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Nov 05

Ford F-100 ‘Snakebit’ shown off by Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed at SEMA

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1956 Ford F-100 Snakebit

Ford, along with KISS bassist Gene Simmons and his wife, Shannon Tweed, used SEMA as a backdrop to pull the covers off Snakebit, a 1956 Ford F-100 pickup truck that's been updated with Shelby Mustang-derived styling bits and a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine. All 550 horsepower are funneled through a six-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels.

Underneath the custom bodywork sits a chassis that's been stretched five inches and a bed widened and bedecked with billet machined pieces that are supposed to look like wood. The 20-inch rear and 18-inch front wheels ape those of past Shelby Mustang models. The interior is swathed in two-tone leather with a bench seat designed to look - try to act surprised - like a Shelby Mustang.

Like what you see? Bidding for the truck will take place in 2014 at an unspecified Barrett-Jackson event (we'd assume Scottsdale). Proceeds will be used to help build a children's hospital in Saskatoon, in the province of Saskatchewan, where Ms. Tweed grew up. See the high-res gallery above and the press release down below for more.

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Oct 09

Next-gen Ford Cobra Jet development underway, but will it be a Mustang?

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Ford Racing Mustang Cobra Jet

Ford might be stepping away from the NHRA, but it isn't abandoning drag racing altogether. Hot Rod says that Ford confirmed a next-gen Cobra Jet factory drag racer is in the works, but the report also speculates that a new Cobra Jet could switch away from the Mustang nameplate.

Even though talk of a new Cobra Jet coincides with the all-new 2015 Mustang, the lack of confirmation for the dragster's platform leaves Hot Rod to guess that the car might switch to another platform - specifically a front-drive-based, unibody car like the Fusion or Taurus. We'd hate to think of a world with a NASCAR-ized dragster from Ford Racing, but it's also highly unlikely that the Mustang Cobra Jet would step away from its quarter-mile rivals like the Chevy COPO Camaro and Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.

Next-gen Ford Cobra Jet development underway, but will it be a Mustang? originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Oct 2013 10:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sep 26

Equus Bass 770 is a restomod Mustang with ZR1 power [w/video]

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Equus Automotive combines retro muscle car styling and a modern, 640-horsepower engine.

The Equus Bass 770 has gone viral, and it's not hard to see why. The retro styling of the boutique modern muscle car draws inspiration mainly from the old Ford Mustang fastback, but also the Dodge Challenger, and it's powered by a thoroughly modern supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 640 horsepower, a la Chevrolet's recently departed Corvette ZR1. It all comes together to give the Bass 770 a claimed 0-60 miles-per-hour time of 3.4 seconds and top speed of 200 mph, which makes us wonder why it took a short piece by Thrillist that ended up on the front page of Reddit to make people notice (including us). Apparently, the thing already has been out for almost a year, according to Equus Automotive's Facebook page.

Detroit-based Equus Automotive developed the car for six years to arrive at the product you see here. An aluminum chassis was built for the Bass 770, and its body is made out of aluminum lined with carbon fiber. The combination of strong, lightweight materials is sure to keep body flex to a minimum and, crucially, the weight down on this 3,640-pound muscle car. Unlike muscle cars of yore, the Bass 770 is generously equipped with safety features, such as airbags, and creature comforts that include a leather interior with the ceiling in Alcantara, air-conditioning, GPS, radio with CD and DVD capability, USB port, tire pressure monitoring system and cruise control.

To offset the weight of the big engine up front, the folks at Equus Automotive decided to mount a six-speed dual-clutch manual transmission (yes, a twin-disc manual) at the rear. Michael Qualid of Equus Automotive says, "An automatic transmission could be available in the near future with different engine combinations."

While we haven't driven it (yet), we imagine the handling greatly benefits from the weight distribution afforded by the transaxle layout. That's a good thing when you're drifting a 640-horsepower muscle car - which you can see in a video we included below. But if you want to join in on the action, be ready to pony up at least $253,000 for your own Bass 770.

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