Paul Swift puts the new Mustang Mach 1 through its paces at Goodwood SpeedWeek
Among all the high performance icons blasting around the Motor Circuit for SpeedWeek presented by Mastercard is one that’s not only new to us but new to all of Europe – not that you would think so because it is such a familiar and storied name. It’s the Ford Mustang Mach 1, a fast Ford that first appeared Stateside in 1969 but which has never officially been offered here before. Until now.
The new Mach 1 makes its European debut at Goodwood and goes on sale in the UK next year, at prices to be confirmed but tipped to be around £50,000. It will be a limited edition model with a strong track emphasis, and the first time that Ford of Europe has offered a go-faster hero Mustang in the mould of the US market Shelby GT350 and GT500, models with which the new Mach 1 shares components.
The Mach 1 gets the power – 460PS from a tweaked version of the 5.0-litre V8 – the aero and the handling from a bespoke suspension set-up to be the most capable Mustang ever offered in Europe, on road or track, says Ford. On a circuit, it is said to be the fastest production Mustang ever offered.