2014 Silverstone Classic to feature Ford Mustang cavalcade

Article by Christian A., on July 25, 2014

The 2015 Ford Mustang will lead a cavalcade of over 160 classic Ford Mustangs is all set to do the iconic track parade on July 26, 2014 at the Silverstone Classic, considered as largest classic motor racing festival. The cavalcade is part of the Mustang Owners Club’s 50th birthday celebrations for the iconic muscle car.

Participating in the parade are examples of all five generations of the classic Mustang and the newest version that made its debut in Europe at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Ford is set to roll out the 2015 Mustang in the United Kingdom for the first time in its 50-year heritage. Anthony Ireson, Ford Britain marketing director, remarked that the Silverstone Classic and the Mustang Owners Club 50th anniversary celebrations provide an ideal stage for introducing the 2015 Mustang.

He remarked that the new Mustang car has been designed to appeal to its traditional fans – combining key design elements evoking the classic vehicles and exceptional power and a sophisticated chassis.

The new Mustang Fastback and Convertible powered by world-class engines like the turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost (310 horsepower and 320 lb/ft of torque) and a 5.0-liter V8 (435 horsepower and 400 lb/ft of torque).

The first 500 new Mustangs for Europe were made available for online reservations during the UEFA Champions League Final on May 24 and the reservation book were filled up in just 30 seconds since bookings were open.

Around 130 of the online reservations were from British Ford Mustang fans. At the Silverstone Classic, Ford will hold two Mustang Celebration Trophy races for track-prepared pre-1966 Mustangs and their touring car rivals coming from the same era.

The appearance, driving dynamics and audio track of the new Ford Mustang are considered vital in allowing drivers to enjoy a visceral experience behind the wheel. Now, the Mustang is offered in different variants to cater to a wider range of customers. These include engines such as the upgraded versions of the V6 and V8 mills as well as the all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost unit.

As expected, the most powerful of these engines – a 5.0-liter V8 mill that delivers more than 420 hp (426 PS) of output and 390 lb.-ft. (529 Nm) of torque – is found underneath the Ford Mustang GT. Featuring an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads, this V8 engine also employs a new intake manifold, allowing the mill to offer improved low-speed breathing, resulting to better fuel economy, lower emissions and greater idle stability.

Meanwhile, the Mustang 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine employs technologies like direct injection, turbocharging and variable cam timing to deliver an unprecedented level of performance and a best-in-the-segment fuel efficiency. Thanks to a distinct intake manifold and turbocharger housing, this EcoBoost engine could deliver up to 305 hp (309 PS) of output and 300 lb.-ft. (407 Nm) of torque.

On the other hand, the standard 3.7-liter V6 engine delivers a respectable 300 hp (304 PS) of output and 270 lb.-ft. (366 Nm) of torque – a power level that still offers high levels of performance.

For better performance, Ford updated the manual transmission of the Mustang to deliver smoother shifts. It also reworked the automatic gearbox, which now comes with new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

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