Ford Mustang Mach 1 History - A Legendary Timeline Greatness
Originally available in just one trim and a GT Equipment Group that eventually became the familiar GT version, the Ford Mustang quickly evolved into a multi-model pony car. By the late 1960s, Ford was already offering two Shelby models, two Boss versions, and various region-specific variants. With five performance models in showrooms for the 1969 model year, Ford decided to introduce a sixth version: the Mach 1.
The first iteration of the Mach 1 remained in production in various forms until 1978. When the second-generation Mustang was discontinued, the Mach 1 nameplate was phased off for decades and didn’t return until 2003. After a short-lived stint with the fourth-gen ’Stang, the Mach 1 once again disappeared until 2020. Just like the Bullitt and the Boss, the Mach 1 is a unicorn Mustang. With the nameplate revived for the 2021 model year,, it’s the perfect time to have a look at its history and what made this badge famous.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is a higher performance version of the sixth-generation Mustang. A limited-edition model that revives the Mach 1 nameplate after 17 years, the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 bridges the gap between the GT and the Shelby GT350 models. It’s essentially a Mustang GT with a more aggressive exterior and some parts from the Shelby GT350. Power comes from the standard 5.0-liter V-8 from the GT, but output matches that of the limited-edition Bullitt model. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is the fifth Mach 1 pony car produced since the late 1960s.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Has Arrived To Make Everything Right In the World
It’s been 17 years since Ford last offered a Mach 1 version of the Mustang, and the iconic nameplate finally returned. After it skipped the fifth-generation pony car, Ford revived the Mach 1 for the sixth-gen model, almost seven years after it debuted in late 2013. A bit late, we would say, but it’s better late than never. Just like its predecessors, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 combines a bold styling package with a beefed-up V-8 engine borrowed from the regular GT. Let’s see what it’s all about below.
Don’t Be Fooled – The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is Just a Shelby GT350 With a Smaller Engine
The good news is that the Mach 1 name is, in fact, returning after nearly two decades on the back burner. The even better news is that it’s returning for a track-capable Mustang, the very model it was always meant for. We don’t know much about the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 yet, but it will feature a powerful and naturally aspirated, 5.0-liter V-8, and it will sit at the top of the lineup if you exclude the Shelby GT350 and GT500, of course.
The Best Ford Mustangs of All Time
When you think of American cars, the Ford Mustang is among the first that comes into mind. It’s been around since 1964 and went through six generations that spawned all sorts of models and trims. It debuted as an affordable sports car and it quickly evolved into a powerful muscle car. It then became a not-so-powerful compact and switched to turbocharged performance in the 1980s. It rebound as a muscle car in the 1990s and became a full-fledged sports coupe in the 2010s. It comes with an incredibly vast history and it’s one of America’s greatest automotive legends. But what are the best Mustang models ever built? Let’s find out from the 13-model list below.
Ken Block’s Latest Video Showcases the Hoonifox and Hints at a Miami-Based Gymkhana Episode
Ken Block had a rough year in 2019. He showcased his brand-new Ford Escort Cosworth ahead of his World Tour debut, just for it to burn to the ground later that month. He still had the Hoonitruck, though, and now it looks like Mr. Block has a toy to play with. It’s called the Hoonifox and, you guessed it, it’s based on an old-school fox-body Mustang – something that is bound to be even cooler than the Mustang-based Hoonicorn V2.
Ford Just Cancelled the Fourth-Gen 2022 Focus RS
There’s no easy way to put it so here we go: Ford won’t build a fourth-generation Focus RS because it cannot develop a high-performance hybrid powertrain for the sports car, one that would help the carmaker keep its vehicle fleet within the EU’s CO2 emission standards requirements.
Unless your name is Ken Block and you own the Hoonicorn Mustang, an example of Ford’s pony car that spins all the four wheels has been unheard of so far. However, as FoMoCo looks to go down the electrification avenue for its Camaro fighter, the new Mustang might get all-wheel drive, albeit as an option.
Ford Needs Your Help to Identify This Mid-Engined Mustang
A front-engined pony car since its inception in 1964, the Ford Mustang has occasionally been imagined as a mid-engined sports car. In fact, Ford used the Mustang name on a mid-engined concept car it built in 1962. It’s called the Mustang I and it sparked rumors that Ford might build a competitor for the Corvette.
The idea was revisited in 1967 with the Mach 2 concept, but the production Mustang remained a front-engined vehicle to this day. But it seems that Ford built another mid-engined Mustang in 1966 and forgot about it. Photos of the vehicle were found recently in Ford’s archives and the automaker wants your help to identify it.
Top 10 Fastest Used Cars Under $20K
With the prices of cars increasing, a $20,000 used sports car has become harder to obtain these days. Not too long ago, you could afford a decent runner for $20,000 and still have enough change to buy a few cosmetic kits. But that’s no longer the case today, or at least, not for the most part. Look hard enough, though, and you can still score some good deals on used sports cars for $20,000 or less. These cars aren’t world-beaters by any stretch of the imagination, but they should still have enough juice to get the adrenaline flowing. They’re out there in the world. All you need to do is look for them.
Is a Hennessey Venom 775 Faster Than a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500?
Hennessey recently launched its latest recreation of the Ford F-150 called the Hennessey Venom 775. The truck has received a massive makeover, especially under the hood, and looks like Bruce Banner being exposed to Gamma rays. The truck is mighty quick and looks like a monster with the lift job and massive tires. To prove that the truck has more to it than its looks, the folks at Hennessey decided to pit it against a stock Mustang GT350. The GT350 is not an ordinary car, but can the Venom 775 beat it in a drag race?
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Twin-Turbo by Fathouse
The Ford Mustang is no stranger to getting worked over by tuning companies, and the Shelby GT350 is a personal favorite thanks to the tunability of its naturally aspirated, 5.2-liter, “Voodoo” V-8. At 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, it’s pretty powerful, but there’s always room for more. And, that’s precisely why we’re looking at this Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 that has been impressively tuned by Fathouse Fabrications in Martinsville, Indiana.
The New Ford Focus RS Is At The Mercy Of EU’s Emission Laws
When Ford introduced the 2016 Ford Focus RS, the hot hatch community was taken by storm. It packed more power than the Subaru WRX STI, Honda Civic Type R, and VW Golf R, along with all-wheel-drive, a manual gearbox, and 350 PS (345 horsepower) and 350 pound-feet of torque to go by.
The new Ford Focus has been out for almost two years now and everybody’s wondering when is Ford dropping the RS-badged derivative. Well, it looks like the Blue Oval still has some work to do as it needs to come up with an emission-compliant powertrain for its compact hot hatch, forced by harsher EU regulations.
The Next-Generation Ford Mustang Will Arrive in 2022 as a 2023 model!
It’s not often that we give a damn about who or what Ford is hiring, but this time around, a new job posting for an engineer at the Wind/Road Noise and Air Leakage Plant has exposed when the next-generation Mustang will actually arrive. So, if you’re itching to see what the next-gen Mustang will look like, the wait isn’t going to be long at all.
Video: 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Races Camaro ZL1 1LE and Hellcat Redeye
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has a massive appetite for both drag and track races. Winning them, too. Not that long ago, Ford’s top dog showed it is no pushover in front of the Ferrari 812 Superfast and Porsche 911 GT3 RS, beating the Hellcat effortlessly in a quarter-mile race. But this time, it has to face the Redeye.
As it turns out, the Shelby GT500 is also well-equipped to do battle against its domestic rivals. In this new episode of Throttle House, the go-fast Mustang had to face the challenge of Chevrolet’s ZL1 1LE and Dodge’s Challenger Hellcat Redeye, under the close supervision of Jason Cammisa and Randy Pobst.
Watch a Mustang Shelby GT500 Take On the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger Redeye in a 2,200-Horsepower Drag Race
We know we love a proper drag race and we’re pretty sure you do, too. So today’s rumble comes courtesy of Edmunds, who took three muscle car top dogs and had them jump at each other’s throats.
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye battle for quarter-mile bragging rights. We won’t tell you who wins just yet, but remember this: it’s not always the most powerful car that takes the cake.
The Original 1968 Bullitt Mustang Became the Most Expensive Mustang In History
We’re not here to tell you that a lot of gearheads got the car virus thanks to the movie Bullitt. We won’t even tell you how great of an actor Steve McQueen was. We’re here to tell you that the original Bullitt Mustang sold for a fortune.
The car’s history itself is quite impressive, but the fact that in was able to fetch record-setting money at auction says a lot about what Bullitt, Steve McQueen, and an iconic car can mean to some people.
It was only recently that we witnessed the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 proving its mettle when facing the likes of Ferrari 812 Superfast, Dodge Challenger Hellcat, and Porsche 911 GT3 RS. As it turns out, the GT500 can not only keep up with the Porsche on the track but also avoid making a fool of itself in a straight-line race against the Superfast, obliterating the Hellcat in the process.
And while the amount of performance baked into the stock Shelby GT500 is downright impressive, a smartly-tuned one is capable of even more greatness, such as dispatching the quarter mile in less than ten seconds.
This Mustang Bullitt vs Supra Race Proves That Power Isn’t Everything on a Drag Strip
On paper, a 480-horsepower Ford Mustang Bullitt should have no problem beating a 335-horsepower Toyota Supra in a drag race. But the tricky thing about predicting drag race results on paper is that they’re not worth the trees that were cut down to produce said paper. In other words, they don’t mean anything.
Car Magazine SA sought to answer the Mustang Bullitt versus Supra question by doing it the proper way: a drag race between the American muscle car and the Japanese sports car. If you’re looking at the protagonists of this race and you’re convinced that the Mustang Bullitt will have no problem laying waste to the Supra, then you might want to watch this video in all its entirety.