All-new F-150 Raptor wins Cars.com Best Pickup Truck 2017; F-Series Super Duty also nominated

The 2017 F-150 Raptor took home Best Pickup Truck of 2017 from Cars.com.

The all-new F-150 Raptor, building off the success of its predecessor, pushes the envelope more with performance gains and new technology offerings. With more power and torque, a first-in-class 10-speed transmission, a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body that saves 500 pounds over the previous model, unique BFGoodrich tires and improved Fox Racing shocks, the 2017 F-150 Raptor stands alone in the high-performance off-road truck segment.

The redesigned, reengineered 2017 Super Duty also vied for the overall award. Boasting 20 class-exclusive features and a host of best-in-class claims, including most towing capability, payload and torque, the all-new F-Series Super Duty is the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever.

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Ford F-Series Super Duty has won the 2017 Motor Trend Truck of the Year title

  • 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty – the toughest, smartest,most capable Super Duty ever – has been named 2017Motor Trend Truck of the Year
  • All-new Super Duty features best-in-class towing and hauling capability along with 17 segment-first productivity technologies including adaptive steering and 360-degreecamera system
  • 6.7-liter Power Stroke®V8, with best-in-class 925 lb.-ft. of torque and 440 horsepower, earns Motor Trend recognition as one of the best engineered, most capable diesel engines- outperforming its competitors

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Los Angeles, Nov. 14, 2016– The all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever – has won the 2017Motor Trend Truck of the Year title – the first time the Super Duty has taken home this prize.

“We are honored to win this year’s Motor Trend Truck of the Year Award as it underscores how the all-new 2017 Ford Super Dutys are the toughest, smartest and most capable trucks we’ve ever built,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas.”For 39consecutive years, Ford F-Series has been America’s favorite truck,and now Motor Trend has given one of our F-Series top honors for the fifth time.”

Using advanced materials to reduce weight, Super Duty introduces all-new segment-exclusive smart technology features to help increase customer productivity, comfort and convenience.

The backbone of the truck is an all-new fully boxed frame comprising more than 95 percent high-strength steel that’s up to 24 times stiffer than the previous frame – enabling best-in-class towing and hauling capability. High-strength, military-grade,aluminum alloy for the body is more dent- and ding-resistant than outgoing steel and not subject to red rust corrosion.

These materials combine to help reduce weight by up to 350pounds, with Ford engineers reinvesting that savings everywhere it counts to give customers more towing and hauling capability than ever.

The all-new F-Series Super Duty also features heavier-duty four-wheel-drive components, drive line, axles and towing hardware.

With towing central to the mission, driving and work situations are made easier and more comfortable with 17 segment-first productivity technologies. Up to seven cameras help drivers see angles and monitor conditions surrounding the truck to make not just conventional towing, but goose neck and fifth-wheel towing simpler and more efficient than ever. Available adaptive steering also results in improved efficiency and effort.

With more power than ever, the Ford-designed, Ford-engineered,Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke®turbo diesel V8 now delivers a best-in-class combination of 440 horsepower and a staggering925 lb.-ft. of torque. That power is standard for every diesel pickup,from F-250 to F-450, with no special tuning or unique hardware required – making the all-new F-Series Super Duty the undisputed powerhouse.

“We judge the contenders based on six categories – from design to efficiency to performance – characterizing the things consumers want most in their next vehicle,” said Ed Loh,Motor Trend editor-in-chief. “The all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty met and exceeded our criteria, truly proving it is the undisputed leader in towing, capability and power – exactly what truck customers want.Motor Trend is excited to crown this purpose-built machine this year’s Truck of the Year.”

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Ford Super Duty Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title

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  • All-new 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty claims GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ™ title for the World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle, pulling a 45 by 92 foot, 4,124 U.S. flag over four laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 1.5 mile track Saturday morning
  • The F-450 will put on an encore performance on Sunday afternoon as part of the pre-race festivities prior to the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race live on NBC at 2:30 pm (ET).
  • Powered by its 6.7-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel V8 producing best-in-class 925 lb.-ft. of torque and 440 horsepower, Super Duty delivers maximum gooseneck towing of 32,500 pounds for F-450, class-leading 27,500-pound fifth-wheel towing and class-leading conventional towing of 21,000 pounds; plus a best-in-class maximum payload rating of up to 7,630 pounds.

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HOMESTEAD, Fla., Nov. 19, 2016 – Torque rules when pulling big loads and Ford proved that today, setting the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle with a 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty pulling a 4,124 square foot U.S. flag.

The record eclipses the previous mark set earlier this year by Chevrolet with a 40 by 80-foot flag at Texas Motor Speedway on September 28th.

With its 6.7-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel V8 producing a best-in-class 925 lb.-ft. of torque and 440 horsepower, the F-450 displayed an exceptional level of towing power that Ford truck owners have come to expect from the top-selling truck series in America.

“At Ford, and with Ford trucks in particular, we are used to being number one,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group Marketing Manager.

“Towing the largest banner here today and setting the Guinness World Record in the category certainly fits with our DNA and what we are all about when we talk about Ford trucks and their towing power. This is a great accomplishment, another to add to the list of distinctions. Earlier this week we received the 2017 Motor Trend Truck of the Year award so we will add this to the list.”

Ford is no stranger to patriotic displays at Ford Championship weekend, utilizing the F-Series line of trucks to fly the U.S. flag as part of pre-race activities since 2003. However, Saturday’s practice session for Sunday was special, as the United States flag flown by the F-450 Super Duty for the record-setting drive measured 45′ by 92′ feet.

To set the record, the truck had to travel beyond the 100 meters (328 feet) previous record mark, without the flag touching the ground. The F-450 more than exceeded that requirement, officially covering a verified distance of 109 meters (360 feet) and also completing four full laps around the Homestead-Miami Speedway 1.5-mile oval, site of NASCAR’s championship event, Ford Championship Weekend.

To accommodate the record setting flag, 45-foot riggings from eyelet to eyelet were constructed enabling the F-450 a driving roll-out of the massive flag. A team of 20 launched and retrieved the flag, ensuring it did not touch the ground.

The F-450 put on an encore performance the following Sunday afternoon as part of the pre-race festivities prior to the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race live on NBC.

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VIDEO: As ‘Petextrian’ Injuries Increase, Ford Technology Can Predict Human Movement

Ford Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection uses combined radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead for collision risks. If one is detected, the initial response from the vehicle is to provide a visual and audible warning to the driver and temporarily mute the audio system. If the driver does not react to the warning, the technology can automatically apply up to the vehicle’s full braking force to help reduce the severity of, or even eliminate, a frontal collision.

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 24, 2016 – Collisions can be caused not just by distracted driving, but increasingly, distracted walking. Every eight minutes, a pedestrian is injured in a motor vehicle crash, according to a recent report from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This rise is linked to a global influx of “petextrians” – people walking while texting.

Ford’s new Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection can predict the movement of pedestrians to help reduce the severity of and, in some cases, eliminate frontal collisions altogether. Debuting in North America as an available technology for the 2017 Ford Fusion, the system has been developed to help recognize pedestrians using more than 240 terabytes of test data – equal to 20.4 trillion books, or 600 Libraries of Congress with 34 million books each.

“Since we are trying to avoid a collision that hasn’t happened yet, prediction of the future is an inherent part of the puzzle,” says Scott Lindstrom, Ford driver assist technologies manager. “Having a huge cache of data – based on real-world driving conditions – helps our system be smart enough to determine what may happen in a second that has not yet even occurred.”

Global ‘petextrian’ problem

Cities around the world are tackling the increasing problem of “petextrians” and distracted walking. A theme park in Chongqing, China, painted smartphone lanes on 30 meters of sidewalk in an effort to combat the problem. And officials in Seoul plan to expand similar signage across South Korea next year. Pedestrians crossing the tram tracks in Augsburg, Germany, are now warned by a strip of blinking red LED lights mounted on the ground. The tiny town of Rexburg, Idaho, took a different approach, passing a law in 2011 against texting while crossing the street and slapping a $50 fine on anyone who does.

Predicting human movement

Aaron Mills, Ford safety engineer, says the more test data was gathered and then used to develop the vehicle’s algorithm to help it recognize a wide variety of human sizes and shapes. “We were startled to see how oblivious people could be of a 4,000-pound car coming toward them,” he says. “It was a real eye-opener to how distracted people are today.”

Working in daylight and in clear weather conditions – at speeds up to 50 mph – Ford’s system processes information collected from a windshield-mounted camera, which has been taught to classify different vehicle and pedestrian scenarios, along with radar located near the bumper to pick up shape reflections. The technology then combines both data streams using a unique Ford algorithm that calculates the risk of a collision. While the system may be especially helpful in unexpected situations, it does not replace the driver.

Ford is testing advanced features for future vehicles that could allow the system to operate at night, in low and harsh lighting conditions, and when vehicles and cyclists move in different directions.

Testing the technology

Using 12 vehicles, Ford conducted 500,000-plus miles of development testing in Europe, China and the United States, racking up more than one year – 473 days – of data logging. In just 15 weeks in North America alone, the technology recorded more than 3 million scans of roadside objects, vehicles and pedestrians across roughly 70 percent non-highway and 30 percent highway miles.

Other driver-assist technologies available for Fusion include lane-keeping assist, Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking.

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data reveals one pedestrian is injured every eight minutes in a motor vehicle crash
  • Ford Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection – debuting in North America as an available feature for the 2017 Ford Fusion – can help predict pedestrian movement
  • Ford conducted more than 500,000 miles of development drive testing in Europe, China and the United States using 12 vehicles, racking up more than a year – 473 days – and 240 terabytes of test data

Petextrian: “One who texts while walking, usually unaware of their surroundings” (Urban Dictionary, 2009)

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ford-trucks.com: Watch the ’17 Ford Raptor Take the Spotlight in Gymkhana 9

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A short six months after Ken Block graced us with the eight chapter of his tire-shredding, obstacle-slaying, engine-brahhhhping, and jaw-dropping Gymkhana video series, the new ninth episode has hit YouTube. But this time, his modified Ford Focus RS RX isn’t the only Ford superstar…

Block’s new video is incredible and amazingly-complicated, but like most humans, after watching eight previous similar editions, I wasn’t wowed by any of his skilled stunts. At least until I saw a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor hanging from a freaking helicopter!

Although there’s been similar stunts in previous versions where Block paints rubber circles around moving objects, this one seemed particularly difficult, as the Raptor is dangling in front of him with zero-to-little control. A wind gust could easily push the truck into Block and cause trouble.

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Ford Performance to Extend Production of All-New Ford GT Supercar an Additional Two Years

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif., – Applicants and fans of the Ford GT can rejoice as Ford Performance is adding two more years of production for the all-new carbon fiber supercar. The announcement comes on the heels of letters sent to potential customers notifying them of their application status to purchase the car.

The additional production supports the recent decision by Ford Performance to race Ford GT in both IMSA and World Endurance Championship (WEC) series events for four years.

“While we can’t build enough Ford GTs for everyone who has applied, we are going to produce additional vehicles in an effort to satisfy more of our most loyal Ford ambassadors,” says Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “We want to keep Ford GT exclusive, but at the same time we know how vital this customer is to our brand.”

Year three of production will support applicants who were placed on the wait list; previously deferred applicants and those who missed the initial application window will be served by production year four. The application process for fourth-year production will reopen in early 2018. Those who already applied to own the car will only need to update their request.

“Ford GT has racing in its blood,” says Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, product development, and chief technical officer. “The road car and race car will live on, side-by-side, for the next four years – providing ample opportunity to test and prove innovative new technologies both on and off the track.”

ford-trucks.com: New Bronco Rendering Surfaces, Does It Have Credibility?

ford-trucks.com posted a new rendering of the Ford Bronco. Here’s what they had to say! Let us know what you think…

“Yes, we’re beating a dead horse here with all of our Bronco talk, but a new set of renderings of what the new SUV from Ford surfaced today. While this is just an artist conception, it does share a bit of Ford’s current design language with classic Bronco looks.

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Our friends at BoldRide came up with these renderings, which depict the new Bronco as a traditional two-door vehicle. The front end resembles the new Ford Explorer in a lot of ways, and considering the Bronco would be in the same family of utility vehicles, it stands to reason they’ll share the similar face, rather than the face of the F-150.

Around back the SUV carries the F-150’s LED rear taillights, and a big BRONCO stamp across the back hatch.

Considering it’s just an artist rendering, we don’t expect the final version to look like this, but this rendering does incorporate some of Ford’s design language in a way that could make sense.”

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