Feast your eyes on a masterpiece. This is Steve Strope's Ford Mustang in the classic fastback bodystyle, and as you'll notice, it sports the signature colors of Martini Racing, a livery that's as legendary as any Gulf Racing-styled car. But the red, white and blues of the Martini stripe down this Mustang's middle tell only a very small part of the story, in the latest video from Petrolicious.

What would you guess is under the hood? A 289-cubic-inch V8? Maybe a 302, or some absurd Ford crate engine? Maybe Strope went all Tokyo Drift - he's actually responsible for the "Hammer" Plymouth Satellite driven by Vin Diesel at the end of the movie - and found an RB26DETT to drop into the pony car? You'd be wrong on all counts.

This mad, mad man somehow finagled a Ford-Lotus engine from a 1966 Indianapolis 500 car into the Mustang's engine bay. Yes, a Mustang with an engine designed for a 160-mile-per-hour, open-wheel racecar. That's like someone in 40 years dropping McLaren's 2.4-liter V8 from the MP4-28 into a Scion FR-S. It'd just make a monster.

We'd be saluting Strope and his Mustang if he just stopped at the engine and paint job, but as you'll see after watching this video, the rest of the car is just immaculate. As for Strope's reasoning behind the Martini colors? It's all explained in the latest video from Petrolicious, which can be found below.


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      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      He's right, you could just look at that car all the time and still never catch all the fine details, very sharp and well done!
      foci
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very cool. I love how he spun the heads 180 degrees so the exhaust could be routed down the sides of the engine. When in the indy car the exhaust was routed over the center of the engine.
      jesscott
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those making note of engine options that are more current are missing the point. What a fantastic piece of machinery and art. Wish I could own it.
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      beautiful car, I remember seeing pictures of it from SEMA. That engine sounds fantastic!
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      what a masterpiece indeed. I'd kill to own it....almost.
      ngiotta
      • 1 Year Ago
      That thing is definitely mini-tubbed. Just hope he never gets rained on while he's out driving on those slicks. Beautiful car! (Not crazy about the driving light array along the front spoiler though).