On the other hand, build quality is already an issue with the latest iteration – as proven by a V8-powered Mustang GT that was shipped to the dealership with mismatched front seats (differently-colored Recaro logos, the seat material was leather on one, Alcantara on the other!). However, the company is busy revealing that it has decided to level up the S650 Mustang ownership experience to completely new heights.
More precisely, the Dearborn-based Detroit automaker and the Ford Performance Racing School will start the Dark Horse Track Attack experience – a hands-on track instruction and driving course at Charlotte Motor Speedway exclusively devised for Dark Horse customers. There is also a new "Mustang ownership experience online with a new digital haven that allows fans to share their passion regardless of location," and many real-world events will ensure the community stays tightly knit across the country.
No worries, Mustang EcoBoost and GT owners haven't been forgotten – new "Mustang brand immersive driving experiences" will have them hit the track to learn how to drift, autocross, or tackle a road course – all supervised by "world-class" instructors. The Mustang Dark Horse owners do not even have to pay for the Track Attack at Charlotte Motor Speedway (not including transportation and lodging, though), and customers can start registering for the program in January next year.
"The Ford Mustang is all about two things: its community of passionate fans and racing. We're combining those qualities and giving owners the opportunity to learn some of the same skills our racing drivers will take to Daytona and Le Mans next year," said Matt Simpson, general manager for Enthusiast Vehicles. "And they'll do so alongside their fellow enthusiasts."
Speaking of the Mustang family, the top-of-the-line model for the street is the Mustang GT3's sibling – the Mustang GTD. However, the latter has one perk above the Le Mans race car – when it tackles the Nürburgring Nordschleife's 73 curves, the first-ever Mustang GTD will be the first-ever street-legal Ford with active aerodynamic technology – which is forbidden in GT3-class race cars.
Titled the Drag Reduction System, the active aerodynamic system includes a shape-shifting rear wing, special flaps that can open or close under the body, and even "specially designed channels under the car to help direct turbulent air from the front tires away from the car." Cool, right?