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Ford Successfully Uses Graphene To Protect & Quiet Engine Parts

October 19th, 2018

A Ford engineer tests strength of material produced with graphene on a hydraulic press

We imagine a good number of West Michigan Ford Performance fans know what carbon fiber is, or at the very least what it looks like. It’s commonly found as a trim option in Ford vehicles with sport packages because of its widespread use in motorsports. Though purely aesthetic in this case, carbon technology has seen widespread use in aerospace, performance racing, and more recently in consumer goods because of its ultra light weight and incredible durability.

The ‘carbon’ in carbon fiber is simply graphite (the same stuff that’s in pencil lead,) which is just trillions of sheets of carbon atoms stacked on top of each other. A single, one-atom-thick sheet of perfectly-arranged carbon atoms is called graphene, and it’s been one of the holy grails of nanomaterial since it was first isolated in 2004. Though the potential applications are immeasurable, it hasn’t seen many practical applications because it’s difficult and expensive to produce. Recently this has begun to change.

Ford has recently managed to overcome those hurdles. With the help of Eagle Industries and XG Sciences, Ford found a way to introduce graphene into various coatings and foams used under the hood of Ford vehicles, boosting their strength and heat dissipation. Long story short, it was a rousing success and soon West Michigan Ford drivers will enjoy quieter vehicles with better-protected engine components. It is expected to go into production this year and will be included in the New Ford F-150 and Ford Mustang with more vehicles to follow.

An article on the Official Ford Media Center tells more about how it was developed – check out some excerpts below!

Cell Phones, Sporting Goods, And Soon, Cars: Ford Innovates With “Miracle” Material, Powerful Graphene For Vehicle Parts

It’s in cell phones and even some sporting goods – and soon, for the first time in automotive, it will be under the hood in Ford vehicles. Ford Motor Company is announcing the use of graphene – a two-dimensional nanomaterial – in vehicle parts.

Dubbed a “miracle material” by some engineers, graphene is 200 times stronger than steel and one of the most conductive materials in the world. It is a great sound barrier and is extremely thin and flexible. Graphene is not economically viable for all applications, but Ford, in collaboration with Eagle Industries and XG Sciences, has found a way to use small amounts in fuel rail covers, pump covers and front engine covers to maximize its benefits.

“The breakthrough here is not in the material, but in how we are using it,” said Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader, sustainability and emerging materials. “We are able to use a very small amount, less than a half percent, to help us achieve significant enhancements in durability, sound resistance and weight reduction – applications that others have not focused on.”

In 2014, Ford began working with suppliers to study the material and how to use it in running trials with auto parts such as fuel rail covers, pump covers and front engine covers. Generally, attempting to reduce noise inside vehicle cabins means adding more material and weight, but with graphene, it’s the opposite.

Keep reading on Media.Ford.com.

Shop High-Tech New Ford Vehicles at Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids, MI

If you’re searching West Michigan for a vehicle with the latest tech, both under the hood and in the cabin, visit Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids today! With nearly 400 New Ford Vehicles to browse, there’s a vehicle here that suits your needs, tastes, and budget. Take a look at our New Ford Inventory and stop by anytime to go on a test drive! If you want to put one through the paces of your daily routine, ask us about our Day Trader Program and swap rides with us for a full day.

If you have any questions, our friendly and courteous sales staff is here to help. Learn more about Borgman’s Fair Trade Deals and come see why we’re the Best in the West!


West Michigan Truck Fans: Pre-Order Your 2019 Ford Ranger Today!

October 10th, 2018

West Michigan Truck Fans can now preorder the 2019 Ford Ranger at Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids, MI

2019 Ford Ranger Production Begins December 2018 – Arrives in West Michigan in February

The wait is almost over: the 2019 Ford Ranger goes into production very soon and pre-orders are now open at Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids! If you’d like to be one of the very first in West Michigan to drive the all-new Ranger, visit today and talk to one of our experts about features, trims, and pricing. The 2019 Ford Ranger will begin to ship to dealers in February 2019.

If you’d like to know a little more about the New Ranger, the Official Ford Media Center recently posted an update about just how capable and tough the new truck really is. Learn more about the payload, towing, and power of the mid-sized pickup in the excerpts below: Read the rest of this entry »


Watch This 3-Part Documentary on the New 2019 Ford Edge ST

September 28th, 2018

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The New 2019 Ford Edge ST has started rolling into West Michigan, and Borgman Ford can’t wait to see auto enthusiasts get behind the wheel of this thing. Boasting 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, the Edge ST screams up to 60 mph in under 6 seconds and has proven to be the fastest ST-badged vehicle to date.

To celebrate the launch of this exciting sports SUV, The Official Ford Media Center has put together a 7-minute mini-documentary about the Edge ST and the ST brand in general, broken into 3 videos on YouTube. We’ve embedded them for your convenience below, or you can head over to Media.Ford.com to see each accompanying write-up. Read the rest of this entry »


How Ford Performance Innovations Make Their Way Into Borgman Ford’s Selection

September 27th, 2018

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Whether you follow motorsports or not, Borgman always finds it interesting how breakthroughs in the performance garage eventually find their way into the vehicles on our lot in Grand Rapids. Several Ford innovations like the ever-popular EcoBoost engine started life this way, and now Ford is showing off some other cool tech they’re working on for race cars that will eventually improve their entire lineup.

In this article, we’ll take a quick tour of a Ford Performance facility, explain some of the technology they’re using there, and show how it benefits performance and ‘civilian’ vehicles alike. Read the rest of this entry »


Test Drive a New Ford & Raise Funding for the Grandville Band Boosters!

September 19th, 2018

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Ford Drive 4 UR School: Grandville Band Boosters
Saturday, October. 20th 2018 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Grandville Band Booster Program needs our help, and the good news is all you have to do is test drive a New Ford Vehicle! We’d like to invite everyone to join us at Grandville High School on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and take part in the Ford Drive 4 UR School event!

For every person who stops by the high school and test drives that day, Ford will donate $20 to the band boosters for uniforms, instruments, educational materials, or anything else the band program needs. Together, we can help them raise $6,000 in one day!

Anyone 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license and auto insurance can go for a spin, but only one test drive per household will be valid. This only takes a few minutes of your time, but it makes a big difference!

Ford launched the Drive 4 UR School program in 2007 to help raise funding for education. It allows schools and their various programs to continue or expand through participation with the community. Following the program’s success, Ford launched the Drive 4 UR Community program to help other charitable and community organizations in the same way. These two programs have now raised over 35 million dollars for organizations across the nation. To learn more about the program, visit FordDrive4UR.com.

If you’re interested in going, be sure to check out our Event Page on Facebook. We hope to see you there, and Go Dawgs!

Grandville High School
4700 Canal Ave. SW
Grandville, MI 49418
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The New Ford Edge All-Wheel Drive System Uses AI to Keep Up With West Michigan Weather

September 12th, 2018

Photo of the New 2019 Ford Edge ST driving though changing weather conditions in West MI with an advanced AI-controlled AWD system
We’ve all experienced it: you’re driving along a West Michigan highway on a beautiful sunny day, and out of nowhere it starts pouring rain. Maybe you’re in Grand Rapids traffic around late fall or early spring and the temperature suddenly dips below freezing. Either way, it makes the advanced new AI-controlled All-Wheel Drive system in the 2019 Ford Edge that much more appealing to Michiganders.

Imagine being in one of the two scenarios above and not needing to do anything but stay focused on the road. The computer keeps an eye on input from all over the vehicle and is able to figure out what kind of driving condition you’re in. It then adjusts the vehicle’s systems accordingly – switching from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive automatically. Read the rest of this entry »


Borgman Ford Applauds Ford’s Local & Global Volunteer Efforts

September 7th, 2018

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Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids MI, is proud to represent a company with as much philanthropic reach as Ford. September is Ford Global Caring Month and all across the globe, Ford’s Volunteer Corp is hard at work to brighten the lives of people and improve their community infrastructure.

These projects include enabling access to clean water and building homes all over the world, to other community-based projects as close to home as Detroit. The Ford Motor Company Fund has also chipped in $700,000 to support these projects – providing the global volunteer corp with tools, materials, and other necessary support. Read the rest of this entry »


Ford Announces Special “Heritage” Packages for the Ford GT for 50th Anniversary of Le Mans Victories

August 29th, 2018

A photo of the New Ford GT Heritage Edition

Borgman Ford Congratulates Ford on the 50th Anniversary of Their Victory at Le Mans

Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids is cheering alongside Ford this week as they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their victory at Le Mans. To pay homage to their iconic Ford GT entered in the race, Ford has announced a special “Heritage Edition” of their modern GT. The most notable throwback to the legendary car is the blue and orange paint scheme – a color combo that has become one of the most recognizable in motor sports since Ford’s 1968 victory. Read the rest of this entry »


One-of-a-Kind Ford Mustang Auctioned For Charity Delivered at Woodward Dream Cruise

August 23rd, 2018

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Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids, MI is always excited to see the custom Mustangs that are created for charity benefits. This year’s model in particular did not disappoint. The 700 horsepower monster pictured above was named the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT, and was sold for $420,000 at auction to benefit youth aviation education programs.

Better yet, the car was delivered to its new owner at the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit last weekend by none other than famed drift racer Vaighn Gittin Jr. Read the rest of this entry »


These Top-Tier Ford Engineers Helped Make Your New Ford Better

August 15th, 2018

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Borgman Ford happened on a story this week that’s sure to interest West Michigan Ford Performance fans and casual buyers alike. It tells the story of an elite team of engineers who push Ford’s high-performance vehicles to their absolute limit. This is all done to collect data – pertaining to braking, steering, acceleration, and more. It sounds like maybe the coolest job ever, but it’s their work that refines technologies such as EcoBoost Engines – now commonplace in Ford vehicles around Grand Rapids. Read the rest of this entry »


 

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