In fitting fashion a newly redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback, adorned in a brilliant “Race Red” paint scheme, will set the pace for this Sunday’s (June 15, 2014) NASCAR Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Race. At the wheel of the specially designed pony-car will be Joe Hinrichs, president of the Americas for the Ford Motor Company. Built in nearby Flat Rock, Michigan, the 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback bears what must be one of the most recognizable silhouettes in the automotive world. With its long sweeping hood, aggressive crouched stance, and deeply etched lines that transition flawlessly from roof to deck lid, the 50-year old car embraces the sentiment of the past as it blasts into the future challenging the status quo with improved performance, unprecedented style, and increased efficiency.
Chantel Lenard, director, U.S. Marketing, Ford Motor Company said. “Ford is very proud to have the 2015 Mustang GT pace the Quicken Loans 400 this Sunday. With its proximity to the Motor City, Michigan International Speedway is a showcase for the auto industry. To have Mustang – a brand born of racing – in this special anniversary year, leading some of the world’s best drivers to the green flag, is special. We know our fans will enjoy seeing it out on the track.”
The redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang, officially scheduled for release in the fall of 2014, will be offered in a wide variety of power train configurations. The 2015 Ford Mustang GT that will set the pace for the Quicken Loans 400 will feature a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine, which boasts in excess of 420-horsepower and more than 390-lb.-ft. of torque, and an independent rear suspension system coupled with a state-of-the-art front suspension. In addition to the Mustang GT package, the Mustang will also offer two additional engine options. The standard equipment package comes with a 3.7-liter V6 that manages to produce 300-horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque, while adding an interesting twist. Reminiscent of the “Turbo-Coupe T-Bird”, the Mustang will be available with an economical (yet powerful) 2.3-liter four-cylinder. Using direct fuel injection technology, a twin-scroll turbocharger, and air-to-air intercooler, the little four-cylinder turns out an impressive 305-hoesepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque (that is more than the V6). A six-speed manual transmission is offered as standard equipment with a six-speed automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters available as an option. The manual Getrag gearbox is outfitted with a redesigned shift linkage and Ford finally moved the cup-holders for more comfortable shifting. Launch control is also standard equipment on the Mustang GT package. Of particular note is the Fiftieth-Anniversary Limited Edition package that will be produced in (you guessed it) very limited quantities (only 1,964, total).
The reconfigured front suspension, inspired by the tremendous success of redesigned rear suspension, still utilizes front struts but adds a new double-ball-joint design and full sub-frame that can accommodate a larger and more efficient braking system. The independent (finally) rear suspension uses an H shaped lower control arm and two lateral links, with a vertical link uniting the H-arm and the knuckle. This all adds up to greater handling performance and better stopping power, when trying in vain to catch the ever elusive Camaro Z28.