CD Projekt Has Brought Cyberpunk 2077’s ’70s Ford Mustang to Life
Named ’The Quadra’, it was built by Rockstar Performance Garage and it can be yoursby Michael Fira, on LISTEN 05:19
CD Projekt, the developer and publisher behind such all-out hits as the Witcher series gears up for another action-packed video game that just so happens to be set in a post-apocalyptic future. The game, announced a mere eight years ago, is now little over one month away from its release date and CD Projekt is trying to increase the hype all the way and beyond the boundaries of our solar system by taking a page out of Rockstar Games’ book of tricks. So, here’s the latest ploy: recreating the star car from the game, ’The Quadra’.
Merging the video game world with the real one from behind the wheel of a muscle car
So, by now you must be thinking what is ’The Quadra’ and who thought sticking a giant grille all across the front fascia of a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 was a good idea. Well, first off, let’s talk about the game for a bit. Set in a dystopian future where greedy corporations completely devoided of a moral compass have taken over at least parts of the U.S. They are controlling everything in and around Night City, the place you’re transported to as you play Cyberpunk 2077.
Given the careless nature of said corporations crime has become rampant in this city located in the Free State of North California. It’s called ’Free’ because those at the top no longer follow the rules and laws of either the rest of California or the U.S. as a whole. Since there seems to be a continuous power struggle in this separatist state, not even the advent of robotization, which has become part of everyday life, can stop things from getting violent. In fact, things have gotten to the point where open carry is legal and you pretty much ought to have a gun given the civil unrest that has gotten to the people’s heads in pretty scary ways.
Apparently, the population is addicted to body modifications and cybernetic upgrades and, as a matter of fact, so is your character, "a mercenary outlaw" whose goal is to get his hands on a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. Why anyone would want to live forever in such a post-Kitsch world is beyond me but I digress. Traversing Night City can be done in a variety of ways but V’s favorite way is from behind the wheel of ’The Quadra’.
As this is an open-world action-adventure game, you can expect to be driving quite a bit as you progress through the story and that's why 'The Quadra' is important.
Remember back in 2013 when Rockstar Games partnered with West Coast Customs to bring the Bravado Banshee to life? As GTA V’s take on the Dodge Viper, the Banshee was a fan favorite and Rockstar Games tapped into its popularity by making a real-life version of it - ironically underpinned by an actual Viper platform - and then giving it away through GameStop’s Epic Rewards Giveaway.
The car, supposedly worth $170,000, ended up with a family that never really needed one of America’s fastest sports car dressed in a Halloween costume which is why it went under the hammer at a Mecum auction in 2014 showing just 8,300 miles on the odometer. But the Banshee didn’t find a buyer at first and, in 2015, it finally changed hands for just $45,200. Then, come 2018, and with virtually no more mileage added, it was sold once more, only this time the new owner paid $30,800 for it before promptly putting up an eBay ad for it with a ’Buy It Now’ price of over $60,000.
Why does all of this matter now? Well, because CD Projekt is basically trying to do the same thing with the Quadra. After partnering with the Rockstar Performance Garage to make it, the developer/publisher intends to give it away to one lucky Rockstar Energy Drink consumer who enters his code here. You can do that too for a chance to win the car as the codes can be found under the tab of the Cyberpunk 2077 X Rockstar cans.
Let’s, then, see what the lucky winner will get his hands on.
The base, under the flashy yellow paint job, mammoth grille, and black wheels, is actually quite decent: a 1970 Ford Mustang (not an actual Boss 302, of course) that sits at just 38,000 original miles - not bad for a 50-year-old car.
The grille in the front hides the headlights (maybe because you don’t want them to get shot off by gun-yielding maniacs?) and also features a unique ’Quadra’ badge in red. The black rims are from Rotiform and are wrapped by Mickey Thompson tires which are needed.
That’s because under the bulging hood there’s a heavily upgraded V-8 engine. It features fuel injection, a pair of 3.0-inch K&N air filters, and a Magnaflow dual-exhaust system. The chassis has been beefed-up and you’ve got coilover suspension at all four corners as well as disc brakes, and a 9.0-inch rear end.
We don’t know just how fast or how powerful the car is but it does seem pretty fast from behind its custom three-spoke wheel after you’ve gotten yourself comfy in the bucket seats. There’s carbon fiber on the dash that wraps around the re-arranged center console. Quadra Yellow, which is the color of the body too, is littered here and there and everywhere and the Kicker sound system is almost loud enough to cover the growls of the engine. We just hope it’s also loud enough to mute the voices in the head of the winner telling him to put the Quadra up for sale.
Source: Automobile Magazine