2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: At Global Rallycross
March 29, 2011
This weekend I rolled over to Global Rallycross at Irwindale Speedway in our long-term 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0, the first time for me to drive it for an extended distance.
The Mustang has a good highway ride, but it can get a bit busy over bumps. That 5.0 engine is quite flexible on the highway: 4th, 5th, 6th, how loud do you want the exhaust? And it will pull in 6th too, although I didn't try any I-15 Vegas-to-LA style grades. A reader also asked about heel-and-toe shifts: the pedal layout is decent enough for that.
As you would expect, the parking lot at the racetrack was full of Subaru STIs.
But myself, I'd take a Mustang GT 5.0 over those, anyday.
Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 4,900 miles
Photos by Rex Tokeshi-Torres