The Mustang is without a doubt a potent and capable muscle car. It has become as iconic as baseball and apple pie when it comes to referring to America. But right now, the Mustang is losing the horsepower war. While both Chrysler and GM offer 400+ versions of their frontline muscle cars, the Mustang must make due with just 315. There was a collective groan when Ford unveiled the refreshed 2010 Mustang (which is definitely a sharp car) with an essentially unchanged motor.

But out at a recent track day, Car & Driver caught a 2010 Mustang with what they speculate is the new track-pack 2011 GT.

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It seems Ford has taken to using public track days to test their cars, rather than renting private tracks for extended periods of time. Out at the GingerMan track in South Haven, Michigan, C & D spotted some 2011 Mustang mules with some pretty elite equipment strapped to them. Pirelli P-Zero Corsa Compound tires for one, the same tires found on Ferraris and Lamborghinis. This is serious supercar stuff. Why would Ford bother strapping it to a 315 horsepower Mustang? Answer; they wouldn’t.

According to the Ford engineers on hand, these 2011 Mustang GTs were completing the GingerMan circuit in a 1:38, close to two seconds faster than the 2010 GT with Track Pack option. This was likely a track-pack car at the track too, with some updated suspension. That is the same area as Car & Driver’s 414 well-worn BMW M3 track car. Keeping my fingers crossed that Ford is serious about stepping up its game and dropping a 400 horsepower 5.0 liter Coyote V8 into this muscle car.

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