Writen by Sean T Johnston
Original Article: https://social.ford.com/
One of a kind Apollo Mustang
Celebrating the innovation and technological achievements of the U.S. space program, Ford recently unveiled a one-of-a-kind Apollo Edition 2015 Ford Mustang. The Apollo Mustang represents the latest in a growing line of unique, aviation-inspired Mustangs.
“The Apollo program delivered astonishing innovations in technology and achieved a national goal of landing the first human on the moon,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors. “The entire program was extraordinary – one of our nation’s greatest technological achievements. With this year’s stunning Apollo Edition Mustang, we salute that spirit of American ingenuity with the quintessential American automobile – Ford Mustang.”
The Apollo variant is based on the 2015 fastback Mustang GT. Ford Design Manager Melvin Betancourt and his team transformed the stock Mustang into something out-of-this-world. On the outside, a special, non-production glossy pure white and pure black paint scheme provides a visual throwback to the age of the Apollo program. In addition to the space-inspired paint, the Apollo Mustang also features a carbon-fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, rocker moldings and accent treatments. As a special treat, unique LED underbody lighting makes it look like the Mustang is re-entering the atmosphere.
You won’t find any rocket boosters under the hood. But the Apollo Mustang has a performance package that includes a Ford Performance supercharger and shifter, X-pipe with side and rear exhaust, sport-tuned suspension, six-piston brakes and custom 21-inch performance wheels. Granted, it’s not enough to escape the Earth’s gravity, but the 627 horsepower and 540 lb.-ft. of torque of this rocket-on-wheels will certainly launch when you hit the gas.
Finally, the cockpit of the Apollo Mustang has everything you’d expect in a high-performance muscle car, with a few aerospace-inspired accoutrements. Inside you’ll find exclusive performance gauges, a modified instrument cluster, unique sill plates and embroidered elements in seats, trim panels and floor mats.
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For the past eight years, Ford Motor Company has proudly worked with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) to produce these exclusive vehicles. Like its predecessors, the Apollo Mustang will be donated and sold at a charity auction.
To date, these incredible Mustangs have raised more than $3 million for EAA youth aviation programs such as Young Eagles which helps inspire the next generation of future pilots and aerospace enthusiasts by giving them a free ride in an airplane with a volunteer aviator.
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