by Nathan Brummer
We’ve gotten pretty familiar with Project S550 since our last update, having logged several thousand miles to date. While we’re still very much in love with the car, it has begun to reveal some of its quirks and shortfalls but, like any good relationship, we’re willing to work through these in exchange for our long-term goals. As with any good therapy session, it’s time to be completely honest and get all those ugly irritations and disappointments out in the open. We’ll start by recapping the issues we’ve encountered and then outline what we’ve done to address them.
Ford followed up their hugely successful S197 Mustang with a completely redesigned platform. The 2015 model year known to Mustang enthusiasts by its chassis designation S550 is now coveted around the world (even outselling the Porsche 911 in Germany this past March) and boasts two major differences from its predecessor, the S197. While aesthetics are subjective – and always hotly debated - the first, and most obvious, difference is how much sleeker this new model looks. Secondly, it now sports an independent rear suspension, meaning the new Mustang no longer suffers from the live rear axle, which has been widely panned as a critical shortcoming for many years. While always a formidable straight-line drag racer, it has never been considered a great handling car. Those days are now long gone, making the S550 a perfect candidate for a performance-oriented daily driver project.