The world is changing, and so should the Mustang.
If you'd have asked John Najjar and Philip T. Clark - designers of the original Ford Mustang back in 1961 - what the iconic pony car would look like in 2020, they probably wouldn't have predicted it would look like the vehicle we have on the road today, or that there would be an electric SUV bearing the name. So in ten years' time, when EVs have the run of the world, what could the Ford Mustang 'brand' look like?
Well, Ford tasked a group of college design students with coming up with what a futuristic Mustang might look like, with part of the inspiration being geared towards the Team Fordzilla P1 concept car which will be used for Ford's E-Sports exploits. The design one student came up with, in particular, is nothing short of incredible. Meet Ankit Ukil's Mustang Vision 001.
This isn't a reimagining of the Mustang pony car we all know and love, but rather it's an expansion of the Mustang sub-brand, designed to live alongside the Mustang Mach-E and Mustang coupe as we know them. The Vision 001 is an all-electric track-only hypercar that would be "super low production but also at the same point of time would be a digital asset for the company which can be experienced by anyone using simulator and VR technology to be used in any video games". Ford is unlikely to ever build something like this, but could we perhaps see the Vision 001 added to games like Gran Turismo in the same way as Lamborghini's Vision Gran Turismo?
Ukil took inspiration from past and current Mustang models, including the Mach-E, but also looked to Group C Le Mans racers. Since the original Mustang was heavily influenced by the P-51 Mustang fighter plane, he also looked to modern fighter jets for inspiration. Certain elements scream muscle, like strong front haunches that give the car an impression of being low and wide, with the Mustang hexagonal grille design housed low between the arches. Meanwhile, the rear carries traditional Mustang design elements like the triple-strake taillights.