Archive for May, 2013

Kenny Brown has announced the release of their new Extreme Matrix Kit for the 1979-2014 Mustang, SVT Cobra, Boss 302 and Shelby GT500. This complete chassis support system is designed to maximize strength at the center section of the car with no loss of ground clearance and minimal addition in weight creating the most rigid subframe support system available for Late-model Mustangs.
In 1989, Kenny Brown introduced his critically-acclaimed Doublecross Subframe Connectors and focused the market in a whole new area of performance, chassis support. In 1994, Kenny released …

Want to add some serious stopping power to your pony car? Look no further than Ford Racing’s 15-inch brake upgrade for the 2005-2014 Mustang GT and 2012-2013 Mustang Boss 302. The same brake system found on the 2013+ Shelby GT500, the kit includes front 15-inch Brembo vented rotors with 6-piston aluminum calipers and rear 13.8-inch Brembo vented rotors with single-piston calipers. The package also includes front brake hoses, front and rear brake pads, front tie-rod heat shields and all necessary installation hardware.
Since the front brakes are quite a bit larger …

Shelby GT500 blow up a dyno

Thursday, May 30th, 2013
Shelby GT500
Usually when you watch you a video of a dyno run, it usually consists of a Ford Mustang making prodigious amounts of horsepower and torque. Not so much with this one. The footage shows a 2007-2009 Shelby GT500 Convertible hooked up to the dyno, and at first everything seems to be going well. Then, inexplicably, the dyno explodes, sending sparks everywhere and the Shelby crashing awkwardly to one side.
We’re not exactly sure what went wrong, whether the Shelby was making too much power (unlikely), the dyno was set up incorrectly, or if something was wrong with the dyno itself. Either way, it’s a lesson that you should always be careful around dynos, especially transportable ones like the dyno in the video. There’s a lot of rotating mass with a lot of energy that can be unleashed if something goes awry.

Want to win your very own brand new Shelby GT500? The Shelby American Collection, located in Boulder, CO, is raffling off one to help raise money for the non-profit museum. The car in question is a 2014 model painted in Sterling Gray and comes with just about everything you’d want – dual black stripes, the leather Recaro seats, the SVT Performance Package and the SVT Track Pack. In total, the car is worth $63,980.
The Shelby museum says that no more than 4,500 tickets will be sold, although at least 2,500 …

The year was 1965. Having successfully launched the Mustang in the United States the previous year, Ford was hoping to promoate the car in Europe through motorsports. Already the Mustang had taken a 1-2 class victory at the Tour de France Automobile road rally the year before with the support of Holman & Moody, and Ford’s top brass held a meeting to discuss how to become further involved in racing in Europe. After a chance meeting with executives Martini & Rossi (who would form Martini Racing a few years later), …

Normally when we show you a video of a dyno run, it usually consists of a Ford Mustang making prodigious amounts of horsepower and torque. Not so much with this one. The footage shows a 2007-2009 Shelby GT500 Convertible hooked up to the dyno, and at first everything seems to be going well. Then, inexplicably, the dyno explodes, sending sparks everywhere and the Shelby crashing awkwardly to one side.
We’re not exactly sure what went wrong, whether the Shelby was making too much power (unlikely), the dyno was set up incorrectly, …

 

Roush may be known mostly for their halo cars like the 565 horsepower 2013 Stage 3 Mustang we recently drove, but the company also has a wide range of products and cars for all types of budgets. Based on the Mustang V6, the RS Mustang is the best example of this, offering up the appearance and handling of a Roush Mustang while keeping cost to a minimum. Launched as a 2012 model and continuing through 2014, the base RS package costs just $4,000 and features items like 19-inch wheels and …

Detroit Speed, based in Mooresville, NC, has announced the release of their new QUADRALink rear suspension system for the 1964 1/2 to 1970 Ford Mustang. Using the company’s patended “Swivel-Link” design, the suspension system is available to fully articulate with smooth and solid motion with no binding and without using heim joints that can be prone to excess noise and durability problems. The QUADRALink suspension system also utilizes long upper links that provide great pinion and u-joint angle control, an adjustable panhard rod that provides precise and effective …

1969 Mustang American Iron race car

Friday, May 24th, 2013
1969 Mustang American Iron race

Agent 47 Racing showed off their latest project this past month at the Fabulous Fords Forever show in Southern California, a 1969 Ford Mustang that will compete in NASA’s American Iron racing series. The car, dubbed the Harbinger X2, is a follow-up to their initial road-going 1969 Harbinger Mustang that the company built a few years ago. As you can see from the photos the new car is still very much in progress, although a company representative tells us it should be ready to go and out on track by early next month.

Unlike the initial Harbinger Mustang, which was based on a fiberglass Dynacorn body, the X2 is a genuine 1969 Mustang, albeit highly modified. The existing frame rails are used, but a fully integrated roll cage extends into the engine bay where a brand new Ford Racing Boss 302 crate motor has been installed. A unique airbox co-developed between Agent 47 and K&N feeds air through the single throttle body, and a custom exhaust system exits just past the passenger door. The exposed front end also reveals Agent 47′s SLA suspension system, with a setup close to their current SN95 Mustang race car. While not pictured, the Harbinger X2 will also get custom fender flares and bodywork inspired by the Trans-Am Mustangs of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

1969 Mustang American Iron race

1969 Mustang American Iron race

1969 Mustang American Iron race

1969 Mustang American Iron race

1969 Mustang American Iron race

1969 Mustang American Iron race

1969 Mustang American Iron race

1969 Mustang American Iron race

1969 Mustang American Iron race

1969 Mustang American Iron race

1969 Mustang American Iron race

1969 Mustang American Iron race

2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet test

Friday, May 24th, 2013
2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet test
At first the footage might not be too different from previous Mustang Cobra Jet videos – a nice burnout followed by a wheels-up launch – but the end shows the deployment of a parachute as the car flies through the finish line. The parachute is one of a few new features for the Cobra Jet for 2014 and an NHRA requirement for cars that have trap speeds higher than 150 mph. As we’ve seen previously, the Cobra Jet is more than capable of producing those kinds of numbers.

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