A Hybrid Mustang: Best Idea or Worst Idea?

Hybrid Mustang: Best Idea or Worst Idea

Ford has been killing it in the performance department lately.  The ST twins, the Focus RS, the beautifully modernized Mustang line, and of course, the indomitable GT, which already won Le Mans.  They’re all milestones of a company that loves speed.  But yesterday we learned that Ford is planning a hybrid Mustang by 2020.  Sorry.  I should have warned you to take your glycerin before reading that.  It is, however, true, and that could mean amazing or terrible things for one of America’s most popular sports cars. Continue reading “A Hybrid Mustang: Best Idea or Worst Idea?”

AutoModding Some American Heroes: Muscle 2015

Challenger | 4th of July

America!  Tomorrow’s your birthday.  We’re not even in the office today, because we’re out celebrating.  Robots posted this for us.  American robots.  You know what other American machines are awesome?  Muscle cars.  With raging, freedomcharged V8s and liberty injection.  Cars like the Chevy Camaro, the Dodge Challenger and Charger, and the Ford Mustang.  But we’re not going to talk about the Mustang today.  Are you offended?  Cut it out, because we wrote a whole month of posts about the mighty Mustang not too long ago.  We’re taking a look at the Camaro and Dodge twins to find out one thing: muscle car parts that get more power.  Power that vaporizes rear tires.  Power that makes cowboys weep.  Power that strips the cowardly paint off your neighbor’s commie Lada. Continue reading “AutoModding Some American Heroes: Muscle 2015”

AutoModding your 2015 Mustang: Power Programmers

2015 Mustang

Here’s how this works.  Your 2015 Mustang, as you probably know, is fuel injected, which means there’s an electronic system, a computer function of your ECU, that detects how much fuel you need and injects it into your engine.  Ford put these programs, called fuel maps together in order to give you the most power they could while remaining efficient, keeping your throttle comfortable, and balancing many other factors that make a car meet environmental regulations and help it remain accessible to the average American carbuyer.

But you only really care about the first of those factors: Power.  Performance.  So you want to adjust that computer to give you the most performance you can get within the reliable parameters of your engine.  That’s what a power programmer will do for you.  They’re safe for your engine, extremely easy to install, and provide measurable results.  You have two brands to choose from when plugging into your 2015 Mustang: DiabloSport and SCT.  Each has two different tuners, so we’ll break each down to help you make the right decision, and we’ll start with the big guns. Continue reading “AutoModding your 2015 Mustang: Power Programmers”

New Mustang Attacks with Two-Pronged Campaign to Conquer Our Want

New Mustang Gymkhana7

Ford’s Mustang marketing department knows what they’re doing.  They know how to deliver a one-two punch to your resolve against selling your pancreas in order to buy a Mustang.  On Monday they dealt such a brace of blows, with Ken Block’s epic Gymkhana 7 and the official press release for the new Shelby Mustang dropping within an hour of each other.  I don’t need both my livers, right? Continue reading “New Mustang Attacks with Two-Pronged Campaign to Conquer Our Want”

Get a 2015 Mustang Exhaust from Gibson for 32 Extra HP!

So you’ve ordered your 2015 Ford Mustang GT, and you can’t wait to get it.  You’re burning to quietly creep it into your neighborhood, turn it off, and let it sit silent in the driveway.  It’s going to be so great when you’re whooshing along country roads, listening to the radiator fan, another bad radio station, and the wind whistling through your windows.  There will be nothing like cutting the engine before you pull up at the car show so as not to disturb anyone.  Right?  Heck no!  For the love of chowder, one of the greatest things about the car is that Mustang GT Exhaust noise!  Don’t trap it in the factory exhaust.  Let it sing with a Gibson Performance system.  And add 32 Camaro-slapping horsepower while you’re at it.

We were supposed to see the first 2015 Mustangs reach dealerships “sometime this fall,” but the leaves don’t seem to be changing yet in Dearborn.  In any case, the new Stang should hit the streets before the end of the year.  Gibson Performance, however, already got theirs, and although we could waste our energy burning with jealousy, we should really be glad, because they’ve used their time well, engineering the perfect cat-back 2015 Mustang Exhaust.

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Magnaflow and Practical Effects Could Save Need for Speed

Magnaflow + Need for Speed MustangI was not excited about Need for Speed, the movie based on inspired by vaguely resembling with the same title as the hit video game.  It just smelled fishy from the start.  First, I heard that all the expensive cars being used were actually replicas.  Then, the trailer debuted and I got an earful of some kind of weird, fake scripture reading as a monologue and an eyeful of Syfy-grade flames surrounding a flying Koenigsegg.  And over everything had been draped the heavy fire blanket of being a video game movie, because that always works out so well.  Why had talents like Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper attached themselves to this?

But last night, Aaron Paul showed up on Top Gear, and those promotional interviews really do work, because now I can’t wait to see Need for Speed.  I found out that Magnaflow played a significant role in that decision.
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Automotive Follow Friday Helper: Ford Mustang Edition

The new Mustang has finally dropped. Some love it. Some hate it. Everybody’s talking about it. You’ve seen the pictures. You’ve read our awesome blog post. Now it’s time to find out what everybody else is saying, so we’ve dished up a heapin’ helpin’ of the industry’s top Mustang commentariat for this week’s Follow Friday. Keep up with these folks and make sure you’re getting the whole skinny on the skinny new Mustang.

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Is the 2015 Ford Mustang Still a Muscle Car?

2015 Ford MustangIf you were able to stomach today’s Good Morning America, you already know all this, but the sixth generation of the venerable Ford Mustang was unveiled this morning and will go on sale next year.  The looks are striking, from the angry, bladed headlights to the long and satisfying fastback, right down to the sharp, pronounced shoulders and a ramping tail.

But there’s something rather tame about the lines, something that begs for sanity and balance.  The power options, too, espouse a certain sensibility.  So we have to wonder, without all the madness and absurdity is the Mustang still a muscle car?  Or is it something else entirely? Continue reading “Is the 2015 Ford Mustang Still a Muscle Car?”

The Lords of Woodward: Part II

Woodward Dream Cruise 2013
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The river of chrome and cam cough that is the Woodward Dream Cruise carries upon its currents too much awesome to ever describe in full.  So instead of trying to cover all of one of America’s biggest car shows, I’ve hand-picked just a few of my favorites, starting last week and ending on Friday.
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