This track-capable daily driver is also one-of-a-kind.
Does this Mustang look familiar to you? That could be because a) it's wearing one of the most recognizable of classic racing liveries ever devised, or b) because we brought you one similar not a week ago. But despite appearances, this is a different beast from Brown Lee Performance's Gulf Heritage Edition.
This one-off creation is the work of Roush – one of the biggest names in Ford tuning and racing – and was built for one Wade Kawasaki, the former SEMA chairman and head of Legendary Companies (parent to Coker Tires, among others).
Designed to be a "track-capable daily driver," Kawasaki's one-of-a-kind Mustang starts with Roush's Stage 3 kit, including a supercharger, cold-air intake, and remapped ECU to raise the 5.0-liter V8's output to 710 horsepower and 610 lb-ft of torque. It also features Roush's active exhaust, carbon-fiber aero components by Roush and SpeedKore (which also undertook the retro paint scheme), a drift-spec aftermarket hand brake, and 20-inch chromed spinners (from Legendary brand Wheel Vintiques) designed to emulate the wheels on the original Ford GT40. Instead of using his company's own Coker tires, though, the build sheet specifies Continental rubber (different from the Michelin and Nitto tires depicted in the photos).
Even the caged interior and engine bay feature splashes of orange to complement the exterior livery. Roush unveiled the one-off pony car at McCall's Motorworks Revival, the kick-off event of Monterey Car Week, alongside the same tuner's 650-horsepower F-150 SC pickup.
"Unveiling this custom Stage 3 Mustang at McCall's Motorworks Revival was an exhilarating experience," said Wade Kawasaki. "This was my first time seeing the finished car and ROUSH Performance has created something truly special here. I'm proud to share this moment with the public at this exclusive event and I hope everyone enjoyed seeing this incredible machine as much as I have."
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