Ford GT Carbon Series is the lightest version of Ford’s supercar


Following up on the announcement that it will build 350 more GTs, Ford revealed another version of its supercar that will be available to customers. It’s the 2019 Ford GT Carbon Series, and it’s the lightest version of this GT model.

Visually, it’s recognizable by its gray paint and the standard exposed carbon fiber stripe down the middle, which showcases the perfectly reflected carbon weave on either side of the car. This stripe can be accentuated with a contrasting color stripe down the middle, along with mirror caps the same color. The accent color choices are restricted to silver, orange, red and blue. Inside, upholstered parts get unique silver stitching, and matte carbon fiber is used for the air vent pods, side sills and center console.

While the visual upgrades are nice, the real appeal of the Carbon Series is that it’s the lightest current GT. Total weight loss is 39 pounds. This is because it includes as standard the optional carbon fiber wheels, titanium exhaust and titanium lug nuts. It also gets a unique rear hatch with lighter glass and additional ventilation. We suspect that Ford could have shaved off a few more pounds if it removed the climate control and radio, but Ford said that GT buyers didn’t want to sacrifice those features.

[Source: Autoblog]

Jeep Wrangler rides into SEMA on new Mopar performance axles


Mopar is unveiling Jeep Performance Parts axles as the latest off-road accessory to the Jeep Wrangler, which itself won the “4×4/SUV of the Year” honors at SEMA for the ninth consecutive year. The show opens Tuesday and continues through Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Mopar teamed with longtime partner and auto supplier Dana to develop the axles, which are co-branded under the name JPP Ultimate Dana 44 AdvanTEK. They’re installed on a Nacho Wrangler concept at Mopar’s 15,345-square-foot display.

The high-strength axles are built in the U.S. and feature gear technology that reduces gear set packaging, with added strength and overall rigidity for the trail. The high-clearance carrier design adds an extra half-inch of ground clearance, with an expanded range of gear ratios (4.56, 4.88, 5.13 and 5.38) to accommodate for more tire sizes. Chromoly axle shafts, thicker quarter-inch steel bracket mounts, 9.5-millimeter tubes and upgraded U-joints also add durability, while a nodular iron differential cover adds rugged looks, and its ribbing adds strength and rigidity.

The direct bolt-in assembly allows for use of OEM components and includes electronic differential lockers already installed.

The axles will be available for purchase starting next month.

Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept is a Ridgeline-based Baja runner


Honda doesn’t have an off-road truck to compete with the likes of the Ford Raptor or the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, but this concept vehicle is a step in the right direction. Just revealed at SEMA, Honda’s brawny “Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept” is a cross between the Honda Ridgeline and the Honda Pioneer 1000 side-by-side. Honda calls it the “ultimate open-air off-road Honda adventure vehicle,” and we agree that it looks the part.

Some of the specifics are a bit vague from Honda, but the truck uses a heavily modified Ridgeline body and suspension. The interior is Ridgeline-based — there are a lot of hard points similar to our long-term Ridgeline. The shape of the dash and the footwell area seem nearly identical, and the instrument cluster hasn’t changed one iota. Honda doesn’t mention the engine it uses, but the safe guess would be the 3.5-liter V6 out of the donor truck. If that’s the case, then this truck is probably mighty fast given all of the parts removed.

There are plenty of components donated from the Pioneer 1000, too. Production Pioneer doors fit right up, and Honda modified the bed and tailgate from it for duty here. A Pioneer steering wheel was mounted on the Ridgeline steering column as well. The interior has a few other cool features too like full weatherproofing for the outdoor elements. Our favorite part is the reskinned Civic Type R seats. Those svelte buckets look perfect for some serious sand dune destruction. A couple RAM smartphone holder mounts round out the interior modifications.

Skid plates and cladding are everywhere, with much of the design being borrowed from Pioneer 1000 styling, just blown up to truck size. It feels a bit like a Baja family truck. Chuck the kids in the rear seats, tenting gear in the bed, and point it into the desert. Sadly, it’s a concept vehicle, but that doesn’t make us want to go bombing around off-road in it any less.

[Source: Autoblog]

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo gets new performance parts at SEMA


Hyundai is planning a line of aftermarket performance parts being developed for the 2019 Veloster Turbo sport coupe and, it says, other sporty models.

New accessory parts include a high-performance K&N high-flow air filter, Borla axle-back exhaust systems, a B&M sport shift kit, Eibach springs and anti-roll bars, and lightweight, performance alloy wheels. Hyundai is putting its stamp of approval on the parts, saying it validated them all and adding that the components do not invalidate the automaker’s various warranties, including its 10-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. The parts will be sold through Hyundai dealers.

The 2019 Veloster Turbo gets a new multi-link suspension, replacing a torsion-beam configuration, plus aluminum suspension parts to save on weight and sharpen handling dynamics. The base Veloster, which starts at $19,385 including destination charge, is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 148 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. Higher trim levels get a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that puts out 201 hp and 195 lb-ft.

Hyundai says it will continue to expand aftermarket performance offerings for models like the Veloster Turbo, Elantra Sportand Elantra GT Sport.

This 1969 Mustang Boss 429 continuation car makes 815 hp


Classic Recreations, the custom fabricators from Oklahoma, has rolled into SEMA in Las Vegas with a continuation 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 that features a custom-built crate engine making 815 horsepower.

Swathed in monochromatic “Vengeance Black” paint, the racing pony car was built from an original 1969 Mustang body and restored to factory condition. It’s the first vehicle released under Classic’s new license with Ford, which also permits it to offer continuation versions of the 1969-1970 Boss 302 and Mach 1 Mustangs. The Boss 429 was born when Ford, eyeing intense NASCAR competition from Chrysler, developed a new 429 cubic-inch, 375-hp V8 for the Mustang. Fordbuilt fewer than 900 of them for the 1969 model year and just under 500 for 1970, the only two years they were built.

“The Boss 429 is one of the coolest and rarest Mustangs ever produced, but they have gotten so valuable that most owners won’t drive them,” Classic Recreations owner Jason Engel said in a statement. “This offers people the chance to own an incredibly rare car that they can actually drive, and with modern chassis and engine tech, these cars will actually be faster and easier to drive than the original.”

This continuation version brings a 546 cubic-inch (8.9-liter) mated to a Tremec manual transmission. It also features an updated valve train, electronic fuel injection and engine management systems. There’s also a four-link rear suspension and front tubular upper and lower control arms with adjustable coilovers and oversized sway bars for stability at high speeds. It’s also been fitted with stainless steel performance mufflers and long tube headers to accentuate the aggressive sound and allow the engine to breathe.

Elsewhere, the Boss 429 gets Michelin Pilot Sport tires mounted to all-new forged aluminum 18-inch wheels made by American Racing and zinc-washed rotors mated to six-piston front and four-piston rear brake calipers. There’s also a tilt column and complete rack-and-pinion steering conversion. There are also Kicker Audio speakers, a custom console, aluminum steering wheel and factory Boss 429 200-mph gauges.

The custom conversion Boss 429 starts at $209,000.

[Source: Autoblog]

Ford rolls out 7 wild off-road and performance F-Series trucks for SEMA


Ford is bringing an F-Series truck for everyone to the SEMA show this year. Whether you fancy off-road madness or fast street trucks, there appears to be one of everything. Here’s the rundown:

Gen-2 Full-Race Motorsports ‘Freak-O-Boost’ F-150

This truck (pictured above in the gallery) is for the off-road enthusiasts. A three-inch lift kit and Icon Vehicle Dynamics suspension along with some Raptor bits give it extra capability off the pavement. Bead-lock wheels and all-terrain tires are there to help as well. There’s apparently plenty of power to be had, as Full-Race Motorsports applied a twin-turbo upgrade, cat-back exhaust, HeadGames Motorworks cylinder heads and a high-flow fuel pump. This particular F-150started out life with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, but all these changes transform it into quite the off-road beast.
Ford F-Series 2018 SEMA

Transfer Flow F-150

If you were looking for the ultimate adventure truck, Transfer Flow seems to have it covered. Starting with the 3.0-liter diesel V6, this truck gets an off-road air suspension by Hellwig Products. Big off-road tires give it the rugged appearance to go with the extra capability. There’s a 50-gallon fuel tank on board, along with a 40-gallon in-bed auxiliary toolbox combo with a refueling kit too. Yeah, you’ll probably have enough fuel for some adventuring here.

Ford F-Series 2018 SEMA

Kurt Busch and ZB Customs F-150

But maybe you wanted 1,000 horsepower, as any reasonable person might desire. Enter the 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 F-150with exactly that much power. This truck has JE forged pistons, Ford Performance forged rotating assembly, oil pan and pump and side-exit exhaust. The suspension is dropped two-inches and it rides on JRi Shocks’ hydraulic ride height system. PAC Racing coilovers and sway bars should help keep the 1,000 horsepower in line a little bit better too. Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar tires are brought to a halt by eight-piston Brembos up front and four-piston calipers in the rear.

Ford F-Series 2018 SEMA

Speedkore F-150

This one doesn’t have 1,000 horsepower, but it does have the 5.0-liter V8 with the Ford Performance supercharger tacked on. Lowered by three inches, it has some MaxTrac suspension components and the same eight-piston Brembos from the previous truck. Tons of exterior enhancements make the sport truck look the part, and a side-exit exhaust should grab people’s attention who didn’t see the stealthy truck at first.

Ford F-Series 2018 SEMA

Wilderness Collective F-250 Super Duty

Here’s another lifted adventure truck, this one designed and put together by a tour company, Wilderness Collective. It gets a two-inch air lift kit along with off-road wheels and tires. This truck is one of the few that doesn’t get a big power bump, but the focus here is on being able to take it anywhere. It has a full radio communications kit and lights everywhere to illuminate your way ahead. Plenty of camping and wilderness friendly add-ons are found tied to or mounted all over the truck too.

Extang F-350 Super Duty

Extang F-350 Super Duty

This truck is designed to be the ultimate tailgating accessory. It has a slide out game table, BBQ grill and cooler plus a 65-inch 4K TV to watch all the games on. Mechanically, it features a specially designed air suspension along with 24-inch wheels. It literally comes with everything you might need when hanging out before a big game.

Ford F-Series 2018 SEMA

Deberti Design F-250 Super Duty Work Truck

Most of the trucks here weren’t made for the average work truck needs, but this one strives to be the best work truck it can be. There’s a twin-turbo kit from Midwest Diesel & Auto that pumps the power all the way up to 900 horsepower. Adjustable Fox shocks and Hellwig airbags make up the important suspension modifications, while bead-lock wheels and off-road tires give it some extra ability when the worksite is extra gnarly.

[Source: Autoblog]

Some of our favorite Ford truck and SUV concepts coming to SEMA

Ford’s booth at SEMA is going to be a packed one this year. The company already revealed four custom Focus hatches and six modded Mustangs that will be on display. Now the company has announced another 11 trucks and SUVs that will sit alongside the cars. Among them are Expeditions, F-150s, F-250s, and a lone EcoSport. The F-150 is by far the most popular platform, with six custom shops modding the truck for the show. You can see all eleven of them above, and you can check out our favorites of each model down below, listed from smallest to largest.

2018 Ford EcoSport by Vaccar

Ford EcoSport by Vaccar

What is it?
Ford’s new-to-the-U.S. EcoSport gets the custom treatment from Vaccar. The modifications are fairly limited. Under the hood is a standard 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder that’s livened up with a cold-air intake and axle-back exhaust. It should also be more responsive with the recalibrated throttle-by-wire gas pedal. The little crossover also is better suited to dirt roads with large fender flares and bigger all-terrain tires. Ford roof rail bars and some aftermarket amber LED light bars complete the exterior. Occupants of the EcoSport will be treated to better sound courtesy of the upgraded sound system and 10-inch subwoofer.

Why we like it.
Well it’s the only EcoSport here, so besides being our favorite by default, we also like that at least one company is taking a stab at making the little trucklet interesting. It probably doesn’t go much faster with the limited performance upgrades and bigger heavier tires, but it does look better than a stock model, and should sound better, too. Maybe in the future we’ll see more ambitious custom EcoSports. It is based on the outgoing Fiesta, so it would be really cool to see someone fit the Fiesta ST powertrain in one. Maybe add back the hatch-mounted spare available overseas. Or if Ford would like to do one (or both) of those things, we wouldn’t object.

2018 Ford Expedition by LGE-CTS Motorsports

Ford Expedition by LGE-CTS Motorsports

What is it?
This Expedition is another off-road oriented vehicle. It features a lifted suspension with coilovers and big fender flares to fit 35-inch mud-terrain tires. Those big tires are stopped by larger brakes, and the EcoBoost V6 enginebenefits from a cat-back exhaust. Custom off-road bumpers and roof rack from LGE CTS Motorsports are also attached to the truck. It’s ready for camping trips, too, with a roof-top tent above, and a refrigerator and safe inside.

Why we like it.
It’s an Expedition that’s actually ready for some expeditions. It now has a place to sleep and a place to keep food. With all the storage space, this would be perfect for the outdoorsman with room for toys or more supplies. It’s also a nice example of how you don’t need to go crazy to have a solid off-roader. Add some suspension lift and some bigger tires and you’re good to go. We also appreciate the addition of upgraded brakes, something that isn’t a bad idea when dealing with heavy vehicles and bigger, heavier wheels and tires.

2017 Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck by RTR Vehicles

Ford F-150 by RTR Vehicles

What is it?
RTR Vehicles took a V8 F-150 and prepped it for high-speed off-road duty. The engine simply has a custom exhaust, but the suspension is upgraded with long-travel shocks all around, and extended control arms up front. It’s also supported by heavy duty springs for additional load capacity. Visually, it features RTR’s custom tailgate, fender flares, and grille. The grille has the same style of accent lights as the version available for the 2015-and-up Ford Mustang. Under the flares are off-road tires, and a skid plate protects the under side of the truck.

Why we like it.
We don’t have anything against the EcoBoost V6 in the current Ford F-150 Raptor. But as good as it is, it still doesn’t make those sweet burbly noises the old V8 did. As such, we’re happy to see RTR build what is basically a new generation V8 Raptor. It’s also cool to see a company turn a regular F-150 into a real Raptor competitor.

2017 Ford F-250 Project SD126 by BDS

Ford F-250 by BDS

What is it?
This F-250 is both the smallest and biggest F-250 you may see running around. It’s among the smallest because BDS took a stock regular cab F-250, and shortened it to accommodate a short bed (not available on Super Duty Fords) and thus be more capable off road with a greater breakover angle and less truck to have to maneuver. The shorter length also supplied the truck with its name, as it now has a 126-inch wheelbase. It’s also one of the biggest Super Duty trucks because it’s been lifted to fit gargantuan 42-inch off-road tires. Supporting the body, which has wide fiberglass fenders to fit over the tires, are Fox coilovers that have 14 inches of travel. Additional upgrades include F-450 axles, a cold-air intake, upgraded exhaust, engine tune, winch, and 40-inch LED light bar.

Why we like it
Come on, this thing is basically a Tonka truck brought to life. It’s huge. It’s orange. It has a big powerful diesel. It’s even tastefully done, for a giant orange truck. It doesn’t have gaudy graphics, overwrought wheels, or too many lights. Plus it has some legitimate off-road parts under it. It hits every note just right.

[Source: Autoblog]