- Lessons learned from SM17 applied to Mach 1
- Power up from 345kW to 578kW
It didn’t take long for Australian Ford whiz Rob Herrod and his team to get their hands on the new track-focused Ford Mustang Mach 1 and become the first folks on earth to produce a supercharged version.
Off the back of their Mustang SM17, built to commemorate Scott McLaughlin’s third Supercars championship, Herrod Performance were tasked by a customer to take a brand-new, Shadow Black Mach 1 and deck it out with an intercooled, 3.0-litre twin-screw Whipple supercharger.
The blower is the same unit used on the SM17 but with some minor modifications, due to the Mach 1 utilising a mixed bag of parts from Ford’s catalogue of Mustang Bullitt, GT350 and GT500 models.
According to Herrod Performance’s Chris Herrod, the supercharged Mach 1 makes 578kW (775hp) and 810Nm (610ft/lb) at 7500rpm. That’s on 98 pump fuel, with the Whipple making 9psi boost.
“The Mach 1 with either the Tremec TR-3160 manual or the upgraded 10-speed auto makes a great basis for a supercharger conversion,” says Chris. “Especially for a spirited driver, shall we say!”
“We have 10 kits on the shelf ready to go and are taking orders now.”
The car pictured has also been decked out with 20×10 and 20×11 Herrod Mach 1 Integrity forged rims, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber. The body has also been augmented with a genuine Ford US Mach 1 Handling Package rear spoiler with Gurney flap and aggressive front splitter.
Last year, Herrod and Ford wrapped up production of their R-Spec Mustang collaboration, which saw 500 cars fitted with superchargers and sold through Ford dealers.