Ford continues its tradition of supporting the EAA Young Eagles by auctioning special-edition one-off vehicles, this time a new 2015 Ford Mustang F-35 Lightning II Edition. The auction will take place at the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Using a new Mustang GT fastback coupe as its base, the 2015 Ford Mustang F-35 Lightning II Edition is styled after the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. The most prominent modification is the car’s matte titanium paint, blue-and-yellow lightning livery at the rear, and gold-tinted windows, drawing from styles seen on early-production F-35 jets. Custom 21-inch wheels combine with yellow-painted brake calipers for a dramatic flair, while Ford lowered the ride height by replacing the stock springs with Eibach ones.
Up front the 2015 Ford Mustang F-35 Lightning II Edition bears a thick racing stripe running toward a new splitter and an extended lip spoiler. There are also restyled rocker moldings; yellow mirror caps; a trunk-mounted rear wing; and larger, ceramic-coated exhaust outlets. The interior looks like a proper cockpit, with Recaro racing seats, a custom audio system, as well as F-35-themed floor mats and sill plates.
The 2015 Ford Mustang F-35 Lightning II Edition is now the seventh vehicle since 2008 that Ford has donated to the EAA Young Eagles, an organization which provides free introductory flights for young, aspiring aviators. Past auctions, which featured one-offs such as an Air Force Thunderbirds-themed 2014 Mustang, a Red Tails Mustang, a Blue Angels Mustang, and an SR-71 Blackbird Mustang, have collectively raised upwards of $2.5 million for the Young Eagles.
Exact performance upgrades aren’t available yet, but last year’s Thunderbirds Mustang was packing heat with a supercharger, Brembo brakes, and an improved suspension. It sold at auction for $398,000.
If you want to support the EAA Young Eagles and get your hands on the 2015 Ford Mustang F-35 Lightning II Edition, one of the first 2015 Ford Mustangs sold, bring your checkbook to Oshkosh on July 31.