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.