Project Mustang 5.0: Part 1 – Establishing a Performance Baseline
Mustangs in general are misunderstood when they show up to a road course. It seems like a significant amount of prejudice starts to manifest itself from owners of more popular platforms for road course duty, especially here in SoCal where the scene is dominated by S2000s, turbo AWDs, FWD Hondas, and Miatas. The notion that the big horse should stay on the drag strip because it is “slow in the corners, and fast in the straights” give this thoroughbred a bad rap. In recent years Ford has put forth the effort to change this stigma, as the current 5.0 liter powered ponies are no longer something to be scoffed at.
MotoIQ now has a hold of a 2013 Mustang GT with all the Sport package goodies and 6 speed manual gear box. But first thing's first. It was time to get out to the track to establish a performance baseline allowing us to sort out the strengths and weaknesses of the car's stock setup. The venue was “Streets of Willow” at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond CA where our good friends at K.R.O.P.S, “Keep Racing Off Public Streets”, were hosting a Friday event which made for less traffic and several clean laps.