2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 revealed with Shelby parts
For a new special edition of the Mustang, Ford has revived the historic Mach 1 nameplate that gets more power, tailor-made styling, and track-focused chassis setup. The company claims the current Mustang Mach 1 “bridges the divide” between the stock Mustang and the Shelby modified high-performance GT350 and GT500.
As with previous Mach 1 Mustangs, the new model is set apart from the stock car with a performance-oriented bodywork kit, the most noticeable feature being the tailor-made front end ‘shark-nosed.’ It is designed for optimal aerodynamic efficiency and features a unique 3D grille, retro-style mock light designs, and new air intakes. The changes, along with an expanded underbody frame table, meaning that the Mach 1 provides 22 percent more downforce than the Performance Pack Mustang GT.
Low-gloss trim pieces, including mirror caps, spoilers, and badges, are said to “provide a premium look,” and a 19-inch, 5-speak aluminum wheel package is inspired by the Magnum 500 items worn by the original Mach 1.
The Mustang Mach 1 draws its power from an improved 5.0-liter V8 version of the Mustang, producing 480hp and 570Nm of torque. The rises come with the courtesy of a Shelby GT350 intake manifold, oil cooler, and oil filter converter borrowed from.
Quality estimates have yet to be verified but the aerodynamic and technical changes mean that Mach 1 is expected to exceed the 4.3-sec 0-100kph time and 250kph peak speed of the regular car easily.
The Mach 1 sends its power to the rear wheels by default via a 6-speed manual gearbox (also a Shelby item) equipped with rev-matching and matched to the Mustang GT twin-disk clutch and short-throw gearbox. A 10-speed automatic gearbox is an optional addition.
An extra handling kit, available only for manual vehicles, provides the Shelby GT500 for a bigger front splitter, revised front tire lip moldings, a Gurney flap, and tire spats – helping to improve downforce by a further 128 percent over the Mustang GT. The wheels are now narrower, from 9.5inches to 10.5inches at the front and 10inches to 11inches at the rear.
Additional modifications include a pair of side-mounted heat exchangers to keep the engine and gearbox oil cool on road, a steeper steering column, newly calibrated power steering, Michelin PS4 performance-based tires, and steeper rear subframe bushings.
The interior is virtually similar to that of the regular vehicle, with the addition of chrome trim accents, new door sill covers, a silver ‘cue ball’ shift knob, and all-encrypted badging.
Buyers opting for the optional Appearance Package can have their car painted in a bespoke shade ‘Fighter Jet Grey’ and can specify reflective bonnet and side stripes in red, white, or orange. Race Black, Grabber Blue, and Twister Orange are regular colors.
In 2021 the Mustang Mach 1 is set to go on sale on international markets. Ford is expected to launch the facelifted Mustang for the Indian market sometime later this year, and this will be followed by its all-electric sibling, the Mach E, sometime in 2021.