How to Design a Car

How to Design a Car
By Don Terrill (c) 2005

"When you have a crystal-clear focus on what your car needs to be, your job is much simpler."
----Thai-Tang, the chief engineer for the Mustang program

Which reminds me of one of my favorite Vince Lombardi quotes:
"It's hard to be aggressive when you're confused."

Well, Ford was definitely not confused when they designed the new '05 Mustang. If you'll allow me a summer time analogy, they hit a grand slam with this car. In fact, I've been a GM guy my entire adult life, but this car has me questioning why.

'05 Mustang Specs:
Engine size/type: 4.6L OHV 24V V-8
Peak horsepower (SAE net @ rpm): 300 @ 5,750
Peak torque (SAE net @ rpm): 320 @ 4,500
Transmission: 5-speed manual; 5-speed automatic opt
Brakes, f/r: power-assisted, ventilated front and rear discs, with ABS
Curb weight, lb: 3,450
Fuel capacity, gal: 16.0
Recommended fuel: regular unleaded
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy, mpg: 17/25
Basic warranty, years/miles: 3/36,000
Base price (MSRP + destination): $24,995

It's not the specs that got me though, it's the styling - this thing is off the charts cool.

Where is the GM car to compete? Don't even waste your time telling me it's the 'vette, you can buy two Mustangs for what you'll have into that GM "euro-hotrod."

Hey GM Execs, wake up, your Boat (Dingy) is leaking.

More Info:
Ford Mustang Blog
Ford Mustang Media Kit

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