Mustang Mach-E Tears up the Track at Talladega

Mustang Mach-E

In April, the all-new Mustang Mach-E appeared at the Geico 500 from Talladega Superspeedway, making it the second Ford electric vehicle to make its debut at a NASCAR Cup Series race. While the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E did not compete, it served as the pace car, setting an electrifying tone for the race.

The electric Mustang Mach-E leading the way must have been a good omen for the Ford team, as Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski ultimately win the race in overtime. Ford driver Matt DiBenedetto helped set Keselowski up for the win with a last-minute move, opening up the bottom lane in the last lap. This race marked Keselowski’s first win of the 2021 season and his sixth overall at Talladega Superspeedway, as well as Ford’s tenth victory out of the last 12 races at Talladega.

After DiBenedetto had a chance to drive a Mustang Mach-E, he praised the EV’s impressive power and throttle response. According to DiBenedetto, “It was something that I 100 percent wanted to own for myself or my wife because when you hop in the car it’s nice and quiet… It was a blast.”

If you want a new vehicle that offers the same thrill that impressed a professional NASCAR driver, check out our inventory at Sour Lake Ford.

Ford Raises 1.5 Million For Charity with VIN 001 Bronco and Mustang Mach 1

The VIN is a set of numbers of letters that identifies a specific vehicle. Each section of the code signifies what brand it is, the model year, some of its features, and finally which production number it has. Recently, Ford auctioned off VIN 001 for both the Bronco and Mustang Mach 1. Together, these vehicles brought in $1,575,000 for charity.

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Ford sold these unique models at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 went first. It was wearing a Fighter Jet Gray color and came equipped with the Handling Package. When all was said and done, it went for a price of $500,000. This money goes to JDRF, which leads the fight against type 1 diabetes.

The next day, the 2021 Ford Bronco First Edition VIN 001 hit the block. The bidding was more intense for this two-door model in a bold Lightning Blue color. It came in the top-tier Badlands trim with the added excitement of the Sasquatch Package. After a flurry of bids, the Bronco earned an impressive $1,075,000. These funds will head towards the National Forest Foundation and Outward Bound.

With these latest auction results, Ford and Barrett-Jackson have raised nearly $13.5 million for charities for the past 15 years.

While we don’t have VIN 001 of the Bronco and Mustang Mach 1, we do have other VIN options available. Contact us at Sour Lake Ford for more information.

Ford Increases Its EV Investment in to $22 Billion

The automotive world is changing in some major ways. One of the most prominent trends to emerge is the increasing electrification of vehicles across the industry. Ford has never been one to follow others, but rather one set the pace for everyone else. So, it should come as no surprise that it just announced plans to invest a staggering $22 billion in EV production.

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This is double the initial amount of $11 billion Ford pledge to invest in EVs back in 2018. Since then, a number of new electric innovations have emerged, from both within the Ford brand and outside of it, necessitating even more investment in emission-free models.

In just the past year, Ford introduced a remarkable new EV in the form of the Ford Mustang Mach-E. This vehicle is a radical departure from the traditional Mustang marque, as it is not only an SUV, but also an all-electric vehicle. Somehow, it still manages to maintain the world-famous pony car’s sporty performance.

The Mustang won’t be the only iconic Ford model to receive an all-electric option, as production on an electric version of the best-selling Ford F-150 truck is set to begin later this year. In addition to the $22 billion commitment for the production of electric vehicles, Ford is also pledging $7 billion for the development of autonomous driving technologies.

With all of the exciting new technological developments coming from our favorite automaker, all of us at Sour Lake Ford can’t wait to see what’s coming next. To experience Ford’s innovation firsthand, pay us a visit at our location in Sour Lake, Texas.

Ford F-150 Is the 2021 Free Press Truck of the Year

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The new 2021 Ford F-150 has already proven itself to be a capable, tough, and award-worthy model. After already taking home the 2021 North American Truck of the Year title, the F-150 has now earned the 2021 Detroit Free Press Truck of the Year award as well.

The 2021 Ford F-150 surpassed its competitors and won the prestigious Freep award, thanks in part to its best-in-class 14,000 pounds of towing capacity and its class-exclusive 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6. This available engine delivers 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque, while also being fuel-efficient.

Freep also appreciated the technologies of the 2021 F-150, like its future Active Drive Assist hands-free system and the segment-exclusive Over-the-Air Updates of its SYNC® 4 system. The truck’s available Interior Work Surface and comfortable Max Recline Seats also gave it a leg up over competitors.

In addition, author Mark Phelan noted that the F-150 has some features that, despite being overlooked by the competition, ultimately helped the truck win the award. These include a tailgate with a built-in measuring stick and c-clamp receivers as well as longer running boards that go behind the cab to provide easier bed access.

If you’d like to drive the award-winning 2021 Ford F-150 around Sour Lake, Texas, schedule a test drive today at Sour Lake Ford.

6 Tips to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Spring

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There’s plenty to do around Sour Lake — especially when warmer weather arrives. Here are some tips to get your vehicle ready for spring.

1. Spring brings warmer weather to Texas, so make sure your air conditioning is working before higher temperatures hit. It also brings rainy weather, so you’ll want to inspect your windshield wipers to make sure they’re in good shape. 

2. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. High temperatures can impact tire pressure, which in turn can hamper your vehicle’s performance and fuel economy.

3. Hydration is also important when it comes to prepping your Ford vehicle for spring drives. For instance, you’ll want to check the radiator coolant level in your Ford F-150 before hitting the road.

4. Keep your Ford running smoothly with regular oil changes — and have the brakes on your Ford Super Duty® inspected before spring starts. 

5. It is a good idea to test your car’s battery, especially if it is a few years old. This will reduce your chance of getting stranded on the side of the road during your spring commutes and road trips.

6. Make sure your emergency kit is well stocked with items like a first-aid kit, flashlight, and a phone charger.

Whether you drive a Super Duty® or an Escape, one of the easiest ways to prepare your Ford for spring is to take it into Sour Lake Ford for a seasonal service appointment. Call us today to help ensure that your spring travels are as safe as they are fun.

Ford Expedition Accessories to Add to Your Vehicle During the New Year

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2021 isn’t just a new year for you, but a new year for your vehicle as well. If you own a 2021 Ford Expedition, one of the best ways to ring in the New Year is to upgrade your ride with a whole collection of accessories. Listed below are just a few options for the Expedition.

Roof Rack

Perhaps it’s a New Year’s resolution of yours to explore the outdoors more in 2021. If you’re bringing a bike or boat during your rugged adventures, a roof rack will make it far easier and safer to bring supplies with you on the road.

SUV Tent

Speaking of the wild outdoors, you won’t have to set up camp far away from your vehicle when you purchase an SUV tend for your 2021 Ford Expedition. Best of all, these tents are simple to set up.

Sunscreen

We might be in the middle of winter right now, but it’s never too early to start preparing for the hot summers that affect the area around Sour Lake, Texas. If you want to avoid a smoldering-hot cabin during the summer months, consider investing in a sunscreen for your Expedition.

To learn about even more accessories for your 2021 Ford Expedition model, feel free to reach out to the team here at Sour Lake Ford.

2021 Ford Bronco Sasquatch™ Package

The 2021 Ford Bronco has off-road enthusiasts buzzing as the iconic SUV is set to make its long-awaited return. Many fans were specifically clamoring for combining the Sasquatch™ Package with a seven-speed manual transmission, and their persistence paid off.

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“The Bronco community spoke and we heard them. Our team moved quickly to add Sasquatch with a manual transmission- another example of our focus on giving customers the best possible off-road vehicles and accessories that we can,” said Ford Bronco consumer marketing manager Mark Grueber.

The Sasquatch™ is offered on every 2021 Ford Bronco Trim and comes standard on the Wildtrak and sold-out First Edition. It uses 35-inch Goodyear mud-terrain tires, 17-inch black-painted beadlock-capable wheels, Bilstein shock absorbers, electronic-locking front and rear Dana axles, and a 4.7:1 final drive ratio for supreme off-road balance and performance. When the package is paired with both the manual and 4×4 system, the Bronco achieves a maximum crawl ratio of 94.75:1.

The Sasquatch™ Package, complete with the seven-speed manual, will be available in late 2021. Per Ford, the first group of new Broncos will come out in spring of 2021. Contact us at Sour Lake Ford in Sour Lake, TX to pre-order a new 2021 Ford Bronco of your own.

Upcoming F-150 Raptor Might Outperform Ram 1500 TRX

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor | Sour Lake, TX

The upcoming Ford F-150 Raptor is expected to be an even more powerful and off-road capable vehicle than the current generation. In fact, rumors suggest that this rugged truck will have a spirited engine that surpasses even the engine of the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that delivers best-in-class 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. However, the next generation of the Ford F-150 Raptor may soon take away the Ram truck’s best-in-class titles with its new engine.

The F-150 Raptor might add the supercharged 5.2-liter V8, which could pump out anywhere from 725 horsepower to 750 horsepower, making for a more enjoyable drive than the Ram 1500 TRX offers. This engine currently comes standard on the athletic 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500®.

Other rumors suggest that the F-150 Raptor will have an updated coil spring setup in place of its leaf spring suspension. This would allow the truck to better compete with the Ram 1500 TRX, which has a five-link coil suspension.

The Ford F-150 Raptor may have limited availability in the 2021 model year or arrive in the 2022 model year. Stay tuned to our blog for more updates on this truck, or give us a call at Sour Lake Ford in Sour Lake, Texas, if you’d like to get your hands on the current F-150.

2020 Ford Escape Wins Awards from J.D. Power and Wards

2020 Ford Escape | Sour Lake, TX

In July, both J.D. Power and Wards recognized the 2020 Ford Escape compact SUV for its excellent user experience and overall design. The Escape earned top spots on both the J.D. Power APEAL Study and the Wards 10 Best User Experiences List.

The Ford Escape is all new for 2020, with a new sleeker look, new hybrid options, and more technologies and amenities than ever. Sporting selectable drive modes for a wide range of driving situations, available AWD Disconnect that lets you switch between AWD and FWD to save fuel, and tons of standard infotainment tech, the new Escape perfect for everyday driving and weekend trips.

The 2020 Escape took the top spot for small SUVs in the J.D. Power APEAL Study (Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout Study). This study, which is in its 25th year, looks at owners’ emotional attachment to their newly purchased vehicle across 37 factors and assigns the vehicle an index score.

The Escape also made the Wards 10 Best User Experiences List. Wards praised the model’s available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, SYNC 3 infotainment system, and blue backlighting, as well as intuitive driver assist features like the Lane-Keeping System.

Celebrate the Escape’s achievements when you take one for a test drive here at Sour Lake Ford.

Ford Teams With TomTom for Next-Gen Navigation

2021 TomTom Navigation | Sour Lake, TX

Starting with the 2021 model year, you can enjoy the exceptional navigation skills of TomTom in select Ford vehicles. Ford Motor Company and TomTom recently signed a multi-year contract that will allow the former to add the latter’s next-gen navigation in upcoming models.

The first Ford vehicles to showcase the new partnership will be the 2021 Mustang Mach-E and the 2021 F-150. These models will feature the new SYNC® 4, the next generation of infotainment from Ford. By using TomTom through SYNC® 4, drivers will be able to adjust their navigation routes based on traffic to help avoid delays due to congestion.

The next-generation SYNC® 4 is said to offer two times the computing power of previous generations. This new system paired with TomTom navigation will keep up with real-time traffic and construction updates to provide the fastest routes on the fly. Drivers will also be able to use SYNC® 4 for help with parking, as the navigation shows information on parking spots and prices.

TomTom navigation and other SYNC® 4 features can be controlled with natural voice recognition. By using an easy, conversational tone, drivers can pull up directions, find restaurants, or send text messages, all while keeping their hands on the wheel.

For more exciting developments from Ford, contact us at Sour Lake Ford. Or stop by to test drive one of our shiny new Ford models to experience this brand’s latest technologies for yourself.