Henrik Fisker and Galpin Auto Sports launch an aggressive, powerful, and unique S550—the 2015 Mustang Rocket
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Galpin Auto Sports
Since the launch of the 2015 Mustang, we have already seen an astounding number of variations on the S550 theme. From a wide variety of custom Mustang at The SEMA Show to the recent unveiling of the Shelby GT350, these cars have made it clear that the Mustang is still the car to customize. However, the wildest variation yet is born of the partnership of Henrik Fisker and Galpin Autosports. It’s called the Rocket.
Henrik is the man behind Fisker Automotive, builders of the Fisker Karma, and Galpin Auto Sports and GFMI Metalcrafters brought his take on the new Mustang to life. It features a unique fascia, hood, fender flares, and rear spoiler—all made from carbon fiber! Its scoops and vents are designed to improve cooling and reduce lift, while its splitter and rear spoiler are there to add downforce at high speeds.
“Mustang has been my favorite car for almost my entire life. I had the pleasure of working with Ford’s development team for the last few years, and I think they absolutely nailed it. So of course, I wanted to do something really special when the new Mustang came out,” Galpin’s President, Beau Boeckmann, said. “When Henrik showed me his ideas, I got chills—it’s literally the most beautiful Mustang I have ever seen. Considering it’s our top product for customizing and performance at GAS, it is a natural fit for us to try to make the performance stand out as much as the design does. Doing this project with my dear friend Henrik—who I consider one of the greatest designers of all time—is simply a dream come true!”
This car will also have the performance to back up its bold looks. A supercharged, 725-horsepower Coyote will launch the Rocket, and massive, 15-inch Brembo brakes will bring it in for a safe landing. The functional body work also serves to cool the rear brakes by ducting air from scoops on the fenders to the Brembos. In all, it looks to be a well-rounded package for someone that wants a unique Mustang.
“It’s a special moment when you get to work on a car like the Ford Mustang. This is a project born out of passion, it’s a dream come true, to have the opportunity to ‘touch’ a Mustang and apply my design ideas to it,” Henrik said. “I love the ’60s American muscle cars. They are more sculptured, with more radical proportions and bold details than European counterparts. My favorite Mustang is the 1968 Shelby GT500 that had this long hood and huge air intakes; it gave me butterflies the first time I saw it. We wanted to recreate that feeling with this car.”
“Ford’s engineers and Moray Callum’s design team did an amazing job with the new Mustang,” he added. “So good in fact, I think the design additions and power upgrades we have made to the car help it play in a higher league, against much more expensive supercars!”
The cars begin production next month, and they should be available in the first quarter of 2015.You will be able to order one of these low-volume creations right from Galpin Ford or via a selection of hand-picked dealers across the globe.
The Mod List
• Handmade carbon-fiber body constructed by GFMI Metalcrafters, Inc.
• 725 hp V8 Engine
• 15-inch Brembo Grand Turismo Brakes
• Custom Silver Éminence Grise Body Color
• 21-inch ADV.1 Wheels w/Pirelli P-Zero Tires
• Front/Rear Fully-Adjustable Ind. Suspension
• Hexagonal Carbon Fiber Grill
• Integrated Rear Spoiler
• Custom Sculptured Flared Fenders
• Front Splitter
• Enlarged Rear Diffuser
• Polished Carbon Fiber Aero Skirts