Raphaël van der Straten has been racing for the family team, VDS Racing Adventures, since 2000 in everything from a 24 Hours of Dubai race while 22 examples of the street-legal GT 001 will be built for the team to sell.

Since 2008, VDS has raced various Ford Mustangs including the FR500C, so it isn't that big of a surprised that the GT 001 and GT 001-R show styling that seems very much to have been influenced by the Mustang. The nose of the cars look like a combination of the late first-gen Mustang with the headlights of a 2013 Mustang while the rear of the car has taillights shaped almost identically to the 2005-2009 'Stangs.

Aside from the spectacularly cartoonish Mustang design, the rest of the car uses the same lightweight chassis and powerful drivetrain as the Gillet Vertigo .5 Spirit. This means that a 480-horsepower 4.2-liter Maserati V8 sits under the hood paired with a six-speed sequential transmission.


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      tf3lau
      • 2 Years Ago
      oh my word. that car looks absolutely absurd. I'm in love.
      Tub R
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did anyone notice the tail lights are aftermarket LEDs for the 05-09 Mustang? derp?
      Hasse
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a SAAB Sonett III
        ThinkAboutIt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hasse
        That's what I see too ... I was going to write "Day-um, Cletus -- that's the meanest Sonett I ever saw."
      sanmusa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a SAAB Sonett III on the nose
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pantera Mangusta! That's what this car started life as.
      CarLuver
      • 2 Years Ago
      love at first site does exist!! I'm in love, its got the cool features of all cool cars. I see a little Enzo, a little Lancia, a dash of E30 bimmer, a splash of Zagato & the new Alfa's. it has a classical GT long hood. now a days all you see is weird shaped head lamps of Kia's & Hundaiys on Benzes and Bimmers.
      Robin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a lot of Bristol influence on this car as well, to me.
      wxs5
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like a Ford Capri :o
      Classic_Engr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Definitely exotic looking. Reminds me of one of those strange custom Hot Wheels cars someone gave me as a kid.
      MotorboatingSOB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the styling... definitely would buy (if I had the means)
      Kwijiboz
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's interesting the variety of influences claimed in the comments here. All are pretty valid; Sonnet, Mustang, Alfa etc. FWIW from the thumbnail I was expecting it to be a modern interpretation of the Lancia rally special that preceded the Stratos. Can't remember it's name but seem to recall it was known simply by a three digit number, starting with zero?....
      ClementZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the face of murder with the ass of an Aston Martin. Still want one.
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