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

Article by Christian A., 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.

Ford’s iconic pony car is entering a new era as its latest iteration -- the all-new Ford Mustang – is unveiled not just in one, but in six cities on four continents around the world simultaneously. The all-new Mustang brings an array of sophisticated technologies and world-class performance potential.

Raj Nair, Ford group vice president for global product development, remarked that the Mustang inspires passion like no other vehicle. He noted that the performance, appearance and sound of the new Mustang resonate with people, even with those who have never been behind its wheel. Nair added that Mustang is more than just a car, as it is considered as the heart and soul of Ford.

The impact of the Ford Mustang isn't resting solely on its 50 years of continuous production and more than 9 million of sales. It has become a thing of both culture and arts, having appearance thousands of time in movies, television shows, music and even video games. Furthermore, the Mustang is the most-liked vehicle on Facebook. The simultaneous unveiling of the Mustang in six cities signals the availability of the iconic pony car in key markets in Europe and Asia.

Jim Farley, executive vice president of Ford global marketing, sales and service and Lincoln, remarked that the carmaker built the all-new Mustang to create a modern interpretation of the pony car, which is now considered as an American automotive icon that has come to symbolize freedom and optimism around the world.

Both the fastback and convertible versions of the Mustang have a clean-sheet design, allowing them to retain and reinterpret key design elements of the Ford brand like the long sculpted hood and short rear deck. Moray Callum, Ford executive director of design for The Americas, remarked that the pony car makes the first impression of being a strong and true Mustang.

New Ford Mustang delivers visceral experience – as made possible by the way it appears, sounds and drives -- that makes drivers get behind its wheels. The new Mustang is available with more optional features, allowing the pony car to suit any lifestyle. Power comes from an array of powerful engine like the all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost mill, as well as upgraded V6 and V8 units.

The most dynamic version of the pony car – the Ford Mustang GT – will be powered by the latest iteration of the 5.0-liter V8. Featuring an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads, this V8 engine delivers over 420 hp (426 PS) of max output and 390 lb.-ft. (529 Nm) of peak torque. Further upgrades include a new intake manifold that would help enhance low-speed breathing to facilitate better levels of fuel economy, emissions and idle stability.

Dave Pericak, Ford Mustang chief engineer, quipped that the new EcoBoost engine is tuned to deliver the expectations of a Mustang driver, thanks to its broad, flat torque curve. This new EcoBoost engine in the new Mustang employs turbocharging, direct injection and variable cam timing – all resulting to high performance potential and fuel efficiency levels best in the segment. Thanks to a distinct intake manifold and turbocharger housing, the new EcoBoost engine could deliver over 305 hp (309 PS) of output and 300 lb.-ft. (407 Nm) of peak torque.

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