ACURA Sport Car | Four-Wheel Pony: Mustang Tested Four-Wheel Drive In 1965



Dodge made ponycar history for 2017 yesteryear introducing a Challenger model amongst all-wheel drive. Although equipped amongst a V-6, it’s certain to delight enthusiasts inwards Snowbelt states. Might Ford follow suit amongst the Mustang? The fellowship did, after all, attempt out four-wheel drive inwards the Mustang 52 years ago. The drivable prototype, which also has an early on shape of anti-lock brakes, soundless exists.
As the 1965 Mustang laid sales records, Ford production planners were already looking frontwards amongst pattern concepts for two-seaters too fifty-fifty a four-door. Even to a greater extent than radical thinking came from England, however. Ferguson Research, a fellowship funded yesteryear Harry Ferguson, of Massey Ferguson tractors, had developed the get-go full-time four-wheel drive organization for rider cars. Former race drivers Fred Dixon too Tony Rolt were the brains behind it, too they had also adapted Dunlop’s Maxaret anti-skid braking organization from aircraft landing gear for automotive use.


Known equally Ferguson Formula, the 4WD organization got its big attempt out amongst the Ferguson P99 Formula One racecar inwards 1961, winning the Oulton Park race amongst Stirling Moss at the wheel. Ferguson Research, however, was eager to convince carmakers to adopt its sophisticated chassis engineering for rider vehicles. Someone at Ford noticed. In Dec 1964, the fellowship shipped 2 identical bluish Mustangs, both equipped amongst the A-code 289-cid V-8 too automatic transmission, to Ferguson inwards England. One would hold out converted to 4WD, piece the other would rest stock for comparing tests. Alain Cerf, whose Tampa Bay Auto Museum owns the odd 4WD Mustang prototype, has the paperwork to verify that.




“We don’t know just how many were built,” Cerf said. “Ferguson was converting numerous cars inwards the 1960s for testing.”
Cerf’s company, Polypack, Inc., manufactures high-tech packaging machinery, which inspired a machine museum to showcase examples of innovative technology. On display inwards the Pinellas, Fla., facility are front-wheel-drive Cords too Citro├źns, air-cooled Tatras too other vehicles that introduced daring ideas. In improver to the 4WD Mustang, the museum also owns 1 of the 22 English linguistic communication Ford Zephyr sedans converted to Ferguson Formula 4WD for evaluation yesteryear British police describe forces inwards the belatedly ’60s.
The Ferguson Formula organization employed a planetary middle differential to yield a 37:63 front-to-rear torque split. Clutches allowed the front end too raise wheels to plow at dissimilar speeds, enabling 4WD to rest engaged all the time. The Mustang needed simply about modifications to accommodate the system, including converting the front end time out from whorl springs to torsion bars.


It looked simply similar whatever other Mustang but handled much ameliorate on all roads, according to published tests, but peculiarly good on slippery surfaces. The Maxaret anti-skid brake organization was purely mechanical too non nigh equally sophisticated equally the electronic ABS systems that debuted later—but it worked.
If simply about of that rings a bell, it’s because the same hardware went into the world’s get-go production machine amongst full-time 4WD, the 1966 Jensen FF, an offshoot of the company’s Interceptor luxury coupe. The “FF” stood for Ferguson Formula.
Whatever Ford stance of the 4WD Mustang’s performance, it probable would accept been also expensive to offering equally an option, possibly over $500. At the time, the Mustang’s top engine option, the K-code high-performance 289-cid V-8, toll $328 too was rarely ordered.
The 4WD Mustang returned to the United Kingdom of Great Britain too Northern Ireland too remained inwards Ferguson’s museum on the Isle of Wight until 2007. H5N1 subsequent possessor sold it to the Tampa Bay Auto Museum inwards 2009, where it remains a drivable will to frontwards thinking.


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