The launchpad is now clear. After preparing for launch earlier this month, the Ford Apollo Edition Mustang officially experienced a successful takeoff. It sold for $230,000 at a charity auction last week. All of the funds go to the Experimental Aircraft Association, EAA, that supports youth aviation education programs.
“The Apollo program is one of our nation’s greatest technological achievements, and we wanted to represent it with a car that salutes that spirit of American ingenuity with the quintessential American automobile – Ford Mustang. We’re thrilled this year’s stunning Apollo Edition Mustang raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars to support the freedom of flight for future generations,” says Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors.
Ford created this special one-off Apollo edition specifically for the Gathering of Eagles charity gala that took place at the AirVenture Oshkosh event in the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
This is the eighth special edition Mustang that Ford has specially designed for the cause. Its sale is adding to the over $3 million that these special Mustangs have raised for the EAA programs including the Young Eagles. This program provides free introductory flights to youth and has benefitted over 1.9 million young aviators since beginning in 1992.
The special Mustang is exceptionally cool and outer space ready. It 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.
Inside the Apollo design continues 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 Edition is a one-off, however, the 2015 GT Fastback Mustang is available to all drivers and aviators alike. It might not pack Apollo worthy horsepower, but it certainly meets fighter jet worthiness with 435 horses produced by the 5.0-liter V8 engine. The GT Fastback starts at $32,300.