Ford Racing beefs up the 2013 Ford Mustang GT
When we first met the 2013 Ford Racing Mustang GT project car, it was perched precariously on its side at the 2011 Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Orlando. Interestingly, when this Gotta Have It Green 2013 Ford Mustang GT debuted at PRI, it appeared to have already been packed of Ford Racing goodies but that is the case with almost any vehicle on display at a performance show. Because of that, many passed this heavily modified Mustang GT as ‘just another show car’ but it turns out that this is actually Ford’s newest high performance project. Best of all, since literally everything on the car comes from the Ford Racing catalog – any new Mustang GT owner can build this beast right at home.
Ford Racing started with a 2013 Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe powered by the revamped 5.0L V8 – packing 420 stock horsepower and 390lb-ft of torque (also in stock form) – but this Mustang GT is far from stock. To enhance the performance, Ford Racing has added their own street legal supercharger package featuring a 2.3L Whipple supercharger unit, a Ford Racing aluminum radiator kit, Ford Racing quad outlet exhaust (a similar setup to what is found on the Boss 302 with both side and rear exit exhaust) and an engine oil cooler. The folks from Ford Racing haven’t stated just how much power they are making with this project car but the Ford Racing/Whipple 2.3L supercharger package alone is good for 624 horsepower – so we can guess that right around 625 is a good estimate as to the kind of horsepower being made…if not more. This power is channeled through a 6-speed manual transmission featuring the cooling air scoop from the Boss 302 and out back, there is a set of 3.73 gears set in a heavy duty 8.8” Ford reared, helping to make the most of all of that power.
On the outside, the Ford Racing project car begins with that gorgeous Gotta Have It Green paint code that has been introduced for the 2013 Ford Mustang, adding the gloss black 19” wheels from the Mustang Track Pack wrapped in high performance Pirelli tires and the adjustable front splitter from the Boss 302 Laguna Seca package. Inside, this 2013 Mustang GT features all of the gadgets and goodies that you can get on a fully loaded GT Premium Coupe, including a Sync activated entertainment system with a large touch screen, the 4.2” message screen in the gauge cluster, leather seating and a high performance Shaker 500 sound system.