Ford Unveils a New GT at Goodwood

Every summer, speed enthusiasts flock to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England to see the fastest and most innovative cars to grace the road and track. This year, Ford unveiled a new GT at Goodwood, named the GT Mk II.

The GT Mk II will be a limited production run of only 45 models. This car will also be limited as a track-only model and is not road legal. It is also not designed to compete in any racing series. Because the designers were not limited by any road laws or racing restrictions, they were free to do whatever they wanted with the design.

“The GT Mk II unleashes the full performance potential of the Ford GT without any artificial performance limitations dictated by racing sanctioning bodies,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer. “It’s the closest GT owners can get to the Le Mans-winning performance and exhilarating feeling of crossing the finish line in the Ford GT race car.”

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The production team took a standard road-legal GT and made it more exciting with an upgraded engine and extreme aerodynamics. Under the hood, the GT Mk II has a 700 horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine. The aerodynamic elements generate over 400 percent more downforce than the standard GT model.

Although you can’t get this version of the GT at Transwest Ford, you can find plenty of sporty Ford cars in stock, like the Mustang.

Ford GoRide Health Launches First Public Service

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Ford is all about providing safe, comfortable transportation to all, and that mission extends beyond the task of selling reliable vehicles. Ford GoRide Health is a non-emergency medical transportation service that provides rides to and from medical appointments. The business first launched in Southeast Michigan and has since expanded to Toledo, Ohio.

Now that Ford GoRide Health has had a chance to refine its customer experience, it is ready to expand its offerings nationally. The expansion will start with more cities in Ohio, including Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland, as well as populated areas in Florida like Miami. Ford expects to reach these cities by the end of 2019, and in 2020 the service aims to reach Texas, California, North Carolina, and Louisiana.

In addition to expanding its non-emergency medical transportation services, they have launched their first public service para-transit in Dayton, Ohio. This ride service is open to the public, and is designed to fill a major need to public transportation for those with disabilities and anyone who cannot access standard public transportation. In the years to come, Ford GoRide Health hopes to expand even further, providing safe and reliable transportation where it is most needed.

If you need a new vehicle to help get you and loved ones from place to place, contact the teams at Transwest Ford.

Here’s What We Know About the 2021 Ford Bronco

The 2021 Ford Bronco has been a long time coming. The revitalized Bronco will bring Ford back to the off-road SUV segment in a big way, but there’s still a lot we don’t know about the returning model, which should arrive late in 2020. However, as we get closer to its production and release date, more news has started trickling in. Here is what we do know about the 2021 Ford Bronco so far

  • You will be able to get it in a two-door or a four-door version—and you can choose between rear- and four-wheel drive.
  • You will be able to remove the doors and hard top. That means the Bronco will offer a truly open-air off-roading experience.
  • The grille will bear huge “Bronco” signage on the front, so everyone will know exactly what you’re driving.
  • The Bronco will share some similarities with the new Ford Ranger. In fact, the Bronco and the next-generation Ranger will be built on the same platform.
  • The Bronco will have a spare tire on the back.
  • Styling of the Bronco harkens back to 1965 rather than 1996. That means we’ll see a return to classic boxiness.
  • Engine specs aren’t yet solidified, but we may see a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 (the same one in the F-150).

If you need a new Ford SUV now instead of waiting for the 2021 model year, contact us at Transwest Ford.

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2020 Ford Explorer Will Have Self-Sealing Tires

There are few things worse when driving then feeling the vibration of your steering wheel and the telltale “thunk, thunk, thunk” sound that indicate you have a flat tire – especially if you’re on a family road trip. The 2020 Ford Explorer is looking to help give you peace of mind in this regard.

For the new model year, this family-friendly SUV will come with self-sealing tires from Michelin.

These tires are made to stand up to nail and screw punctures with its self-sealing technology. The rubber can seal up to 90% of tread punctures that have a diameter of up to 0.25 inches. This self-sealing technology will “dramatically slow the rate at which air leaks,” allowing the loss of air pressure to slow to a Michelin-estimated 15 pounds per square inch per week.

While real-life results can vary, this technology will help reduce the stress of getting a flat, especially if you’re taking the 2020 Explorer on a road trip.

“Nothing derails a family vacation like a flat tire,” said Joseph Billman, Ford wheel and tire engineer. “Explorer is the ultimate road trip family hauler – and it’s the perfect fit for these new Michelin Selfseal tires.”

The Explorer will be the first SUV to use these special Michelin tires. They will come as the standard tires on the Platinum and Limited Hybrid four-wheel-drive models and as available equipment on the Limited two-wheel- and four-wheel-drive models. To learn more about them, contact us at Transwest Ford.

To view the 2019 Ford Explorer, visit us at Transwest Ford today.

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Ford Ranger Raptor May Be Coming—Eventually

As much as we scream and beg, Ford is not giving the US the Ranger Raptor—for now. But according to a recent report from Road & Track, a Ford Ranger Raptor may make its way to American soil sometime early in the next decade. They estimate by 2022.

Of course, this Ranger Raptor will look nothing the like Ranger that we currently have. By 2022, Ford will be giving the Ranger a facelift, as it will be about half way through its generation. That means we aren’t quite sure what this soon-to-come Ranger Raptor will look like. Further complicating matters, Road & Track reports that the model will actually be closer visually to the upcoming Ford Bronco.

So can we trust this information, and where is it coming from? Yes, we can, surprisingly, and even more surprisingly, the information is coming from actual Ford engineers on social media. A Ford engineer posted that he is working on a Raptor version of a Ranger that bears the internal code of P703. Why is that important? The upcoming Ranger’s internal designation is also P703 and is set for a North American release of roughly 2022.

All that put together means that we will likely have a Ford Ranger Raptor here at our dealership—just not as soon as we would like it.

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Ford Increases Overtime Due to High 2019 Ford Ranger Demand

When it was announced that Ford will be bringing the Ranger nameplate back, the industry got excited — and it looks like this excitement isn’t going to die down anytime soon. The Ford Ranger has officially arrived, but even after Ford’s first month of shipping them out, the demand hasn’t gone down.

In fact, the 2019 Ford Ranger demand is so significant that Ford has decided to add overtime shifts to its Michigan Assembly Plant, which produces the sought-after truck. Just last month, Kumar Golhotra, Ford President of North America, mentioned that he expected to sell over 1,200 Ranger models in the truck’s first month back on the market.

He also mentioned that more than 300,000 people have shown interest in purchasing a Ford Ranger in the near future. Because of this data, the company thought it best to begin adding overtime shifts at the beginning of this month.

“Based on the orders coming in, and based on the hand-raisers, we think the demand’s going to be so strong, that starting in February our assembly plant will be going into massive overtime,” said Galhotra in a briefing.

Ford began producing the Ranger in October at the Michigan Assembly Plant. This plant in particular was on the receiving end of an $850 million investment in 2017, allowing it to focus more on body-on-frame vehicle production.

If you’re interested in the 2019 Ford Ranger, please give us a call or visit us at Transwest Ford and we can help you find one.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Ford Trucks

It’s not an easy thing to maintain a consistent level of success when you’re held to a certain standard of excellence. Yet, for more than 100 years now, Ford has made being the world’s foremost maker of trucks look easy despite its own expectations of excellence and the constantly raised bar of customer expectations.

Last July marked 100 years since the first Ford truck—the 1917 Ford Model TT—hit the market and became the standard-bearer for capability, versatility, and toughness. At just $600, the Ford Model TT became an overnight sensation and delivered sales of 209 trucks in its first year. By the time it was replaced by the Ford Model AA 11 years later, sales of the Ford Model TT totaled 1.3 million.

The high points and milestones for Ford trucks are many and varied over the past century, but there may be no more important moment than the launch of the F-Series in 1948.

“After the war, a lot of rural Americans moved to urban and suburban centers looking for work, and many took their Ford pickups with them,” said Bob Kreipke, Ford historian. “Ford saw this as an opportunity and began work on the next generation of trucks for 1948, what came to be known as F-Series Bonus Built trucks.”

The F-Series had not only withstood through 70 years, but it has prevailed—2017 marked the 41st consecutive year that it has ranked No. 1 among all trucks in the United States, proving that Ford’s truck legacy is as much about what’s yet to come as it is about what’s already transpired.100 Years of Ford Trucks

To see why today’s Ford F-Series trucks—including the 2018 Ford F-150 and Ford Super Duty—don’t raise the bar for truck capabilities as much as they represent the bar by which all other trucks are measured, stop in for a test drive at Transwest Ford.