Ford unveiled its 2018 F-150 today leading up to the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. The updated F-150, as reported last week when we posted photos of a prototype on the streets, features a new front and rear styling, advanced technologies, and it will include a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 turbo diesel and updated V6 and V8 gas engines.
DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 4, 2017 – Ford, America’s truck leader, is celebrating a major milestone as F-Series now reigns as the top-selling truck in the country for 40 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle for 35 years.
Ford has now sold more than 26 million F-Series trucks since January 1977. Think of it like this: That many trucks could circle the globe more than three times, or, lined up bumper-to-bumper, would span 90,000-plus miles.
Maybe Ford has small plans, but it’s possible we just never heard about them. Proving that when Ford unveils a plan it does so in a big way, the blue oval recently announced a new truck available to its government and fleet customers. The new F-150 Special Service Vehicle looks to provide a truck solution for law enforcement in need of a capable truck. And in true Ford fashion, it will be offered in many options and not just one package.
The Best In The Desert General Tire “Vegas to Reno” is the longest off-road race in the United States. From deep silt beds to steep mountain trails, it covers nearly 550-miles of the toughest terrain the state of Nevada has to offer. The KC “Dirt Tribe” rose to the challenge and went home with 5 class victories including first overall by Jason Voss in his Ford Trick Truck.
KC Dirt Tribe driver Jason Voss got the race weekend started off by nearly claiming the pole starting position at the Time Trials on Wednesday. Voss had the quickest time by 3-seconds, but he received a 15-second penalty for clipping a course marking cone and that dropped him down to a 12th starting spot for the race. By the end of race day, Jason had beat out 59 other Trick Trucks and unlimited Class 1500 cars to take the overall victory and Trick Truck class win.
San Bernardino, CA – Defending Pro 4 Unlimited Class Champion, Kyle LeDuc, won Round 10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at the Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA. LeDuc’s 900+ horsepower #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Ford F-150 relies on Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires for grip. He posted a best lap time of 46.726-seconds around the undulating .8-mile short course race track which is constructed on the side of a mountain.
LeDuc defeated a field of 10-trucks to capture the top spot on the podium. This is LeDuc’s fourth trip to the podium this year, as he captured three second-place finishes so far this season.
Escanaba, MI (July 25, 2013) – After finally getting his break through win for the 2013 TORC season in Crandon, Danny Beauchamp continued his winning ways with back to back victories at the Dirt Track @ Route 66 Raceway. The reigning Super Stock Truck Champion is showing the competition that it’s never too late to challenge for a championship. With just four rounds of racing left in the race season, the black #826 Ford F-150 is only four points out of the championship lead.
For the first time in Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL history, the Super Stock Truck class competed on the one-mile long “Bowl of Baja.” The layout didn’t look that challenging at first glance, but as soon as all the racers finished up their Friday practice session, everyone’s opinion definitely changed. The outside portion of the track ran a majority of the half-mile dirt track with a few large jump to give the fans a thrill, while the infield was more technical with four unique corners with smaller jumps placed in such a way that kept every racer needing to catch their breath.
Escanaba, MI – After several bouts of heart wrenching bad luck, Danny Beauchamp broke through to take his first win of in the TORC Sportsman race season. Before taking home the top spot in Sunday’s Super Stock Truck race, Beauchamp had to withstand one more round of disappointment during Saturday’s eight lap feature.
Danny Beauchamp Racing seemed to have the truck to beat during the opening rounds of TORC Super Stock Truck competition, only to have minor issues that would prevent the black #826 Ford F-150 from finishing either race. Undaunted, the team leader and crew chief Kevin Frossard made sure everything was triple checked before the truck was loaded in the trailer for the two hour trip to Crandon, Wisconsin.
The weekend at Crandon started out wet. In fact all the on track activities for all the competitors were cancelled as intermittent rain showers hovered over the 1.8 mile “Big House” race track. In fact the rain continued through the night and into the early morning , as track officials also cancelled Saturday morning practice as well. Somehow all the racing did go off on schedule.
Vernon Hills, IL – The Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL opened its 2013 Sportsman racing season last week in Bark River, Michigan and R2C Competition Filters dominated the competition in the Super Stock Truck division. The conditions throughout the two days of competition ranged from wet and muddy to dry and dusty as R2C equipped racers found the top spot on the podium during both days of competition.
The TORC Super Stock Truck division features stock chassis light duty trucks with significant modifications. The trucks feature high modified V-8 powerplants and longer travel suspension. The races are only fifteen to twenty minutes long, but the drivers push their trucks to their limits and beyond. It’s almost like racing the Baja 1000 in twenty minutes.
Leading the way are 16 amazing racers in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division, eight in Class 10 for open-wheel race cars and six in Class 1/2-1600 for single or two-seat open wheelers powered by 1600cc VW engines.
The 16 SCORE Trophy Truck drivers who have completed every race mile so far this season include the top five point leaders, four of whom are from Las Vegas: Bryce Menzies (No. 70 Ford F-150), Rob MacCachren, (No. 11 Ford F-150), B.J. Baldwin (No. 1 Chevy Silverado) and Tim Herbst, (No. 19 Ford F-150). No. 2 in points and also in the hunt for a milestone is the Mexican father/son team of Gus Vildosola/Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali (No. 21 Ford F1-50).
SAN DIEGO—While winning is very important in motorsports, consistency is equally as important for those desiring to win season championships and with a pair of podium finishes, Las Vegas’ rising star of the desert Bryce Menzies has emerged as the Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point leader in the 2013 SCORE Desert Series. With a second place finish at the season opener at the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 and a third place at the recent Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Menzies is on the verge of winning his second SCORE season championship in the last three years.
Two years removed from his double-championship rookie season of SCORE racing in 2011, Menzies will lead the thundering herd of SCORE Trophy Trucks, the high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks back to Mexico for November’s season-ending 46th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the legendary granddaddy of all desert races. Over 40 SCORE Trophy Trucks are expected at the start line in Ensenada, Baja California for this year’s iconic race which will see race-week activities running from Nov. 13-17.
Menzies, who drives solo in the No. 21 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck, has racked up 196 points during the first two SCORE Baja races of 2013, but the star-studded class has his eight closest challengers only a total of 25 points behind him.