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We Drive the MMD by Foose 810-HP 2015 Ford Mustang GT
Chip Foose and Modern Muscle Design (MMD) have collaborated to design and build unique styling pieces for the redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang. In order to showcase the new parts, Foose Design and MMD teamed up with AmericanMuscle to build an 810-hp 2015 Ford Mustang GT, which will be given away later this year at the AmericanMuscle Mustang Show to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. After the reveal at Foose Design’s headquarters in Southern California, we got a chance to take the supercharged muscle car for a quick drive around the block.
MMD by Foose styling bits include a new chin spoiler, dual ram-air style hood scoop, side rocker panels, quarter-panel and quarter-window scoops, and a rear deck lid spoiler. Twenty-inch Foose Design Stallion alloy wheels by MHT complete the look. These wheels are powder coated dark gray with an orange stripe to match the custom exterior paint and pin striping. The 2015 Mustang GT’s stock brake calipers are powder coated orange to match the striping. Inside, there are unique door sills and headrests, while the dashboard is adorned with a special MMD by Foose plaque and Chip Foose’s signature.
“When it came to designing the aftermarket parts, I wanted to continue with what I call design language,” Foose said at the reveal. “It’s the language and the style that the designers at Ford used when they were designing [the 2015 Ford Mustang]. When we want to produce an aftermarket part, I want it to look like it came from the factory.”
After digitizing a simple sketch by Chip Foose, MMD 3D printed the initial prototype chin spoiler and rear spoiler for Foose to fit to the car. The hood scoop and lower side scoops built onto the car were also digitized and sent back to MMD to produce prototype pieces. Foose then formed clay models for the window scoops that would eventually give the model a unique look.
AmericanMuscle supplied the performance bits, which include a Bama supercharger kit based around a front feed 2.9-liter Whipple twin-screw supercharger. Fuel upgrades include Injector Dynamics ID1000 96 lb/hr fuel injectors and a JMS FuelMAX Boost-A-Pump. The supercharged engine inhales through an open element air intake and the stock Mustang GT’s throttle body, exhaling through a Magnaflow Competition cat-back exhaust system.
The stock Mustang’s six-speed automatic sends the power to the rear wheels via a Driveshaft Shop carbon-fiber driveshaft and 1400-hp capable axle half-shafts. A set of Vogtland sport lowering springs lower the car an entire inch all the way around. With a dyno-tested 650-rwhp, the MMD by Foose 2015 Ford Mustang GT makes a claimed 810 hp at the crank.
After the reveal, we got a chance to drive the MMD by Foose 2015 Ford Mustang GT around Huntington Beach – with Chip Foose riding shotgun. As Foose directed me out of the business park, I stomped on the right pedal to make a left turn onto the main road. With stability control fully engaged, the supercharged beast drifted sideways making it an exercise in counter steer to keep the car going, though not necessarily pointed, in the right direction. The hit from the Whipple blower turns the rear 275/35R20 Pirelli P Zero tires into incriminating black stripes and white smoke.
At cruise, the Magnaflow exhaust has a mellow tone, while partial throttle begins to bellow out a deep, intimidating growl. Starting from a 40-mph roll with the front wheels pointed straight, going to wide-open throttle will obliterate the rear tires as the car rapidly accelerates – and fishtails – down the lane. While the rear tires can handle three-quarter throttle from a 40-mph roll, the MMD by Foose 2015 Ford Mustang GT still quickly gets into ultra-legal speeds. The exhaust and supercharger whine under acceleration are perfect cop bait, but we were able to avoid any such incidences.
With Ford making changes to the 2015 Mustang GT’s available six-speed automatic, the team from AmericanMuscle notes that transmission tuning hasn’t been finalized. Although the transmission is slow to downshift in drive, Sport mode is better suited for the supercharger’s instant torque hit. We expect the transmission tuning to be sorted out before the giveaway later this summer.
While the 810-hp MMD by Foose 2015 Mustang GT is a one-off project, the car can be replicated with styling parts from MMD and performance parts from AmericanMuscle. For those who think the styling bits on this car are too conservative, MMD also offers the V Series line of styling parts that were revealed at the 2014 SEMA Show. More aggressive than the MMD by Foose line, the MMD V Series line includes a side-exit exhaust.
The 810-hp MMD by Foose 2015 Ford Mustang GT will be given away at the 7th annual 2015 AmericanMuscle Mustang Show in Mohnton, Pa. on August 15. The show, which draws more than 10,000 spectators and nearly 3,000 Mustangs, benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation.