Limited Edition Ford Mustang Mach 1 Coming in 2021

by TrackWorthy,

Ford says the all-new 2021 Mach 1 will be the most track focused naturally aspirated V8 Mustang ever. Power will be provided by a 5.0-liter V8 with 480 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,600 rpm. A 6 speed manual transmission from Ford Performance will be standard. An optional 10-speed automatic will also be available.

“Bold styling, great acceleration and speed – Mach 1 says it all,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s chief operating officer. “This is one of those special Mustangs that truly brings a smile to the faces of our owners, enthusiasts and fans – including me – so there’s never been a better time to bring back Mach 1 and have it go global too.”

After a 17-year hiatus, the all-new Mustang Mach 1 fastback coupe bridges the gap between Mustang GT and Shelby models, delivering V-8 power, unique functional aerodynamic enhancements, competition-capable suspension upgrades and a driver-focused cockpit.
Ford Mustang Mach 1

The Mustang Mach 1 has a unique front end for aerodynamic efficiency and a host of Ford Performance parts. The Tremec 3160 6-speed manual transmission comes from the Shelby GT350. For the first time, Ford has outfitted the system with rev-matching and the transmission is paired with the GT350 oil cooler system and Mustang GT’s twin-disc clutch and short-throw shifter. The Handling Package also includes a larger unique higher downforce front splitter, new front wheel lip moldings, and a low-gloss Magnetic swing spoiler with a Gurney flap and rear tire spats from Shelby GT500.

Ford Mustang Mach 1

The all-new Mach 1’s grille harkens back to the original 1969 Mach 1 with a deep 3-D mesh, shark-nosed section and faux lamp elements. Flanking the fascia are new side grilles below each turn signal lamp. A low-gloss Magnetic pony badge is centered on the grille. Low-gloss magnetic and black accents throughout the vehicle provide a premium look while staying true to Mach 1’s bold, muscular heritage, including low-gloss Magnetic mirror caps and rear spoiler.

The Mach 1 engineering and design teams worked in tandem to develop a front end unique to the Mach 1 persona that also meets the high aerodynamic demands of the engine, transmission and braking systems. A new two-piece upper grille, lower grille and valance, and new side grilles, all contribute to Mach 1’s signature look and more demanding aero and cooling performance requirements.

Ford Mustang Mach 1

A front splitter optimized to the fascia shape improves track performance and provides a more aggressive appearance, while a matched rear spoiler works in concert to create ideal lift balance. Mach 1 features 22 percent more downforce than a Mustang GT with Performance Pack Level 1 and the downforce improvement jumps to approximately 150 percent with the Handling Package.

Ford Mustang Mach 1

To enhance track endurance, the team added two side heat exchangers, one to cool engine oil, the other transmission oil, as well as a rear axle cooling system and lower diffuser from Shelby GT500. To improve ride and handling, Mach 1 features the latest MagneRide calibration, a stiffer steering I-shaft, new EPAS calibration, stiffer sway bars and front springs, a brake booster from the Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2, 9.5-inch/10-inch split fitment wheels with Michelin PS4 tires, a rear subframe with stiffer bushings and a rear toe-link from Shelby GT500.

American fighter pilot Chuck Yeager was the first person to break the sound barrier, which is 767 mph or 1,234 km/h. The original 1969 Mustang Mach 1 set 295 speed and endurance records in its first model year at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Thanks to its added handling capability, Mach 1 teams earned back-to-back SCCA Manufacturer’s Rally Championships in 1969 and 1970.

The all-new and limited-edition 2021 Mustang Mach 1 will arrive in U.S. and Canadian Ford dealerships in the spring of 2021.

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