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Los Angeles 2014: Galpin reveals the Rocket Mustang

Los Angeles 2014: Galpin reveals the Rocket Mustang image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Galpin Auto Sports | posted November 21, 2014 11:38

Powered by a V8 engine that cranks out 735 PS

Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) and renowned automotive designer Henrik Fisker have finally revealed the carbon fiber bodied Rocket Mustang at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Called the 'The Ultimate American Muscle Car', it will be a low-volume production Super Mustang that is based off the current model.

“Mustang has been my favorite car for almost my entire life. I had the pleasure of working with Ford’s development team for the last few years, and I think they absolutely nailed it. So of course, I wanted to do something really special when the new Mustang came out. When Henrik showed me his ideas, I got chills—it’s literally the most beautiful Mustang I have ever seen. Considering it’s our top product for customizing and performance at GAS, it is a natural fit for us to try to make the performance stand out as much as the design does. Doing this project with my dear friend Henrik—who I consider one of the greatest designers of all time—is simply a dream come true!” said Beau Boeckmann, GAS President.

The rear of the Rocket

Construction of the the carbon fiber bodywork of the Rocket Mustang was made by acclaimed concept car builder GFMI Metalcrafters Inc. from Fountain Valley, California. The design of the Rocket Mustang is heavily influenced by the specialty pony cars of the 1960s and early 1970s. Its carbon fiber grill has a hexagonal pattern that is split by an aluminum bar and Mustang logo, reminiscent of the 60s Mustang.

An additional front splitter is equipped that lets air cut through the body cleanly and improves engine cooling. Working in conjunction with it is a rear diffuser and polished carbon fiber aero skirts that provide downforce. It has a character line that runs from the hood of the car, over the flared fenders and finally ends at the rear spoiler. Twenty-one inch wheels wrapped Pirelli P-Zero tires provide traction for the Rocket Mustang

Inside, the cabin is covered in red leather while the dashboard sports a carbon fiber/leather finish. Additional interior trim included in the Rocket are 'Rocket' sill plates, Recaro seats and auxiliary gauges.

The cabin of the Rocket

Under the hood of the Rocket is a V8 engine that according to GAS is able to generate 735 PS. No other details were given by GAS but they did say that it has an adjustable suspension and is equipped with a Brembo braking system.

“It's a special moment when you get to work on a car like the Ford Mustang. This is a project born out of passion, it's a dream come true, to have the opportunity to "touch" a Mustang and apply my design ideas to it. I love the 60’s American muscle cars. They are more sculptured, with more radical proportions and bold details than European counterparts. My favorite Mustang is the 1968 Shelby GT500 that had this long hood and huge air intakes; it gave me butterflies the first time I saw it,” said Henrik Fisker.

The silhouette of the Rocket

Production of the Rocket will begin next month while the first deliveries will arrive by the start of 2015.