Henrik Fisker is an automotive designer who joined Ford Motor Company in 2001 where he became Creative Director of Ingeni, the design and creative centre based in Soho, London. In 2003 Ford announced that their ambitious project was to close in a bid to cut costs as the strain on the World’s economy took a firmer grip.
Moving on to create Fisker Automotive, he was known for producing one of the first production electric vehicles, the Fisker Karma. The sadly doomed Karma was produced for just one year due to financial difficulties between 2011 and 2012.
All very unlucky for Henrik, so it’s pleasing to see his return with another exciting project, a customised Ford Mustang muscle car – the inspiringly named Galpin-Fisker Rocket.
The heavily carbon fibred Rocket was designed in collaboration with Galpin Auto Sports, a company that specialises in bespoke remodeling of vehicles for specific drivers, but you might be more familiar with the name from the large remarkably clean open spaced garage used in the Pimp My Ride TV series.
Galpin are no newcomers to the Mustang though, having already built a Mustang (remember KITT?) for another TV series, the remake of the classic Knight Rider.
The Galpin-Fisker Rocket was eagerly unveiled at the LA Auto Show recently and is the result of a meeting between (the now free agent) Fisker and Beau Boeckmann, the president of Galpin Auto Sports. After an initial discussion and a few sketched ideas, the duo set about creating the custom Mustang within a time period of just 3 months to enable them to have their big reveal at the LA Auto Show.
The wonders of modern technology allowed the restricted time scale to be met with the team used 3D scanning of their donor Mustang – with and without it’s bodywork. This highlighted key structures that the team wanted to remain, allowing any Ford mechanic to be able to repair the vehicle. “It may be one of the most affordable supercars to maintain and drive,” Fisker is ambitiously quoted as saying.
The next step was more traditionally old-school, with a life-size clay model being produced of the Mustang. Once they had tweaked the clay exterior, a scan of the model was made to enable them to produce the carbon fibre panels.
Fisker didn’t want to customise the classic Ford in a way that would make it unrecognisable, the plan was that people would be able to instantly see that the car is a Mustang, a subtle approach was the order of the day.
The 5-litre supercharged V8 boasts a not insignificant 67 per cent increase in power over the standard Ford Mustang. That’s an effective increase from 435 to 725 horsepower. That makes the Fisker Mustang not only a beautiful car, but a real supercar contender too.
Performance specs are yet to be revealed, although the cost is likely to be around £64,000.
Images – autoblog.com
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