Fisker Rocket - a carbon-fiber bodied 725 hp Ford Mustang
Galpin Auto Sports and
reknowned Danish automotive designer Henrik Fisker (the man responsible
for Aston Martin's famed good looks, and the slightly
troubled car company which bears his name) teamed up to build
one of the most outrageous examples of the Ford Mustang ever created.
Called the "Rocket", the car is a 725 horsepower monster
Ford Mustang clad in a bespoke carbon fiber suit.
The exterior design of the Galpin-Fisker Rocket was undertaken by
Fisker, whose love of the diamond shape can be clearly seen in the
car's styling. The project was initiated when Fisker apparently approached
one of his friends, Galpin President Beau Boeckmann, with some sketches
of a high-performance Mustang. On seeing the images, Boeckmann decided
to get the ball rolling on a prototype model which would lead to a
limited numbers production car.
The car is based on a sixth-generation
Ford Mustang, and the time period from the initial sketches being
created, to the car going on display at the 2014 LA Auto Show, was
just over three months. The Galpin Auto Sports and Fisker say the
Rocket features styling inspiration from '60s and '70s Mustangs, but
in reality it looks much more futuristic than that.
The hand-laid carbon fiber bodywork was created by Metalcrafters
Inc. a speciality application and concept car fabrication company.
The car features a large hexagonal grille with two driving lights
integrated into the top corners. The headlights are the same as the
production car, but otherwise the entire front end, including the
vented hood and wider wheel arches, are new.
In profile the Rocket shows off its elongated nose, restyled doors,
pumped-up wheel arches and it’s retro-style 5-spoke 21-inch
ADV.1 wheels which hide 15-inch Brembo brakes behind.
The rear view of the Galpin-Fisker Rocket Mustang is dominated by
the huge "ROCKET" lettering sitting on the back of the trunk
lid spoiler. A new rear bumper with a diffuser and quad exhaust tips
is also present.
Powering the Rocket is a supercharged 5.0 litre V8 which produces
725 horsepower. Galpin Auto Sports haven't gone into any detail yet
about other drivetrain or chassis enhancements.
The Galpin-Fisker Rocket might not have the same high-class appeal
of the sublime Galpin
Ford GTR1. But as far as modified Mustangs go, it's up there with
the best - although it's still no Hoonigan!
The price is said to be in the region of $100,000.
|Year (of specifications)
||5.0 litre V8
||6 speed manual RWD