Track Day

Buy a new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, get a free track day at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Ford is upping the incentive to get a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

So, you've bought a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Now the question has to be, "Do you know how to drive it?" Ford is offering buyers the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of track driving during a free session at Charlotte Motor Speedway with their Mustang Shelby GT500 purchase.

Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina is the home of the new Ford Performance Racing School. GT500 Track Attack, the program Mustang Shelby GT500 owners are invited to attend, will be the first program introduced at the location.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Ford has opened a new driving school at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

During the program, owners are given the opportunity to learn firsthand the capabilities of their cars with professional training from instructors. They train in the classroom, on a road course, and on a four-wide drag strip. The immersive experience allows drivers to test the performance and handling characteristics of their new cars with concentrations on braking and launch techniques. Owners will learn how to maximize the technology of the car's drive modes and launch control..

"With its supercar-level powertrain, the all-new Shelby GT500 takes Mustang to a performance level once reserved only for exotics," said Dave Pericak, director of enterprise product line management, Ford. "We've set a new standard among American performance cars with our most powerful street-legal V8 to date, plus the quickest-shifting transmission ever in a Mustang for all-out precision and speed. GT500 Track Attack is absolutely essential in helping owners understand how to get the most out of their cars. This promises to be an exciting experience – one that owners will never forget."

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 The program lasts for one day but participants can add another day of instruction for a fee.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford Performance Racing School will provide Shelby GT500s for participants to use in all exercises. An optional second day of on-track instruction will be conducted in Ford Mustang GTs equipped with upgraded Ford Performance suspensions and brakes.

As part of the deal when buyers purchase a new 2020 Mustang Shelby GTA500, Ford will cover costs of the driving school in its entirety, while owners will be responsible for their travel, hotel and optional-day Mustang GT program costs. While not yet finalized, options for owners to bring guests are being considered. Those interested in learning more about this program should sign up here to receive additional details as they become available.

Look for Ford Performance Racing School to announce specific plans and schedules for GT500 Track Attack in the near future at www.GT500TrackAttack.com.

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Research and development

Ford names site for battery development facility

Ford's new facility will house battery research and development.

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Ford is in the news again for its electrification efforts, this time with the confirmation of a Michigan location for a new battery research and development facility in Romulus, Michigan. The facility may eventually help Ford in-source much of its EV supply chain, a shift that could prevent or mitigate the challenges presented by parts and technology shortages.

As part of its electrification initiative, the automaker plans to build a new research and development facility, called Ford Ion Park. The facility will house new tech research, pilot programs for new manufacturing techniques, and will help give Ford more control over its supply chain.


Ford Ion Park Once complete, the facility will initially house 200 engineers.Ford


The price tag for the new facility and related efforts lands at $185 million, which sounds like chump change for a global automaker until we consider that Ford has committed $30 billion to electrification by 2025. The automaker says that its new facility renews its dedication to Michigan as its home base for EV development, a promise it originally made back in 2010. The company's new electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck will be built in Dearborn, which will add 500 jobs. An additional 225 jobs will be retained at Ford's Dyke Electric Powertrain Center.

As part of Phase One of the project, Ford plans to hire 200 engineers within 18 months of the 270,000-square-foot facility's opening. Ironically, the site was previously owned by A123 Systems, a battery manufacturer that closed the facility in 2017 due to low demand for batteries.


Ford Ion Park Ford has committed $185 million to the new facility and related efforts.Ford

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New sports car

2022 Subaru BRZ pricing announced

The BRZ is all-new for 2022.

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Earlier this year, Subaru announced the all-new BRZ sports car, which is coming this fall to replace the previous generation of the car that was discontinued in 2020. It, along with its Toyota cousin, the 86, get more power, updated interiors, and better technology than their predecessors.

The BRZ Premium is the base trim of the car. It starts at $28,955 after destination. Adding an automatic transmission drives the price up by $1,600 to $30,555. The BRZ Limited starts at $31,455 after destination, which shifts to $33,255 with an automatic transmission.


2022 Subaru BRZ The BRZ's compact size and manual transmission make it enthusiast friendly.


The 2022 BRZ gets a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 228 horsepower. Part of the appeal of small, sporty cars like BRZ is that they are infinitely more fun to drive than larger, more computerized vehicles. To that end, the car comes standard with a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission. Buyers can opt to swap in a six-speed automatic transmission, but that almost defeats the point of the car. A Torsen limited-slip differential, vehicle stability control with track mode, and 17-inch wheels round out the car's standard performance features.

Inside, the BRZ comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and dual-zone automatic climate controls. A new gauge cluster display can show amps, coolant temperatures, or the car's lateral g-forces, and when track mode is engaged, the tachometer shifts from a circular to a color linear graph.


2022 Subaru BRZ An updated interior and tech are highlights of the new BRZ,

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