Last year, at the world-famous Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, Michigan, we caught up with Mike Finnegan of Roadkill fame as he talked up a special little project he was working on: a lifted, off-road-ready ’67 Ford Mustang fastback. Finnegan and his build partners – including Rutledge Wood and KC Mathieu – referred to the project as a “rowdy restomod”, and as bizarre as it was seeing Ford’s sleek, sporty first-generation pony car turned into a rugged off-roader, there was something about it that just… worked.
If there were ever a modern-day equivalent, it might be contained within the rather imaginative rendering you see above, made by X-Tomi Design (Facebook). The rendering shows what it might look were Ford to apply a bit of its F-150 “Raptor” magic to the post-facelift S550 Ford Mustang, gracing the two-door fastback with the off-road truck’s front bash plate, steel front bumper, black fender cladding, “Y”-spoke wheels, and menacing front grille. The ‘Stang appears to sit a good few inches higher than any current production version for superior off-road clearance, and at each of the four corners is a nubby BFGoodrich All-Terrain tire.
The vehicle shown in this rendering exists in a sort of Bizarro World where a fundamental misunderstanding of what Ford Motor Company meant when it discussed building a “Mustang-inspired” crossover utility vehicle found its way to the road. The forthcoming crossover in question – a performance-oriented battery-electric vehicle with 300 or more miles of range per charge – will wear obvious aesthetic cues borrowed straight from the Ford Mustang, but it will be based on its own EV-exclusive architecture, with unique body stampings.
Chances are it will never spawn a “Raptor” variant, as it’s expected to be much more an “urban utility vehicle” than a rugged light truck, but we’ve resolved to never again say “never”.