WWith the news that Ford plans to keep its Mustang piston-powered beyond the life of the upcoming seventh-generation S650, Ford fans have plenty of reasons to be excited for the future of the iconic pony car.
This includes a homologation version of the new dark horse that Ford hopes will make the Mustang competitive with the likes of Porsche and Ferrari at Le Mans.
But there’s one piece of news that’s sure to give prospective S650 owners hope to tweak their new purchase the way the Lord intended.
Ed Cranes, Mustang’s chief engineer, told Ford Authority that the new model will be “harder” than previous models.
Criminal? Mustang’s encrypted electrical system is programmed to shut down if it detects third-party intrusion. This feature is basically a cybersecurity measure to prevent hacking, viz Ford Authority Explains:
“Cranes explained that the seventh-generation Mustang uses the automaker’s new Fully Networked Vehicle (FNV) electrical architecture, which brings many benefits to the popular pony car, such as over-the-air updates and much-needed cybersecurity, but It also largely locks down the vehicle from being tuned.
“FoMoCo’s FNV electrical architecture is expected to make life more difficult for third-party tuners in general, even as it protects user data – and their vehicles – from increased hacking risks. is simply a result of the automaker’s efforts to
“Ford is open to collaborating with tuners who modify vehicles like the S650 and that doesn’t stop it from offering performance enhancements or tunes…as it has been doing through Ford Performance.”