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The 2011 Ford Mustang will be used as the official pace car for the short-track Bristol Motor Speedway Nascar event. Rather than seeing the 2011 Mustang for the second time in a 5.0-liter V8 trim, we will be seeing the 3.7-liter V6 economy version running the high banks of Bristol on March 21st.

PaddockTalk notes that this Mustang will be the most fuel efficient to date and will be showing off its 31-mpg and 305-horses at the Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Event.


Images: Insidetracknews

According to Mustang Brand Manager, Fritz Wilke, “This is a Mustang that delivers the power and fuel economy customers want…To get 305 horsepower and 31 miles per gallon has never been done in a production vehicle, in fact this new Mustang could do an entire 500 lap race on one tank of gas.” Even more interesting is that it provides that 305-horses and 31-mpg on a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Many factors and changes go in to the excellent performance of the new 2011 Mustang. What is most attributed to the extra horses is the Ti-VCT system. The acronym basically describes another sort of variable valve timing throughout the revolution range. Ti-VCT also improves fuel economy slightly. Piston cooling jets and a die-cast aluminum block add durability and efficiency to the 3.7-liter V6.

The 2011 also incorporates a nice cold-air induction system and dual exhaust which lets the Mustang breathe freely to 7,000rpm. Ford also adds a deep sump-oil pan allowing customers a 10,000-mile range between oil changes. The car is designed as a consumer friendly car with muscle car blood. Along with having track presence at Bristol Motor Speedway’s short track, Ford will be providing personnel at the track on the event weekend. Paddocktalk claims that Ford will be hosting 15,000-square feet of display, driver appearances, and question and answer sessions.

GeigerCars 810-hp GT500 Kit

Thursday, March 4th, 2010
GeigerCars, German auto tuners of Munich, unveiled their new tuning kit based on the 2010 Ford Mustang GT500. The package, dubbed “Shelby,” bumps up the performance on both the handling side as well as the power side.They even add in a styling package to boot.

According to TopSpeed, the GeigerCars kit Ford Mustang GT “Shelby” package delivers 810-hp at 6,700-rpms.


Images: TopSpeed

GeigerCars, known for impressive build results, got their hands on a factory GT500, and made the 540-horsepower monster even more terrifying. They got 800+ horsepower out of the same 5.4 L with more pressure, larger components, and stronger internals.

The tuners start by adding a 3.3-liter blower, and crank it up to 1.6-bars of supercharging power. Also added are larger throttle valves, a modified injection system, a larger air flow meter, aluminum rocker arms, forged crank drive, and machined heads. Included in the performance package are additional coolers to keep the operating temperature of the high-output engine from overheating.

The result of the build, as mentioned before, increases the power of the GT500 to an earth-shaking 810-horses. Because of the additional power, GeigerCars reinforces the GT500 transmission, shortens the final two gears, and uses a 3-disc carbon clutch.

GeigerCars modifies the chassis with a chrome-moly panhard bar, as well as reinforced and adjustable trailing arms to get as much of the power to the wheels as possible. To stop, the GeigerCars Mustang GT500 “Shelby” is fitted with Geiger 6-pistol high performance brakes in the front.

The max speed you should expect with the kit? 219-mph. That’s impressive.

Racing Mustangs to Save Sharks

Thursday, March 4th, 2010
John “Chip” Scarlett, rookie in the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge, will be making his season opener appearance next weekend in his Ford Mustang FR500S. The season opener for the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge will be held in South Florida as part of the Grand-Am Miami Grand Prix.

According to Motorsport.com, Scarlett graduated the Ford Racing High Performance Driving Center, and has competed in MPRA events prior to the Mustang Challenge.


Images: Racing To Save Sharks

Prior to entering the world of competitive driving, Chip Scarlett had trained as a physician, and has made his successes as an entrepreneur. After selling his last company, he decided that he needed to focus his competitive energies somewhere, and racing was a good avenue for him to do so. He joined the Ford Racing High Performance Driving Center school at Miller Motorsports Park which had a program that entertained the pursuit of long-term racing goals. His options before deciding on Ford Racing Mustang Challenge included the Miata series, a Porsche series, and even the Ferrari Challenge. The FR500S platform of racing was his choice due to its ready-to-go power and forgiving nature.

The first race of his Mustang Challenge season starts this weekend. He will be driving his FR500S Mustang dressed in a very unique livery. Plastered on the side of his white and blue Mustang is a giant great white shark. Also serving as a possible intimidation strategy to the competition, the reason behind the unique scheme is rooted in his conversational goals – saving the endangered great white sharks.

He explains that as a professional underwater diver and photographer, he has gained a new respect of the misunderstood creatures. He also claims to owe his life to these animals, as they were largely part of his reason in overcoming diabetes. Because of this, he is dedicating his racing efforts to spread knowledge about illegal defining of sharks. He and his wife plan to create materials to educate people about the ecological impact of sharks in the ocean.

Also dedicated on the scheme of his Mustang is the URL to his conservation website: RacingToSaveSharks.com

Vaughn Gitten Jr.’s Mustang RTR-C

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
Once a “far-fetched dream,” Vaughn Gitten Jr.’s Mustang RTR-C has become an award winning icon that crosses generations of auto-enthusiasts. Gitten’s initial drive was simple: “…to build the most badass Ford Mustang streetcar…” This simple idea seems to have been executed beautifully.


Images: SpeedHunters

According to Gitten on Speedhunters, this car has already been dubbed “The Best Mustang of SEMA” by Autoblog and is Speedhunter’s runner up for the “2009 Demo Car of the Year” award.

Much like the standard version RTR, the RTR-C begins where Ford left off. Ford’s stock Mustang GT is taken to Autosport Dynamics where everything is replaced with the highest quality true carbon fiber. The gratuitous amount of carbon fiber on this car reaches as far as the wheels. Unlike the standard RTR brand 19×9.5 wheels on the standard RTR, the RTR-C fashions similar sized HRE CF40 wheels up front that are actually made with a 100% carbon fiber hoop. The wheels in the rear are 20×11 HRE CF40s and give the RTR-C that ready-to-rock stance. Also upgraded on the “C” model are 6 and 4-piston Wilwood brakes in the fronts and rears respectively. Both the fronts and rears utilize 14-inch rotors.

Looks aside, only one thing separates the boy from the man – power. The standard RTR Mustang comes with a decent power package upgrade as well. The RTR-C pictured is equipped with a Ford Racing Superpack Supercharged 4.6-liter 3-valve motor. The current set-up puts down over 550-hp. “What trumps that,” you ask? The 650-hp supercharged 5.0-liter 4-valve production version of the RTR-C.

Gitten’s main focus in conceptualizing the RTR-C was to create his own personal RTR Mustang. Once physically manifested as a drivable car, Gitten realized that the RTR-C was too big for him alone. It wouldn’t be fair to keep the RTR-C from the rest of the world. Only 10 of these cars will be produced starting in April 2010 and will be sold for $135k each. More info at MustangRTR.com

Ian Duncan wins Safari Rally in Classic Mustang

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
In a recent article, we had featured Ian Duncan’s classic rally Mustang as it was being tech inspected for the 2009 Kenya Airways East African Classic Safari Rally. His efforts has confirmed that we were right in choosing to favor Duncan. With a combined time of 17hrs:47mins:40sec, Ian Duncan is the 2009 Kenya Airways East African Classic Safari Rally champion. This race had taken place in Kenya and Tanzania over the last 10 days. Further, this is the first rally win for any Mustang globally.

Daily Nation describes Duncan’s 2009 win as one that is more memorable than even his 1994 win in the Kenya leg of the World Rally Championship series.


Image: GIDEON MAUNDU

“I am delighted with the victory. It has been one of the toughest events of my career. I am so grateful to my sponsors and members of the service crew who have played a massive role in my victory. It is a great victory,’’ said Duncan.

His victory is a third for Kenyan drivers and, as stated before, the first-ever Mustang win. The only obstacles in the 10-day race were an electrical failure and just one puncture. The electrical failure on day-8 was the biggest obstacle the team had to overcome as the instance happened shortly after getting in to the competitive stage.

“Duncan drove like a crazy driver. It was hard to catch him. He is a good driver and good mechanic to have prepared the Mustang so well. I want come back and try and win the rally again.’’ said Bjorn Waldegaard who placed 2nd on the podum a short 10-minutes behind Duncan.


Image: ANWAR SIDI

Roush in partnership with S3 Entertainment Group, has supplied a fleet of 427R 2010 Ford Mustangs to the new S3 Entertainment TV series, “The Wannabes.” The ‘tween’ audience aimed sitcom follows six freshman in highschool who are trying to become pop stars and will do whatever it takes to get there – picture the “Hannah Montana” show minus the fame. The pre-fame pop stars featured in the series are actually Disney pop group, “Savvy” who has toured extensively with Radio Disney.

According to RoushPerformance, “The Wannabes” is the first television series to ever be completely filmed in the state of Michigan and is putting several Michigan residents back in employment.


Images: Roush Performance

Today, six of these custom Mustangs starred in a music video for “The Wannabes” in Howell, Michigan. In addition to the several 427R 2010 Ford Mustangs Roush is providing for “The Wannabes,” they will also be providing propane-powered vehicles for future productions led by the S3 Entertainment Group.

Prior to their involvement with the S3 Entertainment Group, the only Roush product featured on screen was in the movie “Death Race.” In this appearance, the main character’s Mustang GT was fitted with Roush Performance modifications.

“We’re excited to break into television with ‘The Wannabes’ as that is the type of program which is suitable for all members of the family and will have lasting appeal,” said Joe Thompson, vice-president and general manager of Roush Performance.

Roush in partnership with S3 Entertainment Group, has supplied a fleet of 427R 2010 Ford Mustangs to the new S3 Entertainment TV series, “The Wannabes.” The ‘tween’ audience aimed sitcom follows six freshman in highschool who are trying to become pop stars and will do whatever it takes to get there – picture the “Hannah Montana” show minus the fame. The pre-fame pop stars featured in the series are actually Disney pop group, “Savvy” who has toured extensively with Radio Disney.

According to RoushPerformance, “The Wannabes” is the first television series to ever be completely filmed in the state of Michigan and is putting several Michigan residents back in employment.


Images: Roush Performance

Today, six of these custom Mustangs starred in a music video for “The Wannabes” in Howell, Michigan. In addition to the several 427R 2010 Ford Mustangs Roush is providing for “The Wannabes,” they will also be providing propane-powered vehicles for future productions led by the S3 Entertainment Group.

Prior to their involvement with the S3 Entertainment Group, the only Roush product featured on screen was in the movie “Death Race.” In this appearance, the main character’s Mustang GT was fitted with Roush Performance modifications.

“We’re excited to break into television with ‘The Wannabes’ as that is the type of program which is suitable for all members of the family and will have lasting appeal,” said Joe Thompson, vice-president and general manager of Roush Performance.

Duncan’s 1967 Mustang: The Safari Rally

Monday, November 16th, 2009
The Kenya Airways sponsored East African Safari Classic Rally technical inspection will be held on Friday, November 20th, 2009. The East African Safari Classic Rally is said to be one of the most difficult rallies where drivers run vehicles from 1974 and older. Of the expected cars that will be inspected on Friday, Ian Duncan’s Ford Mustang is expected to be the car that demands the most attention – both from German Karl-Heinz Goldstein and everyone else on site. The rest of the cars are expected to be very similar across the board, both in looks and performance. Duncan’s Mustang, on the other hand, seems to be the most unique ride that will be competing.

According to Nation and ClassicRallies, Duncan’s Mustang is powered by a 5.6-liter motor producing 400-bhp with a 4-speed.


Images: Anwar Sidi

Ian Duncan has won this race before and is a multiple Kenya Rally champion. He participated and took the Safari Rally’s first-place podium in 1994 in a Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD in one of the WRC rounds. This year, however, he will be driving a car that is over 40 years of age: The 1967 Mustang.

Duncan will be driving this particular race with his regular navigator, Amaar Slatch as one team of 53. The race will take place from the 25th of November and continue until the 3rd of December.

Duncan explains, “I am really looking forward to driving the Ford Mustang which will be very different to the Escort I drove in 2005, It should give me all the things I love in rallying in one event.”

1934 Ford gets 400 HP EcoBoost

Friday, October 30th, 2009
Ford is really pushing their EcoBoost technology this year. The idea is to replace large, emission spewing engines with smaller engines (V6 and 4-cylinders), while still retaining the performance of their bigger engines. In an effort to push this forward, Ford is placing one of their new twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost motors in a hot rod built by Detroit Street Rods: a 1934 3-Window Coupe.

According to Autoblog, this is the first rear-wheel drive application the EcoBoost has been placed in.


Images: Autoblog

The stock twin Honeywell turbochargers fitted to the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost motor make for 400 horsepower and 400 ft-lbs of torque. These outputs are comparable to hot rods fitted with a typical 302 cubic inch V8. EcoBoost technology has been described as a way to replace displacement, while retaining performance. Ford has been able to achieve both 20 percent better fuel economy and 15 percent fewer CO2 emissions. Further, turbocharging technology allows for even smaller displacement, while providing even more boost to create more power.

The Detroit Street Rod’s 1934 Ford EcoBoost is fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission, and has had many modern conveniences added to it. The body of the car is actually a replica, and features all-steel construction, full fenders, running boards, electronic power windows, air conditioning, and custom bumpers.

The build is iconic, in that it shows how an old and analog-styled 1934 Ford can be combined with the advanced technology of a modern-day Ford.

The Carroll Shelby Engine Company recently announced that they will soon be making their engine services available to the public. The Carroll Shelby Engine Company, founded in 1988, was started by Shelby for the sole purpose of building advanced Ford V8s for his cars. For the first time, Ford owners will be able to utilize the Shelby Engine Company’s expertise and have it applied to their own engines.

According to “Motor Trend”, Carroll Shelby Engine Company will be offering rebuilding and tuning services for Ford V8 motors.


Images: “MotorTrend”

“We’ve been making vehicles with Ford engines go faster since 1962,” said Shelby. “That includes street cars and vehicles used in every kind of motorsport. For the first time, Shelby Engines will take all of that accumulated knowledge and put it to work for individual Ford owners who want to move to the front of the pack.”

Their expertise lies in a history of working with the Ford 351 Windsor small block and the Ford “FE” big block V8 engines. The company headquarters, located in Gardena, CA, will be taking in a limited number of customers. To be clear, Shelby will only be taking in motors, not entire cars.

Every engine rebuilt by the company will be granted an official “Rebuilt by Carroll Shelby Engine Company” plaque, which can be placed in the engine bay. Customers looking to tune their cars will be given an official certification sheet signed by Carroll Shelby, verifying their vehicle’s dyno numbers.

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