Once you own a Mustang and get to personally experience the power, fun, and performance of America’s favorite pony car, it’s hard to imagine yourself in anything but a Mustang. The allure of the legacy and the legendary performance of the Mustang has translated over the years to people owning more than one, like AmericanMuscle customer Angelo.
Going from stock to stacked
Currently the owner of a 2015 Magnetic EcoBoost, Angelo is no stranger to the power and performance of a Mustang. Previously, Angelo owned a supercharged 2008 California Special as well as a 2014 GT Track Pack. However, an incredibly unfortunate accident in his ’14 almost cost him his life. Despite the tragedy, there is always a silver lining and for Angelo it is a brand new S550 Mustang. Ultimately the gas mileage, fun factor, and autocross potential that the EcoBoost offered captured the interest of Angelo.
Like any Mustang owner, it only took Angelo a short amount of time before he came down with the modding bug once again. While generally pleased with the performance of his new EcoBoost, Angelo was looking to improve the ride height and the handling as well as make it a little bit louder, and even adding some extra power.
From Stock To Corner Slayer
One of the biggest selling points of the S550 Mustang for Angelo was the introduction of IRS. The improved handling of the 2015 Mustang is an attractive feature to any enthusiast, but especially those, like Angelo, who participate in autocross racing.
While IRS has taken the S550 Mustang to the next tier of handling, there is always room for improvement by way of aftermarket modding. Looking to stiffen things up and improve his EcoBoost’s cornering abilities, Angelo added a set of Eibach Pro Kit Lowering Springs. Dropping his EcoBoost 1.1” in the front and 1” in the rear, Angelo was incredibly pleased with the Eibach Springs, saying, “The car feels a lot more refined and like it has more control—it feels a lot more predictable.”
Refining the Power band
The 2015 EcoBoost comes from Ford packing an insane 310 HP and 320 TQ out of the box. While that is more power than earlier V8 models, there is still a lot of performance left on the table to tap into, especially when it comes to the turbo.
With the goal of improving the power band, Angelo turned to an Airaid Cold Air Intake to get a bump in horsepower as well as an improved power range. “The intake really helped out the throttle response. I barely need to hit the gas for the turbo to respond.”
Turning up the Exhaust
The new EcoBoost platform may pack the same punch as an earlier V8, but it doesn’t quite capture the sound of a Mustang with the stock exhaust and is rather on the quiet side. Looking to improve the sound and make the exhaust more aggressive Angelo went with Flowmaster’s Outlaw Axleback Exhaust.
The addition of the Outlaw Exhaust helped give Angelo’s EcoBoost a more throaty tone, adding a bit of turbo noise and crackling to the exhaust note. “The exhaust feels a lot more refined. It is a huge step over stock, yet it still sounds really refined,” Angelo said.
With the addition of three easy mods, Angelo was able to completely change and improve the driving characteristics of his EcoBoost. “It’s crazy how much you can get out of three simple mods,” said Angelo. Given his history of modded Mustangs, we can expect a lot more from Angelo’s ’15 EcoBoost.