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(from Ford Press Release)
The 2005 Ford Mustang captured the hearts and minds of millions of
fans and future owners when the all-new model debuted. But the
proportions and design of Ford’s first purpose-built muscle car in
30-plus years caught the eyes and sparked the imaginations of a pair
of the world’s leading coachbuilders in Italy as well.
“When we saw the new Mustang, we knew two things: It was the best
we’d seen since the original, and we had to get our hands on one,”
said Fabrizio Giugiaro, styling director of Italdesign – Giugiaro
S.P.A. “We still believe it’s important to show the automotive world
pure exercises in style that interpret key models reflecting the
history and image of important brands.”
So in early 2005, Giugiaro pitched J Mays, Ford Motor Company’s
group vice president, Design and chief creative officer, on his idea
to do an Italian job on the beloved Mustang. The result: Mustang by
Giugiaro – a one-of-a-kind concept powered by Ford Racing
technologies, marking the Italian coachbuilder’s first reveal at the
inaugural November Los Angeles Auto Show.
“It seemed only fitting,” said Mays. “This design study reinforces
the global appeal of Mustang, yet it’s right at home in L.A. –
America’s most enthusiastic performance and muscle car market. Plus,
design icon Giorgetto Giugairo’s offer to work his magic on Mustang
alongside his son underscores the timelessness allure of Ford’s most
Design aficionados will remember that the senior Giugiaro – who last
year celebrated his 50th anniversary in the business by designing a
custom-made Ferrari, the GG50 – created the 1965 Bertone Mustang.
The car, which was unmistakably Italian in its interpretation,
became the first European-styled car to make its international debut
in America following the end of World War II.
The senior Giugiaro’s portfolio includes concept and production
designs for nearly every automaker in the world – from Fiat, Alfa
Romeo and Volkswagen to Mazda, Lotus and Bugatti. Since joining
ItalDesign, the family firm, in 1990, Fabrizio Giugiaro has helped
deliver key global designs as well, but American automotive icons
have long captured his attention.
He designed the Chevrolet Corvette Moray, unveiled in early 2003,
and was eager to expand the collection of Giugiaro-interpreted
Fabrizio Giugiaro led the 2-D design process on the Mustang by
Giugiaro concept, allowing him to deliver a complete exterior model
from the family’s Turin, Italy, studios in just four months.
Visually, the Mustang by Giugiaro appears more compact than the
production car, thanks to a reduction of the rear overhang and a
signature Giugiaro “trick” of tapering the angles on the car to the
limit of its mechanical outlines.
Still, the Italian version of America’s most popular muscle car
hasn’t lost any of its swagger.
The vibrant orange concept is wider than the production version. The
Giugiaros added 30 millimeters to the front, gradually expanding the
width by a full 80 millimeters toward the rear, which is typical in
With its longer hood and the trunk barely visible, the car looks
more of a fastback in side view. But details throughout reinforce
the freedom and rebellion synonymous with Mustang. Fabrizio
Giugiaro’s favorites include:
The interior – featuring a dramatic instrument panel that sweeps the
width of the car; circular gauges that project from behind the
steering wheel; dark brown horsehide-covered headrests with horse
logo accents; and seat cushions and backrests elaborately
upholstered in dark brown mottled horse hides.
The single curved glass panel that bridges the windshield and rear
window, serving as the concept’s roof. Produced by Solutia of
Detroit, the panel is made from a special type of crystal that
filters out 100 percent of UVA rays while providing unfettered vista
Its dramatic doors, which are hinged at the base of the upright
A-pillar and open vertically at the touch of a button.
which are three separate elements as found on the 1964 Mustang – but
reinterpreted into a more dramatic arrow shape that links to the
louver panels that replace the rear side windows.
The visible curl that
sweeps into the crest of the concept’s carbon fiber fenders, hinting
at tail fins that defined American cars of the ‘50s.
unique 20-inch rims, fitted with 275/40 tires on the front and
larger 315/35 tires on the rear.
As its wheels and tires suggest, the Mustang by Giugiaro is more
than just a tribute to Mustang design. It also is an exclamation of
the car’s heritage of performance.
The concept features a powertrain and chassis enhanced in
conjunction with Ford Racing – which is responsible for Ford Motor
Company motorsports development and operations.
Ford Racing’s efforts include the development and sale of a
race-prepared version of the Mustang, called the FR500C, for the
Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series. In its first season alone, the
FR500C scored five wins in the 2005 GS Class, including the
manufacturers’ championship, in which Mustang bested other
production-based sports cars, including the BMW M3 and Porsche 911.
This Mustang, a turn-key race car sold to privateers, provided the
inspiration for the Mustang by Giugiaro concept’s performance and
Ford Racing improved on the already-robust 300 horsepower
all-aluminum 4.6-liter 3-valve V-8 engine in the production Mustang
GT by adding an intercooled twin-screw supercharger for the new
concept. Additional improvements include fuel injectors from the
Ford GT and a unique engine calibration. Engine air intake is
increased with a larger 95 mm mass air meter and a conical air
filter. Exhaust performance is enhanced with new Ford Racing
mufflers and an X-pipe.
The powertrain upgrades deliver an estimated 500 horsepower,
complete with a boost level of 11 psi from the Ford Racing
supercharger. A high-efficiency Ford Racing aluminum radiator
provides increased cooling capability to accompany the extra 200
horsepower provided under hood.
Under the car, the FR500C-inspired chassis tuning is accomplished
with a tailored Ford Racing Handling Pack. This package, available
through Ford Racing for the Mustang GT, adds new Dynamic-tuned
dampers, lowering springs and anti-sway bars. The changes give the
car a lower stance while sharpening handling response. The car rides
approximately 1.5 inches lower than the production Mustang GT.
“The Mustang by Giugiaro drives as good as it looks,” said Fabrizio
Giugiaro. “After taking it to the limits on streets outside of
Turin, I can honestly say this car was well worth the 30,000 hours
of blood, sweat and tears that we invested to create a modern