Author Archives: Randal Limon

NHTSA launches investigations into Ford Crown Victoria police cars, Dodge Viper and Porsche 911

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Reuters reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating certain Ford Crown Victoria, Porsche 911 and Dodge Viper models for potential defects. NHTSA is currently looking into 2005-2008 Crown Victoria police car models for steering column failures that could cause the upper and lower portions of the steering shaft to separate. Such a condition would lead to a loss of control. So far there are 195,000 vehicles involved with 15 warranty claims. Meanwhile, 10,000 ...

Hennessey Debuts SVT Raptor-Based VelociRaptor SUV

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The Velociraptor was one of the most feared dinosaurs, but Hennessey Performance’s VelociRaptor is a bit nicer than that: it’s a 411-horsepower three-row SUV based on the 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. We know the statistics by now: the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has a 411-horsepower, 434 lb-ft, 6.2-liter V-8 and a set of Fox Racing Shox with 11 inches of front and 12 inches of rear suspension travel. The result is one of the most ...

Hennessey’s Ford Raptor–Based VelociRaptor SUV: Eight Seats, 600 hp

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Texas is a big state with big ambitions—the home of big trucks with big horsepower. Thanks to John Hennessey, the pride of Sealy, Texas (at a population of 6019, we might point out that's not so big) the list of bigs now includes his VelociRaptor, a custom-built SUV converted from Ford's F-150 SVT Raptor that will carry up to eight people and produce up to 600 horsepower. Hennessey says that this is meant to be 'the ...

Hennessey Ford GT sets 267.6-MPH record at Texas Mile [w/videos]

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The record-setting Hennessey-powered camouflage Ford GT we showed you at this time last year headed back to the Texas Mile and managed to bring home yet another record. As you may recollect, last year saw Mark Heidraker's machine sprint to a record 257.7 mph thanks to propulsion from its twin-turbo 5.7-liter V8. The big mill sucks down race gas, and this year the creation pulled off a 267.6-mph run over the weekend. That feat set ...

eBay Find of the Day: 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra prototype

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Over the last decade or so, competition in NASCAR has led to some pretty funky looking racecars. And when the sport was still up and coming, the tight competition actually led to some interesting production cars. The Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Superbird are perhaps the most well-known cars of the sport's 'aero wars' era but the Ford Torino King Cobra might have been the most memorable of all, if not for some different homologation ...

Ford Reportedly Moving Next-Gen Fiesta Production from Mexico To Thailand

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Since CEO Alan Mulally took the helm in 2006, Ford Motor Company morphed from a multinational enterprise characterized by regional fiefdoms, to a truly global operation building cars on common platforms worldwide. Although names and some specifications may vary from market-to-market, this global commonality has allowed the company to shift its production mix from continent to continent, moving quickly to optimize output to the demand of specific markets. According to a report from The Detroit ...

Ford, Hagerty Insurance Helping Save the Manuals—Old-school Style

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Okay, we’re a little late to the party with this, but I just found out about it and couldn’t resist: Ford and Hagerty Insurance—a top name for vintage-vehicle coverage—have teamed up to provide a rather unique way to introduce the next generation of drivers to both the joys of a manual transmission and the world of classic cars. It’s a program called the “Hagerty Driving Experience Powered by Ford,” and it provides an opportunity for ...

Automakers donating money, vehicles and supplies to Oklahoma tornado relief effort

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Judging by the destruction the Oklahoma City area experienced earlier this week, residents are going to need a lot of help in coming months. Fortunately, a number of automakers – including General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Honda and Toyota – have stepped up to donate money, supplies and vehicles to aid in the recovery and rebuilding processes. Here's a quick rundown of which automakers have pitched in and what each contributed so far: Ford Motor Company has ...
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