Her­rod mo­bilises forces

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Mus­tang

man Rob Her­rod has in­vested five years and more than 20 trips to the USA to en­sure Ford fans get the right stuff as his per­for­mance push switches from the Fal­con to the ’Stang. The re­sult is closer ties to the fac­tory, ADR com­pli­ance and stream­lined lo­gis­tics.

“I was made aware around five years ago that a big change was com­ing and to look for­ward to the Mus­tang hit­ting the shores of Aus­tralia in right-hand drive,” Her­rod, the front man at Her­rod Mo­tor­sport re­veals to AMC.

“On av­er­age I would have been to the USA four times a year, build­ing re­la­tion­ships.”

Those ties are now feed­ing a pipe­line that will al­low Mus­tang own­ers to in­ject some­thing ex­tra into their cars.

“The key to my work is build­ing a car that is of orig­i­nal equip­ment qual­ity and drives like a fac­tory car, not a mod­i­fied car. Plenty of peo­ple can build hot rod-style cars but not many can build cars that are like they came straight from the fac­tory and look and drive like a fac­tory car.

“Be­ing a Ford Per­for­mance Part dis­trib­u­tor has helped a lot when it comes to Mus­tang. Hav­ing a ve­hi­cle that is fully ADR com­pli­ant with war­ranty gives my cus­tomer peace of mind when it comes to re-sale and in­sur­ing.”

Her­rod says his di­rect con­nec­tion to Ford Per­for­mance Parts is the key com­po­nent in a grow­ing net­work of Amer­i­can con­nec­tions.

“This, for me, was a ma­jor break­through as you can­not just open an in­ter­na­tional ac­count with Ford Per­for­mance Parts. This took years of knock­ing on the door and now I feel and have been told I am part of the fam­ily. To have the tech­ni­cal sup­port and back up from the fac­tory parts en­gi­neers is a real bonus.”

Her­rod Per­for­mance has de­vel­oped a range of pack­ages for the Mus­tang, from mild to wild.

“For the 2016 Ford Mus­tang GT 5.0 at we are do­ing a com­pli­ance and war­ranty pack, con­sist­ing of a Ford Per­for­mance su­per­charger kit, with the Ford Per­for­mance cal­i­bra­tion, a Ford Per­for­mance com­pli­ance cat-back ex­haust sys­tem, a Ford Per­for­mance low­ered spring set, as well as a set of the Ford rac­ing bon­nets struts.

“When it’s all fit­ted in-house at Her­rod Per­for­mance, the ve­hi­cle will then have war­ranty from Ford Per­for­mance USA for the driv­e­line mod­i­fi­ca­tions and if we do the work be­fore the ve­hi­cle is reg­is­tered it will be­come a tagged Her­rod Mus­tang, as it is com­plied with the nec­es­sary ADR re­quire­ments.”

The price of the pack­age is $21,500, and Her­rod says the su­per­charger lifts en­gine out­put from 306 to 490 kilo­Watts, or 435 to 670 horse­power.

“Test­ing has seen a 12.1 sec­ond run, at 198km/h, in the quar­ter mile,” Her­rod says.

Early in­ter­est in the Mus­tang up­grade pack­age is strong and Her­rod ex­pects it to grow over the life of the car.

“In the past two months we have built over 15 ve­hi­cles and have over an­other 20 cus­tomers wait­ing on their ve­hi­cles for our com­pli­ance su­per­charger pack­age.

“We have cars be­ing sent from as far as WA where Aus­tralian fast bowler Mitchell John­son has sent his car to us. We have cars from New­cas­tle, Can­berra, Syd­ney and Ade­laide.”

But Her­rod is yet to shift his pro­gram into top gear.

“At the mo­ment we are work­ing through wordof-mouth and have not ap­proached Ford deal­ers. We are let­ting them ap­proach us.

“I feel it can only grow, as we are the only com­pany with true ADR com­pli­ance and about to re­ceive sec­ond-stage ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer sta­tus so our ve­hi­cles can be sent straight to us to be mod­i­fied and fit­ted with a com­pli­ance plate to reg­is­ter the ve­hi­cle.”

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