Get your fix at the Texas Speed Factory
"We want this to be a cool high-energy hangout for people and now that we have a restaurant, a bar and entertainment at eva, the car shows, the eye candy, it creates a lot of draw."
COO/Supply Chain Manager Thomas Horner and Principal & Chief Marketing Officer Bryan Stone in front of the custom-built body for the Diamond Edition Shelby Cobra. Photos by BRIAN ELLEDGE
FEW THINGS TURN HEADS like a late 1960s, mint condition Mustang rumbling at a stop light or screaming down the road.
The workers at the appropriately named Texas Speed Factory in Flower Mound spend years painstakingly recreating the Mustangs, not just to their former glory, but loaded with technology that didn’t exist when the car was originally produced.
From the naturally aspirated big-block V8 engine with over 800 horsepower to the carbon fiber body, these Mustangs routinely sell for more than $400,000 and are shipped to buyers all over the world. One Boss Mustang packs a 429 cubic-inch V8 that is “so intense the ground shakes when you start it,” said Bryan Stone, Chief Marketing Officer for Texas Speed Factory.
The majority of buyers are choosing carbon fiber, instead of steel bodies because it’s sleeker, more precise and lighter, making the car faster.
“The guys who work here have a passion for what they do. It’s very important to them, the craftsmanship, the artistry,” Bryan said.
If seeing fully restored Shelby Mustangs gives you whiplash, the Stone’s most ambitious project will stop you dead in your tracks.
The brothers are building ten Shelby Cobra Diamond Edition cars, each costing $1.2 million. The officially licensed 1965 Cobra celebrates Shelby’s 60th anniversary. Each non-street legal, two-seat racer is built from the ground up with 800 horsepower surrounded by a carbon fiber body so it’s lightweight, weighing only 2,200 pounds. To keep the car grounded, the engineers at Classic Recreations custom built the suspension so it can deliver power to the wheels without having the car fly off the ground.
“Everything you see is handmade. All the brackets, the wiring. Everything,” Bryan said.
Every tool, grinder, welder and paint sprayer in the nearly 100,000-square-foot facility is powered by CoServ electricity. After all, innovation and technology don’t just fuel businesses like the Texas Speed Factory, but also CoServ in our mission to continue providing safe and reliable electricity.