The custom car takes all the great performance of the ATS-V and mixes it with the swoopy styling of yesteryear.
Many of the customized vehicles at the SEMA Show can start to look very similar after a while, but the guys at Ringbrothers always bring something extra special to the aftermarket showcase. The company’s custom 1948 Cadillac called Madam V is easily among the most impressive builds in Las Vegas this year because it isn’t really a vintage Caddy. Instead, the guys chopped up a pair of ATS-Vs and added carbon fiber bodywork that evoked classic lines. The result was this automotive masterpiece.
The most impressive mechanical element about Ringbrothers’ custom Cadillac is how stock it remains. Despite the retro styling, this beast still uses the ATS-V’s 3.6-liter biturbo V6 with 464 horsepower (346 kilowatts) and 445 pound-feet (601 Newton-meters) of torque. Like on the stock version, power routes through an eight-speed automatic. The Magnetic Ride Control suspension remains in place, too.
Ringbrothers hard work went into creating a custom body that would look vintage but still hold the modern components. For example, Madam V is about 14 inches longer than a stock ATS-V thanks to the custom ride’s stretched chassis. The front-end bodywork, including the hood and fenders, is mostly carbon fiber, but the company still incorporates touches from the donor car like evoking the shape of its mesh grille. The team also performs some neat tricks like refitting the modern tech from current Cadillac’s headlights and putting the parts into the new circular units on this car.
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Looking inside is where you can really see the close relationship with the ATS-V because Madam V looks like a Cadillac that’s fresh from the showroom. While the updates aren’t too obvious, the cabin features custom upholstery, door panels, and rear interior quarter panels. The stock infotainment system and airbags remain in place. It even still has OnStar.
Check out the gallery below for a better lock at this spectacular custom creation. Also keep an eye on Motor1 for additional photos of Ringbrothers’ other vehicles at SEMA this year, including a widebody 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible and 1969 Chevrolet Camaro restomod.
Source: Ringbrothers Via: Road & Track
Ringbrothers Madam V 1948 Cadillac Fastback ATS-V
RINGBROTHERS REVS UP FOR SEMA 2016
Award-winning custom car builder Ringbrothers™ is set to debut three exciting new builds at the 2016 SEMA Show, display its 900hp Winnebago “Happy Camper,” and preview a unique upcoming build with Prestone.
Spring Green, Wis. (September, 2016) – World renowned car builder Ringbrothers, based in the small town of Spring Green, Wisconsin, is preparing for its biggest year to date at the SEMA Show, bringing an eclectic collection of cars representing Chevrolet, Cadillac, Ford, and Winnebago. In addition to introducing the world to its three newest builds, Jim and Mike Ring will also be making a major announcement about their new partnership with Prestone Products Corporation.
The first Ringbrothers build that will be unveiled at the 2016 SEMA Show is one of the most daring projects the boys from Spring Green have ever undertaken. Built for Wes Rydell and his wife Vivian, the 1948 Cadillac Series V fastback named “Madam V” represents a monumental feat of engineering. Ringbrothers customized the 1948 Cadillac’s steel body and utilized two brand new 2016 ATS-V Cadillacs to create a one-of-a-kind Cadillac that melds vintage with modern. “Madam V” will be officially unveiled in the Flowmaster booth (#22351) in the Central Hall on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 11:20 a.m.
While the SEMA show is known as Camaro heaven, “G-Code” is only the second 1969 the Rings have ever built. Equipped with a Wegner Whipple supercharged LS3 under the hood, this Camaro is by far the fastest and most powerful Chevy the Rings have ever built. Mike and Jim took the familiar lines of the second generation Camaro and thoroughly reworked them. The Rings also installed an unforeseen amount of billet products on the car that make the ’69 stand apart from the rest. “G-Code” will be revealed in the Royal Purple booth (#23057) in the Central Hall on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
While Ringbrothers has built a stable full of fastback Mustangs, they had yet to take on a convertible – until now. The 1965 widebody Mustang convertible “Ballistic” is powered by a supercharged 5.8 liter Ford V8 engine that was taken from a late model GT500. The crew at Ringbrothers put countless hours on body work and finishing the car in the dazzling BASF Glasurit custom hue “Blu by U,” to make the car not only show ready, but equipped to rule the road. The Mustang will be making history, as it will be the first car to ever be unveiled in the Ringbrothers booth. The cover will be pulled off “Ballistic” in the Ringbrothers booth (#23283) on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
“The World’s Fastest Winnebago,” the 1972 “Happy Camper” Winnebago Brave will also make its first SEMA appearance this year. Hosted in the Prestone booth (#30327) in the Upper South Hall, the 900+ horsepower RV will be on display with its doors open for show goers to explore its tikki lounge and WWII Bomber-inspired, party-ready interior. Ringbrothers and Prestone will also be making a joint announcement in the Prestone booth during a press conference on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. The press conference will include a preview of one of the most unique build projects Ringbrothers has ever undertaken, which will debut at the 2017 SEMA Show.
“SEMA is such a big deal for us every year,” said Jim Ring. “We love having the chance to show the world all the hard work we put into these projects all year long and it’s great to see all of our friends and fans.” “We’re excited to debut these three new cars at the show,” Mike Ring added, “and we know everyone at the show will get a real kick out of the Winnebago. It’s going to be a great week.”
For more information on the Ringbrothers and its 2016 SEMA cars, stay tuned to its social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, don’t miss the Ringbrothers University video series, in which Mike and Jim Ring give step-by-step tutorials on how to do body work.