And they'll influence future wheel designs.
In exactly one week's time, the order books for the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will open. But if you're still on the fence about buying one, the Blue Oval has provided us with a closer look at the insanely cool wheels that come with the optional Handling Package.
These 19-inch Tarnished Dark-painted cast-aluminum wheels feature what's described as a "layered construction" not often found on production models giving it a three-dimensional look. They're also one-inch wider at the base compared to the standard Mach 1 wheels and yet are two pounds lighter. Ford says these wheels are extremely beneficial for track purposes as they offer structural integrity for hard cornering. They also ride on proper track rubber, specifically a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s.
Perhaps best of all, proud designer Mark Kaski claims they will "influence Mustang wheel design going forward." The so-called "bird's nest" design is quite unique and is different than anything Kaski has previously done. Some of his other most recent projects at Ford include lighting and wheel designs for the also new Mustang Mach-E.
The Handling Package, as a whole, is not for amateurs. Aside from these wider wheels, it's only available with the Tremec six-speed manual transmission. Other highlights include a larger front splitter for additional downforce, new front wheel lip moldings, and a low-gloss Magnetic spoiler with a Gurney flap. The rear tire spats come directly from the Shelby GT500.
The Mustang Mach 1 is the track-focused replacement for the recently discontinued Shelby GT350. Although it lacks its predecessor's 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8, the Mach 1 makes do with the GT's 5.0-liter V8, now tuned to produce 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. The engine's intake manifold, oil cooler, and oil-filter adapter are shared with the Shelby GT350.
Orders will officially kick off on January 4, 2021 with pricing beginning at $51,720. The Handling Package costs an additional $3,500 but we think it'll be well worth it, just for these wheels alone.