2015 Ford Mustang GT debuts as pace car for Sprint Cup Series

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 18, 2014

The 2015 Ford Mustang had its pace car debut at Michigan International Speedway for the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on June 15. A Mustang GT Race Red fastback was driven by Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. It was powered by a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine and built in nearby Flat Rock, Michigan.

The 2015 Ford Mustang still features the long hood and short rear deck-lid proportions of its predecessors and their low, wide stance. Nonetheless, the 2015 Ford Mustang boasts of styling befitting of its coming of age this century – a result of state-of-the-art engineering and technology.

Chantel Lenard, director for US Marketing at Ford remarked that the carmaker was “very proud” to have the 2015 Mustang GT as the pace car for the Quicken Loans 400. He said that to have Mustang leading some of the world’s best drivers to the green flag at the race is special.

The 2015 Mustang GT features an independent rear suspension that is engineered particularly for this new platform and car. The car also features an all-new front suspension.

It is powered by a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine that provides more than 420 hp of output and more than 390 lb.-ft. of torque. Customers could also opt to have their Mustangs fitted with one of two other engines: a 3.7-liter V6 and 2.3-liter EcoBoost.

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