Ford is on a diet. The American carmaker recently reduced the weight of the 2015 Ford F-150 significantly, thanks to the use of lightweight materials. So much weight, in fact, that Altair and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) have named the Ford Motor Company the winner of the 3rd annual Altair Enlighten Award.
“We are happy to congratulate Ford for winning the 2015 Altair Enlighten Award,” said Dave Mason, Vice President of Global Automotive at Altair. “It’s encouraging to see Ford implementing a holistic lightweighting strategy, which resulted in impressive weight savings that were incredibly significant to the judging panel.”
The pickup truck was recognized for its total weight reduction of up to 700 pounds, while still being able to maintain its best-in-class towing, payload, and EPA-estimated gasoline fuel economy—not to mention five-star government crash test ratings for every cab configuration!
Much of the 700 pounds were saved by using high-strength, aerospace-grade aluminum alloys throughout the F-150 body, not only reducing weight but also improving dent and ding resistance. Ford also increased the use of high-strength 70,000-psi steel from 23 percent to 77 percent of the frame, improving stiffness and durability while saving about 60 pounds. No wonder they’re selling like hotcakes at L&L Motors!
Ford is making the roads safer not just by building better cars, but by also encouraging better driving. From July through early August, the automaker will be helping to teach more than 1,500 teens to learn key safe-driving skills at free camps in six states.
Advanced hands-on driver training will be held in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, as part of the Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program. An estimated 1,500 teens will attend the camps, where they will learn the dangers of impaired driving by using a special suit and goggles that slow movement, blur vision, and reduce coordination—mimicking how it feels to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“More teen driving-related deaths tend to occur in June, July and August than any other month,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director at Governors Highway Safety Association, a DSFL partner. “So it’s particularly timely that Ford Driving Skills for Life is taking its show on the road, hitting six states during the heart of this dangerous driving season.”
Parents are encouraged to participate with their teens at the camp, which will also cover vehicle handling, speed and space management, and hazard recognition.
Ask several people whether the Mustang or the Camaro is the best American muscle car and you might get different answers. But that’s only because asking a couple people only gives you a small perspective on how the seemingly never-ending fight between the two iconic cars is going.
The Camaro got a boost in sales when Megan Fox leaning over it in Transformers made it briefly super popular, but the ‘Stang soon came right back it at it. Sales were neck and neck in 2012 and 2013, and the Mustang finally jumped ahead again in 2014.
Now, the Mustang vs. Camaro showdown isn’t even close. In June, the Mustang outsold the Camaro 11,719 to 8,611 cars, and both were ahead of the Challenger’s 6,845 units. Though the Camaro saw sales increase by 11.5 percent, it couldn’t keep up with the Mustang’s whopping 53.6 percent improvement.
At L&L Motors, we think it’s because of the Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. It sounds blasphemous to say “four cylinders” and “Mustang” in the same sentence, we know, but the thing Mustang put under that hood is truly impressive and is responsible for 36 percent of the car’s sales. You really ought to try it for yourself!
Plenty of vehicles can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in a handful of seconds, but a recently upgraded 1968 Ford Mustang is putting them all to shame. The Zombie 222 package for Mustangs, created by Mitch Medford, is helping a 1968 Ford Mustang hit the 60 mph in just two seconds.
Medford is currently planning on converting many old Mustangs into modern electric drag racers, using innovative technologies that have never been seen before. If its zero to 60-time is any indication, we’d say that this Zombie 222 Mustang is a pretty good advertisement.
This powerful vehicle hosts two electric motors, which combine to produce more than 800 horsepower and 1,800 pound-feet of torque. The Zombie 22 Package also allows the ’69 ‘Stang to hit an astounding top speed of 175 mph, leaving its competition in the dust.
You can check out a test run of the 1968 Mustang with Zombie 222 package here.
With each new model, the brilliant designers at Ford make the F-150 better and better. Similarly, with each year, game designers meet from all over the world at the E3 convention, to show off the latest in gaming. When these two worlds combine, what do you get? A Halo-inspired Ford F-150.
The Ford F-150 Halo Sandcat looks like it came straight out of the Microsoft game franchise, down to the finest detail – including a United Nations Space Command decal. The double cab would provide plenty of room for your attack team, while the green color reflects the game’s landscape. Add the special edition pickup truck’s matte finish, and you have one vehicle that is ready to take on anything the Halo franchise has to offer.
You can check out some pictures of this clever geekery here. Sadly, the vehicle is not for sale, and there are currently on plans to go full production on this bad boy, though the Halo fanbase definitely wishes otherwise.
In order to get the most out of Take Your Child to Work Day, Ford decided to break some records. Starting as the brainchild of technician Matt West, Ford recently broke the record for having the biggest Hot Wheels® loop in the world.
How big was it? The Ford Hot Wheels Record consisted of a 12-foot loop that was six-inches wide, according to Ford. In order to build the gigantic loop, engineers had to set it up in the three-story atrium located at the Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Believe it or not, this record beat its predecessor by over three feet.
“It started as part-fun, part-physics lesson with my son at home,” said West. “We built one in our playroom, and then built a five-foot-tall loop in our backyard. When people at Ford heard what we were up to, everyone thought it would be a great way to get young people excited about science and engineering by trying to break the world record on Take Your Child to Work Day.”
The trick to building this record-breaking loop was all in momentum: height doesn’t matter if the toy car can’t make it around. Although Ford didn’t measure the entire track, we at L&L Motors are told it was absolutely massive, consisting of a large wooden structure to help the Hot Wheels model make it through the massive loop.
Ford is stepping to the forefront of alternative clean energy by providing for its new 2016 Ford F-150 trucks to be converted to propane and compressed natural gas (CNG). Though oil prices are down, the interest in these cheaper fuels is on the rise—according to Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager.
“We surveyed customers likely to use natural gas or propane, and 72% told us they want to have these alternative-fuel capabilities available on F-150 with the 5-liter V8 engine,” Coleman said. “We expect the gaseous-fuel prep package will be even more popular than it was on the 2014 F-150 with the 3.7-liter V-6 engine.”
That also means that Ford will be offering the only half-ton on the road to be powered by CNG or propane fuels. Buyers will need to check the box to include the $315 factory-installed engine package then have a new fuel tank and fuel lines installed for a cost of between $7,000 and $9,500 depending on tank capacity.
New advances like the 2016 Ford F-150 alternative gas option make Ford the most exciting brand on the road. Stop by L&L Motors to see our full line of high-tech Ford cars and trucks.
Just one stressful road trip can leave a poor taste in your mouth. But you can only sulk so long before it’s time to put those scary leather driving gloves on and hop back in the driver’s seat. Here are some tips on how to have a great road trip!
Unless you desperately need them, try turning your phones off and leaving them in the glove box. This might mean bringing a paper map but that only adds to the fun!
Break up the drive by playing fun road trip games! One of our favorites at L&L Motors is “Name That Tune.” Hum or whistle a melody and the other parties have to guess what it is. This can get especially interesting if any of the participants are tone deaf.
Eat local. Sometimes when you are on the road, the tendency is to try and make good time by cutting down on stops. Sitting down for a meal can eat up your time but remember—it’s not a race! Not to mention, you have the added benefit of interacting with locals. They can frightening or friendly but either way, it’s always interesting.
Most importantly, as the Huffington Post recommended, you should definitely “make a plan”…just not a “rigid one!” This is akin to holding a fragile bird in your hand. Tight enough to hold it but not too tight that you strangle the life out of it.
Most of us are aware that the pickup truck is America’s most-loved vehicle, but we’re not sure that most people know just how much America loves pickups. Everycarlisted.com took it upon themselves to crunch the numbers and throw the results into some helpful visuals that make them easy to understand.
Everycarlisted.com did an analysis of what people are spending across the US on vehicles. The results show that trucks are more popular than cars, and that the Ford F-150 is the most popular vehicle.
Let’s break it down:
There are 8,747,172 trucks on the road in America right now, and 7,688,144 cars.
The F-150 is currently the most popular vehicle in 39 of the 50 states (Yep, that includes Utah).
But, which states don’t love trucks?!
Oddly, Florida prefers windowless vans to trucks, and their most popular vehicle is the Nissan Altima. We think that’s cause for them to lose their ‘Southern’ card. Are they even a real southern state?
Other than Florida being the odd duck of the south, California, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Delaware all claim a different vehicle as their state’s most popular choice.
Stop by L&L Motors to find out for yourself why America just can’t get enough of the F-150!
After making its American debut at the New York International Auto Show, the all new 2016 Ford Focus RS is generating a lot of buzz! It isn’t certain yet whether the Focus RS will be coming to the American market, but that doesn’t make its reveal any less exciting!
The Focus RS is said to be equipped with a modified 2.3-liter EcoBoost four cylinder that is used in the current 2015 Mustang. The engine generates more than 315 horsepower, providing the perfect amount of power and performance.
In addition, the Focus RS features new suspension units, upgraded brakes, and a new all-wheel-drive system that includes torque vectoring. In addition to those features, the Focus RS showed off two brilliant new colors–Nitrous Blue and Stealth Gray.
The new hatchback will be produced in Germany and production is supposed to start later this year. We’re hoping a version of the all-new 2016 Focus RS will make its way stateside at some point. Stay up to date with the L&L Motors blog and we will keep you posted on all the latest happening with the new Focus RS!