Evan J. Smith
Freelancer
April 20, 2016

Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Anniversary Scottsdale Collector Car Auction offered enthusiasts an endless variety of activities during the week-plus long event. The auction block provided center stage for buying and selling amazing machines, but Barret-Jackson is also an automotive extravaganza incorporating an endless car show, social event, great food, and there are actually many opportunities for fans to get into the action.

Ford Motor Company, along with Dodge and GM, participated with amazing vehicle displays and a massive Ride ‘N Drive area that included a drive course, a performance ride along, a mini dragstrip, and an off-road track. Mustang fans could drive a new Mustang and ride shotgun in the brand-new 2016 Shelby GT350, which clearly sounded better than the Dodge Viper, Dodge Hellcat, and the Corvette (our opinion). But only Ford took the action to the ultimate level by offering the chance to drive a Mustang GT in wide-open dyno competition.

To ignite fans enthusiasm, Ford set up a stage with two Mustang GT convertibles strapped to a pair of Dynojet chassis dynamometers that were linked and connected to a drag racing starting-line Christmas tree. This allowed participants to hop in, stage, and floor it—pushing the 5.0 Coyote engine to redline, while racing an opponent for low elapsed time and top speed.

The roar of the Ford V8 drew a crowd each time the dyno was fired up as fans got to experience the power and thrill of the 2016 Ford Mustang. “Man, this thing is awesome, “ said Erik Aldrin of Phoenix who was there to check out the cars and trucks. “The 5.0 Mustang is a classic and the latest version sounds simply amazing. It’s pretty cool to get a chance to gun the engine and hear it rev up. Now I have to go check out the Ride ‘N Drive and see what it’s like to drive one,” he added.

On track, the 5.0 Mustang is a solid 12.80-13.00 performer and some fans were getting close to those numbers on the Dynojet dragstrip. Ford has used its Dyno dragstrip at the SEMA show, past Barrett-Jackson events and we look forward to getting a chance behind the wheel to see what we could do.