Professional hoon and tyre wrecker Ken Block took his 1965 ‘Hoonicorn’ Mustang up the Goodwood hill climb and almost crashed with Lord March on board.
This is what it’s like to drive a new supercharged 2015 Hennessey Mustang with 750hp and standard brakes and suspension on track.
Ford has released a short clip of the new Shelby GT350R Mustang on track, giving us our first listen to its incredible race-derived 5.2-litre V8 engine.
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Chris Harris takes a look at Ken Block’s wild Gymkhana 7 car, the custom-built 845hp all-wheel drive 1965 Ford Mustang.
From the outside the 1965 Mustang used by Ken Block in his latest viral video sensation, Gymkhana 7 Wild in the Streets of L.A, may look like any other slammed and stickered pony car.
But actually apart from the doors and roof, the Hoonicorn RTR as Ken calls it, is completely bespoke. It’s a custom-built race car which has been made to slightly resemble an old Mustang. This beast has about as much in common with a ’65 Mustang as a Ford Nascar racer has in common with an Ecoboost Fusion sedan.
It uses a bespoke tubular chassis built especially for Ken Block by ASD Motorsports and most of the body panels are made from carbon fiber.
The motor is a screaming 6.7-litre (410 cubic inch) Ford V8 pumping out 845hp and 720lb.ft of torque, which hits the ground through a six-speed sequential gearbox and extremely complicated all-wheel drive system that makes sliding backwards possible – somehow.
Ken Block describes the creation as part WRC car, part DTM racer and part Hot Wheels play-thing.
Now, enough jabbering from me, here’s Chris Harris:
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Vaughn Gittin Jr. has the pleasure of introducing Ford Mustang to the people of France.
Watch him seriously tear up the track with a few french baguettes as company. Sacré bleu!
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The Ford Mustang has been on the market for a half-century. That’s a long time from anyone’s perspective, but it’s truly remarkable for a car. The newest Mustang promises to usher in the best era of the Mustang yet, though it will take a thorough road test to see if it lives up to its promise.
Over the past 50 years, the Mustang has evolved from a futuristic concept to an affordable, sporty car, to a large, potent muscle car, and, now, perhaps, into a true sports car. But whatever the 2015 Ford Mustang shapes up as, its muscle car heritage is written in its bones.
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Among automotive rivalries, there are few as deep-rooted, enduring, and all-American as the one between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.
And during this week of the Mustang’s 50th birthday, even GM has been a good sport—putting out a press release acknowledging it, making this little birthday card, and even digging out some of the many magazine covers that helped fuel the muscle-car melee among car enthusiasts and industry insiders alike.
Chevy likens the pony-car clash to other great longtime product rivalries like Coke vs. Pepsi, Leno vs. Letterman in the 1990s; or Nike vs. Reebok in the 1970s.
And it all comes to a head with the current Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. With the new 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition that makes its debut at the New York Auto Show this week, Ford is revisiting the past and nodding to a 1964 publicity stunt at the Empire State Building. As for the current 2014 Camaro, it’s revisiting familiar themes, too, with top ZL1 and track-tuned SS models now in the lineup.
Browsing through the magazine covers here should be enough to get you waxing nostalgic about your favorite era—or for times when certain models ‘ruled the road.’ When did the Mustang have an advantage, and when did the Camaro rule?
via Motor Authority
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The rights to the very first 2015 Ford Mustang GT was sold to the highest bidder at the Barrett-Jackson auctions taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona over the weekend. The final bid was a respectable $300,000, the proceeds of which will go to benefit diabetes support group JDRF.
As previously reported, the first production Mustang GT is yet to be built (the version on display was a pre-production unit), meaning the winning bidder will still be able to select the color of the car as well as any options. On top of this, the team involved in the 2015 Mustang’s design and development will sign the car in appreciation of the donation to JDRF.
The new Mustang will initially be offered in three flavors: base V-6, mid-level turbo four and range-topping V-8, with the latter being the Mustang GT you see here. Peak output from its 5.0-liter V-8 will hover somewhere around 420 horsepower and 396 pound-feet of torque.
Production of the new Mustang starts in the coming months and the first examples are expected in showrooms in the fall. As part of the Mustang nameplate’s 50th anniversary on April 17, Ford is expected to make a major announcement, possibly centering on the introduction of a special edition model.
Via Motor Authority
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“I do love an American accent.”
This steamy ad sure is one way to launch the incredible 2015 Ford Mustang to the World. No doubt it will sell like hotcakes in the USA as this ad with the introduction of Sienna is targeted more to the car enthusiasts in the European Market.
Watch and admire Sienna and of course the 2015 Ford Mustang…
Yes, we know….
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After all of the speculation, all of the spy shots, all of the leaked images and all of the hype, the brand new 2015 Ford Mustang is here. Ford fanboys, take your hats off now. The new Mustang is here with a new sharp suit, a new four-cylinder Ecoboost engine, and, perhaps most importantly, a suspension design that isn’t from the sixties.
At the back there’s a new sophisticated independent rear suspension setup rather than a sketchy live rear axle. The front suspension has also been changed quite dramatically compared to the current car, a double-ball joint independent front end with MacPherson struts replaces the reverse-L of the current car. This is important if you want to go around corners without crashing. Or compete with European cars. Apparently the Ford engineers benchmarked the new Mustang against the BMW M3 and Porsche 911 – blimey.
Under the bonnet there’s a selection of new or revised engines. The base V6 model uses a 3.7liter naturally aspirated V6 producing around 300hp, next up there’s the 2.3liter Ecoboost four-cylinder developing 310hp, and the big daddy 5.0liter V8 produces more than 420hp. All engines send power to the rear wheels, obviously, through either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.
In the middle of the car there’s a new, more up-market feeling interior with all of the classic muscle car-inspired looks that you could ever want. A long strip of (real) metal spans across the dashboard and there’s leather on the dash and central stack, too. Aircraft-inspired toggle switches and controls complete the look. In terms of quality and feel the interior is miles ahead of the 2014 car, but there is still some nastier looking plastics around the transmission tunnel and door panels to remind you that the Mustang is the working class hero’s supercar not some posh car built to ferry bankers and accountants from their dreary offices to their favourite swanky ‘lounge bar’ – or something.
The Mustang is still undoubtedly a typical American muscle car in terms of style. It’s big, it’s brash and it doesn’t look subtle at all. But we reckon it’s a fantastic looking car, the lines toward the rear of the car are sooo smooth, and we like the intricate little details in the rear tail lights. The front of the car is typically aggressive with the classic Mustang grille and those razor sharp headlights.
Overall, it’s a great looking car, and we suspect that many Mustang shoppers won’t be interested so much in the technology or the performance, but more the car’s styling and the whole ‘burnouts when the cops aren’t looking and drag between the lights’ theme that the iconic Ford muscle car represents.
Ford will keep performance figures, including 0-60 times, close to its chest until some stage during 2014. But the new V8 Mustang supposedly features a launch control mode to maximise traction off the line, and is expected to hit 60mph in under five seconds.
Now watch the videos to learn about how the new Mustang was born…
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The new 2015 Ford Mustang is perhaps the worst kept secret of 2013. Ford has planned the official reveal for the fifth of December but the car has already appeared online through a series of leaked images showing the car in the December issue of AutoWeek magazine. But those images are all blurry and mysterious looking, so maybe the big surprise hasn’t been given away after all…
Er, no, the jig is sadly up, Ford. Because,TIMEhas now posted official, legitimate, high resolution images of the new Mustang on its website. And this confirms two things; one, the new pony car is one handsome devil, sharing styling cues with the awesome Evos Concept and classic Mustangs, and two, Ford’s launch of the new Mustang has been a total shambles.
Still, at least none of the technical details have been leaked yet, probably. We know that there will be three engine options initially, a 300hp 3.7liter V6, a 310hp 2.3liter turbo four-cylinder and a 5.0liter V8 pushing out over 420hp. And we know that the new car is physically smaller than the one that it replaces, and we know that it is around 90kgs lighter than the outgoing Mustang. Oh, and we also know that the new Mustang uses an independent rear suspension setup rather than a live rear axle. But that is absolutely everything that we know!
We’ll need to wait until later today to learn the exact performance specifications. So there is at least one crumb of detail that is being kept a secret until the car’s official reveal… Well done Ford. You did good.
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