Evenings in the garage. Weekends at the track. Gearheads everywhere can appreciate the extra time and effort the Mustang team took to quickly prototype and hone the Performance Pack Level 2 for the new 2018 Ford Mustang GT. “A passion to create something special is what really drove this project,” said Tom Barnes, Mustang vehicle engineering manager. “And that really showed in the off-the-clock way we went about doing our work.”
Longtime tire and wheel engineer Chauncy Eggleston led the development of unique 19-inch wheels that help provide notable steering and handling response improvements. Mustang veteran Jonathan Gesek, former aerodynamics specialist at NASA and now with Ford’s aerodynamics group, spearheaded the development of a high-performance front splitter and rear spoiler. Jamie Cullen, Ford supervisor for vehicle dynamics development, led road test efforts to ensure the car delivers ultra-responsive steering, braking, and handling performance. The result of their covert efforts is available to order now and will reach North American showrooms this spring when pony car enthusiasts can get the new 2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2, a collection of drive-enhancing components designed for – and by –people who love the thrill of taking the wheel of a true performance car.
“It will just beg you to go faster,” said Cullen. “The car has a lightning-quick response and never gives up grip.” Performance Pack Level 2 includes all of the features of Performance Pack Level 1 – unique chassis and antilock brake tuning, unique stability control, and electric power-assisted steering, Brembo ™ six-piston front brake calipers with larger rotors, a k-brace, larger radiator, silver-painted strut tower brace and a TORSEN ® rear differential with 3.73 axle ratio. It’s highlighted by a lower stance, a redesigned front splitter, and rear spoiler, and 305/30/R19 Michelin Pilot Sports Cup 2 tires wrapped around split-fitment aluminum wheels – 19×10.5-inch front and 19×11-inch rear. The tires, 1.5 inches wider than those found with Performance Pack Level 1, provide a firmer grip and work with a retuned chassis to put the car more than a half-inch closer to the ground.
The package is available exclusively with a manual transmission.