10. S-197 Shelby GT Mustang
Debuted as a concept car in North American International Auto Show. Its platform was the D2C for the 2005 model year. Developed under the direction of Chief Engineer Hau Thai-Tang and exterior styling designer Sid Ramnarace, the fifth generation Mustang drew inspiration from the first-generation 1964-1970 Mustangs.
The design aesthetic of J Mays, Ford’s Senior Vice President of Design, has been described as “retro-futurism.” Generally, the fifth generation of Ford Mustang was entirely based on S-197 car. From the second half of 1999, design work commenced under Ford design chief, J Mays, and concluded in July 2002 with the design freeze.
There have been several variants of the fifth-generation Ford Mustang that include the Mustang GT/California Special, Shelby Mustang, Bullitt Mustang, and Boss 302 Mustang. In autocross, the S197 Shelby GT Mustang won the SCCA Pro Solo championship in the F-stock class from 2007 to 2009.