Automakers are constantly pushing the limits for performance and fuel economy by recreating and refining powertrains. Ford is one of the few automakers taking measures to improve fuel economy by dropping weight as well. The manufacturer recently partnered up with Magna to create new carbon fiber subframes.
No matter the make or model, odds are a vehicle’s subframe is primarily made of traditional metals; the new Ford-Magna partnership looks to change that. The pair have created what could very well become the next generation of automotive engineering.
New carbon fiber subframes could dramatically reduce the weight of a vehicle. A subframe made from carbon fiber cuts weight by around 34%, compared to a traditional subframe. The newest innovation is made of two molded pieces and four metal components. By comparison, a traditional subframe is made from 45 steel parts.
Surely a lightweight carbon fiber subframe is weak, right? Wrong. In fact, a carbon fiber subframe has passed all of Magna’s testing and is just as durable as a standard subframe. Ford and Magna have a history together when it comes to performance. Magna developed the Mustang Shelby Cobra GT500’s carbon fiber grille opening reinforcement, among other projects. A lighter subframe would lead to weight reduction, increased performance, and a rise in fuel efficiency.
We can’t wait to see the production results of the Ford-Magna partnership here at Nick Nicholas Ford!
On Saturday, March 11th, Inverness celebrates the greenest day of the year by kicking off a whole day of St. Patrick’s Day activities.
Many residents are participating in the annual Shamrock Scamper 5k that morning, but if you’re not the athletic type, then no worries! The St. Patrick’s Day festival that evening is sure to attract big crowds and provide the residents of our community with a fun day out in the pleasant spring weather.
The festival itself will kick off around 6:00pm with a parade, and after an hour of fun floats and great costumes and decorations, the Celtic rock band Seven Nations will get onstage for the Shamrock the Block Concert at 7:00pm for a night of live music and festivities. You can even join a whole host of adventurous companions for the Leprechaun Pub Crawl, exploring all the good eats and drinks Inverness has to offer visitors and residents alike. The pub crawl will also offer prizes for a lucky few, so grab those four-leaf clovers!
The St. Patrick’s Day festival in downtown historic Inverness will be free and open to the public. We here at Nick Nicholas Ford are excited to see and hear about all the fun things that will happen the day of the parade and festival.
The modern automobile industry has seen a number of new safety and technology innovations just within the past few years. It seems like there’s a driver alert sensor for just about everything, from impending collisions to pedestrians passing behind your vehicle while backing up. However, Ford is taking it even further, developing a new Pothole Mitigation System in order to prolong the life of your tires and prevent the shock of hitting a pothole head-on, at full speed.
So what will this system do exactly? Experts at Ford pointed out that swerving to avoid potholes is not always possible, even though the system will make use of exterior cameras that monitor the ground and display pothole information to the driver. In the situations where hitting the pothole is just unavoidable, the mitigation system will automatically adjust the vehicle’s suspension in order to lessen the bump and reduce its severity.
Potholes are one of the few road issues that self-driving vehicles struggle with, so investing in tech that can sense potholes might be a good plan for the future. Plus, considering a 2016 survey that states that a staggering 39% of drivers are affected by potholes, we at Nick Nicholas Ford think adding a Pothole Mitigation System to the vehicles we sell is a great idea!
Defensive driving tips can be hard to come by, but there are some basics to keep in mind. For those unfamiliar with the term, defensive driving refers to the ability to not only drive carefully, but also anticipate the bad habits of other drivers. Though it can be easy to get caught up in road rage, defensive drivers tend to get in fewer accidents.
According to How Stuff Works, one of the most important things to do is avoid driving while impaired in any way. You’ve heard it a thousand times before, but this doesn’t necessarily refer to just alcohol and drugs. Naturally, you should get a designated driver if you are intoxicated; however, you should also avoid driving when tired, angry, or distracted. Impaired refers to more than just drunk driving.
Next, avoid speeding. Few people admit to breaking the speed limit, but most drivers are guilty of this. Speed limits aren’t entirely arbitrary—they’re set at specific speeds to help you improve fuel economy and stay safe behind the wheel. Take a deep breath and slow down—that’s what any defensive driver would do.
Finally, leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. Tailgating is an especially aggressive form of driving, but many other drivers simply follow too closely. You should leave about 3 to 4 seconds of space between you and another driver—more in bad weather.
Keep these defensive driving tips in mind the next time you’re behind the wheel. Don’t drive while impaired or tired, avoid speeding, and be sure to leave plenty of following distance.
The Ford Fusion was recently named the Best Family Sedan by Motorweek, demonstrating just how great this model truly is. The new Fusion comes with tons of great features and upgrades, from infotainment to safety and design. Assessing the Fusion among other sedans in the entire industry, Motorweek decided that nothing really compares to this new model.
The Fusion, according to Ford, comes with impressive new features such as a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, intelligent all-wheel drive, and controlled damping, among other things. The new Fusion also has improved aerodynamics, a tuned suspension, and more. Perhaps best of all, the new Fusion is full of advanced safety systems.
“The smartest, most technology-packed Fusion ever is the first Ford vehicle in North America to offer adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection,” reads Ford’s description. “These are among 20 driver-assist technologies available across the Fusion lineup, including Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi and Fusion Sport models.”
In addition to its comfortable interior, spacious design, and advanced safety, the new Fusion is also a great family sedan because it’s fun. It sounds simple, but it can be hard to find a family vehicle that’s truly enjoyable to drive—something the Fusion has perfected. Test drive the new Ford Fusion to see how impressive this new model truly is.
Ford put the new Super Duty to the test by asking real-world customers what they appreciated most about the model, as well as what they would like to see more of. The answers came back, showing overwhelmingly that the new Super Duty technology was not only impressive, but customers can’t get enough of it.
According to Ford, the Ford Super Duty technology is truly advanced, especially when you opt for the Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims. The all-new pickup features 20 class-exclusive technologies and features, as well as a number of performance systems to improve towing and hauling. Among the most popular features are Adaptive Steering, Trailer Reverse Guidance, Adaptive Cruise Control, and BLIS, among others.
“Technology innovation is proving to be a differentiator,” said John Rieger, Ford Super Duty consumer marketing manager. “Our 20 class-exclusive, driver-assist technologies help increase productivity and boost driver confidence − especially when serving Super Duty’s primary mission of towing long, heavy trailers.”
When properly equipped, the new Super Duty can tow up to 32,500 pounds and it has a payload capacity of 7,630 pounds. While the powertrain is certainly the source of raw performance, new technologies also help you drive with this heavy payload. For example, rearview cameras and cross-traffic alert are ideal for towing and hauling in tight situations. For a truly advanced pickup, check out the new Ford Super Duty lineup.
If you’re like us, you’ve been waiting since 1996 to get your hands on another Ford Bronco. Who knew that it would take more than 20 years to get there! There have been rumblings and rumors over the past few months as to whether Ford was bringing back the Bronco, but now we know it’s true! Here’s what we know so far about the return of this great SUV.
Shown is the Ford Everest, reportedly the vehicle the Bronco will most closely resemble.
It has a lot in common with other Ford models: A recent Reddit AMA revealed more about its influences: “It will be very similar to the current Ford Everest…many suspension and powertrain parts will be common between the Ranger and Bronco.” If you’re not familiar with the Everest, don’t worry – it’s Australia’s current Ford SUV, will be a huge point of inspiration for the new Bronco model.
There still isn’t a public Bronco concept: Even at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit they only revealed more graphics of the name. No specifications, dimensions or other details have been revealed.
It will be assembled in the U.S.: Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant will be extra busy in a few years! Ford’s all-American brand holds true, keeping more Michigan residents employed.
It’s not messing around: Ford’s Joe Hinrichs has described the upcoming Bronco as “a no-compromise midsize 4×4 utility for the thrill-seekers who want freedom and off-road functionality, with the space and versatility of an SUV. It’s capable of conquering everything from your daily commute to gravel roads and boulders.” Even a panoramic sunroof option has been confirmed!
We’re more than excited to see more details come out about this SUV. The Ford Bronco already has 30 years of history (and plenty of pop culture references) and we can’t wait for 2020! You’d better believe that we’ll share any info we have about this model, but don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!
That time of the year is rolling around, and it’s a great time for giving! If you want to do a gift exchange at work or with friends, there are plenty to do. Here are some gift exchange ideas besides the obvious “Secret Santa.”
White Elephant – This is sometimes called “Yankee Swap” too. At this gift exchange, everyone anonymously contributes a gift. Going around in a circle, people can either pick an unopened gift from the middle or steal one that someone already has.
Gift Guess – Make gifts a little more fun by wrapping a gift up in a way that disguises it. Everyone looks at it and the first person to guess what it is gets to keep it.
Charity Exchange – Want to give back for the holidays? Have everyone write their name down on a piece of paper along with their favorite charity. Then, have everyone draw someone’s name. Whoever you get, you’ll make a donation to their favorite charity.
Cocktail Swap – Having an adult Christmas exchange? A cocktail swap is a fun way to share your favorite drink with someone. Get a box or bag and put all the ingredients for a yummy cocktail in it. Then, make them all together!
Remember, you can always make up your own gift exchange, too.
The Ford Mustang is the premier pony car for many Americans, and while it’s already a power-packed muscle car, the automaker isn’t quite done. The Ford Performance division is making waves in the muscle car segment by upping the ante with more powerful Mustang EcoBoost and GT models. The new Ford Mustang will see more power than ever before this model year.
The 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine will see the addition of a calibration kit. That new kit adds an additional 25 hp and 70 lb-ft of torque. That brings the four-cylinder engine’s total output to a massive 335 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque.
The new Mustang GT is getting a bonus as well. The 5.0-liter V8 engine gains three upgrade packages. All packages add a no-lift shift feature for cars with a manual transmission.
The “weakest” calibration adds 13 hp and 16 lb-ft of torque. The second adds 21 hp and 24 lb-ft of torque. The final package increases the redline rpm to 7,500 and adds 37 hp and 5 lb-ft of torque.
Best of all, every packages increase the power output of the popular muscle car while still maintaining the factory warranty and emissions standards in all states.
We here at Nick Nicholas Ford are pumped for the arrival of the new, even more powerful Ford Mustang!
The Ford Last Mile Mobility Challenge put the best of Ford’s employees to the test. It challenged employees to develop new innovations to its vehicles. This led to the Carr-E, developed by Ford employees to improve safety and utilize technology.
The innovation challenged specifically challenged Ford employees to develop transportation devices that could be used in areas where your car might not be able to go. One of these devices was the Carr-E system, developed by Ford systems engineer Kilian Vas. It’s an innovative personal transportation system that fits easily into a car trunk and has multiple options for transportation.
Carr-E can go 14 miles at up to 11 miles per hour. It moves about on four wheels and can be used to transport people or objects. It can even transport objects alone thanks to an electronic transmitter.
“When developing Carr-E,” said Vas, “I was inspired by Ford’s expansion into both an auto and a mobility company, but I’m also aware of how rapidly cities are growing and how getting around urban areas will become more complicated. I really wanted to create a device that makes commuting easier and more fun.”
Innovation is always around the corner, thanks to Ford!