The mighty Ford Raptor is not officially available in the United Kingdom, but there are a few importers who can set you up with one… for a price, of course!
The rugged, performance-tuned version of the F-150 is a fairly common sight in America, where massive trucks rule the “wide open” roads, not as work vehicles but rather as grocery-getters. Can you imagine one cruising the narrow streets and navigating the tiny parking spaces of Europe, let alone the UK?
Climbing into the cab is a mission in itself. The high ride height and general expansiveness of the interior puts some studio apartments to shame. The centre console alone could store a weekend bag with ease.
Creature comforts come in the form of heated leather seats, Ford’s sync 3 system and even a proper plug socket; Naturally, it only fits an American outlet.
Powered by a detuned version of the same engine found under the hood of the Ford GT supercar, the Raptor 450bhp and a very respectable 510 lb ft. of torque that’s managed by a 10-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system.
As you’d imagine, Ford’s super half-tonne feels big, really big. The steering weight makes you feel like you’re in charge of a cruise ship when driving at normal speeds, and like a luxury cruise ship, the cabin is very livable and noise levels are minimal despite the massive off-road tyres.
You will be surprised when you step on the gas — for such a heavy car, this truck has no problem moving. The steering also comes alive at speed, allowing the driver to tackle country lanes as well as its British designed cousin, the Focus RS. It’s best to leave the beast in automatic as 10 gears are simply too much to control manually.
Mark Hamilton of Saxon Bridge had the opportunity to drive the Raptor, and the following to say:
“This really would be a sight to behold, I don’t think any of us understand just how big American cars are. I’m sure the Raptor would be a lot of fun but cause some issues if you want to park it!”
Unsurprisingly, you do get stares when mowing around in the civilized world. Other drivers treat it like a wild animal, providing it with huge amounts of space for it to pass. Traffic light racers are easy to dismiss, it’s all the more satisfying knowing you embarrassed someone in a 2.5-ton truck.
Off-roading id what this monster was created for. Engage Baja mode on a rough field or track and you’ll be instantly amazed by how comfortable the ride is while bouncing off pot holes at 50 mph.
New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Costs More Than Camaro ZL1
The Blue Oval’s high-octane muscle car is priced to matched its performance.
Ford has announced pricing details for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the most powerful street-legal Ford ever.
With a starting price of $73,995, the latest Mustang Shelby GT500 is priced higher than the Chevy Camaro ZL1 ($64,695) and Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye ($73,440). It is also $12,460 more expensive than the less powerful sibling, the Shelby GT350.
Adding the Carbon Fiber Track package increases the price to $90,000 but adds carbon fiber wheels covered in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 track tires, a carbon fiber wing and dive planes. The package eliminates the rear seats to cut weight.
The optional $1,500 handling package gets you adjustable strut top mounts, a Gurney flap and removable splitter end plates, while the $3,000 technology package comes with a better audio system, a navigation system, rain-sensing wipers, a blind-spot monitor, and puddle lamps.
Engineers went the extra mile to make the new Mustang Shelby GT500 a capable everyday driver and not just a track-carving monster, but shouldn’t underscore the massive supercharged 5.2L V8 breathing under its hoods. Billed as the world’s most power-dense supercharged production V8, the powerplant produces 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft. of torque, sent to the rear wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
If you could only choose only one, which would it be — 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye? Let us know in the comments below.
New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Officially Makes 760HP
This Mustang has the world’s most power-dense supercharged production V8.
We already knew the new, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 would be the most powerful street-legal Ford ever, but we didn’t know precisely how much power drivers would have to play with. Until now, that is…
Ford has announced that the GT500’s 5.2-liter supercharged V8 — paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that spinsthe rear wheels — produces 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft. of torque, making it the “most power- and torque-dense supercharged production V8 engine in the world.”
The high-octane Mustang is more powerful than the 650-hp Chevy Camaro ZL1, but it falls short of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye’s 797-hp 6.2L V8. It can complete the quarter-mile run in under 11 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 miles per hour (289.6 kilometers per hour).
In addition to the powerful, Ford’s engineers applied a revised front fascia that improves the drivetrain cooling capacity by 50 percent, an optional Carbon Fiber Track Package featuring a much larger rear wing that makes 500 pounds (227 kilograms) of downforce at 180 mph, carbon fiber wheels, and nicely-bolstered Recaro seats.
The 2020 Shelby GT500 goes on sale in summer 2019. Do you want one?
Electric Ford Mustang Classic Comes To Goodwood Festival of Speed
Old hardware gets infused with new tech to deliver what is presumably an exhilarating experience.
Ford brought an electric Ford Mustang to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but it’s not the modern electric Mustang you probably expected. This one is on the ‘classic’ end of the spectrum.
Developed by Britain’s Charge Cars, the model in question is a 1960s Mustang with a fully-electric drivetrain. More specifically, engineers swapped out the gas guzzling V8 for four electric motors, one for each wheel to effectively create an all-wheel drive system.
The four electric motors get their energy from a 64 kWh battery pack and generate a combined 536 horsepower and 885 lb-ft. of torque, allowing the electric Mustang to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 3.99 seconds, reach a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h), and drive up to 200 miles (322 km) on a full charge.
Charge Cars plans to only build 499 units of the charged up classic Mustang, and you’ll have to pay a lot to get one. Prices start at at £300,000 ($380,620).
That out of the way, watch this classic 1965 Ford Mustang get drunk on autonomous tech.