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|MAYNARD'S GARAGE- Mustang Countdown: Ford's Weekly Video Series Celebrates 50 Years|
|Written by Mark Maynard|
|Thursday, 12 September 2013 08:28|
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The four-seat Elmiraj concept is a study in performance luxury for future Cadillacs.
Ford has big plans to celebrate the 50-year birthday of the Mustang, which will be April 17, 2014. The staging of the big bash is being rolled out in many stages so you know there will be fireworks on the big day.
The latest birthday sparkler is the "Mustang Countdown," an online video series to highlight car and culture. It is a worldwide icon and its own brand, as globally recognized as Coca-Cola.
Kicking off the series -- "Where It All Started: The Mustang 1 Concept" -- begins in 1962 with debut of the first concept to wear the pony shoes. From there, other episodes rummage through Ford's Mustang archives, Mustang toys, custom Mustangs and more. It's all about finding unique and often rare footage, exclusive new interviews and expert insight, Ford says.
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The car that started a worldwide love affair, the 19641/2 Mustang.
"RC Movie Magic: Filming a Chase", takes a behind-thescenes look at the creation of student filmmaker Zach King's "The Cliche RC Action Chase." That short film went viral earlier this year on YouTube with a pair of radio-controlled Mustangs drifting around corners, racing and evading helicopter gunships in a scale, cardboard city. It is shot without computer- generated imagery, but with much home-built inspiration. Upcoming episodes will tackle video games, Mustang's motorsports heritage, custom restomods and more.
More than 9.2 million Mustangs have been sold since the car's 1964 debut. Mustang has made more than 3,000 appearances on film and TV -- including "I Am Legend" (2007) and my favorite, "Bullitt" (1968). Next year, a modified Mustang will be the hero car in "Need for Speed," based on the video game series from Electronic Arts.
I wish my parents hadn't thrown out my 1/18th scale, battery-powered 1964 Mustang in that tomato-soup red. But I still have the owner's manual from my 1966 Mustang, Sauterne Gold, black vinyl top and V-8.
Start watching here: Tinyurl. com/kzz9rrh Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Cadillac dropped jaws at its Pebble Beach Automotive Week reveal of the Elmiraj "grand coupe" concept.
The four-seat Elmiraj "provides a look inside the Cadillac Studio on how we envision performance and luxury for the next generation of luxury drivers," said Bob Ferguson, senior vice president, Global Cadillac. The concept is 205 inches long and powered by a 4.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 delivering an estimated 500 horsepower.
The engine takes the baseline technology from Cadillac's new twin turbo V-6 used in the upcoming 420-horsepower 2014 CTS Vsport edition. Two vents in the car's long hood are functional, acting as hot air outlets for the twin turbo engine. Elmiraj has 22-inch aluminum wheels backed by large ceramic brakes with Cadillac monoblock calipers. The concept, painted a rich blue, wears the brand's Vsport designation, a new performance trim level just below the highperformance V-Series.
And check out the Cadillac Crest in the grille. The badge is conceptual but streamlined without the wreath that had encircled the shield for generations.
The high-performance seats in the 2+2 cabin feature unique passenger access. The rear buckets have a valet feature that moves the front seat 10 inches forward while the rear bucket seat slides 4 inches forward to meet the passenger. The seat then slides the occupant back into position once seated. The rear seats also recline.
The concept's name, of course, recalls El Mirage Lake, the famed dry lakebed in the California desert known for 50 years of speed testing. But also in the name is an echo of the Eldorado nameplate.
Elmiraj was influenced in particular by the 1967 Eldorado, said Clay Dean, executive director of advanced design. "Its actual design and the fact that in its time that car was a very stark contrast and a new direction," he said. "More recent design like the CTS-V Coupe and the ELR are provocative. Both of these cars were major statements of performance and luxury and drove Cadillac forward into new territory."
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