When it’s time to clock out, good enough is just fine for most people. That’s not the case for the passionate engineers tasked with creating the 2018 Mustang. They were inspired to push the latest Mustang’s handling to the next level, so they gladly signed up for some after-hours homework — in the garage and at the racetrack — to create the Performance Pack Level 2 option.
A passion to create something special is what really drove this project. — Tom Barnes, Ford
What’s more impressive is that the Mustang engineers weren’t assigned to create this package. Instead, they saw that the potential was there, created the upgrades in their off hours and presented it to management. Once the bosses saw the results, they couldn’t deny their efficacy.
Performance Pack Level 2 Features
• Brembo six-piston front brake calipers
• Larger front brake rotors
• Larger radiator
• Silver-painted strut tower brace
• TORSEN rear differential
• 3.73 axle ratio
• Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires
• 10-spoked Dark Tarnish wheels, 19×10.5-inch front and 19×11-inch rear
• Stiffer springs
• Stiffer Sway bars
• Unique front Splitter
• Unique rear wing
Those enhancements were built atop the upgrades already found in the Performance Pack Level 1 option, which includes six-piston Brembo front brakes, a K-brace, a larger radiator, a strut-tower brace and a Torsen differential fitted with 3.73 gears. The PPL1 also included special brake, chassis, steering, and stability control tuning.
The basis of this new package is aforementioned special 10-spoke wheel package wearing a sinister Dark Tarnish finish. These staggered hoops measure 19×10.5 inches in front and 19×11 inches in back, which allows fitting meaty 305/30-R19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rear tires that are 1 ½ inches wider than the PPL1 rear rubber. This setup also drops the car another ½ inch closer to the pavement.
“Our targets were aggressive, and we nailed them. — Jonathan Gesek, Ford
To take advantage of the improved hardware and tuning, the Mustang team believed the PPL2-optioned 2018 deserved a requisite level of supporting aerodynamics. Benchmarking from the likes of the vaunted Boss 302 Laguna Seca front splitter, engineers worked overtime using 3D printing technology to develop a front splitter and rear wing. The splitter reaches out as much as 3 inches around the front and underside of the fascia and provides as much as 24 pounds of downforce at 80 mph, while the rear wing helps balance that out.
In the end, the Team Mustang engineers delivered the ultimate version of the 2018 Mustang thus far, which is what they had hoped for.
“Our targets were aggressive,” Jonathan said, “and we nailed them.”
As we recently learned, the Performance Pack Level 2 will be available for order when Job 2 production begins in December, and it certainly sounds like it’s worth the wait.