For year after year the Mustang was the subject of criticisms for its prehistoric live rear axle until Ford had enough and gave the new 2015 model an independent system. They didn’t know that this would upset the hard-core Mustang fans who drag race their cars and don’t really need sophisticated suspension.
The independent rear suspension is the biggest change for the 2015 Ford Mustang, even bigger than the new face. It makes a huge difference in the way the car handles, which is a good thing, because there wasn’t much finesse in the way the old Mustang dealt with corners. The new one, though, is going on sale in Europe. And a live axle just wouldn’t cut it over there.
In America, however, there aren’t many corners to be dealt with. Performance driving in the States is limited to drag racing, which happens in the straight line. That’s where the live rear axle has some advantages over the independent setup. And the biggest advantage of all for the average drag racer is the low cost of maintenance.
So not to cause another row, Ford is reportedly going to offer a live rear axle kit as a stand-alone option for the Mustang, sold through Ford Racing performance parts catalog. What’s more, as revealed by a Ford Racing representative who spoke to Gas2.com, they will also offer a ‘body in white’ version of the car fitted with the live rear axle for racers and developers.