Ford Mustang owners can set free around 100 extra ponies without breaking the bank.
Australia's Tickford vehicle enhancement business, the road-going side of the Supercars racing outfit home to Bathurst-winning drivers Chaz Mostert and Mark Winterbottom, has developed a new engine tuner for the 2018 Ford Mustang GT.
A new direct-injection fuel system and free-breathing exhaust fitted to all V8 models helps Tickford extract impressive 400kW of power and 632Nm with a simple software update.
Those numbers represent gains of 61kW and 76Nm compared to the regular car’s 339kW and 556Nm peaks.
Until now, those sort of Mustang gains have required the costly addition of a supercharger, or intense changes to Ford’s 5.0-litre engine.
Tickford managing director Rod Nash says his engineering team “have been working feverishly on the new engine and understanding the implications of the engine updates, as well as the new active exhaust system”.
“Following weeks spent on the dyno, this is the end result, which we are very happy with,” he says.
“It certainly enhances the power and driveability of the car.”
The best news for prospective owners is that the tweak costs just $2,750, and is backed by Tickford’s own warranty.
A similar package may be available for the upcoming Mustang Bullitt which produces more power than regular models thanks in part to a free-breathing intake system.
The Mustang’s profile will grow in 2019 when local supercars outfits including Tickford Racing and DJR Team Penske switch from bodywork based on Ford’s extinct Falcon FG-X to Mustang metalwork for the foreseeable future.