On July 4, a new Ford GT supercar debuted at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Ford GT Mk II is purely for the track — not even road-legal — and comes in an extremely limited run. Only 45 production models will ever be released. The Ford GT Mk II is destined to go down in history as a collector’s item for only the most dedicated enthusiasts.
A collaboration between Ford and Multimatic, the GT Mk II was built off of the production version of the GT. The project was a case of automotive experimentation; unrestricted by either racing or legal restrictions, its engineers crafted the race car in a way that produces over 400 percent more downforce than its road-legal sibling. It also features a roof-mounted air scoop, front dive planes, a rear wing, and fender louvers.
Both the track-only and production version of the Ford GT supercar utilize a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6. Of course, the Mk II’s engine is tuned for much higher output than the factory version.
If the Ford GT supercar reveal excited you but you’re disappointed you won’t be able to get your own, you can get another sporty Ford car here at Courtesy Ford: the legendary Ford Mustang.
We at Courtesy Ford want to share these pickup truck maintenance tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your vehicle for years to come.
Routine Oil Changes
Oil lubricates the different parts of your truck’s engine. This prevents friction from wearing the parts down over time. Old oil can become dirty, gumming up engine components and causing damage. Make sure the engine runs smoothly by routinely having the oil drained and replaced.
Check Fluid Levels
Other fluids besides engine oil are important, too. For example, coolant helps maintain engine temperature, so make sure it’s always full. Also make sure you aren’t losing any brake fluid and that windshield wiper fluid is topped off.
Change Your Air Filter
We recommend that you put a new air filter in your vehicle every 15,000 miles. Keeping clean air moving will help the engine running efficiently and last longer.
Keep the tire tread wearing evenly by regularly rotating them. Rotation switches tires around in a particular pattern to help tires and wheels last longer. This should be done every time the oil is changed.
Check Wheel Alignment
In addition to rotating your truck’s tires, you should have a mechanic align the wheels. Trucks are more likely to suffer from misalignment due to their ability to drive over rough roads at high speeds.
Bring your truck to the Courtesy Ford service department for routine maintenance to help extend the life of your Ford truck.
No matter what fuel efficiency rating your vehicle has, there may be something you can do to make it better. These tips to increase fuel efficiency will help you get the most out of each gallon of gas.
Good car maintenance helps your vehicle to run as efficiently and as safely as possible. Check your owner’s manual to see how frequently your vehicle needs things like oil changes and new air filters. These things will keep your engine running efficiently.
In between scheduled car maintenance, you can check your vehicle’s tires to ensure they have the correct air pressure. Tires with low air pressure will not perform as efficiently as possible and have a negative impact on fuel economy.
If you’re used to riding the brake or putting the pedal to the metal, you’re probably using much more fuel than you need to. Instead, learn to brake only when absolutely needed. Coast to stops at lights and stop signs, and learn to gradually slow down in traffic rather than braking last minute. Slow acceleration takes much less fuel than quick acceleration, making it a must for saving money and boosting efficiency
These are just some of the many ways you can improve the efficiency of your vehicle. If you’re due for an upgrade, why not consider an efficient new Ford like the stylish Fusion Energi or even the Ford F-150 and its best-in-class 3.0-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel? Whatever you need, you can get it right here at Courtesy Ford.
If there’s one thing that auto enthusiasts look forward to every year, it’s the unveiling of the new Ford Mustang. They got their wish at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show with the unveiling of the coupe but the Detroit-based automaker wasn’t quite done. A few days later, the new Ford Mustang convertible made its official debut.
Like the coupe, the convertible will see standard LED lights and a customizable digital instrument display added to the equipment list. A refreshed hood and new fascias are also on the list of changes.
The Mustang convertible features a time of 10 seconds to lower the insulated cloth roof. Both version of the popular sports car go on sale in fall of this year.
The 2018 Ford Mustang will be the first model to drop the V6 engine since 1994. Instead, the popular pony car will see a performance-driven 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that produces 310 hp take its place. The signature 5.0-liter V8 engine will hold its spot on the lineup. All engines will come mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
While the convertible wasn’t around at the Detroit Auto Show, it will hit more than 50 regional auto shows throughout the United States. Keep your eyes open!
Follow these tips to get the most out of your trade-in!
Getting the most out of your trade-in vehicle may seem like a no-brainer for most drivers but can be more difficult than you think. Most dealerships look to reduce the value of your used vehicle any chance they get. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure you get top dollar for your used model. We here at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City have a few tips to help you increase your trade-in value!
Clean Your Car – Most drivers hate cleaning their car, especially when it comes to detailing the entire interior. All that hard work can pay off in the form of a couple hundred dollars of value to trade in on a new car. Wash and wax the exterior then detail the interior to the best of your ability. Alternatively, you could also pay someone to professionally detail your vehicle inside and out.
Keep Documentation – Performing routine maintenance is one thing but having proof you did so is another. Keep all service documentation, such as records or receipts, and bring them to the dealership when you’re ready to trade in for a new car.
Shop Around – Don’t settle for the first offer you get. Try to get a quote from each dealership in the area, providing they have a new car you’re interested in. Some dealerships offer different values for vehicles they buy outright and those that go towards a down payment on a new car. Choose wisely!
Ford has a lot of popular SUV nameplates in the American market, like the Explorer, Expedition, and more. However, for 2018, another new name will be introduced to the lineup that will be making its home in another part of the world – namely, India. The small EcoSport SUV is getting imported from Indian factories to give Ford customers in the United States yet another option to choose from when it comes to the compact SUV segment.
More and more Americans are looking less into cars and are becoming more interesting in utility vehicles, hence the recent burst in crossovers that handle like smaller vehicles but have the capacity and comfort of an SUV. A lot of automakers are starting to produce vehicles focusing on the demographic of young up-and-comers settling down to start a family, and the EcoSport will be a perfect fit for anyone looking for a spacious family hauler that doubles as a sporty and efficient ride.
The small EcoSport SUV recently debuted during Ford’s segment at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The same nameplate has been available in various global markets for years, but the 2018 model year will be a new generation made specifically to appeal to the tastes of young American buyers. Look for it on the market sometime late 2017 or early 2018.
Has you car undergone routine maintenance recently?
A lot of families have to travel to see their loved ones during the holidays, but as you cross the U.S. in your vehicle, you might come across different climates and temperatures than you’re used to. Here are some holiday travel tips for families that might be caught out of their element as they’re on the way to visiting their relatives in other parts of the country.
Keep Maintenance Up to Date
It’s easier to stay out of trouble if your vehicle’s routine maintenance schedule is all caught up. Fluctuating temperatures can have a bad effect on tire pressure, battery capacity, and even the functioning of your engine.
It’s better to keep your most valuable possessions stowed away out of sight, so keep them in the trunk if you have one. If not, try to keep them covered.
Keep Your Phone Charged
We do a lot of things with our phones – get directions, make phone calls, stream music, etc. If your vehicle breaks down you want to make sure your phone is charged so you can call roadside assistance.
These holiday travel tips are good things to keep in mind when you’re preparing to hit the road to visit family during the Christmas season.
Courtesy Ford hopes you have a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful chance to spend time with family and friends. But let’s face it—the preparation can be stressful. It takes a lot of work to put together such a grand feast. The good news is that there are ways to make it easier on yourself. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner.
The best advice you can follow is to start planning early. Don’t wait until the week of Thanksgiving to pick your recipes or head to the store. By planning what you’ll make early on, you can take the time to look for the best deals, plus you’ll avoid crowded grocery shopping.
Make a Schedule
One of the most frustrating things about Thanksgiving cooking is that moment where you realize you need the oven at two temperatures for two foods at the same time. Avoid these conundrums by looking carefully at cooking times before hand. In some cases, you may be able to make certain recipes ahead of time, leaving you room and oven space for the others. You’ll also want to check your turkey situation, as some turkeys need longer to thaw and more time to cook.
Take a Breather
Perhaps the best thing you can do for yourself during this busy day is take a break. Starting the morning with a relaxing cup of coffee or tea rather than diving right in. Or, ask someone else to peel the potatoes while you sit down for a rest. Giving yourself time to reset will keep you feeling good as you move forward with your day.
Looking to spend an afternoon doing something different? Are you interested in catching a glimpse of Wisconsin history while you’re at it? Then you need to visit the Circus World Museum. Open for the fall season on Mondays through Wednesdays now through November 21st, this museum showcases the exciting, colorful history of the circus.
The museum was started in the 1950s by the Ringling Brother’s attorney, John M. Kelley. At the time, the popularity of railroad circuses was dwindling. Kelley feared that their history would be forgotten, so in an attempt to preserve it he opened the Circus World Museum in 1959.
Today, visitors can explore the story of the Ringling Brothers, who sometimes hunkered down in Baraboo during the winter months to repair their equipment. Ten of their original buildings still stand at the Circus World Museum and are now considered National Historic Landmark Structures. It would have been in these buildings that the Ringling Brothers cared for their huge collection of horses, elephants, tigers, lions, camels and birds.
Perhaps the most unique claim to fame at the Circus World Museum is the largest collection of authentic circus wagons. Over 200 beautiful wagons from near and far are on display. Visitors will also catch a glimpse of rotating exhibits that show anything from artifacts to vintage circus posters. During the summer season, Circus World Museum puts on daily shows featuring acrobats, jugglers, animals and clowns. The Circus World Museum is a must-see Wisconsin gem.