The top 10 Ford Mustang stories of 2012
This was a busy year for the Ford Mustang. There was plenty of news straight from the Blue Oval, like the redesigned 2013 Mustang hitting dealerships and info on the 2014 Mustang being released, and the aftermarket came out in force with their various iterations from Vaughn Gittin Jr’s Mustang RTR to Roush’s updated Stage 3 Mustang. There were some cool one-off Mustangs introduced as well, like the Red Tails Mustang that was auctioned off for charity or the twin-turbo Mustang Cobra Jet Concept revealed by Ford Racing at SEMA. Then, of course, there are the multitude of rumors regarding the 2015 Mustang.
So what were the biggest Ford Mustang stories of 2012? We looked back at all the articles we published this year and picked out what we considered the ten most important. Have a look at the list for yourself below.
|10. No more Boss 302 for 2014
In November Ford released the order guides for the 2014 Mustang, revealing that there would be no more Boss 302 after 2013. This was no surprise as Ford had initially promised the Boss 302 would be limited to a 2-year run, but the order guides made it official.
|9. Return of the Saleen 351
At the Los Angeles Auto Show in November Steve Saleen announced that a legendary number would be coming back to the brand – 351. It’s been 13 years since there has been a 351ci Mustang in the Saleen lineup, making the announcement all the more special.
|8. Paul Brown passes away
Paul Brown made a splash in the Mustang world in 2011 when he dominated the GTS class of the SCCA World Challenge, winning five races and posting nine top-five finishes on his way to the driver’s championship. Unfortunately Brown was unable to defend his title, as he was diagnosed with skin cancer in March and passed away in October.
|7. Ford Racing builds the twin-turbo Mustang Cobra Jet Concept
Ford Racing stole the spotlight at this year’s SEMA Show with the incredible Mustang Cobra Jet Concept powered by a one-off twin-turbocharged 5.0L V8. Ford Racing says that they will continue to do endurance testing with the powertrain, perhaps hinting that a production version of the engine could be a possibility.
|6. EcoBoost engine confirmed for 2015 Mustang
Details of the 2015 Ford Mustang are still emerging, but you can count on one thing – an EcoBoost engine will be an option. Early in the year Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president of global product development, confirmed that an EcoBoost engine would be a part of the next generation Mustang.
|5. 2015 Ford Mustang officially going to be sold in Europe
With Ford aiming to globalize every car in their lineup, it’s no surprise that the 2015 Mustang will be marketed outside the United States. Ford made it official with a video announcement in September that declared the new Mustang will be sold in Europe.
|4. Steve Saleen gets back the Saleen naming rights
Steve Saleen and the company bearing his name were separated in 2007 when he retired from the company, although it seemed inevitable that the two would be reunited eventually. That came to fruition in April, when Steve acquired the Saleen brand and naming rights.
|3. Shelby 1000 debuts at the New York Auto Show
Shelby wowed the automotive world with the debut of the Shelby 1000 at the New York Auto Show in April. It’s sure to be an instant collector car – not only is it the most powerful Mustang ever built by the company, but it’s also the last to be introduced while Carroll was still alive.
|2. 2015 Ford Mustang to feature Evos design cues
Rumors have abounded this year regarding the design of the upcoming 2015 Mustang, with the biggest being that the car will feature several design cues from the futuristic Ford Evos Concept. While it’s unlikely the new Mustang will be as radical as the one rendered here, it will somewhat depart from the current retro theme.
|1. Carroll Shelby passes away at age 89
The automotive world lost a legend when Carroll Shelby passed away on May 10th at the age of 89. Carroll was most known for his automotive achievements – winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, developing the Shelby Cobra and numerous performance Mustangs – but he also created the Caroll Shelby Foundation to help provide medical assistance to children.