Watch Ford build a Mustang atop Burj Khalifa, world’s tallest building

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Ford Mustang at top of Burj Khalifa

In 1965, a Ford Mustang Convertible proudly went on display at the top of the Empire State Building, the world's tallest building at the time. Earlier this year, the Blue Oval recreated the stunt by bringing the latest droptop 'Stang to the sky-high structure during the New York Auto Show. Unfortunately, while still iconic, the New York skyscraper has lost the world title. Of course, an automaker can't let something like that get in the way of a good publicity stunt.

For the inauguration of the Ford business unit in the Middle East and Africa, the brand gave the 2015 Mustang Convertible an even bigger building to climb - the biggest in fact. The droptop made its way to the 112th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. To put a final topper on the whole event, executive chairman Bill Ford was the one to affix the car's famous badge, making it complete.

Like with the Empire State Building spectacle, getting the Mustang to the top wasn't as simple as just driving it off the elevator. Check out the video above to see how it was done, and scroll down to read Ford's press release about the event.

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Watch Ford build a Mustang atop Burj Khalifa, world's tallest building originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Car and Driver 10Best list cracked by Tesla Model S, BMW 3 Series left off

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Tesla Model S

Car and Driver 10Best LogoCar and Driver is keeping new blood pumping into its annual 10Best cars list with three new entries making it on for 2015 and a perennial favorite falling off. Among the biggest shocks this year is that the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series are no longer named, despite years of some portion of that lineup earning a mention. In another surprise, the Tesla Model S (specifically in S 60 trim to fit under the $80,000 cost cap) makes it to the 2015 roster and is the only electrically motivated member of the group.

Despite the loss of the 3 Series, BMW isn't entirely shut out this year, because the M235i gets its name on the list. Car and Driver argues that the little coupe feels like a welcome throwback to the E46 chassis M3 of the early 2000s. In addition to the Model S, the final newbie to the annual group is the 2015 Ford Mustang GT. The inclusion of these new members knocks the Audi A6/A7 family and Ford Fiesta ST out from the 2014 rundown.

The other seven models carry over from last year, including the Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Honda Accord, Mazda3, Mazda6, Porsche Boxster/Cayman and Volkswagen Golf/GTI.

The 2015 10Best cars list certainly seems to have something for everyone from the hot hatch fan to the family man and even the green car driver, thanks to the addition of the Tesla. Head over to Car and Driver to read its detailed explanations for each vehicle's inclusion, but if you've got a difference of opinion or just really like the list, let us know in Comments.

Car and Driver 10Best list cracked by Tesla Model S, BMW 3 Series left off originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Bama Performance Is The First To Go 9′s In A 2015 Mustang GT

Bama 9 second pass in a 2015 Mustang GT

The Bama Performance team has been hard at work and that hard work is paying off huge; they now hold the title of being the first to put a 2015 Mustang GT in the 9′s! We have been talking about Bama Performance a good bit recently as they have been constantly going to the track and setting all kinds of naturally aspirated and forced induction 2015 Mustang benchmarks. However, their most recent benchmark is the most impressive to date.

Bama Performance took their 2015 Mustang GT down the 1/4 mile to run an incredibly fast pass of 9.91 @135 MPH! The mod list is as follows:

By switching things up with a Bama track tune on FTW Fuel and larger fuel injectors, the Bama Performance team was able to be the first to break into the 9′s.We are excited to see what else the Bama team has up their sleeve and will be sure to keep you up-to-date with the latest news!

New Parts: MMD Zeven Mustang Wheels

MMD Mustang Wheels

MMD has just released their brand new Zeven Wheels and AmericanMuscle is excited to now carry them for ’05+ Mustangs! Wheels are one of the first upgrades for Mustangs and really help to give your Mustang a personalized, distinct look. With the new Zeven Wheels by MMD, you can give your Mustang that classic 10-spoke look, but in a sleek and defined package.

Taking inspiration from track-ready styling, Zeven Wheels give your Mustang are very modern and tasteful take on the 5 point design. Offered in charcoal, black, and silver, Zeven wheels come in a wide-selection of sizes that will cater to your desired performance and styling. These wheels can easily manage street, strip, or track duty while looking flawless.

MMD is well known within the industry for the high-quality production of all their parts as well as their signature styling. The Zeven Wheel line maintains the hallmarks and integrity of the MMD brand while offering Mustang owners a unique look for their Mustang!

Zeven Wheels for ’05 – ’14 Mustangs

Zeven Wheels for ’15 Mustangs

 

Galpin Auto Sports and Fisker turn the Mustang into a Rocket in LA [w/video]

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Galpin-Fisker Rocket

Galpin Fisker Rocket - rear fascia closeupGalpin Auto Sport and Henrik Fisker made big promises about the Rocket before its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show today, calling it the "ultimate American muscle car." Now that this 725-horsepower carbon-fiber Ford Mustang has officially been revealed, we've now got a chance to see if their vision backs up all the bluster.

The Rocket is based off the latest 2015 Mustang, but the entire exterior design has been substantially reworked by Fisker. "This is a project born out of passion, it's a dream come true, to have the opportunity to 'touch' a Mustang and apply my design ideas to it," he says in the model's announcement.

The biggest changes come up front, where Fisker has added a gaping hexagonal grille with a polished bar running and two nearly hidden driving lights at the top corners. Long nostrils run down each side of the hood, taking their inspiration from the 1968 Shelby GT500. The Rocket's design also emphasizes its scalloped sides, which run back to functional ducts at the rear to cool the Brembo Grand Turismo brakes. When checking out the Rocket from the rear, it's easy to spot the wider fenders that are beautifully blended into the integrated spoiler. The interior has been left mostly alone beyond some eye-grabbing red leather and carbon-fiber trim.

Under the hood, Galpin spokesperson Nathan Hoyt has confirmed to Autoblog that the Rocket employs a 5.0-liter V8 with a Whipple supercharger which can be called to attention with a six-speed manual gearbox.

It took only a few months for the vehicle to go from conception to reality. Fisker showed Galpin President Beau Boeckmann early sketches at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and the two parties went from there. "When Henrik showed me his ideas, I got chills - it's literally the most beautiful Mustang I have ever seen," says Boeckmann in the company's release.

Production is set to begin in December, with deliveries starting in early 2015. There's no set production total in mind for now, but Hoyt tells Autoblog that the price will be "just over $100,000." Scroll down to read all of the details about Fisker and Galpin's Rocket.

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Galpin Auto Sports and Fisker turn the Mustang into a Rocket in LA [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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