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As Cool As It Would Be, Ford Looked To Maximize Performance In Other Ways

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-1
Photo via Ford.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-1 was officially revealed this morning, and it looks like we’ve got another track-ready muscle car on our hands. But some die-hard enthusiasts seem to be let down that the new Mach-1 doesn’t feature a sought-after feature: a shaker hood. At the end of the day, this new Mustang may likely be better off for it, and we chatted with figureheads involved in the Mach-1’s development to understand why.

“The original (Mustang Mach-1) did not actually have a standard shaker hood,” said Nick Terzes, Mustang vehicle integration supervisor in an interview with MC&T. “It was an optional piece of equipment for performance with carbureted engines.” The 5.0L Coyote V8, needless to say, isn’t carbureted.

“It’s one of those things we were looking at in the car. Nowadays we found that it wasn’t gonna add anything for us to do that,” said Terzes. “We wanted to make sure to maximize the performance of the car, so we put our resources elsewhere. This car doesn’t have a shaker, but it does have a lot of aerodynamic and performance characteristics added to it. And, right out of the gate, more power.”

Translated: the engineering budget was better used elsewhere around the vehicle.

“We basically looked at the best technologies we’ve had to-date with the 5.0L are incorporated into this powertrain.”

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-1
Photo via Ford.

As a bit of a throwback, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-1 features a pair of placeholders where a set of rally lights would be, as seen in the original Mach-1. Ford tells us that these circular panels can simply be popped out, and the aftermarket (which doesn’t have to deal with the prohibitively expensive rigors of re-engineering a front fascia in the name of compliance), can provide a solution to customers looking to fit throwback rally lights if they so choose. Historically, the Ford Mustang Mach-1 took home a pair of SCCA Manufacturer’s Rally Championships in 1969 and 1970.

Aside from the rally light placeholders, the new Mustang Mach-1 visually separates itself from its stablemates with unique paint options, unique wheels, a specific aero kit, and an oh-so-cool orange/gray stripe option.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-1 will hit dealerships in Spring of 2021 in the United States and Canada, while international markets will soon follow. It’s expected to replace both the Bullitt and the GT350 in the Mustang family, but Ford refused to comment on the rest of the muscle car’s lineup for now. An all-new S650 Mustang is expected around 2022.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-1
Photo via Ford.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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