While Ford was busy making a huge splash with the 2016 Mustang GT350, Henrik Fisker and Galpin Auto Sports pulled the covers off their super-Mustang creation, the Rocket. But this isn’t a one-off SEMA late-comer, it’s the first in a series of low-volume Mustangs set for production by GAS.

Fisker and GAS president Beau Boeckmann first started working on the idea after the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance back in August 2014. The two worked feverously to ready the design sketches and performance upgrades for the car — and boy, has it paid off.

The Rocket features a substantially reworked body with a new front end, hood, and wider fenders — all crafted from carbon fiber. Under the Rocket’s hood lies the Mustang GT’s original 5.0-liter V-8 but with a Whipple supercharger forcing air down its throat. The spinning screws give the Coyote engine an impressive 725 horsepower. It’s all routed through the ‘Stang’s six-speed manual gearbox.

Fisker and the guys at GAS didn’t stop there. The suspension is updated with fully adjustable shocks, enabling owners to dial in the style of performance they want. Large, 21-inch wheels are wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero rubber.

The Mustang Rocket will be available in very limited numbers though Galpin’s Ford dealer network or the select hand-picked Ford dealers around the world. While the company hasn’t given any official word on pricing, the talk around the LA Auto Show floor put its sticker price just over the $100,000 mark.

Updated 03/12/2015: Galpin unveiled the first images of first production Rocket - a car dressed in a beautiful black with exposed carbon fiber racing stripes. The car was presented at Amelia Island.

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  • 2016 Ford Mustang Rocket by Henrik Fisker and Galpin Auto Sports
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    725
  • Displacement:
    5.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    186 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    110000 (Est.)
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Updated History

Updated 11/21/2014: Galpin and Fisker unveiled the Rocket and the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and announced that the production will begin in early December, with first delivers to start in early 2015.

Exterior

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Things around the side are equally sculpted with large dual inlets at the rear haunches that lead into extra-wide fender flairs.

Henrik Fisker served his days in the upper brass of several automakers and is a very accomplished designer. You’ll remember he pinned the BMW Z8, along with the car that bore his own name, the Fisker Karma. Fisker takes the Mustang to a new level with the Rocket. Its custom front bodywork features a very sloped hood and large, hexagonal grille with integrated lighting. The twin hood scoops are said to be reminiscent of the 1968 Shelby GT500, Boeckmann’s admitted favorite car.

Things around the side are equally sculpted with large dual inlets at the rear haunches that lead into extra-wide fender flairs. Those flairs help cover the massive, 21-inch wheels that are bolted to 15-inch, high-performance Brembo brakes.

The Rocket’s rear end continues the trend with its sculpted decklid spoiler, matching hexagonal license plate surround, and functional lower air diffuser. Quad exhaust pipes peek from under the car and belt the magical tune from the blown V-8.

Interior

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The Rocket doesn’t rock the Mustang’s stock interior either.

The Rocket doesn’t rock the Mustang’s stock interior either. The team stitched up a some bright-red leather upholstery on the seats, center console, and center stack. Carbon-fiber accents have been integrated into the dashboard and door panels. The look is just different enough from stock to be interesting, but doesn’t interrupt the new design of the 2015 Mustang.

Though the company hasn’t stated, Rocket customers will likely be able to spec their Mustang’s interior however they want with Ford’s extensive option list.

Drivetrain

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GAS took Ford’s mighty DOHC 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 and gave it an equally mighty tune.

Here’s where the fun begins. GAS took Ford’s mighty DOHC 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 and gave it an equally mighty tune. Added is a Whipple supercharger that takes the 435-horsepower V-8 up to 725. That’s a lot of ponies — 290 to be exact.

Sadly there isn’t much more information floating around about any other modifications done to the powertrain. Likely mods are larger fuel injectors, an ECU tune, headers, free-flow cats, and of course an easy-breathing air intake.

Prices

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The Mustang Rocket will begin production this December, with deliveries starting in early months of 2015. Customers can expect a price of just over $100,000, including the Mustang.

Competitors

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

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When you make an announcement the way Henrik Fisker and Galpin Auto Sports did, you open yourselves up to a lot of questions; in this case, open-ended comparisons. Seeing as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat seems to be the pony car of the moment, it’s only natural for the Rocket to be lined up against it.

No one’s going to be wowed about the Challenger SRT Hellcat’s looks. Save for some aerodynamic upgrades, the Challenger SRT Hellcat largely kept its neo-retro design. That’s not a bad thing because part of the car’s appeal is a rich history that dates back to the first use of the "Challenger" name in 1958.

The real selling point of the Challenger SRT Hellcat is its 6.2-liter, supercharged, HEMI V-8 that pumps out an incredible 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.
Independent testing of the muscle car indicated that it hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds with a quarter-mile time of 11.7 seconds. Gnarly, indeed.

Conclusion

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Fisker and his pal Boeckmann have created a wonder spin-off of the already fantastic 2015 Mustang. With added lightness thanks to the carbon fiber and added horsepower thanks to the supercharger, the Rocket will surely live up to its name. While modded Mustangs are nothing new, the fact these guys are building something repeatable and taking the idea into production, really speaks volumes about the car.

  • Leave it
    • * Super-expensive
    • * About as rare as a modern-day Mustang can get

Press Release

Galpin Auto Sports and Henrik Fisker finally took the wraps off of their “Ultimate American Muscle Car” today at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Following a short press conference, Henrik Fisker and Galpin’s President, Beau Boeckmann unveiled a low-volume production, carbon fiber - bodied, super-Mustang dubbed “Rocket.”

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The Rocket’s design is unmistakably inspired byspecialty pony cars of the 1960’s and early 1970’s including the 1968 Shelby GT500. Anchored by an imposing hexagonal
carbon fiber grill — which is split by a polished aluminum bar and wild horse running across the horizon reminiscent of the ’60’s Mustangs — the Rocket’s lines emanate from the front, through the long hood, over a set of sculptured flared fenders and converge on its integrated rear spoiler, belying the car’s extreme power and refined
athleticism.

“Mustang has been my favorite car for almost my entire life,” said Boeckmann. “I had the pleasure of working with Ford’s development team for the last few years, and I think they absolutely nailed it. So of course, I wanted to do something really special when the new Mustang came out. When Henrik showed me his ideas, I got chills — it’s literally the most beautiful Mustang I have ever seen. Considering it’s our top product for customizing and performance at GAS, it is a natural fit for us to try to make the performance stand out as much as the design does. Doing this project with my dear friend Henrik — who I consider one of the greatest designers of all time
— is simply a dream come true!”

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The handmade carbon - fiber bodywork — constructed by renowned concept car builder, GFMI Metalcrafters Inc., of Fountain Valley, Calif., headed by CEO Mike Alexander — features a number of functional scoops and vents that direct airflow where it is needed most. A front splitter helps draw out hot air from underneath the car and improve engine cooling, while simultaneously working in conjunction with the rear spoiler, enlarged rear diffuser and polished carbon fiber aero skirts to provide
needed high - speed downforce.

The Rocket’s sculptured hood features two large air intakes that are designed to channel cooler outside air through the engine compartment, supplementing the grill and front splitter in keeping the 725 - hp V8 engine at peak operating temperature. Two additional scoops, mounted on the rear fenders ahead of the wheels help channel air to cool oversized 15-inch Brembo Grand Turismo high performance brakes.

“It’s a special moment when you get to work on a car like the Ford Mustang. 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,” said Fisker. I love the 60’s American muscle cars . They are more sculptured, with more radical proportions and bold details than European counterparts. My favorite Mustang is the 1968 Shelby GT500 that had this long hood and huge air intakes; it gave me butterflies the first time I saw it. We wanted to recreate that feeling with this car.”

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The Rocket is painted with a custom mixed silver called Éminence Grise and rides on large 21-inch ADV. 1 wheels with Pirelli P-Zero extreme performance tires that are supported by a front and rear independent, fully -adjustable suspension; allowing owners the capability to set their car up to their own preference, or specially
“tune” the Rocket for optimal street or track duty.

"Ford’s engineers and Moray Callum’s design team did an amazing job with the new Mustang,” said Henrik Fisker. “So good in fact, I think the design additions and power upgrades we have made to the car help it play in a higher league, against much more expensive supercars!”

Henrik Fisker and Galpin’s partnership though unlikely at first glance,has been a longtime coming. Galpin itself has a 60 year history of customizing and coach-building specialty cars. In addition to being home to the top volume Ford dealer in the world, Galpin also owns one of the top performing Aston Martin stores in the United States. Fisker too has a history of specialty coach building and designing, making a name for himself as the designer of the BMW Z8, the coach-built Fisker Tramonto and Latigo CS, the Aston Martin DB9 and the V8 Vantage, and even his own luxury plug-in hybrid sedan, the Fisker Karma. It was with Aston Martin that Henrik
Fisker and Beau Boeckmann at Galpin first crossed paths. From 2001 to 2005 Henrik Fisker served as board member for Aston Martin and as the brand’s Design Director, when it was then owned by Ford. The two continued to travel in the same circles — even after Fisker’s tenure at Aston and the rest as they say, is history.

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Fast forward to August of 2014, when Henrik Fisker approached Boeckmann with some advanced design sketches for a concept of what would later become Rocket just after
the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The two men discussed a potential joint venture to build the car and, in short order, came to an agreement to move forward with construction.

Make no mistake however, this is not a one - off concept. The car that debuted on the LA Auto Show stand is the first example of a low-volume series. Production of the Rocket begins in December with the first deliveries beginning in early 2015. Interested buyers will have the option of purchasing a car through Galpin Ford directly or through one of several hand - picked dealers across the country and around the world.

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