Rowan Atkinson Crashes Ford Falcon Sprint at Goodwood Revival

Rowan Atkinson is known for his automotive enthusiasm almost as well as he is for his portrayal of Mr. Bean and other goofy characters. He regularly drives his McLaren F1, occasionally writes for UK car magazines, temporarily topped the Top Gear test track leaderboard, and even convinced Rolls-Royce to lend him a V16 prototype for us on screen in Johnny English Reborn.

Atkinson, however, isn’t perfect. He’s crashed his McLaren F1 multiple times, and has now just gotten himself into yet another unfortunate mess in none other than a classic Ford Falcon Sprint at the Goodwood Revival.

He’d been participating in the Shelby Cup event when two cars ahead of him spun out. Unable to steer clear, Atkinson hit one of the vehicles, damaging the car enough to retire from the race. Fortunately, Atkinson walked away unscathed, but the same can’t be same of the classic Ford.

It’s not every day we get to see a Ford Falcon Sprint, and it’s even less common to get to drive one. So on behalf of Shults Ford of Harmarville, mind the machinery, won’t you Mr. Atkinson?

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2014 Ford Fiesta: Tiny and Affordable

The 2014 Ford Fiesta is a tiny and affordable hatchback that is also fun to drive. Its design allows the extra small car to have exceptional handling, space and mileage. New midsized cars on the market now have hefty price tags, but the dainty Fiesta rings in at a refreshing $14,100. This makes it the perfect first car for a new driver, a student, or a frugal couple just starting out.

Combined with a five-speed manual transmission and a superb EPA fuel economy of 32 city mpg and 45 highway mpg, the Fiesta is desirable from all angles. “The dashboard and center stack are thoroughly Ford, with many buttons for electronic functions” says in a rave review. The inside is nice and cozy while still allowing for 25 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats down. For a subcompact, that is a lot of extra space, especially for ounce-sized price. Because of its small size the Fiesta is a breeze to park in tight spaces and zip around town.

Think that the tiny and affordable 2014 Ford Fiesta could be the perfect fit for you? Visit Shults Ford of Harmarville and drive one today!

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2015 Ford F-450 Rated Best-in-Class Towing

When it comes to maximum towing capacity, no truck even comes close to the 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty Class 3 pickup. The F-450 boasts best-in-class towing capabilities of 31,200 pounds, using the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standards.

Over the past couple of years, most automakers have adopted SAE J2807 standards, meaning it is easier to compare truck capabilities side-by-side. And, with this standard in place, the F-450’s towing capability is still 2,200 pounds greater than its closest competitor.

“We leave no doubt with customers that the F-450 pickup truck has best-in-class towing of 31,200 pounds—whether tested using our own internal towing standards or SAE J2807,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development, in a statement.

In addition to its rugged capabilities, the 2015 F-450 has a more capable suspension and new 19.5-inch wheels.

Giving the F-450 its strength is a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel that provides the ideal combination of power, torque, and efficiency. It delivers best-in-class 440 horsepower and 860 lb-ft of torque.

If you need the ultimate towing truck, look no further than the 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty. Give us a call today at Shults Ford of Harmarville and we’ll help you find the perfect truck.

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Ford GT-based GTR1 Cranks Out More Than 1,000 Horsepower

When it launched in 2004, the Ford GT was an exceptional car. By most standards, it remains exceptional to this day, but its age is starting to show when compared to more modern supercars.

Until Galpin Auto Sports got its hand on it. Last year, the shop unveiled the GTR1 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a Ford GT-based supercar that took everything you loved about the original and made it even better—except maybe for the paint.

Under the hood, it had a 5.4-liter V8 hooked to a twin-turbocharger that produced a total 1024 horsepower and 739 pound-feet of torque. But before you say “wow,” check out what Galpin has revealed this year. No more twin turbocharger. Smaller engine. Instead, it’s got a 4.0-liter V8 with a Whipple supercharger to make 1058 hp and 992 lb-ft.

Yes, it goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds; yes, it goes faster than 225 miles per hour; no, it has no stability control; and no, it has no traction control. Amazing, right? It’s a pure supercar, bred and true. We just wish we could display it at Shults Ford. We doubt the $1,000,000+ price tag will stop customers from stopping by just to look at it!

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