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Mustang Mach 1 Grille Lamp Covers Are Reportedly Easy To Remove

Many interesting details emerged from yesterday’s 2021 Mustang Mach 1 reveal, including the presence of a whole slew of Shelby GT350 and GT500 parts and quite a few new styling elements. But one little detail that somewhat slipped between the cracks was the car’s grille lamp covers located within the grille, flanking the galloping pony logo. Turns out, those circular pieces are more interesting than originally thought.

When we first saw pictures of the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 prototype, we imagined that Ford was going to put actual rally or racing lights in those holes, much like the original Mach 1 had, or at the least use the spaces for additional cooling functions for the naturally-aspirated 5.0L Coyote V8. But The Blue Oval decided to block off the openings, without any sort of functionality.

Those familiar with the product have told Ford Authority that those bezel covers are actually just placeholders, and that the panels can be easily removed, opening them up to an entire new world of possibilities. We have to imagine that the aftermarket will soon have rally lights ready to go for the new Mustang Mach 1, and definitely some sort of cooling system capable of harnessing that extra airflow.

It’s a cool feature for sure, but we still wonder why Ford decided not to do something with these openings, though we imagine it was due to costs associated with certifying yet another revamped front end treatment.

Regardless of the reason, we can’t wait to see what sort of cool kit the aftermarket comes up with for Ford’s hardcore new Mustang Mach 1. And we’re betting we won’t have to wait too long to find out.

We’ll have much more on the new Mach 1 very soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Donald W Hayes

    I’m confused reading information regarding the Mach 1. Motor Trend reported 525 horsepower. Other publications say 480 like the Bullet. Which is the correct number? The other topic is the empty headlight bezels. I have read that these can be opened for track day for extra cooling. Looking at the Mustang Trans-am cars from 1969. These headlights were removed and they were turned into air collectors. Hopefully Ford will discuss these items and correct any misunderstandings.

    1. Alex Luft

      It’s 480 horsepower.

      Ford Authority reported on the 525 horsepower number as a figure engineers were aiming for. Clearly, they didn’t get there. We’re digging as to what the deal is here. Stay tuned!

  2. Geoff Thompson

    Any word on a Mach 1 UK export model?

  3. Roy Chiles

    The Biggest Problem is the car is wearing the wrong name, it should have been call BOSS 302 / BOSS 302 Laguna Seca for the Grill & Chin spoiler Ford used alone. I Really Really Really wishes Ford wouldn’t have done that, The BOSS 302 is above MACH 1 I like both but let’s be 4REAL.500 horsepower was a must do for this model instead.Ford turn it into a Frankenstein Parts Bin model No Shaker or Ram Air Hood, just more colors and body stripes on a Bullitt with a GT350 tranny and 10 speed Auto.What was wrong with the 03/04 wheels ?Why a white shifter Knob?

  4. Roy Chiles

    Jim Hackett, Jim Farley or Who Ever this is Epic fail. The BOSS 302 is the Road Course Car, MACH 1 is the Drag Strip Car Ford just put this car in in competition with your own model The BOSS. You should have let the person who did the 03-04 MACH 1 handle this. Am going to sell my 2013 BOSS 302 and buy a 2014 Shelby Cobra GT500 since you made these 2 the same model, Thanks A lot


    any part number information available for that upper grill? Google is turning up nothing… Just previous model year grills without the headlight cut outs.

  6. Patrick Ryan

    I’m waiting for the aftermarket guys to come up with a fog light kit for the new Mach 1 grill any info would be appreciated

  7. Jack Alexander

    I think the knock outs should B replaced with a grill piece to allow cool air for engine. Would think the original intent was to add fog lights. Not sure blank knockouts offer anything. Maybe remove knockout, cut large hole leaving only outer trim of knockout, mount (clips/whatever), reinsert knockout. If U like that black circular piece you’d still have it with grill center instead of black air blocking knockout.


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