The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is set to make a comeback, and the Blue Oval just released the first photo of the prototype busy going around a test track.
After returning for the 2003 and 2004 model years, the Mach 1 name will be roaring back to life again this year and will serve as a limited edition track-ready model. Ford is confident that the new Mach 1 is set to become the 'pinnacle of style, handling, and 5.0-liter V8 performance'.
“Mach 1 has a special place in Mustang history, and it’s time for this special edition to claim the top spot in our 5.0-liter V8 performance lineup and reward our most hardcore Mustang enthusiasts who demand that next level of power, precision, and collectability. Like the original, the all-new Mustang Mach 1 will be true to its heritage, delivering great looks and as the most track-capable 5.0-liter Mustang ever,” said David Pericak, Director of Ford Icons.
Based on the teaser photos provided, the new Mach 1's exterior look harkens back to the first-ever model that was released back in 1969. Despite the camo livery hiding some of the car's design, it's clear that Ford was busy making this particular Mustang look more aggressive. It gets a revised lower air intake, a front splitter beneath the front bumper, along with what appears to be a mesh-type front grill.
But what could be the most important exterior update the Mach 1 gets are the two circular openings on each side of the front grill. Originally, these serve as additional headlights for the 1969 model year. However, it appears that the new ones might serve as air intakes for the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 under the hood.
Aside from getting a good look at its face, we also get to see the Mach 1's camouflaged rear. A pair of dual exhausts, a trunk-mounted spoiler, along with what appears to be a more aggressive-looking rear bumper give the Mach 1 a sportier appearance. Finally, the Mach 1 will also have Brembo brakes as standard, along with huge alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
Exact specifications of the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 were not revealed. But since Ford mentioned that this will be the most 'track-capable' Mustang to date, it might get suspension upgrades, along with a more powerful naturally-aspirated V8. For those not in the know, the previous iterations of Mach 1 always came with an upgraded suspension which allowed it to be more nimble than standard models.
“Mach 1 has always been that bridge between base Mustangs and the Shelby models. said Ted Ryan, heritage brand manager, Ford Archives. “From a style and handling perspective, the original Mach 1 managed to stand out as unique, even in the Mustang lineup – and as the name implies, it could really move.”
Ford plans to reveal the all-new Mustang Mach 1 this spring in the US and it will become the most powerful Mustang model above the special edition Bullitt. The only question now is, will we get to see the Mach 1 arrive here in the Philippines? We're keeping our fingers crossed that Ford decides to send a few once they reveal it.