By Kurt Ernst
The introduction of an all-new Ford Mustang was big news in early 2014, and now that inventory of 2015 models has begun to reach Ford dealerships, the automaker wants to keep its new pony car fresh in the minds of potential buyers. At the 2014 SEMA show, Ford displayed more than a dozen 2015 Mustang concepts, including the all-new King Cobra Mustang from Ford Racing.
Note the faux snakeskin finish. Photo courtesy Ford Motor Company.
Starting from a base Mustang GT, which comes with the 435hp 5.0-liter Coyote V-8, owners can build their own King Cobra using Ford Racing’s Drag Pack, Handling Pack and Super Pack. The Drag Pack includes heavy-duty halfshafts and a new rear sub-frame kit with stiffer bushings, while the Handling Pack includes front and rear lowering springs (with the front springs pre-mounted on new struts), rear shocks and stiffer anti-roll bars. The Super Pack adds forced induction, in the form of a 2.3-liter Twin Vortices Series supercharger assembly co-developed with Roush Performance; the kit also includes the supporting hardware, intake manifold, throttle body, fuel rail with high-flow injectors, an air-to-liquid intercooler and the necessary ECU recalibration.
The net result is a Mustang that produces somewhere north of 600 horsepower, and is capable of running the quarter mile in 10.97 seconds, based upon Ford’s own testing. The automaker wasted no time in pointing out that this performance makes the car faster than the 707hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
Petty’s Garage Mustang concept.
Petty’s Garage built its own take on a supercharged 5.0 Mustang, and the car sports a Roush supercharger beneath its metalflake black hood. Custom bodywork includes a reworked front fascia, revised to accommodate brake cooling ducts (which will make the six-piston Wilwood brakes that much more efficient), a custom rear spoiler and a rear fascia modified to accept a single center exhaust. The car’s most distinctive feature, however, is its metalflake Petty blue paint on lower panels that contrasts with the metalflake black finish on the greenhouse, hood, trunk and upper fenders. As a further nod to The King, the number 43 is ghosted on the C-pillars, and die-hard Petty fans will have a chance to own the car when its sold at auction to support the Victory Junction children’s charity.
The Full Race EcoBoost Mustang concept.
Not all Mustang concepts shown at SEMA packed V-8 power. Ford is giving a turbocharged four-cylinder Mustang another go, and any similarities to the Mustang SVO of the mid-1980s are purely intentional. In stock form, the Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is rated at 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. In the hands of tuner Full-Race Motorsports, which displayed its own Mustang concept in Ford’s SEMA booth, output will jump to an estimated 500 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, courtesy of the company’s “Freako Boost” turbocharger upgrade kit.
Such a significant gain in horsepower takes more than just a larger turbocharger, so the Full-Race kit includes a new intake, a larger twin-scroll Borg Warner turbocharger, a new turbo downpipe, a larger intercooler, an oil cooler, a revised exhaust manifold and a new exhaust system from the catalytic converter back.