In all likelihood, American tuning firm Ice Nine takes its name from a fictitious substance proposed in Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Cat’s Cradle. In the book, Ice Nine is an alternative crystalline H2O structure with a much higher melting point which, when introduced to other water, would theoretically force it to assume the same structure, essentially “flash-freezing” any water it touches.
If let out of its container, Ice Nine could extinguish all life on earth by solidifying all water in a catastrophic chain-reaction. (Only in the novel, of course. You can relax. -Ed.)
Needless to say, anything to come out of the eponymous tuning firm ought to be pretty potent if it’s to have any hope to live up to the name. Ice Nine’s 2015 Ford Mustang concept for SEMA might do just that.
Based on the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, this Ice Nine SEMA concept puts down 475 horsepower at the wheels (which translates to around 560 HP at the crank, assuming the standard 15% drivetrain loss). It’s inspired by the DTM touring car racing series, with an Air Lift Performance suspension and a full six-point roll cage to suit.
That 475 rear-wheel horsepower is provided by way of a Garrett GTX3076R turbocharger, Vortech Engineering intercooler and blow-off, Corsa Performance prototype exhaust system, and a Cobb Tuning Accessport V3 with tuning by Dead Hook Motorsports. The folks at Ice Nine have also provided their own custom downpipe.
As for everything else, this Mustang EcoBoost rides on 21-inch wheels from HRE with Nitto rubber. A sharp widebody kit enhances the appearance, and allows for 10.5-inch-wide wheels up front with 12 inches of width out back. A rear spoiler from Classic Design Concepts contributes some useful downforce, and a rear seat delete helps this pony car shed some weight for performance duty.
For all these reasons, Ice Nine’s custom 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost might be our favorite SEMA car to-date. Check back with Ford Authority regularly for all the latest SEMA-related news as it develops.