Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

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When Steve Saleen officially regained his namesake brand, you knew it would only be a matter of time before his company would debut its first project car. That time, apparently, was at the LA Auto Show when Saleen introduced its return to the auto industry with the Saleen 351 Mustang.

"Since regaining the Saleen brand, I really want to bring it all together with the heritage that Saleen is known for," Saleen said. "With the current Saleen [302] Mustang model it provides all the right features to bring back and update the S351 model."

Based on the 2013 Ford Mustang , the car’s name comes from the engine used under the hood, which is a 351-cubic-inch V-8 engine tricked to deliver way more than a base Mustang.

Next to that, Saleen is offering numerous other updates to the interior and the exterior, but also an updated suspension and braking system - all made to transform the Mustang into a real beast.

Updated 07/05/2013: The new Saleen 351 is now officially into production, so the tuner has unveiled tons of new details on its first Mustang-based package since Steve Saleen regained control.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Saleen 351.

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Ford developed yet another great one-off edition that will be auctioned at the Gathering of Eagles charity event on Thursday, August 1st. The special edition is based on a 2014 Ford Mustang GT and was built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds - the fastest, multi-jet flight demonstration team in the world.

This special Mustang GT Thunderbirds Edition features a custom brilliant white paint with red and blue accents, plus numerous logos and markings inspired by the Thunderbirds F-16 Falcon Falcon aircraft. Next to the special paint, this unique Mustang GT features handcrafted front and rear body elements, a unique belly pan and a set of custom 22-inch wheels.

For the interior, the model adds a modified navigation screen, instrument cluster and drops the rear seats. Both the driver and front passenger enjoy Recaro seats with embroidered Thunderbird elements. Additionally, the Thunderbird model also features unique sill plates and puddle lamps that project the aircraft silhouette when the doors open.

Next to the exterior and interior updates, Ford Racing also added a supercharger, suspension handling pack and Brembo brakes. Though Ford didn’t release the specifications on this special edition, Ford Racing’s website lists a series of superchargers that boost the 5.0-liter engine to between 525 and624 horsepower.

Updated 08/05/2013: The new Mustang GT Thunderbirds Edition was auctioned at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction for an impressive $398,000. All the proceeds will go to the EAA Young Eagles program.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Mustang GT.

Talk about a stunt that’s one for the ages.

We knew the art of drifting required insane amounts of skill and fearlessness. We also knew that Vaughn Gittin Jr. is one of the best in the business at drifting.

But what we never expected was for Gittin Jr. to show his skill AND his fearlessness in one of the nuttiest drifts we’ve seen in a long time.

Together with sponsor Monster Energy, Gittin Jr. has produced what will forever be called the "Fire Drift". While behind the wheel of his trusty Mustang RTR , Gittin Jr. navigates his drift-prepped muscle car around a series of fiery obstacles and explosions.

And if you’re thinking that those are Hollywood props, best keep an eye out towards the end of the video and check out the Mustang RTR’s bumper. Or whatever’s left of it.

This stunt definitely deserves a round of applause.

Click past the jump to read about Vaughn Gittin Jr’s Mustang RTR

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The Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic American muscle cars and its run started back in 1964 when the first generation was unveiled at the New York World’s Fair.

However, before the final model hit the market, Ford developed a few concept versions. The first of these concepts was announced 2 years before the launch of the car that would become a nationwide sensation. The concept was unveiled in 1962 at Watkins Glen for the F1 United States Grand Prix and it used a small 1.5-liter V-4 – yeah, a V-4 – engine installed behind the two seats.

Ford named its Mustang project "Allegro," due to many of the engineers and designers working on the concept also being musicians. In order to keep the true nature of the project under wraps, they used musical terms as a code. Of course the Mustang 1 Concept didn’t make it to production, but a number of design cues were used in the final production car.

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Shelby Mustang GT 350

A few days ago, a rumor popped up that the next-generation Ford Mustang would drop the "Shelby" moniker and that Ford would revive the famous "Cobra" name. Now it appears that those rumors weren’t completely true, as a source within Ford informed Mustangs Daily that the Shelby name will not disappear; rather, it will morph…

The details suggest that the current Shelby GT500 will be replaced by a new Shelby GT350 model. The GT350 will arrive about one year after the next-gen Mustang debuts, making it a 2016 model.

Unlike the current GT350, which is nothing more than an aftermarket package available directly from Shelby, the next GT350 will be an official Ford factory model.

Additionally, do not GT350 to deliver the same outlandish performance figures as the GT500. Don’t start pouting just yet, as Ford is not planning the GT350 to be simply a badge-filled model. Like the original GT350, rumors point toward the new one being a stripped down model with some extra pop under the hood. This will tick off a few check boxes on the Mustang’s list of goals: a more powerful above the GT, a direct competitor to the new Z/28 and a more affordable Shelby model.

Alongside the revived GT350, the new Mustang will also revive the Mach 1 nameplate, which last saw some use in 2003 and 2004. The new Mach 1 will arrive on the market sometime in 2017.

Click past the jump to read more about the next generation Ford Mustang.

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Ford Mustang

The next-generation Ford Mustang has been in development for some time now, but all we have seen so far are mules. Now, Road & Track has caught the elusive 2015 Mustang out for testing and dug up some tasty tidbits of information the new Mustang .

The first good news is that the model will finally get independent rear suspension and the base model will keep the usual V-6 powertrain. Next engine in the lineup is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with an output of about 350 horsepower. This version may mark the return of the old "SVO" trim level from the 1980s. The top version will be, as usual, the GT model that will carry the same 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 engine with its output boosted to around 450 horsepower.

As for the SVT version, Road & Track claims that it may drop the “Shelby” name and adopt a new "Cobra" name. Also, this version may drop the supercharged engine and will go the all-motor route, much like the Camaro Z28 .

Rumors suggest that the new generation Mustang will make its auto show debut before the close of 2013.

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The Mazda MX-5 is a fantastic entry-level sports car. It’s been around so long that you have to treat it with the proper amount of respect.

All things considered, however, it doesn’t have the pace of a Lamborghini Gallardo or even a Lotus Elise .

But if you cleverly manipulate the race; well, that opens up some possibilities, something the MX-5’s power retractable folding hardtop was quick to take advantage of.

The car’s roof setup can go from top-down to top-up in just 12 seconds, giving the car a decisive advantage over the rest of the competition. The simulated rain from Mazda definitely helped, giving the MX-5 five full seconds to get its gears up over the Porsche 911 , the next fastest car to get its roof in closed position and down the 1/4-mile track.

It’s a pretty fun video to watch, unless you’re Lotus, who probably didn’t find the whole thing funny. WE definitely giggled like little kids at a fart joke over the poor Lotus…

Click past the jump to read about the Mazda MX-5

So the Dubai Police didn’t really have a Bugatti Veyron in its ranks. While we were undoubtedly disappointed about that, it didn’t take long for us to move on from it.

But now some more interesting news because the world’s most awesome fleet just got even more awesome!

New photos were taken of a pair of additions to the already impressive list of supercars that have been commissioned by the Dubai Police. This time, it’s a BMW M6 and a Ford Mustang , two high-powered models that should fit in with the already impressive roster of supercars employed by the law enforcement agency.

At this point, it’s becoming more and more like a "what’s next?" proposition for these folks.

And for our money, we expect a few more German vehicles added there before the dust settles. Possibly an Audi or a Porsche? Maybe even an SUV, perhaps?

Click past the jump to read about the super police cars the Dubai Police has in its hands

Source: Zero2Turbo

Shinola might not be known for being a quality timepiece maker, having made its name as a manufacturer of bikes, leather goods and other luxury items. But the company has expanded into building watches and one of the first limited-edition models on its portfolio pays homage to a fellow Detroit-based company.

In commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang , Shinola is building a special-edition timepiece bearing the automaker’s exclusive 50 Years logo. Measuring 46 mm (1.81 inches) across and carrying the Mustang 50 Years logo on its face, the watch is, for a lack of a better word, impressive. It comes with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face, a screw-down crown, a black leather band and waterproof capabilities of up to 5 atmospheres (roughly 170 feet, dependent on water temperature).

Only 1,000 units of this special edition watch will be built. No word yet on how much it’ll cost, but for the expected sum, you can be one of the few owners in the world of an officially licensed, special-edition watch that bears the automaker’s unique-in-its-own Mustang 50 Years logo.

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Formula Drift Champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr., officially unveiled the 2014 Mustang RTR that seems to be ready to rock the 2013 Formula Drift season. The 2014 RTR was developed by Autosport Dynamics and will make its competitive debut at Formula Drift Round 1 in Long Beach, California April 12th and 13th. After that, Vaughn will compete in the World Drift Series in China and in numerous other select competition and demonstration events in Europe.

If last year’s model impressed you, the 2014 version will be a sensation. Its V-8 engine delivers a total of 845 horsepower - an increase of 45 horsepower over the previous model year . As usual, the engine has been developed by Ford Racing, so you know it’s built to run with the best of them.

The car sits on 18-inche wheels wrapped in Nitto NT05 tires sized 295/35R18 on the rear and 275/35R18 on the front. The model is distinguished by a carbon-fiber body with RTR appearance package. On the inside, it adds Recaro racing seats with Takata six-point harness.


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