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SpeedKore Barra'Cuda Concept
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SpeedKore and Abimelec Design recently released images of a rendering that shows off a car that would be awesome to see turned into reality, the Barra’Cuda. The premise for the idea was simple, take Ford’s Barra engine, place it in a 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda, reduce the weight, add some power, then send it around some corners to burn some rubber and swing out the back end. Though, of course, there’s always more to it than that.

SpeedKore Barra’Cuda: Early Details

The car’s body would be composed of SpeedKore prepreg carbon fiber with widened wheel wells to fit a set of meaty tires wrapped around a group of motorsport-inspired ROC-H wheels with a one-off SpeedKore livery by Abimelec Design. As for what lies under the hood, which is prominent within one of the images with the hood removed, is a 4.0-liter Ford Barra engine.

Us Americans may be unfamiliar with the Ford Barra engine, but the Australians certainly aren’t. This famously endearing, 24-valve SOHC inline-six turbo engine found itself in the late Ford Falcon muscle car, and Ford Territory body-on-frame SUV from 2002 to 2016, until the automaker pulled manufacturing out of the region. In its peak form, the Barra engine punched out 436 horsepower, and 425 lb-ft of torque.

The engine will feature a massive GT47/88 turbo and a custom intercooler. Additionally, it uses Motul300V from Motul USA for ultimate performance and protection. Finally, in true drift car fashion, the SpeedKore Barra’Cuda features a rear-mount radiator, a full Formula D spec cage, and a competition-focused interior awash with Alcantara accouterments.

SpeedKore Barra'Cuda Concept

So, why is an Australian Ford straight-six going to find itself into the engine bay of a classic Mopar? It’s all a big word play.

The third-gen Plymouth may have been referred to as the Barracuda when it was new in 1970. SpeedKore decided to play on the title, which Top Gear wonderfully explains. The regular Barracuda models were called, Barracudas; however, high-performance models were called ‘Cudas. There were a few V8s on offer in the cheaper, standard Barracuda, but if you went down to the cheap sets, you’d get a six-cylinder engine. So, by adding a turbocharged 4.0-liter straight six from Ford Australia – otherwise known as the Ford Barra engine – to what was initially referred to as the ‘Cuda, Speedkore created its pun. Thus, the apostrophe that separates ‘Cuda from the Barra within the name.

So what do you think? Should SpeedKore turn this vision into a reality? If so, what vehicles should this drift-focused Barra’Cuda go up against?

SpeedKore Barra'Cuda Concept

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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