Marc Christ
Brand Manager, Modified Mustangs & Fords
April 10, 2014
Photos By: Ford Racing

Ford Racing's 2014 Mustang GT, Project Aluminator, will pace the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway this Saturday, April 12. The event at this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup race will kick off an a year-long recognition of the Mustang's 50th Anniversary.

Powered by Ford Racing's Aluminator XS crate engine, Project Aluminator started its life as a 420-horsepower 2014 Mustang GT. It was transformed by the Ford Racing team using parts from the Ford Racing Boss 302S and Cobra Jet programs, and now makes 500 horsepower.

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) will be the honorary pace car driver for the event and will start the race behind the wheel of the Ford Racing Aluminator. NASCAR veteran Brett Bodine will take over for the remainder of the race.

"We can think of no other way to begin Mustang's 50th Anniversary celebration than by having one of our most technologically advanced Mustangs pace one of NASCAR's most historically significant traditional races," said Tim Duerr, Ford Racing marketing manager.

The centerpiece of the project, the Aluminator XS crate engine, features a lightweight aluminum block with cross-bolted main bearing caps and thick main bearing bulkheads for bottom-end strength. It features aluminum Mustang Boss heads, fully machined, and forged pistons.

The Mustang 50th Anniversary celebration will begin days later on April 17th at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Bojangles’ Southern 500 airs at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

Ford Racing Project Aluminator Specs:

Powertrain

• Aluminator XS 500HP – M-6007-A50XS

• Cobra Jet Cold Air Intake (Prototype) – M-9603-M50CJ

• 5.0L TiVCT Race Oil Pan (12 Quart) – M-6675-M50BR

• Boss Oil Cooler – M-6642-MB

• High Performance Radiator – M-8005-MGT

• Short Throw Shifter – M-7210-MGTB

• Loud GT500 exhaust – M-5230-MSVTLB Chassis

• Six Piston Brake Kit – M-2300-T

• SVT 2 Piece front brake rotors – M-1125-MSVT15

• Adjustable handling pack 1.25”drop M-FR3-MGTA

• 3.73 Ring and Pinion – M-4209-88373

• 8.8 Axle Girdle Cover – M-4033-G2

• Rear Control Arms – M-5649-S

• Lower Control Arm Relocation Bracket – M-5650-A

• 19”x9.5” Split 5 spoke wheels – M-1007-SA1995MB

• Brake cooling duct kit – M-2004-MBA Body & Interior

• Boss 302 Splitter – M-16601-MBKIT

• GT500 Rear Fascia (Quad Tip) – M-5230-MSVTLA

• Ford Racing Recaro Seating – M-63660005-MC

• Laguna Gauge Pack – M-6304GPACK-MA

• Aluminator XS graphic package