I am not a Mustang fanboy, never have been. I can’t stand fox bodies, the SN95 is just bleh. I prefer fastbacks of the 69-70 vintage, and I really like the S195 (2005-2014) design. This new Mustang, I can’t quite make a decision about. At first glance, I don’t like it. It looks bloated or pregnant. Then upon deeper examination, I made a discovery. The new 2015 Mustang is a Porsche. You heard it here first folks. Let’s break it down-
Here is the Porsche Cayman:
And the 2015 Mustang:
Let’s start at the top. The roofline is exactly the same. The taillights are significantly different, but the lower rear valance shares similar lines. Then we come to the door. The C-stripe, which has always been a component of the Mustang, completes the look. Where the Mustang departs from the Cayman is all in front of the doors. The new Mustang front end looks more like a Honda Accord than anything else, even the headlights are similar.
Will the 2015 Mustang take off where the extremely popular ’05 design left off? I don’t know. I do feel like Ford gutted it’s American spirit for the sake of selling Mustangs in Europe. Here is a hint- If it doesn’t handle like a BMW, they won’t buy it. Now if the new Mustang can hit that mark, it will be a massive success, beyond what any other Mustang has managed to do before. While it is growing on me, I need to see it in person and drive it before I decide if I like it.
When I started project Buttered Toast, we knew it was going to be a cool custom wagon. The headliner was trashed, so 1 decided to make a new one. You can see that story here-
In order to add the last extra touch, I built a custom domelight from wood, bondo and a billet alumnium light pod from Autoloc.com, then I wrapped it with some pearlescent vinyl. If you have ever wanted to know how to work with vinyl, here is the how-to video:
This is one my favorite cars from SEMA. I Had the opportunity to sit down with builder Troy Trepanier for an interview on the build of this ultra-cool 1954 Buick. See the full story on PowerTV.
Wednesday, I had the opportunity to get in Tanner Foust’s Fiesta and take a couple of laps around the SEMA proving grounds. WOW. I had so much fun with this, Tanner is one hell of a driver and other than trying to buckle the anti-submarine belt (the crotch strap) being sucked into a race seat that is half the width of my posterior, it was incredible. I have a video that I will load up soon, but that got left in the rental…
I also saw one of the coolest new cleaning products I have come across in a long time. It is called the Tornador and is basically an air gun that shoots air mixed with a little water to remove stains, dirt, dust, etc from upholstery, paint and even tires. I have some more video of this in action, but again- it’s sitting in the rental and I am hungry, it will have to wait till later.
Update- Youtube finally loaded my drift video! Enjoy watching me make silly faces.
Till then, here are some pics-
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Detroit for the Ford Technology forum. I was able to get an extra day in the Motor City to hang out with the guys from Ford Racing.com and the Mustang marketing group. Part of that meant I got to take one of the 752 Laguna Seca Boss 302s out on the town. I shot great pics at a drive-in theatre and shot some video while driving.
One of the key features of the Boss 302 is the Quad Exhaust. This is a series of 4 exhaust outlets, 2 under the car and two in the back. The under-car outlets open up just enough to let that classic Mustang V8 growl get out while being just this side of street legal. It sounds so good. Check out this video I made while driving the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca.
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