Roush/Superformance Special Edition MKIII-R revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

The Roush/Superformance Special Edition MKIII-R is what you get when you take the most coveted 1965 licensed reproduction Cobra replica and squeeze in an engine made by a company that has far more Ford wins compared to other manufacturers.

The MKIII-R was originally built to represent the fundamentals of what Roush Performance Engines and Superformance LLC have to offer. The initial plan was to build a one off display car, but the high level of interest afforded the project quickly altered everybody's mind and the vehicle was quickly scheduled for manufacture.

The Special Edition car debuted at the Las Vegas Nevada 2007 SEMA show. The MKIII-R demonstrated to the public what it has always wished to witness the cooperation of two industry leaders to produce the best of both realms, a striking double diamond with the roar of a powerful engine under the hood. A vehicle that is truly pleasurable to every single one of the human senses. The Roush parts will be offered as an upgrade package that will be sold independently from the standard MKIII-R.

The inside highlights a set of Roush embellished leather seats, special gauges, billet short-throw shifter, Roush embellished floor carpet, two-way gauge pad and a sequential plaque. Buyers have a choice of different Roush crate motors including the 427 IR V8 that is tested at 576hp and featuring a 2-year/24,000 mile warranty. As one of the leading players in the industry, Superformance has more than 20 autonomous brokers in many parts of the globe including Africa, Australia, and Africa.

Superformance has gained a name for being the best through their unending and tireless attention to detail, excellence, craftsmanship, fit, appearance and customer satisfaction. Teaming with Hi-Tech Automotive RSA (which boasts the title of world's largest specialty car production facility with over 600 highly skilled workers and related employees in their 400,000 square foot manufacturing facility found in South Africa), Superformance has made more than 4000 rolling parts chassis at present.

A division of Roush Industries and known as Roush Fenway Racing, Roush Performance Engines has been manufacturing complete presentation crate "street engines" since 2003 and has currently more than 15 variations from mild to wild to choose from. Hillbank Motor Corporation is the West Coast's Superformance licensed reproduction replica and Shelby continuation vintage racing and chassis parts broker. Hillbank has the biggest assortment and supply of complete 'turn-key minus' MKIII's, Cobras, Daytona Coupes, and GT40's and is the leading retailer of the top brand and genuine aftermarket American Muscle performance components and parts.

The installation center for Hillbank Motor Corporation is the highly respected Exotic Auto Restorations. Exotic focuses on custom fabrication of classic race cars, early and late model Mustangs, and show class cars. George Cunha, the owner, and his workers have 26 years of experience in the custom fabrication and restoration business. Exotic has been awarded a number of times for their show winning cars and has recently been featured on Hot Rod TV. Hillbank Motor Corporation initiated the move and began collecting high-performance industry leaders for this fresh project.

Once the venture became clear, Hillbank contacted Exotic to expertly pull together the dream car. MKIII-R was completely built by Hi-Tech Automotive RSA, South Africa except for the engine and transmission, and shipped to Hillbank Motor Corporation. After just over a month it finally arrived at Hillbank and was immediately sent to Exotic for the modification process.

The crew of Exotic initially got rid of the factory chrome trim pieces as well as the windshield, hood and trunk latches, headlight rings, quick jacks, and everything down to the Tonneau cover rivets and roll bar and brought them out to be painted in a black chrome finish. With the assistance of the sponsors, such as Roush, GTP, American Racing, Tremec, Sube Sport, Michelin USA, Snake Power Performance, and Wilwood Engineering, this car went quickly to its fresh rebirth.

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