Robert Downey JR's Carbon Fibre Mustang Boss 302 is the perfect Muscle Restomod
With carbon fibre body panels and a 5.0 supercharged 'Alluminator' V8, this '70 Mustang Boss 302 built by SpeedKore for order from Robert Downey JR is the proof that the 'Iron Man' has got great taste in cars, on and off screen.
According to SpeedKore, the actor known for playing the roles of 'Iron Man' and 'Sherlock Holmes' was closely involved in the development process of this one-off restomod. Not much of the original car is left, but don't worry, according to 'AutotopiaLA' on YouTube, the donor car wasn't in a good shape, meaning it's a case of a classic being saved rather than a perfectly good car being 'destroyed' to be modified. The car premiered at the 2017 SEMA show but it will go on the display to the public once again at the 2019 Grand National Roadster Show.
From what I managed to figure out, apart from lights, grille, and the core body, not much has been left of the original car, the hood, bumpers, spoilers, fenders and quarter extensions are all carbon fibre.
The original 302 (5.0) engine has been replaced by the Ford Performance Aluminator 5.0-liter V8 with a Stage 2 Ford Performance/Roush supercharger, no official power figure is given but a quick google search will reveal similar spec engines with power outputs in the 600-800hp range. The car rides on a new Detroit Speed aluminium frame with reinforced front and rear sub-frames and a Quadralink interdependent rear suspension. The power is put to the ground via Bowler T56 6-Speed manual 'Box and a Detroid Speed 9" rear axle.
Interior is the stuff of dreams for petrolheads and designers alike, it's both beautiful and functional. Created by California's Gabe’s Custom Interiors, it combines brown and white leather with silver stitching and thick woven fabric. Beyond that, there is a new steering-wheel custom gauge cluster, and a "Vintage Air" air conditioning system. To me it looks even better than the Singer 911, especially the bucket seats.
The car is finished off in PPG Khaki yellow with quite a bit of exposed carbon fibre creating a different but still familiar take on the Boss 302 livery. It sits on stunning HRE wheels covered in Michelin Pilot Sport rubber.
AutotopiaLA was lucky enough to get behind the wheel of it, given his reactions I would say it's just as good to drive as it is to look at and listen to.
What do you think? Would you have one over the DLS?
So here I would usually give my opinion and ponder some sort of a point, but this time around I can't. This car had me as excited as a schoolboy watching monster trucks, it had me scouring the classifieds looking at classic American Muscle for good two hours (they are far and few between this side of the pond). In other words, it's damn perfect, it's loud, shouty and it captures imagination in a blink of an eye like a Muscle car should. Now, thanks to the Carbon fibre and modern suspension set-up, it will handle just as well as it looks.
Even though I began this article comparing it to the Singer DLS, it's a pointless excercize, as they are two different cars built for two different purposes. However, if you were to decide between the two, would you rather have a hyper-focused Singer style restomod or a more relaxed restomod like the SpeedKore 'Stang? Personally, I wouldn't be able to choose so I'm eager to see your reasoning!