ROUSH Performance, a leader in Ford Mustang upgrades, will showcase a very unique Mustang in their booth during the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Dubbed "Reactor," this 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback took more than 2000 hours to build.
The gorgeous deep metallic green vehicle is owned by Doug Hoppe of Sioux Center, Iowa who commissioned the Ringbrothers to rebuild the car with one simple objective – to contend for the 2007 Good Guys Street Machine of the Year award.
"The Reactor is a car build that we are really proud of, and I know that Doug (Hoppe) is thrilled with how it turned out," said Mike Ring, Ringbrothers co-owner. "We did all we could with the car, and are very excited to debut it to the world in the ROUSH Performance booth at the SEMA Show."
Among the myriad of modifications to the "Reactor," some of the most subtle are those that make the biggest difference in the overall appearance. This would include changes such as splitting the rear window glass, removing the drip rails and door handles, and adding several hand-made carbon fiber parts such as the deck lid, hood, front fascia, front and rear bumpers and tail light panel. The interior of the vehicle was designed in a sleek, European style.
On opening the hood, the first thing noticeable is the ROUSH 427 IR crate engine, a work of art itself. Generating 552 horsepower and 535 lb.-ft. torque, this engine has forged pistons, rods and cranks in a race-ready block. As with all the ROUSH Performance crate engines, this was hot tested with multiple pulls on a dyno to document the horsepower and comes with a 2-year/24,000 mile warranty, the best in the industry.
"The ‘Reactor’ represents the type of vehicle that we are seeing more and more of our crate engines being used in," said Todd Andrews, ROUSH Performance’s performance engines sales and marketing manager. "More of the very high-end specialty builders recognize the craftsmanship to our engines and they are quickly becoming the first choice among this group. We are thrilled to be part of this Mustang and honored to have it displayed in our SEMA booth."
Following the SEMA Show, the "Reactor" will go on tour visiting several Good Guys events across the country, and other indoor shows such as the 2007 Detroit Autorama.
For those who are interested in the details about all that went into building this Mustang can read about it in Scott Killeen’s "Build Book," due in February. This book features approximately 300 pages detailing each step of build process from concept through completion, all in full color.