There are no shortage of fast Mustangs these days. Roush and Saleen will tune your ordinary ‘Stang into something really special. Ford itself offers hot coupes like the new Shelby GT350. Don’t even get me started on the endless aftermarket catalogs full of bolt-on whats-its and performance upgrades. Standing out within the huge crowd of tuned Mustangs is hard to do. But you’ll definitely notice this one.
“I always wanted to do a Mustang,” Henrik Fisker told me as we walked toward his latest creation, the Rocket, parked outside the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, CA. The man knows a thing or two about design, after all. He penned the BMW Z8, as well as the Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage. But this Rocket is, well, ugly. The rear end isn’t totally terrible, and those 21-inch wheels are sort of cool, but taken as a whole, it looks like it swallowed something it doesn’t like the taste of. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder – or perhaps, the creator – so we’ll let Mr. Fisker explain why the car looks the way it does. See the video below for his brief design walkaround.
If you can get past the looks, there’s a world of performance to unleash, thanks to the boys at Galpin Auto Sports – the same folks responsible for the GTR1 I drove last year. The Mustang’s 5.0-liter V8 gets a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger that improves output to 725 horsepower (the torque figure isn’t available), and the car’s suspension has been thoroughly reworked to help put all that grunt to the ground. It’s very good, yet very familiar. Let me explain.