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Shelby GT350 Chassis Deep Dive
May 06, 2015 - 10:24 AM - by AutoGuide.com
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The new Mustang is a crowd pleaser, blending retro design touches with the latest performance technology. Shelby versions of Ford’s famous filly promise to deliver even more speed, kicking this hallowed nameplate squarely into the sports-car fray.
The Mustang “defines and represents the heart and soul of the company,” said Dave Pericak, director, Global Ford Performance. The GT350 and its crazed counterpart, the GT350R, should send “a huge message of what Ford’s all about,” he said.
These two models build on the standard car’s already granite foundation and transform it into something more. For drivers that want a weekend race machine, one of these could be your track-day chariot.
The new Shelby Mustangs feature a high-winding V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft and more than 500 horses. They slice through the wind with improved aerodynamics and even feature interior changes to make both aggressive driving and weekday commuting pleasant affairs.
Of course the chassis is critical in delivering maximum performance and Ford engineers have comprehensively revised these cars’ underbody bits to make them turn quicker, handle better and stop in much shorter distances.
Suspension 101

Overall the suspension has been totally redesigned to suit the mission of these ‘Stangs. The aluminum front steering knuckles are all new and feature updated hubs that are both lighter and stiffer. The bushings are more rigid, the stabilizer bars are larger in diameter and even the wheel bearings have been replaced by heavy-duty units for enhanced lateral stiffness.
According to Adam Wirth, suspension, wheel and tire supervisor at Ford Performance, 90 percent of the suspension has been altered in some way. Additionally the Shelby cars have a wider front track.
These are all pretty common-sense changes, things car enthusiasts would expect engineers to do to a high-performance model, but they’re hardly the only enhancements made.
Better Binders
Brakes are mission critical when it comes to posting wickedly fast lap times. It’s not just power that gets you around a circuit; being able to slow down quickly and repeatedly is key.
“[This is] the most durable system I’ve ever driven on the track,” said Eric Zinkosky, suspension and vehicle dynamics technical specialist. The new Shelby Mustangs feature brakes that look like top-secret military hardware that was ripped off a fighter jet.
The front rotors are massive, spanning 394 millimeters, which is more than 15.5 inches. The rears are nearly as large at 380 millimeters.
Each rotor is made in two sections. The outer portion is made of iron and pinned in a radial fashion to the hub section, which is fabricated of cast aluminum. This arrangement allows the rotor to expand and contract without distorting; it also protects the wheel bearings from heat. “You only see this on high-end, world-class sports cars,” said Wirth.
The calipers that clamp down on these metal disks are comically large; the fronts brandish six pistons and are about as large as a football. Despite wearing Brembo badging the braking system was essentially designed in house by Ford; it was custom built to their specifications.
Because of the design of this system the rear rotors feature a drum-in-hat parking brake, which is unique to GT350 models and seems a bit archaic, but whatever. All told these are the largest brakes ever installed on a Mustang.
Lightweight Wheels

Pressed against those massive rotors are equally impressive rims. The “standard” GT350 rides on
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Why Wonít My Car Start?
May 05, 2015 - 2:13 PM - by AutoGuide.com

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Without a doubt, every owner dreads the moment when their car wonít start. What should you do? Who should you call? Can you fix it yourself? Hereís a list with ten common reasons why cars donít start up and what you can do about it.

'The first step is to define the no start' said Joe Spadafora, certified instructor at Universal Technical Instituteís Exton, Pennsylvania campus. Spadafora spent the majority of his career in working in the service department of several dealerships and receiving factory training from GM. Heís certified as a Master Technician and certified by Chrysler as a Dodge Viper technician . He also holds certifications from Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Lexus and Scion as well, so if thereís something wrong with your car, chances are heís seen it before.

To diagnose the reason your car isnít starting, you need to pay attention to happening when you turn the key. 'Does the engine crank but not actually start or, when you turn the key, does literally nothing happen?' he said. 'In a customerís eyes, the following two options are the same because both create a scenario that results in the vehicleís failure to run.'

While the two situations might seem similar, they have very different meanings that are important to a mechanic and can signal different problems calling for a variety of solutions.

'Itís important to note that a vehicle is an extremely complicated machine and can exhibit similar symptoms for a variety of reasons,' he said. 'That is why itís important to first look at the type of Ďno startí and then at the list of conditions that could be causing it in the first place.'
Read more about Why Wonít My Car Start? at AutoGuide.com.
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2015 Ford F-150 Safety Ratings: Five Stars for Every Body Style
Apr 24, 2015 - 11:52 AM - by AutoGuide.com
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The 2015 Ford F-150 safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are in. Both the F-150 Regular Cab and Super Cab join the SuperCrew at the top of NHTSAís safety scale with five star ratings, up from the previous truckís four-star overall rating.
Read more about the 2015 Ford F-150 safety ratings at AutoGuide.com.
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2015 New York Auto Show
Mar 31, 2015 - 11:13 AM - by AutoGuide.com

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Itís time to head to the big apple to get the juiciest new car news from the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Confirmed debuts include Cadillacís new CT6 flagship sedan and a production version of the Scion iM compact hatchback as well as the Scion iA small sedan. Expect an updated Lexus RX, Lincoln Continental Concept, 2016 Kia Optima and a production version of the 2016 Jaguar XF, as well as the exciting new McLaren 570S.

Be sure to check in with AutoGuide for all the latest 2015 New York Auto Show news, and the best auto show video coverage on the net.
Read more about the 2015 New York Auto Show at AutoGuide.com.
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Top 10 Most Anticipated 2015 New York Auto Show Debuts
Mar 27, 2015 - 12:11 PM - by AutoGuide.com

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Once again weíre headed to the Manzana Grande in search of new cars, pizza and the highest concentration of angry taxi drivers in North America.

This year the Javits Center will host debuts for McLaren, Cadillac and Nissan among many others. Keep on scrolling to see the top 10 cars weíre looking forward to most.
See the Top 10 Most Anticipated 2015 New York Auto Show Debuts at AutoGuide.com.
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