Ford has revealed its new Performance Pack for the 2018 Mustang GT.
Features from the first Performance Pack which was built for the ‘current’ Mustang all carry over to the new pack, including chassis and antilock brake tuning, unique stability control and electric power-assisted steering, Brembo six-piston front brake calipers with larger rotors, a larger radiator, and a Torsen rear diff.
The only visually obvious additions to the vehicle are the high-performance front splitter and rear spoiler, as well as the exclusive 10-spoke 19-inch wheels.
Jonathan Gesek, Ford’s aerodynamics group expert and former aerodynamics specialist at NASA, says the Performance Pack-fitted Pony essentially turned out to be the dream-spec Mustang for the team working after-hours on it.
“Our targets were aggressive, and we nailed them,” Gesek says.
The splitter he and his team designed was inspired by that of the Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca, though this one sticks out three inches from the GT’s stock lip, and creates about 11 kg of downforce at 128km/h. the subtly redesigned rear spoiler helps balance the downforce, Ford says.
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s are also added with the Pack, which are 1.5-inches wider than those found on the first iteration of the Performance Pack.
Ford vehicle dynamics development supervisor Jamie Cullen says this, and the improved MagneRide suspension, means the Mustang’s grip levels are dramatically increased with the Performance Pack Level 2.
“It will just beg you to go faster,” says Cullen. “The car has lightning-quick response and never gives up grip.”
Cullen led road testing by the team to ensure their work had achieved notable improvements in steering, braking and handling.
While we expect to see a performance pack for the Mustang when it lands in Australia, specifics have not yet been confirmed by Ford locally.