2021 Ford Bronco production is underway

The agonizing wait for reservation holders of Ford’s reborn Bronco is almost over as the first customer examples have rolled off the line at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant and are already on their way to dealerships.

The plant, located in Wayne, Michigan, has been home to the Bronco since the original launched in 1965, and it’s also home to the Ford Ranger pickup truck, which features an earlier version of the Bronco’s body-on-frame T6 platform. The Ranger will move to the updated platform when it undergoes a redesign later this year.

Ford invested $750 million in the plant to upgrade it for the new Bronco and future Ranger, adding approximately 2,700 direct jobs in the process. Part of this investment has gone toward constructing a separate modification center where a range of accessories are fitted, such as sport bars, roof racks, graphics packages, and much more. Ford has also added pre-wired switches to the Bronco to make adding electronic accessories easy.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since the 2021 Bronco was first shown. Deliveries were due to start in the spring but supplier delays related to coronovirus shutdowns meant Ford needed to push the start to summer.

2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Ford Bronco

It means some reservation holders already promised their Bronco in 2021 will have to wait until 2022 to receive their vehicles. The delays have also seen manual-equipped Broncos with the Sasquatch package pushed back to the 2022 model year.

The 2021 Bronco is offered with a base 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 rated at 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque (with premium fuel), and an available 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 with 330 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. Buyers can choose between a 7-speed manual or 10-speed automatic, as well as between two- and four-door body styles. A pickup body style is also a possibility at some point.

More powertrain options are also coming. A high-performance Raptor-like model has been spotted testing, and Ford has also hinted at a battery-electric version.

The starting price for the 2021 Bronco is a very reasonable $29,995, including destination.

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FORZA HORIZON 5 TRAILER: FORZA GOES TO MEXICO

Forza Horizon 5, the latest iteration of the fabled Forza franchise, has confirmed its open-world location as Mexico in the upcoming game out in November!

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Built for next-gen consoles Xbox Series S and X, the new Forza Horizon 5 game takes to southern America and the breath-taking sites of Mexico. The open-world driving game will explore “living deserts, lush jungles, historic cities, hidden ruins, pristine beaches, vast canyons, and a towering snow-capped volcano – the highest point ever in a Horizon game.”

Forza Horizon 5

While its been optimised for Xbox Series S and X, users on the older Xbox One generation console will still have the opportunity to play the game, as will PC players.

Sadly, gameplay is said to operate at 4K @ 30FPS (60FPS in performance mode) for Xbox Series X and 1080p @ 30FPS for the Series S model; given the game was built for the more advanced consoles, you would have expected the option of support for 120FPS for a more fluid and truer gaming experience. That being said, those skies you see in the trailer above is genuine Mexican sky as the team recorded the sky over a 12 hour period in Mexico at 12K resolution.

Forza Horizon 5

Thanks to the inclusion of more modifications, you’ll be able to tweak cars to a level you’ve not been able to before on a Forza Horizon game, like the inclusion of 100 new wheel designs, new body kits, paint options and “thousands of performance upgrades”. Sounds promising!

Forza Horizon 5

We don’t know how many cars the game is getting but from what we can see in the trailer, you can expect to be driving some epic machinery, from the Mercedes-AMG Project One and McLaren Senna to Ford Broncos and Land Rover Defenders, there’s something for everyone’s taste!

Forza Horizon 5 officially releases on November 9, although you can get early access from November 5.


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Watch Jay Leno set 9.24s quarter-mile world record in the Tesla Model S Plaid

The Tesla Model S Plaid has just started deliveries, and it already has a world record under its belt.

Jay Leno was recently invited to drive the electric super hatch down the dragstrip at Pomona raceway in Bakersfield, California, where he managed to run a quarter-mile ET of 9.247 seconds at 152.09 mph. The stunt was filmed for Leno’s “Jay Leno’s Garage” series and previewed on Saturday during a CNBC news segment.

The time represents a new world record for production cars, with Leno during a June 2 podcast on Spike’s Car Radio claiming that people from the National Hot Rod Association were “there to make it official.”

Tesla Model S Plaid specs

Tesla Model S Plaid specs

This means the Model S Plaid is quicker than the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, which ran the quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds and was banned from the strip by the NHRA for being too fast without additional safety equipment. It’s also quicker than the previous record holder, the Bugatti Chiron Sport, which posted a time of 9.4 seconds.

Tesla’s claimed quarter-mile time for the Model S Plaid is 9.23 seconds. The company also promises 0-60 mph acceleration in under 2.0 seconds, which would also be a world record.

We should point out that Croatia’s Rimac said its Nevera electric hypercar can run the quarter-mile in 8.6 seconds and America’s Czinger said its 21C hybrid hypercar can do it in just 8.1 seconds. Granted both of these cost in the vicinity of $2 million and seat only two, whereas the Tesla is a family-sized vehicle priced from $131,190, including destination.

2021 Tesla Model S Plaid

2021 Tesla Model S Plaid

Tesla dropped a bombshell in January when it announced the new Plaid grade for the Model S and Model X as part of a major update for both model lines, an update that also includes an airplane yoke-style steering wheel and no more transmission stalk.

Central to the Plaid models is a new three-motor powertrain that delivers a peak 1,020 hp. In the Model S Plaid, the powertrain will hit its peak 1,020-hp rating at about 60 mph and maintain this all the way to its 200-mph top speed. Tesla estimates the range at 390 miles, and says with high-speed charging approximately 187 miles can be added in 15 minutes.

Tesla previously announced an even quicker Model S Plaid+ with over 1,100 hp, though this model has since been canceled since the regular Plaid is already potent enough, according to Tesla.

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