Fenton, Mich.-based Webasto Product North America, a manufacturer of vehicle roof and comfort systems, announced that the student-built 2013 Ford Mustang GT unveiled at the company’s SEMA Show booth will begin a nationwide tour with the Tjin Edition RoadShow in January 2013.
Top aftermarket equipment brands partnered with students from Baker College of Flint (Mich.) – Center for Transportation Technology to develop the vehicle; the project was used as a classroom learning tool for students engaged in the college’s Auto Body and Automotive Service Technology curriculum, according to a press release from Baker College and Webasto.
“Bringing industry and academics together on initiatives like this is not only good corporate citizenship – it’s smart business,” Neil Tjin said. “The students of today will become the certified technicians and aftermarket artisans of tomorrow, and that ultimately benefits everyone involved.”
The 2013 Ford Mustang GT’s exterior modifications include a Webasto Hollandia 322L power sunroof, Roush body kit, Revelare Design cowl hood, 3dCarbon rear spoiler, iForged Legacy V2 wheels with Falken Azenis FK453 tires, and a custom grabber blue-and-midnight-gray paint job.
The interior features Katzkin leather seats and MRT Hi-Tech FX carbon fiber trim panels. Performance upgrades include a Paxton Novi 2200-SL supercharger, Pedders adjustable coil-over suspension system, and Baer six-piston front and rear brakes.
“We envisioned this initiative as an opportunity to showcase the skill and creativity of the automotive industry’s youth,” said Josh Lupu, marketing manager for Webasto North America. “The project has put top manufacturers in touch with the future of the industry and has energized everyone in the process.”
The Tjin Edition RoadShow will display the customized Mustang at select events; exposure from the tour will put the vehicle and the Baker College students’ craftsmanship in front of thousands of automotive aftermarket consumers and enthusiasts, the release stated.