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Ford Motor Company announced today that the 2018 Ford Mustang and 2018 Ford F150 will both feature a new Nighttime Pedestrian Detection system which can apply the brakes in the event of an imminent collision with a person on foot – a feature which Ford says will reduce driver stress at night.
Ford’s press release this morning made it official that both the 2018 Mustang and the 2018 F150 will both feature a new Nighttime Pedestrian Detection system. The company offered details on how the system works, but before getting into that, I want to talk a little about the beginning of Ford’s announcement.
Drivers are Afraid of the Dark
Ford’s announcement started by referencing a poll that the Motor Company conducted which found that most drivers’ greatest fear when driving at night is hitting a pedestrian they cannot see in the dark. Ford points out that some experts believe that this fear of hitting a person on foot while driving at night stems from the early day of mankind, where man was more likely to be attacked by predators at night…essentially causing humans to be inherently afraid of the dark.
Living in the age of the automotive recall, we are prone to see some safety recalls which don’t actually pose any safety risk and this new Ford Mustang recall is one of them. The problem at cause for this recall doesn’t make the Mustang any less safe when being driven down the road, but in the event of an accident – this problem could increase the chances of the driver being injured.
2017 Ford Mustang Door Handle Recall
This new recall of the 2017 Ford Mustang focuses on the driver’s side inside door handle or, more specifically, the return spring of the driver’s side inside door handle.` Ford believes that a batch of 2017 Mustangs may have been built with a driver’s side door handle return spring which have been “misoriented” during assembly.
If the driver’s side inner door handle return spring of a 2017 Ford Mustang is “misoriented”, that spring is more likely to come unseated. In the event of an accident in a Mustang in which the driver’s side door handle return spring has become unseated, the forces experienced during the impact could cause the door to swing open.
Ford Performance just unveiled a Shelby for everyone who truly wants to race their pony car, the only hitch is that you can only race it. The Shelby FP350S isn’t street legal. Reprinted with permission from TorqueNews.com.
Dave Pericak, the head of Ford Performance says, “Our goal has always been to provide those who want to race with equipment that enables them to compete and win. Shelby FP350S is our latest example.”
Ford Performance is making sure that this car is ready to race, with a complete track package, right down to the six-point FIA-compliant roll cage, and quick-release steering wheel.
According to Ford Performance, the Shelby FP350S is designed to compete in “road racing sprint events in classes including, but not limited to, Trans Am (TA3 and TA4), NASA and SCCA club racing (T1 and T2) -- is the latest offering from Ford Performance in a long line of turn-key race cars that include the FR500C, BOSS 302R and 302S, and most recently, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship-winning Ford Shelby GT350R-C and GT4, unveiled at SEMA this year.”
Since the current Ford Mustang was introduced late in 2014, there have been rumors of the next super-Stang – presumably named the Shelby GT500. When the newest Ford Shelby GT350 and GT350R debuted, some people believed that this road-handling machine was effectively replacing the GT500, but the rumors persisted. Images and videos showing what many believe to be new GT500 Mustang test cars on the road have been reinforced by inside information and dealership information – all of which seems to suggest that Ford was working on a new GT500.
Well, based on a listing on Google from Ford.com, the Mustang Shelby GT500 is coming and it could be arriving for the 2017 model year.
Google Reveals Ford’s Secret Mustang
if you go to Google.com and search “GT500”, you will likely get a similar view to what I have included in the screen shot above – clearly showing an information link for the 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 with the description “The Cobra of Performance Cars”. Unfortunately, the internet is chock full of clickbait junk sites claiming to have information on the next GT500 Mustang, but if you take a closer look at this particular listing for the 2017 Mustang GT500, you will see that it comes from Ford.com.