Cars

This whacky off-road Ford Mustang is the weirdest ‘pony car’ we’ve ever seen

Published: 27/Nov/2020 11:55

by Kieran Bicknell

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Ford Mustangs are a staple of muscle and tuner car culture, but they’re generally not suited to off-road adventures. Well, it seems one owner was determined to change that, and build the craziest Mustang we’ve ever seen.

Converting cars for off-roading is nothing new, with many cheap truck owners modifying their cars to cross rough terrain with ease. While it may be commonplace for trucks to be converted into mud-crawling beasts, it’s not something you’d typically associate a Ford Mustang with.

Well, clearly this Mustang owner really, really wanted to go off-roading without buying a new car. Most vehicles get so-called ‘lift kits’ to raise the body, along with larger all-terrain tires, but this Mustang driver went all-out with their modifications.

crazy mustang on hillclimb
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The Mustang has been heavily modified for the occasion.

Insane off-road converted Ford Mustang

The first thing that is apparent about this Mustang is that it is a one-off build. Strangely enough, that’s probably a good thing, given the insane proportions of the modified car.

Instead of going the usual ‘lifted’ route, the owner of this Mustang instead opted to go wide; Really wide. The axles on the Mustang have been replaced with extended versions, which are hopefully bulked up to support the extra forces.

The standard wheels have also been replaced, with a set of massive off-road wheels that would look at home on a monster truck. The tires have also been upgraded to deal with loose and rough surfaces, which no doubt helps when facing off against a standard Mustang.

Power has also been tweaked for this insane creation. Gone is the standard V8, and in its place sits a modified 5.0l Twin-turbo V8 ‘Coyote’ engine. Thanks to its heavy modification, the engine puts down roughly 1,200bhp at the wheels.

To test this insane creation, it went head-to-head with a ‘stock’ example of the Mustang. While the standard version did well at first, once the off-road course was watered down, it didn’t stand a chance against this crazy creation.

Esports

Cadillac backs TSM in car company’s very first esports partnership

Published: 11/Jan/2021 18:55

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular esports and entertainment organization Team SoloMid — more commonly known as TSM — has announced a partnership with luxury auto brand Cadillac in the car company’s first-ever esports venture.

On January 11, TSM announced its exclusive partnership with Cadillac, marking the very first time the esteemed automotive company has entered such a business venture with competitive gaming groups.

The initiative kicked has off with a special TSM jersey featuring the Cadillac logo — a swanky fit that the organization flexed in a tweet revealing their latest money move.

That’s not all; according to TSM’s press release, their newfound partnership will also include some very special features for their fans, such as “access to exclusive streaming events, custom video and social media content, and experiential events and activations at the brand new, state-of-the-art TSM Performance Center.”

It looks like there’s a lot to be excited for, and even Cadillac is jazzed to be part of the proceedings, according to GM’s Manager of Emerging Media and Partnerships, Bryan Steele.

“Cadillac is excited to enter the esports space as part of the TSM family,” Steele said of the development. “Whether on the road, or on the Rift, our organizations place an incredibly high value on innovation and craftsmanship. Given our shared values, and the pedigree of Cadillac and TSM, it was a natural fit to team up with one of the most decorated esports teams in the world.”

While TSM might be Cadillac’s first esports partnership, this isn’t the first time a luxury car brand has gotten involved with an esports group; in November 2020, Chinese car brand Haval partnered with Epic Esports Events for their EPIC League Dota 2 initiative.

Just a month prior to Haval’s own initiative, Mazda entered a deal with Hellraisers. Other auto brands similarly involved with esports include Honda with Riot Games’ LCS and Team Liquid, McLaren with DragonX, Audi with Astralis Group, and Kia with the LEC.

It seems that more and more car companies are looking to get in on the action that competitive gaming brings. Who knows — it would be really cool to see a special TSM-wrapped Cadillac someday.