British GT500 Replica Gets the Gone in 60 Seconds Treatment
U.K. celebrity’s Bespoke Customs 1967 Mustang GT500CS comes with a 500 horsepower 5.4-liter V8 powerplant and six-piston disc brakes.
Ashley Banjo, TV presenter, choreographer and creative director behind street dance group “Diversity,” has taken delivery of a Mustang GT500CS by Sutton Bespoke – a fully-restored and comprehensively modified version of a classic 1967 Ford Mustang. The car features significantly enhanced acceleration and top speed, improved handling characteristics and sympathetic updates to the iconic styling.
The styling of Ashley’s GT500CS is modelled on the look of the Eleanor Mustang from blockbuster action movie Gone in 60 seconds, distinguished by its modern Magnetic Metallic grey paint, black racing stripes from nose to tail, and centrally-mounted lamps in the front lower grille.
All of the engineering, tuning and styling work on the GT500CS has been carried out in the UK by Sutton Bespoke and its carefully selected group of technical partners.
Banjo, who has appeared on many prime-time television shows – including as a judge on ITV1’s Dancing on Ice and host of Channel 4’s Flirty Dancing – commented: “It’s been great to work with Sutton and his team to build my dream car. There definitely isn’t another car built to the same specification in the world – remodelled with modern technology from the ground up, with a 500 brake horsepower 5.4-liter V8 engine and a beautiful hand-restored body. I am in love with this car and have been since I was a kid. Thank you, Clive Sutton, once again for building this with me and making it real. I am very, very lucky!”
At the heart of the ground-up GT500CS restoration is a full rebuild of the donor car’s 5.0-liter V8 engine, taking it to 5.4 liters and nearly 500 brake horsepower through the introduction of hypereutectic pistons, high-performance camshaft and eight-port fuel injection manufactured in the UK and derived from that found in the original Ford GT40. Console switchable ECU provides three custom states of tunes for road, race and track.
The Mustang’s standard four-speed transmission has been replaced with a modern five-speed Tremec manual unit, directing power to the rear wheels. The new suspension is an adjustable coil-over set-up at the front, with rebound and bump adjustment and also ride-height adjustment. The rear also features height-adjustable coil springs.
Modern 14-inch diameter high-performance front brakes with six-piston calipers help to keep the performance in check. To give voice to the car’s famed V8 ‘burble’, Sutton Bespoke has fitted an active exhaust system with optional loud and soft settings.
Giving a contemporary look to the ‘Eleanor’-themed exterior design, the brightwork is powder-coated in satin black, and the same finish is applied to the 18-inch alloy wheels. LED lighting adds another modern twist to the eye-catching exterior.
Inside, the Mustang cabin has been completely refitted and enhanced to Banjo’s exacting specifications. Period-style dials sit alongside LED gauges, all housed in a carbon-finish dashboard. A custom-made carbon-finish centre console surrounds an array of modern controls for features such as active exhaust control.
The plethora of in-cabin technology includes a Morel audio system with DAB, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay-equipped infotainment, a bespoke automatic boot opening function, reversing camera, remote control locking and tracker.
The interior surfaces have been trimmed in high-quality black Nappa leather with dark grey stitching – extending to the door panels, rear quarter panels, centre console trim and dashboard. New Recaro front seats are finished in “Daytona” style, with the rear seats trimmed to match. The headlining, sun visors, and boot are all fully trimmed in dark Alcantara, and custom, leather-wrapped Mota-Lita steering wheel finishes the bold interior look. The boot, which is also full trimmed, accommodates a custom-built Morel subwoofer, amplifier and ambient lighting.
Although Ashley’s car is built to his individual taste and requirements, Sutton Bespoke is taking commissions for the restoration and enhancement of other period Mustangs. Guide pricing for the GT500CS is dependent on specification, with a build time of approximately 12 to 16 months.