Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
October 26, 2016

INTRODUCING “VAPOR”:

The RoadsterShop of Mundelein, Illinois has built some truly stellar vehicles over the past few years, many of them displayed at SEMA. The shop is not brand-specific, building all kinds of cars with the common goal of real-world performance, and several early Mustangs have rolled out of the shop. Chalk them up for one more Mustang build, which will debut at the SEMA show this coming November 1 in Eaton’s booth.

Vapor is described as, “a ferocious, 785hp restomod 1965 Mustang fastback” that uses a Coyote crate motor with Edelbrock’s latest and greatest E-Force supercharger that incorporates Eaton’s TVS® (Twin Vortices Series) rotors with four lobes and 160 degrees of twist that optimizes airflow and produces consistent peak efficiency. The 9.5:1 compression ratio engine made that 785 hp (as well as 660 ft-lbs. of torque) at the flywheel when tested at the Edelbrock dyno facility.

“We are excited to showcase our most technologically advanced and powerful E-Force supercharged Ford 5.0 liter Coyote crate motor in possibly the finest 1965 Mustang build we have ever seen,” said Steve Whipple, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Edelbrock. “The unbelievable craftsmanship and cutting edge design of Vapor make us proud to be associated with this project.”

As for Eaton’s involvement, Vapor also features Eaton‘s Detroit Truetrac® five-pinion rear end designed with a scalloped flange for reduced rotating mass and the perfect fit in high horsepower performance applications where extreme strength and durability are critical. “Eaton’s engineering expertise with our supercharger and differentials resulted in the products you see on the Vapor,” said Amy Kartch, director, aftermarket sales, Eaton Vehicle Group. “Having a presence on such an exciting vehicle reaffirms Eaton’s technical capabilities in providing products for the automotive aftermarket that are designed to handle high performance applications.”

Why is the car named “Vapor”? As the RoadsterShop tells it, “The fittingly named “Vapor” is derived from the only remnants visible after this supercar passes by.” Vapor is the result of a two-year build, commissioned by a Southern California-based enthusiast and collector, who conceived the project and oversaw its design and production details. The Roadster Shop team dedicated countless hours, painstaking craftsmanship, and innovative design in the development of this one-of-a-kind car. Their work included a ground-up chassis and suspension design, custom metal work, design/engineering and production of one-off CNC-machined parts, complete wiring, assembly, and painting. The interior and upholstery was completed by Palm City, Florida-based Avant Garde Design and the color will be “Sport Classic Gray and Black.” We’ll be bringing you more on this one later!