Aaron Beck: Badass Defined

Plymouth Cuda

Plymouth Cuda – Aaron Beck

If you read yesterday’s hearse post, you’ll have seen the image of a rather mean, stretched and black Dodge Challenger. The rendering is by a talented individual called, Aaron Beck, a guy who obviously knows and understands what makes a car badass. His twisted and sinister vision is capable of possessing a collection of nuts and bolts with the kind of presence that gives Gargling Gas goose bumps.

Take the Plymouth Barracuda above, for example, a car I could see myself cruising along Nevada back roads in, body parts in the trunk, wads of cash on the passenger seat, the throb of V8 the perfect soundtrack as I headed towards the horizon.

Rocket Bunny Cuda (Nissan S13 front end) - Aaron Beck

Rocket Bunny Cuda (Nissan S13 front end) – Aaron Beck

If someone were to ask you to imagine what the love child of a 70s Cuda and an early 90s Nissan S13 would look like, you’d assume they’d left their medication in the cabinet that morning. Ask Aaron Beck and he’d answer, “It would like a Rocket Bunny drift car, of course.”

The lines all work, as does the front end, and as far as the usual LS V8 engine swap the drifters all go for today, leave the original Hemi in it and call it perfection.

Rat Cuda - Aaron Beck

Rat Cuda – Aaron Beck

The Rat look is a phenomenon that just keeps growing, its rusty insidious tendrils reaching out past the usual fare of American iron to German soil and the VWs and Bimmers. The Rat Cuda above is a rendering done for the up and coming Mad Max: Fury Road movie. This is another reason I feel Aaron is worthy of a post, the fact he is associated with one of my favourite road movies.

Mad Max Vehicle - Aaron Beck

Mad Max Vehicle – Aaron Beck

 

Aaron Beck's Kuda

Aaron Beck’s Kuda

From his renderings to reality, Aaron’s three dimensional ride is his Kuda pictured above. His eye for detail and talent make it extremely hard to tell what is 2D and what is real, but if you take a look at beckkustoms, you can witness the Kuda’s build and the labour of love that is the car’s interior.

So I doff my cap to you, Sir Aaron Beck, for your creations are sinister and the epitome of ‘badass’ – I’ll certainly be paying extra attention when I sit down and watch Mad Max: Fury Road.

 

 

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Aussie Muscle: 2012 Falcon GT

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Mad Max just got a whole lot madder. Any fans of GM’s Holden division look away now, as Ford of Australia has released the fastest Falcon GT to date.

The bitter rivalry between these two manufacturers has gone on for decades in Australia, and now the mighty 7-Liter, 500-horsepower Holden HSV W427 has a new contender; the FPV GT RSpec Ford Falcon.

Primarily known worldwide as the ‘Interceptor’ in the Mad Max movies, Ford has stepped up to the mark with its mean 2012 Falcon GT.

Despite its engine being two liters smaller than the gargantuan Holden plant, at 5.0L, it pumps out a massive 449hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The V8 Coyote engine and FPV (Ford Performance Vehicles) supercharger combined with a unique-to-Australia exhaust system creates what FPV call the “Miami.” So whilst the Miami offers the same power output as the Coyote, the suspension benefits from returned dampers, a larger rear anti-sway bar and higher spring rates, all designed to help this monster turn in better. The front also sees upgrades such as stiffer upper control arm bushes and strut mounts for enhanced wheel control.

The reason this particular Falcon GT is the fastest at accelerating is because its rear tires are 1.2” wider, ensuring the massive power and torque can be transferred to the ground more efficiently. The previous models were constantly criticised for not having sufficient ‘boots’. Perhaps giving the RSpec its biggest advantage under acceleration is its launch control, knocking a half second off the stock GT’s 0-60mph time of 4.9 seconds. Unlike most cars fitted with launch control, the Falcon’s system is automatically enabled on start-up. No complicated turning of dials and flicking a series of switches at the red light.

So, whilst The Ford GT lacks 50hp over the Holden, it’s new suspension setup and electronic wizardry will make it one hard contender to defeat when the road turns twisty.

At around $76,000 in Australian dollars, you’ll still need to find a decent car loan company however this magnificent machine is nearly half the price of the AUD $150,000 Holden – considering the performance stats favor the Holden, I don’t think its price justifies it. In bang for-your-buck, I’d side with Mad Max and take the Ford Falcon GT any day.