From coast-to-coast you’ll find hundreds of shops capable of building high-end, resto-mod classic cars. But in recent years, few can match the attention earned by one shop—Wisconsin’s Ringbrothers…and it isn’t hard to see why.
Meet SPLITR, Mike and Jim Ring’s latest remake of the iconic ’65 Ford Mustang, and a car that’s currently sweeping 2015 SEMA Show attendees off their feet.
Interestingly, SPLITR is a bit of a tangent from typical the Ringbrothers formula, which usually sees Jim and Mike create their designs from scratch. In this instance, SPLITR was the brainchild of a graphic designer, who sought out the Ringbrothers to bring his Mustang render to life, and they did.
Befitting its show car debut, SPLITR readies a host of eye-catching body modifications, including a vented carbon fiber hood and menacing air ducts in the front bumper, all finished off in a “Ford Race Red” paint. But lift up that hood and you’ll find a massive 427ci Ford Racing V8, which backs up to a Tremec T56 six-speed manual. Then again, there’s no replacement for displacement!
The big V8 breathes through a custom aluminum and transparent Lexan air intake, the later of which reveals the hidden workings of the Ford’s throttle body and MSD fuel injection system. Once combusted, the exhaust is sent howling through Ringbrothers custom headers and a pair of Flowmaster Super 44 mufflers.
There’s also loads of go-fast trickery underneath the skin too. Apart from the driveshaft tunnel, Ringbrothers says the SPLITR boasts an aero-friendly flat under tray, as well as an aluminum front suspension, which packs adjustable coilover shocks. Out back, a four-link suspension keeps the rear axle planted, supported by another set of coilovers. Those wheels? They’re a set of staggered 18- and 19-inch HRE alloys that hide massive 14-inch brake discs behind.
Inside, SPLITR does well to mix racy with refined. A pair of Recaro seats find a home within, met with gorgeous Ringbrothers pedals, gear stick, and steering wheel, as well as an eye-catching red-backed instrument cluster. Not a bad place to sit.
Need to see SPLITR in the flesh? The ’65 Mustang is currently on display at the Flowmaster booth at the 2015 SEMA Show. Ringbrothers also built a 505-horsepower ’69 Camaro CR1, which sets up shop at the Centerforce Clutches booth.