Hertz and Penske Racing have teamed up to introduce the special edition “Hertz Penske GT” Mustang which will be added to the Hertz Adrenaline Collection at select U.S. airport locations. Based off the 2014 Ford Mustang GT, the Hertz Penske GT will feature mostly cosmetic upgrades with a few performance modifications to add some pep to the already potent 5.0-liter V8 engine.
The Hertz Penske GT Mustang joins other performance cars in the Adrenaline Collection, including: Ford Mustang GT Premium, Chevrolet Camaro SS (hardtop and convertible), Corvette Convertible and Dodge Challenger R/T. Renting the Hertz Penske GT won’t be cheap as it will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $180/day with restrictions on mileage.
“Working with Penske Racing, we’re excited to introduce the Penske-inspired vehicle as the newest in a long line of American muscle cars in our rental fleet,” commented Mark. P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and CEO. “There’s nothing more thrilling than hitting the open road in a high-performance, American-built sports car. With this addition to our Adrenaline Collection, we are introducing a vehicle with race car performance enhancements to give customers a unique travel experience.”
Enhancements to the Hertz Penske GT Mustang include:
Performance Upgrades Include: Quad-Tip Exhaust System, Air Intake and ECU Tuning Upgrade, 3.55 Gears, and Brembo® Brakes
Interior Upgrades Include: Black Recaro Racing Seats, Laguna Seca Gauge Pod, Limited Edition Interior Dash and Engine Bay Plaques, Custom Floor Mats and Door Sills, and Ford’s Touchscreen Entertainment System with GPS and Back-up Camera
Exterior Upgrades Include: Black exterior with unique Hertz yellow racing stripes, Boss 302 Front Splitter, GT500 Rear Valence, Upgraded Suspension and Handling, Custom Graphics Package, and Custom Hertz Faux Gas Cap
“It is terrific that a classic American car is being transformed into a one-of-a-kind vehicle inspired by Penske Racing,” said Roger Penske. “The Hertz Penske GT makes us even more excited for what is in store for our multi-year partnership with Hertz, and we are thrilled that our fans and Hertz travelers will have the opportunity to rent this special car.”
In January, Hertz and Penske Racing entered into a multi-year agreement with Hertz serving as a 2013 primary sponsor for select races on the No. 22 Penske Racing car competing in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series. The No. 22 Hertz Ford Mustang will race in a special livery mirroring the Hertz Penske GT in the New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on July 13.
In its first race, the No. 22 Hertz Ford Mustang competed at Dover International Speedway on June 1 with Penske Racing’s Joey Logano winning the event for his third-consecutive victory at the Monster Mile in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and his first Nationwide Series win driving for Penske Racing. At Dover, Logano took the lead for the final time following a two-tire pit stop with just 36 laps to go. Logano led 66 of the 200 laps and, over the final run, he was able to pull away from the field, earning his first Nationwide Series win of the season. It was Logano’s 19th-career Nationwide Series victory and the 199th series victory for Ford Racing.
The Hertz Penske GT joins a list of custom performance Hertz vehicles that started with Carroll Shelby in 1966 with the Shelby GT350H in the Hertz Rent-A-Racer program. From there, Hertz developed a 40th anniversary Shelby GT-H in 2006 and a custom Chevrolet Corvette ZHZ in 2009.