California-based company Zero to 60 Designs showed off a rather flattering tribute to the new Ford GT, but it looks like Ford’s lawyers are not taking it easy on this one.
A cease-and-desist order was sent to Zero to 60 Design for creating the Mustang GTT. The Mustang GTT looks very convincing that one would think Ford actually made it which is why the American automaker’s lawyers were quick to act.
Showcased at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Mustang GTT was custom fabricated in Zero to 60 Design’s facility in Corona, California, sporting a new bodywork. In just six weeks, Zero to 60 Designs was able to complete the transformation of a relatively brand-new Mustang GT coupe into this amazing creation; relatively new because it was driven for 300 miles (482 kilometers) before this transformation.
Knowing that its takes long for some auto tuners to turn one model into another equally (or sometimes) better version, the way Zero to 60 Designs handled their Mustang GTT is truly fast (and furious). The car was built five days before the SEMA. Whew, that’s incredible!
Zero to 60 Designs recreated the Mustang GT coupe by replacing its body panel (excluding the roof which was a structural component of the whole design) with their own composite panels. Overall, the Mustang GTT takes on a similar look as that of the Ford GT particularly its circular taillights, the swooping hood, an integrated trunklid spoiler, and an abundant supply of vents and flares. Now it’s no wonder how quickly Ford (and its lawyers) responded to this “tribute”.
The Mustang GTT was also given a power upgrade, specifically by integrating a supercharger to its 5.0-liter V8 engine. The car now produces what Zero to 60 Designs claims to be 800 horsepower (597 kilowatts). Holy guacamole, that’s enough to compete with Ford’s fastest cars! And to top it all off, the Mustang GTT sits on brand-new 22-inch wheels dressed in Pirelli P Zero rubber and to help keep its power on check are its Brembo brakes and Eibach suspension.
What seems to make Ford upset is that the Mustang GTT was made not just for show. It will be a limited-edition and is set for production sometime in 2017. Representatives from Zero to 60 Design have received a couple of inquiries about the Mustang GTT. However, these future plans will remain on hold while Ford is still on their backs. Until the legal dispute is settled, we can only wish for a bright future for another masterpiece in the automotive world.