You Can Now Buy an Official ‘Eleanor’ Mustang That Won’t Suck
With modern power, upgraded build quality, and vintage style, Fusion Motor Company is creating our dream car.
When it comes to cars from film and television, the number of truly iconic vehicles is surprisingly thin. Bullitt and Kitt are obvious standouts, but when it comes to our hearts, there are few cars more memorable than “Eleanor” from Gone in 60 Seconds. In particular the far superior remake from the year 2000.
The car, we mean. The film was not superior to the 1974 original, but the Eleanor Mustang sure was.
Since its debut nearly two decades ago, there have been multiple Eleanor recreations, all of varying quality and cost, but now Fusion Motor Company is selling officially licensed Eleanor models, and they promise they are so good you’ll actually want to buy one. You see, the secret is that Fusion’s president, Yoel Wazana, owned one of the older tribute Eleanors, and it was awful.
Now Fusion has the license and blessing of Denise Halicki, co-producer from the original film, to make Eleanors, and Yoel is making sure things are done properly. Each car starts with an original Mustang as a base, but the cars are completely stripped, reinforced, stiffened and built from the ground up. That means less chassis flex, and the ability for much higher levels of performance.
To save weight and improve quality, all extra panels and wings are built from carbon fiber rather than fiberglass. Fusion Motor Company even went so far as to source their carbon from the same company McLaren uses, once again ensuring the highest quality possible.
All in all, this new Eleanor Mustang sounds more like a dream list of parts
than a movie-licensed machine, and we can’t help but love it.
The suspension also gets a full makeover with coilovers up front and a custom multi-link setup in the rear. Tires are Nitto NT555s, and are available in widths up to 315s in the rear. Braking duties are handled by Wilwood with 13-inch discs clamped by six-piston calipers in all four corners. The front calipers even have the Eleanor logo machined into them for that extra dash of visual flair.
To make use of that fancy new platform, each Eleanor mustang dumps the old Ford engine in favor of a new V8 built by Roush. The base engine is standard 5.0L Coyote, but you can get that massaged and enhanced up to as much as 600 horsepower. If you prefer even more displacement, a 427 is being offered in power levels up to 750 angry ponies. That power gets routed through your choice of a Ford 6R80 automatic or TKO five-speed manual.
A Tremec T-56 is available for those of you who prefer your manuals with six gears instead of five. And finally, getting that power to the ground is a 9-inch Ford rear end built by Currie Enterprises. Each one has a limited-slip diff and you can choose between 3.50, 3.89, or 4.10 gearing.
All in all, this new Eleanor Mustang sounds more like a dream list of parts than a movie licensed machine, and we can’t help but love it. The only real issue is that all those fancy parts cost lots of fancy dollars. The price range listed by Fusion Motor Company is $189,000 to $284,350.
Still, if you want the best version of one of the greatest movie Mustangs ever imagined, Fusion Motor Company can get you set up.