N one, with motorcycles Wade Kawasaki has rather little on the hat. As the managing director of the Coker Tire Company, the man is more familiar with car tires. And he is currently the head of the American tuning and auto accessories association SEMA, which organizes the legendary tuning show in Las Vegas every fall. Kawasaki has earned such a great reputation in its various functions that the legendary Ford tuner Roush has now built a car for him: a one-off based on his Stage 3 program that is supposed to play the role of an 'everyday car suitable for the race track'.
Supercharged V8, coilover suspension, drift handbrake
Means: Roush has grabbed the Ford Mustang GT with a five-liter V8, which he has the in-house TVS R2650 supercharger, a new intake system and donated a suitable electronics tuning. The reward for the effort is 720 hp (series: 466) and a maximum of 827 Newton meters (series: 569). Roush combines the supercharged engine with a new manual six-speed gearbox including Rev Matching and its exhaust system with active control, which offers four different timbres. For optimized driving dynamics, Roush installs a coilover kit with three-way adjustable dampers.
The traditional tuner doesn't just use its own shelf. The rims, which are 8.5 x 20 inches at the front and 11 x 20 inches at the rear and are covered with Continental ExtremeContact tires in the formats 245/35 ZR20 (front) and 285/35 ZR20 (rear), come from Wheel Vintiques. The carbon exterior mirrors andThe carbon fiber specialist Speedkore provides rocker panels and the roll cage, while Sikky Manufacturing supplies a hydraulic handbrake kit so that Wade Kawasaki can drift excellently with his new Roush Mustang.
In Gulf design - like the Ford GT
But that's not all of the conversions. Roush also gives the Ford Mustang GT a multi-level front wing and a rear spoiler, both made of carbon, of course. There are also various badges and a sporty interior package with orange accents. These are of course based on the external color scheme, for which the paint experts at PPG are responsible. This reminds motorsport fans of the legendary design by Gulf Racing, in which Ford, among others, stirred up the European motorsport establishment at Le Mans with the GT40 in the sixties. For Wade Kawasaki, the color scheme creates a connection with his 2019 Ford GT in the Heritage Edition, which - for the same reasons - also shines in orange-light blue. Not a bad fleet that the SEMA boss has gathered in his garage.