Who Knew? – Good Neighbor Exhaust Sound Mode

Who doesn’t love the sound of a throaty V8 exhaust? That is just part of the joy of having a muscle car. Well, turns out that early morning departures and late night arrivals to your home may have your neighbors thinking poorly of your joy of this sound.

Surveys reveal that along with power tools, barking dogs, and band practice, loud engine noise is among the most annoying. Seems early morning lawn mowing wins, but that throaty exhaust sound is right up there on the annoying factor for some.

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What to do to save face with your neighbors? Ford has introduced a solution on the 2018 Mustang. An industry first development called “Quiet Exhaust” Mode. Match that up with the new ”Quiet Start” and you have the ability to lower the exhaust sound by 10 decibels and be able to program what time of day it functions.

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Who Knew? – Vegetable Steel for Car Parts

In efforts to find and use sustainable materials in the manufacturing of car parts, Ford is exploring the use of bamboo in vehicle interiors. Bamboo is strong, flexible, totally renewable, and plentiful in China and many other parts of Asia.

Bamboo is natural, eco-friendly, and regenerates easily. It can grow as much as three feet per day and can reach maturity in two to five years. Other types of tree material can take decades to mature.

Ford’s research and engineering center has been working with suppliers for years to evaluate the best use for the material that has a tensile strength better than some types of metals. When combined with plastic it makes extra strong parts. It currently performs better than other synthetic and natural fibers in a variety of strength tests.

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