It might come as a surprise to some, but to those following the overall 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang saga unfold all this time, it really isn’t that dramatic to bear witness to. What’s that, one might ask? It’s the attention to detail we are witnessing Ford pour into their latest rendition of the prized pony car on the eve of its half-century historical marker. The 2015 Mustang prototypes passed all around the proving grounds & test labs have been subjected to plenty of grueling procedures to ensure this is going to be one for the record books.
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It’s a well-known fact many folks from Philly bleed green, but there’s one Ford Mustang fan there in particular who took it a step just a bit further. Nikki Frost knew she was going to get a new Mustang in her future, so she set her sights on a 2013 Mustang GT of a special variety–one which a good friend of hers told her about. No, not some pink one from the Mary Kay reject aisle…nor was it the Grabber Blue (we’re huge fans of this one)…and nope, it wasn’t School Bus Yellow, either.
There’s nothing quite like that brand new roll of adhesive tape, straight from the cellophane wrapping, is there? That sweet, tangy aroma of the glue; the squeaky-clean backing…it all comes together, and suddenly, the world is your oyster, ready to be adhered together. You know what we’re talking about…
And when it comes to design concepts in the automobile world, coming up with sleek lines and edgy touches to any given car concept, guess what is commonly used in providing a base for the keystone of design? You got it–TAPE!
“Great design is about proportions,” explains Kemal Curic, Ford exterior design manager. “From the beginning, we need to focus on creating the right structural lines – the skeleton of the car. Then our job is to tailor the vehicle body to enhance the figure. This is a process of editing every single line to find the perfect balance of concave and convex angles. We achieve this on the clay model, and tape is what we use to decide which lines to move.”
So, with all the high-tech design capacity today’s technological world offers, Ford Mustang designers still relied upon a faithful stand-by to get the job done. Simply. Awesome.
“Tape gives us a defined line that is like a carpenter laying a level line on a building,” said Larry Pelowski, Ford master modeler, exterior design. “So when the designers put tape on the model, there is no question what their intent is.”
Just how important was tape to the design of the new 2015 Mustang? So significant such that the design team consumed enough bonding strips of magical adherence, it would result in a span of 155 miles if placed in linear fashion. Too cool!
We all know the drill, here. This is definitely one we’d love to add to our very own “Leno collection” if we had plenty of disposable income to simply throw about. Check out this 1983 Ford Mustang GLX 5.0 convertible, with a staggering 1,046 original miles.
Just…wow. From a private collection, maintained with care while stored, and very nearly museum-ready, this is definitely one you won’t see every day. Head over to the auction page to see more of this one.
There isn’t much better than hitting the open road in a Ford Mustang. The only way, or maybe ways it could get better would be to join the ranks of an entire herd for the cruise…and to just happen upon a 50th Anniversary of the very car you’re driving. Sound like a cool adventure to take part in? It certainly does to us.
That’s what is going down this spring, on April 13th, 2014, in Norman OK, where the Mustang Club of America (MCA) is holding host to a national cruise to chart the way to Charlotte Motor Speedway or Las Vegas Motor Speedway, depending. It might sound odd to have two destinations, but actually, it’s the most logical way to get the entire country involved from a centerpoint, expanding out to the coastal regions, where festivities will be held to continue the marking of the Mustang 50th Anniversary.
Keep reading the official Press Release to see the specifics on the cities crossed and dates spanned. This looks like one for the record books, everyone… Continue Reading →
Got your Christmas gift money all counted? Ready for your tax refund yet? Prepared to sign on the line for that 50th Anniversary pony car we all have been waiting for? That’s right, every day we endure the silliness of the polar vortex brings us one day closer to Production Day for the upcoming 2015 Ford Mustang. Rumor has it (yeah, we know) pre-orders will be taken for the 6th-generation in May, with production to follow in August (est 11th). As for deliveries, eager 2015 Mustang owners are expected to get the keys in their hands sometime during 3rd quarter 2014.
The 2015 Mustang production also heralds another change; the final 5th-generation Mustang will cease production as early as June 20, 2014, closing off another amazing chapter in the Mustang’s heritage & history.
Guess what new-found “world car” is about to join the ranks of many others which have graced posters in many motorheads’ garages-offices…the 2015 Ford Mustang is going to set the pace all the way to India to undergo a right-hand conversion. Ford will soon have a car in company with brands such as Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati, and several others on the roadways of India. The only serious question remaining is a question of “when” and another of “hey, is this actually for real?”–because, let’s be honest here; we’ve all swallowed some jagged little pills from the rumor mill for better than half a year now when it comes to Ford Mustang news items.
So while it’s pretty cool to see Ford taking this pony car to the world market, it’ll be another thing to see how the car actually does when it comes to cultural acceptance and actual practicality. India, bluntly put, isn’t exactly an ideal location or target audience for a car that screams “loud pipes save lives” and requires more than being trapped in traffic for 2 hours in order to enjoy it.
Time will tell, as cliche as it sounds…
It’s not even entirely ready for mass-distribution, and it’s already winning awards. The 2015 Ford Mustang was able to nab a Design award at the Detroit auto show, almost a week ago. We’ve seen this car come from the span of complete rumor, to rendered speculation, and now…production & forthcoming
burnouts sales. What’s the big deal, you say?
Well, it’s not every day you hear about a regular production muscle/pony car having its 50th birthday, winning Design awards mostly reserved for extreme concepts, and keeping the tradition of American automotive history alive and well, for many miles and years to come. I mean, c’mon, the Camaro kept the heartbeat thumping from 2003 to 2009, right? Sorry, closet bow tie boy & girls; I had to let that one slip out…
With a few more months to come before its total unleashing to the public, the 2015 Ford Mustang is already raising brows aplenty with the stormy debut just weeks ago. The totally redesigned 2015 Mustang is going to mark the 50th Anniversary of Ford’s poster child pony car, and there’s little doubt people will be lined up for order-taking within the next months…especially after tax time.
But until then, each of us can simply aspire to own one and live vicariously through the lucky few who get their paws onto one. One such lucky devil goes by the Jay Leno–maybe you’ve heard of him? Even though Jay doesn’t get to tool around the streets in the car, you still get a pretty in-depth look at the latest & greatest Mustang we’re all ramped up for.
Keep reading to check out the ~25 minute video spot for the 2015 Mustang and what Jay has to say about it.