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Horse’s Mouth - Mustang and Ford News and Notes - July 2013
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Record Attendance In Tremec True Street
In it’s 20th season, MM&FF’s True Street class, sponsored by Tremec, proved once again that it is perhaps the strongest category in all of heads-up racing with a record 118 participants entering the NMRA season-opening Spring Break Shootout in Bradenton, Florida on March 8-11.
“NMRA’s True Street field was completely off the hook this year because we had way more features to offer our racers,” said Steve Wolcott, co-founder of the NMRA. “The top 16 racers get a free entry into the Spring Break Shootout class, and there was also a special Tremec Stick Shift Shootout that recognized the top 8 quickest manually-shifted drivers. Additionally, the two quickest drivers faced off in a special match race, with the winner taking home a new Tremec Magnum XL six-speed transmission valued at over $3,500,” Wolcott added.
True Street is open to all Ford-bodied and powered street-legal cars (and trucks) and includes a 30-mile street cruise, followed by the trio of on-track passes to determine the winners. There are lots of prizes for all performance levels. Look for an NMRA True Street event near you.
All Cobra Jet Final
Standout drag racer Bo Butner added to his winning record when he recently won Stock Eliminator at the 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals held in March at Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Florida. Driving his 2013 CJ in CC/SA, Butner bested fellow CJ pilot Charlie Downing, who campaigns a 2010 CJ in G/S with a Three-Valve powerplant. Butner clocked a strong 0.014 light and a dead-on 9.67 to beat Downing’s 0.010 breakout 10.94 (on a 10.97) for the win.
Shelby 1000 with 1,200 Horsepower
During the recent New York International Auto Show, Shelby released what is claimed to be the most powerful muscle car in the market place.
“The 2012 Shelby 1000 was launched to great acclaim at the New York Auto Show last year to celebrate our 50th anniversary,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “We’re bringing back the Shelby 1000 to New York, but with Ford’s new 2013 Shelby GT500 as the base car.
“With its new engine, launch control, adjustable suspension, and other new enhancements, we’ve created a car with even more capabilities. The 2013 Shelby 1000 incorporates everything we’ve learned over five decades of creating high-performance vehicles.”
While the stock 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 offers 662 hp, Shelby American strips the 5.8-liter engine down to the block, strengthens the internals and then cranks up the power.
The company will display its 2013 Shelby 1000 S/C version with 1,200 hp. The Shelby incorporates a tuned adjustable suspension with a performance cooling package, big brakes, and serious horsepower.
The 2013 Shelby 1000 S/C track version runs on pump gas and is rated at 1,200 hp. The post-title package starts at $154,995, not including the base GT500. A limited production of 100 ’13 Shelby 1000s will be built and each will be numbered and documented in the official Shelby Registry.
VP Introduces Two New Street-Legal Fuels
In addition to the popular VP100 unleaded blend (also known as StreetBlaze 100), VP’s two newest fuel blends promise to set new standards for street-legal performance. “We’re excited to introduce VP101 and VP102,” said Steve Scheidker, VP’s director of marketing. “Oxygenated with ethanol, both meet Arizona and California Air Resource Board (CARB) requirements, and with octane ratings of 101 and 102 (R+M/2) respectively, have the highest octane ratings of any street-legal fuel on the market.” VP101 will be offered on a regular basis, while VP102 will be available by special order only.
According to VP, both fuels will be available in select locations at the pump. And as VP’s recently announced retail branding program continues to grow, customers can expect to see wider distribution of both fuels at VP-branded convenience stores.”
For more information or to find the nearest location offering VP101 or VP102, contact the appropriate VP Regional Distribution Center. Technical questions about VP101 and VP102 can be directed to VP Tech Support at 812/878-2025 or StreetLegalTech@vpracingfuels.com.
Fusion (and Mustang) To Be Built At Flat Rock
MM&FF recently learned that the Ford Motor Company and its employees will begin a new era at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, home of the Ford Mustang. About 1,200 additional hourly jobs will be coming next year, and there are plans to produce the 2013 Ford Fusion midsize sedan in the plant.
Previously known as AutoAlliance International, Flat Rock Assembly is now under the full management control of Ford. The plant continues to be owned by a joint venture that is split 50/50 between Ford and Mazda Motor Corporation. Following the end of Mazda6 production last month, the plant will continue to produce the Mustang before adding Fusion next year.
“The new Flat Rock Assembly Plant symbolizes the growth driven by our One Ford plan,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of the Americas. “Ford continues investing in people, products, and plants to deliver the head-turning, fuel-efficient, fun-to-drive vehicles people really want, including the all-new Fusion.”
Ford will be supporting its Fusion production growth plans, and in addition to 1,200 jobs, will add a second production shift and investment of $555 million, taking full management control of the former AutoAlliance International plant.
The upgraded Flat Rock Assembly Plant will feature a state-of-the-art, fully flexible body shop and an upgraded paint shop with an environmentally friendly 3-Wet paint process when production begins in 2013. Flat Rock Assembly will be the U.S. producer of Fusion, employing 2,900 workers on both vehicle lines.