2011 FORD MUSTANG GT 5.0 EIBACH PRO-PLUS TEST/COMPARISON


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2011 FORD MUSTANG GT 5.0 EIBACH PRO-PLUS TEST/COMPARISON

EIBACH 2011 MUSTANG GT SHOOT-OUT: HORSEPOWER FOR THE TURNS!

In the latest in a series of full-throttle, tire-smoking comparison-test shootouts, an Eibach Pro-Plus equipped 2011 Mustang GT, driven by legendary driver P.J Jones, outperformed the same car in stock condition in a series of all-out racetrack tests conducted and certified by TestPilotsTM Independent Testing Services.

The world-famous IMSA, IndyCar, and NASCAR driver tore up Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California in the new-for-2011 Mustang GT with its 412 –horsepower, 5.0-liter all-aluminum V8, six-speed transmission and limited-slip rear end.
When the tire dust had settled, the Eibach-equipped Mustang GT 5.0 showed substantial performance improvements—certified by TestPilotsTM Independent Testing Services—in the crucial areas of cornering, handling precision and overall road-holding. And. According to P.J, was far more fun to drive.
The battery of tests started early in the morning with the Mustang GT in completely stock condition, direct from the showroom floor. It was then reconfigured in a trackside garage, using the Eibach Pro-Kit performance sport springs and an Eibach Anti-Roll-Kit performance sway bars—together the Eibach Pro-Plus performance handling package. TestPilotsTM observed and certified that there were no other changes made to the vehicle.
PJ Jones then rolled back onto the track in the scorching Southern California sun. And in nearly every test, the Eibach-equipped Mustang GT outperformed its stock times, even in much higher air and track temperatures.
The Eibach-equipped 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 showed substantial performance improvement in the crucial areas of handling performance: Short Road-Course Lap Times, 400-foot Slalom and Lateral G (200-foot skidpad). The Eibach-equipped Mustang GT also showed improvement in 0-60 acceleration, and equal performance in 60-0 braking as tested and recorded using Test Pilots ITS inertial-based computer technology.
The one test that showed no improvement was in 60 to zero braking. P.J. Jones preferred the reduced nose-dive, added stability and more-solid feel of the Mustang in Eibach-equipped form, but the numbers in all-out stops were essentially equal, due in part to tire wear and the Mustang's ABS anti-lock braking system.
Stock
with Eibach
Best Maximum Lateral G (200-ft skidpad)
0.90g
0.93g.
Best 400-foot Slalom
5.12 sec.
4.72 sec.
Best Short Road Race Course:
33.47 sec.
31.97 sec.
Best 0-60 Maximum Acceleration:
4.552 sec.
4.440 sec.
Best 60-0 Braking Distance:
133 feet
132 feet

 

While the Mustang GT suffered from time-wasting understeer in stock configuration, the Eibach Pro-Plus performance handling package turned it into a much more responsive, controllable driver's car. The head-turning Mustang GT even looked faster, with its more-aggressive stance and gap-free wheel wells.
"I like to feel that I'm up on top of the front wheels—that's just my driving style," said Jones. "The Eibach-equipped Mustang let me get it rotated and turned much better, so I could get on the gas and steer with the throttle," said the racing veteran.
The Mustang GT even showed a small, but meaningful improvement in highway mileage, due to its improved aerodynamics. In identical, wind-free, traffic-free cruise-controlled conditions, on the same exact route, the Eibach-equipped Mustang GT delivered an impressive 28.12 mpg, a significant 4.3% increase over the stocker's 26.97 mpg run.
To learn more about the Eibach Mustang GT Shoot-Out, check out the video at www.eibach.com. And remember: if you want the ultimate in all-out performance, the place to get it is Eibach—the only company that builds The Will To Win into every racing-quality component they make.

 

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