Performing a wheelie on a motorcycle is an impressive feat in itself. But when you notch the difficulty meter up a few notches, you get something like this.
During a qualifying session at the Gateway Drags IV at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill, driver Chris Holbrook managed to take his Ford Mustang Cobra Jet and perform what is arguably one of the craziest wheelie maneuvers we’ve seen in recent years.
The wheelie only lasted a few seconds with Holbrook being forced to abort its run after wandering off into the other lane, but that ended up becoming a side story after the car launched off the line, showed off its unbelievable torque muscles, and almost went vertical in its ridiculous display of muscle power.
Check out the compilation video of Holbrook’s impressive wheelie, courtesy of the ADRL. You rarely get to see a pop quite like this, and as far as we’re concerned, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Roush is bringing back its Stage 3 Premier Edition with a little more flair and even more power for the 2013 model year. This special edition will only be limited to 25 units, but will come with 12 different main body finishes from Sherwin Williams Automotive, five bespoke options and seven paint finishes already found on the 2012 model. The new paint finishes include Launch it Lemon, V8 Red, Cabernet, Punch it Purple, and Iridescence.
Aside from the new color palette, the Stage 3 Mustang Premier Edition will also shine from the previously used Roush R6 Aerobody kit with a few, new added touches. This kit includes a high flow grille with a very low front grille opening, new driving lamps with pockets, new front fascia chin splitters, sport rocker panel side splitters, a new rear diffuser design, and rear aero valances. The exterior is finished with a set of 20" wheels available in hyper black or chrome.
The Stage 3 Ford Mustang Premier Edition will come with the same monstrous 5.0L V8 engine producing 565 HP and 505 lb-ft of torque with the use of a Roush R2300 TVS Supercharger. For 2013, Roush will even throw in an optional post title upgrade that will launch the ponies up to 625 HP and 525 lb-ft of torque. Much needed stopping power will come from 4-piston brakes with red/black calipers and 14" rotors. Optional 6-piston brakes will also be available. Other options include a trunk-mounted tool kit, a convertible light bar, and quarter window louvers.
As an added bonus, all owners of the 2013 Ford Mustang Stage 3 Premier Edition by Roush will also be given two premier colored Polo/Golf shirts, an autographed framed picture of their Stage 3 Premier Edition Mustang, and best of all, a VIP NASCAR Experience from Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes that will provide them with two tickets, two pit passes, and garage access to the race of their choosing (Hotel and Airfare not included).
Ford Motor Company, Shelby American, and Ford Racing have come together to build a special one-off model to pay tribute to the man responsible for creating the iconic Cobra: Carroll Shelby. Called "Friends of Carroll," these companies, along with many others, have put together the Shelby GT500 Cobra, which is based off of the 2013 Mustang GT500, but with some tantalizing modifications.
The team began the build with the GT500’s 5.8L V8 engine which already produces 662 HP, then added a Ford Racing 4.0L Whipple supercharger that catapulted the power to over 850 HP! Keeping this beast safely on the road are 13" rear wheels wrapped around 345-section high performance tires, as well as new Shelby Wilwood brakes.
On the design front, the new Shelby GT500 Cobra was given a Shelby-designed hood, a new rear wide body kit, and new 20" wheels. The exterior is finished off with a Guardsman Blue paint finish and Wimbledon white stripes, as seen on the Cobra roadster of the ’60’s.
“Carroll Shelby changed the performance world forever,” says Luft. “And while he was proud of Shelby American’s achievements, Carroll was far more interested in the next car we build. You will find the spirit and influence of Carroll Shelby in every future vehicle we build as found in the rear wide-body kit and hood that has been integrated into the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra.”
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Cobra will be touring across the United States and will eventually end up being auctioned off for charity.
We tend to keep our focus on cars that run in excess of $100K and fly to 60 mph in sub-3-second times. What about those that can’t pull off a $2,000-per-month car payment and don’t need to get to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds? Well, this one’s for you.
We are going to take a look at the top budget sports cars in the automotive realm today and tear them apart to find out what’s good about them and what’s not so hot about them. After that, we’ll input all of that data into the "patented" TopSpeed top-pick machine and spew out which of these cars offers the best bang for its customer’s buck. Keep in mind that we are looking at driving factors only, option and equipment have no bearing on making a budget sports car more fun in this competition.
We’re only looking at new cars here, so that eliminates my personal favorite, the Mazdaspeed Miata. The Miata will, of course be in the competition, but its facing cars that are equally, if not more, powerful and that rival it in handling performance. So, who takes home the title?
Carroll Shelby is and will always remain a legend in the automotive industry. He took skill, dedication, and a little bit of good luck to produce some of the most amazing muscle cars that will ever be produced, from the very first Shelby Mustang produced in 1965. What Shelby did to Ford’s new Mustang was transform it from a less-than-stellar pony car to a limited edition Shelby GT350 R
The Mustangs built for the 1965-1966 model years were powered by a K-Code 271 engine modified to produce 306 HP, but the GT350 was a car not built for comfort or ease of driving, so the right place for it was the race track. This decision lead Ford to Shelby for the development of the Shelby GT350 R for the SCCA races.
Shelby American only built 34 units of these GT350R models, even though the SCCA rules required a total of 100 units to be built and raced. However, during an SCCA race weekend, the GT 350R proved what an amazing car it was as it competed at the highest level.
Hit the jump to read more about the 1965 Shelby GT350 R.
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR was officially launched at the 2007 New York International Auto Show where it was displayed as a celebratory piece for the 40th Anniversary of the original 1968 Shelby Cobra GT500KR. This car was so amazing, that Carroll Shelby himself grabbed up a model to put in his garage. Now, the model he drove can be yours as it will be put up for auction at Vicari’s 16th annual Biloxi Auction set to take place from October 7-14, 2012
Carroll Shelby’s car is painted in Ebony Black combined with a Satin Ebony Stripe. Only 236 units like this were built in 2009, making the muscle car a unique piece of machinery. The GT500KR is powered by a supercharged 5.4 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 540 HP at 6,250 RPM and a peak torque of 510 lbs.-ft at 4,500 RPM. The car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds and runs the quarter mile in 12.5 seconds.
This is one of those rare opportunities where one lucky person can be the proud owner of a vehicle once driven by an automotive legend. It’s not going to come cheap, but it will be absolutely worth it.
There’s something to be said about a girl that can handle her business in front of a camera AND behind the wheel of a muscle car.
For starters, she’s awesome. Also, she’s awesome. And finally, she’s awesome.
This particular model - her name’s Kat - certainly adds some truth to that belief because not only does she look stunning dressed in a skimpy bikini, but she can also put the reins on a 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302.
The photo shoot was done for HighTechCorvette and with the accompanying video, we get to see how she handles a mighty American muscle car like the Boss 302. Check out the video and watch Kat tame the muscle car for a respectively 12.59 pass at 119 miles per hour on a drag strip.
Anybody that can do that to a car that’s powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine producing 444 horsepower and look great smiling for the camera beside it has our vote of approval.
It’s that time of the month again when fans of Forza 4 wait with breathless anticipation to see what new car pack the people from Turn 10 Studios will release for the game. Well, the August Car Pack has just been released and true to what has now become a monthly wait, the new DLC content comes with plenty of muscle...both new AND old.
Before you check out the full teaser and a batch of photos of the cars in the DLC, it was be mentioned that anybody looking to download the pack will have to shell out $7. Not a bad price to pay if it means you can bring your muscle car wars to Forza 4.
This special edition features a one-of-a-kind paint scheme created for the event. The goal in customizing the Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca is to create a vehicle that will attract the highest bids from car collectors. If anyone is interested in this unique opportunity, the auction will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
"Like many people, my family has been personally affected by the challenges of cancer and I am proud to chair Cattle Baron’s Ball in Detroit," said Jim Farley, Ford Motor Company group vice president for Global Marketing, Sales and Service. "As a fan of the powerful, historic Mustang, I am especially pleased to provide this American icon for auction."
American tuner, Hellion, has just announced a tuning package for the 2011+ Ford Mustang GT models that will absolutely blow your mind. With the use of multiple components, these guys were able to get the Mustang’s engine to pump out a staggering 1,249 rear wheel horsepower when they strapped it to the dyno.
The total package will set owners back about $7,500, but in return, they will get dual Precision billet 62mm turbos, twin Turbosmart 4mm wastegates, twin Turbosmart Vee port bypass valves, a large vertical flow dual inlet intercooler, stainless 4-to-1 headers, and dual 3-inch downpipes. The result is 600 rwhp on just 5.8 psi of boost, but it’s actually capable of 1,249 rear wheel horsepower at just 23.9 psi of boost! To handle the extra power, Hellion utilized a fully-built Ford Racing Aluminator engine, triple fuel pumps, and 105 lb/hr fuel injector.
On top of all of that, Hellion has also promised that this system is designed for daily use and is completely street legal.
Check out the video to see the Ford Mustang GT by Hellion as it performs on the dyno.