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!
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!
Ford recently announced their collaboration with NASCAR icon Richard Petty in creating three special edition Ford Mustangs. Petty’s Garage used a 2016 model as a base and built the new versions to Petty’s specifications to create some of the most powerful and performance-focused Mutangs yet. The Mustang GT King editions are capable of up to a striking 727hp.
The way this feat was achieved is no small matter. Petty’s Garage took the standard 5.0-liter engine and added the Ford Performance supercharger to boost the horsepower output to 670. If consumers want the 727hp mentioned above, they have the option of upgrading the engine with a smaller supercharger pulley, which is what gives the Mustang GT King edition its incredible power.
If you’d like to get your hands on one, these special editions will be in limited quantity, but can be ordered from your local Ford dealership. Petty’s Garage will be producing 243 King edition models, 43 of the King Premier, and 14 King Premier convertibles. In addition to the enhanced performance, all Mustang GT King editions come with sleek matte black accents, including black 20-inch wheels.
Not sure about you, but all of us here at Nick Nicholas Ford think these special editions are pretty sweet! Tell us what you think below in the comments!
It may come as no surprise that the Ford F-series led the way for February Ford sales, as it is the best-selling vehicle in the country. In total, Ford sold 180,383 vehicles in February and the F-series recorded a 7 percent increase compared to January.
Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president of U.S. Marketing Sales and Service, said, “The all-new F-150 continues to be the hottest vehicle on dealer lots, turning more than four times faster than the industry’s overall full-size pickup segment.”
In addition to the F-Series, the Ford Explorer, Mustang and Transit all posted positive February increases as well. The Transit accounted for a 30 percent increase, marking Ford’s best February van sales since 2007.
The Mustang enjoyed a 32 percent increase, as did the Ford Explorer. The increase marked the Mustang’s top February sales since 2007 and designated it as the best-selling sports car in America! It was also the Explorer’s best February since 2006.
It’s no hidden secret that America is loving the new Ford lineup! To check out the Ford F-Series, Mustang, or Explorer, stop by Nick Nicholas Ford today!
Ford is really doing it right, snagging half of the six finalist spots for the North American Car and Truck of the Year award. Finalists were announced in Detroit on December 9th.
Car of the year finalists include the Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis and Volkswagen Golf and GTI. Critics and pony car fans have enjoyed this year’s new Ford Mustang, which celebrated its 50th anniversary with a sleek and powerful rework of the classic muscle car.
In the truck segment the competition is the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Colorado and Lincoln MKC. The Chevrolet Colorado has already been named Motor Trend Truck of the year, but F-150 customers have been pleased with their newly redesigned, aluminum bodied F-150. It has improved fuel economy as well as speed.
The Lincoln MKC, the third Ford model (Lincoln’s parent company is Ford), is essentially a bolstered version of a Ford Escort, making it a more luxurious vehicle.
We here at Nick Nicholas Ford are excited to see how our brand does in the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. Whatever happens though, we know we’re a step above the rest.
Mustang fans around the world have been waiting on pins and needles for the release of the new Shelby GT350. Now, their wait is over. Ford has finally unveiled the 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang and, trust us—it was worth the wait.
The Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang release has given us all of the details we’ve been trying to put together from various rumors over the past year. This new Shelby comes equipped with a naturally aspirated first-from-Ford 5.2-liter V8 engine that uses a flat-plane crankshaft. While the exact numbers for the powertrain have yet to be released, we do know that it will be more than 500 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission accompanies this V8, along with a Torsen limited-slip differential.
Design-wise, the Shelby GT350 has some completely new bodywork on the front end with a low and tight fit around the engine to reduce drag. In the cabin, Recaro front seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel make it easy to envision this ‘Stang on the racetrack.
For more information on the Shelby GT350, be sure to contact Nick Nicholas Ford today!
A Mustang with a serious bite is now on the move. Ford revealed a modified Mustang GT at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas just a few weeks ago and it is looking fierce, returning with a name we haven’t seen since 1978.
This monster is a Frankenstein of three modification kits, put together (with no slabs or bolts of lightning) to create what might be the closest thing we can currently get to the Mustangsupreme. The formula for the Cobra is the Ford Racing Drag Pack, Handling Pack and Super Pack, all of which can be purchased by GT owners if they want to have their own custom Cobra.
What makes the Cobra a true villain on the track is the 2.3-liter supercharger system that Rousch Performance has packed into it when GT owners include the Super Pack. The hp boost is incredible, revving the GT from a 435 hp output to 600 hp!
Nick Nicholas Ford has many other options to talk about with the Mustang GT for those that are interested. To hear more, contact us or visit!
Ford’s booth at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show manages to tame a herd of wild horses. There will be over a dozen specially-built SEMA Show Mustangs featured at the Las Vegas event, customized to show the diversity that can be found in America’s favorite pony car.
Redesigned for its 50th anniversary, the 2015 Mustang provides aftermarket specialists with a plethora of new options for customization and performance tweaking. It offers independent rear suspension, multilink front suspension, and a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine just waiting to be turbocharged. The iconic car also gives tuners the opportunity to go the power car route and outfit the vehicle with a V8 engine.
Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) chose the latter option, increasing the power of its golden anniversary ‘Stang to 725 horsepower, and showcasing the gold powder-coated engine through a window in the vehicle’s hood. The 2015 model also features a unique front, LED lighting, and gold accents carefully selected to resemble 24-carat gold.
Petty’s Garage also chose a supercharged V8 engine for its Richard Petty-blue model. The car features a discreetly painted No. 43, an ode to Petty’s racing days. After its debut at the SEMA show, the car will be auctioned to benefit Victory Junction, a camp for children facing chronic illnesses.
We love to see all the different ways the Mustang can be customized; but we’re also big fans of the manufacturer-built production car, which you can find right here at Nick Nicholas Ford.
New Mustang EcoBoost is Impressively Powerful and Efficient
Ignition has finally gotten its hands on a new 2015 Ford Mustang, and they didn’t waste any time releasing a video about it.
The new ‘stang is, in some ways, more like the 80’s SVO than it has ever been in recent years. Four-cylinder? Check. Turbocharger? Check. 2.3 liters of displacement? Woah, check. You might be wondering: wait a second—only a 2.3-liter four cylinder for the new Mustang? That seems awfully small!
And you’re right. It is small, but not less powerful. In fact, the new Mustang EcoBoost is a steal. At 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque, the engine is not only more powerful than the available V6, but also lighter and more fuel efficient (mpg is approx. 22 city/31 highway).
Combine that with all of the other enhancements that the Mustang has received to improve its cornering and braking performances and ride quality, as well as the modern exterior design makeover, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a car. Get it at Nick Nicholas Ford!
When you think of the Ford Mustang, you probably see the iconic Mustang logo racing swiftly through your head. Or your imagine one of the cars themselves, purring down the highway. Or maybe you see yourself behind the wheel, living the life of your dreams. And while dreaming is fun, it’s dangerous to never face the reality of the road—it’s a dangerous place out there, no matter how fast your car goes.
Fortunately, the good folks at Ford are constantly working to make the Blue Oval’s cars as safe as possible. Take the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang, for example. Thanks to an all-new, innovative airbag system, the Mustang is safer than ever before. The new system is much smaller and lighter than previous airbag deployments and it offers special knee protection to the front passenger of the Mustang.
“We provide a high level of safety, quality and design for our customers and their passengers,” Sean West, Ford restraints manager, said. “With this innovative airbag design, we have developed technology that provides protection for vehicle occupants while also reducing weight and enabling greater design flexibility.”
2015 Mustang safety has been enhanced in other ways as well; the car has twice as many airbags as previous models, so there’s never been a safer or better time to make those thrilling dreams come true than right now. Visit us at Nick Nicholas Ford soon to check out America’s beloved sports car for yourself.