Henrik Fisker is back with a souped up Mustang

Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:11pm EST
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By Nichola Groom

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A year after the government-backed electric car company bearing his name filed for bankruptcy, Henrik Fisker is back.

The Danish designer on Thursday will unveil a souped up Ford Mustang to be sold in limited numbers by Galpin Auto Sports, a Southern California car dealership that specializes in customizing vehicles.

The carbon fiber-bodied "super Mustang" will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show just three months after Fisker approached Galpin President Beau Boeckmann with sketches for the vehicle, which they have dubbed "Rocket."

The debut marks a sort of revival for Fisker, who resigned as chief executive of Fisker Automotive in March of 2013 after clashing with the board of directors over strategy. He has since stayed out of the limelight.

Fisker Automotive, known for its more than $100,000 Karma plug-in hybrid sports car, filed for bankruptcy on Nov. 22 of last year after raising $1.4 billion in private and public funds. The company was founded in August 2007 with the goal of building a beautiful, "green" car that could rival exclusive European brands like Maserati and Aston Martin.

Fisker made a name for himself as the designer of sexy cars like the BMW Z8 and as design director for Aston Martin before co-founding his namesake company.

Despite lofty ambitions, Fisker Automotive delivered less than 2,000 Karmas before running out of cash.

Fisker Automotive was bought out of bankruptcy by Chinese auto parts maker Wanxiang Group, which is working to relaunch the Karma.   Continued...

Fisker Automotive founder Henrik Fisker testifies at a hearing held by the House Oversight and Government Reform committee on the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) decision to grant Fisker Automotive a $529 million loan in 2009 on Capitol Hill in Washington April 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque