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Friday, 09 September 2016 14:52

Exclusive Ford Mustang

As a child growing up in the small Scottish town of Dumfries, Moray Callum, Ford’s vice president of design, was obsessed with cars. He plastered his room with brochures and posters he gathered by writing to car companies near and abroad. Still, Moray had never seen the legendary Ford Mustang, other than a glimpse of it in the Bond movie Goldfinger, until the day he attended some car races outside Edinburgh.

The all-new Mustang has roared onto the scene with three powerful engines.

• The available 5.0L V8, which boasts increased power over the previous V8.
• The 3.7L delivers an ideal balance of power and efficiency.
• And then there is the available all-new 2.3L EcoBoost® – a marvel of an engine that produces 310 hp* and 320 lb.-ft. of torque.*
Also new is the technology to help manage and enhance all this power, including upgrades to the available SelectShift® automatic transmission and available new Selectable Drive Modes.

From the deep, guttural rumble at idle, to the wide-eyed force of torque in acceleration, the available 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine is the stuff of Mustang legend. And this year, it’s even more powerful with 435* hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.* The advanced engine is intended to maximize power generation from every compression, with larger intake and exhaust valves, new cylinder heads with revised high-flow ports and new intake and exhaust camshafts with increased lift.

Built to buckle the pavement.

• Enhanced powertrain
The heart and soul of this beast live in the 5.2L V8 engine with a flat-plane crank that produces over 500 horsepower. Bolted to a world-class TREMEC® 3160 6-speed manual transmission and you end up producing more than 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

• Chassis and suspension
The MagneRide™ damping system monitors and adjusts itself thousands of times per second for a dynamic, adrenaline-fueled driving experience. But with our obsession for detail, we just couldn’t stop there. Our attention to detail drove us all the way down to which way the springs coiled, therefore requiring new lower control arms. This racer was designed, engineered and built so the springs, sway bars and dampers work together as one finely tuned system. We also added new lightweight chassis components and a set of Michelin® Pilot® Super Sport tires wrapped around lightweight, yet incredibly stiff, aluminum wheels. So yeah, the GT350 will deliver a special rush whenever you strap yourself in behind the wheel.

• Braking
The foundation of any sports car is undoubtedly the brakes; therefore, brakes are a major part of the GT350 magic. So we teamed front and rear Brembo® with cross-drilled, two-piece, highly-engineered brake rotors. The huge 395mm (15.5”) rotors up front and 376mm (14.8”) rotors in the back complete this tight, hard working system that gives GT350 its well-earned track cred.

• Aerodynamics
Balancing downforce with aerodynamic drag is always one of the biggest challenges a team of car designers can face. But Ford did it with a unique, detailed approach that centered on making it imperative that every single component play a major part in the total overall performance of the system. It’s a very hard thing to pull off, but our team of designers and engineers wouldn’t settle for less. So it’s not just that the GT350 has wider aluminum front fenders and a unique aluminum hood. It’s also that the front and rear fascias, splitter, rockers and rear valance with integrated diffuser all work together as a team – each and every one of them. And only as a team working together can this system keep the beautiful, powerful, exciting and intimidating GT350 racer pressed firmly to the track.

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