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Car Buffs Rejoice at New Online Tool

Ford recognizes that everyone who falls in love with a Shelby GT 350 or Raptor can’t afford to actually buy one, which is why the new Ford 3D Store is the perfect solution for gearheads on a budget. The Raptor, Shelby GT 350R, Ford GT, Focus RS, Focus ST and Fiesta ST are all available in 3D model form in the first online one-stop 3D shop licensed by an automaker. The Ford 3D Store lets customers make their own models of any Ford vehicle or purchase a 3D model of a select number of available cars and trucks. You can then take the file to a print shop that has 3D equipment, or use your own 3D printer to create your model vehicle at home.

Use Files for Presentation

The 3D Store files are not limited to printing. Purchase and download any of the available vehicles to use in a presentation, but Ford expects the greatest use will be for customers to create model vehicles. “3D printing at home is a growing trend and it makes sense for us to offer out customers a chance to make their own 3D Ford models,” said Mark Bentley, licensing manager for Ford. “At Ford we’re using 3D printing every day to rapidly prototype parts, and now we want to share that fun with our fans.” Commercial 3D printers are able to produce a vehicle in a variety of materials, including sandstone, soft plastics and even some metals. If you need a little help deciding which vehicle to pick, go inspect the real thing at your Scottsdale Ford dealer, Chapman Ford.

Once Rare, 3D Printing Now Commonplace

3D printers for the home are becoming much more common than in years past. Last year, only 44,000 printers were sold nationwide. That number is expected to jump to 1 million units by 2018. If you’d rather just have the finished model, you can purchase a 1/32nd size scale unit from the Ford 3D Store. Purchasing a digital image gives you the freedom to change the size and print the model in the material and colors you want.

Ford GT Available in Sandstone

Although most of the cars available already printed from the Ford 3D Store come in plastic, the new Ford GT as featured in the E3 2015 Forza Motorsport video game is available in Sandstone for $230. This limited edition model comes out prior to the release of the actual vehicle, which is expected in showrooms like Chapman Ford early next year.

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Ford GT Earns Cover Spot on Forza 6

When the Ford GT makes its debut next year, it won’t be the first time that drivers have had the chance to drive the ultimate sports car. Forza, the iconic video game, put the GT on the cover of Forza 6, which is made exclusively for Xbox One. The new Forza game debuts on September 15 and also includes the Shelby Mustang GT 350 and F-150 Raptor. The real GT recently made an appearance at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2015 in Los Angeles. As gamers lined up to play the new Forza game, the GT was lowered from the rafters and Ford founder Henry Ford made a video appearance to make the entire experience as surreal as possible.

Special F-150 Shows Up in Halo

A special version of the Ford F-150, dubbed the “Halo Sandcat” is inspired by the vehicle’s performance in the popular video game “Halo.” Based on the game’s United Nations Space Command design, the aggressive off-road truck was also on display at E3 2015. The Halo Sandcat began life as a 2015 Lariat SuperCrew 4-wheel drive fitted with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and FX-4 trail package. A whole slew of modifications to the body, suspension and wheels turned it into the militaristic vehicle that looks like it fits in the world of Halo. A Xbox One video system with rear monitors is mounted inside the truck, so passengers can, in effect, play themselves playing themselves inside the game. The Halo Sandcat will be on display at several venues up to the release of the new Halo game this October.

GT Merges Carbon Fiber Construction with 600 Horsepower

Drivers who want to take the real GT for a spin will have to wait until next year, but it will be worth the wait. Stay in touch with Chapman Ford for the release date of the new GT, which is composed mainly of lightweight carbon fiber. Along with the 600 horsepower engine, active aerodynamics and continually adjusting suspension keep this flying wedge securely bolted to the road. The cabin is all business but has comforts like Ford’s new Sync3 infotainment system, paddle shifters and a digital gauge cluster that relays information to a touch-screen central display. With the release of the Shelby GT350 and the powerful Raptor, the design team at Ford is feeling its oats. That’s good news for anyone who wants to drive a real supercar without paying a super price.

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Shelby Modifications Promise Exhilarating Ride

What do you get when you take a 2015 Ford Mustang GT and turn it over to the geniuses behind the Carroll Shelby racing modification team? How about a monster dubbed the “Super Snake” that pumps out more than 750 horsepower to go along with Shelby-specific body modifications. The transformation costs another $50 K on top of the price of the Mustang, but that gets you a unique vehicle that includes a supercharger, 3.73:1 rear axle, short-throw shifter and performance suspension upgrade. The redesigned hood has a monstrous scoop that not only delivers air to the supercharger but threatens to devour the competition. To get your own Super Snake, you’ll need to start with a GT which you can pick from the inventory at Chapman Ford.

Last Offered in 2011

Although the team at Shelby always has some tricks up their sleeves to provide more pop and performance from a Ford Mustang, the Super Snake package was last offered in 2011. The use of carbon fiber on the hood, rocker panels, front splitter and rear spoiler lighten the stock vehicle while adding structural strength. Not one to bypass credit for its design, the Super Snake features lots of prominent Shelby badging and racing stripes to stand out from the crowd.

Other Options to Customize Your Pony

If you can’t quite swing the price tag of the Super Snake but want a Mustang you can call your own, head over to the app store and download the Mustang Customizer. From your desktop, laptop or mobile device you can create thousands of combinations from paint and interior packages to hood scoops and wheels. First choose the body style you want, then let the customizer walk you through the steps until you create the perfect Mustang. Log in to the app to save your Mustang and then go to the dealership at Chapman Ford to have them create the car of your dreams.

Shelby GT 350 More Affordable

If you want the Shelby badging but can’t quite go for the Super Snake, Ford is also offering the Shelby GT 350. This is one beastly pony car that produces more than 500 horsepower that meshes perfectly with a tuned aerodynamic package to create a responsive supercar. The Mustang has been the original pony car that has dominated American sales since 1964. Along with the standard V6 and convertible, it also comes in the Ecoboost, Ecoboost Premium, GT and GT Premium configurations.

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Ford Motor’s lightweight aluminum overhaul to its bestselling model the F-150 was regarded with uncertainty, even by Ford fans. Ford decided to take a risk in offering lightweight aluminum and switching to an untested design. In addition, the company took an even larger chance after achieving a formidable place in the U.S. marketplace. The F-Series has been America’s preferred truck for decades and the best-selling vehicle in the nation for 33 consecutive years. Therefore a move of switching to aluminum was quite a daring step.

Would potential customers be as enthusiastic to purchase the brand new lightweight aluminum bodies F-150, was the major question analysts asked. After receiving a encouraging reaction, Ford’s also been confronted with the problem of supply shortage because the two plants manufacturing the F-150 happen to be retooled. Let’s examine Ford’s endeavor in producing a modified product to its potential customers along with the dilemmas it confronted in doing this.

The new ground-breaking F-150 keeps on being the country’s favored option with huge demand from customers for the most recent model. The use of lightweight aluminum makes the truck around 700 lb lighter from the previous steel model. The updated truck provides 26 miles per gallon. It obtained a five-star ranking from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The new innovative pickup continues to show off tough looks and offers tremendous toughness that millions enjoy in Ford’s pickups.

The vehicle is flying out of dealerships, with the Blue Oval providing 240,139 pickups in the 1st 4 months of 2015. In spite of this, that quantity could have been considerably more, had Ford been in a position to make the pickup at the preferred capacity. However manufacturing issues crippled Ford’s F-Series supply because the automaker was involved with retooling the two plants.

In March, the F-150 sales were actually down not because of insufficient demand but the inability to keep up with the massive demand. So when looking at the dips in sales volumes over the past few months of the new Ford F-150, the upgrading to the plants will have to be taken into account.

The two plants have finally been re tooled and the production of the F-150 is set to be back on schedule and dealerships like Chapman Ford Scottsdale will be stocked by the end of the month.

In May F-150 buyers paid on average $3,300 more than last year’s model for a total of $43,300, which was $600 more than April’s price.

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Transit Replaces E-150 for Commuters and Cargo

Now that the new Transit vans have replaced the reliable E-150 in the Ford lineup, the emphasis will be on keeping the new vehicles ahead of the technology curve. The addition of SYNC 3, Ford’s industry-leading entertainment and navigation system, will ensure the line of people and cargo movers provide the best sound and surest means of connection out on the highway. A new voice recognition system is easier to understand, helping drivers stay concentrated on the road while communicating with others. Beginning in 2016, all Transit vans will also have a rearview camera and trailer hitch assist functionality that turns hooking up a trailer into a one-person job. A graphic overlay guides the driver to the perfect position for the coupling to engage the ball.

Dual Sliding Cargo Doors Make Cargo Transfer Easier

For the first time ever, dual sliding cargo doors on the medium and high roof Transit vans allow drivers the option of loading and unloading from either side. In a world of urban congestion and one-lane alleys, this is a time saver that keeps a driver moving during a busy workday. “Transit customers appreciate that the vehicle is purpose-built to serve their businesses,” said Yaro Hetman, Ford brand manager for Transit. “The enhancements we are making for 2016 are driven by customer feedback. We are making America’s best-selling commercial van even smarter and more flexible.”

Fleet Vehicles offer Speed Limitation

For business owners who want to make sure their vehicles stay within the law, Ford offers a speed limitation feature that can limit the top speed of the van to 70 miles per hour. This not only helps drivers avoid tickets, but can significantly increase fuel efficiency. Other commercial upgrades include absorbed glass mat batteries, heavy duty alternators, front dome lights with theater dimming and USB jacks for powering personal electronics. A perimeter alarm is an option that comes with remote start on the Transit Connect, alerting everyone when a security threat is detected.

“Unminivan” Offering Fold Flat Bucket Seats

The Ford Transit Connect Wagon, dubbed the “unminivan” because of a lack of similarities to the boxy people haulers offered by other companies, offers second row seats that fold completely flat. This allows more room for cargo and large crates that need to be loaded through the side sliding doors. Go inspect all the new features of the Ford Transit line for yourself at Chapman Ford Scottsdale.