Ford Once Kicked Around The Idea of a V10 Mustang

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The Ford Mustang is many things to many different people. To some it is the original pony car, a car that brought a high performance engine at a price the masses could afford. To others it is a car driven by idiots leaving a Cars & Coffee. To still others it is a Sweet Sixteen present to their daughter. Most people will agree that the only way a Mustang should come is with eight cylinders arranged in a "V" formation. Thundering American muscle providing propulsion down the quarter mile or even a road course depending on your mood. In Most cases you can take your non-V8 Mustang and toss them aside because they (to some) are offensive to the Mustang badge. I say most because several years back Ford contimplated stuffing a non-V8 motor in a Mustang that would make most, if not all purists happy campers. Why? Because it was an all aluminum V10 and who doesn't love a V10?

In the below clip you will see a "mule car" thundering around the track with what was Ford's fancy new toy at the time, the aforementioned V10. Ford was putting the engine through its paces in the hopes of dropping it into a special Mustang or even the first attempt to revive the "GT" sportscar moniker.

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  • Could have been good

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  • That would have been incredible

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  • Some notes:

    1. This test mule ran around with a custom-built 9" rear end housing...and it still bent a few things.

    2. It was a N/A 4.6-based, all-aluminum Cobra motor that provided the basis for this stretched engine, it had a custom intake manifold (obviously), and an extra row of cylinders added to the middle of the block, in addition to a custom crankshaft.

    3. Power was quite a bit north of 400hp.

    4. The engine ended up going into a Shelby show car.

    5. I seem to recall that this was one of a few test mule engines that were being explored as a replacement for the relatively-sissy 4.6 DOHC in the 1999-2001 Cobra. There is no regular 2000 Cobra, due to the intake manifold fiasco of the 1999 Cobra, by the time they got the intakes sorted out, it was too late to get a 2000 prepared for sale, so the 2001's came out with the revised intake manifold, and 31-spline axles in the rear end (1999 was a 28-spline setup). Both years of Cobra were the first for Independent Rear Suspension for the Mustang.

    6. In the end, they went with the Terminator, a supercharged, iron-block dinosaur that you could throw lots of boost at, but it was obsolete the moment it came out, simply because of the weight (700+ pounds)...and it got hot almost immediately if tried to run around a track with it. And don't even get me started on the wheelhop problems.

    6A. They did have an amazing aluminum cylinder block in the Teksid (1992-1999), manufactured by the same foundry that makes all of Ferrari's cylinder blocks. Ford, however, ditched the superior block, and went with a crappy aluminum replacement of their own that doesn't handle boost very well. In addition, when coming up with the Terminator, Ford had to go with the iron block in attempt to hold together with boost, but even that block isn't as good as the Teksid (and weighs 100 pounds more).

    8 days ago
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    • I drive for a rather well know auto transport company and we had a Mustang II built by Mustang Evolution with a Ford V10. Absolutely beautiful car.

      6 days ago
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    • ...what color is this car, and do you have any pictures?

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  • I want a V-10 Mustang.

    8 days ago
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