Introducing the police cruiser custom job with a purpose behind it

The Ford Mustang can be customized in a number of different ways and we’re seeing a full lineup of them at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show. One of these cars is this particular Mustang. It may look the part of an actual police car - it even has a push bar, for crying out loud! - but it’s anything but one. What it is though is a custom Guardian-themed police car created by Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti (DRAGG), a non-profit, youth-oriented automotive after-school program that encourages kids to race on the drag strip against actual police officers.

I don’t know if this Mustang can hold its own on a drag strip, but I’m pretty sure it’s not built for that environment either since it’s been described, among other things, as “eco-friendly.” However it’s made out to be, this Mustang does have a bigger purpose than just being a SEMA showpiece. It was created by DRAGG to be a symbol of unity and purpose, to encourage troubled kids to turn their backs on knucklehead environments and focus on being a part of improving their communities together with the local police forces that serve these locations. Visually, it’s one of the most arresting (no pun intended) creations among all the SEMA-bound Mustangs. Purposefully, it’s probably one of the most important customized Mustangs we’ve seen in quite a while.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Ford Mustang by DRAGG

Exterior

- * Rally Innovations custom front splitter
- * Federal Signal emergency lighting by West Coast Lights and Siren
- * Commercial Auto Body custom paint
- * 3M graphics and logos by Ron’s Signs
- * Metalhaus Inc. police push bar
- * Petty’s Garage custom rear spoiler
- * Velgen VFMP10 wheels
- * Michelin tires

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Metalhaus Inc. police push bar and Custom Splitter
It’s hard to imagine this Mustang not striking fear in the hearts of those that cross paths with it

It’s hard to resist the urge of calling this a cop car because it’s all dressed like one. It’s got all the graphics and logos of a police cruiser and it even has Federal Signal emergency lighting and an actual push bar, two components that were provided for by West Coast Lights and Siren and Metalhaus Inc., respectively. On the aero front, the Mustang receives a custom front splitter from Rally Innovations, a custom rear spoiler from Petty’s Garage, and a set of 20-inch Velgen VFMP10 wheels that are all wrapped up in Michelin tires, measuring 275/30/20 in the front and 305/30/20 at the back.

It’s hard to imagine this Mustang not striking fear in the hearts of those that cross paths with it. I certainly wouldn’t want to have this car occupying real estate space in my rear view mirror. The good news is that it’s actually not a full-fledged police car, but the mere suggestion that it looks like one is enough to guarantee it’s legitimacy.

Interior

- * Leather interior kit by Katzkin
- * Sport pedal kit
- * Kicker audio system

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The interior looks exactly like what a standard ‘Stang cabin should look like

If this were an actual police cruiser, the interior will take on a completely different look to it. It’s going to have a screen that separates the front and rear sections and it’s going to have one of those fancy computers that cruisers all have. It might even have live ammunition all over it. But none of those are present in this Mustang. Instead, the interior looks exactly like what a standard ‘Stang cabin should look like. There are added benefits like a leather interior kit from Katzkin, a sport pedal kit, and an audio system from Kicker. But by and large, the interior is just a well-dressed version of a standard cabin. I don’t know if that’s a good thing, but it’s how it’s presented. We’ll take it for what it is.

Drivetrain

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EcoBoost four-cylinder paired with VFMP10 Wheels and Michelin Tires

- * 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine
- * 310 horsepower
- * 350 pound-feet of torque
- * Six-speed manual transmission
- * Borla exhaust
- * Air Raid intake
- * Jet-Hot high-performance coatings
- * Lucas Oil engine products
- * Ford Performance lowering springs
- * Eibach sub-frame and rear sway bars by America Muscle
- * Wilwood six-piston high-performance brakes

The additions include a new cold air intake from Air Raid, high-performance coatings from Jet-Hot, a new Borla exhaust system from Ford Performance

At the heart of this fearsome creation is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that produces 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. It’s unclear though if the output still stands after all the tuning work done on the car’s engine. On that end, the additions include a new cold air intake from Air Raid, high-performance coatings from Jet-Hot, a new Borla exhaust system from Ford Performance, and enough engine oil products from Lucas Oil that will ensure that the whole engine runs as smooth as smooth can be.

Given its redesigned purpose, I’d still be surprised if the output on this Mustang approaches the numbers provided by the big dog V-8 Mustang. That version is good for 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of twist, which might be a lot to ask for this tuned version sporting the smaller EcoBoost engine. I do expect improved performance out of it, even if there are minimal gains from a power point-of-view. It certainly would behoove even the most hardcore of tuners to put all the improvements in this section without at least expecting any improvements to come out of all of it.

On the chassis and suspension front, we can at least confirm that there are also tangible upgrades featured in the program. Lowering springs from Ford Performance should help ensure a more spirited ride while the Eibach sub-frame and rear sway bars from America Muscle will do nothing but help improve the ‘Stang’s toughness and durability. Last but not least are the six-piston high-performance brakes from Wilwood. If for nothing else, any decent tuning project on the Ford muscle car will need nothing less than stronger brakes.

Conclusion

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Kicker Audio and Katzkin leather interior

I’m a big fan of this custom job for a number of reasons. First, I like that DRAGG went with one of its core missions and dressed it up as a police car. It’s not an actual police car in terms of overall function, but it certainly looks like one from a visual point of view. I also like that the NGO didn’t try to do too much to promote its message. It’s already clear with the final product and any additions that it could’ve made wouldn’t have made any difference. Resisting the urge to go all-out on the cabin upgrades is also a nice move, although I wouldn’t be surprised if other people thought differently. I just think it would’ve been unnecessary because at the end of the day, this custom project is more than just a tuning build. It’s a call for something bigger and far more important. It’s a call for troubled young kids to resist the urge of the streets and use the time they have on something more worthwhile like, say, drag racing with local police officers. It’s not the safest after-school activity by any means, but it’s one that fosters positive relations between the community and the law enforcement officials that try to keep it as safe as safe can be.

  • Leave it
    • Not something you’ll see on the road, unless it’s an actual police cruiser
    • Interior could’ve had more add-ons

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Mustang.

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Press release

Created by DRAGG – a non-profit youth-oriented automotive after-school program – this 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost is a philanthropic speedster. DRAGG – Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti – created a uniquely custom Guardian-themed police vehicle with this 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, taking an ordinary street vehicle to an extraordinary one-of-a-kind, ecofriendly, custom-service vehicle with a global purpose. The Guardian Mustang symbolizes the commitment of the police to the communities they serve.

Base Vehicle

2018 Ford Mustang Fastback
2.3-liter EcoBoost engine
Six-speed manual transmission

Powertrain

Ford Performance by Borla exhaust
Air Raid intake
Jet-Hot high-performance coatings
Lucas Oil engine products

Chassis

Ford Performance lowering springs
Eibach sub-frame and rear sway bars by America Muscle
Wilwood six-piston high-performance brakes

Wheels & Tires

Velgen VFMP10 (20-inch x 10-inch front, 20-inch x 11-inch rear) wheels
Michelin tires (275/30/20 front, 305/30/20 rear) tires

Exterior

Rally Innovations custom front splitter
Federal Signal emergency lighting by West Coast Lights and Siren
Commercial Auto Body custom paint
3M graphics and logos by Ron’s Signs
Metalhaus Inc. police push bar
Petty’s Garage custom rear spoiler

Interior

Ford Licensed Accessories:
Leather interior kit by Katzkin
Sport pedal kit
Audio by Kicker

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