As far as special edition Mustangs go, this one is a bit out of this world. Inspired by the U.S. Apollo spaceflight programme, Ford design and engineering teams have transformed a 2015 fastback Mustang GT into what they have dubbed the Apollo Edition Mustang.
“The Apollo programme delivered astonishing innovations in technology and achieved a national goal of landing the first human on the moon,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors. “The entire programme was extraordinary – one of our nation’s greatest technological achievements. With this year’s stunning Apollo Edition Mustang, we salute that spirit of American ingenuity with the quintessential American automobile – Ford Mustang.”
Led by Ford Design Manager Melvin Betancourt, the exterior features a glossy pure white and pure black non-production paint scheme that delivers a visual connection with the NASA Apollo programme. The car also gets a carbon-fibre front splitter, rear diffuser, rocker moldings and accent treatments, along with bespoke LED underbody lighting to “symbolise atmospheric re-entry”.
Performance enhancements include a performance package, Ford Performance supercharger and shifter, X-pipe with side and rear exhaust, sport-tuned suspension, six-piston Brembo brakes and custom Forgiato 21-inch alloy wheels. Ford claims the 5.0-litre pony car will deliver 627 horsepower and 540 lb-ft of torque.
The theme carries into the cabin with bespoke interior details, including performance gauges, modified instrument cluster, custom sill plates and embroidered elements in seats, trim panels and floor mats.
Ford says the aviation-inspired Apollo Edition will be donated and sold via auction at a charity event next week to benefit Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) youth education programmes, including the Young Eagles.