A Blue Angels 2012 Ford Mustang GT will be seen at the upcoming Young Eagles Auction. This one-of-a-kind vehicle, with an aviation theme, is expected to fetch a lot of money. In the last four years, Ford Motor Company has collaborated with the EAA Young Eagles Program in the development of this vehicle. Ford aims to honor the 100th anniversary of US Naval Aviation by using the Blue Angels, one of the most well-known aviation display teams worldwide, to inspire the Mustang GT.
This car is expected to attract bids that are higher than the $375,000 bid made for last year’s Mustang, which took inspiration from the SR-71 Blackbird. Kevin Keling, Ford corporate events manager, said that the Ford Design and Engineering team members, who develop these one-off projects,” paid serious attention to the details and spent over 600 hours to build it.
He said that the highlights of this vehicle include the blue chrome paint that’s unlike any of those seen in production and the “amazing” puddle lamps projecting jets. Creation 'n Chrome, from Valencia, California, made this one-off vehicle, giving it a chrome blue paint scheme with yellow stripes, similar to the F-18 Hornets. This car’s front fascia is the same as that of the Boss 302.
The Ford "Blue Angels" Mustang GT commemorates naval aviation’s 100th year through its week-long participation at AirVenture 2011, a Tier 1 US Navy event associated with its Centennial of Naval Aviation celebrations throughout the year. The car’s exterior design is definitely a tribute to the Blue Angels F-18 Hornet jet fighters which fly in the elite naval aviation performance demonstration team, adapting features including the Blue Angels script and crest as well as upright tailfins on the special rear spoiler and bright “screaming yellow” accents. Most notably, the “Blue Angels” Mustang GT is painted in spectra-chrome blue colour from Creations n' Chrome, a special paint exclusively available only for this car – drawing raves from show goers.
The Blue Angels design theme continues inside this special edition Mustang GT. The leather Recaro racing seats are sewn with the Blue Angels crest and feature offset stripes reminiscent of pilot flight suits. Also, the cluster graphics, navigation screen images, performance gauges, instrument panel appliques, safety belt fabric, rear seat delete and X brace, puddle lamps projecting jet images upon door opening and the illuminated sill plates featuring the Blue Angels script are all inspired adaptations from the aviation team. The auctioned car’s winning bidder was also given a Blue Angels flight helmet autographed by the pilots and crew.
The “Blue Angels” Mustang doesn’t compromise its noted performance. The bonnet houses a Ford Racing 624hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. The car also features the Ford Racing handling pack, racetrack brakes and performance exhaust.
Design and development of the “Blue Angels” Mustang were led by Mustang Chief Designer Darrell Behmer, Design Manager Melvin Betancourt and Chief Nameplate Engineer Dave Pericak. The Young Eagles Auction was held at the EAA Gathering of Eagles at the EAA AirVenture Museum. The Gathering of Eagles attracts over 1,000 aviation aficionados yearly and advocates Young Eagles and EAA programs that motivate young people to pursue careers as engineers, scientists, astronauts, pilots and innovators, and become future aviation leaders.
Ford has been an EAA patron for many years and EAA Chairman and AirVenture chairman Tom Poberezny said that their mission is to exhibit the best of aviation technology and innovation. He adds that fortunately, the car became a highly desired item because of the enthusiasm for the US Navy aviators and the “Blue Angels” Mustang team, enabling the EAA to continue doing “amazing things for our future aviation enthusiasts."