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The 2015 Ford F-150 – the reinvention of America’s favorite pickup – is winning early praise as it sets the standard for the future of tough, thanks to the all-new vehicle’s impressive combination of power, capability and efficiency.

This month, the first of 10,000 dealer sales consultants began test driving the new truck in 26 cities nationwide. Performance driving and competitive towing exercises are underscoring the industry’s best towing and payload capability among full-size pickups – the all-new F-150 can tow 12,200 pounds and haul 3,300 pounds.

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CLEVELAND (August 7, 2014) – Mr. Gasket, a performance automotive parts and accessories manufacturer celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, today announced the availability of its new “Dead Soft” Aluminum Exhaust and Collector Gaskets for a variety of Ford, Chevy, Mopar, Pontiac and AMC applications.

Volant-Ford-F-150-EcoBoost-Intake-7-29-14BEREA, Ohio — Volant Performance announces two new closed box performance air intake system options for 2012-2014 Ford F-150 pickups equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, including the hot new F-150 Tremor.

“Performance-minded F-150 EcoBoost owners crave the deeper sound, cooler engine operating temperatures and more confident towing that Volant Performance air intakes provide,” said Craig R. Kohrs, vice president and general manager, TMG Performance Products. “Drivers can expect engine horsepower increases of approximately five percent, and torque increases of approximately eight percent.”

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AUBURN, Indiana
– An innovative piece of off-road racing history will be auctioned for a good cause this Friday, August 1: The Class 8 Baja-winning 1976 Ford F-100 campaigned by Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer Frank “Scoop” Vessels will go on the block. All proceeds from the truck’s sale will benefit the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, which is housed in the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada.

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For 2015, Ford has announced a number of new features for the F-150, including a new aluminum body and a smaller 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 option. What it has yet to introduce is the cost for this new model, but all that changed today with the announcement of the 2015 F-150 pricing, which will start as low as $26,615.

Toyo-Open-Country-AT-II-7-8-14Osaka, Japan – 08 July, 2014 – Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. (Akira Nobuki, president) announces that the company’s OPEN COUNTRY AT II (“OPAT II”) SUV tire produced by U.S. subsidiary Toyo Tire North America Manufaacturing, Inc. (“TNA”; Jim Hawk, president) has
been adopted as an original equipment tire for the Ford F-250 & F-350 pickup trucks. This is the first time a TNA-produced tire has been adopted as OE by an American car maker.

U.S. tire sales subsidiary TOYO TIRE U.S.A. CORP. launched sale of the OPAT II as a replacement tire in August 2012, and in less than one year the tire became a hit product with sales in excess of one million units. Renowned for its significantly improved tread life and bold,
aesthetically pleasing design, the OPAT II continues to enjoy enormous popularity in the replacement tire market.

Read our Toyo Open Country A/T II Review

TNA, which manufactures the OPAT II, was established in 2005 as a tire production base for the North American market and is currently undergoing its fourth production expansion.

TNA is a state-of-the-art plant that delivers high-quality, high added-value products to the marketplace using Toyo’s highly automated and proprietary A.T.O.M. (Advanced Tire Operation Module) tire production system designed for multi-product, small-lot production with reduced lead times.

Brian-Deegan-Lucas-Oil-Off-Road-5-8-14LAKE ELSINORE, Ca. - The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series stormed Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park April 25-26 with Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2014 season. Brian Deegan, who took the early season points lead in Pro 2, lengthened his lead over the competition while racing in front of his home crowd at Lake Elsinore.

Night racing is an animal all its own, so Deegan knew he would need to be on point for the weekend’s battles. He positioned himself well for the competition by qualifying on the pole in both classes on both days. Deegan in his #38 Rockstar Energy Drink Ford jumped to an early lead in Pro 2 and never relinquished his dominance over the competition. He led every single lap, winning the event and posting the fastest lap of the day at 49.130 seconds.

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Corona, CA - T-REX Grilles adds eight (8) new part numbers for the 2009-2014 Ford Raptor to the wildly successful T-REX Grilles Torch Series line.

Steve-Olliges-BITD12-16-13Jean, NV – Championships are hard to come by. It takes consistency and speed for an entire season. The winner gets their name in the record books. Those who round out the championship podium get the respect of fellow competitors and some well-deserved acknowledgment from the fans. Steve Olliges was unable to chase down the championship winner Jason Voss this season but he beat 59 other drivers on his way to third place in the Best in the Desert, Trick Truck championship.

Steve and his Team Ford crew put together a great season in 2013. He also finished third in the Camburg “Best in the Desert” standings that distinguish the fastest competitors for the entire year. Steve covered every mile of every race, 2,038 miles in all, at an average speed of 53.9 miles per hour. When you are going that fast, safety is a concern. Mastercraft Safety equipment allowed him to stay comfortable and in control. He maintained his speed driving in dusty conditions and during the night with the aid of his KC Hilites LED lighting. For every high-speed section he encountered, there were countless miles of tight sand washes, rocky mountain switchbacks and miles of whoops.

Seal_Flat_12-7-13Southfield, Michigan – An innovative one-piece front axle shaft seal that permits faster, easier installation and provides superior sealing characteristics on Ford Super Duty 4×4 trucks has been introduced by Federal-Mogul’s (NASDAQ: FDML) National® Oil Seals brand. The new, patent-pending unitized seal (No. 710825) is available immediately through National Oil Seals distributors and jobbers.

The new National seal – engineered for Ford F250, F350, F450 and F550 4×4 trucks equipped with Spicer 50 or 60 Monobeam front axles – features a sophisticated, one-piece design that helps provide proper axial alignment during installation to ensure trouble-free performance and longer life. The new design does not require a snap-ring and can be installed by hand.

“Our innovative new unitized National seal is ready to install right out of the box without tools and eliminates the misalignment concerns commonly associated with conventional oil seals for these applications,” said Raymond King, director of business development, sealing, Federal-Mogul Vehicle Components segment.