Starting this summer, Ford will be offering their updated retro muscle car with optional Shelby inspired Track Pack and Ford Racing developed FR3 Handling Package straight from the factory, so now your Mustang GT can handle almost as well as a GT500 .
The Track Pack focuses on upgrading the way the car goes through the curves, by adjusting every element of the drive train to maximize the Mustang GT’s V8 and chassis with one of the most thorough “sport suspensions” that we have ever seen. The Ford special suspension product package begins with a set of sticky set of 19 inch Pirelli summer tires to make the most out of their contact patch. A set of retuned dampers work together with the sway bars from a Shelby GT500 to reduce body roll by 13%, giving the vehicle a much more planted feel. The blue oval crew will then swap in a shorter geared rear end complete with a carbon fiber LSD, then a set of new brake pads that are made to work with the factory ABS in order to give the Mustang as much stopping power as it just got handling ability, while still maintaining drivability on the street.
There is a hard core FR3 Handling Package from Ford Racing that uses a lot of the components from the KONI Challenge car. This suspension setup will lower your ride by about 1 inch thanks to significantly stiffened springs and a set of sway bars that are said to “eliminate” body roll.
The Track Pack retails for $1,495 while the FR3 Handling Pack retails for $1,335. Either kit can be installed by a factory certified technician, or in your own garage. It is nice to see that an American automaker is endorsing high performance modifications by offering them right from the showroom, things like this are signs of a return of the muscle car days.
Press release after the jump.