Road & Track says 2015 Mustang will get 2.3-liter EcoBoost in U.S.

by shnack on Saturday, March 16, 2013

Not long ago, Edmunds broke the news that the 2015 Ford Mustang would receive Ford's 2.3-liter EcoBoost four cylinder, but that the engine would be a Europe-only option. Road & Track now reports that information isn't correct. “Road & Track has confirmed that we will indeed get the 2.3-liter turbo four here in the U.S. market,” says Road & Track’s site director Alex Nunez.

Their information says that the 2.3-liter turbo four won't be the base engine, but rather an upgrade to the existing 3.7-liter 305 horsepower V6. If this is true, then the turbocharged 2.3-liter engine could offer up more horsepower than the current V6 while offering better fuel economy as well.

[Source: Road & Track]

Shelby Unveils 2013 GT500 Super Snake Wide Body

by shnack on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Shelby American, Inc. unveiled today its new 850 horsepower 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake “Wide Body” as well as the new performance tuned Shelby Focus ST at the North American International Auto Show. The two cars represent bookends in the lineup of high performance vehicles available from Shelby American.

“Carroll Shelby’s innovative and aggressive hot-rodder spirit lives on at Shelby American today. ” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “His Cobra redefined the sports car genre and then Shelby turned what some called a ‘secretary’s car’, the Mustang, into the fire-breathing GT350. A few years later, Shelby practically invented the American ‘pocket-rocket’ with the four-cylinder turbocharged, front wheel drive Shelby GLH. This year, we’re returning to our roots with a pair of game-changing cars that will rewrite the rules for American performance.”

Shelby American takes the stock 662 horsepower 2013 GT500 and boosts its performance to a street-legal 850 horsepower while keeping it 50 state emissions legal and tuned on 91 octane pump gas. Adding Shelby’s new Wide Body option puts all that power to the pavement, and the rest is history.

Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Concept Goes Twin-Turbo for SEMA Debut

by shnack on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Ford Racing Mustang Cobra Jet concept revealed today at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show proves there is indeed a replacement for displacement.

In the perpetual quest to stay ahead of the competition, for the first time ever Ford Racing has equipped its factory-built turn-key drag racer with a turbocharged engine, adopting the same award-winning technology found on road-going EcoBoost engines.

Winning heritage

When the original Mustang Cobra Jet drag racers rolled out of the Mustang factory in 1968, they relied on 7.0-liter V8 engines with massive four-barrel carburetors to propel them down the strip.

"When a new generation of Cobra Jets arrived four decades later, they immediately began winning with a modern, fuel-injected 5.4-liter V8 topped with a belt-driven supercharger," recalls Jesse Kershaw, Ford drag racing competition manager. "Over the past four years, the Cobra Jet has gone on to become both a fan and competitor favorite, the most successful late-model vehicle in drag racing."

2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra Unveiled as Tribute to Carroll Shelby

by shnack on Saturday, August 18, 2012

Friends of Carroll Shelby, including Ford Motor Company, Shelby American, Ford Racing and many others have built a unique 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra as a tribute to the late Carroll Shelby.

The unique tribute car was unveiled by Ford Motor Company board member Edsel Ford II, Ford’s group vice president for sales and marketing Jim Farley, and Shelby American president John Luft at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion where Cobra is the marque of show for 2012.
 
“Even at 89 years of age, Carroll was an inspiration to us all,” says Farley. “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original Shelby Cobra. The one-off car we have created represents the very idea he had about making the 2013 Shelby GT500 into a true Cobra.”

Ford 'Red Tails' Edition Mustang Raises $370,000 to Support Youth and Aviation

by shnack on Sunday, July 29, 2012

The one-of-a-kind 'Red Tails' edition 2013 Ford Mustang developed by the design and engineering teams at Ford Motor Company sold for $370,000 at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction Thursday evening. The auction was held during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, the world's greatest aviation celebration. James Slattery of San Diego, Calif. was the winning bidder.

All proceeds from the car donation and sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles organization, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.6 million young people since 1992 while helping inspire and motivate the next generation of leaders, aviators and innovators.

The 'Red Tails' edition joins four other one-of-a-kind Mustangs created by the Ford design and engineering teams for the EAA Young Eagles Auction in recent years, each generating excitement among aviation and automotive enthusiasts alike. Ford vehicles sold at EAA AirVenture auction events have collectively raised more than $2 million to support Young Eagles.

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