Ford recently rolled the first SHELBY® #GT350R Mustang off the line at their Flat Rock assembly plant. Ford claims it is “the most athletic Mustang ever, designed to tackle the world’s most challenging roads and race tracks while creating an exhilarating experience for the driver. ‘This is a special day for all Mustang enthusiasts,’ said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. ‘We have taken the GT350 formula to the next level of innovation, style and performance. Today the legend continues.'”
Ford isn’t the only one to mod a mustang though… There is an endless sea of aftermarket tuning kits for the ‘stang as well as various Ford-approved models similar to the GT350. Standing out within the huge crowd of tuned Mustangs is hard to do. And the newest GT350 does admirably, but so does a truly original kit from the mind of Henrik Fisker.
Henrik Fisker is an automobile designer, and was a founding partner and executive chairman of Fisker Automotive; an automaker originally based in Anaheim, California. The company’s first and only product was the Fisker Karma, one of the world’s first production plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. It debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show, creating the premium green car segment in which most major manufacturers have since announced they would compete.
Fisker set his sights on the 2015 Mustang and created an absolute beast of a car. The outside will have cringe with awkward lines and an aesthetic similar to a Hot Wheels car. But the Rocket gets a Whipple supercharger that boosts the V8’s output to 725 horsepower, and the car’s suspension has been thoroughly reworked to help put all that grunt to the ground.
According to Steven Ewing of Autoblog.com the new Rocket “does a lot of things right, and feels genuinely special. But for $110,000 – or $137,000, as tested – it ought to. That’s more than twice the price of a base GT350. It’s not the prettiest ‘Stang by a long-shot, but it’s really great to drive, and is a totally unique creation that’s more powerful than anything Roush or Saleen is doing these days. Those who want it will love it. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with one more fast Mustang in the world.”