Cars & Racing | 30 November 20152000 Mustang Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Let’s go back in time to the year 2000. It was the turn of the century, Y2K. Everyone thought that computers wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between 1900 dates and 2000 dates, thereby causing mass hysteria and digital chaos. Well, Y2K was all doomsday hype with no substantial consequences, except for all the survivalists who’d stockpiled gallons of water, canned food, and ammo in preparation for nuclear holocaust. Breathe easy; the year 2000 began with only a few minor glitches. Similarly, the year 2000 brought unremarkable changes to the already jaw-dropping Mustang. If you thought the new millennium would have brought with it a wildly futuristic car; you’d have had to think again. This is not to say the 2000 Mustang did not boast its own bells and whistles. Read about this classic car in post below, which is excerpted from Ford Mustang Red Book: 1964 1/2 – 2015, by Peter Sessler. Changes to the 2000 model Mustang were minimal. Three new colors, Sunburst Gold, Performance Red, and Amazon Green, were added, while three were not carried over from 1999: Chrome Yellow, Rio Red, and Dark Green Satin. Rear child seat tether anchor brackets and an interior deck lid release were added to all models. The deck lid release had a “glow-in-the-dark” feature. Following the same pattern as the 1993 and 1995 R model versions, the 2000 model was not equipped with any luxury options, such as air conditioning, stereo, power windows, rear seats, and power door locks. The standard seats were replaced with special Recaro versions, which also incorporated a Cobra snake and R emblem on the headrest area. The snake R emblem was also used on the reverse indicator letter on the transmission shifter. The engine used on the Cobra was a specially modified version of Ford’s 5.4l SOHC V-8 mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. All R models were painted Laser Red, and production was limited to 300 units. Visually, the R model was distinguished by the tall rear wing spoiler and the front air dam. The low front air dam, which limited ground clearance, was easily removable for street use. The basis for the Cobra R’s engine is Ford’s Triton™ 5.4-liter cast-iron modular block and forged-steel crankshaft. While the cylinder bore is the same as the 4.6-liter aluminum-block engine, this block’s deck height is 29mm taller. The stroke is 15.8mm longer (105.8mm versus 90.0mm for the 4.6-liter), which provided the added displacement. To install the taller engine, new engine mounts and a lowered crossmember were combined to lower the engine by 12mm inside the body. The Cobra R’s forged crankshaft was fitted with Federal Mogul rod bearings, Carrillo billet-steel connecting rods, and forged aluminum pistons. The forged-aluminum pistons were similar to those found in the SVT Lightning. They were modified with increased wall and pin strength for high rpm use and with flat tops to increase the Cobra R’s compression ratio to 9.60:1. The engine also had a new crankshaft vibration damper, which was tuned for increased firing loads and higher rpm. At the bottom of the engine, a high-volume Canton Racing Products oil pan, with its internal baffle system, maintains a consistent oil supply under the high g forces of racing conditions. A Canton Racing Products windage tray was also used for reduced oil aeration and increased horsepower. Camshafts also were similar to the 4.6-liter Cobra but with much more aggressive opening and closing rates and much higher lift. Intake and exhaust valve lifts were 13mm and 12mm, respectively, versus 10mm for both intake and exhaust on the 4.6-liter Cobra engine. The cylinder heads were secured to the block with special high-strength bolts, and the primary timing chains were production 5.4-liter units that have been micro-polished for high rpm use and high-load durability. Air entered the engine through a K&N cylindrical filter. The throttle body was a new, larger, oval-shaped single-bore version of the Cobra’s dual-bore unit. “Cobra R” was machined into the throttle blade and was visible when the induction tube was removed. The low-restriction intake manifold was a two-piece design with a bolt-on plenum cover. Engineers used computer modeling for tuning and to optimize flow in order to produce a manifold with runners that have minimal bends. Each has a free-standing bell mouth at its entry. The exhaust manifolds were a tubular steel, short-tube header design that fit into a Bassani X pipe with production Cobra catalytic converters. The engine’s specific output was 71.3 horsepower per liter, compared with 51.7 for the previous 5.8-liter Cobra R, 69.5 for the current 4.6-liter Cobra, and 55.5 for Lincoln Navigator’s version of the 5.4-liter engine. Among the Cobra R’s primary competitors, the 5.7-liter V-8 Corvette’s specific output was 60.9 horsepower per liter and the 8.0-liter V-10 Dodge Viper’s was 56.3 horsepower per liter. Since Cobra R engines have many unique components and the production run was just 300 units, they were built as a large prototype program at Ford’s Engine Manufacturing Development Operations. Each engine was handbuilt, and EMDO personnel also performed all the cylinder head machining, camshaft production, as well as general parts storage and coordination. Ford Mustang Red Book 1964 1/2-2015: Specifications, Options, Production Numbers, Data Codes, and More Author: Peter Sessler Ford’s Mustang is America’s most popular pony car. 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