Just in time for the holiday season, Ford Performance recently revealed an all-new, non-street legal Shelby FP350S race car that's ready for the track. It made its debut at the 2016 Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis, but will be available to order at Ford dealerships nationwide in the near future.
The Shelby FP350S is the latest present from Ford Performance to racing enthusiasts everywhere. It follows a lineage of turn-key race cars, including the FR500C, BOSS 302S and 302R, and the Ford Shelby GT350R-C and GT4. The latter two cars were unveiled at this year's SEMA. Check out another car from the Shelby family in the video below:
Designed for road racing sprint events in classes such as Trans Am (TA3 and TA4), NASA and SCCA club racing (T1 and T2), the Shelby FP350S is geared to fly around the track with style. According to Dave Pericak in a statement, the global director for Ford Performance, “Our goal has always been to provide those who want to race with equipment that enables them to compete and win. Shelby FP350S is our latest example.”
Although the new Shelby's highlights could take up the chapter in a book, a few notable standouts are its 5.2-liter, four-valve-per-cylinder V8 engine (prepared by Ford Performance Parts), its Tremec 3160 manual transmission with integral oil pump and 3.73 rear final drive ratio, its Ford Performance splitter and carbon fiber-construction adjustable rear wing, and modified unibody chassis with seam welding. Can't wait to learn more about the Shelby? Visit performanceparts.ford.com or stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.
A decorated relationship almost twenty years in the making came to a close at the end of November, when Greg Biffle and Roush Fenway Racing announced their plan to part ways. The pair raced Fords together in NASCAR's three national touring series, and it appears that the third time was a charm. Although Biffle's plans for the future are yet to be determined, the 19-time NASCAR Premier Series winner is certain that they won't include racing with RFR in NASCAR. Watch Biffle in action when he won the NASCAR Premier Series season finale for the third year in a row:
With his NASCAR retirement on the horizon, Biffle's achievements behind the wheel of a Ford are worth reminiscing:
- Back in 2000, Biffle won Ford's first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.
- Two years later, he took top prize at Ford's first NASCAR XFINITY Series championship.
- On June 16, 2013, Biffle scored the 1,000th Ford victory in NASCAR, which was held at the Michigan International Speedway.
- In a tie with Davey Allison with 19 wins, he ranked 11th on Ford's all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win list.
- Biffle is ranked fourth on NASCAR's list of drivers with the most Ford victories in the top three series combined. His total is 53 (19NSCS, 18 NXS, and 16 NCWTS).
- For three years in a row (2004-2006), he won the season-closing Ford 400 at Ford Championship Weekend.
In acknowledgment of his career, Raj Nair, the executive VP of product development and the chief technical officer for Ford, said, "One of my fondest memories in NASCAR is being able to welcome Greg to Victory Lane at Michigan when he won our 1,000th NASCAR race. We had so many Ford employees at the track that day and it’s a moment that I’ll always cherish. We wish Greg nothing but the best and thank him for all he’s done in representing Ford on and off the track.”
Learn more about Ford's presence on the raceways by visiting us at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.
The 2017 Ford Raptor recently went below the border and ended up a cut above the rest at this year's Baja 1000 off-road race on November 20th. The notorious race, which starts and finishes in Ensenada, was an 854.8-mile loop that challenged even the most experienced off-road racers. But the tough terrain and the other competitors weren't enough to hold back the Raptor - not only did it complete the course map with less than 52 seconds to spare, it immediately began the long haul back to its home base in Arizona without a beat.
One may argue that the 2017 Raptor was made for the Baja route; after all, the new, second-generation Raptor has a "Baja Mode" that kicks it into its highest configuration for high-speed sand driving. Such a designation warrants tangible proof, though, which put added pressure on Greg Foutz, the driver and builder of the Raptor that crossed the finish line with such grandeur. Watch the 2017 Raptor hit the dusty road in the video below:
Foutz's outfit, Foutz Motorsports, currently runs Ford's factory off-road racing program, and a no-show at the Baja 1000 would have piqued both curiosity and doubt. But any hints of doubt were promptly quelled when the Raptor clocked in a 35:59:08.151, just shy of the 36-hour official finish mark. And in a defiant, final demonstration of its capabilities, the Raptor wasted no time hitting the road again; only a brief interlude for gas was required before it started the 399.87-mile journey back up to its Arizona headquarters.
With 450 horsepower, a 3.5L V-6 engine and 510 lb-ft torque - not to mention the 66" truck bed length - the 2017 Ford Raptor is not a truck to underestimate. Don't hesitate to stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and learn more about the 2017 Raptor's upcoming debut, and take a test-drive in any truck from our available selection.
If you find yourself at the 2017 King of the Hammers off-road race, keep an eye out for Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. - you'll find him driving a buggy that Ford Performance crafted to reflect the classic Bronco style. The news was revealed after rumors spread about Ford's plans to develop an upgraded Bronco SUV; the unveiling of the buggy reinforces that notion since FoxNews.com reports that Ford has all but confirmed a 2020 debut for a new Bronco model.
Next year's annual event is slated to run its course at the Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley, CA, which many deem one of the most challenging automotive terrains across the globe. It stretches 165 miles long and is merciless, presenting drivers with aggressive rock crawling sections as well as high-speed desert running. Luckily, Gittin is set to succeed - as a rookie this past February, he came out in 10th place at the Hammers and was the first non-regular of this driving style to achieve that feat. As FoxNews.com also states, "He [Gittin] says the car control he's developed drifting his Ford Mustang RTR paid off on the flat sections, but his result suggests he was clearly a quick study on the boulders, too."
Check out the Ford Bronco in a video from last year's King of the Hammers race:
The 2017 Hammers is still a couple of months away, but Brocky (as the truck is aptly nicknamed) is already primed to go. Jimmy 4x4, a Colorado off-road racing specialist, had the honor of building Brocky, and didn't disappoint. The Bronco sports a custom fiberglass body wrapped over a tube frame, as well as an independent front suspension and 37-inch tires. Other notable features include an intimidating 600 hp Ford Performance 427 V8 and a three-speed automatic transmission.
Until Brocky takes on the Dry Lake next February, though, get your kicks by test-driving one of our Ford SUVs at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington.
Back in 2014, Ford Motor Company combined its Special Vehicle Team (SVT), Team RS (the European division of performance and motorsports for racing activity) and Ford Racing into an organization called Ford Performance. The purpose of this merger was to take the developments from the racing track and utilize them in Ford’s performance vehicle consumer line-up, and anticipating a total of 12 brand-new performance vehicles released by 2020.
And boy howdy, have the last two years shown the brilliancy behind the creation of Ford Performance. The commitment to innovation through performance so far resulted in the release of the Ford Focus RS on a global scale (the 2017 model is already sold out worldwide), and both the 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 and 2017 Ford 350R Mustang have already sold out completely.
Take a look at Ford’s ST lineup too. As of the inception of Ford Performance, more than 65 percent of ST customers in the United States came from outside the Ford brand. And Ford has certainly caught the eye of the younger generation, with Millennials purchasing ST vehicles at more than double that of other Ford-branded vehicles.
We’re excited to see what Ford Performance has in the works for the coming years. There will be a lot of engine revving going on!
The Girl Scouts councils in Florida, Southeast Michigan, Northeast Texas and Northern New Jersey would likely disagree with anyone that asserted such a claim; as would Ford Motor Company.
And to prove it, the two organizations are teaming up to provide Girls’ Fast Track Races to 200 Brownies and 200 Juniors from each of the four Girl Scout councils. As a part of the Ford STEAM Experience program, the Fast Track program will allow these young girls the chance to build their own track race cars and expand their knowledge of engineering and automotive science. Encouraging creativity and motivating the following of dreams, those participating will compete, learn and excel.
“We believe that all young children have an aptitude for technical subjects,” says Tracy Magee, Ford’s primary brand experiential manager, according to the Ford Motor Company Media Center. “What’s often lacking is the encouragement and additional support to succeed. Ford is deeply committed to education and, through creative programs such as the Girls’ Face Track Races, we hope to spark excitement among the you and inspire them to pursue future careers in high-tech fields.”
As such, the goal overall is to give these girls a brighter future, and spark innovation for the entire community.
If you’ve got racing in your blood – or just enjoy watching it – then hold on to your hats…
Ford Performance recently decided to race the Ford GT for four years in the IMSA and World Endurance Championship (WEC), which means that the carbon fiber supercar will have two more years of production. Applicants for purchase rejoiced at this news last month, which followed letters sent notifying customers of the status of their applications to purchase this glorious (and fast!) car.
Applicants placed on the wait list will receive the Ford GTs from year three of production, while year four will be reserved for deferred applications or those that missed the deadline, with purchase applications for fourth year production also reopening in early 2018.
“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 for Ford Performance, according to the Ford Motor Company Media Center. “We want to keep Ford GT exclusive, but at the same time, we know how vital this customer is to our brand.”