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MAD Industries Builds One Badass 2015 Ford Mustang GT
Gone MAD: MAD Industries gives us something to talk about with its new 2015 Mustang GT build
MAD Industries in Costa Mesa, California, is a name that might strike you as familiar. The customization shop has been gaining national attention lately, as one after another fascinating Ford builds roll out of their bay doors. In a recent feature of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, you read about the first modified 2015 Ford Mustang, which was built to pay tribute to the F-35 Lightning II aircraft before being raffled off. MAD Industries was responsible for that incredible build, and MAD has gone and done it again with this awesome 2015 Mustang GT Premium equipped with the factory Performance Package.
Like the F-35 tribute Mustang, this Pony was one of the first out of the Dearborn assembly plant, and it immediately began its journey to customization. The owner of MAD Industries (aka Mangum Auto Design), Chris Mangum, entrusted the Mustang to Whipple Industries. Whipple worked its magic, equipping it with a 2.9L supercharger designed specifically for this S550. Whipple created the prototype and incorporated the Luster-Gold finished blower into the engine bay. With that part of its transformation complete, the Mustang headed over to Gibson Performance Exhaust to be fitted with a Gibson’s 3-inch stainless exhaust with an X-pipe, Superflow mufflers, and a MAD Industries 4 1/2-inch dual tip ceramic-coated black to polish out the look.
When the performance modifications were complete, the guys at MAD Industries really got to work stepping up the already stunning appearance of their 2015 Mustang. Staggered 21-inch MHT Niche Road wheels from the Monotech Series, Misano A61 Concave Forged Monoblock to be exact, were finished in Luster Gold high-gloss paint to replace the stock ones—there’s even a full matching spare in the trunk.
Mangum knew the Luster Gold finish on the wheels should be matched to all of the chrome detail, so he called up Creations n’ Chrome of Santa Clarita, California, to color-match the wheel color with Spectra Chrome Gold Chrome Candy Clear Accents to all of the existing chrome badges. Ford Motor Company contributed to the task by sending some goodies over, including 50th Anniversary stainless window trim. Crystalline window film from 3M was applied to give the windows a gold hue.
Mangum used body components similar to those of the F-35 Mustang, and the GT ended up being outfitted with a full carbon fiber body kit from 3dCarbon’s Carbon Fiber Infused Body Kit Series: a front splitter, side skirts, and a lower diffuser, along with a rear lip spoiler. The Mustang’s headlights were sent out to LightWurkz in California’s Bay Area to be reworked with a lighting treatment and to be color-matched to the exterior paint.
Oh, about that paint. It is the Axalta Cromax Pro Waterborne Paint System in Hot Hues Candy Colors and was slathered on by the talented LGE-CTS Motorsports of San Dimas, California.
Time was of the essence, and Eibach quickly stepped up to fit the new S550 with a Pro-R2 coilover kit, allowing for adjustability, ride selection, and a sweet stance. The 2015 has no trouble with braking power, given the Wilwood Aerolite braking system. The system features six-piston calipers, two-piece 15-inch slotted and e-coated rotors, high-friction pads, braided stainless hoses, and 14-inch rear rotors with an integrated parking brake.
Sparco came forward and introduced the brand-new work of art SPx custom bucket seats with carbon fiber pans. The seats were finished and trimmed to Mangum’s custom seat pattern in Italy using Mastrotto Italian leather. The interior detail is impeccable. In fact, three hides of the leather were shipped during the build so that Chris could adjust the rear seat to allow for a perfect match. Miko Dinamika faux suede in Jet Black covers the headliner, door panels, and steering wheel.
Attention to detail is one of MAD’s strong points, and the interior shows it. The center console, door panel inserts, and instrument cluster were disassembled, smoothed, and painted Axalta high-gloss Jet Black (as were exterior pieces like the grilles, fog bezels, and mirrors). Other interior details took on the color-matched Luster Gold hue.
The Source AV in Torrance, California, took care of the audio needs, choosing the Focal Utopia car audio series complete with specially designed focal amplifiers, before having it installed by Beach Auto Sound in Huntington Beach, California.
Finally, Redline Tuning supplied a hydraulic Quick Lift Hood System to allow for easy access to the 5.0 and accompanying supercharger.
Chris tells us that the Mustang is putting out 725 hp, reminding us that it doesn’t take all that much to turn a 2015 Mustang into the ultimate competitor. We’ll be keeping an eye on MAD Industries as it raises the bar in the world of aftermarket modification and customization.