Ford to auction off Apollo mission-inspired Mustang

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday announced a special edition Mustang that pays tribute to the Apollo space missions with a unique paint job, undercarriage LED lights and "U.S.A." lettering on the hood, among other features.

It's the eighth-straight year the Dearborn automaker has created a unique aviation-inspired pony car. The Apollo-inspired Mustang will be donated and sold via auction to support the Experimental Aircraft Association's youth education programs, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.9 million young people since 1992. The auction will take place at a charity event July 23 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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

"The Apollo program delivered astonishing innovations in technology and achieved a national goal of landing the first human on the moon," Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors, said in a statement. "The entire program 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."

The fastback Mustang will get 627 horsepower and 540 pound-feet of torque. It includes a 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.

The exterior includes a non-production black and white paint scheme, a carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, rocker moldings, accent treatments and unique LED underbody lighting to symbolize a shuttle re-entering the atmosphere. The interior features performance gauges, a modified instrument cluster, unique sill plates and embroidered elements in seats, trim panels and floor mats.

Last year, Ford made a special edition Mustang that took design cues from an F-35 Lightning fighter jet.

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