Professional Drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. joins us for this month’s special edition of Hor Lap, and looks closely at all things RTR!Hot Lap is AmericanMuscle’s monthly video capturing the hottest news in the Mustang World, spanning many Mustang generations and communities. We cover everything from the sickest Mustangs around, new parts that we carry, parts we are giving away, news from Ford, and everything in between.
This month on Hot Lap, Vaughn Gittin Jr. stopped by the studio to talk about all the new and amazing things from RTR Parts. Vaughn shows us a behind the scenes look at the R&D of some hot new suspension parts from RTR plus a whole lot more.
After you watch the video be sure to check out all of the parts that are now on sale by clicking here!
Unless you happen to live under a rock, you’ve heard about the MMD by Foose Mustang we’re giving away at the 2015 AmericanMuscle Car Show. The MMD by Foose Mustang is the result of taking the vision and talent of Chip Foose and pairing it with the talent of the MMD team. Many months of careful planning and conceptualization went into building one of the most powerful and most stylish 2015 Mustangs ever to grace the pavement. Over a period of three build stages that used a mix of the hottest styling and performance parts, the MMD by Foose Mustang came to be.
Watch the video below to see some behind the scenes action of the MMD by Foose Mustang being built and be sure to go here to see the rest of the build come together!
The main highlight of MMD by Foose Mustang is the collaboration between Chip Foose and the MMD team that created all of the new MMD by Foose parts. All of the parts that were created for the build worked to completely alter the appearance of the MMD by Foose Mustang and bring out more of a muscle car feel. As you may remember, a lot of the early criticism around the S550 Mustang stemmed from the body work. Regardless of your stance on that criticism, Foose and MMD took traditional styling cues from the original Mustang and incorporated them into the new body style to deliver an incredibly fresh and innovative design.
All through out the car you can find that retro/vintage inspiration which helped to fuel the creation of the new modern muscle look. The MMD by Foose Quarter Windows and Side Scoops are a great example of this inspiration as you can trace their creative inception all the way back to the ’67/’68 Mustang.
Foose’s incredible sens of design and body work helped him to bring out the best parts of the new body style of the Mustang. When looking at the hood, Chip Foose commented on it saying, “I love these two lines that come down through the front, and I thought the perfect addition would be to add something in the center and make this hood look a lot more aggressive.”
Power and Performance
Even though the all of the attention has been on the body and styling of the MMD by Foose Mustang, the power and performance backing up those good looks is equally impressive. Taking the power to the next level is a Bama Performance Supercharger Kit which is powered by a 2.9L Whipple unit. The Bama Supercharger kit takes the power level of the otherwise stock ’15 up to a mind numbing 810 HP at the crank, which comes out to be a face melting 650 HP at the rear wheels.
With the rest of the Mustang taking heavy inspiration from the classic Mustang’s of the 60′s, it was important to really get a good muscle car sound fitting of a traditional Mustang. A Mangaflow Competition Catback exhaust gave the MMD by Foose Mustang the ability to let it’s 5.0L engine howl with the sound of horsepower.
When muscling up with the kind of power the MMD by Foose Mustang is putting down, it is crucial to upgrade parts of the drivetrain to keep that power flowing to the pavement. Chip Foose and the MMD team turned to The Driveshaft Shop for a one-piece carbon fiber driveshaft and 1,400 HP halfshafts to ensure that each burnout is just as smokey as the last.
A hallmark of any Foose vehicle is the wheels used on it and the MMD by Foose Mustang is no different. Chip went with a set of custom Foose Wheels that got accented with the same orange stripping found running down the body of the sleek ‘Stang. A set of Vogtland Sport Springs helped to make the wheels even more jaw-dropping (not that they needed any help to begin with) by eliminating the factory wheel gap for the perfect mix of show and go.
With the MMD by Foose Mustang completely assembled, it was unveiled to universal praise from both the press and enthusiasts at Chip’s California based studio in Huntington Beach. The unveiling kicked off the giveaway for the MMD by Foose Mustang, which will be given away at the 2015 AmericanMuscle Car Show on August 15th. You could be the lucky winner who will recieve the keys from Foose himself at the show, by entering here!
Former Stig Surprised by the 2015 GT350R
The 2015 Shelby GT350R is gathering followers in the UK because of its recent showing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car tore up the track with former “Stig” of Top Gear, Ben Collins, behind the wheel. The run was Collins first experience with the new 350, and he had some choice words after the fact. He said, “The new Mustang is completely different and I experienced that in the standard car and I thought, oh I’d be fine in this 350 Shelby, but this is another grade up, it’s weapons grade superpower.”
Looking at the footage, Collins did fishtail a little on takeoff, and around one corner the GT350R nearly started a rally career. It’s safe to say Collins didn’t expect the power offered by this new beast. In the upcoming days for the rest of the Festival (the Festival ends June 28th) no doubt he’ll be grinning all the way up the hill climb, especially with the potent performance of the GT350!
The GT350R’s Competitive Brother is Going International
Another GT350R, this time the GT350R-C, will make a showing at Watkins Glen International Raceway. The race will be aired on IMSA.com on June 27th and on Fox Sports 1 on July 5th. Dave Pericak, Global Ford Performance’s director, says, “Like so many Mustangs before it, the Shelby GT350R is a car born to race. We’re taking it to the track as the GT350R-C and we’re ready to see what it can do against the best competition in the world.”
The C is powered with a 5.2L flat-plan crankshaft V8, and it’s supported by a slightly more developed version of the GT350R’s independent suspension. The spring rates were altered along with the anti-roll bars, ride height, and alignment settings in order to hone the C for the race track.
The president of IMSA, Scott Atherton, threw in his two cents by saying, “Mustang has earned icon status through its racing heritage going back to the competition Mustangs of the 1960s, and this new race car will undoubtedly add to the legend.” With a former Stig tearing up part of the UK and the GT350R-C prepping to cause havoc in another, us fans stateside will be looking forward to seeing Shelby’s new monster live up to the Shelby legacy.
Buy hey, if the GT350 isn’t your cup of tea, there is always the 2015 Shelby Super Snake…