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Long before the likes of Roush , Shelby , and Saleen turned the Ford Mustang into one of the most iconic and legendary performance cars in the world, there was Holman & Moody. As one of the first aftermarket companies to bring the Mustang to performance levels never before seen in its time, Holman & Moody became a legend in its own right.

This year, those guys are celebrating their 50th anniversary and to mark the occasion, they’re dusting off their tools to build a special limited edition 2014 Holman & Moody 50th Anniversary TdF Mustang.

“The Holman & Moody TdF Mustang is a contemporary reflection of our motorsports heritage,” said George Goddu, business manager for Ford Racing Performance Parts. “As a track-day capable commemorative edition, this special Mustang is a rolling showcase for our race-proven parts.”

The special muscle car bears some heritage to the original 1964 Mustang race cars they worked on, complete with the same bright red hue that adorned those 60’s bad boys. In addition, Holman & Moody fitted in similar modifications for this model, complete with a subtle horsepower increase to the car’s 5.0-liter four-valve Ti-VCT V8 engine, a lowered, race-tuned suspension, a free flowing exhaust, a limited slip rear end, a modified radiator, and larger brakes.

On that end, Holman & Moody also added sport mufflers and a stainless steel X-pipe from Ford Racing, progressive lower springs, a short shifter assembly, adjustable shocks and struts from SVT, a new high-flow air filter from K&N and Ford Racing, a new set of 19" custom wheels that were created specifically for this car, and custom Holman & Moody embroidered Recaro seats in the interior.

The 2014 Holman & Moody 50th Anniversary TdF Mustang will only be limited to 500 units, effectively ensuring that this model will be a hot ticket whenever it goes on sale.

UPDATE 05/13/13: Holman & Moody has officially priced its Tour de France package for the Ford Mustang. Should you desire the red and gold digs on your Mustang, you’re going to need to shell out $9,896 for the chance to do so. And that’s on top of the actual money you need to pay for the actual car.

Ford has a stacked line-up for the upcoming 2012 SEMA Show, but they are not the only ones introducing packages for their vehicles. The Ford Mustang is also getting a ton of attention from tuners everywhere, from the Mustang "Boy Racer" by 3dCarbon to the Ford Mustang by M2-Motoring , and now from the guys at the Eckert Rod Shop. These fine folks will be presenting an amazing Mach40 pack that combines a 1969 Mach 1 with a 2006 GT40 for an amazing 850 HP muscle car.

Based on the Mach1 platform, the Mach40 was designed as a one-off supercar that will make any car enthusiast turn their head and take notice. It’s the perfect blend of both vehicles’ designs, but has the GT40’s superior 5.4 liter dual overhead cam GT super car motor upgraded with a Wipple 4 liter supercharger along with drive by wire throttle. In addition, the motor was converted to a flex-fuel system. The result is an impressive increase from 600 to 850 HP.

That’s all we have on the Ford Mustang Mach40 by Eckert Rod Shop so far, but more details about the Mach40 will be unveiled during the 2012 SEMA Show, so stay tuned!

The original Mustang Cobra Jet was unveiled back in 1968 when it was powered by a 7.0-liter V8 engine with massive four-barrel carburetors and an output of 335 HP. Since then, things have evolved immensely, leaving the 2013 Cobra Jet with a 5.4 liter DOHC supercharged engine that delivers an impressive 430 HP, but that can still be much improved by today’s standards. Enter Ford Racing.

Ford Racing has prepared something amazing for the 2012 SEMA Auto Show: a Cobra Jet Twin-Turbo Concept that features a pair of twin turbochargers attached to the 5.0-liter V8 engine, eliminating the supercharger which provides instant on-demand power, but loses it at high boost levels. This turbocharger system uses the same technology as Ford’s EcoBoost engines and, according to Ford Racing, has the benefit of providing much less power loss. The lag experienced by turbochargers is minimized with the use of smaller turbochargers that are just as effective, but allow for the airflow necessary to power the muscle car. The turbochargers feature turbine wheels that are made from titanium aluminide which reduces the rotational inertia by 50 percent. Along with a shaft riding on low-friction ball bearings, the compressors can spin up to 150,000 rpm almost instantly. This system also provides better responsiveness, very low inertia, and very low internal friction.

The Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Twin-Turbo Concept was prepared solely to highlight Ford’s advances in turbocharging technology, but the exterior also plays a part by showing off the new global Ford Racing livery. The exterior is painted in a crisp white finish and combined with asymmetric black and blue stripes running over the top of the car from bumper to bumper. The side of the car shows these stripes as they sweep upward before ending with the traditional striking cobra head in black with blue accents.

"Despite its smaller displacement, the improved breathing of the 5.0-liter with its twin independent variable camshaft timing and Boss 302 cylinder heads provided comparable performance while showcasing the high technology available in street Mustangs today," said Rob Deneweth, Cobra Jet Powertrain Development Engineer.

“Ford has embraced turbocharging technology and a lot of our production engineers are working with the technology on a daily basis, so we have a lot of knowledge,” added Deneweth. “So we decided to apply that knowledge to the Mustang Cobra Jet to showcase what our engineers and suppliers know how to do.”

It looks as though Porsche isn’t the only fan of the Martini Livery; the folks over at Pure Vision have also picked up on the trend and are preparing a 1966 Martini T-5R Mustang for the 2012 SEMA Show. The car was developed with the help of various tuners, including ARP, Detroit Speed, JRi Shocks, C&R Racing, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and many more (full list after the jump). Of course, it couldn’t have been done without the permission from Karl, the owner of this beautiful piece of work.

The T-5R Martini Mustang is powered by a Ford Indy 4-cam engine mated to a CR Racing NASCAR prepped 4-speed transmission. While developing the car, Pure Vision focused on keeping the total weight as low as possible - they are hoping to get it under 2500lbs by the time it hits SEMA. To achieve this, the tuner added an aluminum hold, fiberglass body panels, and plexiglass windows. The interior has also been specially designed for rally racing with only minimum equipment installed.

Other updates include a new set of Evod wheels wrapped in Kumho rubber, Willwood brakes, a Shelby roll bar, and a Detroit Speed suspension.

Hit the jump for the full list if tuners who worked on the Ford Martini T-5R Mustang by Pure Vision.

Back in March 2012, the Ford GT by Hennessey established a remarkable Texas Mile record with a speed of 257.7 mph, but that did not mark the end of Hennessey’s attempt to dominate the straightaway. The company headed back to the famous track at the biannual Texas Mile Festival of Speed organized in Beeville and, with Sean Kennedy behind the wheel, the Ford GT by Hennessey hit an amazing top speed of 263.3 mph!

This street legal supercar is powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine with twin 67 mm ball bearing turbos, a stainless steel turbo exhaust, stainless steel turbo down pipes, a billet throttle body upgrade, twin wastegates, a fuel system upgrade, an improved mass air sensor, polished turbo inlet and intake pipes, an HPE Engine Management Calibration, and other hardware. This setup allows for a total of 1,000 HP at 6,600 rpm. At its official launch, Hennessey announced that it had a top speed of 245 mph, a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 10.6 seconds at 142 mph. This newest record proves that the company has gone to great lengths to improve upon that performance.

Keep up the good work, Hennessey! We hope to see the Ford GT1000 Twin Turbo blast through this record too!

In 2011, Tasca Racing set out to make history by putting together a Cobra Jet tuning package that could establish a quarter mile run in the sevens. They fell a tad bit short, coming in at a still impressive 8.06 seconds at a speed of170 mph. That time alone was enough to make this Cobra Jet the fastest in the world, but Tasca wanted more.

The Tasca team headed back to the track in an attempt to break their own record. During a test session at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida, Tasca’s Cobra Jet not only smashed its own record, but also became the first to break the 8 second barrier: the car ran the quarter mile in 7.96 seconds at a speed of 174 mph. Shortly after establishing the new record, the Tasca Cobra Jet hit the England Dragway where it ran an incredible time of 7.848 seconds at a speed of 174.4 mph.

Making killer cars and breaking serious records, that is what it is all about in the racing and tuning world.

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Most of us like to judge supercars’ performance through real world tests, as well as the provided statistical figures. One of our favorite real world test is the Standing-Mile, an event where, from a dead stop, you push the pedal right into the floor, for a whole mile. The top speed achieved at the end of the mile is the deciding factor on whether you can brag around or sit quietly in some corner.

Well, Performance Power Racing, the guys behind the Ford GT seen in the picture above, decided to brag about it. Their bragging went to such an extent that they contacted Guinness World Records to check out what they achieved. With the official record folks on hand, this tuning company was able to break the standing mile record that they themselves had set a couple of years ago. Now that’s dedication towards improvement.

Performance Power Racing’s Ford GT’s new record is for the Fastest Standing Mile-Street Car at a Bugatti-shaming speed of 283.232mph. The record they broke was set by the very same car that then clocked a speed of 253.97mph. Okay, we get it! PPR knows how to make really fast cars.

To achieve that result, PPR tuned the GT to produce 1700bhp, while replacing the stock parts with Pandalloy Aluminum Alloys. Then, with the kind permission of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, tests were conducted on the Space Shuttle Facility on how PPR could break their standing record by an even wider margin whilst reducing emissions, increasing fuel economy, and lowering the vehicle’s carbon footprint.

A proud Johnny Bohmer, Owner of PPR and the driver of the record-breaking Ford GT, says "Our entire team has worked very hard to get here and we are proud to be able to put an American car in the record books as the fastest street car in the world. By NASA allowing us access to a one of a kind facility, we are given the opportunity to explore these technologies and share their benefits. An immense amount of research and development went in to this 3 year project and we are just scratching the surface of where these systems can be utilized outside of the racing arena.”

Surprisingly, this record breaking GT nearly looks like any other Ford GT. The best part is, you can drive this on the street without the cops bothering you. Yes, it’s street-legal with air-conditioning as standard.

This is what we love about American tuners and supercars such as the PPR Ford GT, the Dodge Viper, and the Chevrolet Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. They cost nearly a third less than their European counterparts and will still blow them out of the water, if not statistically, then on the basis of how fun they are to drive.

It looks as though the new Ford Taurus SHO will also be part of Ford ’s line-up for the upcoming 2012 SEMA Show. The first tuning package that has been announced is by CGS Motorsports and shows off a wrapped Taurus SHO, leaving it dressed to impress for a black-tie affair.

The SHO is geared with CGS Performance Products and all the finest aftermarket components making it worthy to roll out on the red carpet. While no official details have been provided just yet, the first image reveals a carbon fiber engine bonnet, hood, and rear spoiler. The concept is painted in a very cool white combined with different black elements and sits on a new set of wheels combined with new brake calipers.

Under the hood, CGS opted for the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 engine combined with a six-speed selectShift automatic transmission, but at this point, we can not tell for sure if we will see any power upgrades.

Ford unveiled the facelift version of their Fiesta at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, but U.S. customers will have to wait a bit longer to enjoy the updated compact car. Until then, all we can do is enjoy this very cool tuning kit that B-Spec Magazine is about to unveil at the 2012 SEMA Show.

For their Fiesta project, the guys over at B-Spec Magazine tried to combine form and function in order to obtain a car that will make heads turn, even if it’s just at the show. The only details we have on the car at this point is that it will be painted in a Candy Blue and will feature an audio system that you’ll be able to both hear and feel. There will also be a pretty cool aerodynamic package that makes the car look more aggressive than ever.

Under the hood, there is a 1.6 liter engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. We don’t know just yet if the engine has received any power updates, but we doubt there will be any more push for a build like this.

The SEMA Auto Show wouldn’t be complete without the presence of Ford’s resident muscle car, the Mustang . SEMA without the Mustang is like 4th of July without the barbecue and fireworks; it just can’t be celebrated that way.

One Mustang in attendance was presented by DSO Eyewear, a sunglass company that has dived into the auto world in the past.

True to the nature of the event, DSO Eyewear spared the pleasantries and went right down to business, fitting the Mustang GT with a Whipple twin-screw supercharger with its own intercooler. The result is a Mustang GT that carries an improved output of 750 horsepower, a drastic upgrade from the stock model’s 420-horsepower capabilities.

Meanwhile, the exterior of the Mustang GT was treated to a BASF RM Onyx HD waterborne Pearl Custom tri-coat white with deep black accents to go with applied custom paintwork from CW Restoration. A body kit was also installed to the muscle car courtesy of 3D Carbon. The kit includes front fender vents, a front air dam, side skirts, a rear window U-trim, and a new grille and hood struts from Classic Design Concepts. Matching the new grille is a custom lower matching grille set from MAD-Industries, Tera LED evolution lighting and Forenza wiper blades from PIAA, a Coverking stretch satin custom car cover, and a new set of enormous 22" MHT Luxury Alloy Niche Monza A440 3-piece wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZero Nero tires.

As for the interior, Katzkin Midnight Tuscany leather seats with perforated raven inserts highlight the program. It’s complemented by a leather and Alcantera covered OEM steering wheel and shift knob from DSV Customs, Pearl tri-coat white painted interior accents, a custom rear window sub shelf from MAD-Industries, Tera LED evolution lighting from PIAA, SRP billet aluminum anodized racing pedals, custom floor mats from Lloyd’s Mats, and a factory navigation upgrade from Rosen.

Needless to say, that Whipple twin-screw supercharger is the unquestioned star of DSO Eyewear’s program for the Mustang GT. For an eyewear company, these guys sure know what they’re doing when it comes to dishing out chops in the aftermarket scene.

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