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Line Lock is stock on the 2015 Ford Mustang

What’s better than a 2015 Ford Mustang?  What’s better than a smoky burnout?  How about BOTH?  With 50 years behind it, an avid fan base excited to get more for their money, and Ford listening to what its customers want, we are totally set with this one, folks.

Every 1320ft racer knows the tires have to be on the sticky side to tear off from the tree and make any sort of respectable run down the track.  The process, of course, is a calculated tire burnout based upon a plethora of circumstantial factors required by the car, track, weather, and…..the list goes on.  Well now, there’s one less thing to have to think about AND to have to think about installing from an aftermarket source: a line lock.

That’s right–Ford is offering up the chance for saving some rear brake pads and simultaneously shredding the rear tires on the 2015 Mustang GT…as a standard offering.  The comical part in all of this?  Ford offers the line lock feature from the factory, states that the feature should only be used when racing in sanctioned areas, then closes with saying any racing of the car automatically voids the warranty.  Wait, what?  Bean counters and lawyers got the last words on this news, it seems, hah!

Keep tracking to see this in action and to read the official Ford Press Release.

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Hertz and Penske Racing Ford Mustang GT

Think you are ready for another rent-a-racer Ford Mustang?  Good thing, because the Ford and Hertz & Penske Racing alliance has resulted in one hot thing already this summer–a sporty Mustang GT to take up honors as the latest addition to the Hertz Adrenaline Collection.

The Hertz Penske Mustang GT can be found for rental at select US airport rental locations, and includes a healthy amount upgrades from the base late model Mustang trim.  Let’s start with a quad-tip exhaust system, a tuned ECU, 3.55 gears out back, and Brembo braking at all 4 corners.  Not bad…at all.  And of course, the Coyote 5.0-liter engine is underhood, cranking out an underrated (due to performance enhancements) 420hp.

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Ford Mustang in Formula DRIFT Championship this weekend

Got plans for this evening or tomorrow?  If you are in the Jersey Shore area this weekend, then you have a fair chance for a smoky Ford Mustang treat.  The 2013 Formula DRIFT championship is all set up, with Vaugn Gittin, Jr. set to defend his 2012 championship, and Mustang mate Justin Pawlak resting solid at 8th place in the overall points competition this year.  As we stated earlier, Ford Motor Company is the leading the points race in the Manufacturer Cup, too–that’s awesome!

The excitement will all take place at the Wall Stadium Speedway today and tomorrow (June 22nd), in New Jersey.  Keep reading to get the full scoop in the press release, following!

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2013 Formula DRIFT Round 3 this weekend

It’s that time, Ford Mustang fans…the 2013 Formula DRIFT season is upon us!  The Ford team will be represented by the points leader, Vaughn Gittin Jr and the 2011 champ, Justin Pawlak this time around.  Of all the manufacturers in the entire competition, the Ford boys have everyone else waxed out with their customized Mustangs.  Round 3 of the Formula DRIFT championship will start later this week (May 31 – June 1) at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida, so if you have any desire to see some Mustangs pump out some serious smoke, then you are definitely in the right time slot.

If you are able to get out to PBIR this weekend, you’ll also be able to check out the Ford Mustang V6 & GT, a hot Focus ST, and also a customized Fusion in track-side exhibit.  Also, there will be a Ford Mustang Customizer booth to let racing & drift fans design their very own dream drifter car!

Be sure to check out the full scoop of details in the Press Release, following.

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2014 Cobra Jet Ford Mustang detailed

Was the 2013 Shelby 1000 S/C a little to expensive for your tastes?  How about the 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet, then, priced at about $98,000?  OK, so we’re splitting costly golden hairs here, but either one of these pony cars are simply some of the most amazing ones to date.

The 2014 Cobra Jet, powered by the 2.9-liter Whipple-charged 5.0-liter V8, rolling with a full racing suspension & interior, and the ability to scream down the 1320′ straight “out of the box” without modification.

How’s this one sound for you?  Got the money for it?  OK, so even if you do, you had better get your name penciled in quickly…there are only going to be 50 of these produced by Ford Racing.  Keep reading the PR from Ford to see just what else is in store for this drag racing monster of a Mustang.

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Video – ROUSH No 61 Ford Mustang Boss 302R lap in Austin

In case you missed it, the ROUSH Performance #61 took top-spot on the podium at Daytona a few weeks back, and this weekend, the team is hoping to repeat the feat in Austin, Texas.  For the first time in the Grand-Am series, the race will be held at the new Circuit of the Americas race track, designed and constructed for the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix.  The field will be leveled with everyone being a newbie at this one, folks.

ROUSH #61, piloted by Jack Roush Jr and Billy Johnson, is ready to pattern the corners of the novel 3.4 mile, 20-turn road course in hopes of leading the pack and continuing to rack up the points for the season.  This video shows a couple of practice laps by Jack Jr in the ROUSH Boss 302R on the Circuit of the Americas, laying tease ahead for what is to come on March 9th, 2013 @ 4pm EST…the race itself.

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Year Around Ford Mustang action via iRacing

Excited to get out and cruise, drive, or race your Ford Mustang in spirited fashion?  OK, so maybe some of you get to enjoy your Mustang, daily, but there are some fans across the planet that are often hindered by salt, sand, and snow.  Be it for safety, drive-ability, or preservation reasons, some of us just don’t drive or race our Mustangs year ’round.  So what could we do to help blow off some steam and get the need for speed sated?

You take your real world hobby and find an outlet for it elsewhere.  In this case, video games and the wonderful ole Internet provide for a fantastic medium to get the thirst for racing thrills quenched.  One of our long-time StangNet staffers (Joe Pisciotta / VibrantRedGT) has got a few things to show you about iRacing–his (and many others’) personal racing outlet for rain or shine, sleet or snow.

Keep reading to check out Joe’s awesome experience and a few of his racing videos afterward.  This is some seriously cool stuff, everyone–enjoy!

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ROUSH #61 Ford Mustang wins at Daytona

The ROUSH Performance #61 Ford Mustang is once again atop the podium, and this time, it’s at Daytona to get the Grand Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season going to full speed.  Jack Roush Jr and Billy Johnson took #61 to their second consecutive win at Daytona, ahead of some serious European contenders (Aston Martins, Porsches, etc).

That’s funny…we here at StangNet HQ were reflecting about how the Top Gear trio of hosts were just bagging on the GT500 (and many other American cars) in this past week’s episode.  Funny how a simple American pony car has two wins under its belt in two years, over a myriad of European makes.  Interesting food for thought, huh?

Anyway, enjoy the racing action breakdown in the Press Release which follows, everyone!

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Be a part of Octane Academy season 2

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What’s that?  Think you’ve got what it takes to grab the wheel and post some awesome stats?  Put your skills where your mouth is, and gear up for the next round of Octane Academy, then.  Both coasts of the USA will get a chance to shine a light on the driver’s seat, get the chance to have 15 minutes of fame, and meet Brian Deegan, Tanner Foust, Vaughn Gittin Jr, and Ken Block as part of the mix.

So, what are you waiting for?  Keep reading, and let’s see what you’ve got!

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2013 Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog online

If you haven’t seen it already, Ford Mustang fans, the refreshed and supercharged Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog is now out there for the 2013 Mustang (and up, amidst other Fords) to get slapped with some serious aftermarket applications.  The Mustang, Fusion, Focus, Fiesta, and F-150 are the primary recipients of love in this epic collection of go-fast and look-good hardware, keeping Ford fans excited about what more there is to the show after leaving the dealership lot with a sinister smirk…

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