Mysterious Ford Performance Vehicle to Debut at Gamescom

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A mysterious Ford performance vehicle made its debut at the gaming event in Germany just a few weeks ago. The new vehicle was designed for both drivers and gamers. Given the #Raptormania hashtag, it was fairly obvious which model was ready to steal the show.

The Ford Ranger Raptor made its official debut at Gamescom, marking a new milestone for both gaming and the American automaker. The launch also served to announce that Ford would be bringing the performance truck to Europe.

The truck’s launch at Gamescom had to do with gaming too. Ford announced that it will be adding the mysterious performance truck to an upcoming racing game. Given the Raptor line’s reputation for exhilarating performance, the truck will be a perfect fit.

Although Ford didn’t reveal which racing game the Ranger Raptor will appear in, the answer is pretty obvious. The Ford GT appeared on the cover and as a playable vehicle in Forza 6. That’s led gamers and Forza fans to believe that the Ford Ranger Raptor will strut its stuff in Forza Horizon 4 when it arrives in October.

The digital Ford Ranger Raptor will feature a green-and-black design that matches previous Ford Raptor models. The Ford F-150 Raptor, for example, was available for free in Forza Motorsport 7 earlier this year.

Contact Bob Thomas Ford for more exciting news from the brand.

Ford Previews 2020 Ford Explorer

If you already love the Ford Explorer, you have something to look forward to. At the Beijing Motor Show, Ford gave us a sneak preview of the much-anticipated 2020 Ford Explorer.

Of course, the all-new Explorer hasn’t quite debuted yet. At the show, it was only partially-revealed, its true look concealed by a large drape. However, even this was enough to give us some hints on how the 2020 Explorer will look.

2020 Ford Explorer Teaser

2020 Ford Explorer Teaser

It appears some changes have come along, starting with the front fascia. The model’s profile is a bit broader than the previous generation, hinting at an even more commanding presence. An added roof rack will lend even more utility to the already adventure-friendly Explorer. The roofline is also more raked than the previous version, making for a sleek, sporty look.

It’s not just exterior changes, but additions, too. The 2020 year will see an all-new trim level, the ST model. This new trim will deliver even more powerful performance with an innovative 3.0-liter biturbo V6 engine that is set to deliver at least 400 horsepower.

Of course, you won’t be able to see the 2020 Ford Explorer until 2019—but this teaser should hold you over until the actual reveal. In the meantime, stop by Bob Thomas Ford to test drive a 2018 Explorer or your favorite Ford model.

1968 Ford Mustang Joins the Lego Lineup

Ford Mustang Lego

Ford debuted an updated 1968 Mustang at the Detroit Auto Show, but that isn’t all the automaker had in store for the popular muscle car.  Now, Lego and Ford are teaming up to bring one of the most renowned models to kids and adults everywhere. The 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback joined the Lego Speed Champions lineup when it launched on March 1.

“The new Ford Mustang Speed Champions set gives parents and children the chance to share their passions — generations of fans have grown up building Lego sets and spending time together behind the wheel,” said Myra Lind, LEGO Speed Champions marketing manager.

The Lego pony car features a green paint job similar to that found on the new and improved 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt. The miniature model also features dual gold stripes running from the front bumper to the rear. Gold wheels and race graphic stickers set the tone for the performance-inspired Lego model. Oh, and the Lego driver is wearing a vintage, era-accurate racing suit, just in case you thought the Ford Mustang was somehow lacking in nostalgia.

We here at Bob Thomas Ford love Legos almost as much as we love cars. With the 1968 Ford Mustang arriving in Lego form, automotive and Lego enthusiasts of all ages can add the famous model to their collections.

Ford Models in Pop Culture: A Legacy of Performance

 

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Ford is a classic American brand, one reason its cars have appeared in popular culture for generations. From blockbuster movies to short-lived TV series, you can see Ford models throughout history. At Bob Thomas Ford, we’ve created a list of some of our favorite Ford models in pop culture.

According to Popular Mechanics, one of the most iconic cars in the history of cinema is the 1932 Ford Coupe in “American Graffiti” (1973). One of George Lucas’s best-known films (besides the “Star Wars” series, of course) is the classic film about car culture in the 1960s. The ’32 Ford Coupe beats out a classic Chevy in a famous scene in the film, and the yellow car quickly became a symbol of America’s love for the Ford brand.

Many fans of the recent “Mad Max: Fury Road(2015) paid a trip down memory lane to see the original 1979 “Mad Max,” which features a famous 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon. With plenty of grit and a roaring engine, the Ford Falcon blazes past its competition on the Australian roadways in the iconic film. Known for durability, Ford was the perfect brand for Max to drive through the dystopian wastelands of the 1979 film.

Finally, fans of “John Wick (2014) and “John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) can see Keanu Reeves in a sleek, 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1. Powered by a V8 engine and pure adrenaline, the Mustang in “John Wick creates a lasting impression. Though Reeves may be better known for the infamous bus in “Speed,” fans still couldn’t get enough of his character’s Mustang in “John Wick.”

We’ve only listed a few of the many appearances of Ford models in popular culture over the decades. Naturally, the Ford brand appears in other TV shows and films including the “The X-Files,” “The Blacklist,” “Shooter,” “Lethal Weapon,” and nearly any major action flick you can think of.