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THE Erlkönig (ELF KING) | Translated from German

Who rides so late through the night and the wind?

“That’s probably how he sounds in the ears of some, the beginning of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous ballad entitled “The Erlkönig”. For the automotive industry, this poem has a very special meaning, but based on which the name “Erlkönig” was chosen for camouflaged test vehicles of upcoming models. After all, like Goethe’s Erlkönig, these are supposed to be on our streets in darkness and darkness as unrecognized as possible. For this they often get the characteristic black and white foliation with tangled shapes, which are intended to blur.

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But as it turns out, it is not necessarily just evans of future vehicles that are characterized by this very special look. Finally, the Ford Mustang featured on these pages wears a faded robe that undoubtedly evokes associations with this trial-and-wear look – although the white is here combined with various shades of blue instead of black. And that, although it is unequivocally clear that this is not a Erlkönig, but a normal Ford Mustang of the year 2016. Well, in any case almost ordinary, finally completed by Carlos Molina from El Paso and his team in the sign of the label “Project Cars” a far-reaching refinement of the American sports coupe

Whipple’s compressor. From the same home base including the throttle and the high-performance fuel rails. Further modifications include, for example, the Stett oil cooler system, a K & N air filter, DeatschWerks injection nozzles and a carbon air intake and a coolant expansion tank from Mishimoto. An SCT software optimization rounds off the engine conversion. The combustion residues are disposed of via an exhaust system which, in addition to Kooks Performance headers catalysts, includes a cross-pipe and an end silencer from XForce. , Connected to the engine is a Kooks manifold. Was upgraded in view of the OEM parts, significantly increased power of the V8, the brake system of the coupe is also impressive – with the help of a Big Brake Kit by Sparta at the front, including 4-piston calipers and slotted discs. The chassis side of the Mustang included threaded coilers from KW Suspension, and Eibach front and rear sway bars, Powerflex bushings.  The drive and axle shafts from GForce. Power is transferred to the factory six-speed manual transmission, which is enhanced by Whipple components.

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Visually, the Cars-Mustang project received further refinements beyond the camouflage mentioned above: The aprons, including front splitter and rear insert, as well as the side skirts, were taken from the Air Design program, and installed by Carlos and his team. In addition, there are numerous components from various manufacturers made of visible carbon fiber: The bonnet, the trunk lid and the covers of the rear side windows are from Anderson Composites, while the rear spoiler integrated trunk is from Carbon Creations. In addition, there is a roof, mirrors, secondary headlight surrounds and radiator grille inserts made of carbon fiber. Another highlight is, of course, a new wheel set, which is powder-coated in blue: The Advanti Fury light-alloy wheels in 10×20 and 11×20 inches have tires in the dimensions 275/35 Z20 and 315/35 ZR20. All lighting received a conversion to LED technology, in the course of which the diagonal daytime running lights in the headlights have a “Demon Eyes” upgrade, so that they can now light up in color.



A corresponding LED update of the lighting was also given to the interior of the muscle car, with some elements, such as the footwell lighting, also being added. There are also Recaro racing seats in the passenger compartment, which the are wrapped by the specialists from Roadwire. Both front and the backseat have a finished blue-white leather / Alcantara covers. For the safety of driver and co-pilot, NRG 6-point belts are fixed to a handrail of the same manufacturer. Real eye-catchers are beyond the carbon steering wheel and the large, multi-piece dashboard panel made of carbon fiber as well. The center console carries a new coat of bright white. And last but not least, even a look in the trunk is worthwhile: As usual with the project Cars vehicles, the Mustang has an upgraded multimedia system; four large PowerBass subwoofers are installed in the rear compartment. Also new are two amplifiers, the complete wiring and some video components such as the reversing camera, the image is reproduced in the associated inner rear-view mirror



The normally free-sucking V8 unit in the bow of the Mustang, for example, received a forced ventilation by means of a, because provided with polished housing, also visually



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