Track attack!
Track attack!|2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Confirmed: The Ford Mustang Mach 1 will return!

Ford claims the Mustang Mach 1 will be the most track-capable 5-litre Mustang ever!

Karan Singh, Correspondent, evo India

Karan Singh, Correspondent, evo India

To be honest when Ford unveiled the Mustang Mach E, it felt like sacrilege to the Mustang name. Not only because it was electric, but a Mustang SUV? No, thank you. Now though, we are happy to report that the Mustang department is back to business as usual. The Mach 1 has been an iconic moniker in the Mustang lineup since it came around in the late ‘60s. It has appeared as a variant on a lot of iterations of the Mustang until Ford killed the moniker off in 2004. However, Ford will revive the Mach 1 this year and they’re making some bold claims about its performance too.

The circular air intake element hark back to the headlights of the original Mach 1
The circular air intake element hark back to the headlights of the original Mach 1 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

In terms of styling, the pictures released by the company show a camouflaged unit but it isn’t too hard to spot some unique details. At the front the Mach 1 will get a fairly aggressive bumper and two very distinct circular air intakes on either side of the galloping Mustang logo. The rear shows off a large spoiler, raked at quite an aggressive angle which should help with downforce on a racetrack. The sole picture of the wheels shows off 19-inch rims wrapped in track focused Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber.

Notice the Brembo anchors!
Notice the Brembo anchors! 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Details are scarce but expect the Mustang Mach 1 to be faster than the GT models, while still not being as quick (or expensive) as the Shelby lineup. “Mach 1 has always been that bridge between base Mustangs and the Shelby models,” says Ted Ryan, heritage brand manager, Ford Archives. “From a style and handling perspective, the original Mach 1 managed to stand out as unique, even in the Mustang lineup – and as the name implies, it could really move.”

The return of the Mach 1 is much awaited among the Mustang cult as well as the car enthusiast community as a whole. The company says we will get our first look at the Mach 1 “this spring”, but we’re already transitioning into summer. However, the increased number of spy shots suggest a reveal date will be announced sooner rather than later.

Evo India