Tick­ford’s Mus­tang ‘Co­bra’

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In the ’07 Bathurst 1000 the Owen Kelly/Matt Hal­l­i­day Ford Per­for­mance Rac­ing Falcon BF wore a white-with-blue-stripes retro liv­ery rem­i­nis­cent of the Falcon XC Co­bra re­leased in 1978. A lit­tle over ten years on and the same team (known now as Tick­ford Rac­ing) decked out its Mark Win­ter­bot­tom/Dean Canto Falcon FG-X en­try in a sim­i­lar Co­bra-in­spired theme.

But just as Win­ter­bot­tom’s 2018 Bathurst 1000 Bot­tle-O Falcon Co­bra liv­ery was a nod to the past, in recog­ni­tion of the XC Co­bra’s 40th an­niver­sary, it also ush­ered in a brand new Ford mus­cle coupe as Tick­ford took the wraps off its new Co­bra-themed TSV-535R Mus­tang road car pack­age.

If the TSV-535R looks a treat in its iconic Ford ‘Co­bra’ colours, the lat­est Tick­ford Mus­tang pack­age is a lot more than just a pretty face.

Un­der the bon­net, Tick­ford’s re­cal­i­bra­tion of the ECU takes the 5.0-litre V8 out to 400kW (or 535 horse­power – hence the TSV-535R name) and a for­mi­da­ble 632Nm of torque.

The TSV-535R sits on Miche­lin Pi­lot Sport 4S tyres (275/35R20 fronts and mon­ster 295/35R20 rears) on unique seven-spoke wheels (10-inch fronts, 11-inch rears) and runs a Wil­wood ‘big brake’ kit, with six-pis­ton front cal­lipers and four-pis­ton rears. Sus­pen­sion is three-way ad­justable (height, damper and re­bound) coil-over from H&R.

The TSV-535R pack­age starts with a white 2018/2019 Mus­tang Coupe GT. In ad­di­tion to the per­for­mance up­grades it in­cludes ad­di­tional front and rear chas­sis brac­ing, a car­bon bre aero kit, build-speci c Al­can­tara and nappa leather in­te­rior, a car­bon bre/leather steer­ing wheel – and not for­get­ting those trade­mark Co­bra blue stripes.

“The TSV-535R is in­spired by sev­eral his­tor­i­cally signi cant cars in the Ford line up,” Tick­ford Rac­ing co-owner Rod Nash says, “and we are ex­cited to present it and add to the le­gacy that cars like it have laid out be­fore.

“The ex­ten­sive up­grade list in­cluded with the ve­hi­cle is wildly im­pres­sive, and I com­mend the work our team has done. We bleed blue at Tick­ford. The TSV-535R gets that blood pump­ing, and we can’t wait to put all 400kW of it on the road.”

It comes with a three-year/100,000 kilo­me­tre Tick­ford driv­e­line war­ranty (plus a 12-month/20,000km Tick­ford parts war­ranty). Other el­e­ments of the car would be come un­der Ford’s ve-year guar­an­tee.

Each TSV-535R Mus­tang is sold with an in­di­vid­ual build plaque. Pric­ing is yet to be de­ter­mined but will be in the vicin­ity of $38,000.

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