What Does Torque Mean?

If you like to know all the specifications of the latest cars, then a term you’ve seen hundreds of times is torque, usually in the form of pound-feet (lb-ft). But what does torque mean? Essentially, torque is the amount of turning power an engine has.

Let’s take the Ford Fusion as a starting example. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 175 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 RPMs. This means, if you had a one-foot long wrench and applied 175 pounds of pressure, you would get 175 lb-ft of torque. This force is what causes a vehicle to accelerate.

Obviously different types of engines produce different amounts of torque. Diesel engines have some of the best torque ratings, which is essential for pulling power while towing. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V8 in the Ford Super Duty delivers best-in-class torque with 925 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 RPMs.

2016 Ford Super Duty

2016 Ford Super Duty

Torque is a car’s ability to move at lower speeds. With this amount of available power at a lower engine speed, drivers can achieve ideal towing abilities. Whereas in the Fusion, the engine has to turning a lot faster to reach the maximum available torque rating.

Horsepower works directly with torque to deliver speed at higher engine power.

2017 Ford F-150 Preview: Continuing A Legacy

Ford F-150 Pickup Truck

Current Ford F-150 Pickup Truck

The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in America for decades. With the 13th generation that made its debut in 2015, Ford created the smartest, lightest, and most fuel-efficient F-150 ever. With the 2017 F-150, it is getting even better. Here’s a 2017 F-150 preview to give you a glimpse of what’s coming.

One of the biggest additions is an all-new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. It will produce 375 horsepower and deliver a segment-best 470 lb-ft of torque, which is an increase of 10 horsepower and 50 lb-ft over the previous 3.5-liter EcoBoost.

This engine will be mated to a new ten-speed automatic transmission for better acceleration and overall performance. This will be the first volume-produced ten-speed automatic transmission available from any automaker.

“The 2017 Ford F-150 now delivers the best torque in the segment,” says Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer. “This class-leading torque arrives with a transformative 10-speed automatic that improves nearly every aspect of F-150 performance.”

With the new transmission gearing, the F-150 will have better low-end performance, making it ideal of hauling heavy trailers and payloads.

The 2017 Ford F-150 will be coming to Friendly Ford this fall. We can’t wait to take this new powertrain combination out for a test drive.

2017 Ford Fusion Preview

2016 Ford Fusion

Current Ford Fusion Available at Friendly Ford

The Ford Fusion is an affordably-priced midsize sedan that’s seen great reviews among enthusiasts and drivers alike. With plenty of trims to choose from, drivers can get the exact car they want. Boasting plenty of power, a high-class interior, and a sleek design, the 2017 Ford Fusion promises to build on the previous model’s success.

Starting at just $22,120, the 2017 Ford Fusion comes in 12 available trim levels, including a hybrid model. With conventional models earning up to an EPA-estimated 21 city/32 hwy mpg and the hybrid variant earning up to an EPA-estimated 43 city/41 hwy mpg, the Ford Fusion is one of the most efficient models in its segment.

The new Ford Fusion features four available engines, ranging from a 1.5-liter four cylinder to a 2.7-liter V6. With power ratings from 175-325 hp and 175-350 lb-ft of torque, this midsize sedan packs a punch no matter what engine drivers choose.

Featuring an innovative Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection that monitors and alerts you to a potential collision, the latest Fusion is the safest yet. With this car’s standard features designed to inspire peace of mind, drivers can rest easy behind the wheel of the Ford Fusion.

We are starting to see the new Fusions on our lot here in Roselle. Stop on by for a test drive!

Lego Ford GT Presented at Le Mans

A recent project presented at the famed Le Mans endurance race has brought together Lego enthusiasts and Ford enthusiasts like never before. That’s right. It’s a replica of the brand-new Ford GT made entirely of Lego bricks!

If the idea of eyeballing such a build seems impossible to you, you are right. A computer model was used. However, the genius behind this build, an official Lego builder named Pascal, did build the wheels without computer assistance.

The Lego Ford GT is made up of between 30,000 and 40,000 pieces. Pascal placed every single Lego by hand. The model weighs somewhere between 75 and 100 pounds. It was quickly decided that a full-size model was out of the question so everyone decided that a 1:3 replica was best.

While Pascal admits that the real Ford GT is exciting, he’s also quite proud of his creation. The hardest part of the build for Lego-building genius? The logos on the car.

Ford GT

Ford GT

The Ford Fiesta ST200 Makes the Regular ST Even Better

The Ford Fiesta ST200 is the most powerful Fiesta ever built. The number in its name, 200, refers to the fact that it has “10% more power and 20% more torque than the regular ST,” according to Top Gear.

The ST200 will take you from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. That is 0.2 seconds better time than the regular ST. Part of what makes this one a bit faster is the addition of an extra intake pipe, giving the engine more air to burn.

2016 Ford Fiesta ST

2016 Ford Fiesta ST

The Ford ST200 gets more than just a boost of power and speed. This hot model features machined black wheels highlighted by bright red calipers. Plus, it’s got illuminated scuff plates. Inside, the ST200 features two-tone silver/black seat belts, which you will certainly need when you floor it!

The regular Ford Fiesta ST actually features the chassis modifications from the ST200. So, as Top Gear says, “anyone who buys the ST should certainly be grateful the ST200 exists.”

Behold the Newly-Expanded Ford Escape’s Storage Space!

Sometimes, it seems like no matter how much storage you have in your car, you always need more. Auto manufacturers are always looking for new ways to optimize storage space for drivers looking to get a little extra out of their vehicle. Recently, Ford did that exact thing with the new Ford Escape’s storage space. Featuring an entirely redesigned exterior, the 2017 Escape is said to have 25% more storage in the front row and 15% more storage overall compared to the previous model year.

2017 Ford Escape

2017 Ford Escape

The most drastic change is that of the center console, which is now 50% larger and is designed to be more comfortable and ergonomically efficient for the driver’s right arm. Additionally, the all-new electronic parking brake system freed up space in the interior for two new storage areas, a larger media bin with power ports, a new glove-box, and improved cup holders.

Ford senior Interior designer Zulf Ali said, “That whole center console area is what we call ‘Manhattan real estate’ because it’s valuable. It isn’t a lot of space to work with, but as a designer, those constraints are exciting. It’s a challenge that forces you to be more creative–to ask yourself, ‘OK, how can we get clever with this?’”

Last year, the Escape—Ford’s #2 best-selling vehicle—tied for first place on J.D. Power’s highest-ranked compact SUV of initial quality. However, designers and engineers who worked on the new Ford Escape are confident that the dramatic changes to the SUV’s interior and technology will help solidify its standing. The 2017 Escape is already available in showrooms with the spacious redesigns and extra storage.

Ford’s Pothole Protection System in Development for 2017 Ford Fusion

potholeOne of the more unfortunate parts of living in a big city is the potholes. Potholes seem to show up on the road all the time. What’s worse is that they can often cause some serious damage to your vehicle! If you’ve ever dreamed of a system that could help you avoid these potholes in the road, Ford has made your dream a reality.

According to a Ford press release, the automaker has developed a pothole protection system for the 2017 Ford Fusion.

Ford’s pothole protection system uses computer-controlled shock absorption to minimize the amount of damage potholes can do to your car.

“The new Fusion V6 Sport substantially reduces the harsh impact potholes often deliver,” says Jason Michener, Ford continuously controlled damping engineering expert. “Our new pothole mitigation technology works by actually detecting potholes and ‘catching’ the car’s wheel before it has a chance to drop all the way into the pothole.”

The 2017 Ford Fusion is just the first vehicle in the Ford lineup to make use of this revolutionary technology. Hopefully, it will spread to other vehicles in the near future in order to help drivers everywhere avoid the constant and irritating potholes on city roads!

Ford Tests Driverless Vehicles in Snowy Conditions

snowy roadSeveral automakers are currently testing driverless technology. However, Ford Motor Company is going above and beyond to test driverless vehicles in a variety of conditions.

One of the biggest questions about driverless cars is how the sensors and cameras will be able to function in snow or other bad weather. Autonomous vehicles use sensors, cameras, radar, and other technology to pinpoint their location, but what will happen when snow covers the cameras and lane markers?

Ford is working to solve that problem by testing a fleet of driverless Fusion Hybrids on a snow-covered, 32-acre, closed-course testing facility in Ann Arbor. Ford has been working with the University of Michigan to develop special 3D maps. These maps will allow the vehicle to precisely understand the road’s signs and markings no matter what the weather.

Fusion Hybrid

Fusion Hybrid

The 3D maps are created to contain useful information allowing the car to localize, even with snowy conditions. Ford is even hoping to enable the program to recognize when the weather is too rough and stop driving.

Jim McBride, Ford technical leader for autonomous vehicles, said in a statement, “Weather isn’t perfect, and that’s why we’re testing autonomous vehicles in wintry conditions — for the roughly 70% of US residents who live in snowy regions.”

We at Friendly Ford are thankful that we are part of a company that cares about the safety of its customers. Being in Chicago, we know about snow and are excited to see the testing of driverless vehicles in snowy conditions!

Ford Introduces Ford F-150 Limited

Ford is aiming for the high end of the automotive market with the unveiling of a new luxury version F-150 pickup. Consumers in the United States have been snapping up trucks and SUVs in the midst of lower gas prices, leaving fuel efficient coupes and sedans in the rearview mirror. The F-150 Platinum will soon take a step down from the top of the F-150 ladder to make way for this new trim.

2015 Ford F-150

Current Platinum Trim Interior

The 2016 Ford F-150 Limited will head to dealer lots later this year. One of the new features practically explains the amount of luxury within the pickup in itself: multi-contour massaging seats.

Fifty percent of Ford’s pickup sales in the month of June consisted of the three current premium models, the Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum. The Lariat tops $40,000 while the current top-of-the-line Platinum can hit upwards of $60,000 depending on options.

The F-150 Limited will also top $60,000 in answer to consumer’s high end demands. The pickup will pack a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine under the hood. Fuel economy will sit at an EPA-estimated 17 city/24 hwy mpg.

The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling model in the United States since 1982.

We at Friendly Ford are waiting on our toes for the latest in luxury pickups to arrive!

2016 Escape Equipped with Ford SYNC 3 Connectivity System

2015 Ford Escape

2015 Ford Escape Interior

The all-new 2016 Escape will be equipped with the Ford SYNC 3 Connectivity System that will provide quicker performance, voice recognition, and a touchscreen that’s easier to use than ever before. The new technology will also debut on the Ford Fiesta.

SYNC 3 will also include AppLink, which provides control over smart phone apps, as well as enhanced 911 Assist, Wi-Fi software updates, and Siri Eyes-Free capability for iPhones.

Mark LaNeve, Ford Motor Company Vice President of US Marketing, Sales and Service, said, “SYNC always has been about providing a safer way for our customers to connect their smartphones in order to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”

Ford introduced SYNC to its lineup first in 2007 and continues to update it with the latest technology to provide the best in-car connectivity available. If you’re interested in learning more about Ford’s all-new SYNC 3 technology, visit us at Friendly Ford.