Archive for April, 2013

Road Test: 2013 Roush Stage 3 Mustang

Monday, April 29th, 2013

When Roush called us up and asked if we’d like to review the 2013 Stage 3 Mustang the answer was an obvious yes. Our affirmative reply maybe not for the reason you might think, though. Yes, a part of us simply wanted to hoon around in a 565 horsepower supercharged Mustang for a week, but another part of us – perhaps the more sensible part – was genuinely curious to know how the company had evolved its flagship model for this year. After all, the market for the turn-key aftermarket …

Ford is teaming up with Shinola, a Detroit-based luxury goods manufacturer, to celebrate 50 years of the Ford Mustang with the release of a premium 46-millimeter wristwatch with Swiss movements. Only 50 companies will be licensed to create products bearing the Mustang 50 Years logo, which was designed to celebrate the sports car leading up to its 50th birthday on April 17, 2014. Shinola is one of the first manufacturers to help mark this milestone.
“Mustang is one of the greatest icons in American manufacturing history,” said Jacques Panis, Shinola’s director …

New Mustang RTR race car

Friday, April 26th, 2013

New Mustang RTR race car

We’ve been following Performance Autosport and driver Chris Cobetto since they debuted their NASA American Iron race car in 2011. Not only does the team have lots of success on track,  as they not only have a lot of success on track, winning two straight Mid-Atlantic American Iron
championships, but their cars are also beautifully designed. The same goes for the latest iteration of the car, which Performance Autosport debuted this weekend with updated 2013 RTR bodywork and an all new race livery that they describe as a “darker, meaner, more menacing look.”

It’s not all cosmetic, though, as the PAS Mustang has been upgraded with a new suspension system from CorteX Racing including their SLA front suspension and Xtreme-Grip watts-link at the rear.


New Mustang RTR race car

New Mustang RTR race car

New Mustang RTR race car

New Mustang RTR race car

New Mustang RTR race car

New Mustang RTR race car

Shelby 1000 Widebody

Friday, April 26th, 2013
Shelby 1000 Widebody

Shelby first announced a widebody kit for the 2005-2009 Mustang back in December, and a similar package for the 2010+ Mustang a month later at the Detroit Auto Show in the form of an 850 horsepower GT500 Super Snake. At the time we asked company representatives if the widebody kit would be available for the Shelby 1000, and the answer was a resounding yes. In fact, they told us that one was already under production.

Fast forward a few months and the first production widebody Shelby 1000 is making its debut at the Fabulous Fords show at Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California. The car was scheduled to be delivered to its lucky customer later that day, who would drive it home from the show.

Out of any Mustang in the Shelby lineup the 1000 could use the widebody package the most, with the 345/35/R20 tires helping to put the massive amounts of horsepower from the supercharged V8. This particular model was a 950 horsepower “street” version, as the S/C model isn’t street legal on California roads.

Shelby 1000 Widebody

Shelby 1000 Widebody

Shelby 1000 Widebody

Shelby 1000 Widebody

Shelby 1000 Widebody

Shelby 1000 Widebody

Shelby 1000 Widebody

Shelby 1000 Widebody

Shelby 1000 Widebody

Shelby 1000 Widebody

Shelby 1000 Widebody

Shelby 1000 Widebody

Formula Drift Mustang RTR

Now it’s time to feature the other pony car in contention for the series’ title. After finishing a close second in the championship last year, Vaughn Gittin Jr. is back for 2013 with a newly formed team, a new sponsor and an all-new car.
Venturing away from the Falken Tire team that he’s been so successful with the past few years, Gittin has formed the RTR Drift Team and partnered with Nitto Tire with high hopes for once again becoming the Formula Drift champion. Being in charge of his own team comes with a new array of challenges, but Gittin, who we talked to shortly after he qualified 6th for Saturday’s competition, says that he enjoys the new responsibilities and everything that comes with it.

Gittin isn’t completely starting fresh, though, as the same company that built his previous Mustangs, ASD Motorsports in Charlotte, NC, was responsible for the construction of his new car. The Mustang you see here isn’t just a new version of last year’s version, either, as Gittin says it was built from the ground up. Many improvements were implemented, and even lighter materials were used. “Just when I thought they couldn’t make the Mustang any better, they went and built this car,” he told us. The engine is the same as last year, however – a 6.7L naturally aspirated V8 specially constructed by Roush Yates.

Gittin hopes to kick off the Formula Drift season in winning fashion this weekend in Long Beach, although he seems to have an up-and-down relationship with the course. After winning the event in 2010, he failed to qualify in 2011 and was knocked out in the Round of 32 in 2012. We’ll let you know how he fares after the competition, but until then you can check out his new Monster Energy /Nitto Tire Ford Mustang in the gallery below.

Formula Drift Mustang RTR

Formula Drift Mustang RTR

Formula Drift Mustang RTR

Formula Drift Mustang RTR

Formula Drift Mustang RTR

Formula Drift Mustang RTR

Formula Drift Mustang RTR

Formula Drift Mustang RTR

Formula Drift Mustang RTR

Formula Drift Mustang RTR

Formula Drift Mustang RTR

2014 Saleen S351 Supercharged Mustang

At the LA Auto Show Back in November Saleen announced that they would be building a 351 Mustang, with the company releasing a rendering of the proposed car. Since then the company has been relatively quiet about the project, and we were wondering if the 351 Mustang was still on. Saleen answered that question today, as they unveiled the first 351 Mustang prototype at the Fabulous Fords show at Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California.

Although the initial 351 Mustang prototype is evidence that a production version is near, Saleen is still keeping mum on details about the car including the technical specifications of the engine. We inquired about the base for the powerplant, but were told that more specific information on the engine will be released at a later date. The only information given is that the supercharged V8 produces 700 horsepower.

The rest of the Saleen 351 Supercharged Mustang is relatively similar to the company’s other offerings including the body kit, wheels and interior appointments. However, the paint color, Orange County Orange, was specially developed for the car by Saleen.

Hopefully we’ll have more details about the 2014 Saleen 351 Supercarged Mustang soon, particularly specifics on the powertrain, but until then check out our photos of the car’s debut in the gallery below.

2014 Saleen S351 Supercharged Mustang

2014 Saleen S351 Supercharged Mustang

2014 Saleen S351 Supercharged Mustang

2014 Saleen S351 Supercharged Mustang

2014 Saleen S351 Supercharged Mustang

2014 Saleen S351 Supercharged Mustang

2014 Saleen S351 Supercharged Mustang

2014 Saleen S351 Supercharged Mustang

2014 Saleen S351 Supercharged Mustang

2014 Saleen S351 Supercharged Mustang

2014 Saleen S351 Supercharged Mustang

2014 Saleen S351 Supercharged Mustang

2014 Saleen S351 Supercharged Mustang

We’ve been following Performance Autosport and driver Chris Cobetto since they debuted their NASA American Iron race car in 2011. Not only does the team have lots of success on track,  as they not only have a lot of success on track, winning two straight Mid-Atlantic American Iron championships, but their cars are also beautifully designed. The same goes for the latest iteration of the car, which Performance Autosport debuted this weekend with updated 2013 RTR bodywork and an all new race livery that they describe as a “darker, meaner, …

If you’ve ever thought about putting a crate engine in your Mustang project car, then you’ve likely browsed through Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog and seen their Aluminator line of engines. The turn-key 5.0L engines are ideal for the 2011-2014 Mustang since they bolt right in, although they can fit into various other Ford projects as well. Currently three versions are offered, including a naturally aspirated (NA) model with 11:1 compression, a supercharged (SC) model with 9.5:1 compression, and the XS model inspired by the race engine in the Mustang …

Fabulous Fords at Knotts 2013

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Hundreds of Ford owners and enthusiasts converged on Buena Park, CA this past weekend for the 28th annual Fabulous Fords Forever at Knott’s Berry Farm, the largest Ford Mustang event on the West Coast that kicks off the car show season in Southern California. Incredibly, more than 1,100 Mustangs were in attendance at the sold-out show, not to mention dozens that showed up and parked outside the venue to enjoy the people, the cars and the beautiful weather. As always, most of the Mustang’s lineage was on display, from vintage …

A contingent of Ford Mustangs Boss 302S race cars headed to Long Beach this past weekend for the third round of the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge series. Of particular note was the series debut of the Always Evolving race team, who brought out two brand new Boss 302S race cars for the event. Team drivers Erik Davis and Roger Rodas are rookies in the World Challenge, although they have competed in a variety of series previously. Joining the AE team were two more Boss 302S race cars from Capaldi Racing …

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