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    Ken Block drifts new Ford Focus RS (VIDEO)

    Internet sensation and pro drifter, Ken Block, drives the new Ford Focus RS the only way he knows how in new viral video.

    There has been hype around the new Ford Focus RS pretty much since the old model disappeared in 2009. And yesterday it almost broke the Internet Kim Kardashian style when it was revealed in Cologne Germany. The new RS is an all-wheel drive turbocharged rocket ship with over 316hp a manual gearbox and clever torque vectoring system which Ford claims allows the Focus to perform controlled drifts. What better way to test that theory than to get the Drift King himself, Ken Block – who also happens to be sponsored by the Blue Oval –, to take the car for a spin (literally) around the German Ford factory.

    In the video below Ken Block drives a prototype version of the new Focus RS, which is essentially an old ST with all the new RS bits bolted on – it’s a bit of a snotter parts bin special but drives exactly like the car you’ll soon be able to buy from your local dealership. The video also gives us our first proper listen to the new car’s 2.3-litre Ecoboost four-cylinder turbo engine, which despite being somewhat less exotic than the old five-cylinder mill (it’s similar to the Mustang’s engine), still sounds decidedly sporting. There’s plenty of whoosh from the turbo and some nice farts from the exhaust system that give should give the RS a tuner car feel. Anyway, enough chatter. Watch the video.

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  • Latest Release/ News

    New Ford Focus RS revealed

    Third-generation Ford Focus RS revealed with all-wheel drive and Ecoboost Mustang turbo engine.

    Ford has taken the wraps off its new all-wheel drive turbo Focus RS hyper hatch, which is set to rival cars like the Mercedes A45 AMG, VW Golf R and upcoming Honda Civic Type R.

    The new third-generation Focus RS marks a number of firsts for the fast Focus. It will be available globally for the first time and be mass produced, where its predecessors were built in limited numbers and sold mainly in Europe. It’s also the first RS to be a five door, but most importantly it’s the first time we’ve seen an all-wheel drive system fitted to a performance Focus. Previous generations were fitted with clever suspension setups and trick differentials to overcome the challenges presented by shoving a load of power through just the front wheels.

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    The new all-paw system can send up to 70 per cent of the engine’s available torque to the rear wheels, and up to 100 per cent of that power can be distributed to either wheel. If that sounds confusing and a bit too mathematical, basically the rear axle has a proper torque vectoring diff and the Focus RS can perform controlled four-wheel drifts if you’re a bit handy behind the wheel.

    Power comes from a 2.3-litre Ecoboost four-cylinder turbo engine – the same one fitted to the new Mustang – but a number of upgrades help it produce more power in this application. There’s a new twin-scroll turbocharger, enlarged intercooler, and a less restrictive intake and exhaust system. The exact power figures are still being finalized, but Ford has confirmed it’s significantly more than 316hp and probably closer to the 345hp output of the old limited edition RS500. A six-speed manual is the only transmission option, while the 0-62mph time is tipped to be in the four-five second range.

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    In terms of styling, the new Focus RS is much angrier looking than the lesser ST version – like it would bight your head off if you looked at it wrong. Especially from the front, there’s no way you’d mistake it for being anything less than a very fast car as there’s all kinds of gaping grilles, splitters and you can see the engine’s massive front-mount intercooler through the mesh covering the lower air dam. The wheel arches are only slightly wider to accommodate the wider tyres (235/35R19 Michelin Pilot Super Sports or Pilot Sport Cup 2s if anyone’s interested), so it doesn’t quite have the wide-body appearance of its predecessors but it looks suitably aggressive for a fast Ford. At the rear the RS wears a massive rear wing that is apparently functional, helping to equalize the down force generated by the new front splitter. There’s also a tasty lower rear diffuser housing dual exhaust tips (no more centre-mounted hexagonal thing from the ST). And for an extra special touch there’s a F1-style fog light in the middle.

    The new Ford Focus RS goes on sale later this year, and exact performance and engine details will be revealed at the Geneva motor show next month.

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    New Ford Focus RS hot hatch teased (VIDEO)

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    If this quick teaser video is anything to go by, the new Ford Focus RS could be the new hot hatch drift king.

    Ford will soon launch the new generation Focus RS hyper hatch, which will sit above the existing Focus ST and compete with cars like the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, Audi RS3 and Volkswagen Golf R. You’ll have noticed that all the cars listed are all-wheel drive and traditionally the Focus RS has been a strictly front-drive only affair. However, it’s believed this new version will break the mold and send its power to both ends and for the first time be offered only in five-door form.

    The new Focus RS is expected to use the new 2.3-litre Ecoboost turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Mustang Ecoboost with an output approaching 350hp – the four-cylinder Mustang makes 310hp. As with the Focus ST, the new RS will likely only be available in six-speed manual guise and should feature bespoke suspension componentry and tuning compared to the lesser ST variants. The teaser video below shows the new Focus RS being thrown around race track and there’s plenty of tail-out oversteer which suggests the new RS will retain the entertaining chassis balance of the Focus and Fiesta ST models, but should pack a chunk more grip thanks to bigger and stickier tyres and, potentially, an all-wheel drive system. The new Ford Focus RS will be revealed on February 3.

    Check out the teaser video below.

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  • Latest Release/ Videos

    XBOX One Forza 6 announced – Ford GT the cover car (VIDEO)

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    Xbox and Turn 10 Studios announce Forza 6 with the new Ford GT supercar the cover car.

    While the stunning new Ford GT supercar was being unveiled at the 2015 Detroit motor show this week, Xbox quietly announced its new Forza 6 motorsport simulator title. And it’s that incredible mid-engine supercar that will be the cover star of the new game, which is tipped to arrive in stores towards the end of this year.

    Other car details are scarce, but we do know that all of the Ford performance vehicles will be available, including the new GT350R Mustang track warrior and the all-terrain crushing F150 Raptor. Cars like the Focus ST and Fiesta ST are also expected with the upcoming Focus RS possibly being part of the game too.

    Dan Greenawalt, creative director at Turn 10 Studios, said: “Just as Ford has pushed the boundaries of car technology in GT, Forza Motorsport 6 will embrace that spirit of innovation as our most technically advanced racing simulation to date, offering a fun and realistic automotive experience for both car lovers and gamers.”

    More Forza 6 game details will become available at the E3 gaming convention in June.

    Check out the launch video below.

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  • Tech

    Cockpit of the future? Ford & Intel use face-recognition technology

    In order to expand the capabilities of in-car tech, Ford is working with Intel to bring facial recognition to the dashboard. The joint research project, called Project Mobil, will allow engineers to see how inward-facing cameras can be integrated into a car’s existing systems to provide useful features. Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] already believes the technology can help improve privacy and give parents a way to monitor their kids as they drive.Ford Project Mobil

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    ALSO SEE: #GiveAShift: The 7 Best Manual Transmissions You Can Drive

    When someone enters a Project Mobil-equipped car uses a front-facing camera to authenticate each driver. If the system doesn’t recognize the driver, it would be able to send a photo to the vehicle’s owner, who could then give permission for someone else to use it.

    Once a driver is identified, the car can automatically adjust various settings to suit them. Drivers can also set different parameters for other people who use their cars, like requiring seat belt use or limiting audio volume or vehicle speed. This would theoretically allow parents to keep a leash on young drivers.

    They may also be able to watch their children driver. Ford says Project Mobil can let owners remotely peek into their cars through a smartphone app, although this NSA-style monitoring could make other drivers–teenage or not–hesitant about borrowing the car. Maybe that’s the whole idea.

    MUST WATCH: 2014 Ferrari 458 Spider Quick Drive Video

    A less creepy feature is gesture-recognition technology. Ford believes this can be combined with existing voice controls to make things like adjusting the climate control or opening and closing a sunroof easier while driving.

    Project Mobil is still just an experiment, so Ford has no immediate plans to put any of this technology into production. Don’t be surprised if your dashboard stares back at you eventually, though.

    via Motor Authority

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  • Videos

    Ken Block Teases New Video: Darkness And Lasers? (VIDEO)

    Ken Block and his Ford Fiesta have certainly made a name for themselves; and it seems the next move is a video in the famous Gymkhana style.

    But Ken Block will be joined by a number of other famous drivers, including Adrian Zaugg and Mike Rockenfeller; so it’s sure to be a star-studded video.

    Combining his usual style with a TRON-like neon laser appearance, it looks epic.

    Awaiting the full video to drop May 27. For now, see the previews below.

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  • Top 10s

    10 Of The Best Clever Car Billboards

    With online advertising and expensive multimedia campaigns, you may fear the iconic billboard advert is dead.

    Fear not; billboards are still going strong. And they are as eye-catching and clever as ever; whether that’s a good thing for us consumers or not.

    After looking at lists of the best, and the worst, TV commercials, alongside our top 20 print ads, we’ve compiled our top 10 clever billboard advertisements.

    10) Audi R8 GT

    Advertising is all about personalization these days. And gaining the attention of Lake Forest, IL is a good start. By keeping the locals on their toes looking out for an Audi R8 Gt

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    9) BMW i3 – Become Electric

    What better way to advertise the world’s first premium fully electric car, than with electricity styling? The glowing effect around the cut-out of the i3 is certainly very striking, and is sure to catch the attention of passers by. Although it does vaguely look like something out of TRON.

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    8) Mini – Let there be Xenon

    Attracting a crowd from far further than eye distance of the ad itself, these Batman-esque lights in the sky are sure to make you look at this gravity-defying Mini. Plus, it demonstrates the true power of Xenon.

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    7) Ford Mustang – Fast

    GE Lexan EXL semi-transparent resin gave birth to this advert for the Mustang. So what is it? Well, it blurs the scene behind the billboard, whatever it may be; demonstrating the speed and ferocity of Ford in a way no other advert could. Awesome.

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    6) Mini – Electronic Billboard

    These personalized ads are activated via humans with iPads, displaying photos of drivers and various messages. Mini’s idea was to make their brand feel special, with the hashtag #MiniNotNormal supporting this. I can’t help but think this would be a pretty major distraction for drivers, however.

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    5) Hot Wheels – Loop the loop billboard

    Okay, so maybe this one isn’t directly a car brand. But it’s still car related, and I couldn’t resist including it.  On a long stretch of highway, coming across this Hot Wheels loop-the-loop is sure to bring a smile to your face. Ahh, to be young.

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    4) Smart – Small is beautiful

    Smart have always gone about things differently, and this campaign is no different. Who said billboards have to be huge? Small car, small billboard. Very classy.

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    3) Smart – Bridge jump billboard

    Another entry from Smart, demonstrating the more fun and zany side of advertisements. Having to double-take the view of a car making the jump between this bridge is a very “smart” idea.

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    2) Ford Mustang – Smoking billboard

    Couple a billboard with a smoke machine, and this is what you get. Appearing at the Woodward Dream Cruise, every 3 minutes the rear tire would spin, generating the appearance of a burnout.

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    1) Audi and BMW – Chess Billboard War

    If you have seen this before, then you probably saw this coming. One of my personal favorite brand-wars, the two German car manufacturers BMW and Audi go head-to-head billboard style.  Who wins this game of chess? It’s a tough choice.

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    So the last post was pretty smart, right? Well Audi replied once more, showing off their sports car prowess in the form of the R8. Of course, BMW also have their own heritage of fast cars, in the form of F1. Unfortunately, it seems the blimp was a photoshop, but to be frank, that doesn’t have any effect on the impact for us on the internet. It still remains a stroke of pure genius, in one of the best rivalries going.

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    Have we missed out one of your favorites? Let us know over on Twitter @Carhootsapp

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  • Features

    How did a Ford Mustang get to the top of the Empire State Building?

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    The Ford Mustang celebrated its 50th birthday in style this week… on top of New York’s iconic Empire State Building.

    Onlookers were confused as to how the yellow Mustang made it up there.

    Most people asked by CNN thought it was lowered down to the observation deck by ‘helicopter’. In fact, the car travelled up the 86 floors in an elevator.

    How did it fit? It was cut into 6 pieces and then assembled overnight at the top of the building, before being revealed to the amazed public.

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    Don’t MISS: Rivalry Aside: Chevy Camaro Wishes Ford Mustang A Happy 50th Birthday 

    For many, it brings back memories of the same stunt carried out in 1965. Back then the car was smaller and was only cut into 3 pieces, but Ford have tried to stick to the original campaign as much as possible to celebrate this classic car.It’s clearly effective and news of this publicity stunt has spread like wildfire, wowing onlookers just as Ford intended! Wouldn’t everyone like to celebrate their 50th in style, on top of one of the world’s most famous buildings!

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  • Hints & Tips/ Top 10s

    Affordable-ish Rides That Will Get You Laid and Others That, Well Won’t!

    Affordable-ish Rides that will get you laid and others that, well won’t

    If there is one thing that I have taken away from mainstream media, it is that a sexy vehicle will attract an equally sexy woman. But with so many on the market how do you know which ones are really “chick magnets”? [said in best Borat voice]  Don’t fret any longer; I have compiled a list of the most affordable rides on the market to get you laid, and some to avoid like the plague.

    The Good:

    2014 Chevrolet Corvette

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    Let’s assume for a moment that you have $60,000 lying around to spend on the best wingman money can buy, the 2014 Corvette Convertible.  If you do; then consider purchasing this triple threat that will have ladies dropping their jaws, tops, and panties.

    2014 Lexus IS

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    A Lexus screams luxury and sexiness. The IS series offers up a range of options that are not only affordable, but also a great value.  Take this beauty for a night out and she may not even be the prettiest thing you come home with.

    Don’t Miss: Lexus RC F Join With Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue To Create Sexiest Car Ad Ever!

    2014 Ford Mustang 

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    A little more reasonably priced, this baby combines the old-school muscle car with a fresh, sleek look.  Pull back the retractable roof and speed down the highway in this American classic. Before you know it, your girl’s hair in the wind won’t be the only thing being blown.

    The Badass:

    2014 Jeep Wrangler

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    Are you a rough and rugged manly man? Well even if you aren’t you can still pull the wool over the ladies eyes with the help from a 2014 Jeep Wrangler. Nothing says fun like a Wrangler and if own one then you’ll see they can pull a lot more than trailers.

    2014 Chevy Silverado

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    Guys, let’s face it, women love a man who can take control. Nothing says that more than a heavy-duty pickup truck.  The 2014 Silverado is the perfect truck to lasso in your damsel in distress. In no time you will be (cough cough) “like a rock”.

    The Classics Restored

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    A restored muscle car or even Volkswagen shaggin’ wagon, will aid in your various sexcapades.  Restoring a vehicle will show ladies that you can take time and be delicate with fragile parts. It also broadens your casting net, opening windows of opportunity for nostalgic lays.

    The Ugly:

    The Prius

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    Sure it is popular to be environmentally conscious, but is it sexy? Doubtful! The Prius screams pansy and as we mentioned earlier, girls want a strong, confident man. Who cares about how much gas costs or whether you are leaving a huge carbon footprint on the environment? If you think a girl is going to get in bed with you because you drive a Prius, then you need to stop using that artificial sugar from your Indie coffee shop.

    Toyota Camry

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    The Camry is one of the most reliable and well known cars available. This is exactly the reason that no girl is going to want to sleep with you for driving one. A girl is not looking for boring and predictable, oh contraire, they want exciting and dangerous. You just are not going to find that in a Camry. Sure, your parents would love for you to drive a Camry because they know you can’t possibly get into trouble in one, but where’s the fun in that?

    The Minivan

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    This atrocious automobile offers little to nothing for the male specie looking to get laid. Aside from room to perform the act, the vehicles only other benefit is likely to be a backseat DVD Player. It will be a tough task, but if you are able to coax a lady back into the van, you can at least salvage the night with a nice movie. Avoid the minivan or any other van for that matter at all cost!

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  • Videos

    This Is The First Ford Mustang Ever Sold and It Is Still Running (VIDEO)

    The first Mustang ever sold – and it’s still running
    The first ever Ford Mustang was bought by 22 year old third grade teacher Gail Wise back in 1964 on the 15th April for $3400 and it is still running today!Gail Wise bought the car two days before the then completely newFord Mustang was supposed to go on sale. But for the recent college graduate, it just so happened to be her lucky day. Gail who needed a car to get to her new went with her parents to the local Ford dealership, where a salesman was all too happy to show her the Mustang hidden in the back.

    Don’t Miss: Listen To The New 2015 Ford Mustang GT V8! (VIDEO)

    Technically, he wasn’t supposed to sell it to anyone for another couple of days, but business is business. Up until now, Wise and her husband haven’t heard of anyone else buying a Mustang before April 17, 1964.

    So cool!

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  • Videos

    Enjoy A 3D-Printed Chocolate Mustang This Valentines Day (VIDEO)

    Is your beloved in love with the new 2015 Ford Mustang? Do they like chocolate (that’s a trick question – everyone likes chocolate)? Are they a bit of a futurist? Then this Hallmark holiday, you need to get them this Ford Mustang, 3D-printed in sweet, delicious chocolate.

    Ford is teaming with 3D Systems’ Sugar Lab in LA to produce the super-accurate pony car confections in both chocolate and sugar candy varieties. The process kicked off with a CAD rendering of the 2015 Mustang, which was then programmed into the 3D printer. After a bit of work from the machine, a four-inch long, two-inch tall Mustang was the result. Why the tieup with 3D Systems, though?

    “We wanted to create something fun to show that while 3D printing made these edible Mustangs, manufacturing-level 3D printing was used in the development of Ford’s all-new sports car,” said Paul Susalla, Ford’s supervisor of 3D printing.

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  • Celebrity Cars/ Videos

    Paul Walker Kicks Ass and Races a Mustang In New ‘Brick Mansion’ Movie Trailer (VIDEO)

    Paul Walker Kicks Ass and Races a Mustang In New 'Brick Mansion' Movie Trailer (VIDEO)

    The official trailer of ‘Brick Mansion’ starring the late Paul Walker has been released ahead of it’s April release. There are mixed emotions on the nature of the trailer and whether it is too soon to see Walker racing cars at high speed and flirting with danger, given the circumstances of his fatal accident.

    Sure it eery to see Walker so soon and a little sad, but the world should be celebrating him doing his thing as this is what we all loved him for!

    Check out the Brick Mansion synopsis below:

    In the criminal underworld of Detroit, the streets are overrun with violence and drugs and the hand of corruption reaches into the lives of everyone; well almost everyone. For Lino (David Belle) every day is a fight to live an honest life. But when a drug lord kidnaps his girlfriend, Lino is forced to team up with Damien Collier (Paul Walker), an undercover cop who’s been tracking this king pin’s involvement in something even more sinister — a plot to devastate the entire city. Together they uncover a trail of corruption that leads all the way to the top. “Brick Mansions” features thrilling parkour stunts paired with gripping intrigue in this explosive must-see action film.

    Paul Walker Kicks Ass and Races a Mustang In New 'Brick Mansion' Movie Trailer (VIDEO)
    Paul Walker Kicks Ass and Races a Mustang In New 'Brick Mansion' Movie Trailer (VIDEO)

    Paul Walker Kicks Ass and Races a Mustang In New 'Brick Mansion' Movie Trailer (VIDEO)
    Paul Walker Kicks Ass and Races a Mustang In New 'Brick Mansion' Movie Trailer (VIDEO)
    Paul Walker Kicks Ass and Races a Mustang In New 'Brick Mansion' Movie Trailer (VIDEO)

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  • News

    Bad Super Bowl Bet Cost This Ford Dealership $300k (VIDEO)

    A Missouri Ford dealership’s Super Bowl weekend sale cost it big when the improbable happened. Hutcheson Ford ran a promotion from January 29 to February 1, called the Super Weekend Sale. The gist was, if any customer purchased a vehicle between those dates and either the opening or second-half kickoff of the big game was returned for a touchdown, the dealership would refund the purchase price.Backfired: Hutcherson Ford promised to refund the price of any vehicle if either half of the Super Bowl started with a kickoff return for a touchdown
    In the dealership’s defense, it seemed like a safe bet. According to the mathematicians, there was just a 2.5-percent chance of either half opening with a touchdown return. But that didn’t stop Seattle’s Percy Harvin from doing his part to ruin Denver’s evening, returning the second-half kick for an 87-yard touchdown run. Twelve Hutcheson customers were eligible for refunds thanks to the return, with prices ranging from $10,000 to $55,000, according to Automotive News. The total amount shelled out by the dealership? $300,000.

    Never forget: Hutcherson Ford VP Michael Tucker says he will never forget Percy Harvin, but will make the promotion an annual event

    “At least we’re not like that furniture guy that lost $7 million,” dealership marketing manager Kathleen Frazier told AN. We think it was a big success.” The dealership did take out insurance to cover its losses, meaning the $300K won’t come entirely from its pockets.


    Touchdown: Percy Harvin's return for a touchdown cost a Missouri car dealership more than $300,000

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  • Features

    Survey: Women Prefer Men In Black Ford Pickups, Men Prefer Women In Red BMW Sports Cars

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    There are a lot of things to consider when buying a new car: What kind of fuel economy does it earn? What safety features does it offer? Will I need to call tech support just to set up the radio?

    One thing we’ve never heard folks ask, though, is whether their new ride will be attractive to potential mates. And yet, that’s exactly the question posed in a new survey from Insure.com.

    Over the course of December 2013, the website polled 2,000 drivers age 18 and older. Respondents were asked to describe the kinds vehicles they found most attractive for potential mates to drive. (FYI, the survey focused on opposite sexes, so gay and lesbian readers, you’re out of luck this round.)

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    WHAT WOMEN PREFER MEN TO DRIVE

    Among women, 32 percent said that they found men who drove pickup trucks to be most attractive. Men driving sports cars came in a reasonably close second at 27 percent. SUVs (16 percent), sedans (11 percent), and hybrid/electric vehicles (four percent) rounded out the top five. Unshockingly, women found mail trucks to be the least attractive vehicle for men to drive. (NB: How mail trucks even wound up on the survey, we’ll never know.)

    In terms of brands, women were more divided, though Ford garnered the most up-votes at 16 percent, followed by Chevrolet and Porsche. And when it came to the color of a prospective mate’s ride, women far and away chose black (53 percent) as the sexiest color. Silver took home the silver medal, with 16 percent of the vote.

    WHAT MEN PREFER WOMEN TO DRIVE

    Men were somewhat more opinionated in their vehicle preferences for women. A very lopsided 39 percent found women in sports cars most attractive, while the #2 vote-getter — sedans — earned just 22 percent. SUVs came in third at 20 percent, and at the bottom of the list were minivans, with just four percent of the vote. Curiously, it doesn’t seem that mail trucks were included on the men’s survey.

    Men were also more upscale in their choice of brands than women were. BMW landed in the top spot, earning 16 percent of the vote, followed by Mercedes-Benz (14 percent) and Porsche (ten percent). And on the color front, men showed a distinct preference for red, with 40 percent pegging that as their favorite car color for women. Black (23 percent) and silver (14 percent) followed.

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    YOU HAVEN’T COME A VERY LONG WAY, BABY

    To lend a little weight to the survey’s fluffy, questionable premise, Insure.com asked a few experts to respond to the findings. Joe Wiesenfelder from Cars.com said that he understands why the black pickup is so attractive to women: “A woman walks up to a black pickup truck and says to herself, ‘Here’s a guy who can help me move, bring me large gifts from Crate & Barrel and do repairs around my condo.'” Honestly, there’s too much going on in that sentence for us to unpack.

    And men aren’t the only one sticking with well-trodden tropes. Edmunds.com’s Jessica Caldwell has a warning for guys who don’t live by tried-and-true masculine stereotypes: “I would think twice about dating a guy driving a VW Beetle, or anything labeled a chick car…. Telling your friends, ‘Yeah, my new boyfriend drives a VW Beetle,’ that would be very humiliating.”

    If this kind of information matters to you, you now have some very handy tools to help you choose your next car. If not, well, you’ve learned something about your fellow man — and woman.

    via: The Car Connection

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  • Top 10s

    10 Collectible Muscle Cars You Can Afford: They’re Not *All* $3.5M Corvettes

    It’s mind-boggling. You sit there for hours, watching middle-aged guys in Hawaiian shirts and big watches bid stupid money on muscle cars on the myriad cable channels that broadcast collector-car auctions these days. Crappy models that were being swapped amongst migrant farm workers a decade ago for tens of dollars go for high five-figures now. And the good stuff is all over $100K. The great stuff? That’s in the millions: A 1967 L88 Corvette went for $3.5 million at Barrett-Jackson—before all the fees that make founder Craig Jackson wealthy. So it’s safe to say that you probably can’t afford the classic muscle car of your dreams. (What are you going to do with a $3.5 million Corvette anyway? Drive it?) READ MORE ››

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  • Videos

    How Did This Rally Driver Not Die After Epic 100mph Crash? (VIDEO)

    Rally Drivers Fly Into Icy River At 100mph

    Rally Drivers Fly Into Icy River At 100mph
    This is literally a miracle escape after rally driver Marius Aasen and co-driver Marlene Engan somehow escaped unhurt from a 100mph crash in Norway.

    The young driver misread a bump which caused his Ford Fiesta to hit a roadside rock before proceeding to flip and roll across the road, landing upside down in an icy cold river.

    “Luckily we managed to get out on our own, and were able to swim to the river bank without panicking.”

    This could have been so much worse!

    Rally Drivers Fly Into Icy River At 100mph

    Rally Drivers Fly Into Icy River At 100mph

    Rally Drivers Fly Into Icy River At 100mph

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  • Tech/ Videos

    Watch the Making of The Real Life ‘Ford Fiesta’ Transformer In Epic Time Lapse Video

    Man builds Fiesta Transformer

    Man builds Fiesta Transformer
    Back in October we brought you news of artist Hetain Patel’s creation of a Ford Fiesta real life transformer. Now we have an even better time lapse video to show you how it was built.

    A British Ford Fiesta might not be the most glamourous of Transformers, not compared to the Bumblebee and co anyway, but it was Patel’s first car so what better way to make the most out of an old banger!

    Patel is also quick to state that this creation isn’t a symbol of the frivolous popular culture but something that has much deeper meaning: “the car is not a high-powered sports car or truck transformed into a powerful warrior, but a small inexpensive Ford Fiesta transformed into a human-like figure calmly squatting. This posture forges a link between the lower classes in India and my immigrant family in the U.K, both of whom sit comfortably this way.

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  • Top 10s

    Should These ‘Top 10 Classic Cars Of Tomorrow’ Really Be On This List?

    Should These 'Top 10 Classic Cars Of Tomorrow' Really Be On This List?

    Should These 'Top 10 Classic Cars Of Tomorrow' Really Be On This List?
    Let’s start this off by saying the folks at Hagerty know classic cars. They know them really well, and that’s why they’re good at pricing them, insuring them, and generally understanding the world of collector cars from minor muscle machines to top-flight European exotics. So when we hear that Hagerty had just put out a list highlighting the new vehicles that it feels should be considered future classics, we expected to be in total agreement. We aren’t.

    The rules: They must be new cars and they must start below $100,000. Out of ten on the list… we agree with about three of them. Maybe four.

    Let’s go through this list one vehicle at a time, shall we?

    1. Jaguar F-Type R

    2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

    No question, an easy pick and we would put it atop our list as well. However, we feel this one gets in by the skin of its teeth based on the rules. Hagerty is going off MSRP, but if you find someone who had actually paid just $99,000 for this crazy kitty we’d be shocked. Your author has driven a V8 S… which wore a sticker price of $104,000.

    2. BMW M5 Sedan

    2014 BMW M5

    Not a chance. If the E39 M5 hasn’t made the leap yet, then the latest iteration won’t either. We’re not saying the E39 won’t get there, because it definitely will… but it’s not there yet. If you have your eye on owning one though, you’d better do it now. As for the current car, just wait for it to depreciate… massively.

     3. Chevrolet COPO Camaro:

    2014 Chevrolet COPO Camaro

    Instant collectible. It’s produced in small batches, so its limited availability makes it instantly desirable for collectors.

    4.  Maserati Ghibli S:

    Maserati Ghibli

    You know how much current collectors love theoriginal Ghibli… wait, they don’t? Ah, got it. Look, the old Ghibli is a pretty cool looking machine, and the new car is, well, actually rather excellent, but it’s no future classic. No one will be pining for a vintage (current) Quattroporte 25 years from now, and no one will be pining for the baby version either.

    5.  Alfa Romeo 4C:

    2014 Alfa Romeo 4C

    Yes, a thousand times yes.

    6.  Chevrolet Corvette Stingray:

    2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

    This will inevitably be a future classic, but that’s practically cheating. It’s going to take some time, of course, but it will eventually get there. Buy one for your great grandkids… because you’re not likely to see it rise in value in your lifetime.

    7.  Nissan 370Z NISMO:

    2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO

    Nope. The 240Z? Come to papa. A 1984-1989 Z31 300ZX? Maybe someday. The twin-turbo Z32? There’s a chance, but we’re a ways off. The 350Z? Never. The 370Z is a great leap over the 350Z, and it’s a blast to drive… but we don’t see folks clamoring for them in the future.

    8.  Dodge Challenger Shaker:

    2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker

    The future generation will probably opt for the 370Z Nismo before it spends serious coin at an auction block for a modern Challenger. This is just another thing that the old Challenger does better than the new Challenger… bring bucks at the auction block for years to come.

    9.  Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X:

    2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X

    The most confusing choice on the list. All those CJ5 and CJ7 Jeeps aren’t forecasting too strongly, so why should the Rubicon X? Think 4.0-liter I6-equipped Jeeps, not 3.6-liter units (even though that engine is WAY better than the last one Chrysler stuck in there).

    10.  Ford Fiesta ST:

    2014 Ford Fiesta ST (Euro spec) - First Drive, March 2013

    This one… actually could happen. The Fiesta ST could be one of those once in-awhile something-special machines that flies in out of nowhere, impresses everyone who touches it, and leaves us far to quickly. We hope that’s not the case, but it’s highly probable.

    So there you have it. That’s the Hagerty list, and that’s how we feel about it. We’d just like to reiterate that Hagerty typically knows what it’s talking about… so we could be way off. What do you think? Sound off below.

    via: Motor Authority

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  • Reviews

    The 2015 Ford Mustang GT Let Loose On Route 66 (VIDEO)

    2015 Mustang GT

    2015 Mustang GT
    Ford released a new video featuring the all-new 2015 Mustang GT and an infamous motoring icon: the US’s Route 66.

    The clip provides some moving footage of the Mustang in one of its most iconic settings: the straight and deserted open road. Though a straight isn’t the only type of road that the new Mustang was designed for, as it sports a completely independent rear suspension.

    As a refresher, the Mustang will be available with a 2.3L EcoBoost four-banger good for 305hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, while the previous model’s naturally aspirated 3.7L V6 and Ford’s 5.0L Coyote V8 will be available. Check out the video after the jump.


    Source: Ford via WCF

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  • Videos

    Seasons Greetings From Ford Europe (VIDEO)

    Ford wishes you a merry christmas with a strangely entertaining Gymkhana 6-inspired Snowkhana 2 video…

    Many people like to spread their festive cheer about the Internet during this time of year. Electronic greeting cards that make you want to stick pins in your eyes are always popular, for some bizarre reason. Automakers, thankfully, go beyond the stupid electronic card with the singing Santas and the defecating reindeer, many of them like to take advantage of the fact that lots of people have finished work for the year and therefore have lots of time to browse the Interwebs watching funny videos. Audi for example recently covered an A6 Saloon in red and green paint.

    Now Ford of Europe has put together a short stop-motion video which mimics the driving antics from Ken Block’s newest video, Gymkhana 6. It’s called Snowkhana 2, and the concept was to create ‘the ultimate festive course’… You can see where this is going… The video features a mini Ken Block in a mini Ford Fiesta ST race car, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle thing, a mini Shelby Mustang GT350, Daft Vader and even the real Ken Block… Check it out.

    Follow us on Twitter @CarhootsApp and ‘like’ us on Facebook! 

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  • Features

    The New Ford Fiesta ST 2013

    The New Ford Fiesta ST 2013
    Since the Ford Fiesta bestseller was released in 2008, the powerful minicar has swept the nation and now everyone, including us here at Carhoots, is getting excited about the new, bolder, more advanced Ford Fiesta ST due on sale in 2013.

    As expected and hoped for, the new Fiesta is still going to be one of the most thrilling and fun minicars out there. With Fords reputation for building great-handling cars, the Fiesta ST definitely steps up to the challenge. The 1.6-litre Ecoboost engine can allow the small car to reach 62mph in less than seven seconds. There is a range of other powerful yet fuel-efficient engines for both petrol and diesel available too. Moreover, a new hi-tech smart info system is installed in the car which helps you drive more efficiently. The Fiesta has been known for being a good value car; starting at £9,795 the car is still lower than its main rival VW Polo GTI. We feel the Fiesta successfully provides a harmonizing balance of performance, economy and low emissions.

    The Ford Fiesta has already been given multiple design awards, for its dynamic, striking style and sophisticated and detailed interior. The new Fiesta is even more innovative and distinctive. With a range of new features that add to the cars trademark style and enhance the Fiesta driving experience. Here we’ve decided to name a few cool hi-tech features of the car that stand out:

    No rummaging for keys, the Fiesta senses where they are and unlocks itself when you are near. The engine can then be started with the push of a button – effortless!

    The Bluetooth voice control installed can be used for almost everything, making calls, picking music to listen to…

    Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) that provides greater maneuverability and control as it automatically adjusts steering to suit the situation.

    Great for listening to music with the high quality Sony DAB audio system, and easy-to-use USB port for connectivity.

    Rear view camera and sensors to make driving and parking safer and easier.

    Safety is actually an important thing to bring up, as the Fiesta despite being such a small car is in fact an incredibly safe car! With technology such as the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) which constantly monitors the car’s conditions, it has been awarded a 5 star Euro NCAP for adult occupant safety, 4 stars for child protection and 3 stars (out of 4) for pedestrian protection.

     If you’d like to get a better look at the new Fiesta ST then we’d recommend you check out the 360 view of the car here The streamlined, “kinetic design” and shape of the car was intended by the creators to make the car seem as if it is moving even when stationary. Have a look!

    Ford -Fiesta _ST Rear View

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