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One of the biggest knocks against the last Ford Mustang was its solid-rear axle. Not one to actively court criticism, Ford dutifully swapped out the old-fashioned rear end for something a bit more modern in the redesigned 2015 Mustang, adding an independent rear suspension across the board.

While an IRS Mustang is great news for those that value handling and ride comfort, there's one big group that it's bad news for - drag racers. See, a solid-rear axle is a big deal for drag racers, because not only is it more durable and cheaper, but it's better for the hard launches that can make or break a race.

To satiate this vocal demographic, Ford will sell a body-in-white version of the Stang, complete with a nine-inch rear axle, that will debut at the 2014 Performance Racing Industry show. The news came from gas2.org, which cited an unnamed employee of Ford Racing at this year's PRI show.

Mustang Daily and Gas2, meanwhile, point out that the debut of a body-in-white car with a nine-inch Ford rear end makes the availability of a bolt-in axle conversion kit from Ford Racing a likely possibility. While this is all good news for Ford enthusiasts that want to run the quarter, nothing has been confirmed by Ford, aside from the off-hand comments of an unnamed employee, so take this with a grain of salt until we hear something certain.


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      truewhiteboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, it sounds like they're looking to appease their fans on both sides. Impressive.
      hbrad10144
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just came here to read the comments.
      Skicat
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now if they'd just build a Ranger replacement ...
      GFB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great idea! Driving enthusiasts get their ideal road & track handling standard while the drag racers get their version as an option. This shows that Ford is thinking. Now, about Lincoln ...
      tool0117
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, you took some dude's blog (and said dude's source was someone he can't name at a car show, and turned it into the headline: "2015 Ford Mustang to offer solid-rear axle, sort of" ... like it's a fact. I quote your article, "Ford will sell a body-in-white version of the Stang." It's not really my place to call you out because I really enjoy this website, but that's embarrassingly lazy journalism.
        over9000
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tool0117
        It's a blog, not journalism, dumbass
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tool0117
        The words "sort of" make you think it's a fact? Huh. Well, I "sort of" own 50 Ferraris.
          tool0117
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          No, "...point out that the debut of a body-in-white car with a nine-inch Ford rear end makes the availability of a bolt-in axle conversion kit from Ford Racing a likely possibility." So, "sort-of" in the sense that you'd have to buy the theoretical bolt-in axle kit and convert it yourself. Reading comprehension
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          That still doesn't make the words "sort of" factual. " Ford will sell a body-in-white version of the Stang, complete with a nine-inch rear axle..." Reading comprehension.
        tool0117
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tool0117
        Either my eyes are deceiving me or you added a bit of clarification to the end of the article. Thank you. Now I can go back to dodging Aaron M's comments...
      • 1 Year Ago
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      ryanm
      • 1 Year Ago
      the article is a little vague, is this a 2015 mustang you can get with a live axle or just news on the 2015 cobra jet?
      Jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like a no brainer for FMS to offer a bolt in Live Axle kit. Live Axles are inherently more efficient with less lost power to the rear wheels and more durable, making this a coveted modification by the drag racing crowd.
      _M7_
      • 1 Year Ago
      Camaros, C7, Viper ...and 10+ years old Saleen S7 twin turbo 1200hp have IRS....its just a cost excuse from Ford and they are getting behind.
      TheCarGuru
      • 1 Year Ago
      My hat is off to Ford. So much for catering to the Grey Poupon crowd........I am a hot rodder form the 70's and nothing beats a live axle for street performance, especially the awesome burn-outs. For all the Mustang purists out there, this should be music to your ears........Ford might just be surprised by the demand for the live axle version. Abdul - go ride a Camel.
      http://speedzzter.bl
      Why don't they just offer a 9" "solid" axle as a production option?
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, it is a poseur car so it uses poseur tech.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        Do you ever have anything even remotely intelligent to say? I swear, you and over9000 should hook up some time and see what happens...
          redssstew
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          HA!
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          Yes, I am smarter than Seal in that I don't support a manufacturer who's newest product uses 28-year-old transmissions and platforms, not to mention offensive styling and below-average build quality. I have owned one Kia, a 1994 Sephia LS, and it was a terrible car. I suppose you think it makes you smart to hate on Kia?
          over9000
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          He's not my type, sorry
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          The end result of that would be a product that would end up being another mindless Toyota-buying idiot. Yuck.
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