The folks over at Hennessey Performance wanted to massage their HPE800 kitted Ford Mustang. As the name would suggest, the kit features a supercharger for the 5.0L V8, a host of bolt ons from fuel system upgrades to freeing flow through the intake system which bumps the horsepower tally to the 800 mark.
Hennessey decided to do an exterior refresh of their HPE800 Mustang to celebrate their 25 year anniversary. But customers who want to own one of these limited edition cars will have to jump on them quick. Hennessey is only planning on making 25 units.
Most recently, we brought you the latest version of Bumblebee in the up coming installment of the Transformers. Now we bring you the latest iteration of Barricade of the evil Decepticons. Although we don’t have high hopes for the new movie, but one can’t deny the menacing look of Barricade who takes the form on the current generation Ford Mustang.
Barricade still has all the essence of a bad cop with an aggressively designed front bumper, those thick front bumper bars, a large rear wing, and a protective rear bumper bar to round things off out back. Engine details are limited, but we are hoping the hero car will be using the 5.2L V8 found in the GT350 which pumps out a hefty 526hp. Even though in movie mode the car will not likely use all that power, but the audio tune it belts out will be music to our ears if it hits the big screen.
Center stage at the Ford booth here at the 2015 SEMA Show was the Ford GT Le Mans race car, unveiled this summer, commemorates the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1966 overall victory. The new race car is based on the all-new Ford GT supercar unveiled last January in Detroit and features the most powerful production EcoBoost engine, a twin-turbo V6.
As with last year, there were numerous Mustangs, Focus, and F-150s with mild to radical modifications. The Ford booth at SEMA is always a fun booth to walk through as there is usually something different to check out. In fact, for 2015 the Ford Mustang won the SEMA Show’s Hottest Car award which is based on how many tuners/exhibitors had a Mustang on display. There were some pretty crazy Mustangs at SEMA, but my favorite one was actually in the Ford booth this year. You can check it out in the gallery below, it’s the white widebody with blue wheels built by Ice Nine Group.
Check it, and the other vehicles in the Ford SEMA 2015 booth.
In an era where engines are being downsized for fuel economy, a nasty side effect is that the natural engine sounds are also being attenuated by the turbochargers used to make up for the lost displacement. Add on improved sound deadening for a quieter cabin and the problem gets even worse. The Volkswagen GTI replaced its natural engine noise with a speaker mounted on the firewall to project fake engine sounds as did the BMW M5 when its natural aspirated V10 was replaced with a twin turbo V8 setup. Now, as Road & Track has discovered, Ford too is moving away from a passive sound pipe to an active speaker based fake engine sound system on the Ford Mustang EcoBoost.
Ford calls it Active Noise Control. Using the factory head unit, Ford pipes in an engine soundtrack based on the real-time engine data. So, while it may be great if you like to hear the engine sing while you stomp on the accelerator, a side effect is that if you choose to change out your factory stereo to something aftermarket, your new Mustang will sound like it lost its mojo.
Unfortunately, with automakers going to smaller forced-induction engines, this fake engine sound trend will continue.
A YouTube video uploaded last week has caught the attention of the Calgary Police. The video, timestamped April 8, 2014 is filmed from a dash camera mounted to a Porsche Cayenne according to the video description. It shows a Ford Mustang Shelby driving well over the speed limit on Crowchild Trail with the Cayenne in pursuit. All of this occurs in heavy traffic at the start of the evening rush hour according to the dash camera timestamp. In a bid to catch up to the Mustang, the Cayenne driver dives into the restricted bus only lane and eventually pulls back in behind the Mustang before the video ends.
With the closure of Race City there are no venues for car enthusiasts to get their need for speed out of their systems and incidents like this are probably occurring daily. With the proliferation of dashcams, videos like this will likely continue popping up despite how silly it is to provide police with evidence of your wrongdoings. Check out the video below.
I’m not going to preach about how stupid this is because I was young once. All I can say is, there are better times to be driving like this. If you’re lucky enough to still be kicking around in a few years there hopefully will be some new race tracks in the Calgary area for you to get your speed fix.
More details are coming out for the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang including features of each of the trims available. The latest collection of info shows that the performance pack will come with 19×9 and 19×9.5 high gloss black aluminum wheels (same size as the 5 split spoke wheels on the 50th Anniversary Edition). The 50 Years Appearance Package wheels, while they look just like the wheels found on the 50AE don’t feature a staggered setup and are a 19×8.5″ square setup. They will also lack the machined aluminum finish found on the 50AE wheels.
While there are still no performance figures out for the 2015 Ford Mustangs, we are learning that the 6-piston Brembo brakes found on the GT Performance Pack (standard on the 50AE) will not be available separately on the base or EcoBoost models. However, the GT and EcoBoost (with performance pack) feature larger rotors and upgraded 4-piston calipers that should be equivalent to the 4-piston Brembo setup currently available. Those opting for an automatic GT will lose the 6-piston stoppers and launch control and if you’re looking to get a convertible GT, you won’t be able to add the performance pack at all.
The 50AE as we already know will be limited to 1964 copies and available in only two colors: Wimbledon white or Kona Blue. The 50AE will pack on nearly every option that Ford has for the 2015 Mustang. You’ll just need to decide what color you want and if you want to shift yourself if you’re looking to pick one up.
“When Mustang was approved for development more than 50 years ago, I don’t think anyone imagined it would spawn such a dedicated base of fans around the world and still be in production today,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “We are thrilled to be here in New York – where Mustang was first shown to the public at the 1964 World’s Fair – to re-create that historic event for today’s Mustang enthusiasts.”
The most important tidbit of info that everyone is still waiting for though are the performance numbers. Everyone is just dying to know the final horsepower and torque numbers as well as accompanying 0-60 times. While the die-hard Mustang fans are going to order regardless, those on the fence may be jumping over to the dark side or slightly brighter dark side.
News of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 may have overshadowed the new sixth generation Mustang but Ford did bring a coupe and convertible 2015 Mustang for its car show debut. The new Mustang has a wider, more aggressive stance and the updated design brings a more modern look to the Mustang for its 50th anniversary. However, I don’t think it works. I thought the new design would look better in person but the updated look in my opinion doesn’t do the Mustang heritage any justice, perhaps it will grow on me.
Under the hood are three engine choices: a new 5.0L V8 that delivers 420 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, a 2.3L EcoBoost the yields an impressive 305 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque and the standard 3.7L V6 that pumps out 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. April 17, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the original Ford Mustang and each 2015 model celebrates the milestone with a badge on the instrument panel that includes the galloping pony logo and the words “Mustang – Since 1964.”
We’re wrapping up our coverage of the 2012 SEMA Show by showcasing the Ford booth. There were too many nice cars for us to cover here so we’ll just highlight a few. While I was touring the booth SpeedTV was filming a segment on the new Mustang Cobra Jet twin-turboConcept but more on that monster a bit later.
Ford Motor Co, aiming to take back the top spot in U.S. sports car sales, will tout the improved fuel economy of the Mustang in a marketing blitz to correspond with the release of 2011 model this spring.
Ford said Thursday that the new 3.7 liter V6 Mustang would achieve 305 horsepower and 30 US miles per gallon (36 imperial) in highway driving , as certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.