This 1990 Ford Mustang Has a Taste for the Track
Imagine a place where American performance cars roam free. Where Ford Mustangs assail Camaros, Firebirds, and a slew of other American icons on track—absent of all sports cars, foreign makes, and track-day single seaters. Think that place doesn’t exist? It does, and it’s called the American Iron Series, which opens its arms to front-engine, rear-wheel drive, American pony and muscle cars from 1960 to present day. Though other restrictions exist, the venerable Ford Mustang sticks out as the clear favorite of the racing series, and this track-tuned 1990 Ford Mustang—currently listed on eBay—is a prime example of what you can expect to face if you plan on hitting the track. RELATED: The Long-Lost Boss 302 Mustang Concept Has Been Found
The hulking, lowered Fox-body sports a variety of track-tastic suspension upgrades, helping to keep its ‘Stang solid-axle rear ahead of the also-popular Chevy Camaros. Underneath the body lies new control arms, sway bars, as well as coilover shocks at all corners. Griggs Racing brakes find a new home behind 18-inch Fikse lightweight wheels, shod in grippy racing rubber.
Flip up the fiberglass hood and you’ll find a built Ford Racing 5.0-liter V8, which packs new pushrods, pistons, a forged crankshaft, Edelbrock aluminum heads, Holley Systemax intake, and long-tube exhaust headers, along with a laundry list of other racy internals. The end result? It all adds up to an estimated 400 horsepower, which is put to the ground through a Tremec T56 six-speed gearbox and Torsen limited-slip differential.
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Inside, the Mustang melds its stock interior with substantial race-prepping, without looking too “stripped out” like many racers do. A roll cage now encloses a pair of Recaro racing seats, equipped with five-point harnesses, and the stock dashboard now boasts an always-stylish Momo steering wheel and data logger.
There are umpteen different ways to go racing these days, but few may be cooler or more affordable than a sinister American pony car in a field of American Iron heavy-hitters.
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