Back in 2003, Ford wanted to get funky with its Mustang. Some bored engineers didn’t feel like fiddling with the 4.6-liter V8 though, and instead decided to add a few cylinders to this pony car party. What started life as one of Ford’s Modular engines was transformed into a 351 cubic inch V10. Yes… Ford once made a V10 Mustang prototype.
It’s funny today to see the power listed at 430 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque and consider that serious business. But that was the output at the rear wheels, and the car weighed 500 pounds less than its modern sibling.
Road & Track found video of the car, which was featured on an episode of the Jason Priestly narrated Rides. I did some quick e-digging and found that Motor Trend actually got a little bit of seat time with the Franken ‘Stang. To say the car was traction limited is a bit of an understatement.
Eventually, after lowering the tire pressure and fighting physics, a 0-60 mph run was done in just 4.4 seconds. The MT pieces says that sub four-second runs with proper drag slicks seems highly likely.
This was clearly a monster machine built out of pure love by the engineering team. A tire-frying, V10-powered, Mustang monster that was a true hooligan hot rod.
[Source: Road & Track, Motor Trend, YouTube]