Douglas Glad Editor-In-Chief
November 3, 2015
Photos By: Courtesy of Ringbrothers

Just when you thought 1965 Mustangs had been built to the best they can be, the Wisconsin-based Ringbrothers kill it with the SPLITR fastback at the 2015 SEMA Show. Its classic looks are there, but the bodywork changes and little details make you stand and stare.

The first thing Mike and Jim Ring did was to trim the bottom of the front fenders and extend the rocker panels forward to the bottom of the trailing edge of the wheel arch. Then they extended the rockers down 1.5 inches and wrapped them under the chassis to meet a secondary flat floorpan. As a result, the SPLITR has a totally flat undertray like a race car. The paint is BASF Glasurit 90-Line Waterborne Ford Race Red finished with a satin clear.

The hood is carbon fiber. Under it is a 427-cid Windsor from Ford Racing with a custom airbox made of aluminum and Lexan over the MSD Atomic EFI. The transmission is a Tremec T56.

It handles, too. The SPLITR uses a Detroit Speed Engineering AlumaFrame front suspension system with a cast-aluminum cradle, custom-tuned steering rack, JRI coilovers, and tubular control arms. In the rear is a QUADRALink suspension system also with JRI shocks. The brakes are Baer 6S Extreme calipers with 14-inch rotors front and rear. The wheels are custom forged HREs wrapped in Nitto Invo tires sized 265/35ZR18 in the front and 305/30ZR19 in the rear.

The interior of SPLITR feels as race-car-inspired as the exterior with comfortable and supportive Recaro seats, Ringbrothers billet components, an IDIDIT steering column, gauges by Classic Instruments, and a cabin kept at a comfortable temperature thanks to a Vintage Air SureFit system.

Quick Specs

Vehicle: “SPLITR”
Theme: 1965 Mustang Fastback
Built by: Ringbrothers
Owner: Michael Schmalz Jr.
Renderings by: Michael Schmalz Jr.

Drivetrain

Engine: Wegner Motorsports 427-cid Ford Racing
Forced Induction: NA
Engine Oil: Royal Purple
Engine Oil Weight: 10W40
Engine Extras: Atomic Carburetor
Transmission: T56 Tremec six-speed
Transmission Oil: Royal Purple Manual Transmission Fluid
Rear End Manufacturer: Detroit Speed
Rear End Type: Ford 9-inch
Drive Shaft: Dynotech
Differential Oil: Royal Purple
Differential Oil Weight: 75W90 Steering

Type: Rack and pinion
Manufacturer: Detroit Speed
Steering Column: IDIDIT
Power Steering Fluid: Royal Purple Power Steering Fluid Interior

Seats: Recaro
Gauges: Classic Instruments
A/C System: Vintage Air, SureFit System Stereo System

Head Unit: Kenwood
Speakers: JL - Audio
Amplifier: JL - Audio Wheels and Tires

Wheel Manufacturer/Model: HRE Wheels
Front Wheel Size: 18x9
Rear Wheel Size: 19x11
Tire Manufacturer/Model: Nitto Tires - Invo
Front Tire Size: 265/35ZR18
Rear Tire Size: 325/30ZR19 Exterior

Paint: Glasurit – 90 Line, a brand of BASF
Paint Color: Ford Race Red
Paint Booth: Global Finishing Solutions - Ringbrothers Performer Booth
Tail light lens: Ringbrothers Machined

Fuel

Fuel Type: 93-octane gas
Fuel Pump: Aeromotive
Fuel Tank/Cell: Aeromotive
Fuel Management: Aeromotive
Fluids: Royal Purple

Brakes

Front Manufacturer: BAER Brakes
Front Caliper Specs: 6S 14-inch Extreme
Rear Manufacturer: BAER Brakes
Rear Caliper Specs: 6S 14-inch Extreme

Electrical

Battery Location: Trunk-mounted
Battery Manufacturer: OPTIMA Exhaust

Header Manufacturer: Ringbrothers built
Header Details: 1½-inch primary tubes
Exhaust Manufacturer: Flowmaster/Hurst/B&M

Cooling

Radiator: AFCO custom built
Fans: SPAL
Fluids: Royal Purple

Chassis

Chassis: Detroit Speed

Suspension

Front Suspension Manufacturer: Detroit Speed Engineering
Front Suspension Type: Mustang Aluma-Frame
Rear Suspension Manufacturer: Detroit Speed Engineering
Rear Suspension Type: Mustang QUADRALink
Shock Manufacturer: JRI
Sway Bars: Detroit Speed Engineering

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