• Oct 11th 2006 at 12:23PM
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The only thing better than booth babes at the SEMA show in Las Vegas are the cars on which they're leaning. The OEMs along with the aftermarket crowd all populate their displays with the sickest rides imaginable, and we're just starting to get an idea what's in store for us this year. This morning, ROUSH informed us that its booth would be occupied by this car, a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback called "Reactor".

The deep Metallic Green 'Stang is owned by Doug Hoppe of Sioux Center, Iowa and was built by the Ringbrothers for the sole purpose of contending for the 2007 Good Guys Street Machine of the Year award. All we have is this sketch of the car for now, but ROUSH tells us that Ringbrothers went to the extreme to make sure that the Reactor impresses us with its details. For instance, the Ringbrothers split the rear window glass, removed the drip rails and door handles, and tacked on numerous hand-made carbon fiber body panels including deck lid, hood, front fascia and front and rear bumpers.

An invitation to display in the ROUSH booth was likely due in no small part to the Reactor's motor, the ROUSH 427 IR crate engine that produces 552 horsepower and 535 ft-lbs. of torque. ROUSH tells us that its crate motors are finding their way more and more into the custom rides of people who want an engine that not only looks good but generates gobs of real world power.

After SEMA, the Reactor will be taken on tour to several other Good Guys events and also appear at the 2007 Detroit Autorama to perhaps make a run for the Riddler Award.

[Source: ROUSH]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Will be an top line for Ford ?

      • 9 Years Ago
      Farris, you appear clueless.

      Fact Check:

      1985 Ford 302 V8: 210 HP
      2006 Mazda 2.3 T4: 274 HP

      So where does "NEVER" come into that?
      • 9 Years Ago
      rwdmtparkingonly, if Ford puts a four banger in another Mustang, it will be the end of Ford.

      Even a turbo four, while it puts out plenty of oomph, will NEVER be what a properly tuned 8 would be.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's good to see Ford related engine builders stepping up. As nice as the GM crate motors are, they look pretty funny in old Fords.

      Speaking of Mustang engine swaps, Ford should stick the Mazda 2.3 direct injection turbo 4 into the new Mustang to recreate the 80s SVO. That would be a "bold move", although I might be the only buyer.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Can it surpass their Kona 'Stang?

      I can't wait to see this one.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Farris, I agree that the early 90s, when only a naturally aspirated I4 and an undertuned 302 were availiable, were some dark days that Ford doesn't need to return to. I'm not advocating droping the current V8 or V6, just adding the turbo 4, calling it the SVO. I do admit that Ford has more important things to do with its money right now.
      • 9 Years Ago
      rwdmtparkingonly, I see what you're saying now, and that makes sense.

      Oh, and Snot, you are comparing engines made 21 years apart. Look up the data for a current *stock* 302 and a current *stock* turbo four. Hell, even look up what the four from 1985 was putting out. There will always be more potential for energy from a V8, there is just more rotating mass to give torque (which is all that really matters)
      • 9 Years Ago
      This turned into a rant cause I love Ford and pray for the best. I agree no 4 cylinder for the Mustang. They should stick with the 6 and 8 cylinders w/w/o power adders and gobs of aftermarket parts. Save the 4 cylinder for a Focus or revival of the Escort GT or EXP. They should go head to head with the rice. If you dont know what rice is you shouldnt be making cars. Also bring back a Lincoln Mark with a base 8 cylinder and a 12 cylinder AMG crusher. I want to see a Continental with suicide doors and convertible option! How about a monochromatic Town Car called the Manhattan Special with a supercharger, 20 inch wheels and an attitude. The Bold Ford I knew brought us the Taurus in the 80's. I still havent seen anything from Ford that is "Bold". There is nothing bold about bringing back a classic design Mustang that was a guaranteed hit. The Edge looks just like a Marano or Lexus SUV. The Five Hundred looks like a retro Audi with high heels. Ford needs some well made cheap affordable cars to compete with Toyota and Hyundai. Mercury should be their performance or experimental model like Pontiac is to GM and Lincoln should be what a luxury car is meant to be once and for all.
        • 8 Years Ago

        ...just wanna sat that, my beast of the street's are a Black -69 Boss 429.... I couldn't care if everyone out-running me..... sorry, I don't have that kind of money.-..... :)

        ... 1 Generation Rules Forever.....

        ... -greetings from nothern-Norway, and My Gasoline prize is at the current date : 1 litre = 12 Nkr... around 2 dollars......

      • 9 Years Ago
      Sorry, a chance at the Riddler is not in the cards. One of the few rules is that the car must be making its first public appearance at the Detroit Autorama.


      The vehicle must make its first public showing at the Detroit Autorama. Showing the vehicle at any indoor or outdoor show or any part of the frame, engine or body will make it ineligible for contention.

      Realizing that car owners and builders may need some form of exposure to develop interest or to gain sponsorship and give credit to suppliers and/or sponsors, magazine and video buildup coverage is allowed. No articles, video footage or stories with photos of the vehicle in finished form will be allowed until after the award has been presented, i.e. car cannot be painted or upholstered to be considered as finished.

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