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Ford Racing 2011 Mustang Supercharger System - Click above for high-res image gallery

Ford Racing Mustang FR500S – Click above for high-res image gallery

2010 Hurst Ford Mustang Pace Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s 2011 Monster Energy Ford Mustang – Click above for high-res image gallery

The initial motivation for this piece was a pre-Sno*Drift dinner with Ken Block and members of the new Monster World Rally Team last Thursday, followed the next day by a ride in the shotgun seat of Block's new Fiesta rally car. As for the ride along, we were anticipating some no-holds-barred, looking-through-the-side-windows-to-steer, make-the-media-guy-puke action, but as is so often the case with most things regarded as insanely fun, some last-minute rule interpretations ruled out the schedule

Rally America Sno*Drift 2010 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ford 427 FE crate engine - Click for high-res image gallery

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Ford Mustang Cobra Jet - click above for high res image gallery

As the only American automaker not recently put through a government-sponsored bankruptcy, it comes as little surprise that Ford has taken over the spot long held by General Motors as the Official Sponsor of the NHRA. The first sign of dissension in the ranks came earlier this year as GM's bankruptcy filing ended the contracts the automaker had previously forged with Cagnazzi Racing, KB Racing LLC, Kurt Racing and Pedregon Racing to provide cash, parts and support vehicles.

When we first drove the 2010 Mustang GT back in December, our test car included the optional Track Pack which includes an upgraded suspension and unique 19-inch Pirelli tires. Needless to say, we loved the track pack upgrades as we blasted through the canyons near Malibu. Unfortunately for early buyers of the 2010 'Stang, the Track Pack was a late availability option. Fortunately, buyers don't have to wait much longer as the Track Pack is slated to finally arrive this summer.

2010 Ford Mustang body-in-white - Click above for high-res gallery

Ford Racing FR500C Mustang - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Ford Racing FR500C Mustang - Click above for a high-res image gallery

1967 Ford Mustang hardtop convertible custom - Click above for an image gallery

Ford Racing has added a new toy to the catalog, the Romeo 605 crate engine. As the name implies this one is built at Ford's Romeo MI engine plant alongside the the other 5.4L supercharged V8s used in the Mustang GT500. This fully dressed crate engine forms the basis of the Shelby Super Snake and the upcoming limited run Cobra Jet drag car. In its current form the engine puts out 605hp thanks to the installation of a new supercharger.

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