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  Muscle cars are a product of the American car maker between late 60's and the oil crisis in the 70's. Those car featured enormous gas hungry engines producing over 500 horse power. Handling was poor but price was cheap and design was agressive. Those cars are now worth over million dollar and they are the symbol of the bold American cars forever. To name a few iconic muscle cars: Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette, Pontiac GTO, Chrysler Hemi Cuda...

When it comes to upgrading classic muscle and sports cars like the Ford Mustang , one American tuner that has had their share of time in the garage is Year One. This tuning firm spends their time selling parts for similar projects and building custom projects of their own to show off their skills. Their latest package, the Sportroof, takes a standard 1969 Ford Mustang and gives it a very cool modern look. The project is still in its development stages, but the first rendering revealed by the tuner shows it should be a slick ride.

The exterior of the ’69 Mustang will feature a clean upgrade package with new front and rear bumpers, a new engine bonnet, and a new set of Forgeline wheels. The rear wheels will be mini-tubbed to fit massive 345 wide tires.

Under the hood, the standard engine will be replaced by a new, supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine borrowed from the Shelby GT500 . The new engine will be mated to a new a Tremec T56 6-speed transmission. The package will also include a new Griggs Racing suspension in the front and rear and Baer 14-inch 6-piston brakes.

Apparently, car wrapping is still a go-to accessory in Germany, so when CCG Automotive got their hands on a new Challenger SRT8 , a lime green wrap was the way to go. Not only did they make the Challenger stand out in an electric green way, they also tinkered around underneath the hood so the muscle car could pump out 600 HP.

The Dodge Challenger was separated from its usual 6.1 liter V8 engine and brought together with a new 7.0 liter Stroker HEMI-V8 engine that delivers a total 600 HP and an impressive 470 lb-ft of torque. As a result, the new SRT8 hits a top speed of more than 186 mph. The new engine was then combined with a new exhaust system with two square exhaust-pipe-ends, a new engine hood that allows the space needed for the new engine, and a KW coilover suspension with adjustable rebound damping to increase chassis performance.

The CCG Challenger package also includes a new set of 22" black wheels with Pirelli Scorpion Zero Rollers, 265/35R22 on the steering axle and 295/30R22 on the drive axle. As previously mentioned, the Challenger was covered in a green and white wrap, accentuated with new LSD doors.

The interior was also tweaked with soft Alcantara and smooth leather in anthracite/black, as well as a new MyGIG hard disk audio system with Radio, CD/DVD player, and Touch screen.

It didn’t take long for Raybestos to get their hands on a 2013 Roush Performance Stage 3 Mustang , did it? A week after Roush first broke news about their 2013 Mustang program, Raybestos has come out with a specially-tuned Mustang based on the Roush program. Using all the aero and performance enhancements that are part of the Roush Stage 3 kit, Raybestos added a slew of mechanical parts, including Raybestos racing brakes and chassis parts, on the tuned-up Mustang.

The result is a car teeming with 650 fire-breathing horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque that promises to be a tuned-up Ford Mustang the likes of which we have never seen before. It also includes a six-speed manual transmission, high performance tires, a ROUSH tuned suspension, and Raybestos chassis components.

The Roush Stage 3 Mustang by Raybestos Garage is still a ways away from being a finished product, but Raybestos was nice enough to drop us a teaser sketch and a teaser video of their Mustang project. If you want to witness the build in its entirety, you can check it on Raybestos’ official website. Better yet, if you want to go home with the one-off muscle car, you can enter a contest on the site for the chance to win it. All you have to do is fill out some personal information, check out the terms of agreement, and hit enter.

Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

When Bugatti set the bar for 0-to-60 mph times on production cars at 2.4 seconds, most enthusiasts saw this as similar to the person that can limbo under a 1-foot-high bar. So for the most part, the Veyron was assumed to maintain the crown as fastest production car from 0-to-60 mph for many decades. In addition, we all assumed when someone finally did beat it, it was bound to be one of the other supercar builders.

In both cases we were all completely incorrect. First off, the record didn’t even last a decade. The second incorrect assumption is by far the most surprising, as it wasn’t a Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, or even a Maserati that smoked the Bugatti Veyron, it was a Ford Mustang

Let’s explain this one. Back in 2010, Ford announced that it was releasing a revamped version of its existing Cobra Jet model, and that it would boast a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine that would pump out 430 to 500 horsepower, depending on which supercharger it came with. This 2012 Mustang Cobra Jet shredded the Bugatti’s 0-60 mph time by almost a full second, clocking in at 1.52 seconds. It also hit 100 mph in just 3.26 seconds, again killing the Veyron.

Having said all of that, don’t think that you are just going to waltz into Joe Blow’s Ford Dealer and snag one of these Cobra Jet Mustangs for $50K and drive out a racecar driver. Nope, the term “production car” is used very loosely here, as there were only 50 2012 Mustang Cobra Jets produced and they are not street legal. To boot, these beasts have a base price of $91,990 and run about $104K fully loaded.

This all means that the Veyron still holds the record for the quickest road-legal production car, plus it does still hold the top-speed record of 267.857 mph. Eat that, Ford. Then again, we just received word on the 2013 Cobra Jet late last year, so we’ll see what Ford has in store for Bugatti this time.

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

In the midst of global economic uncertainty and further clampdowns by governments, automotive brands all of the world are looking for cheaper and more energy efficient fuels to replace oil, but thankfully the internal combustion engine is set to stay for at least the foreseeable future.

Why do we say this you ask? Well, if Mustang Daily is to be believed, the Shelby GT500 will live on in the next-generation Ford Mustang said to be previewed next year before hitting the market as a 2014 model.

The current GT500 is the most powerful one ever produced and with it delivering no less than 650 horsepower, it really has reached the upper echelons of the muscle car market, and is edging ever closer to sports car domination. No additional details have been released about the next GT500 however; it’s unlikely to hit the market until 2015 or 2016 once the facelifted model has been in showrooms for at least 18 months.

Shelby America president John Luft reportedly released the news to Mustang Daily and said that further collaborations between Ford and Shelby are assured beyond 2015 due to the recent signing of a contract extension.

It’s more than likely that the next GT500 would feature a host of improvements to further reduce fuel consumption and the simplest way to do so would be to reduce the car’s overall weight. And with carbon fiber becoming cheaper and more accessible, Shelby could very well look down that exotic path if it really wants to create a muscle car to not only destroy competitors but to also compete with far more expensive supercars from Europe.

It’s not hard to come to grips with the fact that we’re all envious of Vaughn Gittin Jr. Not only is the man considered one of the best race car drivers in the world, but he’s also a master drifter of the highest order.

But if there’s one thing that really makes us jealous of Gittin Jr., it’s that he gets to drive a pretty sick, custom-tuned Ford Mustang during the Formula Drift season.

For 2012, Gittin Jr. will be fielding a sick-as-they-come Mustang that comes with a fully modded 6.7-liter V8 engine that produces a sick 800 horsepower. Built by Ford Racing and Roush Yates, the 410-cubic-inch powertrain gives Gittin Jr. plenty of ammo as he tries to conquer the 2012 Formula Drift season, especially after a disappointing 2011 year that saw the man finish 11th in the standings.

Gittin Jr is looking at the 2012 season as the perfect bounce-back year, where he is expected to challenge for the championship only two years removed from his last title reign.

With an 800-horsepower Ford Mustang RTR by his side, we don’t expect anything less from the man that has made his name in the world of auto drifting.

We all love high-performance cars and nearly everyone that loves high-performance cars loves seeing these cars do burnouts. Regardless of the love, there is a time and place for everything. I remember my first ever burn out well, it was in a 1986 Camaro IROC-Z, which I had just finished painting and doing body work on. On my way home from school, some buddies talked me into power-blocking it at a stop light. Well, after about 30 seconds of intense tire smoke, there was a gigantic clunk and the wheels stopped. Yeah, I destroyed the rear end.

$250 later and about two nights of installing the new rear end, I learned never to power-block a car again. I am sure the guy in the above video has learned an important lesson too.

When you are at a car meet and there are cops there, you can oftentimes get away with more than you can on a public street. However, if there is a crowd of people around your Mustang and you decide to power-block it, you are just one slip of your foot away from mowing down a bunch of people.

When the cops see that, regardless of it being private or public property, they will immediately place you under arrest for endangering the lives of others. That’s exactly what happened to the dude in this video. After some enticing by his “friends” he decides to light ‘em up on his Mustang and the cops literally pull him from the car and take him directly to jail, he did not pass “Go” and did not collect $200, just right to jail.

So what did we learn today, guys? Don’t power-block a car in a crowded area with cops around, that’s bad, mmmkay?

Now that SRT has finally released their first model - the new generation Viper - it’s time to focus our attention on some of the other models that will be unveiled under the SRT name. As far as we know, the next model scheduled to arrive will be the new Barracuda . The SRT Barracuda will be built as a replacement for the current Dodge Challenger and will arrive in late 2014 as a 2015 model.

The first rumors on the 2015 Barracuda suggest two different possibilities. The first is a shortened large-car platform (LC or E-EVO) and the second is the new Alfa Romeo D-size platform currently under development. As for the engine, we already know that Chrysler is working on a new supercharged 6.2 liter Hemi engine and this will most likely be the engine found in the new Barracuda. Output will be somewhere in the 490-540 HP area, so expect to see great performance numbers.

Check out our rendering of the SRT Barracuda and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Roush has just announced their upgrade packages for the new 2013 Mustang . The new model will add an even more aggressive look compared to their previous packages, and as usual, will be offered in three different stages. The most powerful version, Stage 3, will deliver up to 565 HP.

All three stages have received the newly designed 6th generation Roush Aerobody package that includes a remodeled Roush upper grille, high-flow lower grille, corner fascia aero-pockets with driving lamps, and a front chin splitter. It continues with a new hood scoop, rocker panel and rear fascia side splitters, a three-piece rear decklid spoiler, new ROUSH rear aero-valance featuring race-inspired diffusers, and integrated dual chambered, chrome exhaust tips. The Mustang will ride on a new set of 18" aluminum, five spoke, chromed wheels.

The Stage 3 version gets a bit extra in the form of an RS3 graphics package available in multiple color. The interior features a custom gauge cluster, Roush embroidered floor mats, a Roush center console button, and a Stage 3 dash medallion.

Under the hood of the new Stage 3 Mustang is a newly updated Roush supercharged 5.0L-4v powertrain delivering a massive 565 HP and 505 lb-ft of torque. No details have been revealed on the car’s performance just yet, but we will get back to you as soon as we have them!

It’s an equation that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody.

If there ever was anybody that had proverbial aftermarket dibs on a car like the Mustang , it’s gotta be Ford ’s very own racing division. So now that the Blue Oval has introduced the 2013 Mustang , Ford Racing is taking a crack at highlighting the things they could to the mighty Mustang if they got their hands on one.

For this particular example, Ford Racing opted to dress up the Mustang in the now popular "Gotta Have It Green" paint finish. Together with the unique color scheme, Ford Racing also fitted the Mustang with a new Laguna Seca adjustable front spoiler, as well as a new set of 19" Mustang Track Pack Black wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZero tires with a Brembo 4-piston caliper, 14" front brake kit, and a Laguna Seca brake duct kit.

Under the hood of the Mustang, Ford Racing took the muscle car’s standard 5.0-liter Ti-VCT engine and added their very own FRPP 2.3-liter supercharger system. In addition, they also installed a new Mustang GT side exhaust system, a new sport muffler kit, a Getrag MT82 six-speed manual transmission with a Boss 302 Trans Cooler Scoop, and a Copperhead PCM system, all of which have given the Mustang a more ferocious bite than ever before.

Exact performance numbers have yet to be announced, but considering the extensive tuning job done on the muscle car, we expect those numbers to be eye-popping, to say the very least.

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