Over the past half-decade, the Ford Mustang has traveled all over the globe and has been sold in countless countries. But until now, no Ford Mustang had gone into space. Fortunately, California-based Ford salesmen Michael Sego and Steve Kubitz solved that glaring omission.
Sego and Kubitz got together with some friends to launch a scale model of the 2015 Ford Mustang into space. Attached to a helium balloon and with an on-board camera filming the action, the Mustang model climbed to 110,000 feet above the surface of the earth after just 74 minutes. That's 21 miles above the California desert, far enough to push the Mustang into the stratosphere. When the car eventually disconnected from the helium balloon and tumbled back to earth, an on-board GPS transmitter helped Sego and Kubitz locate the model -- after six hours of searching.
"We wanted to celebrate 50 years of Mustang and the impending arrival of the all-new 2015 Mustang by doing something really special," Sego said in a statement. "We’re excited to have been able to take our favorite car to new heights by launching it into space."
While the standard, road-going 2015 Ford Mustang won't be heading into the stratosphere any time, it does at least have plenty of performance available for use on terra firma. Buyers will pick between a 3.7-liter V-6 engine with 300 hp, a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo-four with at least 305 hp, and a 5.0-liter V-8 with 420 hp. And for drivers who like to sublimate their tires, the 2015 Ford Mustang will even add a line-lock function allowing drivers to keep the car stationary while spinning the rear wheels.