About a week ago, I heard that the Toyo Tires ‘Treadpass’ display at SEMA would include a 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback mounted on a Nissan R35 GT-R chassis.
While the thought sounded cool, I've seen a great deal of cutting edge/exemplary blend manufactures turn out looking quite offbeat. However, in the wake of having had the opportunity to look at this one in person today, I can securely say that I needn't have stressed over it. It's been done extremely well.
Known as Muzilla, the Mustang bodied GT-R is easily one of the most interesting builds on display at SEMA this year, and the execution looks to be top notch.
While the lines of the auto are absolutely more extensive and more forceful than a standard issue '70 Mustang, the auto is still effortlessly identifiable as one.
Given the prevalence of wide body builds these days, it doesn’t look out of place at all. It had to be this way too, because compared to a ’70s Mustang the R35 chassis has considerably larger dimensions.
The VR38DETT powerplant under the hood appears to be pretty stock, but even a factory spec GT-R powertrain would be capable of making this car do some pretty radical things.
With power going to all four wheels, each corner has a 275/40R17 Toyo R888 wrapped around a forged 18×9.5-inch DPE RS-L25. I especially like the meaty sidewalls. I’m not sure if Mustang purists will be big fans of this build, but this already appears to be one of the standout machines of SEMA 2016. We’ll be scouting out potential feature cars all week at SEMA, and I’m thinking the Muzilla is one of those builds that’s well worth a closer look. I’m looking forward to hearing more about how this thing came together.
Original published at "speedhunters" website by Garrett.