As with the original 250 horsepower Mach 1, introduced in 1969, this new car is designed to fill the gap between the standard Mustang and the much more extreme Shelby Mustangs.
The name Mach 1 connotes supersonic flight. It is the technical term for the speed of sound, which is approximately 767 miles per hour at sea level. Ford has not announced an estimated top speed for the Mach 1, but it will, no doubt, be considerably lower than that.
The Mach 1 is engineered for track driving, with better oil cooling and large air intakes. An optional package for the suspension will provide even better high-speed handling. Some engine and suspension parts from the Shelby Mustangs are used on this car. Buyers will be able to choose either a six-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic.
The Mach 1’s body will be decorated with distinctive low-gloss racing stripes and a special Mustang pony badge in the center of the grill.