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April 6, 2018

By: Dante

CARS

The Ford Mach 40 Has Us Wondering What Could Have Been…

From what seems like something straight out of the Twilight Zone or a Black Mirror episode, the Ford Mach 40 will have you staring for a while trying to figure out what exactly it is.

Owned by Terry Lipscomb, with designs coming from Mike Miernik, the blend of a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 and a GT Mustang seem perfectly balanced. Over three years Eckert’s Rod & Custom and Hardison Metal Shaping built the Mach 40 featuring a 4.0 liter Whipple supercharger with flex-fuel capability. The engine puts out 850hp at the crank and was dyno’d and put down 660hp with 580 lb.-ft. of torque at the wheel.

Although the Mach 40 seems like a relatively new concept, the idea has actually been played around with before. Back in 1962 Dick Troutman and Tom Barnes created the Mustang 1, which was an experimental race car supporting a mid-engine. Later Ford had its own crack at with the LID Mustang. Their concept boasted a mid-engine Boss 429 big block.

While no other concept came to fruition, we are left with the Mach 40 to have us wonder what could have been. What could have happened if Ford stuck with the old Mustang body style and moved the engine to the back. Would have these been the car to collect back in the day or would it have been a dud?

Although at times it seems like a car with an identity crisis on the horizon, it was cool enough to be featured in Grand Turismo Sport. Check out the gallery to see a full view of this 1 of 1 creation and let us know what you think.

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