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Video: Ford GT Aero Testing

Wind Speed

Ford puts the Ford GT’s bodacious body to the wind-tunnel test

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company

There is no doubt that the Ford GT is a beautiful automobile. And, based on its on-track success, it seems that function definitely follows form on this EcoBoost-powered supercar. However, to ensure it’s not just a pretty face, Ford engineers test every aspect of the car—including its aerodynamics.
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Tech: GT350 Intake Heatshield Test

Hot or Not?

VMP Performance tests Heatshield Products’ I-M Shield on its GT350

By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and courtesy of Heatshield Products

As the factory continues to squeeze more and more performance out of its vehicles the software in the PCM is also quick to reel in the ignition timing in response to heat. Since heat can lead to detonation, this is a wise safeguard. However, for those of us that want maximum performance at all times, keeping the inlet air cooler and the timing more aggressive is a great idea.
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Event: 2016 Rolex 24 Testing

The Roar Before

Ford Performance’s EcoBoost and Shelby racers warm up in Daytona

By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and courtesy of Ford Performance.

Racing season is already upon us, and the IMSA series will bring us the first look at the new Ford GT in competition at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 28-31. However, to give racing teams a chance to dial in their combination before the heat of battle, IMSA hosts a practice event called The Roar Before the Rolex 24, which was held this past weekend in Daytona Beach, Florida.
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Video: 2017 F-150 Raptor Testing

Aerial Antics

Ford captures drone footage of the prototype Raptor testing its mettle

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford Performance is set to offer a dizzying array of high-performance vehicles in the coming years. There are so many options, it’s enough to make fans of Blue Oval performance pinch themselves to see if this real. If the 2017 F-150 Raptor is the one you are dreaming about, Ford has released new drone footage of the truck undergoing real-world durability testing.
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News: First 8-Second IRS 2015 Mustang

Passing the Test

Watson Racing ran the first 8-second pass in an IRS-equipped S550

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Watson Racing

We are on the eve of the biggest Ford drag race of the year, the NMRA World Finals at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The air should be cool and the times should be quick. Curious about how its Mustang would perform on the big stage, Watson Racing took its street/strip SEMA project out for some test hits. It turns out those three test runs were the quickest runs yet for a 2015+ Mustang still running an independent rear suspension.
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