• Nov 28, 2006
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In a late night blitzkrieg, Ford dropped all the details on Giugiaro's reinterpretation of the Mustang and words seem to fail it. The world-class coachbuilder has taken the iconic coupe and transformed it into rolling automotive pornography, leaving no body panel untouched and enlisting the help of Ford Racing to provide motivation to match its extreme design.

The bespoke creation takes all the right cues from the current Mustang, beginning with the classic front end, and then pulling the fascia down and outward to create a menacing homage to the original. Broad indentations flank the doors and lead into massive wheel arches topped with a classic crease that's brought to a point at its highest peak. Those same distinct creases define the rear end and provide a trick angle for the taillights to wrap overtop.

A single piece of glass forms the windshield and roof, which flows into the trunk lid, and the louvered glass aft of the b-pillar gives a nod to Mustangs of yore. The doors are touch operated and, when asked, pivot up from the a-pillar, while five-spoke dubs get a healthy slathering of chrome and Giugiaro's orange hue.

On the inside, the mixture of brown and butterscotch upholstery is warm and inviting, with a combination of smooth and furred horsehides covering the seats. The instrument panel houses the required duo of gauges, which snuggly fits inside a dash that flows from pillar to pillar. Custom switchgear, shifter and steering wheel all make it clearly known that this is something special, and more is on the way.

Raise the mildly bubbled hood and you'll find the stock 4.6-liter V8 from the Mustang GT, but with a twin-screw supercharger mounted on top. The intercooled powerplant receives a 95 mm mass air meter, KN-shaped filter and fuel injectors from the Ford GT, to produce over 500 HP at 11 psi of boost. The stock radiator has been nixed in favor of an aluminum Ford Racing unit, which the company claims could allow the engine to create another 200 HP without worry of catastrophe.

Although style and power are all well and good, handling must be addressed in equal parts. Thankfully, Ford Racing was tapped to provide their Handling Pack, which includes thicker anti-sway bars, lowering springs and tuned dampers, all of which is available for the base Mustang GT.

We absolutely can't wait to see this in person tomorrow, so stay tuned for more as we make our way down to the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Below you'll find a multitude of pics, joined by the press release at the bottom of the page.


















PRESS RELEASE

Los Angeles, Nov. 28, 2006 – The 2005 Ford Mustang captured the hearts and minds of millions of fans and future owners when the all-new model debuted. But the proportions and design of Ford's first purpose-built muscle car in 30-plus years caught the eyes and sparked the imaginations of a pair of the world's leading coachbuilders in Italy as well.

"When we saw the new Mustang, we knew two things: It was the best we'd seen since the original, and we had to get our hands on one," said Fabrizio Giugiaro, styling director of Italdesign – Giugiaro S.P.A. "We still believe it's important to show the automotive world pure exercises in style that interpret key models reflecting the history and image of important brands."

So in early 2005, Giugiaro pitched J Mays, Ford Motor Company's group vice president, Design and chief creative officer, on his idea to do an Italian job on the beloved Mustang. The result: Mustang by Giugiaro – a one-of-a-kind concept powered by Ford Racing technologies, marking the Italian coachbuilder's first reveal at the inaugural November Los Angeles Auto Show.

"It seemed only fitting," said Mays. "This design study reinforces the global appeal of Mustang, yet it's right at home in L.A. – America's most enthusiastic performance and muscle car market. Plus, design icon Giorgetto Giugairo's offer to work his magic on Mustang alongside his son underscores the timelessness allure of Ford's most iconic car."

Design aficionados will remember that the senior Giugiaro – who last year celebrated his 50 th anniversary in the business by designing a custom-made Ferrari, the GG50 – created the 1965 Bertone Mustang. The car, which was unmistakably Italian in its interpretation, became the first European-styled car to make its international debut in America following the end of

World War II.

The senior Giugiaro's portfolio includes concept and production designs for nearly every automaker in the world – from Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Volkswagen to Mazda, Lotus and Bugatti. Since joining ItalDesign, the family firm, in 1990, Fabrizio Giugiaro has helped deliver key global designs as well, but American automotive icons have long captured his attention.

He designed the Chevrolet Corvette Moray, unveiled in early 2003, and was eager to expand the collection of Giugiaro-interpreted American metal.

Fabrizio Giugiaro led the 2-D design process on the Mustang by Giugiaro concept, allowing him to deliver a complete exterior model from the family's Turin, Italy, studios in just four months.

Visually, the Mustang by Giugiaro appears more compact than the production car, thanks to a reduction of the rear overhang and a signature Giugiaro "trick" of tapering the angles on the car to the limit of its mechanical outlines.

Still, the Italian version of America's most popular muscle car hasn't lost any of its swagger.

The vibrant orange concept is wider than the production version. The Giugiaros added 30 millimeters to the front, gradually expanding the width by a full 80 millimeters toward the rear, which is typical in Italian design.

With its longer hood and the trunk barely visible, the car looks more of a fastback in side view. But details throughout reinforce the freedom and rebellion synonymous with Mustang. Fabrizio Giugiaro's favorites include:

* The interior – featuring a dramatic instrument panel that sweeps the width of the car; circular gauges that project from behind the steering wheel; dark brown horsehide-covered headrests with horse logo accents; and seat cushions and backrests elaborately upholstered in dark brown mottled horse hides.
* The single curved glass panel that bridges the windshield and rear window, serving as the concept's roof. Produced by Solutia of Detroit, the panel is made from a special type of crystal that filters out 100 percent of UVA rays while providing unfettered vista views.
* Its dramatic doors, which are hinged at the base of the upright A-pillar and open vertically at the touch of a button.
* Bespoke taillights, which are three separate elements as found on the 1964 Mustang – but reinterpreted into a more dramatic arrow shape that links to the louver panels that replace the rear side windows.
* The visible curl that sweeps into the crest of the concept's carbon fiber fenders, hinting at tail fins that defined American cars of the '50s.
* The sporting-but-elegant unique 20-inch rims, fitted with 275/40 tires on the front and larger 315/35 tires on the rear.

As its wheels and tires suggest, the Mustang by Giugiaro is more than just a tribute to Mustang design. It also is an exclamation of the car's heritage of performance.

The concept features a powertrain and chassis enhanced in conjunction with Ford Racing – which is responsible for Ford Motor Company motorsports development and operations.

Ford Racing's efforts include the development and sale of a race-prepared version of the Mustang, called the FR500C, for the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series. In its first season alone, the FR500C scored five wins in the 2005 GS Class, including the manufacturers' championship, in which Mustang bested other production-based sports cars, including the BMW M3 and Porsche 911.

This Mustang, a turn-key race car sold to privateers, provided the inspiration for the Mustang by Giugiaro concept's performance and handling attributes.

Ford Racing improved on the already-robust 300 horsepower all-aluminum 4.6-liter 3-valve V-8 engine in the production Mustang GT by adding an intercooled twin-screw supercharger for the new concept. Additional improvements include fuel injectors from the Ford GT and a unique engine calibration. Engine air intake is increased with a larger 95 mm mass air meter and a conical air filter. Exhaust performance is enhanced with new Ford Racing mufflers and an X-pipe.

The powertrain upgrades deliver an estimated 500 horsepower, complete with a boost level of 11 psi from the Ford Racing supercharger. A high-efficiency Ford Racing aluminum radiator provides increased cooling capability to accompany the extra 200 horsepower provided under hood.

Under the car, the FR500C-inspired chassis tuning is accomplished with a tailored Ford Racing Handling Pack. This package, available through Ford Racing for the Mustang GT, adds new Dynamic-tuned dampers, lowering springs and anti-sway bars. The changes give the car a lower stance while sharpening handling response. The car rides approximately 1.5 inches lower than the production Mustang GT.

"The Mustang by Giugiaro drives as good as it looks," said Fabrizio Giugiaro. "After taking it to the limits on streets outside of Turin, I can honestly say this car was well worth the 30,000 hours of blood, sweat and tears that we invested to create a modern performance classic."


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      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the most dissapointing disguisting concept ever!!! The Ford Mustang is a tradition 44 years in the making. It is the heart and soul of American Muscle. This is so dissapointing. It looks ridiculous. They have no right to call that monstrosity a Mustang.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Something people need to realize... It's an Italian made Mustang... Meaning the detailing, frame, and interior.. has the Italian twist... It was originally the Italians who introduced the lambo doors so that's one of OUR twists.. The interior is made to look classic NOT suburban... This car is a luxury muscle car with a sporty look. Asides from the fact that the interior (i.e. fabric) can always be changed and modified to your preferences.. This is a car that from what I know hasn't gone into mass production yet.. until then we can all just wait and stare in awhh lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love it (minus doors and horse-hide). I think the Giagiaro work brings some new ideas and a fresh face to the Mustang, and I don't see any problem with the fact that they are from Europe. Thankfully ideas aren't limited by borders, race, or nationality.
      I'm a fan of the tail end, including the lights. No doubt the aftermarket will bring options (wings and spoilers etc.) to meet all of our tastes.
      I don't get the Camaro grill issue. The new Camaro has a squashed 69 grill, whereas the Giagiaro grill is clearly an enhanced 05 grill, more like the original 05 concept than the Camaro. I love it....and no Ford three bar crap.

      CarsCoche
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford Mustang is an automobile manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. The Mustang created the ”pony car” class of American automobiles, sports car-like coupes with long hoods and short rear deck and gave rise to competitors such as General Motors, Chevrolet Camaro, AMC Javelin, and Chrysler redesigned Plymouth barracuda and Dodge Challenger. It also inspired coupés such as the Toyota Celica and Ford Capri which were exported to the United States.
      • 8 Years Ago
      21. The front end reminds me of the Camaro concept. Is this the new direction for the front ends of domestic sports cars?

      Wow! It actually took 20 posts before someone admitted the front end lloks like the new Camaro????? The Mustang is succesful because it looks distictive. Wouldn't it loose just a tad bit of it's distictiveness if it looked like a Camaro??? Helllllooooooo????!!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      WOW I love the all glass roof, I hope it's productional along with the doors
      MyMindsblank
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now someone has built a real fine looking mustang here. Id buy two of these if the mustang really looked like this one. Everything about this car, I love. Ford should think about this. GOOD JOB !
      • 8 Years Ago
      the rear needs work, and the car needs regular doors, after that ford needs to keep it like 90% of the concept (ie loosing the doors and rear) like audi did with the R8, and i'll buy one, asap.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A modern design with some retro styling cues thrown in. THIS is the way that a 21st Century car should be designed. Yes, it's over the top (it's Italian, what do you expect), but the basic shape and idea behind it is excellent. I love the taillight treatment, the overall profile (although it overemphasizes the hood), and the distinctive nose. The interior goes too far for my tastes, and could use a more modern interpretation. But otherwise, yeah, this is what the Mustang should have looked like, and not the mildly updated 1969 fastback thing that's out there now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ruggels heh what a nub, like he's a car designer all of a sudden. Well designed car for sure, I have been thinking of ways to enhance the beauty of my own stang and thanks to giugiaro I found what I have been looking for. But damn it all to hell I want a Hiugiaro Mustang for Christmas Santa...
      • 8 Years Ago
      What!?! Why would anyone want a Mustang with European styling cues? A Mustang is an AMERICAN icon, not some over the ocean overpriced crap. A mustang is exactly what Ford built it for -- easy to upgrade, easy to go fast, and easy for the average Joe to afford. Thats car is hideous, and no representation of what a Mustang should be or ever will be. If you want European influence, buy a Civic, call Nopi, and order some SWEET Euro tail lights. Keep it away from the Mustang, and heaven forbid, keep this car out of Fords portfolio.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love the design, but that roofline looks like it won't allow anyone taller than 5'5" to drive this Mustang.

      A Mustang for the Italian market, then?
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