Over the summer, Larry Weiner of Performance West Group/GHF, the man behind the creation of today’s Hurst-branded vehicles offered a sneak peak at his first co-branded creation at the exclusive Television Motion Picture Car Club car show at CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California. Not only did the car’s striking looks catch our attention, but the performance it offered also inspired us to dig a little deeper.
It is the second brand in this Mustang’s moniker that delivers that 750 horsepower performance via its 3.2-liter, twin-screw supercharger. The Hurst-Kenne Bell R-code Mustang is a unique powerhouse that will only be built for 50 enthusiasts to enjoy.
In our line of work, we answer to a higher authority. Everything has to be 50-state street-legal.
While he relies on select outside vendors and suppliers to create these custom Mustangs, Larry naturally opts for parts from Hurst Shifters whenever possible.
“We obviously infuse the vehicle with as many Hurst products as we can to legitimize the use of the branding,” he said. “It’s not just, ‘Hey it’s got a Hurst shifter, so it’s a Hurst Mustang.’ No. That’s a Mustang with a Hurst shifter. This is so much more.”
In fact, even though many of these parts are available through Hurst and the other suppliers, quite a few of them are designed just for these vehicles and that’s the only way they are available for purchase.
Many of the parts we develop for these package programs you can’t buy. We won’t sell them.
Building limited-production vehicles with the Hurst name is a lot of responsibility, but it does allow Larry to really put a lot of effort into making these cars unique. You won’t see yourself coming down the road if you are driving one of these cars.
2017 Hurst R-Code Mustang
- Hurst Kenne Bell R-Code Mustang custom painted graphics
- Kenne Bell R-Code functional cool air hood
- Kenne Bell R-Code Mustang custom front fascia and splitter
- Kenne Bell R-Code Mustang custom upper and lower grilles
- Kenne Bell R-Code Mustang Daytona aero side splitters
- Kenne Bell R-Code Mustang Splitter mount vertical aero fins
- Kenne Bell R-Code Mustang Daytona rear diffuser
- Kenne Bell R-Code Mustang Daytona aero rear spoiler
- Kenne Bell R-Code Mustang stainless steel hood struts
- Hurst front fender emblems and Kenne Bell R-Code lettering
- Hurst Equipped badge on grille and trunk lid
- Hurst Chrome lettering on tail panel
- Chrome supercharged hood script
- Hurst embossed logo license plate
- Hurst Comp Plus shifter with reverse lockout
- Hurst Embroidered Logo Katzkin Tuscany Glove Soft leather w/ carbon wings and contrasting stitching
- Hurst Emblem embroidered on front and rear seat backs
- Hurst Kenne Bell R-Code Mustang serial number number dash plaque
- Hurst Shifter console label
- Hurst Kenne Bell R-Code Mustang door sill plates
- Kenne Bell- Supercharged start/stop button overlay
- Hurst embroidered logo plush carpet mats
- Kenne Bell 3.2-liter twin-screw liquid cooled supercharger: 750 horsepower, 50-state street legal w/ Mammoth 168mm throttle body and 4.5-inch cold air intake
- Hurst Stunner wheels in Anthracite or Black accent, 20×9-inch (front) and 20×10-inch (rear)
- Nitto Nt555 G2 high performance directional radial tires, 265/35-ZR20 (front) and 305/30-ZR20 (rear)
- Tire pressure safety sensors for all four wheels
- Hurst Lowering Springs in Gold Hammertone dinish
- Four-wheel alignment
- Hurst-logo polished stainless steel w/ quad exhaust tips
- Hurst Kenne Bell R-Code Mustang cerial number plaque on core support
- Hurst Kenne Bell R-Code Mustang registered in Hurst Kenne Bell R-Code Mustang Registry
- Personal letter of congratulations from Kenne Bell
- 8.5×11-inch certificate of authenticity suitable for framing
He isn’t kidding, as a lot of effort goes into customizing these vehicles, and Larry allows ample time for his build team to do the labor-intensive tasks like the supercharger upgrade and interior alterations. He doesn’t want to rush things and have quality suffer. He also goes to great lengths to ensure quality, including going the extra mile when necessary.
“Everything we do on the exterior is all paint. There is no vinyl. Even the Hurst emblem on the fender is all hand-painted…” Larry Weiner said. “There’s a lot of workmanship that goes into building one of these. I allow a full week to do the whole interior because I know how much work is involved. This is way more than just pulling on a couple of leather seat covers.”
To ensure all that hard work is easy to verify and difficult to copy, Larry went to great lengths to ensure the cars are properly numbered and easy to research in the registry he administers.
“Every dash plaque I do for every program has two numbers on it, not just one. One is the VIN of the vehicle assigned by Ford Motor Company,” he said. “The other one, in this case, is the Hurst-Kenne Bell R-code VIN, which is alphanumeric. You cannot fraud one of those dash plaques. It can’t be done. Why? Because that VIN is married to that car by Federal law.”
So it will be easy to verify you have a real Hurst-Kenne Bell Mustang even if you don’t configure it like this one. Larry is open to customizing the colors and options to a customers liking, so you could change the color combination and add some unique features and have an even rarer member of this elite group. Either way, the Hurst-Kenne Bell R-code is modern tip of the had to Ford and Hurst’s performance legacies.
“The response we’ve gotten tells me that I think we got this right. This is something demonstrably different. It has a unique personality,” Larry enthused. “If you want a Mustang that’s got a lot of horsepower and a lot of potential, but you want it to look like something special, this is a very interesting car.”