One of the oldest automotive designs still in use today is
the leaf spring suspension. It is currently used on the Ford F-150 and is known
for its simplicity and effectiveness. However, recently, a Ford F-150 Raptor prototype
was spied using a coil spring suspension.
According to Automotive News, Ford will not confirm if F-150 Raptor coil spring suspension will be a thing in the future. Coil spring suspension systems are more complex than leaf spring suspensions and often offer superior off-road performance, which would be a great addition to the F-150 Raptor.
A coil spring suspension can help give a truck a smoother,
less bouncy ride. It is often the preferred choice for high-performance trucks
and is a newer addition to the automotive industry. It first appeared on pickup
trucks during the 1960s.
Another benefit to coil spring suspension systems is that
they lend themselves well to customization with additions like sway bars and
stiffer springs. You will almost always see them on highly-modified off-road
As for the current leaf spring suspension system, it still
delivers trusted performance that can withstand heavy loads and is less
expensive to install and maintain than a coil spring suspension. Leaf spring
suspensions are the preferred setup for normal, on-road driving.
Set to debut in 2020, the iconic Ford Bronco is getting
ready to rock your world. Since the vehicle hasn’t been officially revealed,
not much is known about this upcoming boxy, rugged vehicle. However, there are
plenty of rumors involving new features and updates for the Ford Bronco return.
Regarding its powertrain, rumors suggest that the Bronco will share the Ranger’s 2.3-liter, turbocharged inline-four engine that delivers 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, channeled through a 10-speed automatic transmission. Speculation also posits that the Bronco will eventually gain an available manual transmission, a V6 engine, and a hybrid variant.
When it comes to its adventure-ready engineering, the Bronco has even more tricks up its sleeve. Reports indicate that the vehicle will boast removable doors, as well as a removable top. With its open-air design, the Bronco is the perfect vehicle for soaking up the sun, getting in touch with nature, and maybe even enjoying some muddy off-road fun.
So far, it looks like the Bronco is on track for a late-2020
release. It’s set to be built in America, at the Wayne, Michigan Ford Assembly Plant.
When the Bronco arrives, you’ll be able to find it at Tipton Ford. Until then, stop by our dealership to check out all of the other off-road-capable Ford models on our lot.
Ford is famous for building the toughest vehicles to handle even the most difficult jobs. Now the automaker has taken strength to a new level, developing an ultra high-strength steel manufacturing process that creates materials that are literally stronger than railroad tracks and military tanks.
In creating the roof rails for the 2020 Ford Escape and the
2020 Ford Explorer, Ford developed a new forming approach known as 3D Roll and
Sweep. Basically, the process roll-forms the material into a tube and then
bends it into a unique shape. The process is less costly than the former
hydroforming process and more than twice as strong.
The high-strength steel in Ford models also allows for
increased space inside the vehicle and an overall reduction in weight,
enhancing comfort and performance.
Steel as strong as a military tank isn’t the only reasons
why the new Ford vehicles are safer than before, though. New Ford models
feature a huge array of advance safety technologies that let you drive with
total confidence. Features like Auto High-Beam Headlamps, Blind Spot Information
System, Automatic Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Evasive
Steering Assist all work in tandem to keep you safe no matter the conditions on
Pickup trucks have long been the epitome of hard work.
However, more and more families across the country are choosing trucks as their
family vehicles. That’s why Ford engineers incorporated innovative features to
make the Ranger especially great for families.
One of these features, called Belt Monitor, is designed to
let the driver know how many back-seat passengers are bucked. It also gives you
a warning if any seats are unbuckled and shows which seat it was. This can be
helpful for parents of young children who might not fully understand the
importance of keeping their seatbelts buckled.
Ford electrical engineer Paul Kula designed this technology. He said to the Detroit Free Press, “I have been working on this for approximately four to five years. We have had customer feedback with regards to understanding who is buckled up. Children like to play with things, and they realize how to unbuckle their seat belts quite early.”
In addition to the Belt Monitor feature, the Ranger is
available with a spacious Crew Cab that makes it easy to fit child car seats
into the backseat. For extra family safety, all Ranger models include forward
collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The Ford Ranger is for families, and Tipton Ford cares about your family. Bring them to try out the 2019 Ranger here.
The consumption of single-use plastics such as water bottles
has grown to around 526 billion bottles a year, or a million bottles a minute.
The problem is that most of them end up in landfills, waterways, or fragile ecosystems
like the Pacific Ocean.
The auto industry has increased its use of recycled plastics for vehicle parts exponentially, and Ford is one of the leaders in utilizing recycled materials. Currently, Ford uses 1.2 billion recycled plastic bottles a year for underbody shields, averaging around 250 bottles per vehicle.
Aerodynamic efficiency has become a large focus for current vehicle
designs, creating the need for underbody shields. The use of a solid plastic to
protect the underbody, engine bottom, and front and rear wheel wells would add
too much weight to the vehicle. Recycled plastic bottles, shredded and melted
into a fiber and then mixed with other textile fibers, creates a tough,
lightweight material. It meets the robust specifications that Ford requires for
durability and performance. And, it creates a quieter ride.
Overall, the use of recycled plastic bottles used in Ford
vehicles not only makes sense economically and fits the needs of Ford vehicles
technically, but has the added benefit of protecting the environment from
further damage from plastic waste.
Tipton Ford is proud to carry many Ford models that utilize recycled plastic bottles in their components. To see the latest smartly designed Ford cars, visit Tipton Ford.
According to data collected by the IHS Markit,
the Mustang sold 113,066 cars in 2018, with sales worldwide from Australia to
South America. Last year, the iconic sports car was available for sale in 146
different countries. Over the past four years, since 2015, Ford has sold over
500,000 sixth-generation Mustangs across the globe.
Not only did April 2019 mark the fourth year
in a row that the Mustang has been the best-selling sports coupe in the world,
it also marked its fourth year as the best-selling sports car in the United
States. Ford sold 75,842 Mustangs in the states in 2018
The excellent sales over the past year have
increased the market share of the Mustang in its sports car segment by 15.4
percent. This impressive success is in part thanks to the Mustang Bullitt. The
iconic edition of the pony car has been a global success, and Ford has sold 25
percent more of this model than expected.
Harlingen, Texas is located just 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a beautiful place to live, and it’s packed with culture, history, and things to do and see. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Harlingen.
Jima Memorial & Museum
This museum honors the Battle of Iwo Jima, fought between the U.S. Marines and the Imperial Army of Japan in 1945. Pay what you can as a donation to step inside the museum and watch the educational video, and then check out the large sculpture that served as the original model for the statue now located in Arlington Cemetery in Virginia.
Ramsey Nature Park
If you’re visiting Harlingen on a nice day, you can’t miss the Hugh Ramsey Nature Park. This beautiful sanctuary is made up of 55 acres of woods, and features walking trails, wildlife viewing, and birdwatching.
Harlingen is home to one of nine sites located in the Rio Grande Valley that make up the World Birding Center. At the Harlingen Arroyo Colorado location, you can expect to see Olive Sparrows, Long-billed Thrashers, Groove-billed Ani, and the endangered Red-crowned Parrots.
While it might not come as a surprise, Texans buy more pickups than any other state in the U.S. In fact, one in every four vehicles sold in the state is a pickup, according to W.F. Strong for KUT 90.5. And, among Texas trucks, the Ford King Ranch® edition is the top of the line.
The Ford F-150 King Ranch® edition represents the luxury
model of Texas more so than any BMW or Mercedes, adds Strong; 40 percent of
King Ranch® models are sold in the state, which indicates that it’s a truly
special trim level.
In the 2019 Ford F-150 King Ranch® edition you’ll find an
intense Ford V8 engine paired to a 10-speed transmission that delivers 395
horsepower and 400 lb-ft of toque. There’s standard LED lighting, chrome trim,
and special badging. Plus, the interior has dual-zone auto climate control,
leather trimmed seats, and the available B&O™ Sound System by Bang &
“The flagship truck for Texas appeal is Ford’s King Ranch®
edition pickup. Everybody knows that The King Ranch is the most famous ranch in
Texas and known throughout the U.S. as an icon of manliness,” writes Strong. “It
was a stroke of marketing genius, 15 years ago, when Ford wrapped their truck
in the manly ethos of the King Ranch brand. Every leather seat within the truck
is emblazoned with the King Ranch Running W cattle brand. Macho sublimity.”
To learn more about the 2019 Ford F-150 King Ranch® edition, visit Tipton Ford.
There are hundreds of lighthouses strewn across America, and many grace the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Texas, however, is home to only one of them open to the public today: the Port Isabel Lighthouse. The Port Isabel Lighthouse stands at the southern point of the Texas Gulf Coast and operates today as a historic site.
History of the Port
The Point Isabel area was discovered by Spanish explorers in
1519, and Spain established control of the region in the 1700s. In 1846 during
the Mexican-American War, American General Zachary Taylor moved troops into the
area, and Point Isabel functioned as an American supply depot until the end of
the conflict in 1848. With the advent of heavy shipping traffic, a lighthouse
became a necessity. The U.S. Congress authorized the construction of the Port
Isabel Lighthouse, and construction began by 1851. The Lighthouse was completed
The Port Isabel Lighthouse features heavy brick walls and a
stationary white light that can be seen for nearly 16 miles. It served as an
observation post during the Civil War, guided commercial vessels during the
following decades, and was abandoned in 1905 due to a decline in shipping
The Port Isabel
The Port Isabel Lighthouse was donated to the state of Texas
in 1950 and today functions as a historic site that draws visitors from near
and far. The Lighthouse is open daily, so for a one-of-a-kind and historical
experience with the family, head there today.
Need a vehicle to make your trek out to the lighthouse? Contact us at Tipton Ford.
If you’re looking for a relaxing ride, the new 2020 Ford
Explorer may be the perfect vehicle for you. That’s because the 2020 Explorer
design is quieter than ever, featuring improved engineering and smart
technologies like Active Noise Control. Believe it or not, the 2020 model will
have the quietest Explorer cabin ever produced.
According to Ford, the 2020 Explorer has a dual-wall dashboard to prevent unwanted engine noise from making it’s way into the cabin, while acoustic laminated glass prevents outside noises from getting in. There’s also a sheet-molded composite material with air gaps in between, which keeps the cabin incredibly quiet.
“Whether it’s taking the family up north for the weekend or
taking a date to the movies on Saturday night, a quieter interior allows them to
better connect with those who are along for the journey,” said Craig Patterson,
Ford SUV marketing manager.
Active Noise Control is one of the high-tech features that gets rid of unwanted noise. This system uses microphones to detect unwanted sounds within the cabin, producing counter-frequencies through the audio system to cancel out noises. This is one high-tech feature that actively seeks out and eliminates harsh sounds before they reach your ears. Combining Active Noise Control with a range of engineering and design advances, the Explorer is noticeably quieter.
If you’d like to experience the Ford Explorer for yourself, stop by Tipton Ford in Brownsville, TX today and take one for a spin!