Kicking off SEMA before it even starts, Ford is teasing highlights of their 20,000 square-foot display. Collaborating with Galpin Auto Sports, Petty’s Garage, Mountune and many others, Ford will showcase over a dozen custom Mustangs in its booth at Las Vegas Convention Center, Nov. 4-7. This figure doesn’t include additional pony cars on display around the massive show.
Performance specialists will demonstrate newly developed aftermarket parts to enhance the handling and performance of the 2015 Ford Mustang while Ford also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the longest running nameplate in pony cars.
Aftermarket tuners have been salivating while waiting to get their hands on the all-new 2015 Mustang and the SEMA show is just the beginning of the car’s true customization potential. The GT and SVT models have long been the stallions in the stable but there has also been a great deal of interest surrounding the capabilities of the all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine.
While there will obviously be plenty of booming 5.0-liter V8s galloping around SEMA, it will be particularly interesting to see how experienced turbocharging specialists and aftermarket tuners transform the new EcoBoost platform. Boasting better-than-previous-generation-GT numbers of 310 hp and 320 lb.-ft. of torque, that’s only the tip of the iceberg of its true performance potential.
The 2015 Ford Mustang is dramatically different from the S197, not only visually but also mechanically – giving the aftermarket a clean slate to work with. The next-generation S550 Mustang includes an all-new independent rear suspension and new multilink front suspension that is already being tweaked by the likes of ROUSH, Steeda and countless others.
Highlights of Ford’s booth include a ROUSH supercharged V8 model from Petty’s Garage wearing Richard Petty’s famous blue paint and featuring Petty’s legendary No. 43 from his days taking checkered flags in NASCAR. The car will be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson with proceeds benefiting Victory Junction – a cause dedicated to helping chronically ill children attend summer camp.
The tuning arm of the largest Ford dealer in the United States, Galpin Auto Sports, is celebrating the Mustang’s golden anniversary car with a fitting customized tribute that features a gold motif. “We like the black and gold idea, and really wanted to get the color as close to 24-carat gold as possible,” said Brandon Boeckmann, GAS operations manager. Wearing restyled front and rear fascias, the car also car wears a metallic gold-flecked black paint and gold badges, and features interior trim work and special brake calipers. Even the Whipple supercharger seen through a window integrated into the hood has been powder-coated in gold, helping the 5.0L pony pump out 725 hp.
GAS used inspiration from around the car to develop new styling elements and give the car s facelift, including a front fascia restyled to match the three strakes found in the factory headlights. New headlights have been created that integrate LED turn signals and turn on in sequence – just like the rear turn signals. A carbon fiber front splitter and rocker panels have been installed, as well as a more aggressive rear diffuser to emphasize the styling elements of the project. The 20-inch wheels, side sills, brake calipers, and badging are all finished in gold.
Inside, everything that is normally chrome or metallic has either been blacked-out or given the King Midas touch. The Recaro seats are covered with a fabric finished in black and gold, and the headliner is black microsuede. The exterior is finished in paint that may appear black, but on further inspection is filled with gold metallic flecks. The enhancements are far from just aesthetic as suspension components developed by Steeda were incorporated and an all-new exhaust from Magnaflow added some sound and power.
In addition to the massive indoor display, the three-acre Ford Out Front motorsports and display venue will feature performances from the like of Formula DRIFT’s Vaughn Gittin Jr. who will be putting on a show with his heavily modified 2014 Ford Mustang RTR. Justin Pawlak will be bringing out his StangTV collaboration Project sidewayS197, and we’re sure there will be plenty of other Ford driving heroes showing off their skills.
The SEMA show is less than two weeks away, be sure to keep checking back here for our coverage from the aftermarket’s biggest show, as well as features on these and many of the other hot Mustangs at this year’s show.