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Concept Car Of The Day: 1980 Ford Mustang RSX

May 12, 2024

Back in the day, a new, experimental, aerodynamic two-seater, based on the Ford Mustang, was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show by Ghia Operations of Turin - Ford’s International design think-tank. Known as the Mustang R.S.X. (Rallye Sport Experimental), this Ghia concept two-seater was shorter, lower, narrower, and lighter than the normal four-seat Mustang.

This creation was just one example of Ford's international research and development program to engineer more fuel-efficient and compact passenger cars, according to Filippo Sapino, Ghia Operations' Managing Director at the time.

The Mustang R.S.X. was powered by a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine, featured a four-speed all synchromesh transmission, power steering, and air conditioning.

With a reduced wheelbase, overall weight, height, and frontal area, this aerodynamic vehicle was designed for peak performance. From the dished aerodynamic spoiler at the rear to the air intakes at the front, every detail was crafted with aerodynamics in mind.

The interior of the Mustang R.S.X. featured black leather upholstery with red leather accents, providing a sporty and luxurious feel. The car was transformed into a two-seater, which allowed for a larger luggage space and additional storage compartments.

Four halogen headlamps, direction indicators, impact absorbent bumpers, and sleek tail lamps completed the exterior look of the Ghia Mustang R.S.X. It was finished in a brilliant orange pearl metallic paint, standing out against the dark tinted glass and black plexi-glass door panels.

While the Mustang R.S.X. prioritized fuel conservation, Ghia also aimed to retain the Mustang's traditional personal and sporting appeal, ensuring that it remained a fun vehicle to drive. It was even designed to accommodate different engine options, like the 2.3 turbo engine or the V6 and V8 units.

Looking back, the Ghia Mustang R.S.X. remains a symbol of innovative design and forward-thinking engineering in the automotive industry. Though it may have been an experimental concept at the time, its impact on fuel efficiency and aerodynamic design still resonates with car enthusiasts and designers today.

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