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2011 Mustang getting litteral ‘Track Pack’ for 5.0 Coyote???

August 14, 2009

Well, this is only the stuff of dreams at the moment – but the evidence is at least real…

Car and Driver has all the info…

2011 Ford Mustang mules

Instead of renting tracks for days (or weeks), in what may be another sign of corporate responsibility, we ran into a handful of Ford engineers at the 1.88-mile GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, last night during the $60/person evening run-whatcha-brung event with plenty of 2011 Mustang prototypes in tow.

One particularly saucy mule was wearing sticky Pirelli P Zero Corsa r-compound tires (yes, the same rubber found on fire breathers such as the Ferrari 430 Scuderia and the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, among other supercars), which leads us to believe the ’11 GT will come with an even more potent Track Pack than the current car’s which employs Pirelli P Zero tires. Engineers were also tweaking the car’s adjustable shocks, but those may have been employed simply for development purposes. We put in a request with the engineers for more brakes, too, as the ones on the 2010 Track Pack get overheated quickly during a race-track lapping session.

Lap times? If the Ford folk are to be believed, the current 2010 Mustang GT with the Track Pack can run a 1:39.7 or so and the ’11 car with the super-sticky tires was lapping in the low 1:38s, or roughly on par with our 414-hp (309kW) BMW M3, whose brakes have seen better days and whose driver would not be considered a GingerMan expert. Either way, it looks as though the ’11 Mustang GT will obliterate the current car.

We’re still expecting a new, all-aluminum 32-valve 5.0 litre V-8 making about 400 hp (300kW) and 400 lb-ft (542Nm) of torque—dubbed “Coyote”—to become the GT’s powerplant, bringing output in line with the 426-hp (318kW) Chevy Camaro SS and 376-hp (280) Dodge Challenger R/T. (We expect that this time around the “5.0” will actually displace 5.0 liters as opposed to the previous engine’s 4.9 liters).

Read our take on the Track-Packed 2010 GT: 2010 Ford Mustang GT – Short Take Road Test

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