04 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

The newest Mustang platform is great. So great, in fact, that it’s making waves across the industry. Not since the introduction of the FR-S/BRZ/GT86 chassis has a sporty RWD platform made so much noise among enthusiasts. The combination of good styling, a vastly improved interior, a proven engine, and independent rear suspension have dovetailed into a platform seemingly leagues ahead of its predecessors, and Mike Lee of Touge Factory is ready to take advantage of the S550 Mustang’s potential.

02 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

For those who don’t already know, Touge Factory is a shop and distributor located in Wheeling, Illinois. Established in 2002, Touge Factory was at the forefront of mainstream drifting in the United States, and became renowned as a premier drift shop. TF-Works has since matured into an all-round car shop which distributes high-end motorsports-related performance parts on a worldwide scale. Being pioneers in the industry, the guys at Touge Factory have certainly not forgotten their roots, and they saw the new Mustang GT as an opportunity to blend their time-tested knowledge with new-age engineering.

06 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

“We wanted to showcase this chassis to the import owners who are looking for something new,” Lee tells us. “Many of our clients are now at that stage in life where they do not have the time to build a 15+ year old car, or deal with the issues involved with maintaining one. We wanted to see if the new Mustang could fill that void in the RWD platform where you can buy it, throw on few bolt-ons, and have a reliable daily and/or weekend track car. So far it has proven to be just that.”

15 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

With a ProCharger stage 2 supercharger kit, Modular Motorsports Racing billet oil pump gear and crank gear, and cooling goodies from Mishimoto and KoyoRad making 645 whp and 515 lb-ft of torque, maybe calling it “a few bolt-ons” is a stretch, but Lee is absolutely right. A few bolt-ons are all you need to turn the S550 Mustang GT into a potent road-warrior. Praise for the platform is high among the Touge Factory team, which says a lot coming from a group that has typically been associated with JDM imports for the better part of the last two decades. Lee even goes so far as to say that if the S550 wore a Nissan badge, it could be the “Silvia S16.” That’s quite a bold claim. Is USDM the new JDM?

“Right off the showroom floor the new Mustangs are competitive and come well equipped, especially with the performance package,” says Lee, continuing the praise of the platform. “It has good styling, and a terrific power train. Anyone looking into a well rounded RWD platform should consider the Mustang.” For import enthusiasts who aren’t quite sold by the OEM specs on the ‘Stang, the Touge Factory Mustang GT just may be able to persuade you, and not just because it looks great with the Steeda front bumper and GT350 wing.

05 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

The goal behind the build was to use import tuner styling cues to improve the domestic market offerings with a good balance of style and performance. We can see the Japanese influence in the wheel choices. Depending on the day, or the event type, you’ll find the TF-Works Mustang GT sitting low on either Rays Gram Lights 57Xtremes, or Advan GTs, both measuring in at 19x10.5 and wrapped in Toyo R888R tires. Bringing the chassis closer to the ground is a set of ReinHarte 3-way coilovers, as well as almost everything in Steeda’s Mustang suspension catalogue such as rear toe links, rear camber arms, spherical bushings for the rear LCAs, billet vertical links, an alignment kit, and bushings.

03 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

As you can see, this GT isn’t just for straight-line speed, although we’re sure it’s great for that too considering its ample power supply. If you know the Touge Factory guys, you know they put this car through its paces. “The great thing about the Mustang is that you can pack up and go to a track, even within a moments notice. There is no need to hook up your trailer, or worry about packing up all of your heavy tools,” quips Lee. “It’s a car that you can pull track duties with, and yet have fun driving it to and from work every day.”

21 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

Despite being overhauled in most areas, the Touge Factory S550 is never quite done. “Our shop cars tend to keep evolving,” says Lee. “Whether it be the styling or performance, we like to keep improving the car as much as we can.” With decades of expertise behind them, we’re sure the guys at the shop have a plethora of plans for the car, and we’re excited to see how this project develops over time. Keep on trailblazing, guys!

07 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

Vehicle: 2016 Ford Mustang GT
Owner: Mike Lee
Location: Wheeling, IL
Built By: Touge Factory
Engine: Ford Coyote 5.0L V8
Horsepower: 645 whp
Torque: 515 lb-ft

Facebook: Touge Factory
Instagram: @tfworks

17 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

ProCharger stage 2 supercharger kit
Modular Motorsports Racing (billet oil pump gear, crank gear)
Injector Dynamics 1000cc injectors
JMS fuel pump booster
Mishimoto (aluminum radiator, air oil separator)
UPR Products oil catch can
KoyoRad oil cooler

18 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

Kooks long tube headers
Borla S-type exhaust

19 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

Kaaz 1.5-way LSD
McLeod RST twin-plate clutch w/ aluminum flywheel
Energy Suspension shifter bushing
Whiteline transmission mount bushing

22 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

Rays Gram Lights 57Xtreme wheels – 19x10.5 +30 (f), 19x10.5 +43 (r)
Advan GT wheels – 19x10.5 +15 (f), 19x10.5 +25 (r)
Toyo R888R tires – 295/30/19 (f/r) (Gram Lights) / 275/35/19 (f/r) (Advans)

23 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

ReinHarte 3-way coilovers
Steeda (rear toe links, rear camber arms, rear lower control arm spherical bearings, Mustang IRS subframe bushing support, IRS alignment kit, billet vertical links, race diff bushings)

09 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

Steeda front bumper
GT350 rear trunk wing

12 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

AutoMeter Spek-Pro gauges

14 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

13 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

ProCharger, Injector Dynamics, Mishimoto, Kaaz USA, AutoMeter

08 Touge Factory 2016 Ford Mustang GT PASMAG

More Vehicle Features

Quad Spinning: Yuki Kamakura's Quad Rotor 26b 1997 Maxda RX-7

I’ve experienced many amazing cars during the last 10 years of living in Japan. Many are outright powerhouses. Some defy the laws of physics. Others are so amazingly presented that your jaw hits the floor. All have carried legendary tuner…
Read More

Overdrive: True Grit - DTA 2008 Scion xB

What do you do when you have a 2008 second generation Scion xB, and want the car to make 400hp reliably on 91 octane pump gas, as is dispensed in California? If you’re Johan “Yo” Esbensen, co-owner of Rogue Status…
Read More

Car Time: Forrest Wang's 1998 Nissan S14.5

Written by Dave Pankew | Photos by Jacob Leveton Ever gotten stuck watching lame TV shows that your sister, girlfriend or wife want to watch instead of something legit? I might have some guilty pleasures like the first few American…
Read More

World War Z: This Ain't Your Grandpa's Camaro

The second generation of Chevrolet’s Camaro is an iconic car to many, including Chevrolet, but you would be hard pressed to find someone who would sing praise of this car more than Miro Pavletic. Having longed to build a second-gen…
Read More

Team No Siesta: Mike Ma's 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

It’s no secret that the Ford Fiesta ST was the hot hatch sweetheart of any and every auto journalist on the face of the planet. Open up a magazine full of road tests and you’re sure to find the Fiesta…
Read More