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Bill Furling has a need for speed
By Kathleen Ostrander

Bill Furling III feeds his need for speed.

"I actually don't care what a car looks like. I don't care what brand it is. I just want it to go fast," he said with a smile. Furling and FC Customs make cars fast for a living, so it only would follow that he would have nice, fast cars.

By most standards, the Ford GT would be considered a fast car. Produced from 2004 to 2006, the GT was billed as the big brother of the Mustang, a sort of run- faster and jump-higher version.

A high-performance two-seater, the GT has a mid-mounted engine with a top governor-controlled speed of 212 mph.

Furling did a little tinkering, and his 2005 red Ford GT can do around 230 mph and is street legal. Note to law enforcement: Furling belongs to a special country club that includes race track privileges.

Factory options on the GT include dual racing stripes, painted brake calipers, McIntosh stereo with subwoofer and upgraded wheels. Painted brake calipers? "Well they look good and they actually stay cleaner then the unpainted," Furling said.

Furling's after-market options include ceramic-coated Ford racing long tube headers, a Borla muffler and Whipple supercharger.

The rear tires are a bit wider to compensate for the additional torque generated by higher speeds, Furling explained.

Ford GTs were in high demand when they were first unveiled. Furling said they were considered an attempt to compete with the Ferrari. The first private sale of the Ford GTs had a former Microsoft executive bidding more than $557,000 for a Midnight Blue Ford GT. The next week Jay Leno bought a red model at a private sale.

Furling races his GT at Sports Car Club of America events. "In the six times I've raced it, it has taken five firsts," he said.

FC Customs, 4534 Industrial Drive, specializes in performance work for late model GM and Ford V-8 equipped vehicles. If you want it supercharged, turbocharged and want to take it to the drag strip or the race track, FC Customs is where you want to be. The company has a striking yellow Mustang racer that will be hitting the track when the season starts.

FC Customs can build a one-of-a-kind race car, but one of their "one-of-a-kinds" was built for Furling's parents.

"My dad loves old cars but forgets what it is like to drive without air conditioning or power steering," Furling said. So they made him a car that looks like a vintage Mustang, but it's got all the bells and whistles of a modern Mustang - the best of new and vintage.

Take the best of a '66 Mustang convertible and the best of a 2000 Mustang GT - put them together and that's his parents's car.

It would turn heads because of the great paint job - red with tan rally stripes. But it has all these other nifty details - Carroll Shelby licensing emblems on the wheels, a Cobra GT 350 emblem on the trunk, an embossed running horse logo on the steering wheel, a stitched white running horse logo on the seats, electric door locks and a serious stereo system.

"It's a one-of-a-kind," Furling said proudly. It looks good and it goes fast - a perfect product of FC Customs.

On the Web: www.fccustoms.com

 

Story published Friday, May 1, 2009 ( Volume 4, Number 3 )

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