Looks like Saabs aren't the only cars inspired by aircraft. Jack Roush and Carroll Shelby have teamed up to create a 2011 Ford Mustang GT based on the SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft.
Dubbed the SR-71, the one-off 2011 Ford Mustang gains its inspiration from the legendary Lockheed Martin reconnaissance jet, the SR-71 Blackbird. Similar to the Mustang, the SR-71 took its maiden flight in 1964. Though created with the famous aircraft in mind, in this instance the S stands for Shelby, and the R stands for Roush.
The SR-71 started life as a 2011 GT, but the coupe received several performance and aesthetic upgrades after the two Mustang greats collaborated. As if the 5.0-liter powerplant didn't produce enough power, the customized Mustang includes a supercharger, Ford Racing exhaust, and a Roush intake. A set of custom-painted SVT wheels -- 19 inches in the front and 20 inches in the rear -- complete exterior modifications. Ford sourced a handling pack from its racing parts bin, including new shocks and springs, front and rear anti-roll bars, and a strut tower bar.
The most notable upgrade, though, has to be the aircraft-inspired matte grey paint scheme. A custom roll cage, racing steering wheel, and a Ford Racing Gauge cluster also come as part of the package. Recaro racing seats feature embroidered signatures from the car's co-creators, and custom badging, floor mats, and sill plates further distinguish the one-of-a-kind coupe.
The car is currently being constructed at Roush's facilities in Livonia, Michigan, but will soon be transported to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to be auctioned off later this month during the AirVenture show at the Experimental Aircraft Association Museum. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the EAA's Young Eagles program.