A Ford dealer in the United States has put together a special Mustang package to celebrate the Ford GT40’s success in Le Mans in the late 1960s.

Tennessee-based Brown Lee Performance, a division of the Brown Lee Ford dealership, is behind the build.

Visually, the special Mustang retains its factory fitted 5,0 GT body panels but elements such as the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser are now fashioned from carbon-fibre. The most prominent head-turning element to the design, though, is the full custom painted Gulf Oil exterior racing livery.

The cabin, meanwhile, has been fitted with Gulf-branded bucket seats complemented by an array of orange-and-blue trim accents.
 
Ford’s 5,0-litre Coyote V8 sits under the bonnet but it has been tweaked to supercar performance levels. The 597 kW and 915 N.m peak outputs were made possible thanks to a 3,0-litre stage-two supercharger, upgraded fuel injectors and a high-flow air induction system. Engine cooling has been enhanced to handle the added power, while a special serial number plaque sits in the engine bay to authenticate the build.

As a result of the mechanical changes, Brown Lee Performance claims the Mustang will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in a little over 3,3 seconds and complete the quartermile in 10,7 seconds. Power is delivered to the rear wheels either via a six-speed manual transmission or the new 10-speed automatic gearbox.
 
Adjustments to the handling include a lowered sports suspension and the addition of 285/30 ZR20 front and 305/30 ZR20 rear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, wrapped round alloy wheels finished in gun-metal gloss. Uprated six-piston front- and four-piston rear Brembo brakes (with 384 mm discs on each axle) have also been added.

Just 119 of these cars will be built by Brown Lee Performance, with prices starting at $139 995 (that's about R2,15 million). Each unit will come standard with a three-year/58 000 km limited warranty and an official letter of congratulation from Gulf Oil.