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Jul 10

UBB Unveils 1,000 HP Twin Turbo AWD Mustang

UBB RS1000 2015 Mustang

The folks over at Ultimate Bad Boy have been working on an insane 2015 Mustang offering twin turbos, all wheel drive, a wide-body kit, and over a 1,000 HP! Where can I pick up my keys?

United Kingdom based company Ultimate Bad Boy (better known as UBB), has been building 1,000 HP Mustang’s since 2008. Company founder and owner, Tim Porter, drove a tuned and worked 2007 Mustang and was left wanting more so he decided to build his own 2008 that topped the power charts at 1,000 HP. In the following years, UBB has put out different iterations of the same package for 2011+ Mustangs, and now they have their eyes locked on the 2015 Mustang.

Originally reported by SVTPerformance.com, UBB’s 2015 Mustang will be offered as the “RS1000″ and will feature a 1,000 HP, twin turbos, all-wheel-drive, and a wide-body that will absolutely demolish anything around. They will also offer a “RS900″ version that will come with a standard body style.

Powertrain – Hitting the 1k HP Mark

The 2015 UBB Mustang utilizes a low-compression 5.0L that has been beefed up with forged parts, which helps to support the twin 67mm ball-bearing turbos mounted to the engine. Hellion’s Ubb MUstang 2Eliminator Twin Turbo System is able to crank up the boost and deliver large amounts of power almost effortlessly.

UBB has also chosen to use custom ground camshafts that will give their boosted 5.0L an 8,000 RPM redline, which is right up there in the 2015 Shelby GT350 territory. With that high of a redline, the engine will be much safer and be able to handle the huge increase in power.

Drivetrain – AWD Mustang, you say?

While some people may not be phased by the high horsepower figures of the 2015 RS1000 Mustang from UBB (do you even have a pulse?), the one thing that has everyone’s interest is the all-wheel-drive system. Channeling the 1,000 HP from the engine through a 6-speed sequential gearbox, the power will than be divided up with 60% heading to the rear wheels and the remaining 40% to the front.

Wide-body 2015 Mustang – Head Turning Good Looks

Another one of the huge features of the UBB RS1000 S550 Mustang is the optional wide-body kit. Thew RS1000 with a wide-body will be UBB’s flagship model, while a more conservative (in appearances) RS900 will be offered with a factory body style. While the Rs1000’s wide-body kit does have S550 hugging the pavement with not a lot of clearance, the front splitter will have a quick release system making street driving a breeze. The front splitter can be reattached within 5 minutes, making driving to the track, racing, and driving home a hassle-free experience.

How Much Will The UBB 2015 Mustang Cost?

With such a wide assortment of incredible features and options, let alone the jaw dropping performance figures, you’d assume a package like this would be well into the mid-six figure range. Ubb Mustang 3However, UBB plans to offer the RS900 (non-wide-body version) starting at $115,000. There has been no word as to what the RS1000 will cost, yet one can reason that it should be in the same ball park as the RS900. With that kind of performance at that price, you get a lot of bang for your buck.

An EcoBoost From UBB?

While Ultimate Bad Boy Super Cars are focusing their efforts on the popular GT variation, owner Tim Porter remarked that they plan on working on other packages for the rest of the pony car line up. “There are also plans for an all-wheel-drive 2.3 EcoBoost pushing out a healthy 500 brake horsepower using a modified Focus RS transmission. Its power and handling will be on par with the best supercars around… and still for a third of the price.”

What are your thoughts on the RS1000? Is this a Mustang you’d like to Thrash or would you pass over this for a Shelby GT350?

Jul 09

Han Solo would drive a ’67 Mustang

When you think about the Star Wars film franchise, a few things should come to mind: lightsabers, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo/Harrison Ford, Yoda and more. A big part of the cinematic universe that is often overlooked is the vehicles. With the exception of the Millennium Falcon, many less popular means of transport from a fan perspective, such as speeder bikes, racers and walkers, are still very cool.

Even though space travel would likely minimize the need for traditional cars, this entertaining infographic pairs iconic characters with cars based on their personalities. While these vehicles may not be fit for intergalactic travel, I’m sure they would make any space technician proud.

Star Wars characters

 

Let’s take a look at each character and what they drive.

Han Solo 

The beat up ‘67 Mustang represents the effort put into preserving a timeless vehicle, something that Han has experience doing. Plus like the Millennium Falcon, I’m sure Han would have made a ton of sweet modifications on it. It might not get up to light speed, but I bet Han’s Mustang could help him get away from just about anything.

 

Chewbacca

Chewie is the lovable Wookie copilot of the Falcon, as well the muscle to Han’s mouth. Like many characters that embody the strength archetype, his motto is “smash first and ask questions later.” Despite the nature of his job, Chewbacca is loyal to Han and his friends, which makes a monster truck the perfect way to describe him: raw power with a fun side.

 

R2D2

Much like his fellow droid BFF C3P0, the blue and white Mini Copper reflects visual similarities. Additionally, as we know from The Italian Job, the potential of a Mini Cooper shouldn’t be underestimated, and the same goes for R2.

 

C3PO

The caption describes C3P0 perfectly: brilliant, smart and shiny but worthless in rough situation. Sounds like a gold smart car, right? With that in mind, check out 3P0 doing what he does best: panicking.

 

Jar Jar Bink

Even the most casual SW fan knows that Jar Jar is the galaxy’s most annoying, often unnecessary, form of comic relief. Similar to its driver, the obnoxious purple PT Cruiser complete with flame accents, refuses to apologize for uniqueness and flare. As much as you love to hate him, it’s hard to deny this Gungan’s unwavering confidence.

 

Darth Vader

The kid in me is at war with my teenage self on the one. The emergence of the prequel trilogy in the early 2000s gave moviegoers a look into the origins of the villain Darth Vader. The portrayals of the character in both film series were markedly different, and they left me with the feeling that there are two Vaders. The Vader from the original films was a fear-inducing figure from my childhood worthy of the title Sith Lord. In many ways, the Maybach is a modern successor to the Rolls Royce when comparing the two vehicles in the context of what they represent.

 

Luke Skywalker

The Camaro is a unique driving machine: its design and craftsmanship are unmistakable, but not overstated. Luke began his life as a farmer on Tatooine, but was destined to become a Jedi Master.

 

Boba Fet

Bounty Hunter and all-around badass, Boba Fett is really good at what he does. The impetus behind everyone’s favorite mercenary is fellow badass, Clint Eastwood – and the McLaren P1 definitely lends itself to the lone wolf vibe. Fett is also one of the few characters from the Star Wars films that will have his own spinoff title.

 

Lando Calrisian

We all know a person who asks for money while wearing expensive clothes. Lando is that guy. Considering the fact that the audience’s introduction to Calrisian is the betrayal of Han and company, an over-the-top, gold Hummer seems like a fair assessment. Even though Lando redeems himself in Episode VI, he’s still a jerk in my book – and jerks drive flashy cars.

 

Obi Wan Kenobi

Young or old, Ben Kenobi has always been a dependable Jedi. It makes sense that he would want a simple, yet classic, car. A 1950s Cadillac fits the bill. Plus, it even looks like a Landspeeder.

 

Jabba the Hutt

The epitome of overindulgence and sloth, this alien crime lord is best known for his unsettling physical appearance and enslaving Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi. The windowless van selected for him is reflective of his unsavory characteristics and is often used as a vehicle for comedy in popular culture.

 

Jawas

As the infographic suggests, sandcrawlers look like double decker buses. This makes the comparison an easy one. When I first saw the Jawas as a kid, I thought they were children getting on a bus. I know now that they’re pygmies and they ride in a sandcrawler. Given the dry climate of Tatooine, something tells me that these guys would fit in at Burning Man.

 

Princess Lei

Leia always reminded me of a teacher’s pet. You know the one, the ridiculously efficient know-it-all whose hand is always raised and never stops talking. Sounds like a princess to me! Truthfully, Leia knows her way around a rifle and killed Jabba the Hutt with her bare hands. The VW Beetle packs a surprising amount of fight for a little car.

 

Yoda

Small things come in big packages; Yoda and the Vespa are a testament to this idiom. Standing at an unassuming two-feet, two-inches tall, the leader of the Jedi Council is not only one of the wisest beings in the universe, but a skilled swordsman as well. The Grand Jedi Master can be seen speeding around his enemies in battle aided by the Force, not unlike the Vespa.

 

The Emperor

The Emperor, aka Palpatine, aka Darth Sidious, always reminded me of a mob boss: a silent, brooding thinker with years of experience who is not to be messed with. The classic, black Rolls Royce demands respect where it goes and carries a certain gravitas. If you’re wondering why he almost never gets out of his chair, it’s because this happens.

 

Darth Maul

Darth Maul is a highly skilled Sith Lord and assassin known for killing Obi Wan’s master Qui-Gon Jin, as well as wielding the double-sided lightsaber. Maul’s signature Sith Speeder bears a resemblance to motorcycles in our universe. The red and black accents are for added effect.

 

Admiral Ackbar

Another doppelganger of sorts, the admiral’s ship Home One is one of the biggest in the galaxy, measuring at 1,300 meters and housing over 1,230 crew members and 1,200 troops. Because of the vessel’s massive size as well as its beginning as a civilian housing unit for space exploration, an RV was a pretty safe bet.

 

Ewoks

Ewoks are a race of hunter-gatherers that look like teddy bears and live off the land. They are, arguably, the most peaceful group in the Star Wars universe. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ewoks were remnants of the sixties with overgrown beards, which is why a hippy bus is perfect for them.

 

What do you think about this list? Let me know in the comments below.

Jul 09

‘Ford Apollo Edition Mustang’ to be auctioned for EAA Youth Aviators

ApolloEditionMustang_1

Its July and you know what that means, a custom one-of-a-kind aviation themed Ford Mustang will be auctioned off for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles program. This year Ford has donated the ‘Apollo Edition Mustang’ which pays tribute to NASA’s iconic Saturn V rockets that launched 24 astronauts to the moon between 1968 and 1972.

“The Ford Apollo Edition Mustang salutes man’s greatest technological achievement, with the ingenuity, precision, and power that defined the spirit of American innovation,” Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors, said in a statement released by the EAA. “Inspired by the Apollo program, Ford Motor Company committed itself to including exhilarating power, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary craftsmanship in this automobile.”

Ford Motor Company in partnership with the EAA Young Eagles program will auction off this one-of-a-kind Apollo Edition Mustang on July 23rd in Oshkosh, WI. This year will mark the eigth year Ford has built and donated a highly customized Mustang to benefit the Gathering of Eagles charity which supports the EAA Young Eagles program.

Previous one-off Mustang builds for the Gathering of Eagles charity include U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Mustang, Red Tails edition Mustang, Blue Angles Mustang, SR-71 Blackbird, AV-X10 Dearborn Doll Mustang and the Ford AV8R Mustang.

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