As if it weren’t sweet enough to bring back the epic 5.0-liter Mustang, Ford has got another great news bit to share with everyone: for the first time ever, a Mustang will pace the Daytona 500! That’s right, for the first time in 40 years, a Blue Oval will lead the pack around the oval at the Daytona International Speedway. The 2011 Mustang GT, rollin’ with a five point oh, will be marked with a special “race red” Daytona 500 paint scheme and will include several updates to the suspension, exhaust, wheels, and interior. Just 50 of these cars will be built in the series to commemorate the exciting honor and achievement for Ford, so get your wallet and/or credit applications warmed up, folks.
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In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past oh say, 15 years, you’d sure to realize the Ford Mustang aftermarket is something that continues to sizzle on far beyond the dreams Carroll Shelby and Lee Iacocca ever imagined back in the 1960s. The staggering number of late-model Mustang spin-offs is something that could be seen as awesome, inspiring, or even sometimes comical. It’s quite daunting just how many flavors of the Ford Mustang there are. What’s more, we’ve done our best to draft up a list for you to digest, observe, and most importantly–help continue to add to it where we’ve left out!
Ready for this bitter pill? You better be, because we’re going to take a look at the comments to see if there are any we’ve missed (to date) and then also recruit you to help build the SN95, Fox, Mustang II, and Classic special edition lists. We’ve got the page breaks ready, so let’s hear it!
That’s right, Ford Mustang fans–the BOSS is back! Many aftermarket players have sought to capitalize upon the classic Ford moniker with tributes paying homage to the original. Somehow, some way, the attempts at achieving the magic have been all but completely satisfying. To quote Mr. Clarkson…”Until now.”
Ford Racing just took us forward with a glance back at the magical past that was the BOSS 302 Mustang. The Mustang BOSS 302R is a complete factory-built race car, prepped for time trials in any imaginable circuit. Boy Racers beware; your wallets are about to take a trip down a path often feared taken. The BOSS 302R brings back 5.0 liters of American V-8 muscle and crams all those ponies into a tightly-knit, track-capable Ford Mustang. Keep reading to get the full scoop in the Ford Press Release.
What’s better than a Ford Mustang that can tear up the track, terrorize small children, and leave a gaping grin on a driver’s face? A Mustang that can do it and still have the domesticated touches to make it tolerable for daily driving duties. Steeda Autosports took their 2010 Steeda Q550 Streetfighter Edition Mustang to the LA Auto Show and unleashed a barrage of upgrades to the already capable pony car by Ford. A Watts Link suspension, 0 – 60 in under 4 seconds, and solid 11 second 1320 passes are just a few of the tasty goodies the Steeda Q550 Mustang has to offer.
The Steeda Q550 is also bolstered in power thanks to a Ford Racing / Whipple supercharger system which (quite notably) is still emissions compliant in all 50 of the grand United States. By the way, yes, the “550” in the Steeda Q550 nameplate is a statement of how much power this car produces.
So how does this latest monster Mustang from Steeda get it done? Keep reading to find out!
It’s no secret ROUSH Performance knows how to design and craft a promising & powerful Ford Mustang. They’ve done it time and time again with the Stage3, the 427R, and the 540RH, so now, what’s the big fuss all about? Right in the middle of the SEMA show, the good press at ROUSH has announced they have two Ford Mustang drag cars set to light up some slicks and take on the tree…while being fueled by liquefied Propane. Yeah, you read it right. The all-aluminum 5.4-liter V8 power plant originally designed for the Ford GT will be burning the green alternative fuel by means of a bolstered 12.5:1 compression ratio and lots of other goodies. Intrigued? We are. Keep reading to get the details in the Press Release from ROUSH.
Back in early September, we showed you a video of the 2010 Cobra Jet Ford Mustang making some passes for a test ‘n tune at the Milan Dragway. During the early hours of the 2009 SEMA show this week in Las Vegas, Ford Racing pulled the coverings off the car and made its debut a kosher occurrence. A mere 50 units are going to be produced by [the profitable] Ford Motor Company, so the scramble to get a hold of one of these 2010 CJ Mustang specimens will certainly thin out those with slow reaction times. What’s so great about this car? It’s a total turnkey racer straight from the Ford Racing catalog; it is equipped with a 5.4-liter V8 & a 3.4-liter Whipple supercharger; it is yet another capstone on the fortress of a legendary Ford Racing past. Take a closer look at this winner of a drag-car and check out the full story in the Ford Press Release as well.
Most of the time, a Ford Mustang fan is inclined to zone in on one particular paradigm: “go” or “show”. As a result, many modified Mustangs reach a point to where they are so tweaked and/or pampered, they are relegated to weekend warrior cruising or track-only duty. So where’s the dualism here? Why can’t a Mustang fan have the cake and eat it too?
This year at SEMA 2009, Classic Design Concepts (CDC) will take the best of both worlds and mold them into one awesomely capable pony car package. The main premise of this latest CDC project is twofold: create a concept suited for the racing lifestyle enthusiast with simple tools and track day needs contained right inside the car AND keep the car’s performance & suspension upgrades in check to be aggressive, but not overbearing for comfortable everyday driving.
Keep reading to get the list of modifications on this 2010 CDC Mustang coupe and if you’re at SEMA, be sure to stop by the CDC booth to check it out firsthand!
With just under two weeks to go until the 2009 SEMA show, Ford decided to tease us all with an excerpt regarding the return of the infamous 5.0-liter Mustang. Word of the 2010 Ford Racing Boss 302R spread fast late this week…and rightly so. This 400hp special edition throwback to the muscle era is a race-inspired pony car well poised to assault the aggregate at any raceway. The Boss 302R will come in its base form with a sticker price of $79,000 while its upgraded sibling, tweaked with a Grand-Am Homologation package, will post a price of $129,000 for those Mustang racers looking to get into the KONI Challenge series. There’s not a plethora of “official” details (let alone imagery) released yet and Ford is being intentionally vague here, but keep reading to check out the official dealership notice sent out to let everyone know what’s coming at SEMA 2009.
A faithful following seems to make a legend all the more enticing and solid. The fans (and freaks) behind the Ford Mustang never cease to amaze us with their stories of adventure, triumph, and awesomeness. One such story on the heartwarming side, is of Joseph Cram (Hot Rod Joe to his friends) and his father, Ralph Cram. They had always longed to take their rebuilt 1968 Ford Mustang Coupe out on the open roads of the USA for a grand father-son event to remember.
Then the economy took an unexpected turn. Joe and his father were forced to part with their beloved ’68 Mustang and left behind a gaping hole in their hearts. Now, 16 years after the prior departure, Joe and Ralph were given the chance to take a road trip from Houston to Detroit to take part in the renowned Woodward Dream Cruise, rolling down the roadways in a 2010 Mustang convertible. Keep reading to check out the Cram’s story, as it’s just one of many epic Mustang chronicles in the series of Ford’s “The 2010 Unleashed” program. More official details and other stories can be read & seen at the2010mustang.com.
In case you’ve been under a rock and missed the news the first time around, the Ford Mustang is set to join the NASCAR racing series in the 2010 season. The 2010 Mustang trimmed out for the NASCAR Nationwide Series will run in at least four races as part of a new car rollout program. Tomorrow, Jack Roush (of Roush Fenway Racing) will officially announce and unveil the 2010 Mustang race car. Not long after the unveiling, a test run by Colin Braun is set to come about on November 2nd at Talladega. Better catch it while you can this fall, because it will be a while before you’ll see it on the track next July at Daytona International Speedway in Florida. There’s more in store behind the car, so be sure to check out fordracing.com for more details.
UPDATE 10/13/09: Check out some slick video footage inside!