Tickford’s ’Stang

Tickford injects extra firepower into the popular Mustang range

TICKFORD has tinkered with fast Fords for years, but things are a bit different these days. Without the Falcon and the possibility of, say, a modern day TE50, the recentlyrevived company has moved with the times and developed a pair of performance packages for the Blue Oval hero of the day, the Mustang.

The company is also very different to the one that evolved from 1991’s Tickford Vehicle Engineering in partnership with Ford Australia, through to 2002’s Ford Performance Vehicles rebranding and acquisition.

However, the Brit-based brand’s brief Prodrive ownership has also come full circle. In Australia, the reborn Tickford Performance Parts is run by Ford Supercar team owners – yep, you guessed it – Prodrive Racing Australia, and just to muddy the waters, the outfit’s boss is former Walkinshaw head honcho Tony Harris.

The company (re)made its debut with a Tickford-fettled Ranger (see p140), which has been comfortably Ford Australia’s top-selling vehicle, but it has clearly tracked the success of the Michigan-made coupe that has become the nation’s top-selling sports car.

“Mustang owners are real enthusiasts so we wanted to ensure Tickford’s first release of personalisation options captured their enjoyment of driving and enhanced it,” director Harris said.

Tickford charges $6990 each to power up either the EcoBoost or GT, which shifts the 2.3-litre turbo four-banger from 233kW/432Nm to a V8-beating 270kW/540Nm. Well, it would beat the standard 5.0-litre V8’s 306kW/530Nm for torque, but Tickford’s pack can tickle the benteight up to a fuller 360kW/585Nm.

MOTOR Bang For Your Bucksinspired mathematics delivers some intriguing results. The Mustang EcoBoost with Tickford’s 270 Power Pack asks for $51,980 plus on-roads all up, saving $3010 over a Ford dealer’s standard GT with less twist.

The Mustang GT with Tickford’s 360 Power Pack needs $61,980 all inclusive, and for that sum, Blue Oval fans can clobber down the owner of a 340kW/570Nm Clubsport R8 SV Black for less than the $65,990 outlay you pay for the fourdoor Aussie sedan.

Tickford puts the hike in outputs

BACK ’ER UP

Power packs are backed by a driveline warranty that lasts for the balance of new car warranty. Happen to be in the last 12 months of cover? Tickford will cover you for a year, even if you only have one month left

down to a new cold-air intake and catback exhaust for both EcoBoost and GT, with a recalibrated ECU the only difference between them – and no doubt some standard electronic restrictions have been lifted in the process.

“Our aim was to not only deliver generous increases in power and torque, but to also create a unique exhaust note which was strong and deep, yet was suitable to daily driving as well,” claims Harris.

The big boss adds that although the V8 “really unleashes the performance of the GT” he expects the four-cylinder package “will also attract customers to the EcoBoost variant who like the idea of a smaller capacity and more efficient engine, but have been waiting for a performance boost.”

The company also includes individual build plates, Tickford badging and a new rear diffuser as part of the total cost, which includes fitment at a Tickford Modification Centre currently open in Sydney or Melbourne.

For buyers who just want sound and show, $3990 can buy the exhaust – a Tickford-developed stainless-steel, mandrel-bent catback (2.5-inch EcoBoost/3.0- inch GT) unit with carbon-wrapped tips – and rear diffuser without the engine and ECU tweaks.

Tickford’s next step is to develop ride and handling packages for the ’Stang lineup, while it has already become licensed to import the official Ford Performance Mustang GT Supercharger Kit if tuned atmo V8 grunt isn’t enough. – DD

SPLITTING AIRS

The new diffuser unit might carry over the general structure and construction of the original equipment, but slips in another fin between the central light and exhaust tips on each side

DRAIN PIPES

Tickford’s exhaust system replaces the singular tip at each side with dualtips.

V8 variants use three-inch piping from the catback while EcoBoost cars use a smaller 2.5-inch piping