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480-horsepower 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 revealed with standard 6-speed manual transmission

The new Ford Mustang Mach 1 brings the company's heritage into focus with more than a few touches of modernity.

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Ford is looking back to go forward. The Mach 1 name is making its return to the Mustang as the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1. It's slated to deliver track-ready performance, bridging the gap between the Ford Mustang GT and Shelby models.

The exterior of the car features all the hallmark looks of the modern Mustang. It's been fitted with a new two-piece upper grille, lower grille, and valance, and new side grilles. The front fascia has been modified to give a more aggressive appearance and improve the car's on-track performance.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 The front of the car features a unique grille that exudes heritage qualities.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The grille is designed to invoke nostalgia with deep three-dimensional mesh and a shark-nosed section with faux lamp elements. On the sides of each grille are the car's turn signals. In the middle of the grille sites a low-gloss Magnetic pony badge. Throughout the exterior of the car, low-gloss Magnetic elements continue including on the mirror caps and rear spoiler.

A rear spoiler works with other elements of the car to give the Mustang Mach 1 22 percent more downforce than a Mustang GT with Performance Pack Level 1. Add in the Mach 1's available Handing Package and that number jumps to 150 percent.

To enhance track endurance, engineers 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 the Shelby GT500.

Get under the car and you'll see the new underbelly pan, which extends 20 inches further rearward than on a Mustang GT Performance Pack in an effort to smooth and increase airflow, as well as increase downforce. There are also belly pan airfoils in the brake cooling ramps improve downforce and assist the brake cooling flow – a first for Mustang.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

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Ford has given the model its 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.

The car rides on 19-inch x 9.5-inch, and 19-inch x 10-inch five-spoke Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels. The wheels are a modern version of Ford's Magnum 500 style wheels. Buyers who opt for the Handling Package get unique, wider 19-inch x 10.5-inch front, and 19-inch x 11-inch rear Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels.

Satin Black side and hood stripes are included with reflective accent stripes in any of three colors: Red, White and Orange (Appearance Package only). Exterior color options include the Mach 1-exclusive Fighter Jet Gray (Appearance Package only), as well as Iconic Silver, Shadow Black, Oxford White, Velocity Blue, Twister Orange, Race Red and Grabber Yellow.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 The Mustang Mach 1 is a new grade level of the traditional Mustang coupe.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Under the hood is a 48-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine that aches 420 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a standard Tremec six-speed manual transmission - the same as in the Shelby GT350. The system has ben paired with the GT250 oil cooler system and the Mustang GT's twin-disc clutch and short-throw shifter.

Buyers can upgrade to a 10--speed automatic transmission with an upgraded torque converter and unique calibration that enables optimizing torque capability, shift character and overall enhanced performance. A second air-to-oil cooler increases cooling capacity by 75 percent.

Ford has made the Handling Package available only for models that are equipped with a manual transmission. It includes a larger unique higher downforce front splitter, new front wheel lip moldings, and a low-gloss Magnetic swing spoiler with a Gurney flap and rear tire spats from Shelby GT500.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 The car is equipped with high-tech equipment to make it ready for any track day.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The car's interior is pretty standard for a Mustang. It features a Dark Spindrift instrument panel with aluminum accents. Buyers who opt for leather seats get them in Ebony with an accent stripe. Buyers can also upgrade to get new door sill plates, an updated splash screen on the 12.3-inch all-LCD instrument cluster, a white cue ball shift knob, and engraved badging that displays the vehicle's unique chassis number.

The limited edition 2021 Mustang Mach 1 will arrive in U.S. and Canadian Ford dealerships in the spring of 2021.

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The Bronco will get two new colors for 2022.

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The new Ford Bronco was in such high demand that buyers were in for a long wait, even before the pandemic and microchip shortages wreaked havoc on automotive supply chains and production. Even now, with little hope of a speedy vehicle delivery, buyers are still lining up to get the new SUV, and to reward those whose dreams will have to wait until 2022, Ford is debuting two new colors: Eruption Green and Hot Pepper Metallic.


2022 Ford Bronco Eruption Green and Hot Pepper Metallic will be available. Ford


Ford revealed the colors at this year's Woodward Dream Cruise. The first-generation Bronco, which ran from 1966 through 1977, was the featured vehicle at the cruise, which presented the opportunity to introduce new colors for the upcoming model year. The two new colors won't join the Bronco's existing color catalog until order banks open for the new model year later in 2021. Ford says that the current color catalog which includes Antimatter Blue, Lightning Blue Metallic, and Rapid Red Metallic will be available through the end of the 2021 model year.


2022 Ford Bronco Many Bronco buyers will have to wait until 2022 to get their new SUV.Ford


The new colors may end up being the shades of choice for many current hopeful Bronco buyers. Along with pandemic-related delays, Ford's rollout of the new Bronco has been plagued by hardtop-related cosmetic issues. The problem is big enough for the automaker to replace the top of every hardtop Bronco built so far. This includes vehicles already purchased, the rare few sitting on dealers' lots, and even recently produced vehicles still hanging around the factory. Buyers still waiting for their Broncos to be built will be waiting a while, to the point that Ford says many orders will be pushed into the new model year. Ford is offering Bronco-related merchandise and promises a price lock for all buyers whose orders have been pushed, and now it appears they'll have two new colors to choose from as well.

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Three two-women teams will compete in a new Bronco or Bronco Sport.

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As the pandemic ramped up last summer, auto event organizers were canceling left and right to avoid gathering groups of people to spread the virus. A few events went on, especially outdoor racing events such as the Rebelle Rally. The all-woman off-road event covers desert terrain in Nevada and California, and this year Ford Motor Company is sending three teams to compete in different versions of the Bronco and Bronco Sport SUVs.

All three teams will compete in some sort of Bronco SUV. Shelby Hall and Penny Dale, who drive a Bronco Sport in last year's Rebelle Rally, return to the competition in 2021, this time with a Bronco two-door. Pro off-roaders Melissa Fischer and Cora Jokinen will pilot a Bronco Sport in the X-cross class and novice racers Kathryn Reinhardt and Victoria Bundrant from accessory supplier 4Wheel Parts will drive a four-door Bronco in the 4x4 class.


2021 Rebelle Rally Two Broncos and a Bronco Sport will compete. Ford


The Bronco Sport and Bronco four-door are both Badlands models. The two-door Bronco is a Wildtrak model. All of the SUVs have been decked out in special Bronco 4600-inspired race livery. The two-door Bronco will enter the competition equipped with the Sasquatch package, but will otherwise retain is factory stock configuration. The Bronco Sport will also remain stock, other than having its back seat removed. Ford says the 4Wheel Parts team will accessorize the four-door Bronco.

The Rebelle Rally is the first women's off-road navigation rally in the United States. Teams are not allowed to use electronic maps, such as in-dash navigation or mapping tools built into smartphones. Ford says its teams will disable the features in the Broncos they'll be driving in the event.


2021 Rebelle Rally The Bronco Sport will remain stock, but will have its back seats removed.Ford

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