Tim Forrest’s 2005 Ford Mustang ‘Cobra’ Wins ‘Honorary’ Nod from SVT
It’s never fun to be “out of market” with a popular product — even if just for a little while. But that’s exactly what happened to the Ford SVT Mustang Cobra after the 2004 model year, when Ford moved Mustang to an all-new “S197” platform and a new assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. While SVT engineers took on the task of transforming that new platform into the basis for the next Mustang Cobra (eventually introduced in 2006 as a 2007 Shelby GT500 model), one longtime Mustang fan, Tim Forrest of Newport, NC, decided Ford needed to have at least one “Cobra” for the 2005 model year, and that he would build it. After modding his own ’05 Mustang with a supercharged 4.6L V-8 and a host of other performance upgrades, he added Mustang II Cobra II styling treatment and headed for the dragstrip, where he scored some notable Mustang magazine coverage. When he notified SVT about press coverage for his 2005 Cobra Tribute Car, SVT Marketing gave Tim’s car “Honorary 05 Cobra” recognition with its own 1-of-1 “special edition” Certificate.