As part of the Mustang’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Ford has managed to secure a pace car gig for the car, starting the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. The specially decorated red 2015 Ford Mustang GT will be driven by Joe Hinrichs, Ford Motor Company president of The Americas.
Pacing races is one area where the Mustang is bested in by its archrival, the Camaro. And while the Camaro gets prestigious events like the Indy 500, the Ford has to be content with small NASCAR events, at least until it can score bigger events.
The Ford Mustang NASCAR pace car is a 5.0 liter GT model powered by a Ti-VCT V8 engine that generates more than 420 horsepower and more than 390 lb.-ft. of torque. It is finished in a juicy red that really accentuates its iconic styling cues inspired by the original model, including the muscular hood and short rear decklid.
You can purchase the civilian version of the new Mustang with a 3.7-liter V6 or a 2.3-liter EcoBoost a well.