T-5R Martini Mustang
The T-5R Martini Mustang
In the 60’s, the willingness of manufactures like Ford to continue pushing boundaries in the arena of motorsports to develop winning combinations was
Our proposal is that a couple of Ford exec’s had a chance business meeting with the owners of Martini Racing. This meeting could have taken place during a European F1 or Rally race perhaps. During the conversation, Ford expressed an interest in racing the Mustang in Europe more since the Mustang’s 1-2 finish at the 1964 Tour de France and also doing some “over the road endurance testing” with their Indy 4 cam motor.
Now for those of you who know early Mustangs, the export model of the Mustang was called the T-5. But since Ford would be sending basically a race prepped Shelby R model, we figured it would be know as the T-5R.
Ford would then use their knowledge and experience to prepare the car for road rally racing. Martini would provide Ford the funds for the team, thus Ford could obtain vital feedback as to how the car and drivetrain faired. Plus, joining forces with successful, high profile sponsors such as Martini Racing could prove beneficial in that a high profile team would bring wide spread promotion for the Ford Racing in Europe.
We have taken the Lotus approach to building this car which is “to add speed, add lightness”. So the car features weight savings everywhere possible. But, we have used parts and materials from our 60’s time period. Example- fiberglass instead of carbon fiber. A light car means it can use a small light engine to do the job and be able to overcome the affects of inertia and gravity better that a heavy car. The 300 lbs. engine is all aluminum with magnesium covers and oil pan. The CR Racing transmission weighs in at only 63 lbs. All side and rear glass have been exchanged with plexiglass and the window regulators and wing window frames have been removed. All body panels including bumpers, except the body shell and doors have been replaced with fiberglass.
The interior is Spartan and set up for rally racing, complete with dash mounted timers, toggle and kill switches and a navigator’s foot pedestal.
Under the car is where we hide the modern technology. Gone is the old factory suspension, and in its place is the brand new complete suspension from Detroit Speed. This is coupled with Wilwood brakes and one-off rims from Evod Industries that resembles the 4 spoke wheel on the 60’s Indy cars.
Martini Mustang Tech:
Engine- Ford Indy 4-cam. All aluminum 300 c.i. Custom built and
converted to EFI by Ed Pink Racing Engines.
Fuel Injection Control-TBA
Trans- CR Racing Inc. NASACR prepped 63 lbs. 4 speed
Bell housing, starter, clutch- Quartermaster. Aluminum
Suspension- Detroit Speed & Eng.
Front- Aluminum cradle, coil over, rack & pinion
Rear- Triangulated 4 link with 9” housing
3rd Member- CR Racing Inc. Nodular with built in pump.
Exhaust- Custom, Stainless
Radiator- CR Racing Inc. Aluminum. Upsized to a 1969 Mustang core.
Coolers and tanks- Aviaid
Rims- Evod Industries. 4 spoke styled after mid 60”s Indy car rims.
True pin drive with knock offs.
Tires- Kumho Ecsta V710 (rounded shoulder)
Fiberglass body panels- Mayer Racing. Hood, fenders, front apron, and
Paint and body- Mick Jenkins
Interior- Pure Vision and Eric Thorsen Custom Upholstery