While Elon Musk has been embraced by Silicon Valley as the hero of the auto industry, another green car innovator has been out of sight since the company that bears his name was bought by Chinese auto interests. That innovator is Henrik Fisker, who is hoping to make a triumphant return to the auto industry with the “ultimate” American muscle car, which is probably a 2015 Mustang.
Fisker released the first teaser of his new vehicle, one of two he is building with the help of SoCal’s Galpin Auto Sports. GAS as its known is part of Galpin Ford, which almost certainly means the car Fisker is working on wears a Blue Oval badge. And what super important sports car has Ford launched this year? Why none other than the 2015 Mustang, and while nobody has said as much, the nickname “Rocket” has been leaked out, and there’s talk that Fisker redesigned (and even re-bodied) the Mustang’s look from front to back. GAS also revealed a 725 horsepower Mustang earlier this month at the SEMA show, so I doubt the tuning house is ready to take a step backwards.
As for Henrik, designer of gorgeous vehicles like the Aston Martin DB9, the BMW Z4, and of course the Fisker Karma, he’s mostly laid low since being ousted from the automaker he founded. Unless GAS shoved an electric or hybrid drivetrain under the hood of his latest design, I’d say that the world class designer has given up on the green car game. That’s not to say he hasn’t been busy, revealing new Viking motorcycle design earlier this year, but his moment in the sun seems to have come and gone.
However, Henrik’s legacy may live on if Wanxiang’s ambitions to build a new electric car company out of the ashes of Fisker comes to fruition. That is of course if the Fisker name sticks around with the relaunch of the Karma. It must be an odd feeling knowing there’s a car company named after you, using your design, and you don’t have a damn thing to do with it anymore.
Can you imagine a world where Fisker, not Musk, was heralded as the savior of the electric car industry? Where a failed Tesla CEO was giving advice to a successful hybrid automaker?