The Ford Mustang was conceived as a "working man's Thunderbird", according to the engineers at Ford. A sporty ride that the every-man could own. Fast forward fifty plus years into the future, and Ford's dreamers have made that into a robust reality, with nearly nine million Mustangs sold to date.
And that number keeps growing substantially, having been in uninterrupted production since it's inception.
When the Mustang was first sold back in 1964, there was no such thing as a "pony car" or anything about a "sports" class. The Ford Mustang was introduced and iconized a whole new class of automobile, drawing the likes of the Pontiac Firebird, Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro, and the Plymouth Barracuda. The Mustang even brought back excitement and renovation to the Challenger and Camaro in the 2000's with the "retro" look of the 2005 Mustang. Quite the revolutionary vehicle over the past fifty years!
The Mustang has also inspired the need for speed in racing events across the world, making a first appearance as a pace car for the 1964 Indy 500. This, with the sporty lines of the pony car and increasing power under the hood led to many events such as drag racing and the National Hot Rod Associations' own events, NASCAR, and drifting at the Formula Drift and D1 Grand Prix series.
This weekend, however, the Mustang has stirred the car enthusiasts with Strictly Stangs to host their annual one-night car show—MAD Mustangs After Dark right here at Raceway Ford. A small community event which started out in 2009, Mustangs After Dark has developed into a full-on Mustang event, with estimation of over 100 Mustangs in the club, and over 600 aficionados at the event alone! This has become a traditional Southern California event which gathers Mustangs from all over California and the outlying states.
MAD Mustangs After Dark and Strictly Stangs congregate all types of the steel equine. From your entry-level, to the BOSS 302, down to the GT350 Shelby and Bullitt and ROUSH, it’s all going to be here at Raceway Ford. Food and drinks and even a raffle or two. Don’t miss out on the biggest Ford pony show of the Inland Empire!
This is the first year the Mustang has been offered to buyers in over 100 markets around the world - including those where [we - ed] have the temerity drive on the left side of the road.
The addition of RHD models allows exports to over 25 markets including the UK, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Cyprus, Malta and a smattering of Caribbean islands. Ford did RHD Explorer and Taurus models for some of these markets in the mid-90s but sales did not meet expectations and the RHD models were dropped. This time around, the Edge SUV is also being made with RHD."
The annual Detroit Auto Show, or as it is now know around the world The North American International Auto Show, never fails to open the year with automotive excitement and this year the spot light is shinning on the Blue Oval. Over the last week the floor plan for the show was revealed and in the Ford display area were designated spots for display vehicles codenamed ‘Hummingbird’ and ‘Phoenix’ which fueled the rumor mill to full output! We will get to what those had to reveal in a moment, first we want to get you the details as we know them for the third reveal of the first day of the show; the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor!
Building on the reputation of the most powerful and capable four wheel drive pickup ever factory produced, the next generation Raptor takes serious off- roading to the next level entirely! In addition to the all aluminum construction of the new truck making it lighter than the awesome truck it replaces the 2017 Raptor will get its power from a twin turbo 3.5L EcoBoost that will develop more horsepower and torque than the monster 6.2L in the 2014 if you can believe it! Power will reach the wheels through an all new 10-Speed automatic transmission and Raptor pilots will have SIX driving modes to ensure that power is used to its fullest! New driving modes include; Normal (everyday stuff), Street (spirited hi-performance driving), Weather (for inclement conditions), Mud/Sand (for typical off road stuff), Baja (when a high speed desert run is needed) and Rock (for the crawling opportunities)! Larger Fox Racing Shox with greater travel, tuned high flow dual exhaust and a bigger stronger transfer case are just a few more dream items on the massive list of improvements for this new beast!
Now, for the mystery of the Hummingbird…. This morning the cover was pulled off of the most powerful, track-ready Mustang ever built by Ford, the 2016 Mustang GT350R. And yes, the R stands for Ridiculously Awesome! From the all new and all amazing “19 CARBON FIBER wheels at each corner to the (now lower) roof this Pony is pure adrenaline top to bottom! Reworking the car for aerodynamic improvement the put the headlights at an inch lower than a stock Mustang and that’s not all! Out back there is a huge rear spoiler, also carbon fiber, which will help keep the hind quarters firmly land locked and help keep those massive tires gripping the tarmac! Maintaining traction was at the fore front of the Ford Performance Team because they knew it would be near impossible to harness the ponies that will be produced by the all new, first ever for Ford, flat plane crankshaft 5.2L V8 under the hood! Rumors have been flying and no firm numbers are available yet however its very safe to say that horsepower will be well above 500 and torque will be simply monstrous! At every point the eye focuses there is pure performance. On the outside there is a new rear diffuser and a multitude of new vents. Air coolers for engine oil and the 6-Speed manual transmission will keep the high revving action well lubricated and power will applied to the wide rears by a 3.73 ratio, limited slip Torsen rear axle. Set to go on sales later this year as a 2016 model racers and enthusiasts around the country have already made bee lines for their nearest dealerships to get their names on the waiting list!
And finally, the biggest news of the show, if not the year as a whole….. This morning Ford announced the return of an American built, world class supercar; the Ford GT! 2016 will be the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans and to honor that momentous occasion will be no less than the most advanced Ford supercar ever; the Ford GT featuring the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower! Dreamed up by a passionate group of dedicated Ford Performance believers and then built with the specific intention of hunting Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and McLarens the Ford GT sets the new standard for the term Supercar. Built around a carbon fibers driver cell with aluminum front and rear sub-frames that have been encapsulated in structural carbon fiber body panels the GT promises an incredible on track driving experience with world class performance. From the huge ceramic disc brakes at each corner to the tear drop shaped, fighter aircraft inspires fuselage with enhanced visibility curved windshield, every aspect of the Ford GT screams ‘Full Bore Adrenaline Fueled Track Domination”! As it was meant to….
Full details will be coming soon on all three new additions to the Ford Performance line up and you can see more pics of the gorgeous GT HERE, read more on the GT350R HERE and the Raptor HERE. As always Ford fans, stay tuned here for the latest breaking news!
Did you know that your car has a DOB? In this case DOB stands for ‘Date of Build’ but none the less it’s the date that your car, and every car, goes from being a number on an order to an actual vehicle on the production line. While finding out the DOB of the car in your driveway may take a few minutes of Google searching, the actual day that the new Ford you have your eye on was built is easy to find. Take for example the 2015 Mustang with VIN # 1FA6P8CF8F5302934 that is heading toward our store here in Riverside right now… at the top of the window sticker you see below is a numeric code; 120140826. As you have probably already figured out once you looked at it, the code is fairly simple to break! The year of build is 2014, month of production is August and this Pony’s actual production date is the 26th! Just a handy little fun tip to keep in mind the next time you are on the lot looking at a new Ford, you can show your salesperson that you know more than the average car shopper!
Like many thousands of Pony fans around the world we were incredibly excited to see the Internet explode with the headlines that the 2015 Mustang production had started at the Flat Rock plant! As we anxiously scanned all the automotive news sites for info we noticed the picture below in many posts and suddenly remembered that our first, non customer ordered, Mustang is in fact a Competition Orange GT coupe like the one being assembled here… could this Pony be destined for Raceway Ford? We sure hope so that’s for sure!!! Stay tuned Ford Fans, it will be here in a matter of days and if you want to know the specs on it you can find them HERE.
Famous horses have been featured in works of art for since the dawn of time, in the days of old a prize stallion would be immortalized in oil and the canvas hung proudly above its owners mantle for all to admire. Today your prize pony can also be immortalized and hung for admiration with an original print from the ‘Automotive Michelangelo’ himself, Mr Danny Whitfield. For a limited time with the purchase of a new Ford Mustang from Raceway Ford in Riverside, CA, you will receive a framed print signed by the artist of your new car purchased for you by our own Mustang Man, Mike theCarGuy. Imagine having your co-workers admiration of your new Mustang when they see it hanging on your office wall or your friends and family being able to see your prized stallion as it hangs prominently on a wall in your home! The remaining 2014 Mustangs are moving briskly so time is critical, if you have your sights on a new Pony the time is now, and when you buy your new car you will get one to hang on the wall too!
About the Artist:
From the DannyWhitfield.com website…
“Danny Whitfield was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, “Auto Capital of the World, He brought his vision of art and cars to the fore front and has been the key artist in making automotive art a respected form in the industry. Whitfield has a magical ability to bring out the beauty of an automobile and expression vividly onto canvas. He has the ability to paint and draw and does many forms of art from scenic, architectural, to portrait images. However his affinity and love for automobile is his first love. Ever since he was five years old he’s been drawing cars. This is his passion! After attending Center of Creative College in Detroit and Macomb County College in Warren Michigan, He began his career working for the Ford Motor Company, and many other Auto motive design firms as an Artist, Stylist, Designer and Illustrator. Whitfield gained much experience and enjoyed his time greatly working in the industry, yet something inside was driving him in a different direction. Whitfield enjoyed most creating his own fine art pieces. During a time when automotive art was more popular at car shows Whitfield began presenting pieces in this forum to enthusiasts at these venues. This was not an easy task as most were somewhat selective on who they accept into their close nit groups. Plus the fact many local galleries didn’t seem to accept cars as art nor were not happy to see Whitfield achieve success. Many enthusiasts wanted to see his work but were denied that privilege based on the “Good old boy” networks. This had little effect on him as he was determined to share his love for automobile art with the world. With every obstacle placed before him he overcame them all and continued his journey.
As time moved on Whitfield established his business officially and with the age of technology he has now been able to move from art in the galleries into a much broader audience. With the birth of the Internet and social networks such as Facebook- Twitter and so on, Whitfield exploded onto the scene. No longer held down by the restrictive galleries and other businesses he moved on to create “The Automotive Art of Danny Whitfield” With the help of the networks and a wide spread audience Whitfield has become a cult phenomenon in the auto world. He art has gone worldwide and is known throughout the world. Whitfield offers something to the auto enthusiast that makes a deep inner connection to the soul. When you take the owner’s automobile who spent many hours on modifying, customizing, they have created a very special masterpiece. Whitfield takes that masterpiece and captures it in still life. Every auto collector is highly satisfied with the outcome. Like a memory of a newborn baby in still photos so does Whitfield captures the car with his art.”
See this incredibly gifted artists work HERE.
Are you one of the millions that love the website Pinterest? Well so are we! We have always loved finding great Ford pictures from all over the Internet and now we have a place to put them all so we can keep track and also share them with our friends! We have created many boards such for things like the all-new ‘2015 Ford Mustang‘ that’s due out toward the end of this year, a board named ‘Ford Heritage‘ where we pin hundreds of Fords from the over 100 years of history and of course a ‘Ford Racing‘ board packed with awesome action shots from all the many types of racing that the Blue Oval dominates! We have even created a board for the many incredible Instagram pictures our man Mike the CarGuy snaps all over our dealership! The next time you are scrolling through the many great pics on Instagram be sure to look for Raceway Ford and check out some of our Ford pictures, and feel free to pin them to one of your favorite boards!
With the 662 horsepower produced by its hand built, supercharged 5.8L engine the Shelby GT500 is the most powerful V8 powered vehicle on the planet, and you have the chance to own one… When the editors of AutoBlog.com drove the Cobra the simply stated that is was “Stupid, stinking, earth shatteringly fast” and there is no way to deny that! Few vehicles on the road, anywhere, can move the soul like a Shelby Mustang, this gorgeous 2013 was purchased by a collector and driven once, from Utah to his garage where it has been lovingly cared for as evidenced by the mere 727 miles on the odometer! Its Tremec 6-Speed racing trans only shifted a handful of times and the tires have NEVER been smoked. Of course having all that power on tap would be terrifying without a way to bring it all safely to a stop and to make sure it can do just that there huge 14” vented front discs up front with Brembo SIX piston calipers and 13.8 vented discs grabbing tight at the rear. The Ford SVT crew has given the Cobra all the race experience available in its suspension tuning to make this Mustang a track dominator with Toresn rear differential, cock pit adjustable Bilstein electronic dampers at each corner and 19” (front) and 20” (rear) exclusive forged aluminum wheels with Z rated tires. Factory equipped launch control ensures smooth and consistent starts every time with just the right amount of wheels spin for maximum traction and four, driver selectable performance settings. Road and Track said the GT500 is “totally at home on a road course yet remarkably civil in everyday situations” and that’s due in part to the incredibly comfortable yet tight holding leather seating and the powerful Shaker sound system although if truth be told we prefer the grumble if it tunes exhaust as our driving music! With the Mustang production ended and the plants gearing up for the all-new 2015 we know this is one of the last examples of this truly amazing car and there will not be a high performance version of the new Pony for at least the first two model years so, if you are serious about owning one of these rod going beast you NEED to contact us TODAY! Serious inquiries only please email us at email@example.com
Recently the fine folks at Road and Track wrote a piece about why Ford should take the new 2015 Mustang to Le Mans and we could not agree MORE! To truly celebrate the Mustangs 50th Anniversary and its availability in Europe for the first time Ford Racing should build a Mustang race car to take back to the legendary race at Le Mans! Not since 1997 has the thunder of a Ford V8 been heard on the most famous course in Europe although the Blue Oval has MUCH history there. Long ago Mr Carroll Shelby and his Daytona Coupes tested at Riverside International Raceway just a mile from our present day location here at Raceway Ford. He took his powerful Ford racers over to France and started a run of victories for Ford in Europe’s race that continued throughout the entire 60’s! Auto enthusiasts all across the planet look forward to the world famous 24 Hours of Le Mans and there has never been a better time to go back than now, and never a better car to do it with than the all-new Mustang! Our man Mike theCarGuy even started an online petition to let Ford know how many fans want to hear the thunder of a Ford V8 once again in France! You can sign it HERE:
Great news for Pony fans all across the nation; Ford has (un)officially announced the beginning production dates for the all new 2015 Ford Mustang! After a long wait and much hype the new Fastback will start on July 14th to roll down the assembly line at the Flat Rock plant in Michigan and not too long after that on September 15th the Convertible will start its journey into production although it is as yet unconfirmed whether units for sale will be included in the initial runs or they will be QC builds to ensure all goes right with customer builds. The OKTB, or Ok To Buy date for the Fastback is 9/9/2014 and orders are being taken now so don’t wait and miss out on getting one of the first Mustangs for yourself! The Ford ad council has scheduled a massive ad push for the 4th quarter of this year so expect to see the Mustang EVERYWHERE from TV, sports events and concerts to being online in every way! As always, for the latest in Blue Oval news check back here often and to get started with your Mustang order contact us today at Raceway Ford or call me direct; Mike theCarGuy (951) 784-1000 ext 162!
Heads up Pony fans! You can now use the all-new Mustang online configuration site to build and price the Pony of your dreams! Fastback or convertible… V6, EcoBoost or GT with all the colors and options you could ever imagine! Click the pic, build your Mustang then print it and bring it to So Cal’s Pony headquarters at Raceway Ford and we will order it up for you! What are you waiting for??? CLICK NOW!!
Get ready Mustang fans the all-new, fifty years in the making 2015 Ford Mustang is almost here! Long time Pony fans have known about it for some time now and anyone who has been online has probably seen and read about this amazing new chapter in American muscle car history. From the completely new, incredibly aggressive look to the fully independent suspension ALL the way around the new Mustang wasn’t simply restyled it was engineered to stir the soul and quicken heartbeats around the world!
The 2015 Mustang order bank opened on May 20, 2014 and we are taking orders NOW! Raceway Ford has earned the title of the Inland Empires Mustang Headquarters by selling more Mustangs than any one else and that means we have the biggest order capability to ensure we can help you get your new Pony exactly the way you want it. To get started use the contact form HERE to get in touch with one of our Mustang Specialists and for all the latest Mustang news check back here daily!
Ford Pays Homage to Five Decades of the World’s Favorite Pony Car with Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition
Raceway Ford. Riverside, CA 92507 – Fifty years after debuting one of the world’s most popular cars, Ford is marking the milestone by revealing a Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition. Created to honor five decades of Mustang heritage, only 1,964 examples of the 50 Year Limited Edition will ever be built when it goes on sale this fall.
“When Mustang was approved for development more than 50 years ago, I don’t think anyone imagined it would spawn such a dedicated base of fans around the world and still be in production today,” said Gary Hertica, General Manager of Raceway Ford. Based on the all-new 2015 Mustang GT fastback with performance pack, the 50 Year Limited Edition is designed to provide customers with outstanding performance and a unique appearance that will be instantly recognizable on the road. The only options for the 50 Year Limited Edition are the choice of two exclusive colors and a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
50 years of inspiration
“The new Mustang blends a muscular, contemporary shape with design cues that define it as quintessentially Mustang,” added Gary. “The 50 Year Limited Edition adds details that set it apart from other Mustangs, while hearkening back to the 1965 original.” The only two available colors are Wimbledon White, like Mustang serial No. 0001 that was first sold to Capt. Stanley Tucker in April 1964, or Kona Blue. Both are exclusive to this limited-edition car. “Chrome trim was much more prevalent on cars in the 1960s than it is today, so we added some discreet highlights for the grille, side glass and tri-bar taillamps,” said Gary. “The darker Kona Blue provides a particularly striking contrast against the chrome.” Chrome bezels surrounding the base of each of the three taillamp blades take inspiration from the original 1962 design proposal by Gale Halderman that became the basis for the production model that debuted in 1964. The three individual lamps on each side of that design were combined into a single tri-bar lamp cluster for production, but the original concept has returned five decades on. The Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition will be the only 2015 model with the large faux gas cap badge on the rear fascia, with 50 Years added to the GT designation. Another visual element that won’t be found on any other Mustang is the louvered rear quarter-windows. Unlike the external louvers on the quarter-windows of the 1965 fastback, the new windows are comprised of layered sheets of glass built with a construction technique uniquely developed for this car.
Unique cockpit experience
From behind the wheel, drivers will know they are driving a very special car. The aluminum trim panel that spans the double-brow instrument panel gets an axel spin finish different from other 2015 Mustangs, plus a special serialized 50 Year Limited Edition badge on the passenger side. Each badge will be individually etched at Flat Rock Assembly Plant where Mustang is built. The limited-edition is the only 2015 Mustang with a cashmere-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel. The stitching is also used on the instrument panel, shifter boot, center armrest, door inserts and seats. The seats feature exclusive two-tone cashmere and black leather upholstery, and the Mustang 50 Year logo on the seat backs. Limited-edition cars will be equipped with loop-carpet floor mats with cashmere stitching and suede binding not available on other Mustangs.
A showpiece meant to be driven
Powered by the upgraded 5.0-liter V8 engine delivering more than 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, every 50 Year Limited Edition will be equipped with the Mustang GT performance pack that includes massive six-piston Brembo front brakes and 19-inch alloy wheels with high-performance Y-speed-rated Pirelli P-Zero summer tires. The 19-inch alloy wheels feature a unique Y-spoke design inspired by the chromed steel wheels that were offered on the original Mustang 50 years ago. The front wheels are 9.0 inches wide with 255/40R tires, while the staggered rear wheels are 9.5 inches wide with 275/40R tires. The 50 Year Limited Edition is the only 2015 Mustang that will be available with a combination of an automatic transmission and the performance pack. When equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission, the Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition will get a limited-slip rear differential with a 3.55:1 final-drive. Customers who opt for the six-speed manual will get a Torsen differential with a 3.73:1 final-drive ratio. The 50 Year Limited Edition car will be among the first 2015 Mustangs built when production begins later this year. Each of the 1,964 50 Year Limited Edition Mustangs will get a unique owner’s guide in a leather portfolio with the 50 Year badge on the outside. “Ford wanted to provide our most dedicated fans with the emotion of the original Mustang in a 21st century car,” said Gary. “With this 50 Year Limited Edition, I believe they have accomplished that goal.”
For more information, or to order yours today contact: Mike ‘theCarGuy’ Correra at (951) 784-1000 ext 162 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For the last year and a half or so Mustang fans have been chomping at the bit waiting for the arrival of the next generation of America’s favorite Pony, the 2015 Ford Mustang! To commemorate the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Mustang, Ford held a huge premier event here on the west coast at the world famous TLC Chinese Theater and our own Mike theCarGuy was lucky enough to get an invite and be there! There were hundreds of celebrities and members of the world auto press, and just like the famous star it is the new Mustang even left its ‘foot print’ in the wet cement out in front of the theater to be displayed next to stars like Steve McQueen! After starring in over 3,000 movies and TV shows the new Mustang had a LOT to live up to and it does NOT disappoint! From the outside its obvious that the new Mustang is breath taking and the performance is too! As huge Mustang fans ourselves we have been checking out each of the drawings, renderings and concepts that popped up online and we found many features we liked about many of them and the magicians at Ford seem to have read our minds and pulled together the things we that he liked about many different versions of the new Pony into one simply stunning package. The new GT is powered by a freshened up Coyote 5.0l V8 that develops 420hp and will also be available with the Launch Control (Line Lock) feature previously only available on the Shelby Cobra’s! At the other end of the spectrum is an all new 4 cyl, DOHC Turbo Charged EcoBoost engine that makes 305hp while also returning class leading exceptional fuel mileage! Out back the rear suspension is all new and fully independent, which means the new Pony will change the way you feel about the letters IRS forever! Quite simply the only thing the designers kept from the current platform is the way they spell Mustang! The 2015 wasn’t just re-styled, it was engineered with an intent to stir the soul, provide an intense yet incredibly satisfying driving experience and be the center of attention wherever it goes for a long, long time! The first 1,964 of this gorgeous new Mustang will be limited edition Mustang 50 Year Anniversary models to coincide with the 50 years since the delivery of the first Mustangs and there is already much anticipation, contact us at Raceway Ford for more information on how to get your name on the waiting list and stay tuned here for more info on this amazing new addition to Ford’s history of amazing cars! For even more detailed info on the new Mustang and some great videos as well our friends over at MotorReview have some really in depth coverage here: http://motorreview.com/2014/04/18/7-2015-mustang-videos/