The all-new Mustang Mach 1 fastback coupe made its global debut in 2020, after a 17-year retirement, establishing itself as the current epitome of design, handling, and 5.0-liter V-8 performance.
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The new Mustang Mach 1 has its roots in automotive history
The company’s ambition to offer faster, and more powerful cars started with Henry Ford in 1901, and the company’s origins in aircraft only added to its drive. In honor of Chuck Yeager’s achievement of becoming the first to smash the sound barrier, Ford released the first Mach 1 in 1969, establishing 295 speed and endurance records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in its first model year. Mach 1 teams won back-to-back SCCA Manufacturer’s Rally Championships in 1969 and 1970 because of their improved handling capabilities.
The new Mustang Mach 1 provides a link between the Mustang GT and Shelby models, offering V-8 power, innovative functional aerodynamic improvements, competition-ready suspension enhancements, and a driver-focused cockpit, much the same as the original.
“Bold styling, great acceleration and speed – Mach 1 says it all. This is one of those special Mustangs that truly brings a smile to the faces of our owners, enthusiasts and fans – including me – so there’s never been a better time to bring back Mach 1 and have it go global too,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s Chief Operating Officer.
Real muscle for a real icon
With a freshly designed frontal section, Ford Performance components from Mustang Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500 models, and an optional handling package for better control when driving on the limit, the new Mustang Mach 1 is expected to become the most track-capable 5.0-liter Mustang ever.
The new Mustang Mach 1 is a worthy tribute to a moniker that was created more than 50 years ago, with a specifically calibrated 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 480 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,600 rpm.
Updated Shelby GT350 elements, such as the intake manifold, oil filter adapter, and engine oil cooler, are incorporated into the Mach 1 engine, enhancing engine oil cooling capabilities by 50%.
The all-new version is built on decades of Ford Performance knowledge, with a specially designed front end for aerodynamic efficiency and a slew of Ford Performance components to commemorate the car’s legendary past. The TremecTM 3160 6-speed manual gearbox from the Shelby GT350 is standard on Mach 1. Ford has included rev-matching for the first time, and the gearbox is linked with the GT350 oil cooler solution, as well as the Mustang GT’s twin-disc clutch and short-throw shifter.
A 10-speed SelectShift automatic gearbox with an improved torque converter and specific calibration is also available, allowing drivers to optimize torque capacity, shift character, and overall performance. The addition of a second air-to-oil cooler boosts cooling performance by 75%.
The new Mustang Mach 1 looks the part, as well
With a deep 3-D mesh, shark-nosed portion, and fake light features, the all-new Mach 1’s grille pays homage to the original. New side grilles flank the fascia below each turn signal light. The grille is centered with a low-gloss Magnetic pony badge. Low-gloss magnetic and black details all through the car, including low-gloss Magnetic mirror caps and a rear spoiler, give it a premium aesthetic while keeping loyal to the Mach 1’s strong, powerful history.
Five-spoke Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels in 19-inch x 9.5-inch and 19-inch x 10-inch sizes are a new take on the classic Magnum 500 design. Handling Package vehicles come standard with unique, wider 19-inch x 10.5-inch front, and 19-inch x 11-inch rear Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels.
A bigger, unique, higher downforce front splitter, new front wheel lip moldings, and a low-gloss Magnetic swing spoiler with a Gurney flap and rear tire spats from Shelby GT500 are also included in the Handling Package.
Side and hood stripes are satin black, with reflective accent stripes in your choice of red, white, or orange (Appearance Package only). The Mach 1 unique Fighter Jet Gray (Appearance Package only) is available on the exterior, along with Iconic Silver, Shadow Black, Oxford White, Velocity Blue, Twister Orange, Race Red, and Grabber Yellow.
A distinctive Dark Spindrift instrument panel with metal accents graces the inside. In automobiles with leather interiors, ebony seats with an accent stripe allude to the Mach 1 history. New door sill plates, an updated splash screen on the 12.3-inch all-LCD instrument cluster, a white cue ball shift knob, and etched badging that reveals the vehicle’s unique chassis number are among the other interior modifications.
Performance on every front
The Mach 1 engineering and design teams collaborated to create a front end that is distinctive to the new Mustang Mach 1 character while still meeting the engine, gearbox, and brake systems’ high aerodynamic needs.
Mach 1’s trademark design and more rigorous aero and cooling performance needs are enhanced with a new two-piece top grille, lower grille and valance, and new side grilles.
A front splitter designed to match the fascia shape increases track performance and gives the car a more aggressive look, while a matching rear spoiler creates optimal lift equilibrium. With Performance Pack Level 1, the Mach 1 has 22 percent more downforce than a Mustang GT, and with the Handling Package, the downforce increase is almost 150 percent.
The crew fitted two side heat exchangers – one to cool engine oil and the other to cool transmission oil – as well as a rear axle cooling system and lower diffuser from a Shelby GT500 to improve track endurance.
The vehicle’s most aerodynamically significant addition is a new underbelly pan that extends 20 inches farther backward than on a Mustang GT Performance Pack to smooth and boost airflow beneath the front of the car. Large belly pan underwing features boost downforce, while specific belly pan airfoils in the brake cooling ramps aid brake cooling flow – a first for Mustang.
The latest MagneRide calibration, a stiffer steering I-shaft, new EPAS calibration, stiffer sway bars and front springs, a brake booster from the Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2, 9.5-inch/10-inch split fitment wheels with Michelin PS4 tires, a rear subframe with stiffer bushings, and a rear toe-link from Shelby GT500 are all included in the Mach 1’s ride and handling package.
The all-new and limited-edition 2021 Mustang Mach 1 is available in U.S. and Canadian Ford dealerships from the spring of 2021.
What is the price of a 2021 Mustang Mach 1? 53000 $ and an extra 3500 $ for the Handling Package