger chassis cab. Ford is also introducing a desirable new Power Roller Shutter option for Ranger Wildtrak Double Cab, which is specified as standard on Ranger Stormtrak. New Stormtrak is a force of nature Based on the premium Ranger Wildtrak series, the new Ranger Stormtrak delivers even higher specification with further enhanced comfort features and unique finishes. A limited run of vehicles will be built to ensure exclusivity, available as a Double Cab for UK customers with spacious rear seating. All Ranger Stormtrak models are equipped with Ford’s range-topping Bi-turbo 213PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine developing 500Nm of torque for outstanding pulling power. 1 A standard selectable four-wheel drive system offers confident off-road performance, while the advanced 10‑speed automatic gearbox delivers a smooth, effortless driving experience. Striking Rapid Red paint is unique to Ranger Stormtrak, complementing the exclusive red grille insert that contributes to the muscular front styling. LED headlights also feature, and rugged underbody protection as standard delivers serious road presence. Frozen White and Blue Lightning paint options are also available. Ranger Stormtrak’s powerful look is enhanced by exclusive bonnet and body side decals, chunky three-dimensional badging and a black rear bumper and sports hoop. In addition, a bedliner, load divider and Ford’s new Power Roller Shutter feature as standard, providing greater convenience and practicality when moving cargo. Ranger Stormtrak also retains the 1.0-tonne payload and 3,500kg maximum towing weight delivered by the popular Wildtrak series. 2 The Ranger Stormtrak interior further enhances the model with premium specification and practical features. Stormtrak-specific seats feature the same supple leather as Ford’s iconic Ranger Raptor, accentuated with embroidered Stormtrak logos and bolsters trimmed with technical fabric. Tinted Graphite interior surfaces and red stitching throughout mirror Stormtrak’s unmistakeable exterior palette. Ranger Wolftrak tames the wilderness Ranger Wolftrak is built for customers who desire dependable off-road capability and a bold, no‑nonsense exterior. Based on the Ranger XLT series, Wolftrak is powered by Ford’s 170PS 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine with the choice of six-speed manual or 10‑speed automatic transmission. A selectable four-wheel drive system with shift-on-the-fly function, 1 electronically-locking rear differential and all-terrain tyres are standard to enable progress in challenging off-road conditions, supported by a low range four-wheel drive setting to improve performance on steep hills and soft surfaces. Ford anticipates Ranger Wolftrak will appeal strongly to customers in farming, forestry and outdoor pursuit industries as well as private buyers. A 1.0‑tonne payload and 3,500kg maximum towing weight offer significant load-moving ability, supported by a standard protective bed liner. An optional manual load bed cover or Aeroklas full load canopy are uniquely available in matte black to match Ranger Wolftrak’s blacked-out exterior detailing. A long-leg tubular sports bar exclusive to Ranger Wolftrak creates a rugged look and supports accessory fitment and easy load restraint. Imposing Conquer Grey paint accentuates the pick-up’s haunches and complements the matte black grille, underbody protection and 17-inch black alloy wheels. The truck’s distinctive style is completed by darkened Wolftrak badges and plastic moulded side steps. Sea Grey paint is also available. Exclusive touches in Ranger Wolftrak’s cabin include Wolftrak badges, a matte black instrument panel and door spears, and durable all-weather floor mats. Ford’s SYNC 3 connectivity and navigation system with 8-inch touchscreen is a standard feature. 3 New Power Roller Shutter for extra practicality Ford is also introducing a desirable new power-operated version of its popular Roller Shutter load bed cover, available as an option for Ranger Wildtrak Double Cab models and fitted as standard to Ranger Stormtrak. The Power Roller Shutter adds new convenience and ease of use, with customers able to open and close the shutter via the key fob, or using buttons located in the load bed or inside the cabin on the dashboard. Sensors provide an anti-pinch function to help prevent trapped fingers or damaged cargo. Ranger remains Europe’s best-selling pick-up, setting a record 34.9 per cent annual segment share in Europe and 36.7 per cent in the UK last year. In the UK, Ranger accounted for 40 per cent market share for the first quarter of 2021, with more than 5,000 sold year-to-date.
  9. Looks like the battle of bots has finally been won....site should now be quick and no down time (fingers crossed)
  10. It is definitely faster than the weekend but still not as fast as it should be. I have been told it is a server issue where certain sites are scraping the site with Bots (lots of them) although the site is resilient it is exhausting the available workers which keep the site running smoothly. Once they clear off then the site refreshes and it speeds up again. Steve is trying to find a way to completely block the Bots but as soon as you get rid of some, others take their place.
  11. Hi....you can get some more through this link:
  12. It should be okay now, just loads of traffic at the weekend but settled down now
  13. The site is currently experiencing high volume traffic and is slowing down a little.....should be back up to full steam shortly 🙂
  14. Click the link to find out more, book tickets and add your name to the list
  15. Tickets are now available to purchase for Ford Fair 2021 at Silverstone Here are the links and access code to book tickets: Book Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ford-fair-club-tickets-139643975891 Access Code: fOrDOwNeRscLuB Additional Q&A information: https://help.kelsey.co.uk/support/solutions/folders/77000185713 As with previous years, you will need to book independently but ensuring they are registered on the club stand. Also, you will need to ensure they have entered any children, vehicle and camping passes at the booking stage as it is extremely difficult to add them retrospectively. *****Let us know you're attending by leaving your name below and we'll add to the list to know how many likely to be on the stand***** List of Club Members attending Ford Fair 2021 Philf1 x3 Nick_T x2 NathanCoidan x2
  16. The new Ford S-MAX Hybrid sports activity vehicle has gone on sale, offering seven-seat practicality with the refinement, efficiency and convenience of a full electric/petrol hybrid powertrain Priced within £625 of the equivalent diesel version for the sporty ST-Line version, the new S-MAX Hybrid incorporates its powertrain into the sleek and versatile S-MAX body without compromising space, flexibility or being fun to drive and becomes the UK’s most affordable hybrid with seven seats. The new S‑MAX Hybrid reduces CO2 emissions by more than 10 per cent (WLTP) when compared with the equivalent EcoBlue diesel powertrain. A combination of 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine, 1.1 kWh lithium-ion battery, electric motor and the latest generation of Ford’s power-split transmission enables an effortless driving and ownership experience that can help active families to reduce their CO2 emissions while enjoying more relaxing journeys. Electric power is intelligently deployed to support petrol engine fuel efficiency or deliver silent, pure-electric driving for short periods depending on the scenario. Battery charge is automatically replenished by the petrol engine and by using regenerative charging technology when coasting or braking. With no need for owners to plug into an external power source, S-MAX Hybrid is designed to seamlessly fit into family life – always ready to deliver an electric power regardless of unpredictable schedules. The stylish S-MAX Hybrid continues to blend sporty exterior styling with the practicality and flexibility of a people mover. Easily configurable seating and load space combinations deliver up to 2,020 litres of load capacity behind the first row of seats2, and towing capacity is up to 1,560kg. “S-MAX is the original sports activity vehicle, and now brings even more appeal for a new generation of customers with pure-electric driving capability for the first time,” said Roelant de Waard, Ford’s European Passenger Vehicle general manager. “From a sporty, car-like driving experience to seats that fold flat at the push of a button, innovations that fit perfectly into family life have always been a big part of the S-MAX appeal. That makes the efficient and refined new hybrid powertrain a natural addition to the line-up.” Ford is also offering for the first time a full hybrid variant of the Galaxy seven-seat people mover. The new Galaxy Hybrid utilises the same sophisticated petrol-electric powertrain as S‑MAX Hybrid for diesel-rivalling fuel efficiency and optimised driving refinement. Electric power without the cables The new Hybrid can continue to offer the Ford S-MAX’s acclaimed space and flexibility by integrating its 60-cell lithium-ion battery within a crash absorbent, waterproof structure beneath the floor of the rear luggage space. The 1.1 kWh battery pack uses a liquid cooling system that allows the battery cells to be packaged closely together for greater space efficiency. A specially designed twin-exit exhaust system is routed around the battery to help accommodate its low position for maximum practicality. The configuration enables S-MAX Hybrid to accept loads up to almost one metre tall and more than one metre wide between the rear wheel houses. Even with all seven seats in place there is 285 litres of luggage space. Electric power helps deliver the most refined S-MAX driving experience yet. Regenerative braking technology captures up to 90 per cent of the energy normally lost during braking to help charge the battery. Power is sent to an electric motor that can drive the front wheels on its own to pull away silently from a standstill. The motor can also deliver pure-electric driving for short periods, for ultimate refinement and zero-emission driving particularly in urban environments. The battery’s liquid cooling system eliminates the need for a cooling fan, helping further reduce noise levels inside the cabin. In addition, the electric motor works alongside the petrol engine to deliver from 43.5mpg fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions from 147g/km WLTP,4 making S-MAX Hybrid a compelling alternative to Ford’s EcoBlue diesel powertrains. Gear selection is controlled using a stylish and ergonomic rotary gear shift dial that features an additional mode for maximising engine braking when towing or descending steep slopes, for more comfortable driving and maximum energy recuperation. Technology to take the stress out of driving Intuitive features help drivers monitor and improve their fuel and energy efficiency using interfaces for the available 10-inch digital instrument display. Brake Coach encourages gradual braking to help return more energy to the battery, and EV Coach helps drivers understand when they are using electric or hybrid power. Each S-MAX Hybrid occupant can enjoy connectivity on the move via the standard FordPass Connect modem that provides WiFi for up to 10 devices,5 and allows drivers to plan faster, less stressful journeys with Live Traffic updates for the navigation system. In addition, FordPass Connect enables remote features including Door Lock Unlock, Vehicle Status and Vehicle Locator via the FordPass mobile app, 7 as well as Ford’s sophisticated Local Hazard Information. The technology can inform drivers of a hazardous situation on the road ahead, even if the incident is not visible due to a bend in the road or other vehicles. Galaxy Hybrid offers first class travel The new Ford Galaxy Hybrid is also now available to order, powered by the same 190PS petrol-electric powertrain as the S-MAX Hybrid. Like the S-MAX Hybrid, the spacious Galaxy Hybrid continues to offer the full practicality of the rest of the Galaxy line-up, including more than one metre of head room for first- and second-row passengers and all three second-row seats having Isofix points for securely fitting child safety seats, plus 2,339 litres of cargo volume behind the first row of seats and 300 litres cargo volume with all seven seats in place. S-MAX Hybrid and Galaxy Hybrid and their lithium-ion battery packs are assembled at the company’s manufacturing facility in Valencia, Spain.
  17. Ford has further expanded its unprecedented line-up of electrified all-new Kuga SUVs with the new Ford Kuga Hybrid – able to deliver over 600 miles 1 of petrol-electric and pure-electric driving between fill-ups and without ever having to plug in to recharge Effortless to own, the self-charging Kuga Hybrid’s 1.1 kWh battery is automatically replenished both by the 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine and using regenerative charging when coasting or braking. Stored energy powers an electric motor to enhance performance, support petrol engine fuel efficiency, or deliver pure-electric driving. Kuga Hybrid automatically switches seamlessly between power configurations according to the driving scenario. The new model’s sophisticated full hybrid powertrain is unique in the Ford Kuga line-up – delivering the ultimate efficiency and refinement of pure-electric power with no need to charge from an external power source, alongside the diesel-rivalling convenience of over 600 miles total driving range. “Each of our electrified Kuga models brings a unique set of benefits. For our new Kuga Hybrid that includes fuel efficiency and driving range to rival diesel, and the effortless refinement of charging cable-free, pure-electric driving,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “Ford is committed to offering a choice of electrified vehicles so that every customer can find the perfect solution to fit seamlessly into their life. No model demonstrates that better than Kuga”. One of 17 Ford electrified vehicles to be introduced for customers in Europe before the end next year, production of the new Kuga Hybrid is now underway at the company’s manufacturing plant in Valencia, Spain. Kuga Hybrid’s advanced lithium-ion battery packs are also assembled at the Valencia plant following a €24 million investment in a new state-of-the-art battery assembly facility to support Ford’s electrification strategy in Europe. Kuga Hybrid completes the most electrified line-up for a single nameplate ever offered by Ford, and joins Kuga Plug-In Hybrid and EcoBlue Hybrid 48-volt mild hybrid variants, alongside traditional petrol and diesel engines for a comprehensive range of powertrain options. Kuga practicality, Hybrid flexibility The new Ford Kuga was developed from the ground up to incorporate a petrol-electric full hybrid powertrain, using efficient packaging to maximise SUV spaciousness and practicality, and support driving refinement. Silent key start capability enables the Kuga Hybrid to pull away from a standstill using electric power alone for a truly relaxing driving experience, particularly in city and stop-start driving scenarios. The full-hybrid powertrain supports pure-electric driving for short periods while eliminating range anxiety. The ability to travel over 600 miles on a single tank of fuel makes Kuga Hybrid a compelling alternative to diesel powertrains. Delivering fuel efficiency from 48.7mpg and CO2 emissions from 130 g/km WLTP3 alongside a 54-litre fuel tank, Kuga Hybrid total driving range is also more than 30 per cent greater than that of the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid, which offers a greater pure-electric driving range of up to 35 miles.3 With no need for customers to use an external power source to charge the battery, Kuga Hybrid offers an attractive choice for customers desiring an electrified powertrain, but who have limited access to external charging solutions at home or places of work. The 60-cell, 1.1 kWh battery pack uses a liquid cooling system that eliminates the need for a cooling fan, helping reduce noise levels for greater cabin refinement. Optimised cooling also allows battery cells to be packaged closely together – helping retain spacious interior dimensions including more than 1 metre of headroom for front row occupants and up to 1,481 litres of cargo space behind the front seats. 4 In addition, an exhaust gas heat exchanger system helps bring the engine more quickly to its most efficient operating temperature, enabling Kuga Hybrid to engage pure-electric driving sooner following a cold start and helping quickly warm the cabin for passenger comfort. Enhanced battery performance also contributes to towing capacity of up to 1,600 kg. 5 The Kuga Hybrid powertrain delivers a smooth, linear response to acceleration demand while automatically switching between pure-electric, hybrid and petrol power, supported by a redesigned motor-generator controller. The latest generation of Ford’s power-split transmission is designed specifically to work with the 2.5-litre petrol engine – seamlessly adjusting ratios for optimum performance and fuel efficiency across a range of driving conditions. 0-62 mph acceleration takes 9.1 seconds. The simulated gear-shift function – activated in Normal or Sport drive modes – automatically adjusts engine rpm as the vehicle’s speed changes to reduce the “rubber band” effect often associated with continuously-variable transmissions. “We’ve listened hard to customers to make sure the Kuga Hybrid really delivers when it comes to driving appeal,” said Glen Goold, Kuga chief programme engineer. “The simulated gear-shift function makes the SUV more engaging to drive with the familiarity of traditional ‘cog swaps’, plus the added benefit of limiting engine noise.” More relaxing journeys Kuga Hybrid is available to order in ST Line Edition, ST Line X Edition and Vignale variants, offering a wide range of driver assistance, comfort and convenience technologies. A standard FordPass Connect modem 6 allows drivers to plan faster, less stressful journeys with Live Traffic updates for the navigation system and enables a range of features for a more convenient ownership experience via the FordPass mobile app, including Door Lock Unlock, Remote Start 7 and Vehicle Locator. A wireless charging pad is also standard, and further sophisticated optional features include Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system 8 supported by an 8‑inch central touchscreen, and a premium B&O sound system. Available driver assistance technologies designed to deliver greater confidence, make driving less demanding and enhance safety include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane Centring 2 for effortlessly negotiating stop-start and highway traffic. Active Park Assist 2 2 enables fully automated parking manoeuvres at the push of a button. New Lane-Keeping System with Blind Spot Assist 2 makes its global debut on Kuga. The optional technology monitors the driver’s blind spot for vehicles approaching from behind and can apply counter-steering to warn the driver and discourage a lane change manoeuvre if a potential collision is detected. Also making its global debut on the new Ford Kuga, optional Intersection Assist 2 technology monitors for potential collisions with oncoming vehicles in parallel lanes and can automatically apply the brakes to help prevent or mitigate the effects of accidents in scenarios where a driver is turning across traffic.
  18. With the combination of further lockdowns and the colder winter months creeping in, the chances are that your car might be feeling a bit under the weather right now Rather than get caught out, here are some straightforward checks and simple DIY fixes brought to you by Halfords that you can do to make sure that your vehicle starts when you need it to (and is mechanically safe and sound when it does). Check your battery Car batteries can fail for several reasons, but two of the most common are lack of use and cold weather. Your car’s probably spent most of the last month on your drive, only leaving for the odd essential trip, and that’s not enough to keep your battery alive. (It can actually take at least 30 minutes of driving to charge a battery, depending on the vehicle and battery age.) Add in the fact that cold weather can make battery charging slower and it’s a good idea to put checking your battery at the top of your list. If your car refuses to start, then you’ve got a couple of options. You could try a car battery charger, which plugs into the mains and should kick-start your battery if there’s any residual charge within it. If your battery has completely run out of charge then you’ll need either a jump starter pack or a set of jump leads and a donor car (preferably from your own household). Before trying either, make sure to have a look at our how to jump start a car guide for some essential safety advice. If none of these options work or you’d prefer to get some expert advice, then one of our technicians can come directly to your home to fix your battery quickly and safely thanks to our contactless mobile garage service. Simply book an appointment online, choose a time slot, and enjoy a safe and convenient service. To find out more, have a look at our article on how our mobile technicians are bringing safe services to you. Our mobile technicians can also dispose of and recycle your old battery (you can’t put batteries into your normal household or recycling bin due to the chemicals inside them). Alternatively, you can drop your old battery into any of our stores and we’ll send it for recycling on your behalf. For more information about this, see our guide to battery disposal and recycling. Even if your car battery is working well, it’s worth giving it a once-over. Check that all connectors are in place securely and are in good condition, and look for any fluid leakages. These are danger signs that could suggest your battery or terminals may need replacing before they let you down. Check your tyres All of your tyres should be in a good condition and undamaged, so start by checking these for any cuts, splits or nicks. Get up close and personal to look for any glass, nails or screws that may have become embedded within your tyres and could cause a puncture in the future. And don’t forget to check your spare tyre as well – the last thing you want is for your spare to be out of commission when you really need it. Next, check the depth of tread on each tyre. Legally your tyres should have 1.6mm of continuous tread, but this can be tricky to check with eyes alone. The simplest solution is the 20p check, where you place the coin in the main tread channel at various points around your tyre. If you can see the outer band of the coin face at any point then your tyre tread is too narrow. However, this only gives you a rough guide to your tread depth and so we’d recommend using a tyre depth gauge instead or taking advantage of our Free Tyre Check at any Halfords autocentre if you want a second opinion. Underinflated and overinflated tyres can affect handling, so you should check they’re pumped up properly. If your tyre pressure is worryingly low, you’ll see the tell-tale bulge in your tyre. To be a little more scientific, a tyre pressure gauge will give you an accurate pressure reading. Inflating your tyres is a job we can all do. If you’re unsure about the correct tyre pressures for your vehicle, then you can find them in the vehicle handbook. If you have a flat tyre, then you could try an inflation kit (just make sure that it’s still in date before you start using it). Our mobile garage service can also help with flat tyres. Check your windscreen Your windscreen is your window to the world, so it’s really important to regularly check the condition of your front and rear windscreen wipers. If they’re failing, you’ll notice smears on your windscreen often accompanied by a painful squeaking noise. If your wipers are on the way out, replace them sooner rather than later. Fitting wiper blades is a simple job that you can do with a handful of standard tools or that our expert colleagues can do for you. It’s also important to regularly check your windscreen for any chips. While they may appear minor, small chips can quickly turn into big cracks, making driving anywhere dangerous. Windscreen chip repairs is something that our mobile garage service will be happy to help with. Check your fluids The oil and coolant in your vehicle play a crucial job in keeping your car running smoothly. Checking and topping up your engine oil is quick and straightforward. Your coolant fluid is stored in a clear overflow plastic container located near the radiator and there’s an indicator on it that will show you if there’s enough in there. If you’d like a helping hand, then our mobile garage service or colleagues at our stores and autocentres can top up your oil for a small fee. They can also support with topping up power steering fluid and brake fluid, which are specialist jobs that we’d recommend leaving to the professionals. One final check that you can easily do yourself is the windscreen washer fluid reserve. It’s located close to the top of the engine bay and is clearly marked in most cars with a windscreen wiper icon. If it’s running low, top it up as soon as you can – particularly because it’s actually illegal to have an empty windscreen washer reservoir! Check your bulbs All of the lights in your car should work and operate correctly. It’s easy to check them; simply switch on all of your lights and walk around your vehicle a couple of times. Any that aren’t working as they will need replacement bulbs. Our Car Bulb Buyer’s Guide includes all the information you need to help you select the best bulbs for your needs. We can also fit the bulbs for you at our stores or autocentres for a small fee. The last several months have been challenging, but if you’ve followed our advice and completed all the checks then you can be confident in the knowledge that your car will be ready and waiting when you need it. For even greater peace of mind, why not take advantage of our 10-Point Winter Car Health Check? Our expert colleagues will check your battery, tyres, oil levels, windscreen, wiper blades, headlights and more. The whole process only takes about 30 minutes and our safety procedures in-store and at our autocentres mean that you and our colleagues will remain safe at all times
  19. We are now offering members a chance to upgrade to Premium Membership with an incredible 30% discount on normal subscription fee for a limited period only. The sooner you sign up the more you can save! USE CODE: SALE30 GET PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP HERE In addition to all the benefits Premium Membership brings you will be sent a Halfords 15% Discount Card before Black Friday so you can benefit from even more discounts in-store* This can represent huge savings if you were planning to buy something for your car, leisure or home. * 10% discount on Bikes. Applies to in-store purchases only
  20. It features a soft padded black leather fob with a hard enamelled Ford Motor Co Heritage badge and nickel plated brass split ring. Club members can get 20% off these keyrings, add to the cart on the Richbrook website and use the discount code (RB20) to get the discount. Link to Richbrook Store: https://richbrook.co.uk/product/ford-motor-co-heritage-keyring/
  21. Making its European debut at Goodwood SpeedWeek in front of a global virtual audience, the Mustang Mach 1 is the best-handling production Mustang ever offered to customers in Europe Performance is boosted to a level worthy of the iconic Mach 1 moniker with enhanced aerodynamics, a specially-calibrated 460PS 5.0-litre V8 1 engine and uprated cooling for improved track capability. The Mach 1 is also the first production Mustang in Europe available with a high-performance TREMEC six-speed manual transmission, featuring rev-matching technology for seamless down-shifts and an upgraded oil-cooler system for high-demand performance driving. Customers can alternatively specify Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, featuring an upgraded oil-cooler and recalibrated software for optimised performance in road and track driving conditions. A unique suspension setup further enhances road performance and track-readiness. Specially-calibrated MagneRide® 2 dampers and bespoke springs, anti-roll bars and bush specifications deliver improved control and response under high cornering loads. Retuned electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) software enables the Mach 1 to offer the most precise steering of any Mustang in Europe. The result is the fastest production Mustang around a track ever offered to customers in Europe. In addition to its performance credentials, the Mustang Mach 1 brings exterior design that recalls the iconic Mach 1 Mustangs of the 1960s and 1970s, with bold bonnet and side stripes, performance-derived body-styling and unique 19-inch alloy wheels. The limited-edition model is available in a unique set of eight body colour, stripe and contrast-line combinations, echoing the distinctive design of the original car. Each Mustang Mach 1 is individually numbered with a distinctive plaque according to its build order. “The original Mach 1 delivered the ultimate in production Mustang performance and proved itself with success in motorsport,” said Matthias Tonn, Mustang Mach 1 chief programme engineer for Europe. “The new Mach 1 is the most capable Mustang ever to reach Europe, with track-ready ability and a unique style that is more than worthy of wearing such a legendary badge.” To celebrate the launch of the Mustang Mach 1, Ford has created a world-first interactive experience through which users can create their own short video using an online app. Users can choose the colour of their Mach 1 and their preferred camera angles to create a unique, short video that they can share on social media. The app also offers users an augmented reality experience, enabling them to “place” a digital Mustang Mach 1 in a real-world environment. To try the interactive experience, visit https://fordmustangmach1ar.com. Iconic V8 muscle The Mustang Mach 1 features a 460PS version of Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 all-aluminium petrol engine – specially modified for improved performance both on the road and on track. An Open Air Induction System, intake manifold and 87mm throttle bodies are shared with the Mustang Shelby GT350 model available to Ford North America customers, increasing the free flow of air into the engine. The enhanced breathing works alongside recalibrated engine management software and a combination of low-pressure port fuel injection and high-pressure direct fuel injection for a “reward-to-rev” character and 7,500rpm red line. Peak power is delivered at 7,500rpm, with peak torque of 529Nm delivered at 4,600rpm. An auxiliary engine oil-cooler, also shared with the Shelby GT350, works in partnership with a new engine oil filter adaptor to ensure optimum oil flow and consistent performance under high loads. The Mach 1’s uniquely tuned Active Valve Performance Exhaust features quad 4.5-inch tips to further enhance the unmistakable Ford V8 sound. A choice of transmission options is designed to maximise performance, driveability and track capability. The TREMEC 3160 six-speed manual transmission uses a twin-disc clutch to comfortably manage aggressive, high-rpm gear-changes on track, and provides a short-throw shift action for fast, consistent shifts that maximise performance and fun-to-drive. The TREMEC six-speed transmission features rev-matching for smooth, seamless gear-changes that enhance refinement on the road, and performance on the track. The technology uses the engine’s electronic control system to briefly “blip” the throttle as the driver downshifts – matching the engine rotation speed to that of the gear that is being selected. Flat shift capability is also delivered – allowing drivers to can engage the next gear without lifting the throttle pedal. The transmission’s enhanced performance is enabled in part using dedicated oil-cooling system to cope with the increased demand. Ford’s advanced 10-speed automatic transmission includes an upgraded torque converter and unique calibration for Mustang Mach 1, optimising torque capability, shift character and overall performance. A second air-to-oil cooler increases cooling capacity by 75 per cent to manage high-load driving situations. Manual and automatic models include an additional rear axle cooling system that further supports track driving, and are also fitted with a limited-slip differential as standard, enhancing traction both in a straight line and when exiting corners. Ready to race The Mustang Mach 1 benefits from a series of aerodynamic changes that bring performance gains as well as providing a distinctive look that pays homage to the styling of the original models. A unique front-end configuration includes a new two-piece upper grille, new lower grille and splitter, and new side grilles: all contributing to the improved aerodynamic and cooling performance. The Mustang Mach 1 creates 22 per cent more downforce than the Mustang GT, supported by a rear diffuser design shared with the Mustang Shelby GT500 model available to Ford North America customers, and a longer undertray that incorporates dedicated fins that direct cooling air to the brakes. The shape of the front splitter has been designed to deliver increased downforce for improved grip on track, while the bespoke, single-deck rear spoiler has been matched to the front aerodynamics to ensure the perfect lift balance from front to rear. Bespoke suspension tuning is designed to cope with the high demands of track driving. The MagneRide® 2 adjustable suspension system electronically controls the magnetorheological fluid inside the damper to respond in real time to changing road conditions, and has been recalibrated for optimum performance alongside the stiffer front springs and anti-roll bars. In addition to the new EPAS calibration, Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT500 subframes and toe-link components contribute to the sharpest Mustang steering responses in Europe yet. The Mustang Mach 1 also gains a higher specification brake booster with a faster response time, ensuring quick and consistent braking performance even under high loads. Unique five-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels that are 0.5 inches wider front and rear, and fitted with track-ready Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres. Iconic design reborn Distinctive, race-derived and aero-influenced styling has been a core component of every generation of Mustang Mach 1, enhanced with charismatic colour and decal combinations. Customers of the latest limited-edition model have a choice of eight combinations for body colour and bold bonnet and side stripes, including Fighter Jet Grey with Satin Black/Reflective Orange stripes; Iconic Silver, Shadow Black and Oxford White with Satin Black/Red stripes, or Velocity Blue, Twister Orange, Race Red and Grabber Yellow with Satin Black/White stripes. Mustang Mach 1 upper and lower front grilles are finished in gloss black, and the iconic Mach 1 logo appears on the rear deck-lid and on each front wing. The interior is distinguished by an Ebony colour scheme and Dark Engine turned aluminium detailing, while the leather sports seats feature Metal Grey stitching. Each Mustang Mach 1 features a unique dashboard badge featuring the Mach 1 logo and build number, complemented by unique sill plates and a new start-up display on the 12-inch digital instrument display cluster. Standard comfort and convenience technologies include heated and cooled front seats, Ford’s sophisticated SYNC 3 connectivity system, 3 a premium 12-speaker B&O Sound System, and FordPass Connect 4 modem for enhanced connectivity. “The Mach 1 not only looks the part, but has the hardware to deliver on-track thrills and on-road driving pleasure that Mustang enthusiasts demand,” Tonn said. “It’s the most exciting Mustang in Europe to-date, and we are thrilled to be bringing the iconic Mach 1 name to Europe for the first time.” First introduced in 1969, the Mustang Mach 1 extended the performance of the Mustang GT model with a number of enhancements including more powerful V8 engines, competition suspension and bespoke styling. The first-generation Mach 1 set 295 speed and endurance records at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and racing teams using the Mach 1 earned back-to-back SCCA Manufacturer’s Rally Championships in 1969 and 1970. New or updated versions were introduced in 1971, 1974, and 2003. More than 300,000 Mustang Mach 1 vehicles have been produced since 1969.
  22. We've teamed up with Wizzle - A fast, free and easy way to sell your car. Compare multiple offers with no obligation The Ford Owners Club has teamed up with Wizzle to offer our members an option to sell their Ford in a quick and efficient manner. The Wizzle platform is ideal for anyone who doesn't want the headache of a private sale, or the hassle of negotiating on a knocked down part exchange price. To sell your car, simply enter some information in the system about your car and in around 30 seconds you will be sent a valuation for your car. If you add some photos of your car and within a minute your car could be advertised with their extensive network of buyers and then just wait for an offer. Once you receive an agreeable offer, you can then choose to accept it and proceed with the sale. Unlike other online car buying companies, the buyers' offer is firm and you won't be knocked down on the price as long as the information and photos of the condition are accurate and honest. Best of all, Wizzle do not charge you any fees whatsoever! To proceed to sell your car via Wizzle, you will need to provide the following information: The Registration Number Current Mileage Service History (full or part, main dealer or independent) Information on Condition Photos of Condition Phone Number and Email Just click the link below and then enter your information to get started with your free car valuation! https://www.fordownersclub.com/wizzle/
  23. Ford has expanded its fast-growing Active range with the new Tourneo Connect Active people mover and Transit Connect Active van variants, priced from £21,285 and £21,675, respectively, with deliveries from the end of this year Active varients of Tourneo and Transit Connect feature rugged, SUV-inspired exterior styling, an optional mechanical limited-slip differential (mLSD) for improved traction and raised ride height, offering versatile, capable packages for customers whose adventurous business or lifestyle activities require rough-road capability. The new Active variants also deliver signature interior finishes and advanced driver assistance and comfort technologies – while retaining the practicality and flexibility that is a hallmark of the Connect range. Offering five- and seven-seat versions, the Tourneo Connect Active can carry passengers and all their leisure equipment in style and comfort. For business or dual-use customers, Transit Connect Active delivers a smartly-styled and distinctive van combined with the versatility to double up as a lifestyle vehicle at the weekend. “Our Active models are a hit with drivers who need to venture off the beaten track, and want to look good while they do it,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s for business or pleasure – the new Tourneo and Transit Connect Active models have the flexibility and capability to support customers with a sense of adventure.” The Tourneo Connect Active and Transit Connect Active join the larger eight-seat Tourneo Custom Active people mover and Transit Custom Active van launched last month – also featuring SUV-inspired styling, versatile interiors and optional mLSD. Driveline enhancements increase capability Both the Tourneo Connect Active and Transit Connect Active can be specified with the same mLSD technology already introduced for the larger Active models – developed in partnership with driveline specialists Quaife to provide optimised traction. The mLSD automatically transfers engine torque in low-grip conditions to the wheel with the most traction, allowing drivers to more comfortably tackle wet, slippery and challenging surfaces including unpaved roads, gravel tracks, grassy campsites or snow and ice. Ford engineers also developed a bespoke Traction Control configuration to harmonise the system more effectively with the characteristics of the mLSD – optimising performance in challenging driving conditions for a more sure-footed drive. Similar advanced differential technology has previously been used to enhance the traction and handling characteristics of Ford Performance models including the Focus RS, Fiesta ST and Focus ST, and has no impact on CO2 emissions or fuel efficiency. Tourneo Connect Active and Transit Connect Active both also benefit from a ride height increase of 24mm at the front and 9mm at the rear, giving better clearance over bumps, ruts and unsealed road surfaces. The increased height also results in a higher driving position for more confident progress in urban, highway and rough-road scenarios. Rugged and distinctive styling The new Tourneo Connect Active and Transit Connect Active feature roof rails as standard to facilitate carrying oversized equipment - from bike racks and canoes to work tools. Front and rear skid plates also contribute to the vehicles’ tougher appearance. Exclusive Active five-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels contrast polished metal with dark detailing to help further enhance the Active series’ bold and distinctive appearance. A signature Active mesh grille further distinguishes the two models. Practicality is enhanced with additional cladding on the body sides, mirror caps, wheel arches and rear bumper, helping prevent paintwork scuffs when negotiating brush trails or when loading tools or equipment. A full-width Active decal and complementary Active badges feature on the front wings, and two new eye-catching colours – Sedona Orange and Solar Silver – are available to complete the distinctive Active look. Enhanced comfort and interior versatility Select interior upgrades enhance the comfort and practicality of the Active range, including exclusive seat trim patterns and stitching, blue contrast detailing and Active branding. Metallic scuff plates on both front door sills are embossed with the Active logo and help prevent paint scratches from boots and equipment when getting in and out of the vehicle. Tourneo Connect Active’s spacious and flexible interior is designed to be easily reconfigurable to accommodate passengers and equipment. The five-seat Tourneo Connect Active features a 60/40 split second row bench that folds flat for easy equipment loading and optimised luggage space. The longer Tourneo Grand Connect Active adds two more seats in a third row that folds into the floor when not in use. The Active series enhancements have no negative effect on Transit Connect’s load space. Load volume remains at 2.9m³ or 3.6m³ depending on the wheelbase specified, with payloads reaching 982kg. Advanced driver assistance and powertrains All new Tourneo Connect Active and Transit Connect Active models are powered by Ford’s 1.5‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine featuring advance fuel injection, turbocharging and emission-control technologies with a low-friction design to deliver responsive performance alongside reduced fuel consumption.1 Available with 100PS or 120PS power outputs, the engine is offered alongside a choice of smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions. The mLSD is available on both Tourneo and Transit Connect models as an option with the 120PS manual powertrain. The Active series models benefit from the same comprehensive suite of Ford’s advanced safety and driver assistance systems as the rest of the Connect range, designed to help reduce driver fatigue and avoid or mitigate the effects of accidents. Features include Intelligent Speed Limiter2 technology that can help drivers avoid speeding fines by automatically adjusting maximum vehicle speed to remain within legal limits, Pre-Collision Assist with Active Braking,2 Side Wind Stabilisation,2 and Active Park Assist2 that helps to steer the vehicle into both parallel and perpendicular parking spaces. 1Homologated fuel efficiency and CO2 data will be published closer to on-sale date. The declared fuel/energy consumptions, CO2-emissions and electric range are determined according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EU) 2017/1151 as last amended. Light Duty Vehicle type-approved using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) will have fuel/energy consumption and CO2-emission information for New European Drive Cycle (NEDC) and WLTP. WLTP will fully replace the NEDC latest by the end of the year 2020. The applied standard test procedures enable comparison between different vehicle types and different manufacturers. During NEDC phase-out, WLTP fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are being correlated back to NEDC. There will be some variance to the previous fuel economy and emissions as some elements of the tests have altered, so the same car might have different fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. 2Driver-assist features are supplemental to and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgement and need to control the vehicle.
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