MID-ENGINE MUSTANG GOES ON ITS FIRST ROAD TEST

mid-engine mustang goes on its first road test

MID-ENGINE MUSTANG GOES ON ITS FIRST ROAD TEST

If there’s a realm that demonstrates the limitless imagination of humanity, it’s the internet. And if there’s a physical manifestation of that limitless imagination in the automotive world, it’s the annual SEMA show. And the 2022 show was no exception. From vintage Chevy trucks-turned-race-cars to hydrogen-powered Ford Falcons, innovation was on display everywhere. And that included the magnificent machine we want to share with you today: a mid-engined Ford Mustang.

Mid-Engine 1967 Ford Mustang: Details

This mid-engined Ford Mustang actually started its life out as a movie stunt car, and was used in the Need For Speed movie as a Bugatti Veyron replica. The folks at B Is For Build eventually acquired it, and work began straight away to make it look like the midship Mustang design proposal.

The team rebuilt the shift plate, improved the steering feedback, and re-engineered the exhaust before setting off. The exhaust was their main focus as the car is quite loud, and they wanted to make it quieter. They also wanted to ensure heat was kept away from the shifter linkage, which had apparently overheated with the previous design.

mid-engine mustang goes on its first road test

However, Chris Steinbacher, the man behind B is for Build, stated that despite the efforts to muffle the car further, it remains deafening inside the vehicle. On a different note, the 1967 Mustang doesn’t appear to scrape despite looking as though it’s constantly on the verge of tapping the road surface. Steinbacher is quite happy about this finding, as the car even survived going over a bump without scraping during the drive.

Though, the mid-engine Ford Mustang still has some work to be done, as evident in the video where the car tends to dart around the road a bit due to the alignment of the car still needing to be completed. The car was used as a movie prop and wrecked before undergoing significant customization for this project, so it makes sense why it requires an alignment. The team must also add a rear three-quarter window and dial in the passenger-side wing mirror. As it turns out, the driver can’t see what’s happening on the car’s passenger side, and Steinbacher was using hand signals in the video with his camera crew to confirm when it was safe to change lanes.

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