Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Ford Mustang

2016 Ford Mustang

          Mustangs have always been popular among amateur and professional drag racing crowd in part because they were relatively affordable, easy to modify, agile and durable. Under the hood Ford Performance has retained three-quarters of the stock production parts for the 5.0-liter V8 engine but topped it off with a Whipple supercharger that is claimed to provide enough power to slingshot the Cobra Jet down the quarter-mile in the eight-second range.

          When many product has been in continuous production for a decades, changes or lack to the system can become extremely controversial. This occur when the car been questioning in term of a sports car performance. Two decades after Porsche added a radiator to the 911 model, there are hard core fans that still believe the only true 911s are air-cooled. The debate continue whether Corvettes should have engines in front of or behind the driver has raged since the 1960s.


       As the Ford Mustang celebrate its 50th birthday in 2014, the question regarding live rear axles and their independent suspension was top of mind among many. Independence seemed to carry the day when the sixth-generation pony car arrived, but the live-axle Mustang is now back again, but in very limited form. While independent control of the wheels makes for superior ride and handling out on the open road or road race tracks, a solid axle is the generally the best way to put down the massive torque required to race one-quarter mile at a time. However, when Ford announced in late 2013 that the new Mustang would have an independent integral-link rear suspension, drag racers weren’t happy.

      Since reintroducing the Mustang Cobra Jet in 2008, Ford has built the turnkey drag racer in limited batches of 50 every year or two. Like the original 1969 Mustang Cobra Jet, the modern versions roll out of the factory with pretty much all the required equipment to head straight to the drag strip. 

        The same is true for the all-new 2016 model which comes equipped with lightweight brakes, a full roll cage, racing fuel cell, seats and five-point harness. Specific springs, dampers and wheelie bar help keep at least the rear wheels on the pavement. At the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas where carmakers and tuners show off their latest automotive customization and performance wares, Ford Performance has revealed its newest Mustang variant, the 2016 Cobra Jet.


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