What 650 Miles With Ford's Top Designer Taught Me About Tomorrow's Cars

On day two of my classic Mustang road trip with Ford Motor Co.'s top two designers, Moray Callum and I were concerning ourselves with the future. Not just the future of cars, cities, and design; but our own imminent futures. Because we were driving a half-century-old car, with antiquated brakes, insufficient tires, and … » 4/23/14 3:40pm Yesterday 3:40pm

Driving the Past, For the Future of Car Design

This week the Ford Mustang, perhaps America's most culturally influential car, turned 50. Ford Motor Company celebrated the anniversary with commemorative models and publicity stunts, but the company's top two designers had the most fitting tribute: A Michigan-to-NYC road trip in two classic Mustangs. I rode along and, … » 4/18/14 4:07pm Friday 4:07pm

Ford Built A Mustang On Top Of The Empire State Building Last Night

It's been 50 years since Ford built the world-renowned 1965 Mustang and placed it high above Manhattan on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. Last night, Ford came back with a bigger, yellower, all around more complicated car from 2015 and decided to recreate the famous stunt as a 50-year homage—only this… » 4/16/14 9:20am 4/16/14 9:20am

Ford's New Solar-Powered Electric Car Is Its Own Rolling Power Grid

Electric cars have come a long way in the past decade or two, but one glaring problem remains: you have to charge the dang things. What do you do when there aren't enough charging stations (and there aren't)? If you're Ford, you build a car that charges itself. » 1/02/14 2:00pm 1/02/14 2:00pm

Ford's New Mustang: Designed For the Future, Without Ignoring the Past

Ford's new Mustang, officially unveiled today, is a technological tour de force. Our friends at Jalopnik had an in-depth tour at what's under the hood, and came away duly impressed. But for a closer read on the car's equally stunning looks, Gizmodo spoke with Moray Callum, director of design at Ford. » 12/05/13 3:50pm 12/05/13 3:50pm

Ford's Factory Cameras Can Spot a Single Speck of Dust on a New Car

Busy assembly lines can be dirty places, and nowhere is that more obvious than when a new vehicle rolls out of the paint shop. Specks and imperfections stand out like a sore thumb, and need to be cleaned up before a new car is delivered to a dealership. Previously, Ford relied on manual inspections, but now the… » 8/22/13 4:20pm 8/22/13 4:20pm

Ford's New Prototyping Machine Turns Sheet Metal Into Custom Parts

A modern assembly line can churn out a new vehicle every few minutes, but when carmakers want to build and test a prototype, it takes weeks to produce the dies and moulds needed to stamp out a custom one-off part. So Ford has developed a fantastic new prototyping machine that functions kind of like a 3D printer in… » 7/03/13 1:31pm 7/03/13 1:31pm

Why You Shouldn't Be Too Quick to Cheer Self-Driving Cars

One of the clear automotive technology trends at CES this year is cars that drive themselves. From Audi to Lexus to Ford, the world's largest car companies are beginning to follow Google's lead in an effort to produce cars smart enough to drive themselves. The thought is that autonomous cars will reduce the number of… » 1/10/13 5:00pm 1/10/13 5:00pm

Why a Brand New, Billion-Dollar Aircraft Carrier Still Needs Old-Timey …

So there you are, walking around on the world's most advanced aircraft carrier. Everything around you is a multi-million dollar machine packed with advanced technology. Then something propped in the corner catches your eye. Is that an old wooden ladder? What the hell is that doing here? » 9/28/12 2:20pm 9/28/12 2:20pm

The 233-Foot Tall, 4600-Ton Crane That Builds Aircraft Carriers

Aircraft carriers are, how to say, big. Building them is a lot easier if you have a really, really big crane. Meet Big Blue. She's the largest crane in the western hemisphere, and she's hard at work piecing together the new Ford-class aircraft carriers in Newport News, Virginia. » 9/26/12 11:30am 9/26/12 11:30am

The Bow Size of the Navy's New Nuclear Supercarrier Defies Belief

This is something you can't usually see: the bow of an American nuclear aircraft supercarrier, the new Gerald R. Ford—the lead ship of a new class that will start replacing the Nimitz-class in 2015. » 5/25/12 12:20pm 5/25/12 12:20pm

This Is How the Navy Is Building Their New Nuclear Supercarrier Class

This is the Gerald R. Ford aircraft supercarrier. She will be the lead ship of the new class that will eventually replace the Nimitz-class supercarriers. She is also the first carrier to be entirely designed using three-dimensional modeling software. » 5/21/12 11:40am 5/21/12 11:40am

What Is Google Up To With Ford's First Electric Focus?

Ford's electric Focus was first announced this time last year — and now it's slowly going in to production. But Google has its hands on some of the first vehicles to roll off the line. Just what are they doing with them? » 1/05/12 5:44am 1/05/12 5:44am