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Project S550 Part 3: Looking Better with Wide Project6gr Seven Wheels, Cervinis Ram Air Hood, AirDesign Front Fascia & More!

by Nathan Brummer

 

In our last update, we focused on improving the stock handling of Project S550. While we still have some suspension work to do (and we have some big plans in mind), we’re going to pause on that while we turn our attention to the car’s appearance. The 2015 Mustang has become extremely popular and they look great right out of the box but, given that popularity, we need to do something to make this project stand out from every other Mustang on the street. We’re not looking to do anything extreme or over the top, so we’ll concentrate on making subtle changes that accentuate Ford’s already stellar design.

Let’s jump right in and work from front to back. For the front fascia, we reached out to a company by the name of AirDesign. They offer a sharp, urethane aftermarket bumper that looks fairly similar to the stock fascia, but it is quite a bit more aggressive upon closer inspection. The lower chin sticks our several inches further and is also several inches lower than the stock unit. The AirDesign fascia is a direct “bolt-on” replacement and comes complete with all the needed hardware. While we had the fascia off, we also went ahead and customized the stock grille. With only a handful of aftermarket options available, we decided the best solution for us would be to simply modify the stock grille to fit our vision. We cut out the stock grille shell and installed mesh instead. We’re big fans of the GT350, so we also added a plastic shroud to the back of the grille as a small tip-of-the-cap. As an added benefit, the shroud helps finish off the overall look of the grille and makes it look less DIY.

 

Before: the OEM bumper. 
 

After: the changes are subtle but that’s what we like. The lower chin is much larger and extends several inches lower and further out than the stock fascia. The black chin piece is integrated into the bumper, as opposed to a separate component on the stock unit. This puts it in the danger zone for curbs, so we now need to be even more careful pulling into parking spaces. But, the lower profile gives the car a much more menacing look. 

In addition to updating the grille, having the fascia off also provided the perfect opportunity to change up our headlights. With all the other chrome now removed from the car, those headlights were sticking out like two sore thumbs. Unfortunately, the only way to permanently rectify the issue is to open the lamps. This seemingly small change has proven to be our most intimidating modification to date, as the replacement cost is around $1,000 each. But, as they say, no risk, no reward! Throwing caution to the wind, we threw the lamps into the oven and opened them up. After several hours of burning our fingers, and a few expletives we’ll refrain from sharing here, the lamps were open and the chrome was painted black. Not wanting to let any of that hard-won effort go to waste, we also installed a set of Diode Dynamics RGBW DRL lights. With the lamps sealed back up, the new front end was ready to be reassembled. Unfortunately, the grille looked a little plain with no badge. So again, paying homage to the GT350, we got in touch with our friends at SpaceCitySpy and picked up one of their GT 5.0 Coyote Badges, which really helps finish off the front of the car.

 

Our lamps just barely fit in the oven.
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SM_Clay72
SM_Clay72link
Thursday, March 09, 2017 11:00 AM
Looked good until it was slammed, now looks like every other scenester lamemobile.

I thought MotoIQ was above this?
MaysEffect101
MaysEffect101link
Thursday, March 09, 2017 6:46 PM
Not a fan of it super low either, looked way better with it raise up like it did in the pic on the bottom of page 2. Even that looked a bit too tight.

Can only imagine the camber is slightly compromised for it being slammed like that.
Crousti
Croustilink
Friday, March 10, 2017 7:33 AM
it "looks good", but unique ? Seems all hard parkers get the same ideas.

Anyway I could be wrong, but it really looks like form sucker punched function here, then threw it at the bottom of a lake. With some stones attached.

Here is what you actually did, function wise:
-ruin the lighting of the car by painting reflectors;
-ruin the fascia aero by enlarging a hole that was already big enough, adding frontal area and drag to the sides, not to mention making it fragile since it is now 1 piece and nearer to the ground
-ruin the hood aero with "extractors" that may actually work as scoops considering their position. But since they are somewhat fake (look at their actual size under the hood) they are just going to create more drag. Also, scoop that leads to a very wrong place.
-ruin the cooling, thank to the scoop that directs fresh air right behind the radiator. Air flow is created by pressure differential, and that scoop just equalizes air pressure between the front and the rear side of the radiator(s)
-add drag at the rear of the car. That spoiler is not going to help lower drag nor bring downforce ... and since the car is going to lift the front, you actually do not want downforce in the rear. Unless you like your steering to feel very, very light at high speed.
-since the car is lower, it also means the now bigger air quantity flowing from the opened bumper and the hood scoop has nowhere to go. So it will first stay there, cooking everything under that hood, and then it will lift the car to escape when the car picks speed.
-suspension geometry when lowered is usually compromised if nothing is done to correct it, but someone already said that and you might have already addressed that issue.


Wrecked
Wreckedlink
Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:18 AM
Give the guy a break. At the end of the day, if most of us are being truly honest, we don't only take performance into consideration when making modifications. Motoiq readers are pretty hardcore but all the same...This certainly isn't the only project car on here that has had aesthetic mods done to it.
Van_1986
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Saturday, March 11, 2017 8:19 AM
Thought it was a good article. It's not like he put a triple deck pep boys spoiler on it, the mods are tasteful in my opinion and the car looks great. Everything crousti said is probably true to a degree, but the guy isnt a race team looking for thousandths of a second... I see nothing that would cause it any problems at an hpde other than perhaps the low height which I have a feeling was done just for the photo shoot. Even MK admits low cars look good. Seems like you guys want every article to be an SAE paper.
2MCHLAG
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 7:04 PM
Just like every other s550 owner these days. Same hoods, same badges and same wheels.

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