VDS GT 001-R

Raphaël van der Straten has been racing for the family team, VDS Racing Adventures. Since 2000 he has raced everything from a Renault Clio to a BMW M5. But now the Belgain race team is getting ready to build its own unique car to compete in GT2 races.

Not only is VDS introducing the GT 001-R (pictured above) for racing duties, it also building a small number of the car for street use to be called the GT 001. The GT 001-R will debut at the 24 Hours of Dubai race while 22 examples of the street-legal GT 001 will be built for the team to sell.

Since 2008, VDS has raced various Ford Mustangs including the FR500C. This is reflected in styling of the GT 001 and GT 001-R which have been influenced by the Mustang. The nose features strong influences from the late first-generation Mustang with the headlights of a 2013 Mustang while the rear of the car has taillights from the 2005-2009 Mustang.

The rest of the car uses the same lightweight chassis and powerful drivetrain as the Gillet Vertigo .5 Spirit. Translating to 480-horsepower 4.2-liter from a Maserati V8 paired with a six-speed sequential transmission.

Source: VDS Press

Gallery: VDS GT 001-R