The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is a beautiful, verifiable car as it is. The Performance Package may have been born in 1969, but its legacy took hold immediately, and remains solid today. It’s such a good car that it’s been back a few times, including in 2021. Names like Bullitt, Boss and Super Snake are famous in their own right. But then came the Ringbrothers. They managed to build a new legendary version of the legend. Don’t know Ringbrothers? It is an award-winning automotive parts manufacturer and designer. This is the “PATRIARC”.
The original Mach 1 Mustang was designed to be a high-performance car – what would it look like if there were no restrictions nowadays? Ringbrothers owners, Mike and Jim Ring, along with Gary Ragle Designs, let their imaginations create a vehicle with advanced technology and artisanal capabilities today. PATRIARC’s plan would be to stick with the car’s timeless look, but start almost from scratch in terms of modernizing era-specific mechanics. The operation was practically futuristic in comparison to those of the car’s original era, featured by digital design, 3D-printed elements, and aerospace-grade components, and topped off with well-styled hand-built construction.
Ford still beats Ford. Under the hood is a Ford Performance Aluminator 5.2 XS engine with 580 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque, attached to a Bowler TREMEC T-56 Magnum six-speed manual with a Centerforce clutch. This setup is mated to the Strange Engineering 31-spline 9-inch rear end. PATRIARC also features Penske Racing Shocks RS Edition coils and Roadster Shop FAST TRACK suspension with 14-inch rotors and Baer Brakes six-piston calipers. Everything rides on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires with HRE Wheels G-Code Edition wheels.
Custom carbon fiber components include the hood, rear side scoops, and rear diffuser. There are also 3D-printed parts, such as the one-off rear bumper, seat backs, armrests, door panels, and emblems. Before the interior could be customized, a new floor tube and transmission tunnel had to be manufactured. Next, I got Avant-Garde Design upholstery and trim, Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum climate control, Dakota digital gauges, and “The Elder” custom-designed Ringbrothers carbon-fiber steering wheel. There is also a rolling cage.
This is still the original Mach 1 Mustang body, with modifications by Ringbrothers including a Roadster Shop FAST TRACK Stage III chassis that has been converted to a standardized body and has been enlarged and lengthened 2 inches. The rear quarter panels got a little bracing, and a carriage tunnel and dedicated flooring were needed.
Finally, it took Ringbrothers over 5,000 building hours to bring PATRIARC to life at the 2022 SEMA Show.