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A car is a tool, and a well-designed car is one in which every element of the design process has been directed toward making the car as effective as possible at doing what it is designed to do. For some vehicles, this means beefing up towing power or off-road capability; for others, it means maximizing hauling space; for others still, comfort and luxury are the end goal. But pony cars like the Mustang are nothing more or less than conduits for channelling raw speed.
When the Mustang first appeared on the market in 1964, it heralded a new era in car design. Unlike European-style sports cars, the Mustang was not developed to handle quick turns or winding roads.
Instead, it was created with the wide-open spaces and long straight highways of America in mind. Where European nameplates like Porsche and Aston-Martin emphasized maneuverability, the Mustang delivered raw, linear power that was perfectly suited for drag racing.
A Versatile Racer
Over the years, the Mustang has evolved. But despite numerous re-designs and many special editions, the Mustang has always been a car that looks best on short, straight tracks where its aggressive horsepower and battering ram of an engine are shown off to best effect.
This is one of the reasons Mustangs are so popular on the streets: where speedway racing favours vehicles that can deliver quick acceleration and tight cornering, Mustangs have always appealed to drivers who don’t like the constraints of a set course, and want to test their mettle on highways and backroads.
If you want to buy a new Mustang this fall so you can experience this raw energy for yourself, it is important to remember that not every Mustang is designed with drag racing in mind.
You should also bear in mind that the performance and aesthetics of a Mustang bought off the showroom floor can easily be modified and improved using specialized aftermarket components from providers like ROUSH, or dependable OEM parts.
Considering Buying Your Own Mustang? Find A Specialized Dealership
For this reason, you might want to consider buying from a dealership that specializes in new and used Mustangs, where knowledgeable staff can help you find a top quality racing Mustang and advise you on performance enhancements. If you are shopping in the Greater Toronto Area, consider a dealership like Colony Ford in Brampton that has a long history of providing high quality new and used Mustangs to shoppers across the region.
In the more than fifty years since they first appeared on the road, Mustangs have had a massive impact on drag racing, and drag racing has, in turn, had an impact on Mustang design. Some of the most exciting special edition Mustangs are purpose-built drag racers (the new Cobra Jet, for example, can run a mid-eight-second quarter mile at an astonishing 150 mph), and even standard Mustangs lend themselves to the fast acceleration and brute strength that has led them to success on the strip so many times.
Fall is the best time to find a great deal on a new Mustang, so if you can’t wait to discover the joy and power that is racing your very own Mustang, get in touch with the staff at your local dealership today and explore your options for models and customization. Like any finely honed tool, a Mustang gets the job done every time.