Monthly Archive: November 2014

Nov 20

Galpin Auto Sports and Fisker turn the Mustang into a Rocket in LA [w/video]

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Galpin-Fisker Rocket

Galpin Fisker Rocket - rear fascia closeupGalpin Auto Sport and Henrik Fisker made big promises about the Rocket before its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show today, calling it the "ultimate American muscle car." Now that this 725-horsepower carbon-fiber Ford Mustang has officially been revealed, we've now got a chance to see if their vision backs up all the bluster.

The Rocket is based off the latest 2015 Mustang, but the entire exterior design has been substantially reworked by Fisker. "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," he says in the model's announcement.

The biggest changes come up front, where Fisker has added a gaping hexagonal grille with a polished bar running and two nearly hidden driving lights at the top corners. Long nostrils run down each side of the hood, taking their inspiration from the 1968 Shelby GT500. The Rocket's design also emphasizes its scalloped sides, which run back to functional ducts at the rear to cool the Brembo Grand Turismo brakes. When checking out the Rocket from the rear, it's easy to spot the wider fenders that are beautifully blended into the integrated spoiler. The interior has been left mostly alone beyond some eye-grabbing red leather and carbon-fiber trim.

Under the hood, Galpin spokesperson Nathan Hoyt has confirmed to Autoblog that the Rocket employs a 5.0-liter V8 with a Whipple supercharger which can be called to attention with a six-speed manual gearbox.

It took only a few months for the vehicle to go from conception to reality. Fisker showed Galpin President Beau Boeckmann early sketches at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and the two parties went from there. "When Henrik showed me his ideas, I got chills - it's literally the most beautiful Mustang I have ever seen," says Boeckmann in the company's release.

Production is set to begin in December, with deliveries starting in early 2015. There's no set production total in mind for now, but Hoyt tells Autoblog that the price will be "just over $100,000." Scroll down to read all of the details about Fisker and Galpin's Rocket.

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Galpin Auto Sports and Fisker turn the Mustang into a Rocket in LA [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nov 19

Video: Ken Block’s 1965 AWD Mustang is a Tire Shredding Monster!

Ken Block and his 1965 AWD MustangIn the latest installment of Ken Block’s Gymkhana video series, he hoons an all-wheel drive 1965 Mustang making 800+ HP around the streets of LA and it is as insane as it sounds. For years Ken Block has been making videos that highlight his driving skills, but usually the hero car was a Subaru STI or a Ford Fiesta. However, for the most recent installment Ken had a custom 1965 Mustang built to meet his hooning needs, and it is absolutely incredible. After first being debuting his Mustang at SEMA, Block’s Mustang can now be seen ripping around LA in full 1080p video!

Using a Roush-Yates 410ci, the “Hoonicorn” makes 845 HP and 710 TQ and is paired up to a custom built drivetrain that offers a sequential gearbox and AWD, allowing Ken to spin all four wheels. The Hoonicorn was the culmination of Ken’s team, ASD Motorsports, and Vaughn Gittin Jr’s RTR brand coming together to create one of the sickest one-off Mustangs ever to be built.

To some, taking a 1965 Mustang and giving it AWD is complete sacrilege, however I think it is a refreshing take on the classic pony. This Mustang was heavily influenced by American Muscle cars, DTM cars, and WRC cars, which becomes obvious when studying the ’65.

What are your thoughts on Ken’s ’65 Hoonicorn? Is it the perfect Mustang or is it an abomination?


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Nov 18

Autoblog Podcast #406

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Episode #406 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Brandon Turkus, and Chris Bruce talk about the Mustang Shelby GT 350, the Los Angeles Auto Show, and the Volkswagen Golf winning Motor Trend Car of the Year honors. We start with what's in the Autoblog Garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #406:

In The Autoblog Garage:
Hosts: Dan Roth, Brandon Turkus, Chris Bruce
Runtime: 01:26:07

  • Intro and Garage - 00:00
  • Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 - 29:21
  • LA Auto Show - 40:36
  • Golf is Motor Trend COTY - 53:50
  • Q&A - 01:00:42

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Autoblog Podcast #406 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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