’11 Shelby Mustang GT500 Approaching Product Limit

Mustang GT500Ford’s new 2011 Shelby GT500 is in such high demand, that the supercar Ford model is approaching production limit. More than 3,300 orders have been placed for the new Shelby GT500. To ensure exclusivity, U.S. sales of the 2011 Shelby GT500 will be limited to 5,500 units. The goal of Ford’s limited production of the GT500 is to make the car even more desirable. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 was greatly improved for the 2011 model year, including more power, better fuel efficiency, new technology, and new standard features.

The 2011 Shelby GT500 is powered by a new aluminum-block 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine, which produces 550 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, a 10 horsepower increase over the 2010 model. The engine is 102 pounds lighter than its predecessor, delivering a better power-to-weight ratio, improved fuel economy, acceleration, handling and steering precision.

The new engine uses a state-of-the-art Plasma Transferred Wire Arc (PTWA) liner coating, a process that applies a 150-micron composite coating that contains nanoparticles on the internal surfaces of engine cylinder bores, replacing cast-iron liners typically used in aluminum engine blocks. The Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation honored the inventors of the Ford-patented PTWA technology with the 2009 National Inventor of the Year Award.

Standard 2011 performance features include the 550-horsepower aluminum 5.4-liter V8 engine, a new 2.75-inch exhaust system, revised brake cooling and pedal box construction for more consistent brake pedal efforts and feel, and electric power-assisted steering (EPAS). SVT worked hard to make EPAS better than the outgoing hydraulic steering system, with improved torque build-up and road feel.

New for 2011 is an optional glass roof providing customers with yet another open-air option that does not compromise the coupe’s versatility, headroom or climate-controlled environment. Interior options have proven immensely popular, with almost 70 percent of the GT500s ordered with the Electronics Package, which includes voice-activated navigation, SIRIUS Travel Link, HD Radio and dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control.

Posted by on Jul 19 2010 in Ford News

Keeping Your Car Clean

To keep your car in good shape and to maintain its value it is important to keep your car clean. Furthermore, when it comes time to sell the vehicle, it will be much easier and you will get more for it if its body is in good shape. There is no set number as far as how often you should wash your car. It really all depends on factors such as where you live, how you use your car, and what season it is. While taking your vehicle through the automatic car wash, as opposed to washing by hand, is much easier, there are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to automatic car washes:

There are a few different type of automatic washes, these include the older versions which use brushes, the newer versions will be “brushless” or “touchless” Finding the latter two are the best options as some older car washes still use abrasive brushes (instead of cloth), which can leave small scratches in a car’s finish.

Touchless car washes use only high-pressure water jets and detergents to clean the car — without physically touching it at all. There is virtually no chance of your vehicle suffering any cosmetic damage this way. Also, some areas have “self-service” coin-operated hand washes, which are great for spraying away heavy dirt buildup.

At the end of a wash, if it is a full-service car wash, the attendants may wipe down the car by hand.  This is usually OK — provided the attendants are using fresh, clean and soft towels to do so. Dirt and other abrasives in the rags can scratch the finish just like sandpaper. Simply driving away from the wash and letting air flow over the car to dry any remaining water won’t hurt anything — and is the best guarantee of a no-damage experience.

There are usually different ‘packages’ at a car wash, whether you want a basic wash or ‘the works’. One worthwhile extra an undercarriage bath, it may be worth the additional cost. Jets of water sprayed directly underneath the car can break loose accumulated. It’s also important that underbody drainage holes not be obstructed by mud and other buildup. The undercarriage bath should help keep those drain holes clear.

In most cases automatic car washes are absolutely safe for your vehicle. In fact, automatic car washes can be safer for your car’s finish than washing your car yourself because do-it-yourselfers sometimes don’t use enough water to safely remove dirt; or they wash the car in direct sunlight — which can burn spots in the paint. Or they use the wrong type of soap — such as dishwashing detergent, which removes protective wax and leaves a chalky residue on the finish.

Posted by on Jul 5 2010 in Maintenance Tips