Work Begins on MAHLE Mustang at Petty’s Garage

Apr 18, 2017

MAHLE Aftermarket has announced that its build of a custom, twin-turbo MAHLE Ford Mustang at Petty’s Garage building has commenced. The vehicle will be finished and tested in time to be awarded as the grand prize at the 2017 Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, taking place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

The initial step in the modification of the 2017 Mustang is the removal and disassembly of the 5.0-liter engine. All parts will be inspected and the engine will be reassembled with MAHLE original parts, including MAHLE gaskets specifically constructed to handle the increased power.

This rebuilt engine is expected to approach 1,000 horsepower in full competition mode, according to MAHLE. The high boost pressure from the twin turbocharger will require the company to forge custom pistons for the engine.

“The MAHLE Ford Mustang will be a real showcase for MAHLE Original gaskets and other MAHLE parts,” said Jon Douglas, general manager, MAHLE Aftermarket North America. “With the kind of power Petty’s Garage will be pulling from that engine, you want the race-bred technology of MAHLE parts inside.”

The MAHLE Mustang will also feature other MAHLE aftermarket parts including oil and air filters, thermal management components, turbochargers and Clevite engine bearings. Petty’s Garage will apply a custom MAHLE blue paint scheme to the exterior and specially modify the suspension, spoiler and interior. Upgraded, high-performance wheels and tires will complete the package.

The Drive with the Original promotion runs until Oct. 1. Four finalists will be randomly selected from all entries to receive an all-expense paid trip for two to AAPEX in Las Vegas. Richard Petty will be present when the finalists select a key fob, one of which will start the grand prize build.