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My 2006 Supercharged Mustang GT

I recently read a post on The Mustang Source from a member that felt he was “short changed” because the 2011 Mustang GT will offer a 5.0 liter engine that produces over 400 hp.

His reason being that the current mustang and the 2005-2009 Mustangs all share the same 4.6 liter power plant that produces 300 hp and about 315hp (for the 2011) respectively.

Now lets look at this for a moment.

Time moves forward, technology gets better, so it’s safe to assume that the “newer” product, whatever that may be, will be “better.”

It’s expected and rightly so.

But here’s a thought for any of you out there that own a current Mustang or 05-09 Mustang.

Chevy and Dodge are cranking out muscle cars now with over 400hp but lets not forget that when the 2005 Mustang GT came out there was NOTHING from the Chevy world or Dodge world that came close to the performance or looks of the ’05.

In fact there was NO muscle car offering from anyone BUT Ford.

Let’s be honest, the very reason Chevy owners have the option to buy a Camaro is BECAUSE of the 2005 Mustang’s success, and the same is true for any of you Dodge owners driving a new Challenger.

So if anything, not only do I not feel shortchanged… I feel like I contributed to part of history.

Without the Mustang’s success there would be no current muscle car war. My purchase of my 2006 Mustang GT helped push forward the offerings from Chevy and Dodge.

And now Chevy and Dodge have produced muscle cars that offer more horsepower than the Mustang GT so Ford is firing back with a new power plant and more horsepower.

Things are now as they SHOULD BE. Competition is a beautiful thing and I for one can’t wait for the new Mustang. Will I own one? No. But it’s going to  be a monster of a machine and it will help to further the muscle car resurgence that we are now enjoying.

Thank you Ford, Chevy, and Dodge for creating these amazing machines.

Oh and anyone who’s a Chevy or Dodge owner driving around in your new Camaro or Challenger, feel free to thank me next time you see me , I’ll be the guy in the 2006 Gray Mustang with a silver stripe down the center 😉

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Well the 2011 GT500 order sheet is out and it shows the 5.4 liter ALUMINUM block for that model year plus some other goodies like electronic steering assist (no more power sapping from the power steering) and some SWEET looking wheels.

Oh and for those that would like to see up without opting for a ragtop the 2011 will have an optional glass roof!

So to everyone who said, “Oh how do you know it’s going to have an aluminum block blah blah blabetty FCKN BLAH!” You can kiss me squarly where the sun don’t shine 😉

That’s two stories that were confirmed here MONTHS ago that had many doubters and were true… so again kiss my beehind. (the second story was the 5.0 liter engine coming for the 2011 GT)

Check out the order sheet here: 2011 GT500 Order Sheet

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Funniest Commercial Ever

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Griggs racing, the maker of aftermarket suspensions for the Mustang from 1964 – 2010 has filed for Chapter 11.

A release from Bruce Griggs is as follows:

Griggs Racing entered into a Chapter 11 proceeding on December 1st 2009 due to unfortunate circumstances regarding our new leasehold. Repeated delays of completion of the new facilities resulted in our getting behind in production and fulfillment and efforts to remedy the situation through negotiation were unsuccessful, therefore we entered into a Chapter 11 to protect both our assets and creditors while we reorganize our expansion plans. We recognize that hearing of such action by any business can create uncertainty in the customer base. Our customer’s should not be alarmed. We have no intention of going out of business.

All businesses run into difficulties at times and Griggs Racing is no different. We are enjoying our 31st year of operation under the same management, and 17 years of Mustang exclusively. In the past, we have had to overcome far more difficult problems. This problem will be overcome as well. Since the delays regarding our facility have mostly been resolved, we have rapidly returned to full production speed and business goes on as usual while inventory levels are improving. Lead times are diminishing and in the end, our customers and creditors should both benefit from this action. New products are on the horizon.

So please be assured, your Griggs Racing suspension order is safe, and will be filled as soon as possible. Barring unforeseen overwhelming occurrences, both products and services will be available far into the future. If you have any further questions regarding this endeavor, feel free to contact me directly at 707-939-2244 ext 202.

Bruce Griggs.

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This economy has not been nice to many of us these last couple years. My wife just lost her job of 10 years a couple months ago so I think we’re all feeling the impact of the greed and unchecked risks taken by Wall Street with our country’s future.

I sincerely wish the Griggs team all the best and hope that they will recover from these hard times… as well as anyone else out there who has felt the effect of our damaged economy.

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  • The new 2011 Mustang GT, powered by the all-new 412-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8, will serve as the pace car for this year’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 14.
  • This will mark the first time in 40 years that a Ford has served as the pace car for ‘The Great American Race,’ with the last time being in 1970 when a Ford Torino GT convertible did the honors. It is Mustang’s first time as pace car for the Daytona 500.
  • Fifty special pace car editions of the 2011 Mustang GT will be built and sold to the public.
  • The actual Race Red Mustang will be auctioned at the 39th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction on Jan. 23, with the help of Richard Petty, the newest member of the Ford Racing family.

For the first time ever, American’s favorite muscle car will pace ‘The Great American Race.’

For the first time in 40 years, a Ford Motor Company car will be pacing the field for the NASCAR season-opening Daytona 500 when the 2011 Mustang GT, powered by the all-new 5.0-liter V-8 engine, officially starts the race on Feb. 14 at Daytona International Speedway.

“Having the opportunity to pace America’s biggest auto race with a Ford icon like the 2011 Mustang GT is truly an honor,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford North America Motorsports. “And to have the new 5.0-liter engine powering the car will be a great way to demonstrate its power and class-leading fuel economy.”

This latest version of Ford’s legendary muscle car will be a Race Red glass roof coupe with an all-new 5.0-liter V-8 engine capable of producing 412 horsepower, while delivering a class-leading 25 mpg on the highway.

The one-of-a-kind model will feature a special Daytona 500 paint scheme, Ford Racing suspension, strut tower brace and mufflers, unique painted wheels, and special interior treatment, including specially branded lit sill plates.

The 2011 Mustang GT Daytona 500 Pace Car model is one of only 50 special editions that will be built and sold to the public.

“Everybody loves Mustang,” Allison continued. “That was evident last year from the fan reaction when we announced it was going to be our new model in the NASCAR Nationwide Series starting later this year. This is just another way to showcase a true American icon in its most natural environment.”

The last time a Ford served as pace car for the Daytona 500 was 1970 when a Ford Torino GT convertible led the field to the green flag.

And while Mustang may be a rookie when it comes to pacing the Daytona 500, its 45-year history is firmly entrenched in racing and winning championships. Mustang captured championships last year in the Grand-Am KONI and SCCA SPEED World Challenge, in addition to leading Robert Hight to his first NHRA Funny Car championship.

Another element that makes this year’s pace car even more unique is that it will be auctioned off for charity before the actual race. Later this week (Jan. 23), the Mustang GT Daytona 500 Pace Car will be offered at the annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction, which is taking place in Scottsdale, Ariz. Seven-time Daytona 500 champion Richard Petty, the newest member of the Ford Racing family, will be on site to help hand over the car to the winning bidder.

All proceeds over the manufacturer’s suggested retail price from the pace car auction will go to help cure childhood diabetes through a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Shelby’s New GT350!

  • Shelby American brings back the Shelby GT350 on 45th anniversary of car’s introduction
  • The Shelby is supercharged and enhanced in every way
  • The car was introduced during the Barrett-Jackson Opening Night Gala in Scottsdale

Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., will fulfill the dreams of enthusiasts by returning the legendary Shelby GT350 to its lineup of American performance cars. The Shelby team unveiled a supercharged concept version of the Mustang-based 2011 Shelby GT350 to the surprise of thousands gathered at the Barrett-Jackson Auction Opening Night Gala to honor the 45th anniversary of the first GT350 and first Shelby big block Cobra.

“In 1964, Ford Motor Company asked Shelby American to turn their secretary’s car into a race winner to help them sell Mustangs,” said Carroll Shelby, founder of Shelby American. “Our Shelby GT350 ruled its class at the track and was feared by GM and Chrysler owners on the street. Enthusiasts have anticipated the GT350’s return since it went out of production in 1970. Now my band of hot rodders has created a car worthy of the name.”

The concept behind the GT350 was to build a car that is light, nimble and powerful. Beginning with the “small block” 5.0 liter Ford Mustang GT as its base, the Shelby American team worked with experts from Ford Racing, Goodyear, Borla, Cragar and Baer to create a car that is fast and has razor sharp handling. Every segment of the car is enhanced or replaced to create the ultimate balanced performance pony car that is true to the spirit of the 1965-1970 MY Shelby GT350.

“The 2011 GT350 balances heritage with modern necessity,” said Shelby American president Amy Boylan. “Former Hot Wheels and Ford designer Larry Wood joined Vince LaViolette, Walter Cardenas, Andrew Smidt and the rest of our Las Vegas team to help integrate 1965-1970 Shelby styling cues with modern aerodynamics. We worked with Ford Racing to supercharge the engine with a goal of 500 horsepower, as well as to sharpen the handling. Baer Brakes helped engineer the fantastic brakes and we shod the GT350 with 19″ modern Cragar wheels and super sticky Goodyear tires. This Shelby is truly a complete performance package.”

“Since this was one of the most important cars in Shelby’s history, everyone stepped up to make sure it meets Carroll’s performance standards,” added Gary Davis, vice president of production for Shelby American. “After it was hand built in our new design studio, it began extensive testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by veteran test drivers Vince LaViolett and Gary Patterson. We’re all proud to be part of this milestone Shelby car.”

Each GT350 will be clad in traditional white with Shelby Guardsman blue Le Mans stripes and feature the new Ford V8 coupled to a 6 speed manual transmission and center exit exhaust. Blue Shelby GT350 valve covers and billet caps set off the supercharged engine. The Baer brake system features 6 piston kit in the front, as well as 14″ ERADISPEED rotors in the rear with cooling ducts for all four corners.

The suspension was upgraded with new Ford Racing springs, struts, sway bars and adjustable caster/camber plates. The car also receives a new front fascia, tail light trim, front splitter, rear deck lid filler panel and rear fascia. Functional scoops are located on the side rockers and hood. GT350 badges on the outside and inside include a Shelby serial number. The A pillar carries a fuel pressure, oil pressure and boost gauge.

The Shelby GT350 is a post title program; a customer purchases a car from their local Ford Dealer, which is turned into a GT350 by the Shelby American Team. A limited number will be built in the 2011 model year. A Ford Mustang GT can be dropped shipped by a Ford dealer to Shelby’s Las Vegas facility for conversion or a customer can arrange to have a properly specified car transported to the factory. The Shelby GT350 up-fit completed by Shelby American has a MSRP of $33,995 and does not include the price of the base car.

Customers interested in a Shelby GT350 should log onto GT350.ShelbyAmerican.com.

They even made the rear look decent!

Not Crazy about the A-Pillar gauges

That Blower SURE is pretty!

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5.0 Quick Video

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