When most people think of Maaco, a few words come to mind… accident, insurance, two-hundred dollar paint jobs, etc. Tony Martino, Maaco’s founder and CEO, wants to change that – and he’s off to a good start with their Medusa Mustang.
Beginning with a stock 2006 Mustang GT, Maaco solicited help from Bolt-Onz Luxury and Performance Specialties in Abington, Pennsylvania to handle the performance modifications. This slick ride lays down an impressive 550 horsepower delievered via a twin-screw style supercharger borrowed from the S281 Saleen. Power is delivered to the ground via a 6 speed manual transmission and chrome 20″ Saleen wheels.
Saleen stuff, in fact, is the trend here and Maaco takes it to the Extreme – with a full S281E body kit, brakes, even seats. A few custom touches were performed also, including gull-wing doors that close on the factory hinges. An air ride suspension helps to achieve the perfect ride height for showing off this beauty.
In the electronics department, the Medusa is fitted with everything from dual onboard computers running Windows XP with bluetooth technology powering the in visor keyboards. An in dash touch screen stereo with a navigation system tunes the digital sorround system and controls the air ride suspension. Keeping with the go-fast theme, the car even has high speed wireless internet.
When it’s all said and done though, it’s the paint that really makes this Modded Mustang stand out. The Medusa was sprayed with a medium-dark shade of DuPont’s color-shifting ChromaLusion paint – a paint that reveals different colors and shades when viewed from different angles. The base paint is complemented by a lighter ChromaLusion shade that comprises accent stripes along the sides of the car. The visual effect of the contrasting ChromaLusion shades is dramatic and provides tremendous visual depth to the ponycar’s appearance.
“When people see the Maaco Medusa, they will immediately understand the skill and attention to detail that went into the bodywork and paint work – and it will change their thinking about the capability of Maaco’s services” Martino says. ”This project was carried out by Maaco technicians who handle the dents and scrapes of everyday cars the paintwork on the Maaco Medusa represents the capability and experience fostered at Maaco shops across North America.”
For more information straight from the source – including photos, wallpaper, and the official press release – visit the Maaco website. The Medusa was made it’s debut in June 2006 at the All Ford Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and is expected to be shown at Maaco’s booth during this year’s SEMA show.