2015 Mustang’s Engineers Had a Sweet – But Challenging – Gig

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We’ve shown you what went into the 2015 Ford Mustang’s exterior design and interior styling.

Now, let’s take a look at what the Blue Oval’s engineers contributed to the development of the S550 generation of the iconic sports car. True, the looks of any Mustang are important, but if those play second fiddle to anything, it’s engineering. It doesn’t matter how nice a Mustang looks if it handles sloppily or puts you to sleep when you’re behind the wheel.

Ford’s tech wizards were under an incredible amount of pressure. Not only did they have to create an entirely new car, but they had to make an all-new Mustang – the 50th anniversary model of it, too. Engineers had to make sure the S550 would be comfortable on the street and capable on the race track. To accomplish the latter goal, they focused on decreasing weight, distributing it effectively, and increasing rigidity.

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The whole world would be examining the S550’s available engines, in particular. Ford tried to offer a power plant for every part of the spectrum. There’s a naturally aspirated V6 as well as a performance-oriented EcoBoost I4 and a range-topping 5.0 V8 with 435 horsepower.

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On top of all of that, the engineers had to perform their jobs in as much secrecy as possible to keep spy shots of their work from hitting the web before the 2015 Mustang’s big debut. In addition to creating the next generation of an automotive legend, the engineering team had to fabricate a new three-layer camouflage.

Click the play button below to see all of the other challenges the 2015 Ford Mustang posed to its in-house thinkers and tinkerers.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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