Get ready for takeoff. Ford’s built a special one-off edition Apollo Mustang inspired by the Apollo missions. This one-of-a-kind vehicle is being donated and sold at a charity auction next week to raise money for the Experimental Aircraft Association, EAA, that supports youth aviation education programs.
“The Apollo program delivered astonishing innovations in technology and achieved a national goal of landing the first human on the moon. The entire program was extraordinary – one of our nation’s greatest technological achievements. With this year’s stunning Apollo Edition Mustang, we salute that spirit of American ingenuity with the quintessential American automobile – Ford Mustang,” says Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford Board of directors.
This special Mustang marks the eighth year that Ford has donated a one-of-a-kind aviation-inspired Mustang for the Gathering of Eagles charity gala at the AirVenture Oshkosh event located in the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The event attracts over 1,000 people and benefits the EAA including its Young Eagles program that has provided free introductory flights to over 1.9 million youths since beginning in 1992. So far, the special Mustangs have raised over $3 million for the programs that inspire youth in engineering, aviation, astronautics, science, and inventing.
“Ford has been a committed sponsor of EAA and AirVenture for more than 15 years – bringing incredible value to those who make Oshkosh the highlight of their aviation year. With its eighth Mustang donation, Ford continues to excite with its speciality vehicles, which reflect the depth of the company’s commitment and which allow EAA to provide support to its valuable programs and dedicated members in helping us grow the next generations of aviators,” says Jack Pelton, EAA chairman of the board.
The Apollo Mustang design features an exclusive white and black color scheme with patriotic touches seen from every angle including a miniature U.S. flag coupled with “USA” lettering in front of the door panels and “United States” in red lettering down the hood.
The interior also features an Apollo design with performance gauges, unique sill plates, and embroidered touches in the seats, trim panels, and floor mats.
The model is based off the 2015 Fastback GT Mustang. It packs the 5.0-liter engine and features performance enhancements including the Ford Performance supercharger and shifter, X-pipe with side and rear exhaust, sport-tuned suspension, six-piston Brembo brakes, and unique Forgiato 21-inch wheels. All this combines with an Apollo worthy 627 horses and 540 lb-ft of torque.
The Apollo Mustang will be on display at the Ford hangar at the EAA AirVenture event until it flies home with one lucky driver – or dare we say – astronaut.