Classic livery. Modern performance.
Next month is the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas and the trade show has become a major hot spot for mainstream automakers and tuners alike to display their latest and wildest creations. This supercharged Ford Mustang GT will be one of them. NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney teamed up with famed automotive photographer Larry Chen to create this one-off Mustang wearing a distinctive livery of red, black, and white that pays tribute to the Ford GT40 race cars that competed at the 1966 Daytona 24 hour race.
The car was designed and rendered by Khyzyl Saleem and also features a number of additional modifications. These include 20-inch Fifteen52 Podium SuperTouring wheels and ST Suspension XTA coilovers.
Obviously, the greatest amount of attention was given under the hood. The familiar 5.0-liter V8 has received some assistance from a Roush supercharger that increases output from 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque to 700 hp and 610 lb-ft. A MagnaFlow cat-back exhaust system and Wildwood performance brakes were also added by Los Angeles-based Galpin Auto Sports.
Step inside and you'll find plenty of additional racing components like NRG bucket seats, NASCAR-style steering wheel, six-point harness, and seat brackets. What's especially cool is that they stuck with the six-speed manual instead of the 10-speed automatic.
"As an auto sports photographer who's been involved with racing for fifteen years, I've learned to see more of the finer details of the race cars and the drivers," says Larry Chen. "Ryan Blaney is truly the next generation of NASCAR and one of the most enthusiastic, passionate and talented drivers I've seen in years. I couldn't have been paired with a better partner to create this unique and one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang."
Before its big debut at SEMA, however, this beastly one-off 'Stang will officially be unveiled by Chen and Blaney at the 1000Bulbs.com 500 race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, October 19. SEMA gets underway on November 5.