Jorge Nunez
March 11, 2013

The end of any Mustang build is always bitter-sweet. Enthusiasts almost never call a car complete, as we continually crave horsepower and the latest technology. In this case, however, we’re happy to see the SEMA powered-by-women High Gear Mustang come to a close, as it will benefit the SEMA Memorial Fund.

According to the SEMA website: “The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket leaders and innovators. Scholarship awards range from $2,000 to $3,000, with $5,000 going to the top student. Assistance is available for career paths in the automotive industry in accounting, administration, advertising, design/graphics, engineering, information technology, manufacturing, photo/journalism, racecar driver/crew, sales/marketing, technicians and transportation. For more information, visit www.sema.org/scholarships.

Project High Gear was sponsored by Ford Motor Company (along with many major contributors), and the Stang was assembled in our Source Interlink Media Snap-on Tech Center in El Segundo, California. Jennifer Seely designed the car, which won over two other designs in an on-line contest.

Not only does the High Gear Mustang serve a good cause, the project proved this group of highly talented women could design, plan, and execute the build under the strict deadlines necessary to have the car ready for it’s debut at the recently held SEMA show in Las Vegas.

We didn’t doubt for a second that the 2013 Mustang GT/CS would be completed in time, but the results are amazing. It is striking and unique from high heel to toe. In a matter of months, over 40 women laid their hands on the Stang, performing some incredibly difficult tasks.

The project was designed to inspire women and showcase what they can do. The teams were broken down into Powertrain, Undercarriage, Exterior, and Interior, and together each group of women added horsepower, handling, a customized interior, bodywork, and custom paint. The once-white Stang now sports a classy and unique black scheme with rose gold accents.

“I have had an absolute blast working with all the women who participated in the SBN Mustang build,” said Doug Evans, senior vice president at Source Interlink Media. “Their skill and commitment to this project was nothing short of amazing, and they should be very proud of what they have accomplished. The car is stunning!”

Evans is right—the entire team created a Mustang that captures a high degree of style in this one-of-a-kind filly. By the time you read this, the proud pony will be galloping somewhere, and with over 500 hp, we hope it is a track or stoplight near you.

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