The Ford Mustang is quite a versatile product with a rich history in terms of variants, movie cameos, track focussed modifications and professional motorsport. One such special version of the Mustang is the Mach 1 performance package which Ford has brought back to the market after a 17-year hiatus.
The all-new Ford Mustang Mach 1 fastback is the track day version of the regular Mustang GT but not as extreme as a Shelby. Ford has included some design traits that pay tribute to the original Mach 1 chief among which is the deep-fitted mesh grille with what look like perfectly round nostrils. These mirror the positioning of the extra lamps mounted to the front of the 1969 Mach 1. In the 50 years since then, the Mustang has evolved to feature more effective aerodynamic packages.
While the aggressive front splitter for the sporty bumper with more grilles doesn’t look as cool as the wedge on the high-riding original, it will make 2020 Mach 1 corner better. The same goes for the new rear spoiler (the bigger one that comes with Handling package) and the hood intakes for controlling airflow. From the back, the track-pack Mach 1 looks hunkered down and ready to gallop, sporting the large quad-exit exhaust and the very noticeable rear diffusor. The final two design elements that the new Mach 1 can’t have but the original did — slats over the rear windscreen and vents in the rear wheel arches. Ford says that the Mach 1 has 150 per cent more downforce than the regular Mustang GT with the handling package that uses some aero bits derived from the GT500.