Should you have a hot date that might need impressing, altering your run-of-the-mill Ford Mustang pony car to look more like the 2016 Shelby GT350/R might be an idea. Fool your date outright by fitting your Ford Mustang with the Shelby’s distinctive red engine start-stop button!
Alas, we’re only half joking; Ford Performance does indeed offer a red start-stop button like that found in the Shelby GT350/R for use on non-Shelby Ford Mustang models. It’s essentially identical to the stock button, only instead of a white face, it’s all-red. Because details.
The video above, courtesy of Ford Performance, walks us through the proper installation procedure for the button on a 2015 or later Ford Mustang. Essentially, it involves removing the floor console trim panel, instrument panel trim, and front control interface module (FCIM). Then, the FCIM must be carefully dissected, its circuit board and contact pads removed to expose the rear of the start-stop button. Only then can the button be replaced.
To be quite honest, the process of tearing down the multitude of display surfaces within the Ford Mustang’s console seems rather involved just to replace a (presumably functioning) button. We wish we had some idea of other, more meaningful “while you’re in there” things one could do, but unfortunately, we don’t.
To add insult to injury, your hot date probably won’t even notice your cool red button.