Archive for December, 2009

2011 Mustang GT 5.0 BEAUTY!!

Ok to all the doubters… here it is in full color!

That is one BEAUTIFUL engine!!

I think a 5.0 might be in my ’06 Mustang’s future hehe 🙂

They covered up all the wires with the neato 5.0 cover… NICE.

AND it looks like they are using a different brake fluid reservoir… so maybe no more leaks.. YAY!

Here’s the press release from Ford that details both the engine and other changes that will come in 2011… enjoy!

  • The new Mustang GT continues Ford’s powertrain offensive with an all-new 5.0-liter V-8, which uses advanced technology to deliver 412 horsepower and projected unsurpassed highway mileage of 25 mpg
  • For 2011, Mustang GT adds specially tuned Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS), 11.5-inch front and 11.8-inch rear vented disc brakes, and an enhanced suspension featuring an improved rear lower control arm and stiffened rear stabilizer bushings
  • For enthusiasts, a Brembo brake package, with larger rotors and calipers from the Ford Shelby GT500® Mustang, unique 19-inch wheels and summer performance tires, is offered; new fender badges herald return of the 5.0-liter engine

The 5.0 is back! The 2011 Ford Mustang GT arrives with an all-new advanced 5.0-liter V-8 engine, developed by a passionate cadre of enthusiastic engineers who rallied around the common goal of delivering more than 400 horsepower.

The modern 5.0-liter four-valve Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) V-8 engine in the new Mustang GT will deliver 412 horsepower and 390 ft.-lb. of torque. At the same time, fuel economy is projected to be better than the previous model and unsurpassed in the segment.

“This all-new 5.0-liter engine is the next chapter in the development of the world-class Mustang powertrain portfolio,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “It’s a thoroughly modern engine for the times, delivering the performance and fun-to-drive factor that enthusiasts want, while improving fuel economy.”

Coyote in the lobby
Many of the engineers on the development team have worked in the Engine and Electrical Engineering Building on the Dearborn, Mich., product development center campus. For years they walked past the original 5.0-liter V-8 Coyote Indy racing engine on display in the lobby, continually inspired by its mix of heritage, high technology and horsepower.

The powertrain development community had long wanted to develop a new 5.0-liter powertrain, with strategic discussions beginning in 2000. By 2007, the Mustang competitive landscape was beginning to change, a sign that the time was right for advancing the Mustang GT powertrain to world-class levels.

The team began 5.0-liter engine development with the objective of delivering 400-plus horsepower, on a timetable accelerated by 12 months without compromises in reliability, durability, fuel economy, or noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) control.

“Nearly all of the team members have worked on other high-profile powertrain programs,” said V-8 Engine Programs Manager Mike Harrison. “They all had a clear vision of the work required on their particular component or subsystem. Their passion for engines, racing and delivering every last ounce of performance throughout the engine speed range really demonstrated that they put their heads and their hearts into this powertrain.”

Development test engines and benchmarks included 5.0-liter blocks, employing different bore and stroke measurements, GT500 four-valve-per-cylinder heads and cams, various intake manifold runner configurations, differing compression ratios and a deep-sump oil pan. The team also evaluated Ford Racing’s 5.0-liter “Cammer” V-8 crate engine for transferable best practices.

Extensive computer-aided engineering (CAE) modeling, development engine experimentation and evaluation in combination with intricate machine work brought this promising, all-new configuration to jaw-dropping life in an accelerated time frame.

The result of this development is an “and” solution, not an “or.” 2011 Mustang buyers will enjoy the benefits of a powerful engine as well as responsible fuel economy.

A critical element in the 5.0-liter V-8’s ability to deliver 412 horsepower, with improved drivability, tractability and fuel economy over the 2010 Mustang GT powertrain, is enhanced Ti-VCT.

For a high-performance application, the team specified cam-torque-actuated variable camshaft timing. Using existing cam torque energy, with assistance from pressurized oil, meant that minimal upgrades to the oil pump were required, resulting in less parasitic drag. Increased volumetric and thermal efficiency gives faster Ti-VCT response at all engine speeds.

During the development phase, camshaft lift profile and port optimization started with higher-lift Ford Racing aftermarket units, modified for compatibility with various four-valve-per-cylinder heads. Extensive CAE and dynamometer testing was performed to fine-tune camshaft events and port flow for performance and fuel efficiency in conjunction with the variable camshaft timing.

The resulting all-new aluminum four-valve-per-cylinder heads feature a compact roller finger follower valvetrain layout leaving more room for high-flow ports for free-breathing performance. Head structure was designed to support higher cylinder head pressures and cross-flow cooling for sustained high-rpm use. Head bolt size was increased from 11 to 12 millimeters to contain the higher combustion pressures.

The aluminum block was developed for optimized windage and oil drainback under lateral conditions and high rpm, such as a track-day outing for an enthusiastic owner and driver. Increased main bearing bulkhead widths and nodular iron cross-bolted main bearing caps with upsized bolts were also employed to accommodate the significant performance increase.

An additional element is the increased capacity and baffling of the deep-sump stamped steel oil pan to enable sustained high-rpm use and offer the convenience of 10,000-mile oil change intervals. Piston-cooling jets also were incorporated for performance-minded customers and for faster oil warm-up on cold start.

Specially designed tubular exhaust headers were developed to maximize exhaust pulse separation and improve flow. A team analyst actually fabricated the tubular headers in his home workshop, bringing the CAE design to life.

Performance and fuel economy
The 412 horsepower and 390 ft.-lb. of torque delivered by the 2011 Mustang GT 5.0-liter V-8 represent significant increases versus the 2010 model year output levels.

The six-speed automatic transmission on the 2011 Mustang GT will deliver up to an estimated 25 mpg highway and 17 in the city. This is up from 23 mpg highway and 17 city for the 2010 model. Six-speed manual transmission Mustang GT models for 2011 are projected to deliver 24 mpg highway and 16 city, matching the 2010 model but delivering significantly more horsepower and performance feel.

2011 Mustang GT fuel economy is enabled by the Ti-VCT, the six-speed transmissions in automatic or manual variations, EPAS and an additional rear decklid seal to enhance aerodynamics.

Fuel economy also is aided by engineering a lightweight powertrain. The engine, as shipped, weighs just 430 pounds. This represents a weight savings of more than 20 percent versus the previous 5.0-liter offering. Lower mass can be attributed to the aluminum block and heads, the lightweight composite intake manifold, composite cam covers and hollow camshafts.

Improved driving dynamics
EPAS has made a dramatic contribution to Mustang GT driving dynamics, delivering quicker on-center steering response, increased effort at highway speeds and reduced effort required in low-speed parking maneuvers. EPAS allows specific tuning for the Mustang GT application.

The 2011 Mustang GT features an enhanced rear lower control arm to add stiffness, improve powertrain NVH control and sharpen handling. A stiffened rear stabilizer bar for better on-center steering is also included. Stabilizer bar diameters, spring rates and dampers all have been tuned for improved dynamics.

A Brembo brake package upgrade will be available for serious enthusiasts. This package includes 14-inch vented front discs from the GT500 Mustang, unique 19-inch alloy wheels and summer performance tires.

Added convenience content
For 2011, Mustang GT offers drivers several new convenience technologies, including:

  • Standard message center
  • Integrated blind spot mirrors
  • MyKey™ programmable vehicle key
  • Illuminated visors
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Sun visor storage

New look
From the 5.0 fender badges to the new engine cover, Mustang GT honors and continues the proud heritage of its predecessors. The speedometer increases to 160 mph and the tachometer redline advances from 6,500 to 7,000 rpm.

Three vibrant new colors will be added for 2011 including Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat, Race Red and Ingot Silver.

Improved NVH control and convertible rigidity
For 2011, Mustang GT benefits from across-the-board NVH improvements. These include additional sound-deadening material on either side of the instrument panel, an additional seal between door and rocker panel to reduce wind noise and a real wheel arch liner to reduce noise on gravel or wet surfaces.

Mustang GT convertible models feature enhanced structural rigidity, with lateral stiffness improved by 12 percent versus the 2010 model. A tower-to-tower front strut brace is now standard, and the V-brace has been stiffened by adding gussets. The secondary crossmember also has been stiffened while a front Z-brace has been added, connecting primary and secondary crossmembers. A-pillar stiffening foam also has been added to increase rigidity.

“This powertrain honors Mustang’s heritage by raising the bar on performance while increasing fuel economy,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Powertrain Development. “For enthusiasts, such as the passionate members of the 5.0-liter V-8 team, it’s like having your cake and eating it, too.”


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2010 SuperSnake Vid

Here’s some really cool new shots of the 2010 Super Snake!

Not loving the A-Pillar gauges or the plaque placement but the exterior looks pretty sweet… even the back doesn’t look as bad with parts of it painted… still to big though 🙂

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Next-generation SYNC® system to incorporate in-car WiFi system powered by customer’s USB mobile broadband modem, turning entire car into hot spot.

New capability will be standard on select SYNC-equipped vehicles with no additional hardware or subscriptions required beyond the user-supplied mobile broadband modem.

Standard WiFi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) security protocols will be in force, and only owner-permitted devices will be able to access the network, helping ensure secure, robust connectivity for in-car users Ford Motor Company will turn vehicles into rolling WiFi hot spots when it introduces the second generation of its popular SYNC® in-car connectivity system next year. Inserting an owner’s compatible USB mobile broadband modem – sometimes called an “air card” – into SYNC’s USB port will produce a secure wireless connection that will be broadcast throughout the vehicle, allowing passengers with WiFi-enabled mobile devices to access the Internet anywhere the broadband modem receives connectivity.

“While you’re driving to grandma’s house, your spouse can be finishing the holiday shopping and the kids can be chatting with friends and updating their Facebook profiles,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “And you’re not paying for yet another mobile subscription or piece of hardware because Ford will let you use technology you already have.”

Studies by the Consumer Electronics Association show that as many as 77 million adults make up the so-called technology enthusiast drivers population, more than half of whom express the desire for a connected communications and information system in their vehicles. Even among the general population, more than one third of Americans would be interested in the ability to check email and access Web sites in their vehicles.

Upgradeable and secure The USB port provided by SYNC lets owners leverage a variety of devices, including the mobile broadband modem. And through simple software updates, SYNC can be adapted to connect with the latest devices.

“The speeds with which technology is evolving, particularly on the wireless front, makes obsolescence a real problem,” said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford’s Connected Services Solutions Organization. “We’ve solved that problem by making SYNC work with just about any technology you plug into it. By leveraging a user’s existing hardware, which can be upgraded independent of SYNC, we’ve helped ensure ‘forward compatibility’ with whatever connectivity technology comes next.”

The SYNC WiFi capability is a simple solution for bringing internet into the vehicle, versus competitive systems on the market. Being factory-installed, the hardware is seamlessly integrated into the vehicle, whereas competitor’s systems are dealer-installed and require a bulky bolt-in receiver and transmitter that take up cabin space. Also, competitive systems cost approximately $500 for equipment and installation, not to mention the monthly subscription fee.

“Using SYNC with existing mobile devices helps Ford provide the most value, the most flexibility and the most convenience for owners,” said Fields. “Constant connectivity is becoming a routine part of our customers’ lives, and we’re making existing technology more accessible without adding costs: That’s the kind of value Ford drivers have learned to expect.”

Using the SYNC WiFi system, a signal will be broadcast throughout the vehicle. Default security is set to WiFi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), requiring users to enter a randomly chosen password to connect to the Internet. When SYNC sees a new WiFi device for the first time, the driver must specifically allow that device to connect, preventing unauthorized users from “piggybacking” on the SYNC-provided signal.

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That’s right! I already reported that the 2011 was going to sport the 5.0 liter powerplant… old news to me 😉

BUT now we have a number for the new motor–412HP!!

The bowtie boys Camaro SS carries a 6.2 liter motor that’s rated at 422 horses.

A few more horses for a larger heavier motor.

The Camaro weighs in at 3860 lbs with it’s manual 6 speed (3913 for the auto), vs. the 2010 Mustang GT’s 3533 lbs.

Exciting news for blue oval fans looking to talk some smack to their bowtie bretheren!

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That’s right folks now you too can purchase that superchager, engine, brake, whatever for your car with the all new super duper STEEDA CREDIT CARD!!

Now I know America runs on credit… obviously… since our economy has gone to complete shit we are all well aware of the buzzword… “credit crunch.”

I take a different approach. Now I KNOW this is odd and very strange for some people to grasp. But here’s what I do.

If I want to buy something then I look in my bank account and see if I have enough money for that something… THEN I decide if what that something is, IS something I REALLY want before spending said money.  THEN if I decide that I just have to have the something or NEED the something (Need and Want… a whole other concept) then, if I can AFFORD it (i.e. if I have the money in the bank account) then I BUY it.

I do not “charge” it. I don’t put this and that on my credit card. I KNOW I KNOW very strange of me. But I like to ACTUALLY be able to afford something BEFORE I buy it.

Now the typical American, “they” say is carrying 8k in debt on their credit cards. I’ve read contrary reports that the figure is NOWHERE near that amount and in-fact Americans are far more frugal than many politicians and “they” give them credit for (no pun intended).

But anyway… I just saw this posted and knew I HAD to write about it.

The ridiculous idea that one would NEED a friggin credit card to buy performance parts for their car!

“Sorry honey… can’t buy the groceries this week… I gotta pay that Steeda card bill from that supercharger I bought for my car.”


Ok so anyway… I’m going to post their press release, which I find comical… and then I’ll make notations on the way… ready 🙂


Steeda Autosports provides performance customers this Holiday Season, a very special consumer financing program that provides for easy credit terms and no-interest financing.

(THANK THE LORD!!! We know that there are millions that have waited with bated breath for this moment!!)

Offered through the GE Money Auto Card, this private label credit program, managed by GE Money’s Sale Finance unit, this program offers Steeda Autosports enthusiasts that desire to purchase our high performance products an easy and painstaking free method to finance their performance purchases.

(A “painstaking free method to finance their performance purchases”)

I simply LOVE this line… I mean what’s not to like. It’s painstaking free! WOW! I mean holy shit I’m gonna go finance some damn parts man!! I’ve been waiting to do this for so long… and now I can… and it’s PAINSTAKING FREE REMEMBER!!

Oh except for the fact that you’re gonna get jammed in the ass with finance charges if you’re late on a payment and that “performance part” will wind up costing you another 1/3 the cost by the time you finish paying it off!

Details of this special finance incentive program include:

  • Simple application – only taking minutes to complete


  • 3 or 6 Months No Interest Financing

3 0r 6 YAY!

  • Generous credit lines available

Of course… wanna screw them as much as possible!

  • Emergency Roadside Assistance at no cost for 1 year – Starts from the date the account is opened

Now here is the, what I like to call “wife factor.” This is what the husband will tell the wife about when he talks to her about getting the card.

“Gee honey you know it’s REALLY sensible since it offers free roadside assistance! I mean now I won’t have to worry and you won’t have to worry if we break down!”

Wives… guess what… if you have decent insurance… it usually comes with roadside assistance… and if it doesn’t you can add it for very little cost…. Sorry husbands.

  • No Annual Fee

Well at least they’re not banging you in the buttocks with an annual fee!

In these difficult economic times, this program provides the performance enthusiast a viable option to afford their performance purchases.

This is BY FAR my favorite line. So let me get this straight… in these “difficult economic times” Steeda is going to enable the customer to get even DEEPER in debt by using this card on “performance purchases” that he / she never NEEDED in the first place?


In effect, you can purchase and install the performance parts now, and then defer payment until later.

Umm yeah… you can go deeper into debt than you already are to purchase and install “performance parts” that you never needed in the first place… and GEE you don’t have to pay it until “later” so isn’t that great??

Thanks but no thanks 😉

“We have a proven record of being a leader in the high performance industry – and this new alliance with GE Money is another industry leading benefit for our customers.” said Dario Orlando, President for Steeda Autosports. “Our production based equipped vehicles have won more championships, set more track records and won more races than all our competitors combined. With our 20-year track record and GE’s proven long-standing in the financing industry, our customers have an additional way to build and maintain their high performance Ford vehicles.”
Well I suppose that’s true… they DO have an additional way to get themselves into deeper debt now.

“The GE Money Auto Card helps performance and racing buffs pursue their passion for performance and stay within their budgets,” said Steve Roe, vice president and general manager, Automotive, GE Money – Sales Finance.

UMM I’m sorry but if the “racing buffs” with their “passion for performance” wanted to purchase performance parts that were “within their budgets” they wouldn’t NEED your damn card would they???

Wouldn’t they be able to just buy the parts if it was “within their budgets???”

I MUST be missing something here!


Ok so that’s my little disection of the super duper cool Steeda Credit Card.

How did this credit crisis and economy go to shit in the first place?? OH YEAH, That’s right, it was lenders lending money to people who couldn’t afford the loan…. “subprime mortgages” anyone??

I love the banking industry. HEY US Govt. Why not give them a few more billion to line their greedy coffers!

I’m done… and good luck to anyone who simply must have their performance parts they can’t afford today… Steeda has you covered!

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Thought this was pretty funny Happy Holidays!


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