Saleen used the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca Raceway to unveil the first model in their Heritage Collection. This mean looking machine is named after George Follmer, a racing driver from the 1970s who competed in a wide variety of cars including NASCAR stock cars, Formula One machinery with the Shadow team, sports car in Can-Am and IndyCars at the Indianapolis 500.
The styling for this machine takes its cue from the Boss 302 race car that Follmer drove in 1969. The 1960s racing car was displayed right next to the Saleen so visitors to the Motorsports Reunion in Monterey could see for themselves the three-tone livery, air scoops and 302 badges that distinguish this limited edition from other Saleen modified Ford Mustangs. The new 19-inch wheels have been included to reflect the 1960s era that the car draws its inspiration from, but they aren’t newly designed as we’ve been them before on other Saleen machines.
Under the bonnet there’s a V-8 that boosts power to 470bhp thanks to a cold air intake, a remapped ECU and a new throttle body. With race-tuned suspension this Mustang gets over the problems that standard Mustangs have of developing too little mechanical grip for the horsepower. This GF Edition Mustang is scheduled to arrive in the first quarter of 2014.
Improving on the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is difficult but that hasn’t stopped German tuners Anderson from taking the super-quick Ford back to their shop and reworking it. They’ve called it the Super Venom Edition and fitted it with a body kit that takes the car’s already aggressive appearance to a new level and helps the car’s aerodynamics. A new spoiler, additional side scoops and a new exhaust system complete the look.
To match the wide body kit, Anderson has used black paintwork with red strip to mark this Mustang out from others on the road. Red cobra badges have also been added to the GT500 Super Venom in the grille and on the front wings. Having spent some much time and effort on the interior, Anderson had to do the same inside where the same red and black colour scheme continues. The stitching and stripes along the doors and seats are also coloured red and there’s a wide selection of carbon fibre inserts which bring more black to the interior.
Anderson hasn’t changed the car mechanically, so the 5.8 litre V-8 that’s found under the bonnet of all Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 remains in place. It’s good for a 0-62mph time of around 4.0 seconds and produces 662bhp, but the economy figures are less impressive at just 24mpg.
The Ford Mustang isn’t a subtle unassuming car so you can imagine how over-the-top this 2014 Ford Mustang U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition is. Thankfully for motorists everywhere, the U.S. Air Force edition Mustang is a one-off that was built to raise money at the Young Eagles auction, which was part of the recent EAA Gathering of Eagles Gala.
This machine is based on the 2014 Mustang and was built to celebrate 60 years of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. After some fierce bidding it was eventually sold to James Slattery from San Diego, California for $398,000, every dollar of which went to the EAA Young Eagles program which has provided training for young pilots since 1992. Over the years 1.6 million Americans have gone through the program.
The exterior is painted in patriotic colours of red, white and blue which refers to the American flag and the livery found on the Thunderbird F-16 Falcons. There are 22-inch alloys and a body kit has widened the Mustang for a meaner than normal look. Sports suspension, a Brembo braking system and a supercharger have been added to improve performance. Ford has added a nice touch by using VIN 0001 as the car’s identification number rather than adding a plaque within the cabin to show the car’s unique status. Ford has added Recaro seats, upgraded the sat-nav system and changed the instrument cluster.
It would have been great to have brought you images of a modern Ford Mustang stretched to accommodate a wealthy owner in the backseats, because the current generation Mustang is a formidable sports car that produces 305bhp in its lowest spec. This stretch 1966 model looks like something that an American President should have used in the 60s. It’s listed for sale on a specialist’s website, where the mileage is said to be 69,683.
This custom limo has been created from a 1966 Mustang sports car into a four-door stretched limousine. It’s a one-of-a-kind creation that’s powered by a 4.7 litre V-8 engine linked to a C4 automatic gearbox. It comes with extras like air-conditioning and powered windows, which sound like necessities now rather than luxuries, and the rear seats also offer more space and comfort than before. The suspension set up has been changed, but the majority of the car is as it was when it left the factory nearly 50 years ago.
In the past other examples of classic Ford Mustangs being converted into limos but they have normally been converted for a limo hire company’s use, like the blue Mustang limo used by Preferred Limousine in Ontario. Others that we’ve heard of include a black 1968 example converted by Mustang Restorations in Illinois and a white 1966 built by ABC Mustangs of Hayward.
Ford and Shelby have a long and proud history together that’s being built upon with this new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. This is a car that Ford is proud to boast has been track tested at 200mph. It achieves that speed thanks to its 5.8 litre supercharged aluminium-block V-8 that produces 662bhp. To put that into context, the engine’s output is just 163bhp less than output found in the racing car version of the Mustang that’s used in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where engines only have to complete a maximum of 300 racing miles.
The car’s looks also underline its racing pedigree, where Le Mans style racing strips dominate the car’s shape and a unique rear spoiler completes the look. Inside, drivers get a TREMEC six-speed manual transmission with a classically styled Bright White “cue ball” gearknob. Leather-trimmed sport bucket seats with racing strips that colour co-ordinate with the exterior and bright aluminium pedal covers complete the cabin. The car stops thanks to a Brembo supplied brake system that includes 14-inch vented rotors with six-piston callipers at the front and 11-inch vented rotors with a single-piston calliper at the rear. A factory-fitted launch control system, which can be adjusted between four settings, keeps this Ford Mustang on the road in slippery conditions.
To prove that this most American of muscle cars has a place on our European roads, Ford recently took the car on a run down Germany’s many autobahns. Although this did little to correct the longheld assumption that American cars are fast in a straight line and slow in the corners, the Mustang was put through its paces through Germany’s twisting country roads and then taken on to the Nurburgring.
In recent weeks we’ve brought you word that the Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me is being sent to auction in September and we’ve had news of Michael Schumacher auctioning his prized Ferraris, so perhaps this is the time of year that people start to sell cars on.
The latest car to be brought up for sale at auction is this Ford Mustang GT350 that Sir Stirling Moss used to campaign. Moss is often cited as the best driver never to have won the driver’s world championship, although he won 16 Grand Prix in 66 starts for manufacturers like Maserati, Mercedes and Lotus. The car that’s been made available is a Ford Mustang that Moss raced between 1991 and 1997. It’s offered with full documentation showing its history and will obviously be a great collectable, not only because it was owned by former Formula One driver.
Some of the documentation to support the car’s authenticity includes photos from FIA sanctioned European events and there’s lots of communication between Carroll Shelby and Sir Stirling Moss that also shows the car’s legitimacy. The car was prepared by Chris Liebenberg and raced by Sir Stirling Moss at 9 race tracks throughout Europe. It’s numbered 89 of 252 examples from the 1965 original build and was raced in historic motorsport for a number of years. Dominic Dobson is another driver who got behind the wheel. He posted a top ten finish at the 2012 Rolex Monterey Historics.
The Ford Mustang is definitely one of the most iconic muscle cars of the American automotive culture, and ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ is one of the nicest recent movies that talk about cars. Bearing that in mind, it is not to difficult to figure out how, during the latest Dana Mecum Original Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis, one of the Ford Mustang ‘Eleanor’ used by Hollywood star Nicholas Cage in that movie managed to fetch a cool 1 million dollars (roughly 775,000 Euros at current exchange rates).
The Ford Mustang Eleanor is a special version of the 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback that was specifically created for this flick, though the car became famous before that thanks to a similar movie from the seventies (with a 1971 Mustang that was given the aesthetics of the 1974 model and dubbed ‘Eleanor’). In 1999 they began shooting the remake of the original film - with a slightly different script - and this one of the eleven cars that were used for the filming, though only three of them were actually working. Out of these three, two of them got destroyed during the making of the movie, and this - you guessed it - is the third one.
The rear-wheel drive Ford Mustang Eleanor was built by Cinema Vehicle Services with the help of custom and tuning guru Chip Foose: some of the most significant changes include the modified bonnet and boot lid, the wider track and the additional lights placed in the center of the revised front bumper. The engine is a Ford 351 V8 producing about 400 horsepower and mated to a four-speed gearbox. The car comes with a pretty low ride height and a set of 17-inch alloy wheels fitted with Goodyear F1 tires.
There are some pretty interesting new models at the Shelby stand of the 2013 North American International Auto Show, but the one model that seems to collect the most attention is the frightening 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake, a ‘beast’ that is actually able to produce no less than 850 horsepower. Shelby pointed out that in spite of that immense amount of power, in terms of CO2 emissions the car is absolutely legal in 50 American states.
The Super Snake package will be available with Satin Black, Gloss White, Silver, Blue, or Red stripes, which will be matched by a set of 20” Shelby Super Snake 3 Piece Billet Forged Wheels. The post-title package for the 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake will cost $28,995 and deliver 662 hp, while the full-spec thingy is priced at and $39,995, and in that case you will get the whole 850 hp. The wide body option adds another $14,995. Bear in mind that none of these prices include the base Ford GT500 Mustang.
The other star at the Shelby stand is the brand new Shelby Focus ST, which comes with suspension and several components courtesy of Ford Racing, bigger brakes and a new exhaust system. The design has been enriched with large air intakes, rear spoiler, massive alloy wheels and some unique elements in the cabin. The tuning options offered by Shalbt can boost its power up to 300 hp. The price of the standard Ford Focus ST is $ 23,700, while the Shelby kit is priced at $ 14,995. By the way, this is a special limited edition series, and just 500 kits will be produced.
According to rumours, the next generation Ford Mustang and Ford Focus RS may share the same engine. It seems that the new 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder that Ford is developing for the future Ford Focus RS, could also equip the 2015 Ford Mustang, making it a perfect entry level unit to launch on both United States and European markets.
The 2.3-litre EcoBoost could be the perfect choice for both cars, as it’s rumoured to develop more than 300 horsepower, while consuming, on average, less than seven litres of petrol per 100 km. Unfortunately, we need to wait a little bit longer to have official details on this engine, but there has been media speculation about the possible appearance of the new Ford Mustang.
The body of the next generation Ford Mustang could have a very similar design to the current model, although the style of some specific parts, like the front and the rear of the car, could undergo a few changes. The nose could come with a new front grille, sporting a beehive design, which drawn in Ford’s current stylistic cues, and new, smaller head-lights that should give the new Mustang a very unique, captivating and sportier look. At the rear, the boot has been shortened and the design of the tail lights has also been heavily revised.
American magazine Motor Trend just did it again! The renowned mag has set up the second edition of the World’s Greatest Drag Race, putting up back-to-back on the quarter mile straight some of the most spectacular sportscar currently available on the market. The Nissan GT-R, which had triumphed in 2011, will have to see off some fierce competition coming from Europe and led by the awesome Lamborghini Aventador and the equally menacing McLaren MP4-12C. However, this year the GT-R is even more powerfull, so that’s going to be a tough task. Completing the European line-up there will also be a Porsche 911 Carrera S, a Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series and the elegant Jaguar XKR-S, powered by a supercharged V8.
There most angry variant of the Ford Mustang, the Shelby GT500, will also give the GT-R a run for its money, just like the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The last challenger of the lot would be the Subaru BRZ, which we can consider as some sort of ’special guest’ as it lacks something like 200 hp on its less powerful opponent, a figure that would go up to 500 if compared with the most powerful antagonist, the Aventador. However, you might be surprised by the sort of drag that this little Japanese babe and its 4-cylinder unit (the less fragmented engine of the lot) can come up with when sprinting from standstill. Well, for a few meters at least..
As usual, we are not going to spoil the surprise by writing the name of the winner here or anything, you might wanto to watch the video to find that out, but we are also sure that the most competent readers, after reading through that line-up, wouldn’t really need to watch the footage to know which car crossed the finish line first. By the way, if you missed last year competition, the video-highlights of GT-R’s triumph in 2011 are available right after the jump.