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More Engine Noise Could Improve Real-World Fuel Savings


real-world fuel savings

A recent patent has revealed that Ford has come up with an unusual way to encourage drivers to save fuel that involves increasing engine noise. Real-world fuel savings are not as high as one might expect given the recent trend of putting downsized and turbocharged engines under the hood, and according to Ford, that’s because most drivers “shift by ear” rather than by the tachometer.

For example, the combination of the Ford Fiesta’s offbeat snarl and turbo boost practically begs its drivers to rev the 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine. Ford claims that the advantage of downsized turbo engines is negated by this because they aren’t driven within their most efficient range.

To counter this, Ford is injecting low-amplitude noise between cylinder firings that would make engines sound as though they had more cylinders than they do in reality and train the driver to shift earlier. For turbocharged two-cylinder and three-cylinder engines, this should be a way to help drivers save fuel without resorting to invasive solutions like cutting power or artificially limiting RPM, which we expect our customers will appreciate at Highway Ford!

If you have more questions about saving fuel in your Ford vehicle, or you are interested in one of our great Ford vehicles, stop by Highway Ford today and we will be glad to assist you!

New Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang Gallops Off the Line

New Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang

The all-new Shelby GT350R is fresh off the assembly line at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant. This model is one of the brand’s most athletic builds yet, with a focus on pure muscle and performance. Made to tackle tracks around the world, there’s no stopping the new Ford Shelby Mustang.  The question is, does it hold up to our typical expectation of the a Ford Shelby Mustang?

According to Ford, the new Ford Shelby GT350R comes with a state-of-the-art 5.2-liter V8 engine with a flat-plane crank, generating up to 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Add that to a 3.73 TORSEN limited slip differential and MagneRide suspension and you’ve got one pure-performance machine.  I’d say that’s what we’ve come to expect from our Shelby Mustangs!

“This is a special day for all Mustang enthusiasts,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company.  He further states, “We have taken the GT350 formula to the next level of innovation, style and performance.  Today the legend continues.”

This model also comes with iconic racing stripes and features like Track Apps, which lets you see and set launch control, line-lock, and more. Best of all, this model comes with extremely lightweight carbon fiber wheels. What’s not to like about the GT350R?  Tell us at Highway Ford what you think of the new Ford Shelby GT350R!

Don’t Panic: What to Do If Your Car Overheats

Car Overheating

It happens to almost everyone. You’re driving along, when suddenly, smoke begins to billow out from under your hood. This means your car is overheating. While it can be quite shocking when this occurs, there are a lot of ways you can handle the situation if your car over heats. Here are a few tips to keep a cool head when your car gets hot under the hood:

Relax. The first thing you should know is that if your car overheats, it isn’t the end of the world. It is, however, a very serious situation that should never be ignored. Calmly pull off on the side of the road to get a better look at your engine.

Check your car’s temperature gauge. If you notice the temperature gauge rising, even in the absence of steam coming from under your hood, this could mean a ruptured hose. At this point, Auto Repair For Dummies recommends shutting off your air conditioner and opening your windows. This takes the strain off of your engine. Pull over and open the hood to dissipate the accumulated heat.

Make sure it’s not too hot out. If you don’t notice any leaks at all and it is a particularly hot day, it is possible that your car has overheated due to the elements. This is getting rarer for modern cars. If you suspect it’s due to hot weather, give your ride a chance to cool and get back on the road. Otherwise, call the tow truck, you need to consult with a professional.

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