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2015 Ford Mustang Apollo Special Edition

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22nd July, 2015

  • U.S. Apollo spaceflight programme inspires one-of-a-kind 2015 Ford Mustang to be donated and sold at charity auction 23rd July at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Donation and sale will benefit EAA youth aviation education programmes, including Young Eagles
  • Unique Ford vehicles have raised nearly $3 million for EAA youth aviation programmes, including Young Eagles

As far as special edition Mustangs go, this one is out of this world (so to speak).

For the eighth straight year, Ford Motor Company has made a unique, aviation-inspired Ford Mustang to benefit Experimental Aircraft Association youth education programmes, including the Young Eagles. The Apollo Edition Mustang will be donated and sold via auction at the Gathering of Eagles charity event, 23rd July, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 – which claims to be the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.

All proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit EAA youth education programmes, including the Young Eagles, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.9 million young people since 1992, helping grow the next generation of aviators.

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Ford serves as exclusive automotive sponsor of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, held 20th-26th July this year at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

“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.”

Based on a 2015 Ford Mustang GT coupe, Ford design and engineering teams transformed the 5.0-litre pony car into the Apollo Edition Mustang – a truly unique and highly valued vehicle that will excite enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Led by Ford Design Manager Melvin Betancourt, the exterior features a one-of-a-kind glossy pure white and pure black non-production paint scheme that delivers a creative connection with the NASA Apollo programme. The Apollo Edition Mustang features a carbon fibre front splitter, rear diffuser, rocker mouldings and accent treatments, along with unique LED under body 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 performance wheels. This Mustang will deliver a heart-pounding 627 horsepower and 540 lb.-ft. of torque to provide an exhilarating, controlled launch for its new owner.

The theme carries into the cabin with exclusive interior details, including performance gauges, modified instrument cluster, unique sill plates and embroidered elements in seats, trim panels and floor mats.

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The auction of the Apollo Edition Mustang will be the pinnacle of the EAA Gathering of Eagles gala. The event annually draws more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts in support of EAA youth education programs, which inspire young people to become engineers, aviators, astronauts, scientists and innovators – the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.

“Ford has been a committed sponsor of EAA and AirVenture for more than 15 years – bringing incredible value to those who make Oshkosh the highlight of their aviation year,” said Jack Pelton, EAA chairman of the board. “With its eighth Mustang donation, Ford continues to excite with its specialty vehicles, which reflect the depth of the company’s commitment and which allow EAA to provide support to its valuable programmes and dedicated members in helping us grow the next generation of aviators.”

The Apollo Edition Mustang joins seven other one-of-a-kind Mustangs made by the Ford design and engineering teams for the auction in support of EAA youth education. Ford vehicles donated at EAA AirVenture events have collectively raised nearly $3 million.

The unique vehicles that support EAA youth education programmes including Young Eagles, are:

  • 2008 – Mustang AV8R, with cues from F-22 Raptor, which helped introduce the glass-roof canopy and delivered an auction contribution of $500,000
  • 2009 – AV-X10 “Dearborn Doll” Mustang, crafted in honour of the World War II aircraft
  • 2010 – Two automotive icons – the late Carroll Shelby, former U.S. Air Force flight instructor, and Jack Roush, long time P-51 pilot – collaborated for the first time to make the SR-71 Blackbird Mustang inspired by legendary reconnaissance jet
  • 2011 – Blue Angels Mustang, made to celebrate 100 years of U.S. naval aviation
  • 2012 – Red Tails Mustang, to pay homage to Tuskegee Airmen – courageous squadron of P-51 Mustang pilots
  • 2013 – U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Mustang, built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team
  • 2014 – F-35 Lightning Edition II Mustang, which featured design cues from the world’s most advanced multi-role fighter jet – the F-35 Lightning

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Ford's Apollo Edition Mustang will be on display all week in the Ford hangar at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.

The Apollo Edition Mustang was modified by MAD Industries, led by Chris Mangum. Interior enhancements were designed by Ford’s Betancourt and Nicole Rush, and made in-house by Ford’s design fabrication team. Additional contributors to the project include Ford Performance, Eibach Springs, Carbon 2 Carbon, BASF automotive refinish, Gibson performance exhaust, Pirelli tyres, Forgiato wheels, Rigid Industries LED lighting, SourceSE by sPod, 3M window film, PIAA Corporation, Brembo, APR performance, FOCAL/The Source AV and Odyssey battery.



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