A Tennessee-based Ford dealership specializing in Roush-tuned Mustangs has developed a real corker to celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary of when a GT40 in Gulf Oil livery won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That was back in 1969, though the same car, also wearing the Gulf Oil livery, was also a winner at the 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The special Mustang honoring those wins has been developed by Brown Lee Ford of Nashville, Tennessee. It’s called the Brown Lee Performance Gulf Heritage Mustang, and just 119 examples will be built, each priced from $139,995.
As Autoblog said, the space between the Mustang’s distinctive blue fenders is occupied by a 5.0-liter V8 engine supercharged to 800 horsepower and 674 pound-feet of torque. It sprints from zero to 60 mph in a little under 3.5 seconds, a figure that makes it about half a second quicker than the Mustang GT it’s based on. Buyers can choose whether the cavalry reaches the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. Neither is available on the GT500, which makes us wonder if they should be reinforced to handle the extra power.
Brown Lee upgraded the V8 with a 3.0-liter supercharger, an air-to-water intercooler, a high-flow air induction system, and beefier fuel injectors. Suspension modifications that make the Mustang lower and firmer help enthusiasts take advantage of the 340-horsepower bump compared to a stock GT. To add context, that’s like injecting a 2020 Toyota Supra‘s worth of power into the Mustang’s driveline.
The Brown Lee Performance Gulf Heritage Mustang will be presented on August 18 at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The event caps Monterey Car Week which is currently under way.