700bhp supercharged Ford Mustang takes to Goodwood hill climb

700bhp supercharged Ford Mustang takes to Goodwood hill climb

Extreme take on Ford’s muscle car features Spitfire-inspired RAF livery dedicated to US war volunteers

Ford Performance has produced a highly potent supercharged Mustang that it has demonstrated at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, dressed in unique Royal Air Force livery.

The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT, which produces 700bhp and 610lb ft from an uprated 5.0-litre V8, is dedicated to American pilots who voluntarily served in the RAF during World War II before the US had officially joined the conflict. Gearshifts are put through a Ford Performance short shifter attached to a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox.

It has been co-developed with American competition car specialist RTR Vehicles and features an RTR carbonfibre wide-body kit, as well as an uprated suspension set-up. A gear knob fashioned from the metal of an F-35 Lightning features on the inside, with custom leather upholstery and a Spitfire aluminium engraved badge signifying the car’s importance.

2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed preview

The Duke of Richmond and Gordon, the Goodwood Festival’s founder, said: “Goodwood’s RAF Westhampnett hosted US air force squadrons [during World War II], so it is completely appropriate to have the car here in this, our silver jubilee year, while the RAF celebrates its centenary.”

Following the car’s first public outing at Goodwood, it will head to an aircraft fundraiser event in Wisconsin, US. The car will be auctioned off to raise money for youth education programmes in the region.

Ford’s one-off Mustang arrives soon after another special-edition version was announced for sale. The Mustang Bullitt, inspired by the original Mustang featured in the famous Steve McQueen film, is due on roads in Britain in September and uses a 475bhp V8.

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Source: Autocar Online

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