Suburban Dad, mom and kids hit the road for vaction and will be testing 4 new family friendly vehicles along the way.
The first vehicle being tested is the Ford Flex. During it’s first day the Flex was drawing quite the crowd! On the second day of travel the family is enjoying ice cold refreshments, ingenious trackfinding in SYNC and using the GPS functions to find gas stations with the lowest cost fuel.
The feature that got the most comments on day two? The power folding second row seats.
The Ford Model T 100th anniversary celebrations wrapped up on Friday. It seems that it was a fantastic event for owners and specators alike.
The week included seminars, a swap meet, era correct re enactments, and of course food and music.
The seminars covered everything from a Model T engine rebuild, to safety and durability preparation before a tour, and learning how the Model T was designed and improved in two seminars.
While the Model T owners were busy learning and having fun, the New York Times spotted a trend completely separate from the 100 year anniversary: Vehicle Modifications!!
Were the first souped up cars and trucks the Ford Model T?
Modifications such as tank like tires to go through snow, enormous truck beds to haul hay, plus quick and easy tricks done by owners, drivers and farmers.
The Model T, with its simple modular design, proved a malleable machine indeed. “You could loosen a few bolts, take the body of the car off and turn it into just about anything you wanted,” said Robert Casey, curator of transportation at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Mich.
Thanks to PickupTrucks.com we are able to see parts of the new Diesel Engine for the F-150 trucks. By 2011 it is expected to be the base diesel ening in the Super Duty trucks and the 4.4-liter V-8 should be offered in F-150s by late 2009.
Power ratings are expected to be at least 340 horsepower and 430 pounds-feet of torque. Fuel economy is expected to be as much as 20 percent higher than Ford’s 5.4-liter V-8 gasoline engine.
PickupTrucks.com thinks we’ll see the official debut at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.
The easiest way to win $100 is to fill out a Steve Marshall Ford survey!! As Daniel McMillian found out. Who will be the next to win??
Odds of winning? Only 20 customer each month receive the survey and on average 1/2 fill it out.
The Ford Flex is Aerodynamic? Yes.
With the help of the Drivability Test Facility’s Wind Tunnel No. 8, Ford engineers and designers were able to tweak the Flex to aerodynamic perfection while staying true to the original Fairlane Concept.
The designers and engineers actually made the front a tiny bit more square, lowered the entire vehicle a whole inch and made the rear corners a little bit rounder. These small tweaks and changes made the Flex’s coefficient drag much less than it’s competitors: the GMC Acadia and the Toyota Highlander.
This people mover actually has better fuel mileage because of less drag. The technology available to the designers and engineers of the Ford Flex provided the opportunity to make this CUV aerodynamic.