Ford resurrects Mustang Mach 1 with 480-hp, limited-edition release

The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is finally back after having been missing-in-action for 17 years, and the US automaker is looking mighty proud of its latest creation, describing the sports car as the “most track-capable” 5.0-liter V8 Mustang ever made.


The limited edition blends the best of the Ford GT and Mustang Shelby models, fitting the car with a number of visual, suspension, and performance upgrades to make the car feel right at home on the race track.


An upgraded version of the GT’s V8 engine sits under the traditionally lengthy hood, delivering its 480 horses at 7,000rpm, matched by 570Nm of torque that maxes out at 4,600rpm. A Tremec six-speed manual transmission pairing allows the V8 to send its power to the vehicle’s rear wheels. Others can ask for a ten-speed automatic that’s available as an option.


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Performance enhancements to the V8 include a new oil filter adapter, intake manifold, and tweaked engine control unit (ECU), along with a few extra mechanical mods to keep the engine cool while pushed to its limits. The result is an improvement of 30hp and 36Nm over the standard GT.


Also onboard the Mustang Mach 1: a MagneRide system, stiffer sway bars, stiffer steering I-shaft, sturdier rear bushings, a rear toe-link borrowed from the Shelby GT500, brake booster from the Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2, and a modified electric power-steering calibration.


Among the dynamic changes is a new underbelly pan that Ford calls “the vehicle’s most aerodynamically important upgrade.” It’s designed to improve airflow underneath by directing more air into the brake cooling ramps, enough to enhance downforce and braking.


Speaking of aerodynamics, the Mach 1’s aggressive exterior serves both form and functionality. The façade features a deep splitter matched with a deep 3D mesh grille, and enlarged side intakes that flank the speedy shark-nosed section—all crafted for “aerodynamic efficiency,” the Blue Oval claimed. 


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. Rounding up the Mach 1’ standard features are 9.5-inch/10-inch split fitment wheels with Michelin PS4 tires.


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A unique Dark Spindrift instrument panel dresses up the interior, complete with aluminum accents. Ebony seats with an accent stripe hark back to the Mach 1’s prestigious racing heritage. Other interior upgrades include new door sill plates, a white cue ball shift knob, an updated splash screen on the 12.3-inch all-LCD instrument cluster, and engraved badging that displays the vehicle’s exclusive chassis number.


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Ford will offer the Mach 1 in eight exterior colors, with plans to bring the car to North American dealerships in the second quarter of 2021. Pricing and other sales information will be released as the launch date nears.


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Unfortunately for the rest of the world, the Mustang Mach 1’s release is limited only to the US and Canada. Pinoy racing aficionados with deep pockets will have to make do with the standard Ford Mustang, priced between P2.86 and 3.72 million.


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