Ford MyKey System to Limit Mustangs?

Ford Mustang MyKey

Could the legendary Ford Mustang get a new bridle to harness its power in order to promote safe driving by those less responsible?  It just might, if the program expands across the entire Ford fleet.  Starting in the 2010 model year, Ford will roll out the MyKey feature for several of its automobiles.  The key contains a computer chip that communicates with the on-board systems in order to control speed limitations, audio system volumes, and even more annoying “fasten seat belt” alerts.  Think this sounds crazy?  To most parents, who often equip their teen drivers with performance cars, the idea sounds fantastic.  Right now, the concept is just a rumor for the 2010 Mustang, but if the popularity grows for the MyKey program, we could see this new bit used on future pony cars.  Fine by us…just make sure we have at least one “dumb” key available for the weekend. Continue Reading →

Ford Mustang FR500 Cobra Jet Testing at Milan

Ford Mustang FR500 Cobra Jet at Milan

The popular nostalgic trend surrounding the Ford Mustang and its derivatives continues to push ahead with extreme force. This time, it’s a throwback to the old 428 Cobra Jet Mustang that terrorized drag strips worldwide. Now, the Ford Mustang FR500 Cobra Jet factory drag car is alive and well, ready to exercise its purebred-inspired 5.4L DOHC V8, based upon the Shelby GT500 powerplant. With some increased boost and a stiff weight loss plan, this FR500CJ is ready to rip. Recently, the Cobra Jet was filmed at Milan DragWay and we have the video of it for you, as well as some hi-res shots of this drag racing beast. Check this venomous monster out!

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Roush No. 59 Finishes Just Short of the ‘W’ in Season Finale

Roush No. 59 Comes up Less than a 1/4 second Shy in Season Finale

Close, but no cigar.  Sounds negative at first, but when you look at the opportunities seized, the Roush racers in the #59 Ford Mustang did quite well in the KONI Challenge season finale at Virginia International Raceway.  The team of three drivers (Jack Roush, Jr., Dean Martin, and Ryan Phinny) piloted the pony to a very successful finish, less than a quarter second shy of sweet victory.  After six grueling hours on the track, the Roush team held up strongly against the competition, with methodic position gains and overcoming chafed tires near the end.  Near the finish and after an ugly caution was lifted, Martin was forced to give up the lead to Rehagen Racing teammate Matt Plumb, who was just out with fresh rubber on his #60 Mustang.  Martin still kept with Plumb down to the finish and closed out the second closest finish in KONI Challenge history, a mere 0.208 seconds behind.  There is much more to the exciting event in store, so keep reading the full story in the official Press Release from Roush.

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Former Saleen Crewmen Create TechCo

TechCo forms to create a Ford Mustang supercharger

A collection of the crew from Saleen Inc. has combined their efforts and formed a new organization titled TechCo. The focus of TechCo is to provide advanced, cutting-edge performance parts in the aftermarket arena. One of the inaugural products they have designed and produced is a twin-screw supercharger made specifically for the 4.6L V8 found in the Ford Mustang. The company also has blower units for Dodge’s HEMI applications, as well as the LS engines found in the C5 and C6 Chevrolet Corvettes. First deliveries of their products are expected to begin shipping this month, so if you are anxious to order, keep reading to find out more about their offerings in the Press Release.

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Covering Cooper & Roush Live from South Haven

We were recently invited to join Cooper Tires and Roush Performance at an unveiling event for a new high-performance tire (the RS3) that Cooper has developed exclusively for Roush Performance.  A nice dinner kicked off the event Monday (9/29/08) evening, track time took up all day Tuesday, and travel home closed it up on Wednesday.  We all tore up the 1.88-mile course at Gingerman Raceway in a Stage3 Roush Mustang to get a first hand feel of the results.  You’ve got to see the pictures!

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S197 Ford Mustang V6 AEM Cold Air Intake Install

S197 Ford Mustang V6 AEM Cold Air Intake

The well-known tech behind the black S197 Ford Mustang has returned to the shop to give a nice shot of cold, dense air to a V6 Mustang. The AEM Brute Force Intake system takes the cool blast and turns it into proven power gains that almost anyone can bolt-on. Our original StangNet.com write-up (with hi res images on demand) gives a real world overview and interpretation on how to perform the cold air kit installation on a 2007 Ford Mustang V6 coupe. StangNet Staff member bigcat shows us just how it’s done. Continue Reading →

S197 Ford Mustang AEM Cold Air Intake Install

S197 Ford Mustang AEM Cold Air Intake Install

The well-known tech behind the S197 Ford Mustang has returned to the shop to get a nice shot of cold, dense air. This AEM Brute Force Intake system takes the cool blast and turns it into proven power gains that almost anyone can bolt-on. Our original StangNet.com write-up (with hi res images on demand) gives a real world overview and interpretation on how to perform the cold air kit installation on a 2008 Ford Mustang GT/CS. StangNet Staff member bigcat shows us just how it’s done. Continue Reading →

Ford Mustang AV8R at AirVenture 2008

Ford Mustang AV8R Edition

Following the spirit of other aviation themes such as the Roush P-51 Mustang, the latest one-off S197 Ford Mustang is another aviation-inspired racecraft that is sure to put a grin on any grounded pilot’s face.  With a number of upgrades straight from the Ford Racing catalog, this highly-decorated Mustang will definitely be a crowd pleaser at AirVenture 2008.  The touches applied directly by the men & women at Ford bring this very crisp pony car up to the 400 horsepower mark.  A Whipple supercharger, cold air intake, the FRPP Handling Pack, and a hi-flow tuned exhaust all make the magic happen for this special edition Ford Mustang.  In addition to the go, this Ford Mustang is also about show.  A red-accented satin silver coat wraps around a nicely offset black colored hood and is capped off by a glass roof which exhibits a majestic Air Force Star.  Out back, the gas cap also gets the AF Star treatment.

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S197 Ford Mustang MSD Launch Master Install

S197 Ford Mustang MSD Launch Master Install

Continuing to provide race tech for the S197 Ford Mustang in our illustrated write-up series, the StangNet crew hopes that every late model Ford Mustang fan can enjoy our contributions. In this latest installation, StangNet Staff member DarkFireGT shows us how to maximize launches and get some great 60′ times with consistency. An MSD Launch Master helps the driver out in this case and allows the Ford Mustang to become a more solid, reliable drag car. Take a closer look inside, with a video and lots of images available in full detail. Continue Reading →

S197 Ford Mustang Stainless Steel Brake Line Install

S197 Ford Mustang Stainless Steel Brake Line Install
Once again, the well-known black S197 Ford Mustang has returned to the workshop to get some additional aftermarket appliqué from J&M. Some stainless steel brake lines, with a fantastic OEM fit, are the topic of choice this time around. Our original StangNet.com write-up (with hi res images on demand) gives a real world overview and interpretation on how to perform the stainless steel brake line installation on a 2005 Ford Mustang GT. StangNet Staff member bigcat shows us just how it’s done. Continue Reading →