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Tickford Reveals Its Souped-Up Mustang Prototype At Bathurst 1000

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Australian tuner Tickford has wasted no time at all since its recent rebirth, unveiling $21,135 of Ford Ranger upgrades earlier in the week before jumping at the chance to show off its souped-up Ford Mustang prototype at the annual Bathurst 1000 Supercars race.

Australian website Motoring reports that the total value of all Tickford upgrades that will be offered for the right-hand-drive Mustang GT isn’t likely to match the lofty sum of a fully-optioned Tickford Ranger. CEO Tim Edwards says that he “[doesn’t] know what the numbers will be until we finalize the package, but at a guess I’d say it won’t be at that amount because there is less to do.”

The prototype Tickford Mustang GT reportedly makes 351 kW (470 horsepower) on the dyno without forced induction. The company is aiming to focus on ECU and exhaust tuning with respect to the Ford Mustang. “We are quite happy to fit superchargers for people who would like superchargers,” says Edwards. “There is a core group of people who like that, but that’s not going to be our main focus.

“We are not trying to achieve some ridiculous number. It’s just making a subtle improvement to what is already a really good car.”

According to Motoring, the prototype Mustang was presented at Bathurst rolling on Tickford-brand alloy wheels and Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tires, with a body kit featuring a carbon-fiber front splitter, rear wing, side skirts, and diffuser. Suspension and brake upgrades are still in development, as is the tweaked interior that Tickford will offer for the pony car. Packages will be available for both the V8-powered Mustang GT and the four-cylinder EcoBoost model.

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Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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