Going through the news this week and I noticed one vehicle that is making a huge splash in the auto world. It is the Galpin Rocket Mustang. The Galpin Rocket is a 2015 Mustang GT with some heavy modifications. Galpin Auto Sports (GAS, known for their hosting of MTV’s Pimp My Ride) teamed up with Fisker to create the Galpin Rocket. If you are scratching your head trying to figure out why the name Fisker sounds so familiar, it’s because they were one of the first companies to make plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. They had production from 2011 until 2012. As it turns out, Henrik Fisker was not ready to leave the automotive industry. He teamed up with the guys at Galpin Auto Sports to make a 725hp Mustang.
I don’t mean to over simplify what has been done but GAS and Fisker took a 5-liter Mustang, slapped a big Whipple supercharger on it and created a 725hp monster. Obviously it was not that simple, if so anyone with a Coyote 5.0 would do the same. This Mustang is also very different from most Mustangs because it doesn’t just use some fancy body kits and bolt on accessories. The body of this Mustang is all carbon fiber and the hood scoop, its functional. Galpin has slapped some large 15” Brembo brakes on the car to help with the balance of acceleration and deceleration. Braking is something people seem to forget about all too often.
I wish that I could go on and woo you with statistics about it being able to go 500 mph or 0-60 in a quarter second but I can’t. It's not that the vehicle doesn’t have plenty of power or anything like that, it's that Galpin and Fisker have not yet released any numbers and I don’t own one. So for now we will have to use our imagination as to what a light vehicle with over 700 hp and a manual 6-speed, rear wheel drive configuration will be able to achieve on the track. So how much will this package cost when put together. You are looking at a cool $109,100 dollars.
Lets talk about the history behind the Rocket. This car first made a splash in 2014 when it showed at the LA Auto Show. Back then the Galpin Rocket was just a prototype and people we not sure if it would ever hit the market. When it comes to the design of the vehicle, it has been said that Henrik got his inspiration from the 1968 Ford/ Shelby Mustang GT-500. When you look at the two, this is visible by looking at the grill. The way it angles in and the hexagonal shape are reminiscent of the GT-500. The split twin hood scoop is also right from the GT-500. The last piece that shows the relationship between the two cars is the tall rear spoiler. Overall, I think that it is fair to say that GAS and Fisker did a nice job with the car.