Ford Employs Drones to Do Dangerous Equipment Inspections

There is another sight humming around a Ford motor manufacturing plant in London: rambles.

The second-biggest U.S. automaker is presently utilizing drones to perform enter investigations in hard to-achieve puts around the Dagenham Engine Plant. The offbeat move spares Ford significant time and cash and brings a few different focal points, administrators say.

Before, plant administrators used to need to close down the processing plant at any rate once a year to perform hazardous and tedious investigations on high-up structures, parts of the production line’s rooftop and other difficult to-achieve places. The automatons permit the Michigan-based automaker to direct wellbeing assessments without closing down production.

The automatons additionally give Ford a more target plant support record, forestalling contentions over the finding and conceivable answers for issues, said Pat Manning, a machine generation chief for the EcoBlue diesel motor at the plant, where it’s code named Panther.

Ford Announces new Mustang Bullitt to Hit UK this Fall

Ford has announced the 475bhp Mustang Bullitt will be available in the UK this September.

The special edition muscle car will come in at £47,145. This is only about 6K more than a standard 5.0 liter GT. The Bullitt will add 8-ball gear knob, green stitching, and Recaro seats. Also included with the Bullitt will be driver memory seats and mirrors, cross-traffic alerts, blind spot monitor, premium sound system and sat-navigation.

This is the third Mustang Bullitt to pay homage to the car that appeared in the famous Bullitt film. This Bullitt features 458bhp and 388lb ft. It also has an upgraded induction system and intake manifold.

It will come with Dark Highland Green paint, though black will also be available. It will feature gunmetal finished 19inc torque thrust aluminum wheels. Also, red brake calipers and a black front grill.

This new edition is a fitting tribute to the Steve McQueen classic.

GM Testing the Waters of Smaller Engines

The 2019 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups will be the first in a fleet of new full-sized pickup trucks from automaker GMC that will feature a four-cylinder engine option. This will represent a major sea change for some loyal customers. Ford’s success with its v-6 EcoBoost engines may have already proven that a V-8 engine doesn’t have to be the standard. And modern advances in engineering have made smaller engines in larger vehicles a very real option.

The new 2.7 liter, inline four-cylinder will feature what GM is calling Active Fuel Management. This technology will allow the engine to switch over to a two-cylinder mode for “light load conditions.”

The new engine represents a keystone moment for General Motors as it is the first time they will put a four-cylinder engine in a full-size pickup and it is the first engine in a pickup to use the AFM two-cylinder technology.

The new inline four turbo engine is rated at 348 pound-feet of torque and 310hp with an 8-speed automatic transmission. GM hopes to compete in fuel efficiency against Ford’s F-150 that features an aluminum body and V-6 EcoBoost engine.

Ford and Lyft Team Up For Autonomous Car Venture

Ford recently announced it will partner with Lyft to provide self-driving cars, in large numbers, to the ride-services fleet by 2021. Ford and Lyft teams will begin working together to design software to allow Ford vehicles to communicate with Lyft’s smartphone apps.

The company has said it will invest $700 million in a factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, to make it capable of building electric and self-driving vehicles.

Ford self-driving test vehicles will be connected to Lyft’s network, but at first, customers will not be able to use them. Ford will put human-driven vehicles on Lyft’s network.

Ford also is testing delivery services using self-driving vehicles and a van shuttle service. The self-driving vehicles Ford will deploy through Lyft will use software developed by Argo AI, a company in which Ford is investing $1 billion over the next five years.

Ford Is Bringing Back the Ranger – And Maybe an Off-Road Package

As many people are aware, Ford Motor Company is prepping to restart production of an American icon: the Ford Ranger, the ever popular mid-sized truck. And many people are thinking it is about time, as Ford hasn’t made a mid-sized truck for about seven years. Small truck sales have seen an uptick with models like the Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma both admired in the pick-up community. And both offering off-road packages.

Ford Motor Company has already projected that Ford Ranger will be released sometime in late 2018. Car & Driver, however, have captured some spy photos of something that looks like a possible off-road version of the beloved Ranger: See image here.

Max Goldberg from MSN Auto News writes:

“Ford is very familiar with the off-road truck segment, as its Ford Raptor is the talk of the town and for good reason. In the spy shots, you can see a more tucked-away front and rear bumper, fender flares, thicker control arms, and other all-terrain goodies.
The direction in which Ford would take this potential off-roader is unclear, thus the engine options are also up for grabs. If Ford intends to follow the Ford F-150 Raptor model, we can expect to see more of a high-horsepower EcoBoost engine, but if they intend to focus on rock crawling we would most likely see a four-cylinder diesel or naturally aspirated V-6.”

Ford Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Update Available

Ford 2016 model-year vehicles now have a Sync 3 infotainment system update available. Owners have several update options. The software can be downloaded to a USB drive or a Wi-Fi connection can be used to download the update directly to the vehicle.

Customers must upgrade their USB hubs in order to receive Apple CarPlay support. Android Auto support is available with the existing hardware. Both infotainment services allow users to access smartphone features such as navigation, music, phone, and messaging through Sync 3.

This is Ford’s first attempt at a Wi-Fi enabled update and their hired a specific team of engineers to for the project. Wi-Fi enabled vehicles will update automatically. 2017 model-year Fords are already equipped with Sync 3 that supports Android and Apple.

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James Bond Cars: Casino Royale

Movie 19: Casino Royale (2006)
In this next film starring Daniel Craig as 007, Bond investigates the funding of terrorism. He kills a bomb-maker and takes his cell. He finds a text that is traced to Alex Dimitrios and Le Chiffre. Bond foils LeChiffre’s plan to destroy the Skyfleet airliner prototype. Le Chiffre finds himself in a poker game at the Casino Royale to try to recoup his loss but Bond is there to beat him aided by HM Treasury member Vesper Lynd.

Lynd and Bond are both kidnapped by Le Chiffre after the game. Lynd is ransomed and Bond is tortured. Le Chiffre is killed by a liaison between Le Chiffre and his clients. The winnings were never repaid to the Treasury so Bond establishes that Lynd was a double agent. As he goes after her he is attacked and the liaison takes the money. Bond eventually finds and captures White.

Now for the cars: once again we see the Aston Martin DB5, Aston Martin DBS V12, Bond damages a 1930 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre in a car chase with Le Chiffre driving a Citroen Traction Avant. Miami Police are seen driving a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor and Bond also drives a Ford Mondeo 2.5 Litre ST. Le Chiffre and Mr. White are both seen driving their Jaguar XJ8s.

the Victor Crew

Ford 2015 Shelby GT350R Mustang

The Victor crew found out that Ford is releasing the new 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang, hopefully later this year. It claims to be lighter with better suspension. It has track capability. If it didn’t contribute to track performance, it was removed. Don’t expect air conditioning in the base model. The Shelby is part of the Ford Performance vehicle lineup.

It comes with a hearty 5.2L V8 engine that delivers over 500 horsepower and a 6-speed manual transmission giving more than 400 lb-ft of torque. They made the chassis more light-weight. It comes with Michelin® Pilot® Super Sport tires.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350