If you’re shopping for a track-day 2011-12 Ford Mustang V6 or think of renting one on a budget, you may be tempted to consider the 305 horsepower 2011-12 Mustang V-6 as a legitimate alternative to the Mustang GT. The V6 is lighter up front and will also handle better with less understeer. Lower cost aside, the new V-6 is almost as powerful as the previous generation’s 4.6-liter V-8, it gets stellar fuel economy and it’s cheaper to insure. Sure, it’s limited to a top speed of 112 miles per hour, but (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) there are ways around that like in performance tune or custom tuning on a dyno. This video we found on you tube shows the potential consequences of exceeding a manufacturer’s design specification. In the case of the Mustang V-6, the car is limited to 112 mph since its lightweight drive shaft is designed more for fuel economy than outright performance. not to mention the tires on the car are probably not ZR rated. Remove the electronic governor, and the V-6 Mustang will wind out past 135 miles per hour. Until the drive shaft explodes, that is, sending shrapnel up through the transmission tunnel and into the passenger compartment.
The driver of the Mustang in the video is lucky to be alive and uninjured, especially after ignoring the signs of impending driveline failure. That noise you hear at about 0:34 in? Like the vibration that was surely coming through the floorboard, that’s bad, and not something you should ignore.
We also don’t condone top speed testing on a public road, even a lightly-traveled one. Likewise, when driving at north of 120 miles per hour, we tend to keep both hands on the wheel, instead of one on a camera filming the speedometer. As the video illustrates, driving is deceptively easy, until something goes wrong. According to the original video we saw which has since been removed from your and was posted by the owner/driver of the car – he had severe damage to the floor pan – center console – drive train – gear box – shifter and exhaust system that was crushed by the out of control rotating driveshaft. moral of the story – upgrade the driveshaft and tires if you remove the speed limiter