After a 17-year absence, Ford has revealed a new version of the track-focused Mustang Mach 1 which the brand claims is the “most track-capable 5.0-litre Mustang ever.”
In this instance, the naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine produces 358kW of power and 570Nm of torque which matches the outputs of the Mustang Bullitt.
For context, the limited-edition supercharged Mustang R-Spec develops 522kW and 830Nm.
The Mach 1 also gets a newly designed front end, plus Ford Performance parts from the Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500 models.
Integrated into the Mach 1 engine are revised Shelby GT350 components including the intake manifold, oil filter adapter and engine oil cooler, increasing engine oil cooling capability by 50 per cent.
To enhance track endurance, two side heat exchangers – one to cool engine oil, the other transmission oil – as well as a rear axle cooling system and lower diffuser have been borrowed from the Shelby GT500.
Ford says the car’s most aerodynamically important upgrade is the new underbelly pan that extends 20 inches further rearward than on a Mustang GT to smooth and increase the airflow under the front of the car.
Large underwing features in the belly pan increase downforce, while special belly pan airfoils in the brake cooling ramps improve downforce and assist the brake cooling flow – a first for Mustang.
To improve the ride and handling characteristics, the Mach 1 features the latest MagneRide calibration, a stiffer steering I-shaft, new EPAS calibration, stiffer sway bars and front springs, an upgraded brake booster, 9.5-inch/10-inch split fitment wheels with Michelin PS4 tyres, a rear subframe with stiffer bushings and a rear toe-link from Shelby GT500.
As standard, the Mach 1 comes standard with a Tremec six-speed manual transmission from the Shelby GT350 with rev-matching. The 10-speed automatic transmission with an upgraded torque converter and unique calibration is optional.
At this stage, the Mustang Mach 1 isn’t coming to Australia.
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