2015 F35 Inspired Mustang Auctioned

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The engineering and design teams at Ford Motor Company led the development of the one-off 2015 F-35 Lightning II Edition Ford Mustang, which was donated by Ford and sold at the Gathering of Eagles charity event. The event was held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 – the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.

All proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the EAA Young Eagles program, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.8 million young people since 1992, helping inspire and motivate the next generation of leaders, aviators and innovators.

“The idea to model one of our specialty builds after the F-35 was four years in the making, under discussion even as we created the SR-71 Blackbird Mustang for auction in 2010. Just as the F35 was designed with unprecedented capabilities and versatility in mind, we felt it would be a natural fit to pair with the all-new 2015 Mustang,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford Board of Directors. “Lockheed Martin supported our requests on both vehicle builds and is bringing their F-35 Lightning II Cockpit Demonstration System, plus several test pilots, to the Ford Hangar. Visitors to the Ford Hangar are sure to be wowed by both the beauty of the F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang and the opportunity to get the fighter jet experience first hand.”

The unique 2015 F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang draws design cues from the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft, the new joint forces strike fighter. The aircraft is the world’s most advanced multi-role fighter jet, providing unmatched capabilities to the military forces of the United States and its allies.

imageThis one-of-a-kind sports car is one of the first 2015 Ford Mustangs to be sold. The design of the modified Mustang GT fastback exudes a creative connection to the F-35 Lightning, while highlighting the new design features of the 2015 Mustang. Ford design manager Melvin Betancourt and Mustang chief engineer Dave Pericak led the design and engineering teams that developed this unique car.

The exterior showcases a customized glossy and matte titanium paint scheme with distinctive accents inspired by the blue and yellow lightning tail livery applied to the early production examples of the F-35. The bubble canopy of the stealthy F-35 features a distinctive gold tint designed to help minimize its radar signature – an appearance that is replicated on the windows of this Mustang.

The springs of the Mustang GT performance pack have been replaced with Eibach units for a lower ride height and the exhaust system gets larger, ceramic-coated outlets. This Mustang rolls on a set of Forgiato-created custom 21-inch wheels to further differentiate it from anything else on the road. Additional elements include a carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser and rocker moldings, unique mirror skull caps and a vertically-enhanced rear spoiler.

Exclusive interior details include a modified instrument cluster, Recaro® seats, custom audio system and floor mats embroidered with F-35 Lightning II elements and unique sill plates.

The Young Eagles auction is part of the EAA Gathering of Eagles gala. The Gathering of Eagles annually draws more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts in support of Young Eagles and other EAA programs that inspire young people to become engineers, aviators, astronauts, scientists and innovators – the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.

“Ford has been a committed sponsor of EAA and AirVenture for 15 years, bringing incredible value to those who make Oshkosh the highlight of their aviation year,” said Jack Pelton, EAA chairman of the board. “With its seventh Mustang donation, Ford continues to excite with its specialty vehicles, which reflects the depth of Ford’s commitment and allows EAA to provide support to its valuable programs and dedicated members in helping us grow the next generation of aviators.”

The F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang joins six other one-of-a-kind Mustangs created by the Ford design and engineering teams for the EAA Young Eagles auction. Ford vehicles donated at EAA AirVenture events have collectively raised more than $2.5 million to support the EAA Young Eagles.

The unique vehicles produced by Ford in support of EAA Young Eagles, include:

· 2008 – Mustang AV8R, with cues from the F-22 “Raptor,” which helped introduce the glass-roof canopy and delivered a record auction contribution of $500,000

· 2009 – The AV-X10 “Dearborn Doll” Mustang was crafted in honor of World War II aircraft

· 2010 – Two automotive icons – the late Carroll Shelby, a former U.S. Air Force flight instructor, and Jack Roush, longtime P-51 pilot – collaborated for the first time to create the SR-71 Blackbird Mustang inspired by the legendary reconnaissance jet

· 2011 – The Blue Angels Mustang celebrated 100 years of United States naval aviation

· 2012 – The Red Tails Mustang paid homage to the Tuskegee Airmen, the courageous squadron of P-51 Mustang pilots who were the United States’ first African American military airmen

· 2013 – The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Mustang celebrated the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team

 

 

The F-35 Lighting II Edition Mustang was modified by MAD Industries. Additional contributors to the project: AUNDE Corporation, Eibach Springs, 3D Carbon Fiber, BASF Automotive Refinish, Gibson Performance Exhaust, PIRELLI Tires, Forgiato Wheels, Rigid Industries LED Lighting, sPOD, MGP Caliper Covers, LGE-Paint, Madico, PIAA Corporation, APR Performance, FOCAL, The Source AV, Raceskinz, ODYSSEY Battery and Specialized Ceramic & Powder Coating.

 

 

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Mustang Raffle

Mustang 50th Convertible

Ford continues its longstanding support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society by offering a one-of-a-kind 2015 Mustang 50 Years convertible to be raffled off this summer. The winner of this exclusive convertible featuring select content from the 50 Year Limited Edition fastback will be announced in Mustang Alley in Ferndale, Mich., on Aug. 16, 2014 during the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

“We’re thrilled to be able to work with and help The National MS Society again,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development. “As pleased as we are to be able to help financially with the Society’s No Opportunity Wasted research project, we also feel it’s important to help raise greater awareness of this terrific program. That we’re creating one – and only one – Mustang GT 50 Years convertible for the Society shows how much we respect and support their efforts.”

The car will be among the first regular production 2015 Mustang GT convertibles built this fall. Power comes from a 5.0-liter V8 generating more than 420 horsepower and more than 390 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a six-speed manual transmission. This will be the only 2015 Mustang convertible built with a special performance pack that includes 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero summer tires, Brembo six-piston painted front brake calipers and a limited-slip differential.

Like the recently announced 50 Year Limited Edition fastback, the convertible features a number of unique elements that distinguish it from other 2015 Mustangs:

  • Wimbledon White exterior paint
  • Chrome-accented grille with corralled pony emblem
  • Chrome accents around the tri-bar taillamp lenses
  • Axle spin-finish aluminum instrument panel trim
  • Rear decklid badge with “GT 50 Years” identification
  • Two-tone cashmere and black leather seats
  • Contrasting cashmere stitching on instrument panel, steering wheel, shift boot, door inserts and seats
  • Loop-carpet floor mats with cashmere stitching and suede binding
  • 19-inch Y-spoke wheels inspired by the chrome steel wheels offered on original Mustang
  • Owner’s guide in a leather portfolio with “50 Years” badge on the outside

This special Mustang also includes a badge on the instrument panel, engraved with the signature of Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford, and serial number 0001 of 0001.

A limited number of raffle tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through National MS Society, Michigan Chapter and Ford Motor Company, while supplies last. Tickets are $20 each. Ticket requests can be placed online anytime at www.ford4ms.com. Raffle tickets can also be reserved by phone at 800.243.5767 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

The winner does not need to be present when the lucky ticket is drawn at the Woodward Dream Cruise. The winner is responsible for title, taxes and registration.

 

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Fields Named Ford President And CEO

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Ford Motor Company announced today that Alan Mulally has decided to retire from the company July 1, and Mark Fields will be named Ford president and chief executive officer and elected as a member of the company’s board of directors.

“From the first day we discussed Ford’s transformation eight years ago, Alan and I agreed that developing the next generation of leaders and ensuring an orderly CEO succession were among our highest priorities,” Executive Chairman Bill Ford said. “Mark has transformed several of our operations around the world into much stronger businesses during his 25 years at Ford. Now, Mark is ready to lead our company into the future as CEO.”

Mulally, 68, is retiring after nearly eight years leading Ford and capping a remarkable 45-year career. Mulally has led Ford’s transformation and strengthened its position as one of the world’s leading global automakers. Under Mulally and the company’s One Ford plan for profitable growth, Ford has achieved 19 consecutive quarters of profitability, developed the strongest product lineup in Ford’s history and embarked upon the company’s most ambitious global expansion in the past half century.

“Alan deservedly will be long remembered for engineering one of the most successful business turnarounds in history,” Bill Ford said. “Under Alan’s leadership, Ford not only survived the global economic crisis, it emerged as one of the world’s strongest auto companies. We always will be grateful to Alan for his leadership, compelling vision and for fostering a culture of working together that will serve our company for decades to come.”

The transition in July is approximately six months earlier than previously anticipated, following Mulally’s recommendation to accelerate the timetable based on the readiness of Ford’s leadership team.

“Alan and I feel strongly that Mark and the entire leadership team are absolutely ready to lead Ford forward, and now is the time to begin the transition,” said Bill Ford, who recruited Mulally from Boeing in 2006.

Fields, 53, was named Ford’s chief operating officer in December 2012. He has been leading all of Ford’s global business operations and most skill teams, including product development, manufacturing, purchasing, and marketing, sales and service.

Fields’ role as COO has included leading the company’s weekly Business Plan Review meeting, which Mulally established to track the progress of the One Ford plan and to monitor the global business and competitive environment. The Thursday meetings are credited with driving a reliable and transparent process for running Ford’s global operations and enabling Ford’s senior leadership to work closely together and act decisively on its plan.

Before serving as COO, Fields served as executive vice president and president – The Americas since October 2005. There, he led the transformation of Ford’s North American business – turning it from record losses several years ago to record profits in each of the last four years. Earlier, Fields guided the product-led transformation of Ford’s European operations and formerly held European luxury brands, as well as the relaunch of Ford’s independent operations in Argentina and a major restructuring and product renaissance at Mazda.

Mulally thanked the Ford team for their many contributions and accomplishments.

“It has been an honor to serve and contribute to creating a viable, profitably growing company for the good of everyone associated with the Ford Motor Company,” Mulally said. “By working together with all of our stakeholders around the world, we now are accelerating Henry Ford’s original vision to open the highways to all mankind.

“Ford’s future is so bright, and Mark – supported by an experienced and dedicated senior leadership team – is absolutely the right leader to continue to deliver on our compelling vision,” Mulally added.

Fields underscored his commitment to the One Ford plan, including building on the company’s unprecedented global introduction of new products, innovations and excellence.

“It is a true honor to lead this great company and this talented team into the future,” Fields said. “Under Alan’s leadership, we have seen the power of One Ford and what a culture of positive leadership and working together can accomplish. My commitment is to build on that success by accelerating our pace of progress. All of us at Ford are committed to delivering even more of the great products and innovations that will deliver growth and define our company going forward.”

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Cal Pony Tribute Wheels

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The Ford Mustang made its mark of history by hitting the big 50, and with those 50 years has come styles and trends left by the Mustang.

The big talk of the town are these 20” SS tribute wheels that debuted at the 50th anniversary. The folks at Cal Pony Cars have served that sweet taste of “50” on a platter with the 20” SS Style wheel designed after the classic “Styled Steel’ wheels used on vintage Mustangs for those seeking the real vintage look on their 2005-2014 Mustang.

These premium quality chrome plated one- piece cast aluminum wheels are available in 20×9 and 20×10 for a staggered or a non-staggered fitment, come with a chrome plated finish with painted cove area and feature a set of stylized lug nuts.

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Included with these wheels are offered with a special set of official ford licensed center caps which were originally included on 1965-1966 Mustangs with styled steel wheels.

These wheels are a must have for any mustang enthusiast and are available in very limited quantities.
Get more info from the manufacturer:
California Pony Cars
1-888-225-7669
www.calponycars.com

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Restomods – Like Hipsters?

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I was watching Velocity the other day and saw a 60s era VW Beetle outfitted with an electric powerplant take on a modded dual carb VW that was tuned for the track and the electric car won. The guy that commissioned the build was a hipster looking dude and it reminded me of this infographic comparing hipsters to Restomod Mustangs.

A restomod Mustang melds the classic looks of first-generation models from the 1960s with modern engines, brakes, steering and suspension for reliable everyday driving and all-around performance most old muscle cars can’t even approach. You can buy or build what is essentially a brand-new 1965 to 1970 Mustang with any engine you want–including the 5.0-liter ‘Coyote’ V8 found in the 2014 Mustang GT.

Gavin Knapp is senior manager, market research, Specialty Equipment Market Association, a trade group that represents manufacturers of automotive specialty products such as the parts used for restorations and restomods.

“The street rod and custom segment, which includes restomods has continued to grow at a steady pace, totaling $1.19 billion in 2012, up from $954 million in 2005,” said Knapp.. “For comparison, the traditional restoration market has been relatively flat over the last several years.”

Restomods can be built to fit a wide range of budget and performance needs and it’s a trend that is becoming more popular with options from basic upgrades to brand-new vintage cars. Unlike some of the hipsters serving up your coffee, a Ford Mustang is never aloof or pretentious either.

Tell us about your experience incorporating modern touches on your classic Mustang.

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Need For Speed Pony Goes Fast

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A custom 2013 Ford Mustang GT that starred in the blockbuster movie “Need for Speed” was sold by Ford Motor Company for $300,000 on Saturday at Barrett-Jackson Auction Company’s West Palm Beach event.

John Felice, vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service, drove the spectacular Mustang onto the big stage. After spirited bidding that electrified the block, Dave Flynn of Columbiana, Ohio, won the factory-special Mustang. Auctioned at no reserve, proceeds will benefit Henry Ford Health System, the nonprofit founded by Henry Ford to support the Edith and Benson Ford Heart and Vascular Institute.

“Everyone has a Mustang story, and the new owner of this movie car now has one that is particularly special,” says Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “Snagging such a high-profile car right now – 50 years after the birth of America’s first pony car – is something to be cherished. And helping such an important cause makes the sale even more memorable.”

Founded in 1915, Henry Ford Health System is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems. It provides health insurance and healthcare delivery, including acute, specialty, primary and preventive-care services, backed by excellence in research and education. Additional information is available at http://www.henryford.com.

“Watching the car cross the block in support of Henry Ford Health System was very rewarding,” says Sandy Hudson, chief development officer for the organization. “Dave Flynn did much more than just purchase a new car. His purchase will help so many people get access to healthcare.”

The “Need for Speed” Mustang was used in filming and was displayed at all promotional stops for the movie. It boasts a custom-designed, wide body rolling on unique, Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels. Other design elements include an enlarged lower grille with new air intakes, extended rocker panels, a twin-snorkel hood and low-profile mirrors. With a powerful V8 engine, the Mustang is finished in silver paint with Kona Blue racing stripes.

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Topless Mustang is On Top

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As the world honors 50 years of Ford Mustang, what better way to celebrate one of the most iconic car brands than putting one back on top of one of the most iconic buildings? When Ford and the Empire State Building decided to display a new 2015 Mustang convertible on the 86th floor observation deck, Ford turned to a longtime supplier for the unique expertise required to make this happen.

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Shelby Heritage Grand Opening

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Join our friends at Shelby American and Team Shelby as they celebrate their annual Shelby Vegas Bash, the first at the new Shelby American factory location. They will have our official Grand Opening celebration on April 15th. This event will lead directly into the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Ford Mustang also being held in Las Vegas beginning on April 17th. Tickets for the Shelby Vegas Bash are available at the Shelby online store and more information is available at TeamShelby.com.

For those with a heart for all things Shelby, there is an extended agenda:

April 13th Palm Springs CA  4:00PM – Event registration and hotel check in Spa Resort Casino 401 East Amado Rd, Palm Springs CA

April 13th Rancho Mirage CA 5:30PM – 2014 Shelby Bash Kick Off reception and car show Caddy Shack 72680 Dinah Shore Dr, Palm Desert, CA

April 14th Palm Springs CA 8:00AM – 2014 Shelby Run Driver’s meeting Spa Resort Casino 401 East Amado Rd, Palm Springs CA

April 14th Palm Springs CA 8:30AM – 2014 Shelby Run to Las Vegas with lunch stop – arrive South Point Hotel by 3:00PM

April14th Las Vegas NV – Evening event to be announced

April 15th Las Vegas NV 8:30AM – 2014 Shelby Bash scenic tour and Poker Run – driver’s meeting 8:30AM South Point Hotel Shelby parking area – Tour with lunch stop, returning to South Point by 4:00PM

April 15th Las Vegas NV – Grand Opening Event

April 16th Las Vegas NV 9:00AM – Noon – 2014 Shelby Bash Car Show at Shelby American

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Winner, Winner

Bernie Loomis

Bernie Loomis, winner of Motorcraft and Quick Lane’s 2013 Mustang 5.0 Fever Sweepstakes, now has his new, black 2014 Ford Mustang GT with charcoal black interior safely parked in the three-car garage of his Henderson, Nev., home.

Loomis, the lucky winner out of 196,284 entries in the annual sweepstakes hosted by Motorcraft and Quick Lane, took delivery of his new Mustang from Colorado River Ford Lincoln in Kingman, Ariz., on March 21, four days following his 70th birthday.

“I ordered the car from the factory instead of taking something off the lot,” said Loomis, explaining the delay between learning he won on Jan. 13 and delivery of his prize. “The dealership suggested I do that. You want to make sure it’s exactly what you want.”

To ensure that the winner gets a Mustang exactly to his or her liking, part of the sweepstakes prize is $5,000 in Ford Racing Performance Parts and Ford Custom Accessories. Loomis chose 19-inch wheels and Brembo racing brakes, high-performance Recaro seats, rear quarter window louvers, remote start and a side-mounted Boss 302 exhaust system.

“I’ll tell you it sounds so good,” said the retired union electrician. “I left the restrictor plates off and it is awesome sounding.”

Since picking up his Mustang, he had the side windows tinted, added a UV light/heat-deflecting film to the windshield, installed hood struts and added a cold-air box on the air induction system that when coupled with the 302 Boss exhaust system brings the horsepower up to about 450. He also plans to move his fog lights down low and install smoked fog lights up high.

“Once you get a Mustang, you customize it to your taste and you’ll never see two of them alike,” said Loomis who entered the Mustang 5.0 Fever Sweepstakes at an enthusiast event at the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction on Sept. 29, 2013 in Las Vegas.

Loomis has been a fan of the Mustang since he owned a 1984 model when he was in his 30s. He had a Ford GT from 2005-2007 then replaced that with a Mustang Shelby GT 500 and had it converted into a 725-hp Mustang Shelby GT 500 Super Snake, which he still has.

“I don’t drive the Shelby GT 500 Super Snake much at all,” Loomis explains. “I drive it to shows and out to breakfast every Wednesday. I drive it to Cars and Coffee every Saturday, but it only has 12,000 miles. I will probably drive the new one a whole lot more, but it won’t get a lot of miles on it because I don’t drive that far.”

In 2009, he and six friends founded the Vegas Valley Mustangs, a club for pony car owners that now boasts 70 members. Each year, the club sponsors two car shows and donates “every nickel that we make,” $15,000 so far, to Catholic Charities.

How did his fellow Vegas Valley Mustangs react to his good fortune? “When I first told them I was a finalist, they thought it was probably a scam of some kind,” Loomis said with a chuckle. “Now they’re pretty excited.”

This year’s sixth annual Mustang 5.0 Fever Sweepstakes is underway. Another lucky winner will drive away with a 2015 Ford Mustang GT plus $5,000 in Ford Racing Performance Parts and Ford Accessories.

Contestants 18 years or older can enter online for a chance to win at www.Mustang50Fever.com now through 11:59 a.m. ET on Dec. 1, 2014, or at Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing’s midway display at select NHRA Mello Yello Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup and Ford enthusiast events. Entries at www.Mustang50Fever.com are limited to one per person.

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Mustang 50th Anniversary Events

MUSTANG 50TH ANNIVERSARY

April 17, 2014 marks 50 years since the world was introduced to Ford Mustang. Its legions of fans will be celebrating at events across the United States throughout that week.

April 10-16 – Mustangs Across America 50th Anniversary Drive
Mustangs Across America is organizing a caravan from Los Angeles to Concord, N.C. More than 500 Ford Mustangs are expected to join the drive by the time the caravan reaches the Mustang Club of America celebration at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

April 13-16 – Mustang Club of America Great American Pony Drive
Mustang enthusiasts from around the world will gather in Norman, Okla. on April 13 before driving to the dual celebrations organized by the Mustang Club of America. In Norman, attendees will split into two groups, one setting out for Charlotte Motor Speedway, the other heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

April 16-17 – 2015 Ford Mustang at the Empire State Building
Ford will celebrate 50 years since the public introduction of Mustang by putting a 2015 model convertible on the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York. The car will be on public display, 1,000 feet above the street, both days from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

April 16-20 – Mustang Club of America 50 Year Celebrations
The celebrations are expected to be so large that Mustang Club of America has organized two simultaneous events, at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The events are open to the public and include displays of Mustang from all 50 years, Ford vehicle ride-and-drives, cruises and Mustang history sessions.

April 17 – 2015 Ford Mustang at Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
The original Mustang was first shown to the world at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. Ford will go back to the fair site at Flushing Meadows Corona Park for a small gathering of local Mustang club members and the all-new 2015 Mustang.

April 17 – Ford Employee Celebration
Ford Motor Company will host an employee celebration of Mustang at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., 50 years to the day of the Mustang introduction.

April 27 – Fabulous Fords Forever Car Show at Knott’s Berry Farm
The Ford Car Club Council will host the Fabulous Fords Forever car show at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif.

May 3-4 – Mustang Madness at Petersen Museum
The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles will celebrate 50 years of Mustang with special events including a car show and guests including champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr.

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2015 Ford Mustang Design

2015 Ford Mustang

The next chapter in the life of the iconic pony car begins today as the all-new Ford Mustang – loaded with innovative technologies and delivering world-class levels of performance – is simultaneously revealed around the globe in six cities on four continents.

“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development. “The visceral look, sound and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford.”

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2013 Shelby GT500 Convertible

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The official launch of SVT came during the 1992 Chicago Auto Show with the unveiling of the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra and SVT F-150 Lightning. Now Ford returns to Chicago to celebrate its past and look to the future with the 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible.

In honor of SVT’s anniversary, a commemorative lighted sill plate will be used in the 2013 Shelby GT500 to celebrate the many years of performance vehicles. The 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra offered a 235-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, which demonstrates just how far the products have come in 20 years. The 2013 Shelby GT500 with its 650-horsepower V8 marks the latest offering from one of the oldest and most successful automotive performance groups in the world.

“The Shelby GT500 convertible is every bit the performer that the coupe is,” said Kerry Baldori, SVT Global Performance Vehicles chief engineer. “All of the significant changes we made in the program were instrumental in delivering a convertible that could really shine on the track but can still be driven on a daily basis.”

The 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible with the optional Performance Package is faster around a track than the outgoing model. The new convertible shaved nearly 3.5 seconds off its lap time at Sebring International Raceway compared to the 2011 and 2012 models.

Keys to the improved lap times are the power boost from the new 5.8-liter supercharged V8 producing 650 horsepower, as well as the SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers available on the Performance Package and the all-new chassis tuning.

Accessed on the dash with a simple push of a button, normal mode gives customers a more comfortable ride over road irregularities. Sport mode is all about performance, delivering improved response time on the track and less body roll while cornering with reduced pitch under braking. The upgraded dampers allowed SVT engineers to tune the convertible more aggressively for the track, while still being able to maintain desirable on-road manners.

A new Brembo brake system also is a key enabler in boosting the performance of the convertible. The new brakes offer drivers enhanced stopping power to help keep their car under control, while new six-piston calipers in front along with larger front and rear rotors further improve braking performance. More aggressive brake pads also help the car achieve high deceleration and further robustness for more driver confidence.

20 years of high-performance innovation

Each of the more than 210,000 SVT vehicles produced since 1993 has been designed and developed with the four SVT attributes in mind: Performance, Substance, Exclusivity and Value. These hallmarks still guide the brand’s vehicle development today.

“In the past 20 years, SVT has engineered world-class mid-engine supercars, front-wheel-drive performance cars, rear-wheel-drive muscle cars and high-performance on-road and off-road pickup trucks,” said Jamal Hameedi, SVT chief engineer. “There is no other performance house in the world that can match that diverse résumé.”

Since 1993 more than seven different SVT vehicles have been produced, including several versions of the Cobra and Shelby GT500, the F-150 Lightning performance pickup and F-150 SVT Raptor, the SVT Contour sports sedan, plus both three- and five-door versions of the SVT Focus. Special SVT Mustang Cobra R models were made in 1993, 1995 and 2000.

SVT has joined with Team RS in Europe to form the Performance Vehicles Group to devise a strategy for all future global performance Ford cars. The resulting Focus ST is Ford’s first truly global performance car, giving drivers around the world the opportunity to share the exhilarating performance, excellent handling, addictive sound and sporty design Ford’s ST badge represents. The Ford Fiesta ST Concept also signals the next step in Ford’s global performance vehicle strategy and hints at how a future Fiesta ST model might look when it joins the Focus ST in the global small car portfolio.

2013 Ford Shelby GT500

The ultimate Ford Mustang – Shelby GT500 – raises the bar high on performance by delivering 650 horsepower and a track-tested top speed of more than 200 mph. The 5.8-liter supercharged V8 aluminum-block engine produces 650 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production V8 in the world.

Nearly every part of the powertrain has been optimized for producing the additional horsepower, including a new supercharger, new cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, a new carbon fiber driveshaft and upgraded clutch, transmission and axle.

And nearly every gear on the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 has been revised to manage the torque and use more of the power in a way that makes it more driver-friendly.

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Shelby GTS

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Fulfilling the desire of Ford Shelby GT fans worldwide, executives with Shelby American Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. introduced today the new Shelby GTS post-title package for the 2011-2012 Ford Mustang at the New York International Auto Show. Available with a either a V6 or V8, normally aspirated or supercharged, the Shelby GTS is the spiritual rebirth of the popular 2007-2008 Ford Shelby GT.

“The Ford Shelby GT was introduced in 2007 as an agile, reliable and affordable muscle car,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American Inc. “It dominated its SCCA racing class and was a popular canvas for enthusiasts to create their dream Shelby. Our Shelby GTS picks up that mantle and expands upon it with a choice of V6 or V8 power for a new generation of Shelby enthusiast who wants a car built just for them.”

Ever since Ford introduced the 3.7L V6 and 5.0L V8 Mustang for the 2011 model year, the Shelby research and development team has been secretly developing the GTS package. Once the Shelby GT350 was finalized in both coupe and convertible versions, the skunkworks team accelerated the project. Working with partners at Ford Racing, Borla and Baer, Shelby American enhanced the car’s suspension, strengthened the braking and coaxed more power out of the engine.

“The V6 Mustang is a particularly good platform for the Shelby GTS,” noted Shelby American vice president of operations Gary Patterson. “It’s even lighter and more nimble than the GT. And the V6 Shelby GTS makes about as much horsepower as the V8 in the Ford Shelby GT, but with better fuel economy at a lower price.”

The post-title package starts at $9,995.00, not including the base car. Superchargers and other options are available that allow buyers to personalize their dream Shelby. A limited number of the Shelby GTS will be built with reservations starting April 21; production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The 2012 Ford Shelby GTS post-title package includes:

  • Ford Racing handling pack including new springs, tuned stabilizer bars and front strut tower brace
  • Fresh air package for the normally aspirated V6 tune or V8
  • Borla exhaust system
  • Shelby / Baer brakes
  • Unique deep draw hood featuring classic Shelby design
  • Black billet upper grill with Ford “Running Pony” emblem
  • Unique Shelby front fascias
  • Shelby LeMans stripes and side stripes
  • “Shelby GTS” vehicle badges and official Shelby CSM interior plate
  • “Powered by Ford” side badges
  • “Shelby” lettering across the rear deck lid

The many options available include:

  • Shelby superchargers for both V8 and V6 models
  • 6 piston Shelby/Baer Brakes
  • Adjustable control arms
  • 18” to 20” wheels and tire packages
  • Watts link rear suspension
  • Two tone leather interior

“Our Shelby GTS is a fantastic way to pump up the capabilities of a stock Mustang within a budget without sacrificing performance,” added Mr. Luft. “It’s a car that reaches a younger buyer while acknowledging the economic realities of our times.”

Shelby American is also exhibiting the 800 horsepower 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, 2012 Shelby GT350 coupe and convertible at their booth, #1325, during the New York Auto Show. Those interested in a Shelby should call (702) 942-7325 or log onto www.shelbyamerican.com. Customers can build their dream Shelby online with Shelby American’s new “Build-One” program at http://shelbyamerican.com/buildhome.asp.

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