2017 Ford GT Undergoing Road Tests

Spotting prototypes is like bird watching to auto enthusiasts, especially those with a need for speed. The latest sighting puts a 2017 Ford GT undergoing road tests for the first time. Considering spotting any form of a Ford GT, old or new, is a rarity, it’s no surprise the latest Ford GT spotting made headlines.

While the spotting doesn’t tell us much, it looks like the GT rides just as low as it looks in the pictures Ford has previously released. On top of that, it’s a little easier to judge just how long, wide, and high the car is based on other vehicles around it.

Ford began taking applications – yes, applications – from potential buyers not long ago in an effort to weed out those who are looking to resell the car. Questions included how active the applicant is on social media, how many Fords they’ve owned, and how often they’d drive the 2017 Ford GT.

Even if someone looking to make a profit does have their application accepted, Ford is also including a legal document that states the owner can’t sell the car for a specific amount of time.

The 2017 Ford GT will feature a gorilla glass windshield, a first in the industry. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo engine that bursts onto the road with over 600 hp thanks to its carbon fiber construction.

Tips for Road Trips with Kids

Tips for road trips with kidsRoad trips can be fun, but if you have young kids, they tend to be exhausting. But before you spend money on plane tickets to avoid the car ride, first consider these tips for road trips with kids:

Print Out Games

It’s a classic fix, sure, and won’t last the whole time. But it’ll definitely keep them from asking, “Are we there yet?” for a couple of hours. About Travel provides you with a couple of links to printable games.

DIY Car Sick Bag

Kids can have upset tummies pretty easily, and even if they don’t, they might think they do. Make a do-it-yourself car sick bag with saltines, Gatorade, motion sickness meds, Tums, and Clorox Wipes and a plastic bag (just in case somebody gets sick in the car.)

Car Pulley System

This makes passing things to and from the front and back easy and fun. Tie a rope between the front and back handles on the ceiling of your car, then tie a bucket to the rope ends. Just shimmy the bucket back and forth! See how it works here.

Snacks!

Seriously, never underestimate the power of snacks so you don’t hear “I’m hungry” every five seconds. Pack your own snack bag with plenty of snacks and drinks.

Ford Driving Skills for Life Introduces Drugged Driving Suit

Drugged driving suit

Ford Driving Skills for Life is in its 13th year, taking its driving clinic all around the U.S, and to 34 other countries. This program is intended to increase awareness of pedestrian safety, the dangers of drowsy driving, and the risks associated with not wearing your seat belt. But this year, Ford Driving Skills for Life introduces the Drugged Driving Suit.

The Drunk Driving Suit debuted in 2013, but for the first time, the program offers a Drugged Driving Suit, too. Those attending ride-and-drive events will wear both suits to show them just how impaired they can be when driving drunk or high. The suits give students the same effects as drugs and alcohol, like slow movement, reduced coordination, blurred vision, and difficulty with normal tasks.

“Our new Drugged Driving Suit is intended to complement our Drunk Driving Suit, giving students a critical eye into the consequences of impaired driving,” said Jim Graham, manager of Ford Driving Skills for Life. This program offers crucial experience to make students, particularly teens, aware of the dangers of risky driving.

Teens are still the highest victims of car crashes, but with programs like Ford’s, awareness is increased and lives can be saved.

Ford Gives 5 Customers a Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Ford Super Duty

Super Duty Insiders Frame ReviewFord customers are some of the most loyal customers around! They’ve come to rely on Ford to help them with their lives and their businesses. Now, Ford is giving a select group of loyal customers the experience of a lifetime. The American carmaker is giving five customers a behind-the-scenes look at the Ford Super Duty.

Ford reached out to five customers who use the F-Series Super Duty every day to assist them with their jobs and businesses. These five customers will be part of a campaign that gives them an insider look at how the durability of the Super Duty fleet of vehicles is tested.

“We’re taking these customers behind the scenes to witness what goes into development and testing of the new Super Duty,” said Craig Schmatz, Ford F-Series Super Duty chief engineer. “Every day these customers work hard and rely on our trucks. They know better than anyone what it takes to get the job done and how Super Duty can make that happen.”

Only Ford can claim to have both the toughest vehicle and the most loyal customers. Once you’ve discovered everything a Ford vehicle can offer, you’ll become a loyal customer too!

Obscure Facts About Teddy Roosevelt

364px-President_Theodore_Roosevelt,_1904Presidents’ Day is just a few days away! At L&L Motors, we like to take the time to honor one particular United States President, who serves as the namesake for nearby Roosevelt, Utah: Theodore Roosevelt. While old Teddy’s face is up there on top of Mt. Rushmore with Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson, there may be some things you don’t know about this presidential giant. These are just a few obscure facts about Teddy Roosevelt.

Fact #1: Roosevelt Climbed the Matterhorn

It is a well-known fact that Teddy Roosevelt was an avid explorer. His journeys even took him to the Alps to climb Europe’s most famous mountain.

Fact #2: Roosevelt Was Virtually Blind in One Eye

While Roosevelt was a big fan of boxing, he gave up the activity after a match in the White House left him with a detached retina in his left eye.

Fact #3: Teddy Roosevelt Continued to Give a Speech after Being Shot

If there is any doubt about whether Teddy Roosevelt was our toughest President, the story of how he continued to give a rousing 90-minute speech after being shot should put those doubts to rest!

Ohio Corn Maze Inspired by All-New Ford F-150

The all-new Ford F-150 is inspiring people around the nation to go further—but it isn’t just appealing to those who have tons of gear to haul around or to our customers at L&L Motors.

Leaders Farm in Napoleon, Ohio has created a seven-acre corn maze in tribute to the Ford F-150—and when we say “tribute,” we don’t just mean that it wrote “sponsored by” on a sign next to the cornfield. No, the maze itself is shaped after the iconic pickup truck.

“We are a multi-generation Ford-driving family,” said Kristin Leaders of Leaders Farms. “My husband Brad was reading a magazine last winter and saw the new F-150 design and loved it. We thought it would really stand out as the feature of this year’s corn maze.”

One of Leaders Farm’s other attractions is Big Jack, a huge pumpkin cannon mounted to a Ford F-450 Super Duty truck. It can launch pumpkins nearly half a mile thanks to a compressed air tank that weighs 500 lbs. and develops 30 psi of pressure. Wow!

Hennessey Brings Venom GT and Custom Fords to 2015 SEMA Show

2015 SEMA ShowHennessey Performance Engineering is well-known for building the custom Venom GT, one of the fastest cars in the world—the latest version of which it unveiled at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, packing a whopping 1,451 horsepower!

But what kind of company does Hennessey deem worthy of its flagship supercar? That would be none other than a 774-horsepower Ford Mustang Convertible and a 650-horsepower VelociRaptor Ford F-150 pickup truck, both of which it also brought along for the show. Yes, Hennessey loves enormous horsepower figures.

But horsepower isn’t the only thing the two Ford vehicles can boast about. The tuning house claims the Mustang can race from 0 to 60 mph in a staggering two seconds flat, and both vehicles feature sexy new equipment, like custom lightweight Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and Brembo racing brakes for the ‘Stang and a Fox suspension upgrade and heavy-duty bumpers for the F-150.

Needless to say, you won’t find either at L&L Motors, but we’d certainly love to have a ride in one of these monsters.

Be Wary of These Sneaky Fall Driving Hazards

fall driving hazardsWe’re well into the fall season across the United States. This means beautiful colors almost everywhere you look, fun fall events like apple-picking and pumpkin carving, and some surprising fall driving hazards making your weekend cruise just a little more dangerous. Here’s our quick list of tricky fall driving hazards to be looking out for this season:

Fog and rain. Fall means hurricane season, and hurricane season means wonky weather across the country. Rain can be erratic and, at times, dramatic, bringing with it sheets of solid fog, especially in the morning. When you encounter heavy fog, avoid using your high beams; the light reflects of the moisture in the air and will only complicate your visibility further.

Deer. Deer don’t seem to mind the hurricane-inspired weather of autumn; in fact, they find it rather romantic. Fall is mating and migrating season for deer in America, so keep your eyes peeled for deer as they bound into the road and across the freeways.

Leaves. Fallen leaves, especially after those erratic rains, can make the roads extra slick. Avoid driving through patches of collected leaves on the road if possible. Also, keep your eyes on the road, and not on the beautiful, colorful scenery! Accidents happen when drivers are distracted by the beautiful sights of autumn all around; stay safe and pay attention to the road.

Fall driving hazards may not be as vicious as those you could encounter in the winter, but they’re nothing to take lightly! Drive safe this fall.

European Ford Sales Increase Significantly

European Ford SalesThere’s no brand more synonymous with American tradition than Ford, a fact that’s been true for nearly a century. Today, without losing any of its American quality or roots, Ford is making huge gains in the European automobile market.

European Ford sales are skyrocketing, growing 10% so far in 2015 in alone. In September, Ford vehicles had a total vehicle market share of a whopping 8.9%, being number two in passenger car sales and number one in commercial vehicle sales.

Ford commercial vehicle sales, as indicated by their number one position in the European market, have made enormous bounds. In 2015, Ford sales in Europe for commercial vehicles are up and impressive 26%.

Where are these monstrous sales taking place? Well, basically everywhere. Ford has increased its market share in 12 of its 20 European markets. This includes continental nations Germany, Spain, France, and Italy, as well as Turkey and the United Kingdom.

This is a great sign for Ford, but it’s also great news for American automotive engineering across the board.

Ford’s Mid-size Truck to Re-Enter Market

A few years ago, automakers in Detroit decided to pull their mid-size trucks from their lineups, showing no indication of looking back—until now. General Motors brought back the mid-size Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado in 2015 and now, it looks like Ford will also bring back its mid-size pickup truck.

Ford recently announced it will be bringing the popular Ford Ranger back to join the F-150, which remains the most popular pickup truck in the market. The Ranger was last produced in the United States in 2012, but is still sold in a variety of international markets. Ford halted American production of the Ranger after many customers decided the F-150 was the choice for them due to its low price and high capabilities.

Now the average price of the F-150 breaks the $40,000 mark and sales are still going strong. That leaves plenty of wiggle room for a mid-size pickup.

Ford’s mid-size truck is set to reenter the market come 2018, whether it’s the Ranger or a new model altogether.

Look for the all-new 2016 Ford models in our new inventory when they come out!