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So That's Why The Mustang V-6 Is Limited To 112 MPH: Video


If you’re shopping for a track-day Ford Mustang on a budget, you may be tempted to consider the 305 horsepower Mustang V-6 as a legitimate alternative to the Mustang GT.

Lower cost aside, the new V-6 is almost as powerful as the previous generation’s 4.6-liter V-8, it gets stellar fuel economy and it’s cheaper to insure. Sure, it’s limited to a top speed of 112 miles per hour, but (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) there are ways around that.

The video below, found on Autoblog, shows the potential consequences of exceeding a manufacturer’s design specification. In the case of the Mustang V-6, the car is limited to 112 mph since its lightweight drive shaft is designed more for fuel economy than outright performance.

Remove the electronic governor, and the V-6 Mustang will wind out past 135 miles per hour. Until the drive shaft explodes, that is, sending shrapnel up through the transmission tunnel and into the passenger compartment.

The driver of the Mustang in the video is lucky to be alive and uninjured, especially after ignoring the signs of impending driveline failure. That noise you hear at about 0:34 in? Like the vibration that was surely coming through the floorboard, that’s bad, and not something you should ignore.

We also don’t condone top speed testing on a public road, even a lightly-traveled one. Likewise, when driving at north of 120 miles per hour, we tend to keep both hands on the wheel, instead of one on a camera filming the speedometer.

As the video illustrates, driving is deceptively easy, until something goes wrong.

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  1. My grandpa's Toyota Alphard can easily withstand 220kmh. Pity Mustang's more fragile than that.
     
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  2. Video fail... Dead link.
     
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  3. @Saabaru, linked from another source so it should be up again.
     
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  4. Where are the lawyers looking to sue Ford on this one :-)
     
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  5. @Matt, let's hope it doesn't come to that. Besides, I don't see much of a case - the car was modified to exceed a Ford design limit, which should (in a sane world) absolve Ford from blame for component failure.

    It's the same as bolting a turbo on an unmodified engine, then pushing 20 pounds of boost: when the motor goes kablooey, the manufacturer has no liability.
     
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  6. Wooooohoooooo V6 Mustang. 11 sec 1/4 mile.
     
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  7. That was some nice stuff right there. But, the whole time i watched the video i couldn't help but think, "Why would you, alone, be video taping something and going at high speeds in a motor vehicle." I didn't make to much sence and it wasn't smart but i got the concept.
     
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