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The New Shelby Mustang GT500 Code Red Pumps Out a Monstrous 1,300 HP

The New Shelby Mustang GT500 Code Red Pumps Out a Monstrous 1,300 HP

Only Shelby American could look at the Ford Mustang GT500 and see a car in need of even more power.

Fortunately for us, the legendary tuner has decided to put its upgraded, track-only version of the vehicle, the Code Red, into production. It’s a not-so-subtle reminder that the muscle car is still alive and well.
As far as the majority of enthusiasts are concerned, more power is a good thing. That said, the GT500 isn’t exactly a car that was crying out for more oomph. Its stock 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 generates a more than respectable 760 horses and 625 ft lbs of twist. As big as those figures may be, neither was enough for Shelby American.

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The tuner has swapped out the brawny mill’s supercharger for a pair of turbochargers and equipped it with Manley pistons, Ferrera competition valves and a new fuel system. Thanks to these modifications, the bruiser now pumps out a monstrous 1,300 hp and 1,000 ft lbs of torque when its tank is filled with E85 flex fuel. Those numbers dip when you use regular gas from the pump, but it’s still capable of churning out 1,000 hp and 780 ft lbs of torque. Regardless the fuel, Shelby’s GT500 is a whole lot more powerful than the standard version.
The engine wasn’t the only aspect of the GT500 that’s been reworked. The Code Red has also been equipped with Ford Performance front and rear sway bars, performance half-shafts and had its suspension recalibrated. It also wears Shelby’s widebody package and rides on a set of forged aluminum wheels that are two inches wider in the rear and wrapped in drag radials for better traction off the line.

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The Code Red’s many modifications come at a steep price. Shelby’s upgrade package stars at $209,995, and that doesn’t include the car itself. Throw that in (the GT500 currently starts at $79,420)  and you’re looking at a total cost of around $300,000.
It will also be exclusive. The Code Red is an experimental car, so Shelby will only build it in limited numbers. The plan right now is to produce 30 examples of the upgraded muscle car, one for the past three model years—2020, 2021 and 2022. We imagine those build slots will fill fast.

The Newest Ford Broncos Pay Tribute to the OG 4x4s That Started Them All

The Newest Ford Broncos Pay Tribute to the OG 4x4s That Started Them All

Ford is using the new Bronco to turn back the clock.

The Detroit auto giant unveiled a series of Heritage Edition variants of its ultra-popular SUV on Thursday. The exclusive models all feature designs inspired by the first Bronco from 1966.
Just like the GT before it, the Bronco Heritage Editions are meant to pay tribute to the nameplate’s rich history. And what better way to do this than by going back to the 1966 model that helped kick off America’s love affair with the ultra-capable 4×4. The entire Bronco family—including the two-door, four-door and Sports models—will be available in either the Heritage or Heritage Limited trim packages. Only 1,966 units of each version will be built, to commemorate the year of the Bronco’s debut.

2023 Bronco Heritage Limited Edition in Yellowstone Metallic 

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Both the two- and four-door Bronco are available in either of the special trim packages. Heritage units get a two-tone paint job that includes an Oxford white hard top, grille, wheels and graphics. These Broncos are based on the Big Bend trim and come with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four that can produce 300 hp and 325 ft lbs of twist and is mated to either a 10-speed automatic or seven-speed manual transmission. The Heritage Limited Bronco, meanwhile, is based on the Badlands trim and features special badging inside and out. Under its hood, you’ll find a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 that pumps out 330 horses and 415 ft lbs of twist. It will only be available in one color at launch, Robin’s Egg Blue, but a second, Yellowstone Metallic, will be available in late 2023. Both versions have 17-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch Goodyear mud tires.
The more compact Bronco Sport crossover may not have made its debut until 2020, but that’s not stopping the Blue Oval from giving it the Heritage Edition treatment as well. Heritage units feature lots of white accents and are again based on the Big Bend trim. They’re powered by a 1.5-liter EcoBoost that produces 181 hp and 190 ft lbs of torque. The Heritage Limited, on the other hand, is also based on the Badland trim and packs a 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four that generates 250 horses and 277 ft lbs of twist. Unlike its bigger sibling, it’s available in three colors: Robin’s Egg Blue, Yellowstone Metallic and Peak Blue.

2023 Bronco Sport Heritage Edition in Robin’s Egg Blue 

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Like most celebrations of the past, the Heritage Edition Broncos will cost a premium. The Bronco Sport Heritage starts at $34,245 (which is $1,475 more than the model it’s based on), the Bronco Sport Heritage Limited at $44,655 ($8,065), the Bronco Heritage at $44,305 ($8,520) and the Bronco Heritage Limited at $66,895 ($22,400). We have a feeling most enthusiasts won’t mind, though. They’re still a lot more accessible than a top-rate Bronco restomod after all.

Click here to see all of the photos of the new Ford Bronco Heritage Editions.

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The Menacing 1949 Mercury Hot Rod From ‘Grease’ Is Heading to Auction—With Olivia Newton-John’s Autograph

The Menacing 1949 Mercury Hot Rod From ‘Grease’ Is Heading to Auction—With Olivia Newton-John’s Autograph

In the wake of Olivia Newton-John’s passing on Monday, at the age of 73, it’s no surprise to see Grease and its memorabilia get renewed attention. Indeed, one of the classic movie’s most memorable props—consigned months before the singer’s death—is now headed to auction complete with her autograph.

The famous 1949 Mercury hot rod featured in the 1978 musical will be sold on August 20 at a Mecum Auctions event in Monterey, California. The custom coupe was built by the legendary Eddie Paul and used in the unforgettable Thunder Road drag race at the Los Angeles River Basin. During one of the film’s most memorable scenes, Danny Zuko (John Travolta) takes on his rival Leo “Craterface” Balmundo (Dennis Stewart) from behind the wheel of “Greased Lightning,” a 1948 Ford De Luxe convertible. Balmundo, on the other hand, drives “Hell’s Chariot,” a black convertible with yellow flame paint job for the high-speed chase.  

Hell’s Chariot versus Greased Lightning in the Thunder Road drag race from “Grease” 

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The vehicle was created to be as menacing as its Scorpions leader and features hubcaps with spinning blades attached. Though they did a number on Greased Lightning, spoiler alert, it ultimately wasn’t enough to keep Zuko from winning the race and the girl.
Today, the car still maintains its original 255 CI flathead V-8 engine and 3-speed manual transmission with Touch-O-Matic overdrive, as well as “Scorpions” stickers on both doors, Firestone Wide Oval tires and 1950 Mercury grill. A later addition was an autograph from Olivia Newton-John, who starred opposite Travolta as Sandy Olsson, on the dash. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $600,000 to $750,000. 

Olivia Newton-John’s signature appears on the dashboard of the 1949 Mercury hot rod, Hell’s Chariot 

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In addition to appearing in the Paramount film, Hell’s Chariot was used during the opening scene of “Grease Live” and has made several appearances in ad campaigns and TV shows. Most notably, Newton-John was paraded around in Hell’s Chariot during the grand entrance of her 2014 Las Vegas residency “Summer Nights.” The Australian singer and actress died on Monday, August 8 from complications from cancer.  

Princess Diana’s ‘People’s Sports Car’ Ford Escort RS Turbo S1 Is Up for Auction

Princess Diana’s ‘People’s Sports Car’ Ford Escort RS Turbo S1 Is Up for Auction

A princess gets what a princess wants—unless the royalty in question is a young Diana, Princess of Wales circa the mid-’80s, who used to love driving a bright red Ford Escort 1.6i Cabriolet. The small-engined ragtop may have been a humbler alternative to the royal family’s typical Rovers and Rolls-Royces, but the SO14 Royalty Protection Command believed the attention-grabbing alfresco configuration was too exposed for her public role. When they suggested something a bit more discreet, she came up with a clever workaround: a Ford Escort RS Turbo S1.

The seemingly workaday two-door was, in fact, a hot-rodded Mark 3 Escort with a turbocharger and various go-fast bits that helped extract 132 horsepower from the 4-cylinder. As such, it was the fastest variant in Escort history. Ford had decreed that you could have the zippy RS Turbo S1 in any color as long as it was white, but for these purposes, the Blue Oval’s PR team urged the Special Vehicle Engineering department to go full Rolling Stones for Diana, and paint it black. While the hopped-up model incorporated a more aggressive suspension setup with adjustable Koni dampers and rally-style fog lamps, the team toned it down with a more low-key five-slat front grille instead of the sportier-looking three-slat setup.
Three RS Turbo S1s in total were finished in black from the factory: Princess Diana’s, another identical model used as a decoy and a third, which was supplied to an undisclosed member of the royal family. Di’s special Escort was outfitted with a secondary rear mirror for the passenger seat, where her protection officer sat. Within the glovebox was a radio, keeping them in close contact with central command. Once prepped for royal duty, the Escort was registered for road use on August 23, 1985.

Princess Diana’s Ford Escort RS Turbo S1. 

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Diana loved her little black Escort, and was photographed prolifically with it around the restaurants and boutiques of Kensington and Chelsea. One shot captured a blissful moment: a smiling Diana driving with the future King, H.R.H. Prince William, sat in the back. The would-be future Queen piloting such an accessible car drew references to the People’s Princess driving the People’s Sports Car, not unlike the image of the Pope manning a tiny hatchback.
Diana got good use out of her black right-hand drive, manual-transmission steed, accumulating some 6,800 miles before it was returned to Ford Motor Company in May of 1988. After trading hands several times and being awarded in a radio station promotional giveaway, the little black Ford landed in one of the most notable collections of Ford RSs in the world. The requisite paper trail of ex-Royal cars followed, including documentation noting that the vehicle was re-registered with its original plates: C462 FHK.

Currently showing 24,961 miles and presented in outstanding condition, the late Princess’s Ford Escort RS Turbo S1 will be auctioned at The Classic Sale at Silverstone on August 27, 2022. Though a Ford Escort Mk 3 Ghia once gifted to Diana by Prince Charles sold for $63,000 (£52,000) last June, don’t be surprised if the sexier RS model commands significantly more when it crosses the auction block later this month.
Click here to see all the photos of Princess Diana’s Ford Escort RS Turbo S1.

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First Drive: The Electric Ford F-150 Lightning Is Every Bit the Workhorse as Its Combustion Counterpart

First Drive: The Electric Ford F-150 Lightning Is Every Bit the Workhorse as Its Combustion Counterpart

Ford is taking electrification to the next level with the F-150 Lightning, blending reliable pickup truck features with future-forward technology. Powered by an electric motor on each axle, the all-wheel-drive F-150 Lightning achieves a range of up to 230 miles with the standard battery pack, or 320 miles with the extended-range battery.

For truck owners, the draw for a battery-electric pickup isn’t so much about saving the planet as it is pushing the limits of power and capability, although zero tailpipe emissions and the potential cost savings when gas prices are more than $6 a gallon is nothing to ignore. The F-150 Lightning makes 452 hp with the standard battery pack and 580 hp with the extended-range battery, along with 775 ft lbs of torque. Such figures may not be nearly as impressive as those of the new 1,000 hp GMC Hummer EV, but they are enough to tow up to 10,000 pounds and carry a maximum payload of more than 2,200 pounds. Only one configuration is offered: a five-seat “SuperCrew” cab with a 5.5-foot bed. But as a bonus, the electric architecture allows for a front trunk that can fit extra gear weighing up to 400 pounds.

The Platinum version of the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning. 

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On a test-drive in San Antonio, Tex., we found the top-of-the line Platinum version to be quiet and comfortable, even on its standard 22-inch aluminum wheels. From highway cruising to towing a three-horse trailer (with weights instead of horses), the F-150 proved every bit as capable as its gasoline-powered counterpart — if not more so — with the instant torque from the electric motor and near 50-50 weight distribution. A lower center of gravity, thanks to the skateboard platform and a new independent rear suspension, help the truck feel even more planted. Advanced driver-assist systems include Blue Cruise with automated lane centering and steering capability, which allows for completely hands-free driving on certain pre-mapped roads. Maneuvering in tight spaces with the truck isn’t easy, however, and we’d like to see Ford offer rear-wheel steering on the F-150 — a feature that transforms the Hummer EV from potentially clumsy to surprisingly agile.

A lower center of gravity, thanks to the skateboard platform and a new independent rear suspension, help the truck feel even more planted. 

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On an off-road course, the F-150 Lightning climbed rocks and traversed ruts admirably, and its electronic locking rear differential helped to pull the truck out of most sticky situations. But this isn’t the model’s strongest suit, and those looking specifically for outdoor adventure should look to the Hummer EV or Rivian R1T.

The F-150 Lightning’s user interface is shared with the Mustang Mach E, with some additional features specifically for the truck, including a towing application that allows users to enter the dimensions and weights of their trailers for a more accurate range estimate. Ford’s large, portrait-oriented display appears slightly more integrated into the instrument panel than the Mach-E’s screen. Yet despite its good visibility, it’s still a less-than-elegant solution.

On an off-road course, the truck climbed rocks and traversed ruts admirably, but this isn’t its strongest suit. 

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What will be particularly compelling to many truck owners — especially in Texas, where residents swapped power-outage tales — is the F-150 Lightning’s Pro Power onboard capability, which essentially turns extended-range-battery models into generators that can power a home or small office for up to three days. This, however, requires installation of a $3,895 inverter.
As with the gasoline-dependent model, Ford expects the bulk of F-150 Lightning sales to be in the commercial sector. Earlier this year, we saw firsthand how the F-150 Lightning and other commercial EVs are revolutionizing businesses of all sizes. In Sonoma, Calif., for example, employees at wineries that installed charging stations on their property no longer have to drive out to fuel up during the working day. Vintners told us that the lack of tailpipe emissions will greatly reduce the risk of tailpipe pollution settling on the grapes, resulting in cleaner, purer wine. Frances Ford Coppola, who owns renowned Inglenook estate in Napa Valley, has moved his fermentations underground beneath the vineyards, which frees up precious room above, thanks to electric service vehicles that can safely operate in closed spaces.

Despite good visibility, Ford’s large, portrait-oriented screen is a less-than-elegant display solution. 

John Roe, courtesy of Ford Motor Company.

Ford says it plans to produce 150,000 examples of the F-150 Lightning next year, and all current-year models are now sold out. Of course, the company faces the same challenges that now stymie the entire auto industry, including microchip shortages and supply-chain woes, as well as inadequate electric infrastructure in many parts of the country. But after time behind the wheel, it’s clear that the F-150 Lightning is an extremely capable pickup that will convert EV skeptics and help take a legacy nameplate into the future.

Click here to see all the photos from our first drive of the Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Platinum version of the all-electric Ford F-150-Lightning. 

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A Used Hummer EV Was Just Auctioned for $324,500—Nearly 3 Times Its Retail Price

A Used Hummer EV Was Just Auctioned for $324,500—Nearly 3 Times Its Retail Price

If you’ve been hoping you might snag a Hummer EV for a bargain on the secondary market, think again. 

At the Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas Auction held over the Fourth of July weekend, a previously owned GMC Hummer EV hammered down for a whopping $324,500, according to Business Insider. That’s close to three times its suggested retail value, which was originally intended to be listed at $110,000. The Edition 1 Hummer EV had only 48 miles on its odometer and is now considered the highest-priced used Hummer EV ever auctioned.

This is not the first time used Hummer EVs have lapped their sticker prices. Just a few months prior, bids for two other used, low-mileage Edition 1 Hummers reached $275,000 and $260,420. The hotly anticipated model was first released in December 2021 and is currently sold out until next year with more than 77,000 reservations. Of those, GM has only been able to deliver 372.

Sales of EVs has reached record levels this year. However, supply chain issues are causing manufacturers major delays. GM is just one of many automakers unable to stop lithium-ion battery shortages from significantly slowing down their production rate. This is all due to a scarcity of graphite, a critical, natural material needed to build batteries.  

Edition 1 Hummer EV in production 

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GM told the Wall Street Journal that their facility is only able to make about 12 cars a day, but that they are implementing several strategies to hopefully speed up the process. They also are raising the price of their electric Hummer, citing “higher prices for parts, technology and logistics.” Ford, which has a 200,000-person waitlist for its all-electric F-150 Lightning, has faced similar hardship and had to cap reservations until its manufacturing capacity can match the demand.  
Having a backlog of orders is not uncommon for manufacturers in the Covid era. How long that will be true for the auto industry is an open question.

Carmakers Can’t Keep Up With Booming EV Sales as Supply Chains Falter

Carmakers Can’t Keep Up With Booming EV Sales as Supply Chains Falter

As fuel costs continue to rise, many drivers are considering ditching their gas-powered vehicles for electric forms of transportation. But supply chain disruptions are making the switch more difficult than expected. 

The electric car industry is the latest to feel the effects of the world’s current production constraints. Manufacturers such as Ford are seeing record levels of demand, but are now scrambling to source the appropriate materials—namely, lithium-ion batteries. As a result, Ford was forced to cut off reservations for its highly sought-after all-electric pickup with more than 200,000 reservation holders currently in line, according to reporting from Road & Track.

“We just don’t have the manufacturing capacity to match the demand,” Venkat Srinivasan, director of the Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science at Argonne National Laboratory, told the magazine. “And even if we had a magic wand, we don’t have the mines and materials to supply these things, so there’s a long-term materials challenge.”

The desire to purchase an EV wasn’t always the love affair it is today. Being better for the planet is one thing, but from a range or performance perspective, earlier EV models were limited. Over time, technological improvements have enabled these cars to go faster and farther. But without access to EV batteries, or more specifically, graphite, a material lithium-ion batteries rely on, none of this is possible.  
 But help is reportedly on the way. On May 2, The White House announced that it would direct $3.1 billion toward supporting electric vehicle production in the US—and the materials needed to make them. This funding, along with battery manufacturing practices modeled by Tesla, has companies thinking about how they can optimize their own battery operations. Ford, for example, is expected to add 60 gWh in North America by 2025, while GM, Toyota and Volkswagen are likely to follow suit.  

With battery and raw material scarcities, exceedingly long wait times for electric vehicles have become a real concern for manufacturers who ultimately have no other choice but to hope that consumers will hold out. 

This Painstakingly Restored 1969 Mustang Boss 429 Is Going Under the Gavel This Week

This Painstakingly Restored 1969 Mustang Boss 429 Is Going Under the Gavel This Week

The Ford Mustang is most certainly in the running for the coolest American-made car of all time. But even among the model’s many iterations, which Ford has been churning out for nearly six decades now, there is a strict hierarchy. Up near the very top is the Boss 429.

As luck would have it, a fearsome, fully restored 1969 example of the high-performance ‘Stang will be auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson later this week as part of its annual Las Vegas sales event. The gorgeous coupé isn’t just for display, though. It’s packed with a massive mill that can still leave other drivers in its dust at 53 years on.

To recap, Ford introduced the performance-oriented Boss 429 variant in’69. It was born out of the need to homologate the 429 semi-hemispherical engine the automaker was using in its NASCAR racers. Thanks to its track-focused engine, it was a hit with enthusiasts, but would only be in production for two years. During that time Ford built just 1,359, making it one of the rarest and most coveted Mustangs ever.

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This particular Boss 429 is done up in Royal Maroon, one of the five colors the model was originally available in. Its body is more sculpted than other versions of the coupe from that year. Nowhere is this more clear than its massive color-matching hood scoop; to this day, it’s the largest to ever be featured on a Mustang. Like every other Boss 429, the entire interior is finished entirely in black, which thanks to a recent restoration looks brand new.
Just as impressive is what’s under the hood. The variant was a true muscle car thanks to a 429 cubic-inch V-8. The engine is mated to the original 4-speed manual gearbox and is capable of pumping out a hair-raising 370 hp and 450 ft lbs of torque. Even though the mill has been fully restored like the rest of the car, a special effort was made to keep all the parts that made it special in the first place, such as the KKX spindles, a rear sway bar and a trunk-mounted battery.

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 

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The Boss 429 is one of several Mustangs that Barrett-Jackson will be selling in Vegas. There’s also an Acapulco Blue 1968 Shelby GT500KR and a 1965 Ford Mustang custom convertible with the engine from a 2007 GT500.
“Over the years, Ford and Shelby Mustangs have enjoyed a steady track record of stability and value among collectors worldwide,” Craig Jackson, Barrett-Jackson’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “But the popularity among collectors is not just about the value of these vehicles, they are also incredibly fun to drive or proudly show at a Concours or during a local cars and coffee show.
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The Stang in question is being sold without reserve. Barrett-Jackson hasn’t placed an estimate on it either. Considering the car’s condition and pedigree, though, it should hammer down for at least six figures.

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