2021 Mustang Mach 1

Will the Ford Mustang Mach 1 make up for the Mach-E and discontinuing the Shelby GT350?

First Ford announced they wouldn't make the Mustang Shelby GT350. Then they debuted the all-electric Mach-E and called it a Mustang.

Mustang fans didn't take particular well to either move.

Ford may have taken a step toward making amends, with the introduction of the new Mustang Mach 1. The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 features a 5.0-liter V-8 engine, with a 6-speed manual transmission.

It even comes with a white cue ball shift knob.

When you dig into the details, it quickly becomes apparent the Mustang Mach 1 could possibly be considered the Mustang Shelby GT350 by another name. Ford has positioned this vehicle in all its marketing material as a car that 'bridges the gap between Mustang GT and Shelby®.

In fact the Mustang Mach 1 transferred much of its performance technology—Ford calls it track-ready—from the GT350. This resulted in 480 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft Of torque.

2021 Mustang Mach 1 Interior View

Along with the Tremec™ transmission, the Mach 1 integrates the intake manifold, oil filter adapter and engine oil cooler from the GT350. The Mustang GT500 also contributed technology to the Mach 1 design as well.

To enhance track endurance, the team added two side heat exchangers – one to cool engine oil, the other transmission oil – as well as a rear axle cooling system and lower diffuser from Shelby GT500.

To improve ride and handling, Mach 1 features the latest MagneRide calibration, a stiffer steering I-shaft, new EPAS calibration, stiffer sway bars and front springs, a brake booster from the Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2, 9.5-inch/10-inch split fitment wheels with Michelin PS4 tires, a rear subframe with stiffer bushings and a rear toe-link from Shelby GT500.

2021 Mustang Mach 1 with Spoiler

Ford designers combined the best technologies to adhere to their goal of a track-ready performer.

A new two-piece upper grille, lower grille and valance, and new side grilles, all contribute to Mach 1’s signature look and more demanding aero and cooling performance requirements.

A front splitter optimized to the fascia shape improves track performance and provides a more aggressive appearance, while a matched rear spoiler works in concert to create ideal lift balance. Mach 1 features 22 percent more downforce than a Mustang GT with Performance Pack Level 1 and the downforce improvement jumps to approximately 150 percent with the Handling Package.

No pricing details have been released. Ford says the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 will be available sometime in Spring of 2021.