Going Ballistic with Ringbrothers at SEMA

Published November 12, 2016

So we here at Gearheads have already mentioned some of the cars of SEMA that the had a hand in like the beautiful and the G-Code Camaro. But with this year’s , it’s hard to ignore another crowd favorite from the brother’s shop in Spring Green, Wisconsin; the ’65 widebody convertible Mustang named Ballistic. It was even more difficult to avoid as it marks the first time the Ringbrothers have unveiled a car at THEIR booth in Vegas.

As I have stated before, Ringbrothers has a unique style that is able to blend classic and modern while making their vehicles visually stunning and unique. The Ballistic Mustang is no different except it shows a slightly more subdued version of the brothers’ style. Aside from the racing inspired lower grill and hood scoop reminiscent of an original GT350R the original body lines and features appear unchanged. Personally, this is a good thing because when I hear someone say widebody I picture a car with extreme fender flares and obnoxiously aggressive bolt-ons. While that is OK in some instances…I’m not sure how that would look on a ’65 mustang.

The beautiful BASF “Blu By U” paint job accentuates the classic styling, blending the angles of the ‘stang seamlessly throughout. The rear decklid is topped with a custom carbon fiber and billet trunk luggage rack adding another ode to the original vehicle. And while it may not seem like much has changed, the hood, decklid, and bumpers are all carbon fiber which were painted to match the car so the simplicity of the design can be admired.

Under the hood however, much has changed from the stock ‘stang. It received a supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 from a GT500 which is mated to a Bowler Tremec T-56 Magnum 6-speed transmission. A carbon fiber QA1 driveshaft carries the new engine’s power and torque to the John’s Industries Ford 9” rear end. Rounding out the underbelly are the front Aluma Frame and rear Quadra Link suspension which were supplied by Detroit Speed as were the sway bars.

Since this is a convertible, the interior demanded full custom attention; even though we have come to accept no less from Ringbrothers. The seats by Upholstry Unlimited provide a fresh look on the classic mustang interior design by keeping things simple with black leather and small blue accents. The dash is simple and flat accentuating only the Classic Instruments custom gauges and masculine billet pillars outlining the Pioneer touch screen. The Ballistic Mustang carries this matte billet look all over the car from the shifter and interior door accents to the hood hinges and turn signal bezels. This should come as no surprise as Ringbrothers is known for its custom billet.

As this is not your average ’66 convertible, the chassis was tightened and stiffened to handle the extra power. This beast is then stopped by the 15” front and 14” rear baer brakes which show through the 18”x10.5” front and 19”x12” rear 5-spoke HRE wheels wrapped in Nitto INVO rubber. As usual, it’s these large tires that give anyone at the rear of the car a hint at what lies underneath this classically styled body.

It’s no surprise Ringbrothers were able to provide another stunningly beautiful car at this year’s SEMA. The level of detail in every one of their builds is what amazes me most. It’s one thing for a customizer to throw some new parts onto a classic car but completely different to blend original and modern styles in such a way that make the audience think this is how the car was always meant to look. From the insanely beautiful paint job to the custom interior and modern amenities, one can’t help but stare at the 1966 widebody Mustang Convertible Ballistic.


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Eric Climer

I haven't always been a car fan, but if you ask my wife I never shutup about them. I'm always eager to see what is new while appreciating and admiring the classics. As with every car lover, I dream of having a garage larger than the house!

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