Every year in Wisconsin, aeronautics fans gather together for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s The Gathering fundraiser and auction. While you might not think about Ford having a place in the aircraft industry, it builds a custom vehicle for this celebration each year. This year’s vehicle is an Eagle Squadron Mustang GT that celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the Royal Air Force.
The Eagle Squadron was a group of U.S. volunteer pilots who flew alongside Royal Air Force pilots before the United States officially entered World War II. The Eagle Squadron Mustang is designed to mimic the appearance of the original Eagle Squadron Spitfire planes. It features a camouflaged design along with a wide-body kit, an upper grille with integrated lighting, and a Performance Pack rear spoiler.
Darrell Behmer, Ford Mustang design chief, said, “The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT build with Vaughn and the Ford design team is a great way to honor our heroes and keep the spirit of aviation alive for the next generation of American pilots.”
This will be the 20th year Ford has participated in the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture event, and it will be the 10th one-off Mustang it has built for auction. To date, these vehicles have raised more than $3 million toward supporting future generations of pilots.
The Ford Mustang has grown to become one of the most recognizable vehicles around the globe, which is why it comes as no surprise that it was recently named the world’s best-selling sports coupe for the third year in a row.
According to Ford analysis, the Mustang saw a total of 125,809 registrations in 2017. This data, which was compiled by the government and captured 95% of global new vehicle volumes in more than 80 countries, shows that the ‘Stang has pulled ahead of its worldwide competition.
“The world loves Ford Mustang,” said Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst. “For years, Mustang was unobtainable for customers on most parts of the planet. It could be found on TV or the interior, and now it rolls down streets from Beijing to Sao Paulo.”
These 125,809 Ford Mustangs that were sold last year were sold across 146 countries. Of that number 81,866 were sold in the United States, which means over one-third of all Mustang registrations were in export markets. The iconic pony car saw a particularly strong demand in China, which boasted 7,125 registrations, making it the best-selling sports coupe in that country as well.
It also looks like the most popular configuration around the globe is the Mustang GT that comes equipped with the 5.0-liter V8.
Test drive the iconic Ford Mustang at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.
The Performance Pack Level 2 will be offered on the 2018 Mustang GT.
The Ford Mustang is America’s favorite pony car, providing performance and styling at an affordable price for years. Recently, Ford introduced the Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 to improve performance and design for drivers everywhere. If you’re looking for optimal power and bold styling, the new Performance Pack may be right for you.
According to Ford, the Performance Pack Level 2 will be offered on the 2018 Mustang GT. This package includes things like a low and aggressive stance, improved aerodynamics, a front splitter, rear spoiler, and a specially designed suspension. The MagneRide® suspension is made to be ultra-responsive, even at high speeds, providing improved performance on the track as well as the road.
“A passion to create something special is what really drove this project,” said Tom Barnes, Mustang vehicle engineering manager. “And that really showed in the off-the-clock way we went about doing our work.”
The new Performance Pack also has a new manual transmission for a better response, as well as a more thrilling experience behind the wheel. The Performance Pack Level 2 also has the same features as the Level 1, including a tuned chassis, Brembo™ brakes, and a TORSEN® rear differential, among other things. Stop by Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to learn more about the 2018 Ford Mustang.
April 17 is National Mustang Day, a day on which Ford Mustang enthusiasts all over the world celebrate the launch of this iconic, timeless muscle car. Ford took advantage of the festivities in order to announce something that’s sure to be exciting for Mustang lovers everywhere; the brand will be extending production of the current-generation Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R models to the upcoming 2018 model years.
The 2018 models will be powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque that gives the Shelby GT350 and GT350R the kind of track-ready performance that earned it Road & Track’s “Performance Car of the Year” award for 2016. However, the 2018 model year will have some new add-ons like three news colors–Orange Fury, Kona Blue, and Lead Foot Gray–and the option of an Electronics Package with available features like a premium nine-speaker audio system and Sync 3’s integrated navigation.
We at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City were excited to celebrate National Mustang Day especially after hearing the news about the extension of the Ford Mustang GT350 and GT350R. And, we are eagerly anticipating the 2018 models, which Ford representatives have said will be arriving at dealerships this fall.
If there’s one thing that auto enthusiasts look forward to every year, it’s the unveiling of the new Ford Mustang. They got their wish at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show with the unveiling of the coupe but the Detroit-based automaker wasn’t quite done. A few days later, the new Ford Mustang convertible made its official debut.
Like the coupe, the convertible will see standard LED lights and a customizable digital instrument display added to the equipment list. A refreshed hood and new fascias are also on the list of changes.
The Mustang convertible features a time of 10 seconds to lower the insulated cloth roof. Both version of the popular sports car go on sale in fall of this year.
The 2018 Ford Mustang will be the first model to drop the V6 engine since 1994. Instead, the popular pony car will see a performance-driven 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that produces 310 hp take its place. The signature 5.0-liter V8 engine will hold its spot on the lineup. All engines will come mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
While the convertible wasn’t around at the Detroit Auto Show, it will hit more than 50 regional auto shows throughout the United States. Keep your eyes open!
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is already a powerhouse and for the 2017 model year, it’s moving a little closer to a fully-fledged track car. One of the most well-known muscle cars in the world, the 2017 Mustang Shelby GT350 will see a track package become standard equipment. Drivers, start your engines! The 2017 model is right around the corner!
The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 has an optional track package that ran around $6,500. That’s a good chunk of cold, hard cash, but the 2017 model may eliminate that altogether. There’s no word on whether the price increase will come with it.
While there’s no confirmation from Ford, the report comes from the reliable Mustang6G, a site that’s known for harboring leaked information on new Mustangs before its made public.
If the report is true, MagneRide, an upgraded transmission, and differential cooling would make the Shelby GT350 ready to hit the track from the get-go. While this is good news, the muscle car is closing in on the track-oriented Shelby GT350R.
Only time will tell what Ford has planned for its pony car!