Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Ford Mustang Giugiaro Concept

2006 Ford Mustang Giugiaro Concept - Supercharged 4.3 litre V8
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Ford Mustang Giugiaro ConceptVisually, the Mustang by Giugiaro appears more compact than the production car, thanks to a reduction of the rear overhang and a signature Giugiaro 'trick' of tapering the angles on the car to the limit of its mechanical outlines.

Still, the Italian version of America's most popular muscle car hasn't lost any of its swagger.

The vibrant orange concept is wider than the production version. The Giugiaros added 30 millimetres to the front, gradually expanding the width by a full 80 millimetres toward the rear, which is typical in Italian design.

With its longer hood and the trunk barely visible, the car looks more of a fastback in side view. But details throughout reinforce the freedom and rebellion synonymous with Mustang. Fabrizio Giugiaro's favourites include:

The interior featuring a dramatic instrument panel that sweeps the width of the car; circular gauges that project from behind the steering wheel; dark brown horsehide covered headrests with horse logo accents; and seat cushions and backrests elaborately upholstered in dark brown mottled horse hides.

The single curved glass panel that bridges the windshield and rear window, serving as the concept's roof. Produced by Solutia of Detroit, the panel is made from a special type of crystal that filters out 100 percent of UVA rays while providing unfettered vista views.

Ford Mustang Giugiaro ConceptIts dramatic doors, which are hinged at the base of the upright A pillar and open vertically at the touch of a button.

Bespoke taillights, which are three separate elements as found on the 1964 Mustang but reinterpreted into a more dramatic arrow shape that links to the louver panels that replace the rear side windows.

The visible curl that sweeps into the crest of the concept's carbon fibre fenders, hinting at tail fins that defined American cars of the '50s.

The sporting but elegant unique 20 inch rims, fitted with 275/40 tyres on the front and larger 315/35 tyres on the rear.

As its wheels and tyres suggest, the Mustang by Giugiaro is more than just a tribute to Mustang design. It also is an exclamation of the car's heritage of performance.

The concept features a powertrain and chassis enhanced in conjunction with Ford Racing which is responsible for Ford Motor Company motorsports development and operations.

Ford Racing's efforts include the development and sale of a race prepared version of the Mustang, called the FR500C, for the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series. In its first season alone, the FR500C scored five wins in the 2005 GS Class, including the manufacturers' championship, in which Mustang bested other production based sports cars, including the BMW M3 and Porsche 911.

Ford Mustang Giugiaro ConceptThis Mustang, a turn-key race car sold to privateers, provided the inspiration for the Mustang by Giugiaro concept's performance and handling attributes.

Ford Racing improved on the already robust 300 horsepower all aluminium 4.6 litre 3 valve V8 engine in the production Mustang GT by adding an intercooled twin screw supercharger for the new concept. Additional improvements include fuel injectors from the Ford GT and a unique engine calibration. Engine air intake is increased with a larger 95 mm mass air metre and a conical air filter. Exhaust performance is enhanced with new Ford Racing mufflers and an X-pipe.

The powertrain upgrades deliver an estimated 500 horsepower, complete with a boost level of 11 psi from the Ford Racing supercharger. A high efficiency Ford Racing aluminium radiator provides increased cooling capability to accompany the extra 200 horsepower provided under hood.

Under the car, the FR500C inspired chassis tuning is accomplished with a tailored Ford Racing Handling Pack. This package, available through Ford Racing for the Mustang GT, adds new Dynamic tuned dampers, lowering springs and anti sway bars. The changes give the car a lower stance while sharpening handling response. The car rides approximately 1.5 inches lower than the production Mustang GT.

'The Mustang by Giugiaro drives as good as it looks,' said Fabrizio Giugiaro. 'After taking it to the limits on streets outside of Turin, I can honestly say this car was well worth the 30,000 hours of blood, sweat and tears that we invested to create a modern performance classic.'

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