Ford is returning to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) annual AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to introduce a one-off Mustang that pays homage to NASA’s successful Apollo program.
The Apollo Edition started life as a 2015 Mustang GT but it looks considerably more muscular than its regular-production counterpart. The coupe has gained a new hood with two air vents, a model-specific front bumper upgraded with a sizable splitter made out of carbon fiber, a generously-sized spoiler mounted on the trunk lid, and 21-inch Forgiato alloy wheels wrapped by low-profile tires.
To wrap up the custom look, Ford has given the Apollo Edition a two-tone black and glossy white paint job with red accents on the hood, the roof, and the mirror caps. Red “USA” stickers create a discreet visual link between the ‘Stang and the space shuttle that inspired it, and orange LED underbody lighting was added to symbolize atmospheric re-entry.
The one-off Mustang’s cockpit has been spruced up with leather-upholstered bucket seats that feature white contrast stitching, red and white accents on the center console, Apollo Project emblems embroidered into the front seat backs, and a new instrument cluster.
The Apollo Edition is almost as fast as a rocket, too. It packs a tuned Mustang GT-sourced 5.0-liter that uses a Ford Performance supercharger to
make 627 horsepower and 540 foot-pounds of torque. A six-speed manual transmission sends power to the rear wheels, while Brembo brakes and a sport-tuned suspension keep the extra grunt in check.
Staying true to tradition, Ford will donate the Mustang Apollo Edition to the EAA and the car will be auctioned off during the Gathering of Eagles Gala that will take place later this month. The proceeds from the sale will be used to support the organization’s year-round youth aviation programs.