Fast & Furious Actor Sung Kang is rooting for "The Underdog" and is partnering with Shell and SEMA for a winning edge. Kang, along with a team of aspiring young automotive technicians from Alhambra High School in Alhambra, CA, will work together to transform a 1972 Ford Maverick to debut at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV.
"If I were a car, I would be the Maverick," said Kang, who first drove the Maverick in Fast & Furious Five in Brazil. "The Maverick has always been underappreciated, overlooked and undervalued... "The Underdog." But those who love her are loyal forever. This and the chance to make a difference for these students is something I can stand behind."
The vehicle represents what Kang describes as the ultimate "Underdog." The build will be recorded and shared in an online video series filled with raw, behind-the-scenes footage, intimate conversations and real-time progress every step of the way, made possible by SEMA and Shell, featuring Pennzoil.
"Kang's "Project Underdog" is, at its heart, designed to promote youth outreach and inspire the next generation to become future enthusiasts and pursue automotive careers," said Mike Spagnola, SEMA VP of OEM & Product Development Programs. "Our SEMA programs are simply the right fit for this team project that will prove the underdog can win big and benefit our community".
Ford Performance provided the build team with a 2016 Mustang 2.3L Ecoboost Crate Engine (PN# M-6007-23T) and (PN# M-6017-23T) controls pack. The 2.3L EcoBoost engine makes an impressive 305 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs of torque.
"The car community has always saved a seat for me at the table and I've made a lot of friends who are legends in their own right," Kang continued. Among those friends is award-winning builder Steve Strope, who will lead "Project Underdog " and serve as a mentor to the three Alhambra High School students who have been specially selected from the Southern California area for the project.
The final build, which is supported by Shell, featuring Pennzoil, and Ford Motor Company, Samsung, NITTO, GReddy, Rocket Bunny and Facebook, will debut at the 2016 trade-only SEMA Show on Nov. 1-4 in Las Vegas, NV.
The crew at Ford Performance have spec'd out a complete kit to simplify the swap of modern 5.0L Coyote power into just about any classic Ford vehicle. The Coyote Power Module teams the Mustang GT 435 horsepower 5.0L Coyote V8 with a state of the art Tremec 6-Speed manual or 6R80 6-Speed automatic transmission - and all the electronics and hardware to finish the installation. Coyote Power Module simplifies both the shopping and build experience by kitting up the right parts that are matched to deliver potent performance with civilized drivability. The engine control pack and wiring harness is truly a plug and play set-up and simplifies the conversion to modern electronically fuel injected V8 high performance engine.
The 2015-2017 Ford Focus ST's remarkable combination of chassis tuning, engine performance, sound, and comfort deliver truly exhilarating driving dynamics along with high levels of refinement. Focus ST's lightweight EcoBoost® engine uses high-pressure direct injection, low-inertia turbocharging and twin independent variable camshaft timing to bring high levels of both performance and fuel efficiency.
Behind the wheel, drivers feel a physical connection with the car through everything they touch and feel, such as the specially designed pedals, steering wheel and gearshift.
Ford Performance takes the Focus ST to the next level with parts from the just released 2016 Focus RS. Parts include: Focus RS wheels, Focus RS Brembo front and rear brakes, RS Steering Wheel and shift knob.
Ford Performance is now offering performance-enhancing, warranty-friendly, 50-state-compliant calibrations for 2015 and newer EcoBoost®-equipped Mustang and V8-powered Mustang GT.
Ford Performance calibration kit for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine boosts peak torque 70 lb.-ft., along with an additional 25 horsepower.
Three different performance packages are now available for Mustang GT, providing up to 472 horsepower along with a redline bump and no-lift-shift capability.
Dearborn, Michigan, Oct. 11, 2016 - Performance-enhancing calibrations for 2015 and newer Mustang EcoBoost® and Mustang GT now available from Ford Performance Parts provide substantial power gains, are 50-state-compliant and are compatible with the vehicle limited warranty.
The Ford Performance Mustang EcoBoost performance calibration kit for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine boosts peak torque 70 lb.-ft. for a total of 390 lb.-ft. of torque, along with a peak 25 horsepower gain for a total of 335 horsepower. Three different performance packages are available for Mustang GT, providing gains of up to 37 horsepower for a peak 472 horsepower in the 5.0-liter V8, while also increasing engine redline and offering no-lift-shift capability.
"Ford Performance Parts is a key part of our product strategy" said Doug White, Ford Performance Parts manager. "Mustang is all about performance, and we know our customers look to us for performance options that are both 50-state-compliant and warranty-friendly".
Peak horsepower and torque increases with the EcoBoost calibration kit are substantial, but even more impressive are the gains throughout the powerband, including a whopping 100 horsepower increase at 6,000 rpm. The kit boasts an average gain of 40 horsepower and 60 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,500 rpm to 5,000 rpm, with even larger average gains of 75 horsepower and 64 lb.-ft. from 5,500 rpm to redline.
Mustang GT receives a trio of power packages for its V8, marking the first time Ford has offered more than one performance calibration for a single powertrain application. These power packages bring a unique no-lift-shift feature to manual transmission-equipped vehicles, enabling drivers to maximize acceleration by allowing shifts without lifting off the throttle.
The first power pack features a unique performance calibration and high-flow air filter - delivering peak gains of 13 horsepower and 16 lb.-ft. of torque for Mustang GT. The second includes a cold air intake, 87-millimeter throttle body, and intake adapter from Shelby® GT350 Mustang featuring an industry-exclusive CARB-certified open air filter that provides peak gains of 21 horsepower and 24 lb.-ft. over the stock 5.0-liter V8 engine.
Ford Mustang GT customers wanting to turn their car up to 11, the third power pack offering changes the character of the potent 5.0-liter V8 by moving the redline up to 7,500 rpm. This kit brings a substantial 37 horsepower boost and an extended powerband, along with a peak gain of 5 lb.-ft. of torque to provide serious value for Mustang customers.
EcoBoost performance calibration kit and Mustang GT power packages are available for both manual and automatic transmission-equipped Mustangs. For automatic applications, each features optimized performance shift schedules.
The kits are available now through Ford Performance Parts, along with many other performance-enhancing parts for Ford cars and trucks. Owners should check with their dealer for limited warranty details.
Want to go from stallion to race breed? This Ford Performance Parts 2017 Mustang GT parts development car demonstrates the way via more than 20 high-performance, OEM-validated aftermarket applications from Ford Performance Parts. From ignition to wheels, the overall generation of power, aesthetics, tactility, and vehicle dynamics have been authentically performance enhanced. The result is the most potent Coyote V8 / automatic transmission pairing to date (more than 580-hp and in excess of 450 lb.-ft. of torque) in an overall package that proves "form follows capability".