Raphaël van der Straten has been racing for the family team, VDS Racing Adventures, since 2000 in everything from a Renault Clio to a BMW M5, but now the Belgain race team is getting ready to build its own unique car to compete in GT2 races. Not only is VDS introducing the GT 001-R (pictured above) for racing duties, it also building a small number of the car for street use to be called the GT 001. According to SuperCars.net, the GT 001-R is being built to race at the 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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