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December’s Message from our President:
Car shows and holidays, Tis the Season!
Thanks to all who attended our Annual Car Show earlier this month, it was a great success because of you. Between Mason Dixon Christmas show and MCT Annual show, we raised over $30,000 for local charities.
With busy schedules and holidays approaching, we will not have a meeting in December. However, the 2015 Mustang Club of Tampa Christmas Dinner Party will be Saturday, December 5th, 6pm at the Spaghetti Warehouse in Ybor City. Check out the flyer in this newsletter regarding details, cost and rsvp to Lucy Carroll.
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!
Joyce Bendishaw – President, Mustang Club of Tampa
The latest iteration of the Ford Cobra Jet Mustang has been unveiled at the 2015 SEMA Show.
Serving as an answer to the new Gen Six Chevrolet COPO Camaro, which also debuted at SEMA, the 2016 Ford Cobra Jet Mustang will be limited to just 50 units compared to the COPO Camaro’s 69. The turnkey race car is legal for National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Stock and Super Stock classes, as well as several classes in the International Hot Rod Association, National Mustang Racers Association and National Muscle Car Association. For 2016, the Cobra Jet Mustang will be available in Oxford White or Deep Impact Blue, with each color limited to 25 examples.
Under the hood, the Cobra Jet Mustang’s engine consists of 75-percent production Mustang GT components with the addition of a front inlet Whipple supercharger. As delivered, Ford claims that the Cobra Jet Mustang is capable of delivering eight-second quarter-mile times
Other additions to the Cobra Jet Mustang include drag race-specific coilover shocks and springs, lightweight racing brakes from Strange Engineering, 8.50-certified roll cage, Aeromotive fuel system with trunk-mounted fuel cell, Corbeau FIA seats, five-point race harnesses and a race-prepped automatic transmission.
The 2016 Cobra Jet Mustang will be sold as a performance part without a VIN and the MSRP for the base car will be set at $99,990. The popular graphics option will run $1,995 while a wheelie bar will cost $1,995.
“The modern Cobra Jet has performed for our customers and put Ford in the winner’s circle consistently since 2008,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford Performance. “The new car is the first Cobra Jet built off the all-new 2015 Mustang – the only factory 2016 Mustang with a solid-axle rear suspension. We are excited to see it compete.”
(The pony classic accounts for 36% of sportscars bought by women)
September 8, 2015 — 7:00 AM EDT
Ladies love pony cars.
At least they do this year. According to sales results for the first half of 2015, the new Ford Mustang is the best-selling sports car in the world—and the best-selling sports car among women in the United States.
Global sales of the Mustang hit 76,124 vehicles for the first half of 2015, up 56% year to date, according to Polk/IHS global sales data. Total sales among women in particular are up 40 percent over last year, giving Mustang 36 percent of the entire female sports car market.
“Women like it because it is a practical choice,” said Erich Merkle, Ford’s U.S. sales analyst. “It looks great, and it provides good performance and fuel efficiency.”
Merkle said ladies tend to choose the (4-cylinder, more efficient) EcoBoost engine option over the V6 and V8 versions more often than men. They also tend to choose the drop-top option slightly more often than their male counterparts, he said: 15 percent of female Mustang buyers choose the convertible versus 13 percent for men.
Women buyers stand to help boost sales in international markets. This is the first year Mustang is available to customers in more than 100 global markets including the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and Japan. It’s the first time many of them will have access to a right-hand-drive model.
In the U.K., Ford has logged more than 2,000 orders for the Mustang since January and scheduled extra production to meet the greater-than-expected demand. Several European sales lists sold out in minutes, according to Ford. Australia and New Zealand have each exceeded demand as well, with 3,000 orders placed in Australia and 400 in New Zealand.
In China, which saw sales start last winter, Mustang is already nearly the top-selling sports car there, with popular hubs in Beijing, Guangdong, and Shanghai. Merkle chalks up the enthusiasm to unfettered love for traditional automotive muscle.
“Passion for the car is universal,” he said. “It’s an American Icon.”
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