In 1964, Cassius Clay fought Sonny Liston, declaring that he would, “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”. He stung and became the heavyweight champ. Fourteen hundred miles north, in Detroit, production began on another: the Ford Mustang. The Mustang was built to compete with the muscle cars of its day in more ways than one but was priced so the average family could afford it. Over the last 50 years this icon weathered many redesigns, most appreciated (and a few not so much), but we can already tell you that we’re digging the latest. With a lower, wider stance and aggressively minimal styling, the upcoming Mustang comes with one of three powertrains: a naturally aspirated 3.7L V-6, a 5.0L V-8, or, if you like the sound of weed eaters, a 2.3L 4-cylinder turbo, that push out 300hp, 420hp, and 305hp, respectively. It’s also finally welcomed many modern amenities including independent rear suspension, Intelligent Access with push-to-start, LED headlights, and a convertible model that goes topless twice as fast as this year’s. Best of all, just like in 1964, it’s to be priced for the average family, taking some of the sting out of buying a new classic.
Coming late next year. Learn more at Ford – $TBA
We don’t often stop and appreciate the harmonious complexity of the machines that make up the modern automobile. Fabian Oefner’s Disintegrating Car Prints gives us a closer look at the inner workings of a car, seemingly frozen in time moments after a perfectly ordered detonation. Each half-photographed, half-digitized image was meticulously crafted by shooting individual, perfectly angled and lit parts, then digitally splicing them together over two months. Needless to say the result is absolutely stunning, and each of the series’ three classic sports cars – a 1954 Mercedes Gullwing, ’61 Jaguar E-Type, and ’67 Ferrari 330 P4 – is available for purchase as a very limited (25 total, each) 47- by 27-inch print. Even if you can’t afford to drop 21 bills, the high-res images they’re based on are available for free download here, and are probably far more worthy of your desktop’s background real estate than whatever default image you’re currently displaying.
Check out the series at MB&F – $2,100
Particularly OCD about your car’s appearance, details included? We were too, before we realized it was nearly impossible to make everything look perfect (and that outsourcing the job, in the form of detailing, doesn’t come cheap). Fortunately, 3M’s Paint Defender adds another useful weapon to our paint protecting arsenal. Unlike traditional and expensive paint protection processes, 3M’s solution is inexpensive and DIY-friendly: just mask around the area to be protected, wax it, then spray Paint Defender over it. After a few hours, the spray solidifiers into a sort of film that lasts – and protects your paint – for up to a year, at which point it can be peeled off and reapplied as needed.
Classic American muscle with a dash of modern tech, Equus’ BASS770 merges a massive engine with a vintage-styled chassis that looks like it was pulled from the ’60s. Make no mistake, though: between its 6.2-litre supercharged V8 that cranks out 640 horses, a rigid, lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber body, a 6 speed rear-mounted dual clutch transmission, and Brembo ventilated carbon ceramic disk brakes, there’s no mistaking the BASS770 for yesteryear’s muscle. Else, it’s comfortably packed with amenities and safety features, including air conditioning, a modern stereo, large touch-screen GPS display, and more. But frankly, with a 0-62mph time of 3.4 seconds and a growling 8-cylinder, who needs a radio?
Conveying your feelings to neighbouring vehicles on the road usually involves abrupt lane changes, flipping the bird, or weighing down on the horn, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Motor Mood aims to change our on-road interactions with 3.5-inch diameter backlight faces that stick via reusable 3M non-marking adhesive to your back window and that remain virtually invisible until lit up using the included wireless remote. Emotions include happy, angry and flirty, each individually purchasable to accommodate the range of sentiments you plan on displaying.
Hit up Motor Mood to be notified of their Kickstarter launch – $TBA
Whether you’re camping, spending lots of time on the road, or soon-to-be-homeless, the Fuloon Inflatable Car Mattress is something that’s bound to come in handy. Weighing a mere 6.6 pounds, equipped with enough room for up to two people who don’t mind spooning, and designed to fit virtually every car with a backseat on the market, this mattress will cushion even the roughest of situations and fills typically unused space (i.e. the rear footwells) thanks to its inflatable base. Pop one in your trunk alongside the included electric pump plus a three day supply of canned beans and you’ll be ready for just about anything.
Check it out here – $140
We doubt that any driver of a stock Ferrari would have more power written on the top of their wishlist, but no matter: Hennessey’s still dishing it out. This mod slaps twin ball bearing turbochargers onto the 458′s 4.5-litre V8 engine, boosting horsepower by 170 (to 738) and delivering 532 lb-ft of torque at 5,600 rpm. The result is a blistering 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds, 1/4 mile of 10.5 seconds at 137mph, and an assured mountain of speeding tickets.
Learn more at Hennessey – $60,000 + a Ferrari 458
There are only two strategies to making a car quicker: put in a bigger engine, or strip away some heft. The Mexican Vuhl 05 focuses on the latter, strapping a seemingly reasonable 2.0-litre 285bhp Ford Ecoboost engine to an ultra-lightweight (dry weight of 695kg, or 1532 pounds) aluminum monocoque frame with a body made of RTM-reinforced plastic (or, optionally, carbon fibre). The result is as go-kart as it is car, with its six-speed manual gearbox, nigh-impossible handling, a blistering 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds, and top speed of 152mph.
Learn more at Vuhl 05 – $84,000
We don’t all have the luxury of owning a camper, RV, or Doubleback for open road adventures, but fortunately QUQUQ can help. The Campingbox fits in back of your existing van, transforming it into an almost-full-featured camper complete with a 2-burner gas cartridge stove, work space, 20 litre water supply with tap and stainless steel bowl sink, a mini-pantry, plus tons of storage space. Vertical space isn’t wasted, either: QUQUQ is topped off with a thick 3-piece cold foam mattress that provides more sleeping surface than a twin bed. All that’s missing is a bathroom, but frankly we’re not complaining – there’s ample forest and lake to handle those duties.
You know the deal: load your empty trunk with a few frictionless items to have them skidding and sliding around for the whole car ride. Enter Stayhold. These solid plastic separators feature hook strips on their underside – think velcro – that temporarily grip your trunk’s carpet to stay secured, keeping groceries, paint, snow shovel, bottles, luggage, and virtually everything else in the trunk in one place.
Learn more at Stayhold – $13