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Father’s Day is today, and if you’re still scratching your head looking for a last minute gift, you may want to consider starting a restoration project with your ‘ol man.
When the Mustang celebrated its 25th birthday, Ford absent-mindedly seemed to had ignored the date. The American automaker didn’t create a special edition model to commemorate 25 years of domestic performance, so Steve Saleen took matters into his own hands by creating 895 limited edition Mustang SSCs.
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Today’s cars all seem to be focused on delivering fun driving experience that’s still friendly on gas. Those two elements are often an important factor in a car purchase, but sometimes you just want to feral thrill of a big, loud engine.
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One of the most wonderful sensations come when you command a whole handful of power just with the flexing of your right foot. Horsepower is an intoxicating element when it comes to driving, but that doesn’t mean that it’s saved for the most expensive vehicles out there.
The Ford Mustang is an American Icon that has survived the test of time and will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2014. The Ford pony car has accrued car lovers admiration and a whole fleet of loyal enthusiasts over the years, who will all come together from April 16-20 of 2014 to celebrate Mustang.
The Mustang was championed by automotive industry legend Lee Iacocca, who had to fight Henry Ford II to get the car into production. Once launched, the Mustang was an instant success, even lending its name to an expression, “the Mustang generation” that represented being young and hip. Not much has changed in 50 years it seems, as the next generation Mustang will arrive in 2014 with new sleeker styling to once again target the youth and young adults with Mustang.
Mustang club of America will be hosting the celebrations in 2014 at two locations; Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV and Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Both events will happen simultaneously so that Mustang owners can celebrate their beloved cars all at the same time.
Mustang Club is also organizing “Pony Trail” convoys which will have owners joining together and cruising down the highway together in their ‘Stangs to the event.
One of the few cars across the world that guys want to drive and girls want to ride in, the Ford Mustang, will finally get its just distribution as the automaker moves to sell it globally.
When the ball drops in Times Square and calendars turn over to 2015 there will be a shot (or exhaust note as it were) heard round the world. Ford’s move comes in commemoration of the iconic pony car’s 50th anniversary. Yes, we’re having a hard time believing it’s been that long too.
Part of the problem with selling the Mustang in a global market is adjusting it to allow for both right- and left-hand drive configurations. That issue managed, for the most part, to keep the car out of markets like Australia, the U.K. and Japan.
When it goes on sale this month, the package won’t beat the legendary Shelby GT500, but it will boosts performance to 565 hp and 505 lb-ft of torque — well beyond the Boss 302.
Stacking the Mustang up to that level is no easy task. Roush achieves the venerable feat by installing a supercharger capable of high speeds to deliver significantly increased power.
Fans of the original Transformers movie now have the opportunity to own the original Barricade Saleen Ford Mustang from the 2007 Hollywood blockbuster.
But that’s not all. The eBay auction is throwing in a “two for one deal” with a 2006 Ford Mustang GT designed to be like Bumblebee…except it’s not a Chevy Camaro. With the starting bid at $105,000 though, it’s not exactly a two for one. But given that the infamous “To Punish and Enslave” Barricade Mustang sold for $100,000 to Jim Ortte (who is selling it now) some could see the Bumblebee-themed GT as an added bonus.
Barricade was originally designed by Hasbro for Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg for the original Transformers movie, starting life off as a base 2005 Mustang GT before Steve Saleen converted it to a 2008 prototype. It is recognized by Saleen as one of the only non-serial numbered Saleen vehicles. This Barricade was one of three built for the movie and is known as camera car number 2.
Originally titled to Saleen himself, Barricade features a Jet Black exterior with Pearl White doors and is powered by a Saleen V8 engine mated to a five-speed transmission. On the outside is a Full Extreme body kit, 20-inch black Saleen wheels, carbon fiber lip and rear diffuser, Saleen gauge package, competition brakes and suspension, full Police LED light bar, front and rear strobes, specially-designed push bumper, Decepticon police badges, reflective police and 911 decals, Wilwood stunt brake line-lock kit, driver-side camera mount, underhood camera mount, and more.
The second vehicle is a custom 2006 Ford Mustang GT with a 4.6L V8 mated to an automatic transmission. It features 18-inch wheels, GPS, Yellow and Black stripes, yellow engine highlights, LED halo headlights, LED taillights, and other styling accessories.
Barricade can actually be driven so long as the included set of magnets are used to cover up the Police signage. The owner claims that Barricade functioned as a small business for him, being paid for many public appearances.
Offers are being accepted for either vehicle, or both.
GALLERY: Transformers Ford Mustangs
Back in May 2007, Steve Saleen officially retired, but it was a short one. Less than a year later in March 2008, he found SMS Supercars and began launching his line of new vehicles.
For a while, Saleen, Inc. and SMS Supercars co-existed with no real issues – other than confusing the general public a tad – but when Saleen was sold to MJ Acquisitions in February 2009, Steve stepped in stating that the new owners didn’t have the right to use the Saleen name or brand. A few months later, Steve Saleen filed a lawsuit against them. It appears Steve Saleen has won that lawsuit or a settlement has been made.
Last year in March, Saleen Performance Vehicles announced it would stop producing Mustangs and focus on its parts line. But now Steve Saleen has reacquired the rights to use the Saleen name and SMS Supercars will be rebranded as Saleen with new vehicles being produced starting with the 2013 model year.
The SMS Super Cars website has already been rebranded with the Saleen logo.
[Source: Mustangs Daily]
A pioneer in modern cinema, director Peter Yates received critical acclaim for the camera work and editing done for the car chase in the 1968 movie Bullitt.
Starring Steve McQueen, the Ford Mustang, the Dodge Charger, as well as the hilly streets of San Francisco as the backdrop for the chase, Columbia University professor Emanuel Levy praised, “Bullitt contains one of the most exciting car chases in film history, a sequence that revolutionized Hollywood’s standards.”
Since then, many filmmakers have used Bullitt as a benchmark, applying its techniques to produce car chase sequences of their own. However, no director has attempted to re-create the complete Bullitt sequence again – until now.
For the season finale of Alcatraz, Detective Madsen stops and requisitions a Deep Impact Blue 2013 Mustang GT coupe and chases down a black Dodge Charger that is driven by her convict grandfather. Symmetry to the original Bullitt play throughout the chase, including scenes of the Mustang’s appearance in the Charger’s rearview mirror, the driver in the black Charger clipping the seatbelt, the iconic reverse burnout, the hill hops, as well as the old Volkswagen Beetle that makes multiple and non-linear appearances.
Check out the entire chase sequence from the season finale of Alcatraz below. Continue Reading…
While Apple successfully continues to campaign a clean and subtle design for all of their products, and Google embraces the open-source world, it seems like Microsoft is a bit lost. Outside of its Kinect and Xbox 360 video game system, the once tech giant has become an afterthought in most people’s minds.
But in the past couple of years, the company has been working hard to change that image. Its new Windows Phone 7 can’t officially be declared a bust yet, and their upcoming Windows 8 is supposed to revolutionize how we use a PC. In an attempt to be hip and to show off all its new technology, Microsoft teamed up with West Coast Customs to build a 2012 Ford Mustang that it calls the MicroStang.
While the general public will find the Mustang to be cool, we feel like it’s just further proof how far Microsoft is missing the mark when it comes to their products and marketing them to the right demographic.
Now this isn’t the West Coast Custom’s worst creation, but it definitely isn’t the best. The team took a 2012 Mustang and retrofitted a 1967 fastback replica front-end, made it matte black and proceeded to plaster it with Microsoft gadgets inside and out. Built in Wi-Fi, heads-up displays with augmented reality on the windshield, Kinect sensors in the front and rear of the car, and a Windows 8 touchscreen tablet are just some of the goods WCC put into the Micro-Stang.
Of course the ‘Stang has Ford SYNC which is developed by Microsoft, an Xbox 360, and a rear windshield projector screen. The finishing touch was their Windows Phone integration which allows users to locate, unlock, and start the car from a Windows Phone app. Oh yeah, you can play police officer too by talking into the phone and having your voice emit to the outside world from the car.
Microsoft plans on touring the vehicle around hoping to entice developers to look closer into its new products. It’s probably one way to go about it, but we don’t think it’s the right way.
Watch a video after the break sneak previewing the TV episode that will show the build.
GALLERY: 2012 Ford MicroStang
[Source: The Verge]
Lost fans might be a little disappointed in the new Alcatraz TV show, but it appears that the season finale will have a lot more excitement to it.
Back in 1968, the movie Bullitt featured Steve McQueen in an infamous chase scene piloting a Ford Mustang. Arguably the most iconic car chase scene in film history, many have used it as the benchmark for directing and producing their own chase scenes in movies and television shows. Now, Alcatraz will take its best stab at it, starrting a 2013 Mustang.
The show was recently caught filming on the streets of San Francisco, Calif. with stunt driver Jack Gill admitting that they’re doing their best job to not only “recreate every single shot,” but to also add their own twist to it with “a lot of sliding around the corners, a lot of getting close to things.” Even better, director Jack Bender said they filmed some of the scenes on the same streets as the chase in Bullitt.
The season finale of Alcatraz with the chase scene will air on March 26.
[Source: Mustangs Daily]