Foose Design and Unique Performance are launching a line of limited edition muscle cars based on the current generation Ford Mustang during Detroit's Woodward Dream Cruise. Named "Stallion," the first pre-production custom ponycar will be shown to the public at the Ford Motor Company display in Birmingham, Mich., at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2005.
"Over the past year, Unique Performance and Foose Design have collaborated on several vintage car projects," said Doug Hasty, President and CEO of Unique Performance. "We've taken our relationship to the next level with a special edition of the 2006 Ford Mustang. 'Stallion' combines Chip's cool, avant-garde styling with our muscle car expertise to create the ultimate, limited production street machine."
Award-winning Chip Foose of Foose Design penned the "Stallion" Mustang's bold styling. Unique Performance, a leader in limited production American muscle cars, will assist in the engineering and development of modifications, as well as manage all marketing activities. Detroit-based Tecstar, a top OEM supplier and development company, will handle the engineering, validation and assembly of the vehicles. Specialty products from Dupont's Hot Hues(TM), Ford Racing, JBA, Baer Brakes, Kenwood and BFGoodrich(R) will be included into every Foose-designed Stallion.
The Stallion is scheduled to be available through select Ford dealers nationwide in early 2006. Production will be capped at only 3,000 per year with an MSRP projected to begin at $38,000.
"I've always dreamed of creating a limited edition streetcar," stated Chip Foose, president of Foose Design. "Ford's Mustang is an extraordinary platform for a custom muscle car. We wanted to stay true to what makes the Mustang special but, to create a distinctive new look, we revised the styling cues to include a custom front grille and hood, new front and rear fascias, added some discreet scoops and lowered the stance. Each car will include custom designed wheels and interior touches. It's the ultimate cruisin' machine that stands out from the crowd."
Executives with Unique Performance and Foose Design announced a formal agreement to create limited edition performance cars in early 2005. The two companies initially launched a series of super cars based on 1960's era vehicles. This is their first current production vehicle program.
Unique Performance builds the Shelby G.T.500E and G.T.350SR continuation cars based on vintage Ford Mustangs. Chip Foose, famous as the lead designer on TLC's popular series Overhaulin', is one of the top automotive designers today. Automakers and individuals worldwide covet his skills and award winning one-off creations.
This exciting program began when Foose was bombarded with requests to recreate his stunning one-off vehicles. His company, Foose Design, is not structured to build production cars while Unique and Tecstar are experts in this field.
"Stallion will turn heads on the street and have the muscle to back up its stylish good looks," noted Hasty. "We've stiffened the chassis, uncorked the exhaust, tightened the handling, improved the induction and upgraded the stopping power. Working closely with Ford Racing, we plan to offer even more performance options sometime next year."
About Foose Design
Chip Foose is the creative head and driving force behind Foose Design, the respected automotive and product development company. Headquartered in Huntington Beach, Calif., it specializes in illustration, graphics, ideation model making, surfacing and complete construction of automobiles and automobile-related products. Founded in 1998, Foose Design products and creative services are available to individuals, TV and film companies and automotive manufacturers. Information about the company and its products is available at www.chipfoose.com
About Unique Performance, Inc.
Douglas Hasty, Chris Layne and Richard Kearby founded Unique Performance to create performance vehicles, including the Shelby continuation cars and limited edition American muscle cars designed by Chip Foose. Adept in all aspects of fabrication, restoration, racing preparation and development, the company's team has created award-winning vehicles for customers worldwide. In 2004, the company founded Unique Performance Products, which offers high performance automotive parts for 1960s era muscle cars. Additional information about Unique Performance, products and services is available at www.uniqueperformance.com
LIMITED EDITION 2006 "STALLION" MUSTANG
-- Chip Foose designed body with a modified hood, side molding, revised grille, fascias, custom side marker lights, side "C" pillar ducts, etc.
-- Rear aerodynamic spoiler
-- Custom graphics using Dupont's Hot Hues finishes
-- Chip Foose designed 20" custom aluminum wheels
-- 20-inch g-Force T/A(R) KDW ultra high performance tires from BFGoodrich(R)
-- Sequential taillights (optional)
-- Racing inspired front and rear coil springs, front and rear anti-sway bars, billet rear trailing arms and strut tower brace
-- Baer Brakes 4-piston front brakes with Eradispeed Cross Drilled Rotors (15" front and 14" rear)
-- JBA high flow catback exhaust with mufflers
-- High flow air filter
-- Quaker State synthetic lubricants
-- Custom leather seats with dash & trim enhancements