Hollywood Hot Rods customizes 2014 Ford Mustang GT

Article by Anita Panait, on October 28, 2013

Hollywood Hot Rods adores the 2014 Ford Mustang GT convertible so much that it decided to customize the supercar and take it to the next new level. Hollywood Hot Rods wants to recreate the already elegant style and proportions of the Mustang to come up with a unique project. According to Troy Ladd, owner of Hollywood Hot Rods, they wanted to really change the car, instead of just adding accessories and a custom paint job.

Ladd said they decided to redesign some key elements of the Mustang -- like its roof and rear section --  “to create a completely new and bold design that propels Mustang into supercar status while retaining classic Mustang DNA.” The team at Hollywood Hot Rods spent over 150 hours of reshaping the entire rear section of the Mustang project car in metal.

The team then spent 250 hours crafting the supercar’s aluminum lift-off roof. The result is a modified aluminum custom fabricated front splitter, side scoops, skirts and diffuser, paving way for the Hollywood Hot Rods Mustang. The resulting unit boasts of a Ford Racing Whipple supercharger and Banks Power water-methanol injection system that boosted the output of the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V8 to an estimated 750 hp.

To optimize the power generated by the upgraded engine, Hollywood Hot Rods installed a Cortex Racing X-treme grip track suspension system. Ladd remarked that Hollywood Hot Rods used extreme body modifications, serious race car handling, huge horsepower and a full custom interior “to create an American supercar.”

Showcasing a design that is truly more aggressive, the grille of the new Ford Mustang has been made more pronounced. Helping with that assertive look is the powerful splitter. Looking at the GT’s hood, one is likely to see heat extractors. This feature is not simply about visuals but also offers function. The design and the placement were done to make sure that the hot air is channeled out of the engine compartment and allow the engine to be cooled.

Meanwhile for the GT and the V6 variants, the design now includes the high-intensity discharge headlamps or HID. Under the 2013 versions, the technology upgrades showcase the signature lighting. Further there are two individual LED bars which manage to highlight the headlamps in the front with three LED ropes that shape the well-known three-bar lights in the rear.

Viewing the rocker panels, the same ones that go across the length of the car, they now come in the same color as that of the body and thus give off a more premium look. On the rear section, it is clear it has been upgraded by having the tail lamps connected with a high-gloss panel in black. With the Ford Mustang known for its sequential turn signal, the tail lamps have that smoked appearance which complements the front section and its purposeful look.

Mustang Chief Designer Darrell Behmer said that in celebration of the Mustang’s performance, the brand is revealing a design that is more emotional and even more unique. The newest Mustang design continues to honor its heritage, he added, and at the same time still look forward with a powerful and more contemporary appearance. The new model Mustang will go on sale in the spring of 2012.

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