Marc Christ
Brand Manager, Modified Mustangs & Fords
September 12, 2013
Photos By: The Manufacturers

Leading The Way

Ford Motor Company puts hundreds of millions of dollars (if not a billion-plus) into development of an all-new model. Let's just say, the company does its research. But sometimes, Ford leaves performance on the table—at least, in the eyes of the die-hard enthusiasts. That is where the aftermarket comes in.

There are so many Mustangs on the road, and so many owners trying to find a way to make theirs faster, cooler, or more unique, that an entire industry thrives because of them. And not just brand-new Stangs either. You can build an entire '67 Mustang fastback from scratch if you'd like—tomorrow—with parts available from the Mustang aftermarket.

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Not only are there reproduction pieces, high-performance parts, chrome knick-knacks, and carbon-fiber trinkets, but many also offer high-tech add-ons, upgrades, and services. Things like chassis dynos, aftermarket EFI, handheld tuners, data-logging, and intercooling are just a few tech advancements that Mustang owners have available at their fingertips.

But let's not forget the popular tech advancement that we all carry around in our pockets—the smartphone. These little things are faster than a Regan-era super-computer, yet fit in the palm of our hands. And after sending an invisible signal to space, we can download any of the thousands of automotive-related applications (apps) that can help us with our cars, relate to other enthusiasts, and sometimes even communicate with our car.

Okay, let's not forget ourselves. We are learning and growing every day. As natural to us as breathing in and out, we're always looking for a better way to do something. That is the essence of technology. And that's why technology continues to improve our lives.

iTech

Our world revolves around handheld technology. We can't function without our smartphones, tablets, or mp3 players. And in America, our world revolves around cars. So it stands to reason that there would be applications (apps) for our phones that relate to our cars. Below are a few that we like.

Ever glance down at your speedo and realize you're breaking the speed limit? Well, Trapster is your kind of app. This is a free speed-trap–sharing app for your smartphone, which alerts you to police speed traps, as well as other road hazards. It also warns you of any of those pesky red-light cameras.

Dynolicious is an interactive app that measures horsepower, 0-60 time, quarter-mile time, and more. It also has an entire community of other automotive enthusiasts, including profiles, photo galleries, and a how-to section. It costs $9.99 but is a boatload of fun.

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