Ford Helps Students Take Flight with 2015 Mustang Apollo Edition
By Philly Murtha, July 15, 2015
Ford has combined Mustang sports car muscle with inspiration from NASA's Apollo space program to build a single 2015 Apollo Edition Mustang that will be auctioned off this month at an annual air show event in Oshkosh, WI, to raise funds for youth aviation and experimental aircraft education programs.
A one-of-a-kind glossy two-tone white and black painted model, based on a fastback 2015 Ford Mustang GT, the Apollo Mustang is powered by a 5.0-liter engine that generates 627 horsepower and 540 lb.-ft. of torque. The custom pony car features a carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, rocker moldings, and accent treatments, along with unique LED underbody lighting to symbolize atmospheric re-entry, according to Ford officials.
Configured to appeal to auto enthusiasts and collectors, Ford's design and engineering teams have enhanced the commemorative model with a Ford Performance supercharger and shifter; X-pipe with side and rear exhaust; sport-tuned suspension; plus 6-piston Brembo brakes and custom Forgiato 21-in. performance wheels. The car's cabin features performance gauges, a modified instrument cluster, unique sill plates, and leather-upholstered bucket seats with embroidered elements, red and white accents, trim panels, and floor mats.
This is the eighth straight year that Ford has donated a U.S. aviation-inspired Mustang to be auctioned by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) aviation enthusiasts group at their annual event in Oshkosh. Proceeds will be used to support EAA youth education programs, including the Young Eagles, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.9 million young people since 1992 to help generate interest in engineering, aviation, science, and space travel. Ford's seven prior custom Mustang donations have raised nearly $3 million for the organization. More than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts typically attend the gala to be held on July 23 of this year.
Edsel B. Ford, II, a director on Ford's board, said that the car honors the Apollo program because it "delivered astonishing innovations in technology and achieved a national goal of landing the first human on the moon," adding, "The entire program was extraordinary-one of our nation's greatest technological achievements."
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