Dale Amy
August 1, 2009

Also like the Flashback, the Equus' cabin is where the technological advances of the last four decades--as well as Classic Design Concepts' innovations and craftsmanship--are harnessed in creating an environment fit for a king--or a maharajah. At a couple inches over six feet, I really appreciate the floorpan mods CDC made to increase seat travel by over half a foot, and bump headroom by a couple inches. That and the upscale materials and modern electronic amenities should certainly prove just as irresistible overseas as they do here. But if its looks, handling and comfort don't seal the deal in those distant nations, one stab at the electronic-throttle-control (ETC) gas pedal certainly will, as a torque-twisted, face-splitting grin means the same thing in any language or culture. Indeed!

The Details
Classic Design Concepts/EQUUS Tom 1 Concept


  • Ford Racing Performance Parts supercharged 5.4L SVT Mustang Shelby GT500 Engine
  • 3.552-inch bore
  • 4.165-inch stroke
  • DOHC 32-valve aluminum heads, 8:4:1 compression ratio
  • Water-to-air intercooler
  • 600 hp at 6,000 rpm, 590 lb-ft torque at 4,500 rpm
  • CDC-designed cold air inlet package
  • Ford Racing Performance Parts engine management system
  • CDC-designed in-tank fuel pump, fuel supply, and return system
  • CDC-fabricated stainless steel radiator plumbing
  • CDC-modified '03 Mustang Mach 1 radiator
  • Spal USA Dual 11-inch electric cooling fans
  • Ford production "drive-by-wire" accelerator pedal


  • D&D Performance supplied Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission with D&D Performance short-throw shifter
  • Ford Racing Performance Parts dual disc cerametallic-coated Cobra clutch
  • RRS hydraulic clutch system with production Ford hydraulic release bearing
  • CCI custom 4-inch aluminum driveshaft


  • Currie 9-inch
  • 31-spline axles
  • Traction-Lok
  • 3.70 gears
  • CDC modified axle housing to accept RRS 3-Link rear suspension package


  • Ford Racing Performance Parts stainless steel headers modified by CDC
  • CDC-fabricated 2½-inch stainless steel dual exhaust with Pype's mufflers
  • Corsa Pro-Series rear exit 3½-inch polished stainless steel single exhaust tips


  • Front: RRS Phase 4 independent front suspension with billet aluminum adjustable coilover strut/steering knuckle system, chrome silicone steel springs, and 1⅛-inch stabilizer bar, RRS power assisted rack-and-pinion steering
  • Rear: RRS 3-Link adjustable rear suspension system with chrome silicone steel springs and Watts Link lateral stability system


  • Front: RRS Disc, slotted 14-inch vented Moly-Carbide rotors, six-piston King calipers
  • Rear: RRS Disc, slotted 13.2-inch vented Moly-Carbide rotors, six-piston King calipers, RRS Drum in Disc Parking Brake System
  • Vacuum assisted power brake booster
  • RRS designed "In-Vehicle" integrated hydraulic clutch actuation
  • CDC/EQUUS developed computer controlled braking, traction control, and electronic stability control systems


  • Front: Electri-Cal Machining, black center with bright polished trim, 18x8
  • Rear: Electri-Cal Machining, black center with bright polished trim, 18x9.5


  • Front: Dunlop Sport Maxx, P245/45R18
  • Rear: Dunlop Sport Maxx, P275/40R18