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What is the Track Pack Mustang?

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2010 Ford Mustang GT Track Pack

2010 Ford Mustang GT Track Pack

Photo © Basem Wasef
Question: What is the Track Pack Mustang?
Answer: Ford redesigned the Mustang for the 2010 model year. Although the car still rides on its old DC2 platform, its sports a completely modified exterior and interior. Performance improvements upped the Mustang GT’s 4.6L engine output to 315 hp, while suspension modifications resulted in an improved overall ride. But wait, there’s more. If that’s not enough, new buyers can purchase Ford’s Factory-installed Track Pack option.

The package, which is available on new 2010 Mustang GTs with a manual transmission, features front and rear stabilizer bars from the 2009 Shelby GT500, 19-inch Pirelli P Zero P255/40ZR-19 summer tires, and struts and shocks retuned for the increased capability of the new tire and stabilizer bar changes. As a result, Ford says the roll gradient (how much the car rolls while steering) was reduced nearly 13 percent compared with the base 2010 Mustang GT. They also report that damping was increased by 23 percent in the front and 8 percent in the rear in the low- to mid-speed when compared to the 2010 Mustang GT.

GT Track Package (See Photos)

  • Performance front/rear brake pads
  • GT500 Sta-Bars and rear lower control arms
  • Retuned struts and shocks
  • 19-inch Pirelli Summer tires
  • 3.73 axle ratio with carbon-fiber clutch plates
  • Recalibrated AdvanceTrac®, traction control and anti-lock brakes
The Track pack also offers an improved powertrain featuring a 3.73 limited-slip axle with carbon-fiber clutch plates. Ford says the 3.73 axle allows for a more-responsive Mustang, especially at mid-range speeds, while the carbon-fiber clutch plates allow for hard driving on the track.

Of course, stopping power is important as well. That said, the Track Pack package features Performance Friction branded brake pads. Ford says this offers improved fade resistance. Of note, both the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and AdvanceTrac were retuned to complement the advanced capabilities of the new tires and brakes.

Tom Barnes, Vehicle Engineering Manager, 2010 Mustang said, “The Track Pack covers all the bases. The new tires give the Mustang more grip, we have a more-responsive acceleration, better brake linings that are more consistent over time and the car is tied down better because of the changes to the bars and the shock tuning.”

Our own Basem Wasef, About.Com’s Guide to Motorcycles, had this to say about the 2010 Track Pack Mustang. “Once you start pulling Gs on this Mustang, you won’t want to stop.”

The package goes for $1,495, and is only available as a factory installed option. If you’re looking to make modifications to a Mustang GT you already own, Ford’s FR3 Handling Pack is said to deliver comparable performance results. For more info, check out Ford Racing.

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