The Scythe is a unique rolling technology and performance showcase that’s sure to be one of the most talked-about vehicles of the Las Vegas show in November. GAS is best known as the official shop for MTV’s Pimp My Ride.
The custom-car builders at Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) of Van Nuys, California, have unveiled their latest creation in a pre-SEMA event. The Scythe is a unique rolling technology and performance showcase that’s sure to be one of the most talked-about vehicles of the Las Vegas show in November. GAS is best known as the official shop for MTV’s Pimp My Ride.
It’s fitting that GAS also unveiled the classic Orbitron show car created by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth at the same celebrity-packed event, because the Scythe is definitely a modern interpretation of Roth’s old-school “kustom kar kulture.” Scythe began life as a 2008 Ford Mustang GT convertible, but every body panel was stripped off and an all-new body sculpted by Ed “Newt” Newton. The new body, molded in fiberglass, features a wraparound glass cockpit, custom headlights and taillights, an exposed engine and reverse opening vertical doors.
The powerplant poking through the hood is a 1005 horsepower 5.0 liter V8. This racing engine was hand-built by GAS, and features twin superchargers, custom-ported 24-valve SOHC cylinder heads, performance cams and a custom intake manifold. Wilwood 16.5-inch brake rotors with six-piston calipers ensure that the Scythe can stop, and the Air Ride Technologies suspension is connected to a CPU that continuously adjusts the ride height to ensure great handling.
The fiberglass body and big mill might be old-school, but the Scythe has its front wheels planted firmly in the twenty-first century. The cockpit features a retractable motorized steering wheel so the car can be configured to left- or right-hand drive, and there are as many computers onboard as in some aircraft. An onboard Shuttle XPC computer controls all vehicle functions as well as infotainment systems, and is controlled entirely by voice commands. The Scythe can connect digitally to a 3G network and provide weather, news and other concierge information. A voice-activated, iPod compatible surround-sound system can select music by artist, song or music genre. The Scythe even features hidden exterior cameras that can be monitored remotely by cell phone or Internet.
The Scythe will be shown at SEMA November 4-7.