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Test Drive: 2017 Ford Focus RS

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

The Ford Focus RS is the latest result of the One Ford plan and the new Ford Performance brand that promises to give us the goods from the around the…
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Driven: 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

In our first test of the all-new 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty, we have found the answer to many of the questions we had about its new aluminum body and…
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If you liked the 2016 and now 2017 Ford Explorer Sport with its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 but said to yourself, “I want more”, then the new Explorer Platinum is for…

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First Track Drive: 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Ford Performance has embarked on a somewhat secret, kind of invitation-only, but everyone can register program to promote the all-new 2016 Shelby GT350 called the North American GT350 Track Tour….
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Muscle Evolved: Moding a Mustang GT

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

 We’ll be the first to tell you that the Ford Mustang is a fantastic car on the street. It’s got tons of power and handles well without compromising a comfortable ride. But take the Mustang to your local track, though, and a few weaknesses crop up.

 The guys over at Big Muscle are able to tell you this full hand, as they brought their 2013 Mustang GT out to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for a track day put on by Hooked on Driving. In stock formation, their Mustang exhibited nose dive, understeer and a twitchy rear end.

 The solution? Big Muscle handed over their Mustang to Filip Trojanek of Cortex Racing who fitted their adjustable coilover suspension with lowering springs, torque arm and watts-link system along with changing the overall geometry of the suspension system. The result is a car that can handle street and track driving equally well.

2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet test

Friday, May 24th, 2013
2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet test
At first the footage might not be too different from previous Mustang Cobra Jet videos – a nice burnout followed by a wheels-up launch – but the end shows the deployment of a parachute as the car flies through the finish line. The parachute is one of a few new features for the Cobra Jet for 2014 and an NHRA requirement for cars that have trap speeds higher than 150 mph. As we’ve seen previously, the Cobra Jet is more than capable of producing those kinds of numbers.

2013 Shelby GT500 Evolution Peformance

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
2013 Shelby GT500 Evolution Peformance
Last year Evolution Performance became the first to run a 2013 Shelby GT500 in the 9s, setting the benchmark with a 9.95 second pass at 142 mph at Atco Raceway in New Jersey. Now the shop in Aston, PA has once again reset the mark with an astounding 8.94 second run,

becoming the first to drop below the nine second mark in  2013 Shelby GT500. Making the feat even more impressive is that the Grabber Blue Shelby’s stock 6-speed manual transmission is still in place.
So what does it take to build an eight second Shelby GT500? A fully built 5.8L V8 from L&M Race Engines and tuned by Lund Racing is now under the hood, with the stock 2.3L supercharger swapped out for a Kenne Bell 3.6L liquid-cooled unit running just under 23 pounds of boost. In total, Evolution Performance’s Shelby produces 1,156 horsepower and 1,078 lb-ft torque at the rear wheels. All of that power runs through a Spec twin-disc clutch and aluminum flywheel as well as a FAB 9-inch rear end, and a set of Mickey Thompson ET drag slicks wrapped over Weld RT-S wheels help put it to the ground.
2013 Shelby GT500 Evolution Peformance

2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

After announcing the updated 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet earlier this year, Ford Racing completed the first test session of the development car last week at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Adel, GA. Muscle Mustang and Fast Fords editor Evan Smith and Ford Racing chassis engineer Andy Vrenko served as test drivers, making several passes with the latest Cobra Jet and helping to gather valuable data that will be used to continue to improve the car’s performance on track.

While not receiving any drastic updates from the previous year, the 2014 Cobra Jet did get some refinements compared to the 2013 model including a lighter body, electric power steering, a new roll cage, improved Recaro FIA race seats, updated suspension geometry and a parachute mount. Lastly, the Cobra Jet gets two new colors for 2014 – Gotta Have It Green and Matte black (pictured). Unchanged from 2013 is the robust 5.0-liter V8, available in both supercharged and naturally aspirated form.

On a side note, Ford Racing also used the test session to honor Rob Deneweth, a former engineer who passed away late last year. Deneweth was essential in developing the powertrain for the Cobra Jet and played a key role in building the twin-turbo Cobra Jet Concept that debuted at SEMA this past year. If you look closely, you can see a sticker with Deneweth’s name on the back of the Cobra Jet.

2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

Most powerful Coyote 5.0L V8

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Modular Mustang Racing of Camarillo, CA has long been at the forefront of pushing the factory Ford engines to the limit. The company’s 2010 Mustang 10.5 Outlaw race car, powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the Shelby GT500′s 5.4-liter…

With the ever-increasing horsepower limits of modern cars the standing mile has recently become the new benchmark in straight line performance. Incredibly, many highly modified cars including the Ford GT have achieved more than 250 mph in the…


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