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LEGO has to be the best toy ever! You can build anything with those colorful little bricks – including a full-sized Ford Explorer. It’s on display at the Chicago Assembly Plant, but will be making it’s way to the new Ford Driving School at the LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park.
Made from more than 380,000 LEGO bricks, the bright red LEGOLAND Florida edition Explorer was created by 22 designers (you have a great job if you get to build a LEGO car and get paid for it). It tips the scales at 2,654 pounds and sits on a 768-pound interior aluminum base.
It’s sitting pretty at Ford’s Chicago plant, which produces the Explorer, but will soon be making the trip across country to Florida. It’ll make the journey in a trailer with transparent sides, offering motorists a unique change of scenery. The LEGO Explorer’s final destination is the new 150-acre LEGOLAND Florida theme park just outside Orlando. If you’re planning a trip there, you’ll find this attraction in front the Ford Driving School for children.
“Ford is excited to support the alliance between LEGOLAND Florida and the Southeast Ford dealers. The LEGOLAND Florida Explorer and the Ford Driving School attraction are great opportunities to showcase our products and safety messages to families and visitors in a unique way,” said Tracy Magee, Ford Experiential Marketing manager.
The new LEGOLAND opens its gates on October 15, and will feature than 50 family-focused rides, shows and attractions and a historical botanical garden. Using more than 50 million LEGO bricks, the park is divided into 10 themed entertainment zones. One of those zones is the Ford Driving School, where kids can get behind the wheel and feel what it’s like to drive.
Watch a time-lapsed video of the making of the LEGO Ford Explorer after the jump:
Car buyers are choosing panorama roofs instead of convertibles. Ford has reported that sales of vehicles with panoramic roofs are increasing. Almost half of buyers purchasing the Explorer and Edge SUV are purchasing the option. About a third of Flex buyers are also buying the same skylight paneled cars.
At 20/28 MPG city and highway, Ford‘s Ecoboosted Explorer is the most efficient seven-passenger SUV on the market.
With 28 MPG on the highway that’s 3 more than a Highlander, 4 more than a Traverse, and 5 more than both the Highlander and Grand Cherokee. Not bad for a four-cylinder. Four pistons in an SUV, of course, still get the stigma of slowness, but the Explorer delivers 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the miracle of turbocharging, this is more torque than the 250 lb-ft found in the 3.5-liter V6.
And all on regular gas, too!
There are some drawbacks, however. Ford is saving the 2.0-liter Ecoboost for just the front-wheel-drive model. With that combination, towing capacity drops from 1979 Continental to Miata levels, or 5,000 to 2,000 lbs. And above all, the Boosted Explorer will feature a price premium of $995 over the V6, in a reversal of cylinder count posturing.
Will consumers accept the higher price and lower towing for better mileage? Either way, it’s nice to have the option.
Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2011 Ford Explorer Review or hit the jump to watch our video review:
If you “like” electric vehicles, you’ll want to check out Ford‘s new electrified Facebook Fanpage. Dedicated to educate enthusiasts and curious consumers, fans will be able to find and share information about Ford’s electric vehicles.
If you’re already a fan of this page, you’ll know that it’s where Ford first revealed the information about the all-new Focus Electric. Now, you can use the page to discover what electric choices are available and how to make the switch to the electric lifestyle.
If you’re thinking about making the switch to a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicle, the Ford Electrified Vehicle Facebook page is a great tool to use to help you understand the differences between electrified vehicle technologies. The page is also an outlet where fans can interact with Ford, post questions and leave comments about the company’s electric vehicles.
The page offers links to videos and photos of Ford’s electrified vehicles, and provides information about the powertrains in each vehicle. There are areas for discussion between fans, user polls, a place where fans can direct questions to Ford’s electric vehicles team, and a calendar for upcoming events.
“We’re committed to engaging in an ongoing dialogue with our fans in a way that provides value for the time they choose to spend with Ford online,” said Scott Monty, Ford digital and multimedia communications manager. “As we’ve proven with Fiesta Movement and the Explorer reveal on Facebook, it’s important to pay attention to what people are saying, and for us to be able to respond and provide a unique experience for them as well.”
To become a fan of Ford’s Electrified Vehicle, click here.
The 2011 Ford Explorer beat out the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee to win the North American Truck Of The Year award. The winner was announced at the 2011 North American International Auto Show, where the Chevrolet Volt was also announced as the Car of the Year.
We bet that you wish you could be in the car whenever your teenager takes it out for a spin. Sure, you trust them, but you would feel better if you could make sure they weren’t going too fast or you could turn the radio dial when Howard Stern comes on. Thanks to Ford’s enhanced MyKey system, you’ll feel a lot better the next time your teen asks for the keys.