Oops! Man Removes Governor on V6 Mustang, Driveshaft Removes Itself


by John Coyle

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Ever wondered if it's a good idea to remove the governor on your V6 Mustang and go for a top speed run? Well, we know it's not uncommon, but this video proves you might not want to push the envelope too much. At around 135MPH, this Pony's driveshaft decided it'd had enough. Details come from the YouTube description:

"Major damage caused by the broken shaft included a hole in the metal floorpan, major exhaust system and muffler damage, broken transmission shifter, broken parking brake, broken interior plastic trim parts, etc."

Sounds about right to me. Of course, you have to be a total moron to try and film yourself while driving at 135mph, which leads us to wonder about the number of cards in this guy's deck. But that doesn't stop the dude from ranting about how crappy Ford's engineering is.

What do you think about this video? Head over to the Forum and sound off!

Sean Boost (Wed, 21 Dec 2011 09:41:22 -0800): Well is it just a coincidence that the sameday this video was posted, Ford issued a recall on the 2011-2012 V6 mustangs for an issue in the transmission, driveshaft, clutch bolts, and just general transmission area?
Sean Boost (Wed, 21 Dec 2011 09:42:58 -0800): And yes, that is terrible engineering. I never had a transmission issue doing top speed runs in any RWD car I've owned. This includes a 350Z and 370Z but both come standard with a carbon fiber driveshaft so. It doesn't get any better than that.
Erik Olson (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 05:17:49 -0800): That's why they have a limiter on the V6 model I guess. Go faster, get an after market race version. I've never laughed so hard! Reminds me of dumb crimes on tape shows...
Kenneth Thomas (Thu, 22 Dec 2011 16:45:12 -0800): Really, do you guys even know if the driveshaft is any different on the V6 model fron the V8? I doubt it. Matter of fact, it's probably the same 2-piece truck-like driveshaft they've been using for years now. I don't know for sure, just saying, I doubt the V6 and V8 DS are different, especially since the V6 makes so much pwr now. No, the reason for the 112 speed limiter is more likely because the V6 Mustang does not have the speed-rated tires of the GT. The driveshaft must just be defective or POS design.
Ryan Jenkins (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 20:10:52 -0800): why would they put the top parts on the base car? yeah, it does have 300 hp, but it is the base car. they figured, most people that buy a v6 mustang, will be happy with the stock performance and wont mod it. or take off the speed limiter to try to break a land speed record with a stock na v6..
Kevin Killingsworth (Thu, 29 Dec 2011 08:37:29 -0800): I think its ridiculous that ford makes such a critical part of a car so crappy. I don't care what speed the car goes. A driveshaft shouldn't just fail like that. I have an 05 v6 and start worrying at 95 lol.
Jeremy Burgess (Fri, 30 Dec 2011 15:28:16 -0800): text me whats going on for tommorrow?
Special-Ed Very (Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:43:01 -0800): There is a reason the car is designed with a limiter at this speed, if you exceed Vmax of the driveshaft this happens! It is not a faulty design, it was not designed for what he was trying to do. The driveshaft would not have failed under normal operating conditions.
Timandloretta West (Mon, 16 Jan 2012 07:17:14 -0800): Oops you just found just one of the diffrences in the gt version balls over brains ha ha
Ed Greenwald (Thu, 07 Jun 2012 13:52:24 -0700): Why would they put top parts on the base car? Tell me why do they advertise 305 hp and have applications for the ipod that say Do Mess With Perfection and include the V6. Why does Ford Racing Advertise performance products such as CAI, Axle Back Mufflers and Tunes but then Ford says your warranty is void. Sure I'd love to have a Cobra or a Boss 302 or even a GT but what my mind set in my budget allows is why I've driven cheap cars all my life. Yeah back in the 60's I drove the hell out of 67 Mustang GT 390's, 69 Dodge Charger 440 Six Packs and others but Ford needs to make sure that when they sell me a product that says 160 on the speedo that it fuckin goes that fast. Every other PONY car and I use that loosely I've ever driven has pegged the speedo including that Charger 440. Look I understand the bs Insurance garbage but tell me this crap before you sell me a car. My 2012 Mustang V6 should be limited to 130mph and allow some mods to it without voiding the damn warranty... And I should be allowed to do a Tune to it within reason as well to improve shift quality and H.P. This shifting into 4th gear at 35 mph in L.A. traffic is bullsit.


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