Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
November 7, 2013

Need For Speed

Shy the Mustang isn't. Ford's pony car has a long history of being ready for its close-up in feature films. The latest example of big-screen cinema to star a 'Stang is the Need For Speed movie, which is based on the popular video game series. For this film, Ford created a highly customized example of the current Shelby GT500.

"We're thrilled to have Ford play such an important part in a film adapted from one of the most popular video games of all time," said Keith Koeppen, Ford marketing communications manager. "Mustang has an incredible history appearing in movies and ‘Need for Speed' will be a great way to continue its hero car legacy."

This hero car is widened, lowered, and upfit with 22-inch wheels. It features custom LED lighting, and cameras supplant the sideview mirrors. It's topped off with a custom silver paint scheme with blue stripes. The car is said to sport a 900hp version of the Shelby's supercharged 5.8 under the hood. Look for this one-off 'Stang to burnout on the big screen in March 2014.

Shake the Foundation

Playing off the success of the off-road-oriented Raptor, Ford kicked off the summer by re-entering the sport-truck market with the '14 F-150 Tremor. This new pickup puts an Ecoboost 3.5-liter Ecoboost V-6 into a short-bed F-150 with 4.10 gears. With the engine putting down 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, the combo is a recipe for fun. With Ford saying that 90 percent of the peak torque grunting out between 1,700-5,000 rpm, it will surely move out in a hurry via its electronically locking rear differential.

"The new Tremor gives F-150 customers yet another option to drive a highly capable, distinctive performance truck with features typically found only in the aftermarket," said Brian Bell, F-150 product marketing manager. "Plus, the Built Ford Tough EcoBoost engine is available for the first time in a short-wheelbase F-150."

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Beyond its performance, the Tremor features a unique visage that takes the FX Appearance Package and tweaks it with flat-black accents, flat-black wheels, and the requisite Tremor graphics. Inside it is equipped with black leather seats featuring red stitching accents, which are also apparent on the steering wheel. It's also the only standard cab F-150 with a flow-through console.

In person the Tremor comes off a sporty little brother to the Raptor, and as fans of the SVT Lightning and the more recent Explorer Sport, we're looking forward to getting behind the wheel of this one.

Snake & Mongoose

In August, a movie based on the storied rivalry of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoo$e" McEwen hit theaters in major cities and rolled out to more screens as this issue hit newsstands. Based on the true story of the rivalry, the film not only covers the on-track battles, but delves into the personal lives of the racers, who successfully convinced Mattel's Hot Wheels to sponsor and promote their funny cars. Check it out at

Mustang Mayhem

Last May, the Mustang parts purveyors at decided to host their first-ever Mustang Mayhem event. It was a dyno challenge with a twist. AM invited six cars from a long list of entrants with the goal of creating a tightly competitive group of 'Stangs. It worked, as the event was eventually won by a mere 16 rwhp differential.

What separated this dyno challenge from many was its structure. Each contestant was given 30 minutes to complete its two dyno pulls and any necessary tuning. That's not too unusual, but the twist was that car owner could stand pat with the first run, but if he chose to take a second run he had to use that number. That put an element of risk into contest. As it turned out, those that took the risk didn't suffer for it, but the numbers were all competitive.

All the cars ran well, save for Brett Young's Vortech-boosted '01 Cobra, which had fuel system issues and only put down 439 hp on the AM Dynojet. Next up, Zach Price took fifth place in his Whipplecharged '04 Terminator, which put down 582 rwhp. In fourth place, James Moshier's Edelbrock E-force-boosted S197 posted a 607-rwhp performance. Jon Lund's stock-but-tuned '14 Shelby GT500 cranked out an impressive 627 rwhp. Narrowly missing out on the win was Shannon Bourn's VMP TVS-blown '09 GT500 with its 651 rwhp.

Mastering the Mayhem, however, was Shawn Werner's '12 Shelby GT500 Super Snake. Thanks to its 3.6-liter Kenne Bell supercharger, it blasted out 667 rwhp to take the win.

To see how it all went down, check out the coverage and video online on and at

5.0 feedback

Short Boss

Sorry, slow response, but after reading your column, "The One," I couldn't help but think not of the mods that made me want the car, but the mods the car made me want because of it's shortcomings. It's an unfortunate reality, but there are some things that really irk me about my beloved '12 Boss 302.

She is my baby, but for fear of engine damage, I bought an oil separator. Out of disgust, I bought a MGW shifter—I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw zip-ties around the soft bushing in the bracket holding the stock shifter housing. And out of complete dismay, on a $43,000 car, Ford chose to put on a prop rod for the bonnet, but I get a ridiculous rubber snake that is supposed to allow intake sound to the cabin! Who really wants to hear intake sound from a V-8? I want to hear rumble, and I want to show off my engine bay without a damn prop rod in the way!

Alas, I love the car—sorry for the rant.

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Tell us how you really feel, Max. Seriously, Mustangs have never been perfect. That's part of the fun of owning them. You can take their imperfections and turn them into strengths via the aftermarket. If the car was perfect as-delivered, wouldn't it take some of the fun out of owning it?

Short Times

Did you know the nickname for Ford's 1.0-liter Ecoboost engine is Fox. Who's gonna be the first to build a hypermiling Fox in a Fox project car?... Rumors about what and will happen with the '15 Mustang are flying all over the Internet as we type this. The latest online guesswork suggests the GT500 will depart, and the Mach 1 will return alongside a Shelby GT350 built at Ford. Hmmm...