2015 Galpin Ford Mustang Rocket revealed
Envisioned and styled by Henrik Fisker in collaboration with Galpin Auto Sports, the 2015 Galpin Ford Mustang Rocket got its grand unveiling in Los Angeles. Dubbed the "Ultimate American Muscle Car," and based on a current Mustang GT, this limited-production variation on the theme matches unique carbon-fiber bodywork and custom running gear with a Whipple-supercharged version of the GT's 5.0-liter V8 tuned to crank out 725-horsepower.
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The Rocket project had its genesis in August when Henrik Fisker, whose design portfolio includes cars like the BMW Z8 and Aston Martin DB9 as well as his own Fisker Karma, contacted long-time friend Beau Boeckmann, president of Galpin, the world's largest Ford dealer. Fisker, who admits the original 1968 GT500 is his favorite Mustang, says the Rocket was born out of his passion to do a modern vehicle that would recreate the visceral feeling that car evokes. Boeckmann concurred with Fisker's vision, and the Rocket quickly moved from dream to reality.
Save for its steel Mustang doors and roof panel, the Rocket's boldly aggressive bodywork is all custom carbon fiber created by the renowned fabricators at Metalcrafters. The front clip features a more prominent grille, deep splitter and a hood with GT500-style air vents while the rear gets an integrated spoiler lips and functional diffuser framed by dual-paired exhaust outlets. Finished in custom Silver "E´minence Grise," the Rocket's muscular profile is set off with bulging fenders - the better to house its 21-inch ADV.1 alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero performance rubber - and polished carbon fiber aero skirts that help generate additional downforce. Beyond its cosmetics, the car also features a fully adjustable street/track suspension system and huge 15-inch Brembo Gran Turismo brakes.
The leather-lined cabin of the Galpin Rocket carries on the go-faster theme with a bright red Recaro Sport buckets and console trim, blue-trimmed upper dash and various carbon fiber accent elements along with custom "Rocket" door-sill plates. Galpin Auto Sports will begin producing a limited run of Mustang Rocket models in December with deliveries commencing early next year. The car will be available through Galpin in Los Angeles or several other select Ford dealers in the U.S. Pricing is set start at "just over $100,000," although buyers will be able to specify additional personalization touches - including even more underhood power.
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