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2019 Ford Ranger - 5 Misses
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2019 Ford Ranger - 5 Misses

Earlier this week we published a list of what we here at SVTP consider to be 5 of the best features of the upcoming 2019 Ford Ranger. However, with the good comes the bad. While this is purely an opinion piece, we believe this list tracks right to the heart of former Ranger owners. Traditionally, Ranger buyers seemed to like their trucks more 'trucky' than most other truck buyers. So it stands to reason our list is made up of those burlier features that make a small truck more capable and engaging. Without further adieu, here is SVTP's list of Five 2019 Ford Ranger Misses.

No Manual Transmission...
2019 Ford Ranger - 5 Hits
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2019 Ford Ranger - 5 Hits

It’s been a couple weeks since the 2019 Ford Ranger was introduced at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, and we've had time to digest some of the information presented with it. I have to say that it is a good looking truck, and I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of one. While that’s going to be a bit farther down the road, enough time has passed for us absorb the information Ford has provided us thus far. So here are the Five Hits we here at SVTP see with the 2019 Ford Ranger.

Dana Axles...
9 Things We Want in a US-Spec Ranger Raptor
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9 Things We Want in a US-Spec Ranger Raptor

It’s been about a year since Ford announced that the Ranger would be returning to US roads. In that time we’ve seen a few prototypes running around, and had a recent introduction at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Two days ago we saw the reveal of the Raptor Ranger for foreign markets, but it’s still debatable whether we’ll be seeing that particular Hi-Po Ford on our shores. However, until we know something more concrete about whether or not we’ll be getting a Ranger Raptor here think it would be a good idea to delve into what we would expect from such a Ford. This is our TOP 9 (Ain't nobody got time for 10) List of features we want to see in a US-Spec Ford Ranger Raptor.

Ford 8.8 Axles...
Terminator's Manley Rods Get a Little Emotional
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Terminator's Manley Rods Get a Little Emotional

So this is a weird one. SVTP Vendor, and all around nice guys, Pro-Dyno recently made a somewhat interesting discovery. While tearing down a Terminator engine for a rebuild they found that a previous engine builder had left them a little surprise in the form of eight smiley faces, one on each rod.

We’ve long known that the factory Manley H-Beam Connecting Rods were a point of pride for Terminator owners, but someone took their happiness with the forged bits to another level. Now we’ve found some odd things inside of engines over the years, mostly bits dropped in by a careless assembler, but this one was new to us. The closest thing I can think of was a time...
IT'S HERE: The All-New 2019 Mustang Shelby GT500
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IT'S HERE: The All-New 2019 Mustang Shelby GT500
  • Arriving in 2019, the all-new Mustang Shelby® GT500® will be the pinnacle of Mustang performance and highlights the innovation, ingenuity and passion of Ford Performance
  • With more than 700 horsepower projected, the all-new Shelby GT500 fast-back coupe will be twice as powerful as the original 1967 Mustang performance model

DETROIT, Jan. 15, 2018 – Loaded with the most venom ever, the all-new Mustang Shelby® GT500® with its 700-plus horsepower supercharged V8 will be the most powerful street-legal production Ford ever.

Embodying Ford Performance team’s motorsport expertise, this new Mustang is engineered to stand apart on roadways and race tracks, thanks to its new innovative track technologies, performance hardware, plus aggressive and...
Ford Introduces 2019 Bullitt Mustang
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Ford Introduces 2019 Bullitt Mustang

  • New limited-edition Mustang Bullitt features retuned 5.0-liter V8 engine that packs at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque and tops out at 163 mph
  • New version salutes 1968 movie car with effortlessly cool appearance, available classic Dark Highland Green exterior paint and subtle chrome accents; interior highlights include 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster and available RECARO® black leather-trimmed seats with unique green accent stitching
  • Original 1968 Mustang GT fastback that starred alongside Steve McQueen in award-winning movie “Bullitt” drives onto Ford stage at North American International Auto Show, ending 40-year mystery about the film car’s whereabouts
DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2018 – Celebrating the 50th anniversary...
Ford Introduces All New 2019 Ranger
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Ford Introduces All New 2019 Ranger

DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2018 – Ford today reveals the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger for North America, bringing midsize truck fans a new choice from America’s truck sales leader – one that’s engineered Built Ford Tough and packed with driver-assist technologies to make driving easier whether on- or off-road.

Production begins late this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant as customer demand is growing for midsize trucks. U.S. sales are up 83 percent since 2014 as a new generation of midsize truck buyers seek more maneuverable, fuel-efficient pickups...
Ford Performance Introduces All New 2019 Edge ST
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Ford Performance Introduces All New 2019 Edge ST

  • Following Ford’s best-ever U.S. SUV sales in 2017, Ford further steps up the game by introducing first performance-enhanced ST to its SUV lineup with the all-new Edge ST
  • Edge ST features superior handling and braking, ST-tuned sport suspension, Sport Mode, new quick-shifting 8-speed transmission, standard all-wheel-drive, and the most powerful V6 engine in its class
  • New Edge SUV lineup is Ford’s smartest ever, offering more standard driver-assist technology than any other midsize SUV and introducing to the segment new available technologies such as Post-Collision Braking, Evasive Steering Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering
DETROIT, Jan. 11, 2018 – Ford begins introducing the...
2018 F-150 Adds 3.0L Powerstroke Diesel Engine - 250HP/440TQ/~30MPG
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2018 F-150 Adds 3.0L Powerstroke Diesel Engine - 250HP/440TQ/~30MPG

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 8, 2018 – Full-size diesel truck fans have reason to celebrate this year as Ford – America’s truck sales leader – delivers the first-ever F-150 Power Stroke diesel with a targeted EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway rating, a best-in-class 11,400 pounds of towing capacity and 2,020 pounds of payload capacity, plus best-in-class diesel 250 horsepower and 440 lb.-ft. of torque...
SVTP Coverage of PRI 2017 - 150+ Pics and a Vid
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SVTP Coverage of PRI 2017 - 150+ Pics and a Vid



The Christmas season brings my favorite show of the year, the annual Performance Racing Industry trade show. For those unfamiliar, PRI is an industry-only show that is not open to the public. Instead of being a 'car show', PRI is a Car-Parts-Show. Every year in Decemeber, the best manufacturers in the performance automotive aftermarket industry gather to show off their latest wares.

Unfortunately, for the past several years the show has been held in Indianapolis, IN; whereas it had been located in Orlando, FL in years past. I don't know about you, but when I think of the places I want to go spend a week in the middle of winter Indy is pretty low on the list. It actually ranks below Detroit, and all of Canada (even the part where Trailer Park Boys is filmed)...
Steeda Racer Donnie Gilder Wins Mod Nationals Heavy Street Class
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Steeda Racer Donnie Gilder Wins Mod Nationals Heavy Street Class

Just as Steeda has done for three decades now, we’ve delivered outstanding performance with precision engineered and high quality upgrades built for the enthusiast, by the enthusiasts. Donnie Gilder’s 4,000+ lb street-driven S550 Mustang is further proof of that.

Equipped with a factory rear & trans, full interior, ice-cold air conditioning, and bolt-on Steeda suspension, she ran a best of 8.962 with a 1.28 60ft at South Georgia Motorsports Park. Consistency ultimately brought home the win for Donnie, running bottom 9’s to 8’s all Friday morning til Sunday afternoon with 1.28-1.31 short times, and zero spin all weekend...
LMR 2018 MUSTANG GT HEADS TO THE DRAG STRIP - RUNS 12.02 @ 117 MPH
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LMR 2018 MUSTANG GT HEADS TO THE DRAG STRIP - RUNS 12.02 @ 117 MPH



One of the most highly anticipated changes for the 2018 Mustang GT was the switch from the venerable 6R80 6-Speed automatic transmission to the 10R80 10-Speed that made its debut in the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. Behind the High-Output 3.5 EcoBoost in a truck the new tranny has proven to be quite stout, but the really question was how it would perform behind the new dual-injected 5.0 Coyote V8 in everybody's favorite Pony-Car. Luckily for us, SVTP Vendor Late Model Restoration just picked up a new 2018 Mustang GT equipped with the new 10R80 auto; along with a few other popular options...
American Muscle Reviews a 2018 Mustang GT - Plus Win $17,760 For Your Truck
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American Muscle Reviews a 2018 Mustang GT - Plus Win $17,760 For Your Truck

I don't know how deep you guys have been looking into the 2018 Mustang updates, but the changes Ford has made to the S550 have really taken it to another level. The new Level II Performance Pack has set the new standard for affordable excellence. As expected it hasn't taken long for SVTP Vendors to start digging into the car. In this case, American Muscle waited precisely no time getting their new manual transmission equipped 2018 Mustang GT out on the streets for a drive...
American Muscle Giving Away a 2018 Ford Mustang RTR
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American Muscle Giving Away a 2018 Ford Mustang RTR

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You may have noticed yesterday we ran an article covering Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s crew release of their 2018 Ford Mustang RTR. Not wanting to let the ink get too dry on that story RTR and American Muscle have teamed up to announce their latest, and most appropriately timed, giveaway. So the question is, are you ready to rock?

Starting October 24, SVTPerformance.com Members will have the chance to sign-up weekly for the chance to win a brand-new 2018 Mustang RTR Spec 3. Valued at roughly $65,000, the RTR Spec 3 is the top level package offered by RTR which takes a regular...
Introducing the 2018 Ford Mustang RTR
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Introducing the 2018 Ford Mustang RTR

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, OCTOBER 26, 2017 — After extensive testing and design
development, the new 2018 Ford Mustang RTR focuses on style, drivability,
performance and aerodynamic styling, making it the most dynamic, powerful and
expressive Mustang RTR yet. The 2018 Mustang RTR will be available soon through
select Ford Dealers globally, offering turnkey packages with over 700 horsepower...
Tech: VMP Performance Focus RS SEMA Build
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Tech: VMP Performance Focus RS SEMA Build



One new Ford that I have been itching to spend more time in is the potent Focus RS. With over 300HP on tap and AWD keeping that power planted the car definitely has the makings for a very fun ride. But everyone here on SVTP knows that modded is preferable to stock, and SVTP Vendor VMP Performance certainly knows how to mod. So when I first heard that they were building an RS for the 2017 SEMA show I knew I wanted to dig in and learn more about this project...
Inside Look - The FPRP Coyote Gen 1 Crate Engine
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Inside Look - The FPRP Coyote Gen 1 Crate Engine

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DEARBORN - Since its introduction in 2011, the Ford Performance 5.0L Coyote crate engine has been an enthusiast favorite and a staple of Ford’s Mustang GT lineup. With the 2015 model year came the first major design changes to the 5.0L Coyote engine, creating a market for 2011-2014 Mustang GT owners looking to install a new Coyote engine compatible with their model year. Out of this, Ford Performance developed the new 5.0L Coyote Long Block, Gen 1 crate engine which brings the improvements made to the 2015-2017 Coyote (Gen 2) crate engine to 2011-2014 Mustang GT owners...
Kick Ass - 2018 Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2
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Kick Ass - 2018 Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2

  • New Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 raises Mustang GT’s game and bridges the gap between GT Performance Pack and GT350
  • Performance Pack Level 2 is accentuated by a lower, more aggressive stance, aerodynamically balanced high-performance front splitter and rear spoiler – all designed to add more downforce to attack curves for an exhilarating feel behind the wheel
  • Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, retuned steering and MagneRide® suspension deliver ultra-responsive road-gripping capabilities in new manual transmission-equipped Mustang GT with Performance Pack Level 2
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 23, 2017 – Evenings in the garage. Weekends at the track. Gearheads everywhere can appreciate the extra time and effort the Mustang team took to quickly prototype and hone the...
American Muscle Installs a Vortech V-3 Si-Trim on a Coyote GT
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American Muscle Installs a Vortech V-3 Si-Trim on a Coyote GT

Several years ago SVTP Vendor American Muscle took the plunge and got in deep with their original content video production, and I have to say that the production value and content is top notch. Take the latest episode of their Hot Lab series for example. Stephanie Wood, an AM staffer, walks you through the installation of a Vortech V-3 Si-Trim supercharger kit on an S-197 Mustang GT. From tear-down to test-drive drive she discusses the finer points of the entire process and supporting mod choices. The episode is capped off with some dyno runs and a trip to the drag strip for some real world results...
Hurst Elite Mustang Giveaway
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Hurst Elite Mustang Giveaway



It's not everyday you get the chance to win a new Mustang GT, but that is just the opportunity that Hurst is putting out there for all their fans. They are holding a contest with the Grand Prize being a custom build Hurst Elite Series Mustang GT. I'd love to see an SVTP member end up with this in their driveway, so here are the full details on the car and contest...


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