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Ford Mustang Mach-E Passes Michigan State Police Testing

You’re not going to see Ford Mustang Mach-E police cars in your rear view mirror next week. But in the future, you could.

The Michigan State Police have pretty much established the standard when it comes to testing cars for police use. They put cars through grueling acceleration, top speed, braking, high-speed pursuit, and emergency response handling tests. This is where the Dodge Intrepid’s brakes were found to be not up to the task, catching fire in the process. The Ford Mustang Mach-E, though, passed all these tests with flying colors — the first electric car ever to do so.

It didn’t even have a cop motor, cop suspension, cop shocks… Ford submitted a bone stock example for testing. The only modification was stickers (which, arguably, do add horsepower). We won’t know exactly how the Mustang Mach-E stacks up against traditional police cars like the Ford Explorer, Dodge Charger, etc. until later this fall, when the Michigan State Police will publish test results for all cars they’ve tested during the past year.

According to Motor1.com, Ford does not currently intend to build a police version of the Mustang Mach-E. Seeing how well the regular version did in these tests establishes a baseline for its performance. I expect that when the full test results come out, Ford will see in what areas other cars beat them, then design improvements that will address those shortcomings.

Electric cars, in general, make a ton of sense when it comes to police use. Most of the time they sit around, idling, wasting gas. Electric cars, by their nature, don’t do that. They also have a massive battery, which is necessary to run all the lights, computers, radios, and other emergency equipment. Additionally, when it comes time for hot pursuit of them Duke boys, there’s nothing quite like the acceleration of an electric car. Tesla’s made it famous, but all electric motors generate maximum torque from zero RPM, making them quicker off the line than any fossil fuel car can be.

It’s an intriguing concept. The only issue is with departments that keep their cars on the road 24/7, rotating multiple officers through them as they go on and off their shifts. That doesn’t leave any time to recharge.

Ford Confirms Bronco Raptor Coming in 2022

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups advertise themselves as “two great tastes that taste great together.” After rumors flying basically since the Bronco itself was confirmed, Ford has officially confirmed that the Bronco will be getting the Raptor treatment next year. Jalopnik and The Drive have more.

It makes sense. Ford has sold countless examples of the more road-oriented Bronco Sport based on the off-road panache of the actual Bronco. No doubt some consumers actually believe they’re buying the Bronco even though the Sport fits their needs much better. Now, Ford can double down on the Bronco’s off-road prowess by building an even more capable version and slapping the Raptor label on it. The F-150 Raptor is an excellent off-road vehicle, and I have no doubt that the Bronco version will be as well. I’m sure the Bronco Raptor will help sell even more Bronco Sports.

I’m not calling out Ford by saying this, or even criticizing them. I have no doubt that the Bronco Raptor will be every bit as good an off-road vehicle as the F-150 Raptor, and the perfect halo car (truck?) for the Bronco brand. It’s good business, and excellent marketing. Who can blame them?

Ford Boosts F-150 Lightning Production Before It Even Begins

Despite not having built a single production truck yet, Ford has already announced a production increase to 80,000 F-150 Lightning electric pickup trucks annually. Ford will invest another $250 million across three Michigan plants involved with F-150 Lightning production, and hire 450 more workers to build them. The Drive has more details.

It may seem a bit bold, even cocky, to make such an investment before the truck has even hit the road. But considering that Ford has received 150,000 reservations for the Lightning, I think it’s a pretty safe bet.

Ford Reveals the “Very Gay Raptor”

In response to an internet troll who called the Performance Blue color of the Ranger Raptor “very gay,” Ford has gone over the top and created this work of art that they call, and I quote, the “Very Gay Raptor.” Motor1.com explains that Ford created this particular truck for Christopher Street Day in Cologne, Germany, a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. Between the huge rainbow and the gold sparkles, I have to say it looks fabulous, darling.

This isn’t the first time Ford has build a car specifically for this event, either. The Ka parked next to the Very Gay Raptor is a car they built for the 1998 event.

Ford Will Show Electric Crate Motor at SEMA

People have been buying and dropping crate motors into classic cars for years. My old next door neighbor had a modern 5.0 Coyote V8 under the hood of his 1967 Mustang, and it was pretty cool. Now Ford plans to offer an electric option, since electric conversions of classic cars are becoming more and more of a thing.

The Drive has the details, but this motor is just 570 mm, or 22.5 inches, from front to back. That’s tiny. It’ll fit into practically anything. It might even fit into a motorcycle if you can work out where the battery will go. Ford Performance will supply everything else, and maybe the battery, too, eventually.

2022 Ford Explorer ST To Have Standard Rear-Wheel-Drive

What’s old is new again. Sources tell Ford Authority that the 2022 edition of the Explorer ST will attempt to justify its sporting pretensions by making its currently standard all-wheel-drive an option, and coming with rear-wheel-drive off the shelf.

I remember the original Explorer, which was nothing more than a Ranger with a wagon-style body — literally a grown-up Bronco II. That was rear-wheel-drive, with optional four-wheel-drive, transfer case and all, because it was a truck. Today SUVs bear little resemblance to truck except for their sky-high price tags, and being big, bloated, and way more car than you actually need. And now, all of a sudden, rear-wheel-drive is back, because it’s sporty.

I have fond memories of the Focus ST press car I had for a week. I parked my Subaru BRZ, (a genuine rear-wheel-drive sports car), drove the ST exclusively, and thoroughly enjoyed it. This was in spite of the focus being “wrong wheel drive,” powering the front wheels. It handled well. It stopped well. It had more than enough power. In fact, the only reason I ended up replacing my BRZ with a WRX is because the Subaru dealer hooked me up with a great deal to keep me in a Subaru instead of jumping ship to Ford. I would’ve been happy owning a Focus ST. I definitely would’ve enjoyed its interior more.

To the Explorer ST, I say, “You, sir, are no ST.” I understand that since Ford has axed all their cars except the Mustang from American shores, they have to have something sporty to offer the masses. But the Explorer will never bring a smile to my face the way that Focus ST did. It’s a big lumbering SUV, and nothing can offset the bulk that comes with it. As the great philosopher Montgomery Scott said, “Ye canna change the laws of physics.”

So I find it ironic that Ford feels the need to offer a rear-wheel-drive version of the Explorer ST to scream, “Look! It really is a real performance car, really!” Then again, I also find it ironic that so many manufacturers are going back to rear-wheel-drive for performance applications after insisting on the safety and economy of front-wheel-drive layouts for years. BMW and Mercedes, who practically invented the sport sedan segment, never left rear-wheel-drive behind in the first place.

The Ford Maverick Is Cheap To Buy, Cheap To Run

The Maverick is supposed to be the small, cheap truck that the old Ranger used to be. We already know it’s the right size. Motor1.com reports that adjusted for inflation, the Maverick, starting at $19,995, is cheaper than the Model T, whose $850 price tag in 1908 dollars equals $25,000 in 2021.

Additionally, The Drive tells us that the EPA has rated the non-hybrid, 2.0-liter EcoBoost FWD models at 23 city, 30 highway, 26 combined. AWD models lose 1 mpg across the board. That’s excellent for a truck, and keep in mind this is the version with the worse mileage. Hybrid versions should get somewhere in the 40 mpg range.

Big Ford, Little Ford

One of the biggest gripes about the return of the Ford Ranger to the US is that it’s almost as big and expensive as the F-150. The new Maverick is looking to change that, being a truly compact and affordable truck. But how small is it? So far we’ve only seen pictures of the truck by itself, which makes it hard to judge its size.

Motor1.com brings us some context, spotted on the Maverick Truck Club forum. These are the first known pictures of all three trucks together, which gives us a great idea of the Maverick’s actual size. It’s significantly smaller than its two siblings towering over it, closer to the original Ranger than the current model. This is great news for genuinely compact truck fans. But can they get over its front wheel drive?