Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
March 27, 2015
Photos By: Courtesy of Revology Cars Inc.

Most of us have been around Mustangs a long time. For some of us it has been a really long time (maybe too long!). So when we got wind of an “all-new” Mustang replica being built we just had to check the story out. Revology Cars Inc. is the brainchild of ex-Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT) honcho Tom Scarpello. As “Chief Revologist” at Revology Cars, Scarpello’s long-standing vision of building a classic Mustang and integrating modern technology into it is now coming to fruition.

Revology Cars hit the media spotlight March 14, 2015 when it pulled the covers off of its production prototype Mustang replica at the Amelia Island Concours. To say Scarpello and his crew have been inundated with media requests and information on its Mustang Replica would be a gross understatement, as it took us a couple of weeks to finally be able to sit down with them and discuss the car and what we can expect from Revology Cars. Below is a brief interview we held with Mr. Scarpello and we look forward to visiting Revology Cars in the near future to be able to drive its production prototype, shoot some video of it, and capture the prototype on camera for a feature in a future issue of Mustang Monthly magazine. Stay tuned!

Currently, Revology Cars is made up of a talented crew of four. From left to right are Yoshi Amano, Marketing Director; Tom Scarpello, Founder; Dan Maas, Technical Director; and Nathan Loucks, Vehicle Integration Supervisor.

Mustang Monthly: How has the reception been to the product since its launch at Amelia Island?

Tom Scarpello: We’ve had an exceptional response. It’s just been beyond my expectations and really encouraging. We’ve had several hundred requests from all over the world, including Canada, Scotland, Australia, Russia, New Zealand, and of course the United States. The Mustang is meaningful all over the world. Several of the requests have been for “could you do this, do that, etc.” but we’re currently focusing on delivering cars on time and making the customers happy. We have focused our entire development program on one model in order to ensure a fully sorted car that can be offered for sale with a manufacturer’s warranty.

MM: Are you taking orders/deposits yet?

TS: Our order bank opened on March 14 at Amelia Island, but Revology is still finalizing contract terms and other details. Building two cars a month is our near-term goal, with availability in spring 2016 as a 2017 replica.

MM: The blue convertible that was shown at Amelia Island, was that built with an actual Dynacorn body, or is that an original VIN’d body used as a prototype for future builds?

TS: Two functional prototypes, or mules, were built first. The blue car we debuted at Amelia Island is our production prototype built with all-new parts, including the body. It was built to prove out the production process and is almost fully representative of the production vehicle we’ll be selling.

At first blush the interior looks stock, which is what Revology Cars is after, but look closer and you’ll see a Bluetooth microphone for hands-free communications, USB and audio ports in the ashtray, and discreet power window switches above the radio.

MM: We see that you’ll be offering a Revology package for customers of vintage Mustangs, as well as offering custom work/builds on customer cars through the Revology Custom Shop. When will that come online?

TS: Our Revology Mustang Replica is our primary focus at this time, but the Custom Shop is something that we want to do for those customers who want an even more unique product. We’re looking to make an announcement this summer on the launch of the Custom Shop.

MM: Is the Fox Mustang-era EFI intake manifold an actual new production manifold from Ford or is this something found used for the production prototype?

TS: The manifold is a used part that was refinished, as we prefer the Ford piece. The bracket for the A/C compressor was fabricated as well. Some final decisions still need to be made regarding sourcing, but the stock manifold is still easily found and we may decide to keep it.

While many would expect a modern 5.0L DOHC “Coyote” modular underhood, Revology Cars’ Mustang Replica features the tried-and-true 5.0L pushrod engine that has been in countless millions of Fords, allowing for easy packaging, no structural changes in the vehicle, and easy warranty/maintenance for the customer.

MM: Are you using Ford service engine assemblies or Ford Racing engines?

TS: They are Ford-authorized remanufactured engines sold through any Ford dealer.

MM: How does the warranty program with Ford’s dealer network work? Is it just for the Ford-sourced drivetrain parts or the whole car?

TS: The whole car has a one-year “bumper to bumper” warranty, three years on the drivetrain, and five years on the body. It is up to the dealer to participate in the warranty program, but we’ve polled several dealers and all have welcomed the idea. Revology provides the warranty parts and the dealer charges the labor to Revology. It would be no different than a Roush or Saleen Mustang owner seeking warranty repairs.

MM: Based in Florida, we’re familiar with the SEMA-based replica and titling laws, but how does Revology Cars utilize a federally standard 17-digit VIN?

TS: You apply through NHTSA, and in turn through SAE, to be a small-volume vehicle manufacturer to get your manufacturer identifier (first three digits of the VIN).

MM: With a federal 17-digit VIN do you not need to meet 2015 (or newer) model year safety standards, such as stability control, ABS, and airbags? Are you or have you crash-tested the vehicle?

TS: We don’t have to crash test as a replica manufacturer. Essentially, the standards that were in place of the year we’re replicating are all we need to meet. That said, we do upgrade many systems where we can, such as door intrusion beams, collapsible steering column, LED lighting, three-point seatbelts, and more.

A collapsible tilt steering column with original-style deluxe woodgrain steering wheel is standard in the Revology Cars Mustang Replica, as are the modern instrumentation with backlit LED faces.
LED lighting technology is nothing new to the OEMs, but for a vintage Mustang it is quite a different look. The Revology Cars Mustang Replica features LED lighting throughout, including these trick headlight assemblies.

MM: Most companies build a replica vehicle sans-engine and have a dealer network to finish the cars locally (like a Cobra replica) or sell to the end user minus the engine to get around manufacturing liabilities. Are you not concerned, providing a turnkey federally VIN’d vehicle that, down the road, you might be sued if someone is involved in an accident?

TS: Product liability is of course very important and something Revology is working on. The last thing we want is a bunch of disclaimers, though. Our car is significantly safer than an original ’66 Mustang, but it can’t, by nature of its basic body design, meet modern crash standards. That has to be understood by the customer, but they also need to know that everything on the car is fully sorted and critical components are all OEM parts and are certified, fully compliant, tried-and-true proven pieces. We have taken a very conservative approach, in order to minimize risk.

MM: Where do you see Revology Cars in five years? Will you be expanding the model line or possibly working with other Dynacorn bodies or other replica body companies or will you stay strictly with early Mustangs?

TS: It depends upon where the customer interest is. There has been a lot of interest in the ’67-’68 Mustang of course. We like the idea of following the first-gen Mustang history. Open checkbook custom build stuff is not us. We build it like the OEM, with full engineering specs, designed with processes and reliability with a warranty. That’s what we can add to this industry. We’re vehicle integration specialists.