Each year, a one-off aviation-themed Mustang is auctioned off to benefit a charitable institution. This special-edition Mustang is presented to the Experimental Aircraft Association Airventure celebration and was sold for $370,000. The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II that came out in 2010 is the inspiration for this year’s 2013 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Red Tails edition.
Last year, a Mustang GT was customized to have the appearance of a U.S. Navy Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet, while a Mustang tribute to the SR-71 Blackbird was featured the previous year. The Tuskegee Airmen are famous for being the first squadron of African-American pilots of the U.S. Army Air Force. “Red Tails,” a movie by George Lucas, even mentioned them.
These Airmen went on several missions, including one that had them escort B-17 and B-24 bombers as they bombed Europe, which were occupied by the Nazi back then. The tribute prepared this year for the airmen is a good fit especially since the original Ford Mustang got its name from the Army Air Force’s P-51 Mustang fighter, which is actually the fighter that the Tuskegee Airmen used.
This 2013 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca features a 5.0-liter V-8 fitted with a Ford Racing supercharger. Its suspension is improved with the use of Ford Racing, Brembo brakes, and distinct 20-inch wheels.
The Mustang Red Tails edition uses an aircraft-themed livery, complemented with a Tuskegee Airmen logo, a red tail (the Tuskegee Airmen’s signature), and yellow checkered nose art. The Mustang is equipped with a one-of-a-kind exhaust system that was developed to imitate that of the P-51 fighter plane. The interior of this one-off Mustang has the “Red Tails” logo embossed on its seats. Its upholstery is in black and red.
The new Mustang, available in the spring of 2012, has a stronger design with a considerably more pronounced grille. A more potent splitter enhances that look. The GT’s hood has practical heat extractors that were explicitly placed and constructed to assist in removing hot air from the engine compartment and to cool it down.
Ford is presenting a more distinct and emotive design to celebrate a total Mustang performance. The latest Mustang design respects its predecessors, while, at the same time, continuously looking forward with a more commanding and contemporary look.
Body-coloured rocker panels run along the car to create a more quality look. The updated rear has a glossy black panel connecting the taillamps. There are still the signature Mustang sequential turn signals with the smoky taillamps that matches the firmer look in the front.
A new standard feature for the Mustang’s design are high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights that come with the V6 and GT versions. Distinctive lighting also expresses the 2013 technological upgrades, with two individual LED (light-emitting diode) bars that draw attention to the front headlights and with three LED ropes creating the three-bar signature rear lights.
The new Mustang also offers an overhauled wheel line-up that ranges from standard 17-inchers for the V6 all the way to optional 19-inchers for the GT and V6 Performance Packages. With modernised looks, the wheels also can come with new finishing touches for a more formidable appearance.