FORD – ALL NEW SHELBY GT500

FORD – ALL NEW SHELBY GT500

MOST POWERFUL FORD EVER:
ALL-NEW SHELBY GT500 IS THE MOST AGILE, ADVANCED MUSTANG EVER FOR STREET, TRACK OR DRAG STRIP!!

Oh Yes! Here it is, the All New Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang! Please tell me these are coming to the UK in RHD Format!!?? If not, WHY the HELL NOT???? We love Mustangs over here & we really do NEED this car. If I ever do manage to get a hold of some cash then I’d have one & a GT350 plus a F150 Raptor!

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Here’s the Ford Performance Press release…..

DETROIT – The all-new Shelby GT500 – the pinnacle of any pony car ever engineered by Ford Performance – delivers on its heritage with more than 700 horsepower for the quickest street-legal acceleration and most high-performance technology to date ever offered in a Ford Mustang.

“Carroll was always working on the next faster Shelby, I think he would love this Mustang more than any other,” said Jim Farley, Ford president, global markets. “A takedown artist, the new Shelby GT500 will surprise supercar owners with its Ford Performance racing tech, supercharged engine and visceral swagger.”

Arriving this fall to join its Shelby GT350 stablemate, Shelby GT500 is engineered to attack on all fronts. At the drag strip, it’s set to produce a projected 700-plus horsepower via its first-in-class dual-clutch transmission. At the track, performance improves even more thanks to its race-bred chassis, custom Michelin tires and the largest front brake rotors ever available on an American sports coupe. On the street, its menacing aerodynamic design and Ford Performance driver control technologies make every moment behind the wheel even more exhilarating.

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Most powerful Ford production car ever
In the process of making the all-new Shelby GT500 the quickest street-legal Mustang ever, Ford Performance created an exclusive powertrain to deliver new levels of power and torque.

“With its supercar-level powertrain, the all-new Shelby GT500 takes the sixth-generation Mustang to a performance level once reserved only for exotics,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “As a Mustang, it has to be attainable and punch above its weight. To that end, we’ve set a new standard among American performance cars with our most powerful street-legal V8 engine to date, plus the quickest-shifting transmission ever in a Mustang for all-out precision and speed.”

Shelby GT500 starts with a supercharged 5.2-liter aluminum alloy engine built by hand. To keep the intake air cooler and deliver a lower center of gravity, the team inverted a 2.65-liter roots-type supercharger with air-to-liquid intercooler tucked neatly in the V8 engine valley.

Like Shelby GT350, the aluminum alloy block features weight-saving wire-arc cylinder liners and high-flow aluminum cylinder heads, plus larger forged connecting rods, improved lubrication and cooling passages. Beneath that, a structural oil pan adds strength, reduces vibration, and features a patented active baffle system to keep oil where it’s needed.

To channel power and torque to the unique carbon fiber driveshaft, Ford Performance leveraged learnings from the tuning of its Ford GT supercar’s dual-clutch transmission. The team selected a TREMEC® 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is capable of shifts in under 100 milliseconds – markedly faster than any manual gearbox. This dual-clutch transmission is designed for a number of drive modes, including normal, weather, sport, drag and track, and activates features like line-lock and launch control through selectable Track Apps.

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Next-evolution Mustang performance bred from Ford GT and Mustang GT4
To harness the power and torque of the most powerful Mustang ever made for the street  requires cutting-edge active chassis technology, track-bred Michelin tires and Brembo® brakes – all dialed in by Ford Performance.

Shelby GT500 takes advantage of revised suspension geometry, a new electronic power steering unit and lighter-weight coil springs front and rear. Next-generation active MagneRide™ suspension is baked-in, along with the latest in advanced drive mode technologies from Ford Performance. The payoff is the highest-ever lateral acceleration from a Mustang for greater track performance and driver control.

Putting all this chassis hardware to the pavement, custom Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and more aggressive Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires feature unique compounds and tread. To provide track-ready stopping power, massive 16-5-inch (420-millimeter) two-piece rotors are added – the largest of any domestic sports coupe – plus larger, stiffer Brembo six-piston calipers. With 20 percent more swept area than the Shelby GT350’s, these brakes have more than 30 percent additional thermal mass in the front corners.

Two handling packages with increasing levels capability are offered for the all-new Shelby GT500. An available Handling Package includes adjustable strut top mounts and spoiler with Gurney flap. For the truly hardcore, an available Carbon Fiber Track Package features exposed 20-inch carbon fiber wheels with 0.5-inch-wider rear wheels (11.5-inch), custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, adjustable exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing and splitter wickers with integrated dive plane. The rear seat is deleted to reduce weight.

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A functional, menacing design tuned with Ford Performance know-how
Thanks to a cross-functional team of designers, Ford Performance engineers and motorsports collaborators, the 2020 Shelby GT500 has functional track-hero looks to match its performance capabilities.

“With a double front grille opening and 50 percent more cooling pack airflow versus the Shelby GT350, along with the most advanced aero components and downforce we’ve ever offered, every millimeter of Shelby GT500’s fastback design is aimed at improving performance,” said Melvin Betancourt, Ford design manager.

Those large angular grille openings and muscular hood combine for a menacing, aerodynamic-led design inspired by modern fighter jet aircraft. The car’s wider front fenders and stance housing Shelby GT500-specific 20x11-inch wheels proportionally align to its rear fenders that hug up to 20x11.5-inch wheels. A standard new rear spoiler and updated composite materials in the rear diffuser result in added thermal management.

The team leveraged Ford’s motorsports technical center in North Carolina and its windshear rolling wind tunnel – where top-tier racing teams test – to perfect the design of the Shelby GT500. Front fascia openings are more than doubled versus the Shelby GT350, while six heat exchangers are stuffed in to increase cooling pack airflow by more than 50 percent. A massive 31x28-inch louvered hood vent features a removable aluminum rain tray for better air extraction and increased downforce.

More craftsmanship, technology and driver comfort
Shelby GT500’s purpose-built cockpit boasts race-inspired premium materials and unique finishes worthy of its world-class power. Premium touchpoints include an available exposed carbon fiber instrument panel appliqué and new door panel inserts in Dark Slate Miko® suede with accent stitching. Available Recaro racing seats with firm side bolstering and pass-throughs for safety harnesses offer the highest level of performance. For those looking for even greater comfort, power-adjustable seating with Miko suede inserts is offered.

The all-new Shelby GT500 picks up a 12-inch full-color LCD instrument cluster, while a high-performance custom-tuned 12-speaker B&O® Play premium audio system is available. All of this is controlled via an 8-inch SYNC® 3 touch screen featuring SiriusXM and FordPass Connect™.

New colors for 2020 include Red Hot, Twister Orange and Iconic Silver. Painted stripes are available for the all-new Shelby GT500 too.

Building on the legacy of Shelby performance
With a reputation for transforming Ford Mustang into dominant road racing machines, Carroll Shelby, American racer and entrepreneur, took his legendary Mustang GT350 model further in 1967 to craft the first-generation Shelby GT500 with a modified 428-cubic-inch V8 inspired by his team’s 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans.

Carroll Shelby called the original Shelby GT500 “the first real car I’m really proud of.” Today, that legacy continues with the third-generation 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 – the most powerful and most advanced Mustang ever.

ps I’ve not corrected all of the American spelling ‘mistakes’ on purpose, so you can read it with an American Accent! 😀

If you do manage to get your hands on one of these or any decent performance car for that matter then you’re gonna need to look at the Detailing Store page here & how to videos here.

Full Article on the Ford Performance Website here.

Ford Escort 50th Anniversary inc Video

Ford Escort 50th Anniversary inc Video

FORD PERFORMANCE CELEBRATES ESCORT 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Not sure how I missed this article?! But I found it on the American Ford site so thought I’d post it up on my site for anybody that’s not seen it yet. I’ve had a few Ford Escorts in my time from MKII RS Mexico, MK4 XR3i x 2, MK6 RS2000 4x4, RS Cosworth Big Turbo x 2 & RS Cosworth Small Turbo. So I kinda like the Escort & I’d certainly have another MKII Escort of some kind & a RS Cosworth if I ever managed to win on the Lottery! Plus, I’ve never had a MK4 RS Turbo & I really, really want a good one. Most people probably wouldn’t understand but they’re just the kind of cars that I like. Anyway here’s the article…….

DEARBORN – Hot on the heels of Sebastien Ogier winning the 2018 FIA WRC Drivers Championship in a Ford Fiesta, we could not resist the opportunity to celebrate another milestone – the 50th anniversary of the legendary Ford Escort.

Racing has always been in the DNA of Ford and the Escort firmly lived up to this reputation on track and especially on rally stages across the world.

The fact that the Escort is still used competitively in rallies globally is a testament to its ability – something that we hope we have captured in this video.

Ford Escort MKII RS Mexico – Concours

Ford Escort MKII RS Mexico – Concours

Ford Escort MKII RS Mexico – Concours

Not strictly a Video or a How To article but a little bit about my experience owning Ford RS Cars. And entering into a Novice Concours competition @ Santa Pod’s RS Central Day at the last minute!

I’d been a member of the EYRSOC for a number of years & visited most of the Ford RSOC Club Days around the UK. So my, various, Ford RS Cars had always been clean, really clean. But never what I’d consider as concours clean! They were clean enough outside and the interior was usually spotless but the engine bays & the underneaths were just ok.

I’d been looking for a MKII Ford Escort RS either a Mexico or RS2000 for a very long time, a few years, and I had viewed many. Even travelling up to Frazerburgh & back in the same day to view a supposedly very good RS2000! But of course it was nothing like & I knew within 30 secs of seeing it 😔😠 😤

Eventually, I found the car that I was looking for & it had been rebuilt form the Ground up. It was as clean underneath as it was on the top & the engine bay was spotless. The interior was in very good condition with only a few marks here & there. It was definitely more of a ‘show piece’ than a car that had been used. But I knew that if I was going to have one this had to be it. It still looked way, way better than it drove though! This day & age these cars are very much an acquired taste. They’re a lot of money & leave very little to be desired.

It ‘broke down’ on the way home & we had to be recovered by the AA 😟 But when we got it back home it drove straight off the transporter no problem?! Turns out it had a Tran X Plated Diff & it was very, very stiff in operation. So we thought it was seizing up, as it made a proper racket, when we stopped for a break on the journey home. But that’s how they are! This is OK when you know what you’re dealing with but the previous owner failed to mention as much.

Over the next few months I did a lot of tinkering with it. The Engine was a Harris Brothers 2.0 HPE that was more suited to a drag strip than a street and this was causing a lot of drivability issues! The Diff was changed numerous times from standard to Quaife & back to standard again. We changed the Gearbox to a 5 Speed. The Cam to one with a smoother profile to try & make it drive better. I tried a different Manifold & Exhaust system, this was after Santa Pod, rebuilt the Carbs & had them tuned to try & sort some running problems but nothing seemed to really work. It just ran rough & didn’t seem to be no where near as accelerative as it should have been. But it did look great, really great! Park it next to another car of the same age & this looked like a New RS Mexico!

I think I cleaned the underneath more than I did the top but when they are this good it’s a shame to not keep on top of them, or underneath for that matter lol. As for the Engine Bay then, wow, it just popped. This is how engine bays should look, not much plastic in here.

So, I decided to go to Santa Pod for the RSOC Central Day car show. I was booked in on the EYRSOC stand as always. So, to be on the stand you should really have a nice clean car for the display. If it rains or your car gets dirty on the way to a show then you should really be prepared to wash & detail your car. It’s basically so that all the Cars on your Stand look clean & well looked after to the general public, plus you have a chance of winning a prize for best stand of the show.

But as soon as I got there the other members were badgering me to enter it in concours, a thing that I’d never even contemplated before. Now, I’m not sure if this was them mainly having me on or what but I said OK I’ll have a go. Thinking, I know my cars pretty clean & it’s not rained on the way down here so how hard can it be to get it cleaned up, right! Bearing in mind that I’d travelled from Sheffield which is a not inconsiderable 130+ Miles, in one of these, that very same morning!

I moved from the EYRSOC stand to the Concours area & set to work, I always carry certain detailing products with me when I go to these events, cleaning my car. I was entered in the ‘Novice’ Old School Class which means I didn’t have to worry about the underneath of my car. The Exterior wasn’t too bad with minimal dirt so I got that & the Wheels / Tyres detailed up 1st. Then set to work on the Engine Bay which didn’t look too bad until you started digging deeper! It was filthy, in relative terms, with dust, oil deposits, fluids etc. Plus it was a windy dusty day so every time I cleaned away the dirt it seemed to come back 😕 Anyway, I decided I’d done enough & had to concentrate on the interior. Then it dawned on me that I didn’t have a Vacuum Cleaner, aargh. So, I had to do the best I could by picking up bits of dust etc by hand, stuff that you wouldn’t have even bothered about generally but it had to be spotless, under the Seats, in the seat rails, under the dash, in the Boot Area and so on. Then back to checking over the rest of the car again & again.

Then you get judged! And they don’t miss a thing! They told me that my interior could have been cleaner & they’d found some dust / dirt on the underneath of the seat rails. Oh well I’d tried my best with the tools that I had. Tbh I can’t say that it was a totally awesome experience as you are tied to your car for virtually the whole day & you do miss seeing the rest of the show. It was OK for a one off but it’s not something that I’d personally want to do even on a semi-permanent basis. I like clean cars & I also like to see the Concours Cars @ Car Shows but I think that it’s better to be able to look at them at your leisure than to compete. Oh, and that’s even after winning my class on the day 😑😎

The story doesn’t quite end there though. As I was about to set off home on the long journey back the Drivers side Seat Backrest decided to fail on one side. So I had a 130+ mile journey in an Old car having to lean to one side whilst driving 🙄 Oh, and the dust / dirt that the judges had found turned out to be the Seat Cushion that was deteriorating & breaking up. Something else to fix 😕

It was an experience owning a car like this but I miss the look of it more than the driving experience. It looked great on the driveway & I enjoyed keeping it in A1 condition but it was only good to drive on very short blasts or to a local meet & then get it home before something else broke on it. Don’t even mention the Alternator, I had more than enough trouble with that 😡 I sold it local & still see it now & again but I’m not pining for it or regretting selling it, yet (& that was 5+ Years ago!).

A few more photos of it in various stages whilst I had it.

 

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Ford Mustang Bullitt takes on the Isle of Man TT Course.

Ford Mustang Bullitt takes on the Isle of Man TT Course.

New Ford Mustang Bullitt takes on the legendary Isle of Man TT Course. Oh I just love these American V8 engined cars. Can’t wait to see these on the Roads in the UK 🙂 Come on Ford we also need the GT350’s & GT500’s over here too!! 😉

COLOGNE, Germany – The Isle of Man TT Festival is among the most famous motorsport festivals in the world. Every year, over two weeks, 30 million fans tune in to see top motorcyclists test their talent on the incredible “Mountain Course”. But you don’t have to be on two wheels to get the best out of the Mountain Road – one of Europe’s Greatest Driving Roads.

For the latest in Ford’s series of films that showcase hidden gems for drivers and travellers alike, journalist Steve Sutcliffe got behind the wheel of the Ford Mustang Bullitt, on the island where many roads are not restricted by speed limits. (Although there are still laws against careless and dangerous driving.)

“Imagine German autobahns, then add hills and twists, and shrink it to a single carriageway with incredible views, and what you have are these utterly fantastic, and dramatic, roads,” said Sutcliffe. “The Mountain Road feels – and is – an utterly dramatic place to drive. It’s epic, and quite unlike anywhere else”

The mountain itself is said to be unique as the only place from which you can see all four countries that make up the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. And regardless of the opportunity to drive fast, it does pay to slow down and enjoy the incredible scenery, as well as the local hospitality.

 

“The food and drink is excellent, pretty much everywhere on the island,” said Sutcliffe. “You may go there for the exhilaration of driving one of Europe’s most notorious roads, but it’s the people, the food and the scenery that will compound your sadness to be getting the ferry home.”

This is the ninth film in the series that has included everything from a Ford GT supercar across the stunning Atlantic Ocean Road, in Norway, to a Fiesta ST on the virtually empty Via Campocatino, in Italy. Rated on factors including thrill factor, food and road surface, the Mountain Road achieved the highest score in the series to date.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary Warner Bros. film of the same name, the new special edition Ford Mustang Bullitt is available to order across Europe powered by an enhanced version of Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 engine delivering 460 PS and 529 Nm of torque.

You can watch the full Europe’s Greatest Driving Roads series here.

 

SlickShifts ‘The Detailing Store’ Trading @ Car Shows / Events List

SlickShifts ‘The Detailing Store’ Trading @ Car Shows / Events List

Information Updated as of 11/09/2018

 

SlickShifts will be attending an Event this Sunday……..Please see the Event List Below…..

As you may have read on the Homepage of this website I have been a Performance Car fan for basically all my life. I do seem to have a passion for Fast Fords in particular though, for my sins, and I have previously been a member of the National Ford RS Group RSOC & of the Regional EYRSOC.
In the past years I have attended numerous, RS specific & non specific, Car Shows with the EYRSOC. If you’ve never been a part of a car group then might I suggest that you give it a go! It’s great to be able to meet up & talk about Cars in general all day with like minded people 🙂 Plus there are Benefits like reduced Insurance Costs, Exclusive Merchandise, RAC Membership Discounts etc.
Well this year I’m hoping to re-join both the Main RSOC & the Regional EYRSOC.
I’m hoping to attend as many Car Shows as I can 🙂 I’m not sure what I’ll be driving to & from the shows in as yet but I’ll keep everyone posted on that.
The Plan is to be at the Car Shows so that I can sell the Detailing Products there. I will have a fair selection of Product with me for Customers to Purchase on the Day, if I don’t have what you require then I’ll just post the products on to you or take it to another show & meet you there.
If you would like any Detailing Products taking to a Specific Venue then simply let me know & I’ll bring whatever you need.
I will be attending various, not just Ford RS specific, shows over the year.
I’ll add a Full List of the Shows / Venues that I’m attending throughout 2018 below at a later date.

Here’s a list of the Shows that I’ll be attending, highlighted in Bold:-

April 8th Sun – Squires 

May 6th Sun –  Thoresby  

May 6th Sun – Timeattack R1/ 2 – Cadwell 

May 7th Mon – (bank hol) Timeattack R1/ 2 Cadwell 

May 13th Sun – Trust Ford Open Day – BarnsleyI will be Attending this Event. So if anyone would like me to bring them some Detailing Products to the Event please let me know 👍

May 19th Sat – Cars on the Canal – Goole – I will be Attending this Event. So if anyone would like me to bring them some Detailing Products to the Event please let me know 👍 Bilt Hamber Now Available

May 20th Sun – Scotland RSOC – Knockhill – poss 3/ 4 days road trip

May 26th Sat – Harrogate Car Enthusiasts Car Show & Family Fun Day @ Harrogate Railway FC Link – I will be Attending this Event. 👍

May 28th Mon – Cheshire Classic Car & Motorcycle Show includes North West Mercedes Benz Day & American Day Link – I will be Attending this Event. 👍

June 2nd Saturday – Classic & Performance Car Spectacular @ Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN Link – I will be Attending this Show. 🙂

June 3rd Sunday – Classic & Performance Car Spectacular @ Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN Link – I will be Attending this Show. 🙂

June 3rd Sun – Classic Ford – Santapod

June 10th Sun – West Wales RSOC – Bridgend

June 10th Sun – Cumbria RSOC – Grasmere @ Grasmere Fields, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SL Link.  I will be Attending this RSOC Show 😎

June 17th Sun – Fathers’s Day Classic @ Castle Howard, York, North Yorkshire YO60 7DA – Link I will be Attending this Show. Auto Foam is back in Stock & other New Products will be there!! 🙂

June 24th Sun – Timeattack R3 – Brandshatch

June 24th Sun – Oxford RSOC – Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Bradwell Grove, OX18 4JP, United Kingdom – Link – I will be Attending this Show. Buy 4 x 5 litres of Bilt Hamber Products for £60!! 🙂

June 30th Sat – Bristol / Swindon RSOC – Castle Combe Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 7EY – Link – I will be Attending this Show. Buy 4 x 5 litres of Bilt Hamber Products for £60!! 🙂 Now easier to spot with the Van all Logo’d up  😬

July 1st Sun – Trax – Donnington 

July 8th Sun – North Yorks RSOC – The Falcon Inn, Whitby to Scarborough Road, YO13 0DY – Link – I will be Attending this Show. Buy 4 x 5 litres of Bilt Hamber Products for £60!! 🙂 Now easier to spot with the Van all Logo’d up  😬

July 15th Sun – Clumber Park Classic Car & Bike Show, Clumber Park, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3AZ – Link I will be Attending this Show. 🙂
Special Chemical Guys Show Offer – 2 x Detailing Buckets + 2 x Cyclone Dirt Traps + 1 x Chenille Microfibre Mitt for £44.99
Plus ADD 1 x Chemical Guys Detailing Bucket Lid (IAI518, IAI519) for an Extra £9.00
Plus ADD 1 xChemical Guys MR Pink Shampoo 16 oz for an Extra £8.00
Plus ADD 1 x Chemical Guys Fatty Super Dryer Microfibre Towel (MIC_881) for an Extra £9.75
OR
Buy the Complete Package for £69.99

July 28th Sat – Timeattack R4 – Oulton Park 

Aug 5th Sun – Ford Fair – Silverstone

Aug 18th Sat – Tatton Park Classic Car Show Passion for Power – I did this show last weekend!

Aug 19th Sun – Tatton Park Classic Car Show Passion for Power – I did this show last weekend!

Aug 26th Sun – National Day RSOC – Donnington Park Race Circuit, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2RP – Link – I will be Attending this Show. 🙂 

Aug 27th Mon – Thoresby Park Classic Car Show – Includes the East Midlands Mini & VW Show  Thoresby Park, Ollerton, Notts, NG22 9EP – Link – I will be Attending this Show. 🙂 

Sept 9th Sun – Northants RSOC – Whilton Mill I attended this show – Thanks to all the Customers that supported me on the last RSOC Show of the Year 👍

Sept 15th Sat – Timeattack R7 – Snetterton

Sept 16th Sun – Blackpool Ford Day – Blackpool 

Sept 16th Sun – Timeattack R8 – Snetterton

Sept 22nd Sun – Rally Day – Castle Combe 

Sept 30th Sun – Ford Fest – Santapod 

Oct 7th Sun – Trax – Silverstone

Oct 14th Sun – Timeattack R9 – Rockingham

Also local road trips & Nurburgring Trip to be discussed at club nights

If you are interested in joining the RSOC National Club or any of the Regional Clubs, in going to one of the above mentioned shows or having some Auto Finesse Products taken to a Venue for you to collect then please get in contact with myself via Phone or email. CheeRS Leon 🙂

I’ll be selling out of the Van at as many shows as possible from now on!

My old Escort RS Cosworth @ Castle Comb RS Day

My old Escort RS Cosworth @ Castle Comb RS Day

My old Focus RS500 @ Harewood House Fathers Day Show

My old Focus RS500 and my old Focus RS MR375 with another RS500 Out n About on a Road Trip 🙂

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