Archive for November, 2013

The Ford Mustang SSP (Special Service Package) was one of the most legendary police vehicles ever built, providing law enforcement a means of high speed pursuit through the 1980s and early 1990s. Nearly 15,000 examples …

The celebration of 50 years of Ford Mustang will be so large Ford Motor Company and the Mustang Club of America plan to simultaneously hold it at two locations from April 16 through April 20, …

The celebration of 50 years of Ford Mustang will be so large Ford Motor Company and the Mustang Club of America plan to simultaneously hold it at two locations from April 16 through April 20, …

At the Los Angeles Auto Show this past week Saleen unveiled the limited edition SA-30 Mustang to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary. It’s the sixth time an anniversary Mustang has been built by the company, …

It’s been 18 months since Carroll Shelby’s passing and sometimes we just love to be reminded about what the great …

Saleen unveils 30th Anniversary SA-30 Mustang

Monday, November 25th, 2013
Saleen SA-30 Mustang

 Marking thirty years of Steve Saleen creating high performance Mustangs, Saleen Automotive today unveiled the new SA-30 Mustang. A total of ten SA-30 Mustangs will be produced, in keeping with the limited edition status of the company’s anniversary models.

 The Saleen SA-30 Mustang exterior draws inspiration from the company’s motorsports roots. With thirty years marking the pearl anniversary, the SA-30 Mustang will be available in a single theme consisting of a custom ‘Tire Smoke’ pearl white Saleen paint with Speedlab yellow and black painted components, complimented by color-matched pearl white Saleen wheels.

 The interior treatment has been completely redesigned for the Saleen SA-30 Mustang. In addition to the special edition SA-30 insignia on the serialized dash plaque, interior badging and SA-30 carpeting; the seating has been completely refreshed with a black leather and white perforated alcantara treatment that brings the 30th Anniversary livery to the drivers’ cabin as well. An optional complete interior reconfiguration in the form of a 2-seater setup, created by completely removing the rear seat and rear deck, then the fabrication creates a true racecar type interior transformation with custom formed panels to separate the cabin from the trunk area. Adding to the structure while improving handling is a race style cross-brace that ties in to the rear shock towers. Following the fabrication, Saleen crafts tailor-made leather to give a final fit and finish to the ‘rear seat delete’ option.

 “When we began exploring some new Saleen styling that we wanted to debut with the SA-30 vehicles, we knew that we wanted something that spoke of our ‘Born of Racing’ heritage and a rear seat delete came as a natural choice for the SA-30”, said Sean Smith, Design Director. “Through the fastback design and we were able to add a lot of refinement to the interior while still retaining the racecar environment.”

 The distinct SA-30 options are not only prepared for the interior but also projects outward in a familiar way. Saleen SA-30 302 model will also have a Saleen panoramic roof available option with a technological advancement, Saleen Frost-Touch Glass. Debuting on the SA-30 302 Mustang, the Saleen Frost-Touch Glass provides that ability to have a complete panoramic glass roof while giving the option to change it from translucent to opaque with the touch of a button. This technology is integrated into the panoramic roof and rear window glass to allow the user to diffuse the light in both areas independently. To quickly bring this technology to market for the SA-30 302, Saleen worked closely with Southern California based Glass Apps, LLC in a strategic partnership between the two firms.

 “With past models, the panoramic glass roof was a fantastic compliment to any Saleen vehicle, but our #1 request was to develop a way to shade the glass without having to apply standard tint or add interior hardware”, said Sven Etzelsberger, VP of Engineering. “We began working with this technology some time ago and it has come to the point where we are able to completely frost the rear window to the panoramic glass roof almost instantaneous.”

 Using suspended particle technology, the Saleen Frost-Touch Glass uses an electric current to energize and align otherwise randomly placed particles. When the Rear Window and the Panoramic Glass roof are in frost mode the level of solar transmission is reduced by 40 percent, and the amount of UV protection is increased by 98%.

 Providing the Speed portion of the Speed | Science | Style trifecta is a well-integrated Saleen supercharged package adorning each of the SA-30 power plants. Horsepower tops out at 625HP with the SA-30 Mustang.

 Providing grip and traction assistance is the Saleen suspension package that carries over from the current Saleen production Mustang. And stopping power is on demand with the yellow powder-coated Saleen big brake kits all as standard equipment for the SA-30 Mustang.

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Saleen SA-30 Mustang

Shelby GT 624 horsepower

Monday, November 25th, 2013
Shelby GT 624 horsepower

 Shelby American has returned one of its most popular cars to the lineup today by unveiling the Shelby GT at the L.A. Auto Show. The new generation Shelby GT is based on the 2014 Ford Mustang GT with an incredibly attractive base price and 430 HP. The optional Shelby GT/SC supercharged model comes in either a 525HP or a staggering 624 HP version, making it the most potent version of the car ever made.

 “The Shelby GT was one of the most important vehicles in modern day Shelby history,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “It kicked off Shelby’s rebirth in Las Vegas by putting a Mustang-based small block car into Ford dealerships. Ever since the Shelby GT went out of the production, people have clamored for its return.”

 In 2007, Ford Division, Carroll Shelby and Ford Racing created the Shelby GT. Beginning as 4.6L Mustang GT’s assembled at Ford’s Flat Rock, Mich. plant, they were shipped to Shelby in Las Vegas for transformation. The 320HP 2007 Shelby GT coupes were all Performance White or Black with silver stripes. In 2008, Shelby added Vista Blue and a choice of coupe or convertible. About 8,000 Shelby GT’s were built.

 The Shelby GT was wildly popular and the people who snagged one have been one of the most passionate owner groups. The cars were often tailored with custom parts to fit an owner’s personality and then driven hard on both the street and track. The Shelby GT totally dominated its SCCA racing class in 2007 and 2008.

 “Based on the standard Mustang GT, the total cost of our entry-level 2014 Shelby GT is only about $45,000, yet offers so much more than the previous model,” said, Gary Patterson, Shelby American VP of Sales. “The performance-to-price ratio makes the Shelby GT perfect for any serious pony car enthusiast.”

 The new Shelby GT is a post-title program; Ford dealers send a customer’s Mustang GT coupe or convertible to Shelby for upfit. Every material performance aspect of the car is enhanced or replaced to create a potent, balanced performer worthy of the Shelby name. Entry-level package upgrades include a Ford Racing suspension, Shelby branded exhaust, intake and engine tune for 430 HP, specially designed wheels and tires, short shifter, hood and Le Mans stripes that make it uniquely Shelby. Every Shelby GT version is 50 state emissions legal and runs on pump gas.

 One of the car’s most appealing aspects is the opportunity for personalization. Choosing from an array of options, customers can opt for a more hard-edged suspension, better braking and supercharger upgrades, as well as a vast selection of performance and styling parts from Shelby Performance Parts.

 “While the Shelby GT is very affordable for such an exclusive vehicle, a post title program allows us to take performance to new levels,” said Shelby American VP of Production, Gary Davis. “Working with partners like Ford Racing, it is docile enough to be a daily driver and still dominate the track on the weekends.”

 The 624 HP Shelby GT/SC version is expected to blast from 0-60 mph in about 3.7 seconds; the quarter mile time should be in the mid 11 second range. The car should also pull over 1 G on the lateral skid-pad.

 “No other carmaker offers this level of performance, heritage and iconic styling at this price, making the Shelby GT the best all-around American car in its class,” said Luft. “Each car will be issued a Shelby American CSM number for documentation in our Shelby American Worldwide Registry to help maximize potential future value.”

Shelby GT 624 horsepower

Shelby GT 624 horsepower

Shelby GT 624 horsepower

Shelby GT 624 horsepower

Shelby GT 624 horsepower

Shelby GT 624 horsepower

Shelby GT 624 horsepower

Shelby GT 624 horsepower

Shelby GT 624 horsepower

Shelby GT 624 horsepower

Shelby GT 624 horsepower

Shelby GT 624 horsepower

Shelby GT 624 horsepower

Shelby GT 624 horsepower

If you’re planning on attending the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens to the public today, you aren’t going to see the new 2015 Mustang, but there will still be a full contingent of …

If you’re planning on attending the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens to the public today, you aren’t going to see the new 2015 Mustang, but there will still be a full contingent of …

December 5 Mustang Unveiling

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Nearly 50 years ago the world’s most iconic car was unveiled to the public.  We will be in attendance in New York City, this December 5th to see the new 2015 Mustang make its debut to the world.  No more renderings, no more speculation, this will be the real thing and we can’t wait to show it to you!  Stay tuned for more information.

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