The Ford Mustang Celebrates Another Birthday

It has been a year already since Ford and numerous fan clubs around the world organized a series of events throughout April to celebrate the Ford Mustangs 50th birthday.

Well a year has past and last Friday the iconic Mustang celebrated its 51st birthday. This time around there were no “Mustangs Across America” drives, no mustang car shows. Instead, Ford is releasing a special movies series on how the latest Mustang came to be.

The first chapter is about the sixth-gen model’s design, which still is the subject of controversy among Mustang enthusiasts.

In this 10-minute video, various employees talk about designing a Mustang for the 21st century that still harks back to the iconic first-gen model. “When you’re redoing an icon, like the Mustang, it’s a combination of a great honor and extreme fear. Because you don’t want to screw up an icon,” said one of the members of the design team. And judging by the way the 2015 car was received — lots of praise on one side and severe criticism on the other — that statement is by no means out of place. As a vehicle that stands as a symbol of freedom and independence, the Mustang has a lot of fans with a lot of expectations.

Designing a new pony isn’t easy, and, as Pericak himself puts it, it requires a team of enthusiasts that “eat, sleep, and breathe” Mustangs. Find out more about that in the video above and stay tuned for the following episodes.


Fabulous Fords Forever Car Show Coverage

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Fabulous Fords Forever Car Show Coverage

The 2015 Fabulous Fords Forever car show was held over the weekend and just happened to coincide with the Ford Mustangs 51st birthday which was on Friday April 17th

This years show was held as always at the Knotts Berry farm in Buena Park California. It is the Largest All Ford Show held in the United States that celebrates All Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles from 1903 to 2015. The show had 57 classes with over 1,800 entries that included Model A & Model T Fords, Galaxies, Fairlane, Edsel, Cougar, Bronco, F- Series Trucks, Ford Mustangs and many more.

It was the 30th annual Fabulous Fords Forever show and they celebrated with 75 years of the Lincoln Continentals, 60 years of the Ford Thunderbirds, 55 years of the Ford Falcons, and 50 years of the Shelby Mustang with a special interest display by the Ford Motor Company.

This year’s event was held on Sunday April 19th, 2015 from 10am to 3pm and the show was free to the public.

For those of you who have never made it to the event be sure to mark your calendars for next years event, which is usually the 2nd weekend in April depending on when Easter falls

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New Video Shows Mustang GT350 On The Racetrack

New Video Shows Mustang GT350 On The Racetrack

This new video released a few days ago shows the Mustang GT350 been put through its paces at VIR Virginia international speedway by a Ford vehicle dynamics engineers. It was obviously filmed a few months ago as the car is still covered in some scenes with major camo and in others it shows the new car on Wimbledon white with the classic Shelby blue stripes.

The overall consensus was that the last Shelby Mustang to hit the track was a competent contender but lacked driver involvement and was reliant on a lot of modification’s to make the old live axle suspension work on the track

Much of that should be changed with the upcoming GT350, which promises more than 500 hp and more than 400 lb-ft of torque from its flat-plane 5.2-liter V-8. The move to independent suspension in the new Mustang will be further aided by the addition of the Magne-Ride magneto-rheological dampers, and the GT350’s improved aerodynamics should prove to be effective on the track.

On-track performance counts, too, as the new GT350 is really more of a successor to the BOSS 302 and its Laguna Seca edition than to the bruiser that was the GT500.

Ford hasn’t announced when the 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350 will hit the streets, but it’s looking like it may be sooner than later.

With a Flat-plane crank and new magnetic dampers on all four corners, this 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is packing a lot of heat and has plenty of tricks to outperform the competition on the track and so far it looks like things are shaping up well.


Carroll Shelby Tribute And Car Show May 16th

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Carroll Shelby Tribute And Car Show May 16th

The third annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show is aiming to host the largest Shelby GT350 gathering in history on Saturday, May 16th, including the new model from Ford Motor Company. In honor of the 50th anniversary of this historic car, Team Shelby is calling owners of all model years to display their Shelby steeds next to other Shelby and Ford powered high performance vehicles at the corporate headquarters 19021 S Figueroa St, Gardena, California 90248.

The event will include a panel of Shelby GT350 experts, as well as historic displays from the new Carroll Shelby Automotive Museum. A portion of Mr. Shelby’s personal car collection will be opened to the public and Carroll Shelby’s Store will debut new products for the event.
“The first Shelby GT350 made history when it was launched in 1965 and 50 years later, we hope to do so again with a salute to this iconic car,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American and co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “With the help of Team Shelby, LA SAAC, Mustang Club of America and others, this should be one of the most exciting gatherings of Shelby cars this year.”

The Wimbledon White and Guardsman Blue Shelby GT350 was unveiled at Riverside Raceway on January 27, 1965. Winning its first race weeks later, it quickly became a symbol of American performance, grit and ingenuity.
“The Ford Shelby GT350 is one of the most influential cars in American history,” said Neil Cummings, co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing. “The first Ford Mustang to wear a Shelby badge, it made high performance accessible at an affordable price. The hunger for a Mustang-based Shelby continues today with fans across the globe.”

Shelby American will display its latest vehicles, including the soon to be released 627 HP 2015 Shelby GT at the event. Event attendees can look forward to meeting Shelby American executives, with potential appearances from the Ford Motor Company team.
“While we’re planning the largest gathering of Shelby GT350s in history, we’ll also exhibit Shelby Cobras and other significant Ford powered performance cars,” said Jenni Shreeves, Executive Director of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “This event began as an annual tribute to Carroll and has evolved into a celebration of his lasting influence. We look forward to honoring Carroll’s legacy with the many people who share his passion for American performance.”
Team Shelby, Mustang Club of America and LASAAC will attend this official Team Shelby event. All Shelby and Ford performance car owners interested in displaying their cars can register at http://www.cscf.org for a $40 donation to the Foundation.

Note: This is going to be a busy day for the automotive press – May 16th is also the day that Chevrolet are having their new Camaro Six launch at Detroit’s Belle Isle

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New Ford Roller Lifter Design Adds More RPM And HP

New Ford Roller Lifter Design Adds More RPM And HP

Take a look at how Ford Racing redesigned their hydraulic roller lifters for the popular SBF Ford 302/351 or 331/347 popular stroker applications. The newly designed performance roller lifters are Ford Racing Part # For-M-6500-R302H. They have been developed by Ford Performance because of poor performance with prior lifters that were supplied to circle track racers. Racers were complaining they were loosing power and the engines would not rev as high as they were designed to during long green flag racing.
After testing the old design lifters Ford Performance discovered that when the oil got hot the pedal valve check ball would become unseated at high RPM causing a loss of pressure within the roller lifters, this in turn caused the valve train to lose lift and not produce the power expected.
The Ford Racing engineers fixed the problem with a higher rate pit spring and a lighter weight ceramic check ball that now allows the engine’s valve train to function correctly and now actually increase the power and RPM.
These new parts are now found in these Ford Racing M-6500-R302H lifters. This fix now allows the valve train to function as it was designed in ALL operating temperatures to give big performance gains in full RPM range and in all engine operating conditions.

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  • This Ford Racing Modified OEM lifter features ceramic check ball and higher rate piddle valve spring to improve performance at higher RPMs and higher oil temperatures. Ford Racing dyno tests have shown 200 to 300 RPM increase in RPM range over stock OEM type hydraulic roller lifters.
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This Steeda Q 2015 Mustang Pumps Out 775 HP

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This Steeda Q 2015 Mustang Pumps Out 775 HP

The Steeda Q 2015 Ford Mustang is putting out around 775 horsepower and it looks like it mean business. We wrote about the launch of the new 2015 Saleen Black Label 302 Mustang recently, well looks like it has some serious competition now with this Valdosta Stallion.

As with the new 2015 Saleen S302 Mustang, Steeda is offering three flavors of its Q-Series Mustang models: One with a slightly tuned naturally aspirated 480-hp version of the Coyote V-8 and two with power packages that presumably employ superchargers that will pump up output to 650 or a whopping 775 horsepower.

In any case, the 775-hp version handily outguns the Saleen S302 Black Label which is said to produces 730 hp

Realizing that power means nothing without stability and control, we’ve incorporated our proprietary precision-engineered Steeda G/Trac suspension and chassis modifications to keep the driver in command and deliver a level of performance that makes for an unbeatable combination on the street, racetrack, or dragstrip – all without sacrificing noise, vibration, or harshness.

On the exterior, we have elevated the Mustang to new heights by incorporating over 20 key component upgrades that form an integrated and cohesive performance package including:

  • A new wind tunnel-tested aerodynamically enhanced front fascia with an integrated lower chin splitter
  • Rear enhanced decklid spoiler
  • Powertrain induction and tuning upgrades
  • Performance-free flowing exhaust system
  • Substantial key front and rear suspension enhancements/upgrades
  • and much more…

The fitment of lightweight staggered 20” wheels and Nitto High Performance tires round out the package and not only add an aggressive look, but they also reduce un-sprung weight, further enhancing performance and providing far superior levels of car-to-road adhesion.

This Steeda Q will offer a free-flowing exhaust system, suspension upgrades that drop it down on its 20-inch wheels, and a full array of body modifications, including a new front fascia, lower splitter, deck lid spoiler, and hood. Pricing, availability, and more powertrain specifics aren’t yet available, but we’ll bring you more information on the Steeda Stangs as soon as they are.

Oh – Did we mention that all 2015 Steeda Q-Series Mustangs are covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty!


English Farmer’s Field Of Dreams Mustang Hoax

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English Farmer’s Field Of Dreams Mustang Hoax

We all love our Mustangs in the USA and have done since the famed pony car went on sale back in 1965.

Another fact is that this year the 2015 Ford Mustang is going to be sold globaly and there seems to be a big interest especially in England where American Muscle cars have become very popular with performance gear heads.

Meet farmer, Ted Kinsella who owns a farm near London, Ted has dreamt of owning a Mustang in the UK ever since he was a kid and he has just planted 35,000 shrubs in one of his fields to create a 60 metre wide “galloping pony” to celebrate Ford Europe’s decision to import the new S550 Ford Mustang.

One thing Ted knows for sure is the Ford Mustang is coming to Europe for the first time later this year, his red Mustang 5.0 GT is on order and his dream will finally be coming true. If you are in the market for a 5.0-litre V8 convertible with a thoroughbred pedigree, or even a Fastback 2.3-litre EcoBoost get ready to hold on tight because they are selling fast!

The galloping stallion he has created with these shrubs should be visible for around 6 months, and with his field being situated nearby to Stansted Airport, thousands of passengers see it every day when taking off and landing.

Find out more by watching this ecentric English man tell you why he is building his Mustang Field Of Dreams”

FYI – A “Nipper” is slang for “a young child” – “A Pucker Motor” “pucker” Slang word used in the uk meaning great or good. often used by the chef jamie oliver.
this potatoes will be pucker ??? dont ask to explain – thats another blog story

Update: Seems Like we were a little too late to the party on this one and in fact it was a April Fools Joke – Ford Europe made up to promote the car in europe – should have guessed by the Farmers accent, strange words and the plant called the Polar Foil, which is just an anagram of April Fool.  Any way they got us April Fools!


2016 Mustang GT350 Will Make Over 500 HP

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2016 Mustang GT350 Will Make Over 500 HP

Shelby Mustangs have always been legendary in any true Mustang enthusiasts mind and now finally Ford are building one that Carrol Shelby would be proud of on the new S550 sixth generation platform.

One thing we still don’t know is when exactly when Ford will release this potent new Pony and how they will offer it for sale. Here is the latest info we have learned about the Mustang Shelby GT350 from various sources on the internet.

Ford have previously stated this will be its most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever. Mustang6G.com sat down for a Q&A recently with Ford’s own Shelby brand manager Jim Owens and they are reporting that the new Shelby GT350 5.2 L powerplant will will produce over 520 horsepower—which means more than 100 horsepower per liter. The 5.2-liter V-8 will also spin to a dizzying 8,250 rpm with the special new flat-plane crank rumored to be inside the engine.

We have also heard that there will almost certainly be a track-only “GT350S” some where down the production line. Given the rumors we heard about the GT350R’s spectacular performance at the Nürburgring—which put it on par with the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Type 997 Porsche 911 GT3 RS—the potential of a totally unhinged variant seems staggering. Think Cobra Jet but good through a chicane.

Obviously, none of this news is good for the Mustang’s arch rival, the Camaro. Right now, all signs are suggesting the new Shelbys are going eat the Z/28’s lunch—and follow it out to the parking lot after school.

The best answer we’ve seen about availability for either model is the beginning of 2015’s fourth quarter. To date, Ford hasn’t even confirmed whether it’ll be sold as a 2015 or 16 model, and in that regard, Owens stuck to the script, stating “we haven’t divulged the model year yet and there is a reason for that.”

Whatever those reasons are, we’re sure the new Mustangs will be worth the wait.

Source:Motorauthority


2016 Mustang EcoBoost To Get More Power

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2016 Mustang EcoBoost To Get More Power

The new global Ford Focus RS will make its American debut next week at the 2015 New York International Auto Show with a new, more powerful 2.3L EcoBoost engine that could actually end up in the 2016 or 2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost – bringing new levels of power and performance into this nimble economical pony car.

The new RS Focus will be powered by a 2.3L Ford Ecoboost engine which is fundamentally the same as the one in the current Ford Mustang Ecoboost, but this new Focus Ecoboost engine will have some “RS” Rallye Sport tuning applied to it.

First off the New Focus engine will have a new low inertia twin scroll turbocharger with a larger compressor wheel than that found in the Mustang’s Ecoboost engine, so it will be able to force more air through its new low restriction manifold and cool it for a denser charge with its new larger and more efficient front mounted intercooler.

Secondly, the New Focus RS will have a re-designed cylinder head, along with cast iron cylinder liners that help prolong the life of the engine block. While the engine is upgraded to deal with the higher temperatures, Ford has fitted a massive radiator to help keep the engine as cool as possible.

Currently the the 2015 Mustang Ecoboost produces 310 horsepower and 320-ftlb of torque and is the most fuel efficient Muscle Mustang on the road today, the New Focus RS is expected to produce somewhere in the region of 325 horsepower and 350-ftlb of torque which is a healthy bump.

Should Ford be able to use the Focus RS parts to increase the power output of the Mustang EcoBoost without killing fuel economy, there seems to be no good reason why the Mustang wouldn’t eventually get the same engine as the Focus RS

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2011-14 Mustang Performance Parts Video Series Part 1

2011-14 Mustang Performance Parts Video Series Part 1

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Mustang fans were happy when Ford put a 5.0 engine back in the 2011 Ford Mustang for the first time since 1996. Now Mustang fans could say the 302 and 5.0 was back.

The aging 4.6 had had some good times and bad times, but the perception was that this new 5.0 Coyote engine would take the Mustang to a new level of horsepower and performance.

Well it has proved itself over the last 4 years to be the best production engine Ford has ever produced.

As soon as the 2011 Mustang GT was released the aftermarket performance manufacturers had a field day designing new products to add to more horsepower and improve the handling, suspension and braking of this new pony.

Brothers Performance has just finished up a 3 part video series that reviews some of the best products available to enhance your driving experience of any 2011-2014 Ford Mustang.

Take a look here at part one of our video series where Evan Smith reviews a host of performance parts on the Intake and exhaust side that you can buy and install yourself to add horsepower and improve acceleration.

In this episode Evan discusses and reviews a variety of cold air intakes from JLT, BBK, K&N and Airaid , BBK power plus throttle bodies and Airaid Throttle body spacers. To enhance the performance of all these parts Evan recommends installing some shorty BBK exhaust headers to help the engine breath and that you purchase a power flash tuners from either SCT and Diablosport – these tuners have many other functions beside tuning the car they are also required to calibrate the speedometer if your change tire and wheels combinations or change the rear axle gear ratio.

We will post part two of the series next week which will cover all exhaust modifications, the Boss 302 intake manifold, superchargers, nitrous oxide systems and the JLT oil separator.