Ford Teases the 2021 Mustang Mach 1

2021 Mustang Mach 1 | Brownsville, TX

The Ford Mustang Mach 1 fastback coupe is gearing up for a 2021 release after a 17-year absence, generating excitement among fans of high-performance, high-speed, and high-thrill sports cars around the globe. The all-new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will offer the signature muscle, speed, and power of the model in a bold and stylish exterior.

The power of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 comes from its uniquely-calibrated 5.0-liter V8 engine, which is projected to produce 480 horsepower at 7,000 RPM along with 420 lb-ft of torque at 4,600 RPM.

Drivers can choose between two transmission options. The 2021 Mach 1 comes standard with a Tremec™ 3160 6-speed manual transmission taken from the Shelby GT350. If you want a wider range of gears to play with, opt for the 10-speed SelectShift™ automatic transmission, which utilizes a second air-to-oil cooler to raise cooling capacity by 75 percent.

The revamped styling of the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 upgrades its aesthetics as well as its aerodynamics and cooling. The new front fascia and grille elevate the look of the Mustang while making for less wind resistance and improving the cooling function.

The 2021 Mach 1’s 50-year heritage is celebrated in its new styling, which sports low-gloss accents in both magnetic and black to go along with reflective stripes across the hood and side-body.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will be unleashed at Tipton Ford early next year. They won’t last long, so be sure to reserve yours today!

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Ford Fights Back Against COVID-19

Ford Fights Back | Brownsville, TX

The Ford Motor Company has always given back to the communities it supports. This proud tradition continues as the auto manufacturer gears up to give back during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

In early April, Ford revealed that it would be temporarily converting its Windsor Engine Plant in Canada into a face shield production line. By the end of the first week of April, nearly 4,000 face shields had been produced and distributed to nearby organizations in need. Donations of face shields were made to support police officers, seniors in local nursing homes, and front-line healthcare workers.

Dean Stoneley, Ford of Canada’s CEO, explained that the automaker converted its productions facilities to “help protect the lives of our heroic healthcare professionals and first responders as they continue to treat the most vulnerable among us.”

Stateside, Ford has donated over $500,000 to organizations dedicated to staving off hunger in vulnerable populations within communities local to its Detroit, Michigan, headquarters. Ford has also provided funding for food-insecure children no longer able to regularly obtain hot lunches due to school closings. Additionally, Ford is supporting efforts to assist low-income students at historically black colleges and universities, allowing them to come home following the decision for most institutions to transition to online classes.

All of us at Tipton Ford hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during this time. We look forward to continuing to serve you.

The Ford Explorer ST and Sport Appearance Package

Ford Explorer ST and Sport Appearance Package | Brownsville, TX

The Ford Explorer ST performance SUV has seen explosive success, making up 21 percent of Explorer sales and inspiring luxury car owners to trade in for a more affordable – but just as high-quality – model. The ST performance trim debuted with the redesign of the Explorer for the 2020 model year, and drivers have been liking what they’re seeing.

Ford has upgraded the Explorer’s performance and on- and off-road handling, as well as the styling, towing capacity, and the power of available engines. This includes a 3.0-liter EcoBoost® engine and a trailer tow package for maximum towing power. The Explorer ST puts out 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque for thrilling performance, and can seat up to six passengers or turn into 87.8 cubic feet of max cargo space.

Ford will also introduce the new Sport Appearance Package on the 2021 Explorer that releases this summer. The Sport Appearance Package, available only on the XLT trim, adds styling cues inside and out for a more athletic look, including Carbonized Gray accents, dual chrome exhaust tips, and two-tone seats with accent stitching.

The legendary Ford Explorer celebrates its 30th birthday in 2020, having first debuted in 1990. This year also marks another major milestone for the model, as Ford sold its 8 millionth Explorer in January.

Celebrate this unmatched achievement by getting behind the wheel of a new Ford Explorer ST today! Visit your friends at Tipton Auto to schedule a look and a test drive.

Ford F-150 Raptor: Coil Spring Suspension

F-150 Raptor Coil Spring Suspension | Brownsville, TX

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 trucks.

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.

Whether you like to drive on or off road, Tipton Ford has the perfect Ford truck for you.

Ultra High-Strength Steel in Ford Models Make Them as Strong as Military Tanks

High-Strength Steel in Ford Models | Brownsville, TX

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 the road.

Find the strong 2020 Ford Escape and 2020 Ford Explorer here at Tipton Ford.

1.2 Billion Plastic Bottles Used in Ford Vehicles Every Year

plastic bottles used in ford vehicles | Tipton Ford | Brownsville, TX

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.

New 2020 Explorer Design is Quieter Than Ever

2020 Explorer Design | Tipton Ford Blog | Brownsville, TX

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!

Ford Wins Three SEMA Vehicle of the Year Awards

Ford Wins Three SEMA Vehicle of the Year Awards | Tipton Ford Blog

Each fall in Las Vegas, the automotive industry comes together at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show. It puts the best after-market equipment on display and shows off some amazing custom vehicles. This year, three Ford vehicles earned SEMA Vehicle of the Year awards.

The Ford Focus earned the title of Sport Compact of the Year, while the Mustang and F-Series earned the Car of the Year and Truck of the Year awards, respectively.

“We are honored that SEMA Show exhibitors have bestowed Ford with these prestigious awards,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance. “We make a point of embracing the aftermarket and appreciate this endorsement from the SEMA community as we strive to keep our best-selling nameplates among the most customized vehicles around the world.”

The F-Series has long been a favorite at SEMA. In fact, it has earned the Truck of the Year award eight times in the past nine years, which is as long as the award has been around. The Mustang is also a popular choice and this was its sixth SEMA award since it has won Car of the Year four times and Sport Coupe of the Year twice. This is the fourth SEMA award for the Focus.

If you’re shopping for a new vehicle, come to Tipton Ford and see the Focus, Mustang, and F-Series trucks for yourself.

New Ford Crossover Will Be Mustang-Inspired

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As the crossover market gets more and more competitive, automotive brands need to come up with new and innovative ways to stay one step ahead of the rest. Ford is apparently taking a rather unusual trajectory with its next project. The new Ford crossover, stated to be coming out in 2020, will be a fully-electric vehicle — the first in Ford’s lineup to be entirely built from the ground up with an electric powertrain. Not only that, but recently, Ford representatives confirmed that the crossover will be a performance-oriented vehicle inspired by the iconic Mustang.

 

The teaser that hinted at the new vehicle’s appearance debuted earlier this year under the name, Mach 1, stirring up a controversy among auto enthusiasts who recognized the name of Ford’s legendary, gas-guzzling muscle car. Mach 1, however, may not be the crossover’s true model name according to official sources at Ford Motor Company.

 

The company did confirm that the crossover will sport styling inspired by the Mustang. The original teaser showed viewers a Ford Mustang and Explorer going into a garage together to merge as one, creating a totally unique, electric-powered performance crossover.

 

The new Ford crossover won’t be making its way to the market until 2020, but it’s part of Ford’s ongoing goal to bring 16 battery-powered vehicles to the brand’s lineup by 2022. This will include true electric vehicles as well as hybrids and plug-in hybrids.

 

We at Tipton Ford are excited about Ford’s electric future.

Ford Sustainability Initiatives: Ford Meets Goals Eight Years Early

There are several Ford sustainability initiatives, including one that aims to reduce the brand’s global CO2 emissions from manufacturing by 30% before 2025. Remarkably, the brand was able to reach its goal earlier this year, which means it beat its initial projections by a whopping eight years. While you still get the same quality vehicles, you also get cleaner air thanks to Ford.

According to Ford, the brand was able to lower its emissions by installing over 100,000 energy-efficient lights, updating painting operations, and a few other minor changes. Painting in particular required high-temperature drying ovens that consumed large amounts of energy — until recently, that is. The brand is focused on staying consistent with the Paris Climate Accord, as it recognizes that environmental concerns are at an all-time high.

Part of Ford sustainability initiatives include more hybrids like the C-MAX“We will continue to set ambitious goals and work to create innovative practices to achieve them,” said Bruce Hettle, group vice president, manufacturing and labor affairs. “Our next strategy will focus on increasing Ford’s use of renewable energy while maintaining our energy efficiencies.”

Ford is also hoping to offer 40 hybrid and electric vehicles by 2022, including cars like the C-MAX Hybrid, the Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi, and the Focus Electric, among others. Even if you’d like a traditional gasoline engine, Ford is working hard to improve fuel economy and cut back on vehicle emissions.

Experience the innovations of Ford when you visit Tipton Ford.