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  1. SID297

    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

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    PASSIONATE MUSTANG TEAM WORKS AFTER-HOURS TO CREATE NEW PERFORMANCE PACK FOR ULTIMATE ROAD-HUGGING THRILL RIDE

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    • New Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 raises Mustang GT’s game and bridges the gap between GT Performance Pack and GT350
    • Performance Pack Level 2 is accentuated by a lower, more aggressive stance, aerodynamically balanced high-performance front splitter and rear spoiler – all designed to add more downforce to attack curves for an exhilarating feel behind the wheel
    • Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, retuned steering and MagneRide® suspension deliver ultra-responsive road-gripping capabilities in new manual transmission-equipped Mustang GT with Performance Pack Level 2
    DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 23, 2017 – Evenings in the garage. Weekends at the track. Gearheads everywhere can appreciate the extra time and effort the Mustang team took to quickly prototype and hone the Performance Pack Level 2 for the new 2018 Ford Mustang GT.

    “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.”

    Longtime tire and wheel engineer Chauncy Eggleston led development of unique 19-inch wheels that help provide notable steering and handling response improvements. Mustang veteran Jonathan Gesek, former aerodynamics specialist at NASA and now with Ford’s aerodynamics group, spearheaded development of a high-performance front splitter and rear spoiler. And Jamie Cullen, Ford supervisor for vehicle dynamics development, led road test efforts to ensure the car delivers ultra-responsive steering, braking and handling performance.

    The result of their covert efforts is available to order now and will reach North American showrooms this spring when pony car enthusiasts can get the new 2018 Ford Mustang GT with Performance Pack Level 2, a collection of drive-enhancing components designed for – and by – people who love the thrill of taking the wheel of a true performance car.

    “It will just beg you to go faster,” said Cullen. “The car has lightning-quick response and never gives up grip.”

    Performance Pack Level 2 includes all of the features of Performance Pack Level 1 – unique chassis and antilock brake tuning, unique stability control and electric power-assisted steering, Brembo™ six-piston front brake calipers with larger rotors, a k-brace, larger radiator, silver-painted strut tower brace and a TORSEN® rear differential with 3.73 axle ratio.

    It’s highlighted by a lower stance, a redesigned front splitter and rear spoiler, and 305/30/R19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires wrapped around split-fitment aluminum wheels – 19x10.5-inch front and 19x11-inch rear.

    The tires, 1.5 inches wider than those found with Performance Pack Level 1, provide a firmer grip, and work with a retuned chassis to put the car more than a half-inch closer to the ground. The package is available exclusively with a manual transmission.

    Custom tuned MagneRide® dampers and quicker steering calibration provide better response. Other improvements over Performance Pack Level 1 equipment include a 67 percent stiffer rear stabilizer bar, a 12 percent stiffer front stabilizer bar, 20 percent stiffer front springs and rear springs that are 13 percent stiffer, all of which contribute to a more stable ride around corners with less body roll.

    Working a little moonlight magic

    Critical to the success of the package is improved aerodynamics scores, which the team achieved by adding larger and lower front splitter and redesigned rear spoiler.

    Gesek said the after-hours approach team members took to developing the Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 was so much fun because they set out to create their dream car.

    “Our targets were aggressive,” he said, “and we nailed them.”

    Using the splitter from the famed Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca as a benchmark, Mustang engineers attached the piece to the underside of the front to fan out as much as 3 inches around the corners of the Mustang GT. It creates about 24 pounds of downforce at 80 mph, helping give the car its exceptional grip. To balance the downforce, a subtle, redesigned rear spoiler stretches across the decklid.

    To assist in the team’s innovative approach to creating the new Performance Pack, parts such as the rear spoiler were rapid-prototyped using a 3D printer. The process enabled faster turnaround times, complementing the trial-and-error nature of the project.

    The only visual cues on a car outfitted with the new Performance Pack Level 2 are black detailing on the splitter and spoiler, the tire spat on the back edge of the rear wheel wells and the 10-spoke Dark Tarnish wheels, which are exclusive. Customers who opt for Performance Pack Level 2 have a unique opportunity to select Recaro® seats in either leather or cloth to help stay firmly planted while cornering.

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    Car sits right - wheels look phenomenal
     
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    I agree. This looks like a solid effort from Team Mustang.
     
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    Wow! That is awesome! Wheels so nice they look like they could be HREs.
     
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    Damn it, that’s sharp.
    Love the front lip/spitter. I assume it’s functional.
     
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    Ford is smart to offer a higher performance package like this, and a notch below the GT-350. Nice looking exterior upgrades. Nice stance. A lot of Mustang folks are really serious about optimal handling. So again, smart move for Ford IMO.
     
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    any guess on price tag
     
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    Very nice but as bad ass as the auto is and with paddle shifters this not being available on the auto is a mistake imho.
     
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    Very very nice.
     
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    That's Ford's MO. Manual only for a year or two then add an auto option.
     
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    GT350 without the oil burning imo. Very nice.
     
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    It's nice to see this after ALL these years Ford offering a non 4X4 Mustang from the factory with the GT's. I wonder how much that pack is going to bump up the price.

    I too love the rims. They remind me of the old FR500 rims. Ford is doing it right in 2018.

    That new front end is even starting to grow on me too........Although the drop, and better rim/tire setup might be influencing me, ha.
     
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    $45k for a GT Mustang... Man technology and refinement comes at a fine price! Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut I'm in LOVE!!! They killed this one for sure
     
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    Liking the front end. Looks more aggressive than it does now.


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    Nice! Lower bumper designed by Gillette?
     
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    They are getting expensive, but you're getting a lot for your money.
     
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    Absolutely!!
    Just reading this is worth the price alone if this car does actually close the gap between the GT and the GT350 cars!

    • New Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 raises Mustang GT’s game and bridges the gap between GT Performance Pack and GT350
    • Performance Pack Level 2 is accentuated by a lower, more aggressive stance, aerodynamically balanced high-performance front splitter and rear spoiler – all designed to add more downforce to attack curves for an exhilarating feel behind the wheel
    • Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, retuned steering and MagneRide® suspension deliver ultra-responsive road-gripping capabilities in new manual transmission-equipped Mustang GT with Performance Pack Level 2
    Would love to see one of these with a TVS 2650 or new VMP supercharger strapped onto the top of the engine. That would make for one killer ride!
     
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    This may be known already....finally added to the build and price section. $6500 to check that box.
     

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