What Does Microsoft And This 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback Have In Common?

1967 Ford Mustang

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Name: 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback

Year(s) Produced: 1966-1967

Number Built: 53,651

Class: Muscle Car

Body Type: 2-door standard fastback

Engine: 200cid 6cyl 1V 120hp

Power: 120hp @ 4400 RPM

0-60mph: 5.7 seconds

Top Speed: 98 mph

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Length/width/height: 183.6 in/70.9 in/51.8 in

Wheelbase: 108 in.

Base Price: US$2,592 (NADA)

Current Value: US$30,200 (Hagerty)

West Coast Customs has been a name synonymous with wild and whacky restomod creations for the likes of Justin Bieber and Will.i.am. From MTV’s ‘Pimp My Ride’ to Discovery Channel’s ‘Velocity Network’, WCC has set a trend of combining the best of both worlds: the cool appeal of the classic, and the hip and savvy tech of the modern.

In April of 2012, WCC embarked on another ambitious task and this time, they have teamed up with Microsoft to pull this out. Dubbed as Project Detroit under the software company’s banner, the folks at WCC aimed to create a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback outfitted with the latest in Microsoft technology.

“Against the odds, and perhaps against our better judgment in terms of sleeping hours, we set out to see what was possible when you combine some of the world’s most innovative technology, the latest in cloud connectivity and raw American auto muscle,” said Microsoft’s Jeff Sandquist. “What would it look like if you could take Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Xbox, Kinect, Bing – you name it – and put it all together into one iconic car?”

The crew began with a 2012 Mustang and then retrofitted it with a 1967 Mustang fastback replica body. From there, they added all kinds of toys that the average Mustang never have: heads-up displays with augmented reality in the windshield, two Kinects (one on the front and one in the rear) for tracking and live streaming video feeds, built-in 4G, an Xbox 360 console (for gaming definitely), touchscreen dashboard displays, and a rear windshield that serves as a customizable display that can play video, show images, and display messages. All of this is synced together with Windows Azure in the cloud and Windows Phone applications to control things. Microsoft guaranteed that their Project Detroit or “Micro-Stang” as nicknamed by WCC, includes “cutting-edge technology, never before used in automotive applications.”

“We are so incredibly proud of this car, but we’re even more proud of what it represents – ingenuity, creativity and some great demonstrations of Microsoft technologies in cool applied scenarios,” said Sandquist. “Get excited, download the code and create your own device powered by hardware and software.”

Check out the specs of the classic 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback mentioned at the beginning of this article. With all the high tech fanfare, nothing beats the subtle hums of these wild horses.

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