If you're one of those guys who's always wondering why the Detroit automakers don't just pull the old tooling out of storage and re-create say, a Ford Mustang for the modern age, you might finally have an answer.
Just not from Ford.
The Equus Bass 770, while it has a rather clumsy name, is a stunning supercar which features absurd performance and $250,000 price tag, and it stormed out of the past during its unveiling at the 2014 Detroit North American International Auto Show.
A 'bespoke' car, the Bass770 is something slightly more than a faithful homage to the late 1960s Mustangs and Challengers you grew up coveting. Pronounced like the annoying, thumping speakers in your kid's car, the very name recalls the "Boss" moniker given to some performance Mustang models of yore.
The car itself is a brutish looking vehicle which harkens back to the classic era muscle car designs of the 1960s and 1970s.
The Bass 770 doesn't sacrifice power in the service of retro design. It boasts a 640-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 and weighs in at svelte 3,640-pounds.
Equus Automotive, Inc. spent six years working on the BASS770 project. The American automobile manufacturing company was formed in 2009 as a corporation in the State of Georgia, and the firm is currently based in Rochester Hills near Detroit, MI. The founder and President of EQUUS, Bassam Abdallah, formerly partnered with automaker Panoz.
The car's 'fastback' design has a carbon-fiber and aluminum body on an aluminum frame and is powered by a General Motors LS9 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine taken from the Chevrolet Corvette. With 605 lb ft torque and a rear-driven double clutch 6-speed transaxle, the Bass 770 can go from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 200 mph.
The production of the vehicle used an amalgam of processes including carbon fiber body work, but it's the 3D printing work by Solid Concepts, Inc. which makes it a leap forward. Not content to build a shift knob or buttons alone, the Bass 770 features an entire dashboard, along with a variety of other components, which were first developed using CAD software for 3D printing. Other aspects of the design were prototyped with 3D printing as well including the grille, instrument panel, various levers and handles and the headlight and tail light bezels.
Each of the 3D printed parts were fitted and evaluated, and then eventually used to create a mold for production.
Solid Concepts also provided 3D printed and cast urethane pieces for prototyping and pre-production on the Equus offering.
Not content to stop there, the designers went on to create HVAC ducting, glass trim panel fenders, console covers, seat belt covers and even some components used under the hood.