High Gear Mustang Comes to Life

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Last month, I posted about the Ford Mustang getting a special makeover. The American muscle car was being redesigned through the first-ever SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women, a project that showcased the influence of females in car customization.

For six months, 20 women from Ford Motor Co. and SEMA worked to create a one-of-a-kind 2013 Mustang GT. The all-female team came up with three different designs for the project, and the concept High Gear was chosen as the contest winner.

High Gear, which was crafted by Ford designer Jennifer Seely and inspired by her love for jewelry, couture clothing, high-end architecture and luxurious brands, is a limited edition Mustang equipped with satin black paint, LED angel eyes for the fog lamps, and rose gold accents for the grille, wheels, and mirrors. Interior touches include quilted suede and leather upholstery and rose gold trim to match the exterior.

Currently, High Gear only exists in virtual form, but that is quickly about to change, as the car’s build team – staffed entirely by women – has been finalized. The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network has appointed the following individuals to construct the Mustang:

POWERTRAIN: JoAnn Bortles, from Crazy Horse Custom Paint in Waxhaw, NC. Interestingly, Bortles dreamed up this SEMA Mustang build after participating in an all-woman motorcycle build. Bortles has 30 years of experience as a custom painter and welding fabricator, and once owned a Mustang repair shop in the early 1980s.

PAINT/BODY: Theresa Contreras, from L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, CA, will lead the team tasked with giving the Mustang its new exterior look. Contreras has a background in graphic design and custom painting, and led a team to restore a ’71 Chevy pickup on an episode of “Car Warriors.”

UNDERCARRIAGE: Exhaust, suspension, and wheel modifications will be the domain of Mollie Lewis, from All in the Wrist Auto and Diesel Repair in Albuquerque, NM. Lewis has been in the automotive repair industry for 25 years, and is an ASE-certified mechanic.

INTERIOR/STEREO: Revisions within the interior are the responsibility of Kristin Martin, from Long Beach, California. Martin is a classic car nut, a founding member of the Gasoline Girls car club, and blogs about her car experiences at greasegirl.com

QUALITY INSPECTION: Jennifer LaFever, from RoushYates Racing Engines in Mooresville, NC, has a degree in mechanical engineering and experience in component inspection. As such, she’ll ensure the High Gear Mustang comes together entirely as planned.

High Gear is expected to come to life in the next few weeks and the process should take about eight two months to complete.

Once finished, the High Gear Mustang is set to make its debut at the 2012 SEMA Show in October and will later be auctioned on eBay to raise money for the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund.

You can keep tabs on the build progress by visiting http://www.sema.org/SEMAMustangBuild.

About Brittney French

Brittney is a journalist and media relations specialist who lives in St. Louis, Mo. When she's not blogging for Lebanon Ford, she is the author of a women's column and also writes about music, events, and St. Louis sports. Having little knowledge in the automotive industry, Brittney provides valuable insight on cars for those who may be in the same boat. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter @brittfrancois.