Just because Ford’s 5.0-liter Ti-VCT Coyote V8 has been updated for 2018 with dual-injection and fancy new cylinder liners doesn’t mean the Mustang’s other engine option – the 2.3L EcoBoost I4 – deserves to be overlooked.
Helping represent the refreshed, 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show this year is MAD Industries, which will publicly unveil the custom convertible shown above at the show. The performance of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine is bolstered by a Ford Performance cold-air intake and Borla exhaust, and power transferred to the wheels via 6-speed manual transmission.
The exterior appearance of the car is really where we see the most differentiation from the factory Mustang EcoBoost convertible. MAD Industries’ SEMA build rocks a distinctive color scheme with custom white BASF paint applied by LGE-CTS Motorsports, protected by CCL Design’s Nano-Fusion paint protection film, and green and black 3M graphics applied by Daley Visual. An APR carbon drag wing with an adjustable riser and APR/MAD Industries lower splitter package give it some aerodynamic aggression, and Diode Dynamics LED side markers and back-up lights, along with a Diode Dynamocs taillight sequencer, lend the custom pony car some unique illumination.
The chassis has been upgraded with double-adjustable Eibach Pro-R2 coilovers, and three-way-adjustable Eibach sway bars – 36 mm front, and 25 mm rear. Wilwood Aerolite six-piston brake calipers sit up front, with 15-inch front/14-inch rear drilled and slotted rotors. The Mustang now rides on 20-inch, Staccato-series Niche Road Wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S rubber.
Finally, the interior has been transformed by the addition of MAD Industries black leatherette trim and a custom-covered MAD Industries GT350R steering wheel. Braum Elite-x series racing seats in black leatherette with white contrast stitching provide the seating, and a Classic Design Concepts light bar has been installed. The windows are fitted with 3M Crystalline automotive window films; super-high-quality audio is provided by an Astell & Kern A&ultima SP1000 music player; and an AL Priority Quint laser defense and parking system provides both protection against police laser scanners, and parking distance sensing.