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Shuttling Around Southern California in a Magma Red 2018 Ford F150
Nobody Rides for Free…well, sort of
By now, we hope you’ve heard of our Week to Wicked series of builds here at Mustang360. We’ve been doing these weeklong builds as a company for a couple years now, but as your favorite Mustang magazines (Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords and Mustang Monthly), we’re on the brink of our third build. We started with a 1966 Mustang coupe, which started life as a six-cylinder car, but by the end of the build week it had a fire-breathing Ford Performance 363 with a Performance Automatic 4R70W behind it.
This past January we did a 2013 Mustang GT, to which we added the best from Continental Tire, Roush Performance, American Legend, Maximum Motorsports, Covercraft, Holley, Diablosport, Steeda Autosports, JLT Performance, Wizards Products, and EBC brakes.
These builds take place at our Santa Ana, California tech center, and of course, with Mustang360 Tech Editors Mark Houlahan and myself on the east coast, we need wheels to get us to the beach, I mean, the tech center while we’re on the left coast. Like any company, operating costs are always on the radar, so renting a vehicle large enough to carry Mustang Monthly Rob Kinnan and his Big Gulps all over creation is out of the question. Fortunately, as members of the automotive press, we have the privilege of being able to call on Ford Motor Company for a press vehicle while we’re on location.
Luckily for us, Ford had a Magma Red 2018 Ford F150 in the fleet so when it was offered to us, we jumped on it. We were able to pile everyone in it, and also haul any parts needed to complete the build. The F150 served us well by getting the Mustang360 staff to dinner, chasing down last minute parts, and getting the car’s Continental tires and American Legend wheels to the tire shop and back for mounting and balancing.
Our Magma Red example was outfitted with pretty much every option available on a 2018 F150, but two options we really enjoyed was Ford’s Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, and the back-up/360-degree camera. On busy California highways, the adaptive cruise control allowed us to set the cruise, and just drive. The truck kept the desired gap between us and the vehicle ahead, even bringing the truck to a stop if traffic necessitated it. Whenever we had clients with us not in the know, they were amazed we didn’t have to touch the brake or the gas in everyday traffic.
The back-up/360-degree camera came in handy because in California, parking is at a premium, and the spots are tighter than other parts of the country. Cameras located in the truck’s grille, tailgate, and the underside of each side mirror, creates an overhead view of where the truck is in a parking space. With tight spaces, this feature enables you to park perfectly centered in a spot every time, and in California’s parking confines, this is a must.
Plus, it goes without saying we enjoyed the F150’s Coyote engine and 10-speed automatic, smooth ride, and luxurious interior, but were most pleased to show those not familiar with Ford’s latest technological advances.
Fortunately, we get the use of another F150 in a few weeks for our upcoming Week to Wicked build. This time it’s a 1967 Mustang coupe that gets transformed into a fastback. We’re not going to give you any more information than that. You’ll have to tune in here, and our Facebook pages to see all about it.