Ford and Petty’s Garage Create Three Mustang GT King Edition Models

Ford Mustang PonyFord and Petty’s Garage (NASCAR legend Richard Petty’s the in-house speed shop) have teamed up to create some seriously powerful Mustang GT King Edition models. Capable of putting out up to 727 horsepower (with an optional level two upgrade that uses a smaller supercharger pulley), the modified Mustang GTs are sure to appeal to sports car enthusiasts everywhere.

Featuring Petty’s Garage’s signature blue accents, custom wheels and performance summer tires, there is no mistaking the GT King Edition–but it’s what’s happening behind the scenes that will have drivers gripping their steering wheels. Fitted with extreme-duty TrakPak Ford Performance halfshafts, a rear axle upgrade, and three-way adjustable front and rear sway bars, the customized Mustang GT is prepared to make the most of all that power the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine is packing.

“I’ve always liked the look of the Mustang, and the 2016 model gives us a great base car to work with,” said Richard Petty in a statement. “These new King edition Mustangs are pretty much the way I’d build my own. They are great fun to drive, and have a signature single exhaust.”

Interested? You better act fast. Only 243 King edition models, 43 King Premier and 14 King Premier Convertibles will be made available. Give us a call at Friendly Ford to learn more!

Dwayne Johnson and Ford Team Up to Promote Ford Service

In its newest marketing campaign, Ford has enlisted celebrity Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to lead a series of commercials that will tout Ford Motor Company’s factory service professionals. In his role, the Fast and Furious star will lead a team of “Specialists” who are prepared to tackle any issue that may come up with your Ford vehicle.

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Ford hasn’t released many details, but we do know that the Specialists are an elite crew of Ford technicians, trained and equipped to handle anything. We suspect the spots will offer a healthy amount of humor to highlight Ford’s superior service departments.

According to a recent news release, the Dwayne Johnson and Ford partnership stems from Johnson’s genuine love for the brand, having owned several Ford vehicles over the years.

Look for the ads to begin airing this week, along with other related content!

Here at Friendly Ford, we know you have a choice when it comes to servicing your vehicle. Stop by to meet our friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient staff, and see how we can meet your car’s needs!

How to Keep Your Car Cool in Summer

cars on lotKeeping your car comfortable in the summer usually means keeping it cool during the day. Obvious methods to keep your car cool in summer include parking in a garage, in the shade, or leaving the windows down.

But, doing this at work can be difficult if there’s no parking garage or available shade. Leaving the windows down for hours on end is a safety issue. So what do you do? We here at Friendly Ford are here to help you keep your car cool in summer!

Purchasing a sunshade is one of the best ways to both keep your car cool and protect your interior. You can also go the extra mile and have a custom sunshade made to fit your windshield’s specifications.

Blocking out the sun protects your interior from UV rays and keeps your car up to 10 degrees cooler. Throw a towel over the steering wheel to protect your hands from heat as well.

If you’re a driver who likes to blast themselves with air conditioning as soon as they jump into the car, reconsider that. Instead, switch the setting to “fresh air” and open the bottom vents. Open your windows as well–hot air rises so the cool air from the bottom vents will push the hot air up and out. When you’re comfortable, close the windows, switch to “re-circulation,” and head home!

Ford Car Sharing Program Under Way in UK

loanThese days, our cars are an important part of our daily lives; now, you will be able to let other people depend on your car too. The new Ford car sharing program allows owners to rent their vehicles to others if they use a Ford finance package to pay for their vehicle. The first car manufacturer in the United Kingdom to offer this service, Ford has partnered with easyCar Club to make it possible.

The new system allows owners to rent their cars for others use. The logic in the system recognizes that many cars remain in one place, whether you’re at work, school, or a family gathering. The opportunity to make a little money renting out your car isn’t out of the question for many drivers.

The system is currently preparing to undergo trials. In all, 12,000 Ford finance package customers from London will take part. Customers have until August 1, 2015 to sign up. The pilot program will last a total of six months.

The real question that begs to be answered is whether or not drivers will be willing to let others drive their cars unsupervised. Although it’s currently only in the trial stage in the United Kingdom, if the program is a success, it’s possible we’ll see it here in the States as well.

Summer Travel Tips for a Memorable Vacation

vacationThe time has officially come; summertime is here! For those of you about to head out on the vacation of a lifetime, or for those just making a road trip upstate, we’ve compiled a small list of some summer travel tips that will hopefully make your journey a little easier.

  1. Saving Money – If you’re traveling by car, save money by taking a cooler with drinks and food along with you. You’ll need to stop less and purchased food costs won’t add up. If you’re planning to fly, you can save money by bundling the hotel, car, and airfare.
  1. Think in Body Sections – Unless you’re a professional packer, remembering everything can be difficult. If you think in portions of your body it will help. Write your main body parts down and next to them write what you’ll need to take with you.
  1. Pack Old Clothing – If you’re like most people, souvenirs are a must when traveling. However, if you have a bag that’s already full, making room for new things will prove difficult. If you choose to wear old clothing on the trip that can be tossed at the end, you’ll have much more room for new stuff you buy along the way.
  1. Keeping Kids Occupied – Plan ahead and pack coloring books, paper, crossword puzzles, and other games to keep your kids occupied while on a long journey. Take a Ziploc bag full of crayons and you’re all set.
  1. Pack Change of Clothes – In a separate bag, pack one change of clothes for everyone on the trip just in case they’re needed.

We hope you all have a safe and relaxing summer vacation! For more summer travel tips, click here.

Ford Sets Record with World’s Largest Hot Wheels Track Loop

Ford LogoFord recently set a new world record for the largest Hot Wheels track loop, a feat accomplished to celebrate Take Your Child to Work Day. The Ford Hot Wheel loop, created in the Ford Research and Innovation Center, topped out at over twelve feet tall. The previous record was only nine feet.

If you’re wondering why Ford would take the time to do this, we have two things to say to you. One, you need to be reminded just how much fun playing with Hot Wheels is! Two, Ford hopes the cool new car track loop will interest a new generation of kids in playing around with the fields of science and engineering. After all, in those fields, you get to make real cars that actually go on the world’s roads, not just on tracks.

Matt West, Ford dynamometer, explained how this record-setting plan came into action. “It started as part-fun, part-physics lesson with my son at home,” said West. “We built one in our playroom, and then built a five-foot- tall loop in our backyard. When people at Ford heard what we were up to, everyone thought it would be a great way to get young people excited about science and engineering by trying to break the world record on Take Your Child to Work Day.”

If you’re looking for a brand that knows how to have fun, come see us at Friendly Ford.

2015 Chicago Music Festivals

ChicagoOther than the wind, Chicago is also well-known for being a hotspot for some of the country’s biggest and most relevant music festivals. The following is a few of the bigger 2015 Chicago music festivals going down this year. We at Friendly Ford suggest you check one—or all—of them out!

 

Lollapalooza
Date: July 31-August 2
Location: Grant Park
The lineup for Lollapalooza 2015 looks like a who’s who list of the greatest and most influential artists in the world. Headliners this year include Paul McCartney, Florence + The Machine, and Metallica.

Pitchfork
Date: July 17-19
Location: Union Park
To say that Pitchfork, the internet publication, is an authority in the indie music world is a grand understatement. So they should be great at putting together the lineup for a festival, right?  Right. Headlining the Pitchfork Festival 2015 are Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, and Chance the Rapper.

Chicago Blues Fest
Date: June 12-14
Location: Grant Park
One of the coolest things about the Blues Fest is that you can see contemporary Blues legends as well as local cats. Buddy Guy headlines on Saturday.

Having a Great Game Day: Super Bowl Party Tips

Super Bowl PartyAnother Super Bowl has gone by, and we at Friendly Ford hope you took the opportunity to celebrate friends, football, and finger foods. The incentive to throw a proper Super Bowl party is significant—as you probably saw last weekend, it can make things interesting even when the game is not. So here are a few Super Bowl party tips for next year from the Huffington Post.

BE DIFFERENT.  Yes, everyone loves pizza. You can’t beat it in a pinch. But, if you have the time, try to present unique food choices. Make your own dip or use a slow-cooker to make your own chili.

BE PREPARED. Don’t wait until the last minute to arrange your living room or whichever room you plan to watch the big game in. You may need to grab chairs or furniture from other rooms. Arrange them in such a way to give everyone a good view. Plus, if guests arrive and see that they have seating, they will feel all the more welcome.

CAN’T PLEASE ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME.  Just get a keg or a mini-keg. Everyone has their own taste in beer and they’re proud of it. But you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Save some money and get a mini-keg.  Encourage people to bring their own drinks if they’re picky.

SEND INVITATIONS EARLY. Give people plenty of advice warning. Send out invites via text or social media a couple of weeks beforehand.

Half a Century and Still Going Strong: The Ford Mustang Turns 50

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As the Ford Mustang turns 50 in 2015, Ford is creating a program called ICON50 to commemorate and celebrate this milestone. Arguably the finest-looking and best-engineered American sports car from then until now, Ford is right to cast the Mustang as an American icon. According to Forbes, the ICON50 program sees “Ford uniting with experts” in various cultural fields “to identify what is happening now and what is coming next.”

For ICON50, Ford hooked up with Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos. Together, they were able to identify ten musical artists that are “pushing the boundaries of what’s being done in music today.” This list includes such acts as Cathedrals, Young Rising Sons, and Betty Who.

A few of these acts were tapped to perform in the CMJ Music Marathon, a five-day music festival held in New York City. Forbes tells us that “there are set to be follow-up performances over the next few months that will be promoted by the two companies.”

Visit Friendly Ford today to check out the outstanding 2015 Mustang for yourself!

Celebrate National Drive Electric Week

The third week of September has officially been named National Drive Electric Week.

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2014 Ford C-MAX Energi

If you’re interested in learning more about how to make the switch to an electric or hybrid car and how it will change your life, there are two Drive Electric events close to Roselle, Illinois. One is in Naperville and the other is in Chicago.

On Sunday, September 21, the Fox Valley Electric Auto Association will host a Ride & Drive event to showcase the benefits of living an electric vehicle (EV) lifestyle. The event will be held at the Naperville Car Test track from 1pm to 4pm. with many EV owners on-hand to answer questions.

For a larger event, head to Daley Plaza in Chicago on Friday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There you can talk to EV experts and owners and even test drive a few EV cars yourself.

Once you have the information you need, check out the 2014 Ford C-MAX Energi that’s available now at Friendly Ford. The C-MAX Energi is a plug-in hybrid car that will give you up to 19 miles of electric-only driving on a fully-charged battery. When the battery is depleted, the car switches over to hybrid mode and uses both gas and electricity. All combined, this gives the C-MAX an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 38 mpg combined.

Will you be attending either Drive Electric Week event?