• Feb 13, 2009
Click above for high-res image gallery of early 2010 Shelby GT500 sketches

One of Ford's biggest buzz vehicles this auto show season has been the Mustang. From the debut of the redesigned 2010 model at the LA Auto Show last November to the reveal of the 2010 Shelby GT500 at the Detroit Auto Show last month, Ford has managed to steal back much of the muscle car spot light that's been occupied by the Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro for the last couple of years. The 540-hp Shelby GT500 is the new reigning king of production Mustangs, and one person more than any other is responsible for its visual transformation from family friendly Mustang GT to I'll-eat-your-children-without-chewing Shelby GT500. His name is Rob Jensen, and he earns points from this peanut gallery for keeping his own blog at RobJensenDesign.com. Jensen recently sat down with our friends at idsketching.com for an interview and revealed some salient details about the Mustang's design process, as well as offered advice for budding industrial designers. He also handed over a digital stack of early GT500 sketches that shows the design's gestation from a unique perspective. Check out the whole batch in our high-res gallery and let us know if you think that the GT500 unveiled in Detroit was the right one.


[Source: idsketching, robjensendesign]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      "....One of Ford's biggest buzz vehicles this auto show season has been the Mustang. From the debut of the redesigned 2010 model at the LA Auto Show last November to the reveal of the 2010 Shelby GT500 at the Detroit Auto Show last month, Ford has managed to steal back much of the muscle car spot light........."

      Interesting. I'm guessing some Ford PR guy wrote this, not Autoblog.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice try, but they already make a Chevy Camaro.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear Ford,

      Please build sexy cars that look like these sketches.

      Sincerely,

      Car Lover in SF
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't that a two-door version of the new VW vehicle?

      These sketches might as well come from Ed Roth. They bear no relationship to anything.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would make a nice Hot Wheels.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I second that! :D Maybe some bigger diecasts too?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice work. Too bad these guys waste their time when the production model will be sooooo toned down :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      This just goes to show how watered down cars get once they make it to production.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly. What we see here is new and interesting, but what we got is more of the same old thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Regardless of whatever you're saying, the production version of the '10 GT500 front end is nearly identical in design to its predecessor. Which is fine, it's just not new or unique. But if that's all they were going to do, why even bother with interesting new sketches?
        • 5 Years Ago
        They're early sketches... Was never a design standpoint.
        • 5 Years Ago
        what these show is where the next gen can go.

        if you look athe design studies from when they were planning for hte 93 version, they had the 'bruce jenner' version that they ultimately went with and there was an 'ahnold' version that eventually became the 99.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I like pic #4

      #3 is too close to a 370Z, #1 and #2 not there yet

      and the sketches had some nice ideas
      wounder if companies like Kia might want to hold on to some of them
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting that a good portion of the sketches have hatch-like rears.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it would be cool to see the next mustang take some inspiration from the shelby GR1 concept... maybe thats what they were trying to do with the fastback look.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GTR is not a hatch. And I wouldn't really call the Gallardo and the Murcielago hatches either, since the engine is under there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe that is called a "Fastback"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well done Mr. Jensen, I am a fan.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Since the '05 came out, I was wondering where they would/could take the design for future gens. I guess now we have a possible glimpse of that.

      I would love it if they came out with a fastback version. More like the Mach I's of the late 60's and early 70's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Were'nt we talking about the dramatic changes that occur from sketch to production just yesterday with the VW sedan...

      Any way, looks awesome here, won't happen though.
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