The Electric Mustang Cobra Jet Boasts Stunning Numbers

The innovations of Ford electric vehicles recently delved into the realm of the legendary Mustang. Although the Mustang Mach-E is powerful, Ford wanted to show that an electric Mustang can still dish out mind-blowing numbers. Thus, the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 was born.

The electric Mustang Cobra specs put other supercars to shame. You thought the Shelby GT500 or even last year’s Mustang Lithium concept was powerful? The new Cobra Jet 1400 was named for its horsepower output. That’s right, it delivers a whopping 1,400 horsepower. And it has a staggering 1,100 lb-ft of torque. All of that, and it barely makes a sound when the driver pushes down the accelerator.

On the racetrack, it provided a quarter-mile in the low eight seconds with a top speed of 170 mph.

Ford wanted to show its most advanced technology with the heritage of the Mustang name. What better way than through an electric Mustang Cobra. Unfortunately, the concept is not to go into production or even participate in an official race. You’ll be able to see it in action at a drag event later this year.

Thanks to the collaboration with MLe Racecars, Watson Engineering, AEM EV, and Cascadia, we can see how powerful an all-electric Ford vehicle can be.

To see the latest Ford innovations, check out our dealership lot at Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness.

2021 Ford Bronco is the Most Anticipated Vehicle of 2020

2021 Ford Bronco is the Most Anticipated Vehicle of 2020 | Inverness, FL

The 2021 Ford Bronco is officially the most anticipated vehicle of 2020, according to a study of Internet search ratings by PartCatalog. Here’s how those figures break down.

Top Google Results

Ford enthusiasts may not be able to get their hands on the 2021 Bronco yet, but they are admiring the vehicle from afar. According to PartCatalog, an auto and truck accessories website, Google searches of the new Bronco have been the most popular car searches in the Midwest, from the upper plains down to Texas, as well as the states of Pennsylvania, Maine, Virginia and Michigan. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E also made the list of most searched vehicles as well, making Ford the only automaker to appear on the list twice. PartCatalog started tracking Internet car searches a few months ago, and decided to continue the practice as a monthly feature.

Putting on the Brakes

The 2021 Ford Bronco was originally set to be unveiled on St. Patrick’s Day, but the novel coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of that event. Ford has yet to reschedule the reveal, but it will undoubtedly happen when it can be done safely for customers and staff alike.

Want to learn more about the latest Ford models? We’ll be happy to keep you informed — just contact us at Nick Nicholas Ford.

Ford Helps Teens with the Driving Skills for Life Program

Ford Driving Skills for Life 2020 in Inverness, FL

From advanced driver-assist features to community programs, Ford is dedicated to making the roads and their drivers safer. Young teen drivers are one of the biggest groups of people to be involved in crashes, so to combat this Ford started a program called Ford Driving Skills for Life. The program is now in its 17th year of working to provide new, young drivers with the skills and proficiency they need to be safe behind the wheel.

Ford Driving Skills for Life 2020 started its 80-stop tour this past January at the Manheim Auto Auction in Orlando. The program travels all over the country, with stops in 18 different states, from Alaska to Texas.

The program aims to teach teens to be safer through real-world training. Young drivers in attendance to the Ford Driving Skills for Life program will take classes on the dangers of distracted driving, as well as vehicle handling and how to recognize hazards on the road.

Ford Driving Skills for Life 2020 will have stops in states throughout the country, including Florida. Those who are unable to make an in-person course can take advantage of the online element which is designed to help both parents and teens.

Want to find the perfect vehicle for your teen driver? We have a wide range of safe new and used options that you can browse online at the Nick Nicholas Ford website.

The Best Brunch Spots Around Lady Lake

The Best Brunch Spots Around Lady Lake | Inverness, FL

Looking for a relaxing way to spend a lazy weekend morning? Lady Lake has plenty of delightful brunch spots that are perfect for a relaxed date or meeting up with your friends. Here’s a look at three of Lady Lake’s finest brunch cafes.

First Watch

Renowned for its breakfast menu, First Watch is a great place to enjoy breakfast with your friends and family. Its menu runs the gamut from healthy options, like avocado toast and turkey-and-egg-white omelets, to rich, decadent favorites like Vanilla Chai Latte pancakes. With so much variety, there’s bound to be something for everyone. If you’re feeling hungry, you can visit First Watch, located in The Villages on Bella Cruz drive.

Brooklyn Water Bagels

Unless you’ve been to the Big Apple, you probably haven’t tasted anything quite like a Brooklyn Water Bagel. This unique brunch spot, located on US-441, uses specially treated water to give their bagels an authentic-tasting twist. Plus, you can give yourself a morning boost with one of the joint’s famous Cubsta iced coffees, which is chilled with coffee ice cubes.

Keke’s Breakfast Cafe

Keke’s Breakfast Cafe offers small-town charm with an upscale twist. Located along US-441, this restaurant’s decadent menu includes paninis, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salads, and 11 types of waffles, alongside a vast menu of omelets, pancakes, stuffed French toast, and poached eggs.

At Nick Nicholas Ford, we’re proud to be a part of the Lady Lake community.

2020 Ford Ranger Awarded Truck of the Year Title by Free Press

2020 Ford Ranger Awarded Truck of the Year Title | Nick Nicholas Ford Blog | Inverness, FL

The Detroit Free Press named the 2020 Ford Ranger its Truck of the Year at the end of December, citing its “combination of value, features, and capability.” The 2020 Ranger small pickup truck is the first production model of the beloved truck since Ford suspended its run in 2012.

Starting at just $24,410, the new Ranger is more affordable than the second- and third-place trucks of the year, according to the Detroit Free Press. The Ranger comes with the advanced 2.3-liter turbocharged engine, which puts out 270 horsepower and paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, allowing it to tow up to 7,500 pounds.

DFP also complimented the abundant features on the Ranger, including Trail Control, which makes off-road terrain easier to cross with electronic throttle control, as well as advanced collision alert with automatic braking. These features make the Ranger safer and make it easier for you to enjoy your ride.

The 2020 Ranger offers a range of packages, too, so you can customize it to your exact wants and needs. The FX2 Package, for instance, adds off-road tires and a rear-locking differential for better off-road performance, and the SXT Appearance Package gives the Ranger even more style. Other available packages include the Trailer Tow Package, Bed Utility Package, Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology package, and the FX4 Off-Road Package.

Want to drive home in a winner? You can test drive the 2020 Ford Ranger at Nick Nicholas Ford.

Meet the Ford Mustang Lithium

2020 Ford Mustang in Inverness, FL

Ford is no newcomer to the world of electric cars, and soon, the automaker plans to offer an all-electric version of the Mustang. The automaker has already given us a good idea of what that green sports car might look like, thanks to the Ford Mustang Lithium prototype.

The Ford Mustang Lithium fastback made its debut at SEMA 2019 and had some pretty impressive specs to share. Under the hood, the Mustang Lithium has a Phi-Power dual-core electric motor that gets power from an 800-volt Webasto battery system and comes with special EVDrive Technology. This setup boasts over 900 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft of torque.

There’s no delay to the pep and power of this engine, which is designed to weigh less than your average EV system. Plus, it uses a Calimer Getrag MT82 six-speed manual transmission that can shift up smoothly through the generous torque. Multiple drive modes offer a customizable flair to the ride, with settings that include Valet, Sport, Track, and the ever-appealing Beast Mode.

Ford rounded out the performance-oriented design with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, Forgeline wheels, Brembo brakes, and the Ford Performance Track Handling Pack.

While the Mustang Lithium is just a prototype, you can check out the classic Mustang at Nick Nicholas Ford.

Holiday Events Near Inverness, Florida

Holiday Events Near Inverness, Florida

While we certainly won’t have a white Christmas here in Inverness, Florida, there are still plenty of ways to have a spirited holiday season in the Sunshine State. Here are just a few holiday events in the area to enjoy!

Old Fashioned Christmas

If you’d like to see the city of Inverness decked out in lights, be sure to attend the Old Fashioned Christmas event on Friday, December 13. During this celebration, the city will unveil a huge Christmas tree adorned in spectacular lights, while a locomotive will transport guests through a simulated holiday wonderland all night.

2019 Annual Christmas Parade

It certainly wouldn’t be the holidays without a good parade, and the city of Inverness will host one starting at noon on Saturday, December 14. The parade route navigates in and out of the historic downtown district of Inverness, and you’ll be certain to spot Santa Claus himself during the festivities.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Just over an hour away in Orlando, Walt Disney World hosts one of the biggest holiday parties in the world with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Held several nights a week throughout December, this celebration sees the Magic Kingdom theme park all decked out in Holiday magic. During the party, you’ll be able to witness Queen Elsa use her powers to surround Cinderella’s Castle in ice and even see snow falling on Main Street.

Here at Nick Nicholas Ford, we hope you and your family have a happy holiday season!

Best Golf Resorts in Florida

Best Golf Resorts in Florida | Inverness, FL

Inverness is uniquely located in Florida, giving us easy access to the gulf coast, the panhandle, the roof of Florida, and even the southern tip with just an easy drive. That means we can enjoy some of the nation’s best golf getaways throughout Florida without a long drive. Here are some of our favorite Florida golf resorts:

  • Sawgrass Mariott Resort and Spa – Ponte Vedra Beach: Just a three-hour drive from Inverness. This beautiful golf course rests on the Atlantic coast, just south of Jacksonville. In addition to the golf course, which spans forests of moss-draped trees and breezy beaches, there’s plenty to do at the resort. You can also enjoy bike rentals and beachfront fun, or indulge in a spa treatment.

  • Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes: If you’re in the mood for some pampering alongside your golf game, make the one-hour drive to this breathtaking golf course, which also includes a 40,000-square-foot spa.

  • Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort – Fernandina Beach: Located three hours to the northeast, this resort is a dream destination complete with massive swimming pools, nine onsite restaurants, and 3.5 miles of unspoiled beach. The accompanying golf course is the set along a grove of oak trees that are centuries old, weaving through a maritime forest.

  • Saddlebrook Resort – Tampa Bay: It’s only a one-hour drive from Inverness to the Tampa Bay area. This world-class golf resort has something for the whole family, even those who don’t play golf. Wildlife includes blue herons, turtles, and gators, and kids will enjoy the Superpool.

At Nick Nicholas Ford, we’re proud to serve the beautiful Inverness area.

What to Know About Letting Your Grandchild Borrow Your Vehicle

Teen's First Car in Inverness, FL

If you have grandchildren who are rapidly approaching the age when they can drive, you may be tempted to let them borrow your vehicle every once in a while. Still, before you do, you’ll want to read up on the rules of letting other drivers borrow your car.

The good news is that Florida has laws that allow “permissive use,” or car borrowing. According to this rule, if you let someone borrow your car with your permission, they will be covered by your insurance — although you could still have to pay the deductible and premium increases that could arise from an accident. In Florida, if the borrower causes damage to people or property, you’ll be liable for up to $100,000 per person, up to $300,000 per incident for bodily injury, and up to $50,000 for property damage. If the borrower is uninsured, or has less than $500,000 in insurance coverage, you’ll be liable for up to an additional $500,000 in economic damages stemming from the use of your motor vehicle.

If your grandchildren regularly use your vehicle, they need to be listed on the insurance policy. This will result in a more expensive policy, especially if your young drivers recently earned their license.

Of course, another option is to help your grandchild acquire a vehicle of their own. One of the best places to find a new vehicle for a brand-new driver is right here at Nick Nicholas Ford, where we have a wide variety of vehicles for you and your family members to choose from.

Ford Named One of Best Employers for Veterans by MilitaryTimes

Military Veterans | Inverness, FL

At Nick Nicholas Ford, we owe a debt of gratitude to all of the men and women who have served in our nation’s military, and we’re proud to serve a diverse community of veterans in the Inverness area. And now, we’re more proud to announce that MilitaryTimes has named Ford one of the best employers for veterans in 2019.

Ford was honored on MilitaryTimes’ Best for Vets: Employers 2019 list, making Ford and Lincoln the only dealership network in the entire automotive industry to make the cut. The MilitaryTimes list is a yearly recognition of the best businesses and organizations that prioritize supporting and hiring veterans.

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Vanessa Benson of Ford Motor Company Military and Veterans Initiatives called the award “a credit to our ongoing efforts with connecting transitioning military and veterans with great job opportunities,” adding that the Ford “commitment to our veterans is a core part of what makes us Built Ford Proud.”

Ford earned especially high marks for its policies that make it a military-spouse friendly workplace. These policies allow spouses of members of the military to have flexible hours and more flexible transfers due to the constraints of their partner’s military service.

You can test-drive a vehicle that’s Built Ford Proud at Nick Nicholas Ford.