Dubbed the "Ultimate American Muscle Car" by its makers, the Rocket is not a one-off concept but the first in a low-volume production series. Interested buyers will be able to purchase the car through Galpin Ford in Los Angeles or several other hand-picked Ford dealers around the country, with deliveries beginning early in 2015.
The idea for the Rocket began in August 2014, when Fisker approached Galpin's president, Beau Boeckmann, with a few design sketches. A deal was struck, and the joint venture quickly began moving forward.
Starting with a 2015 Mustang, the team added sleek carbon-fiber bodywork built by concept-car specialists GFMI Metalcrafters. The handmade structure, which the designers say was inspired by the custom pony cars of the 1960s and '70s, features a long hood, sculpted flared fenders, an integrated rear spoiler and a hexagonal grille embellished with the classic running horse.
A number of functional scoops and vents direct cooling airflow where it's needed, and a front splitter draws hot air from underneath the car to improve engine cooling. Combined with the rear spoiler and other design elements, the splitter also enhances high-speed downforce.
Air intakes on the sculpted hood channel air into the engine compartment to help cool the 5.0-liter, 725-horsepower, supercharged Ford V8. Additional intakes mounted on the rear fenders direct cooling air to the 15-inch Brembo GT high-performance brakes.
Exterior paint on the Rocket is a custom-mixed dark silver the designers call Éminence Grise, literally French for "grey eminence" but also — fittingly — a phrase used to denote hidden power.
The car rides on 21-inch ADV.1 wheels with Pirelli P Zero extreme performance tires. The independent suspension, front and rear, is fully adjustable, allowing owners to set up their vehicles individually for road or track use.
"It's a special moment when you get to work on a car like the Ford Mustang," said Fisker, co-founder and former head of Fisker Automotive, in a statement. "This is a project born out of passion, it's a dream come true, to have the opportunity to 'touch' a Mustang and apply my design ideas to it. I love the '60s American muscle cars. They are more sculptured, with more radical proportions and bold details than European counterparts. My favorite Mustang is the 1968 Shelby GT500 that had this long hood and huge air intakes; it gave me butterflies the first time I saw it. We wanted to re-create that feeling with this car."
Added Boeckmann, whose firm recently created a custom 50th-anniversary tribute Mustang for the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas: "Mustang has been my favorite car for almost my entire life. I had the pleasure of working with Ford's development team for the last few years, and I think they absolutely nailed it. So of course, I wanted to do something really special when the new Mustang came out. When Henrik showed me his ideas, I got chills — it's literally the most beautiful Mustang I have ever seen."
Boeckmann concluded: "Doing this project with my dear friend Henrik — who I consider one of the greatest designers of all time — is simply a dream come true!"
Edmunds says: With the treatment applied to this Mustang by Galpin and Fisker, the Rocket is sure to sell out its limited production run.