Ford Mustang

Factory fitted goodies for Mustang

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Mustang buyers can now fit a range of factory supplied parts to enhance the look and feel of their car.

Offered through Ford dealers, buyers can order a brand-new Ford Mustang complete with track-ready handling, exhaust and visual upgrades.

The parts include a mandrel-bent stainless steel 2.5-inch exhaust system cleverly integrated with the factory exhaust to unleash the famous V8 burble of the 5.0-litre Coyote V8.

To amp up the look there’s also 4.0-inch tips finished in classic chrome, or a sinister black-tipped system that matches the rear diffuser.

A track-ready handling package also joins the suite of performance upgrades to take advantage of the Mustang’s performance-focused chassis.

The FR3-M9 Track Handling Pack includes lowering coil-springs, assembled front struts, upper strut mounts, rear shocks, sway bars, rear toe links and toe-to-knuckle bearings.

The pack was developed by Ford Performance, whose latest work includes the multi award-winning Ford Focus RS, and is designed for high-performance driving.

“The Ford Mustang is one of the world’s most customised sports cars, and we’re paying homage to both the rich heritage of Mustang as well as answering massive demand for factory-approved, fully-warranted performance parts for Australian Mustang owners,” Ford Australia boss. Graeme Whickman, said.

“This is the first time in Mustang’s five-decade history that an Australian consumer can take delivery of this iconic performance car with a full suite of upgrades straight off the showroom floor,” he said.

“Even better, the benefit of these upgrades not only gives new Mustang buyers a chance to customise their own vehicle, but also extends to existing owners, who can have their local dealer fit any or all of these components to their own taste and desires.”

Developed using the full resources of Ford Performance’s design and engineering teams the upgrades are easily fitted and designed to work in harmony with the existing engine and chassis, for a seamless driving experience.

They have undergone extensive local testing and engineering assessments for compatibility with the Australian spec car and to ensure compliance with Australian Design Rules.

The parts are covered by a three-year, 100,000km warranty if ordered with the purchase of a new Mustang and fitted at an authorised Ford dealership.

Existing owners can also have their Mustang upgraded and enjoy the security of warranty coverage under the remainder of their new-vehicle warranty or a 12-month 20,000km warranty on the factory-approved parts – whichever is longer.

The FR3-M9 Track Handling Pack is targeted at the driver who wants to track their car frequently but who also drives the car on the street daily.

It makes the car more enjoyable, rewarding and faster on the track, but leaves the car reasonably comfortable for street and highway driving.

“I think some of the reasons why this FR3-M9 kit does what it does is because it’s more narrowly focused,” Ford Performance testing engineer Andy Vrenko said.

“The universe of people we want to please is so much smaller than any mainstream car’s, and their performance wants and expectations are much more closely aligned.”

The team started by doing some computer modeling to find out what would be most appropriate for this application, using Ford engineering tools that are not available to aftermarket developers.

That process narrows the selection of springs, sway bars, shock absorbers and struts down to a smaller set of specifications.

With the resulting hardware, testing could begin on a kinematics and compliance (K&C) rig, a shock dyno, and at Ford proving grounds, including Ford Australia’s own You Yangs facility.

“We find that enthusiast-level drivers will benefit from a suspension package like this because it gives the driver the kind of precise and immediate feedback that enhances confidence and provides a more enjoyable experience,” Vrenko said.

Customers who are looking for a mild handling upgrade can choose the street lowering springs, which reduces the standard ride-height by 25mm.

As well as the more aggressive stance, the springs are offered in striking blue finish, with rocker covers in matching blue to provide a visual clue of the changes in the engine bay.

While the Mustang interior is already focused on the driving experience, a short-throw shift-kit for the six-speed manual is the icing on the cake for driving enthusiasts.

With a Ford Performance gear knob, the kit reduces throw distance by 19 percent making for quicker gear changes.