Robert Downey Jr.’s Mustang and ‘Evolution’ ’70 Charger feature SpeedKore carbon body panels

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Actor Robert Downey Jr. commissioned this carbon fiber bodied 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 with supercar performance and a Euro-inspired interior | SpeedKore photos

Not only are there companies reproducing steel body panels for vintage vehicles, but carbon fiber body parts are available for some models. At the recent Grand National Roadster show in Pomona, California, SpeedKore showcased for the public its carbon-bodied 1970 Dodge Charger and 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302.

Both cars made their debut at the most recent SEMA Show, but that’s a trade-only event and is closed to a general audience.

The Mustang was commissioned from SpeedKore by actor Robert Downey Jr., the company said, adding that the actor expressed his vision of a modernized Mustang with carbon fiber components, dynamic capabilities like those of contemporary supercars, and an interior that reflects European styling.

SpeedKore used its carbon hood, fenders, bumpers, deck lid, chin spoiler, quarter extensions and valences to reduce the car’s weight. PPG custom paint was applied, but carbon fiber stripes were left exposed through the clearcoat.

The engine is a Roush-supercharged 5.0-liter Aluminator V8 from Ford Performance and is linked to a Bowler T56 6-speed manual with power going to a Detroit Speed Ford 9-inch differential. Detroit Speed also supplied the suspension, which includes a Quadralink rear setup. 

‘Evolution’ 1970 Dodge Charger boasts 966 horsepower

The Charger, named “Evolution,” also has carbon body panels, produced from billet aluminum molds so the lightened car can retain its 1970 VIN. Power is provided by a 6.2-liter supercharged Dodge Demon V8 modified to boost output to 966 horsepower. 

The carbon body houses a 14-point roll cage and the entire package rides on a SpeedKore box-frame chassis with Penske coilover adjustable shocks and 14-inch Brembo brakes. 

Based in Grafton, Wisconsin, SpeedKore Performance Group produces carbon body panels for Dodge, Plymouth and Ford vehicles and does custom car builds.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. Does Robert drive either of them? Photos of the Euro inspired interior for the Mustang? Robert, if you drive them, you should bring them out to the Malibu cars and coffee or Petersen once a month, Sunday morning gathering.

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