From start to finish
The Cypress Mustang Project has been a labor of love for CEO Hassane El-Khoury for more than a decade, with teams in San Jose and Munich working on the electronics, a group in Wisconsin doing body work, and El-Khoury, himself, working on design engineering at every free moment that he gets.
Click through this timeline to see how this project got started, and what it has taken to manage multiple parts of the project simultaneously. Also see how the car reached “road-ready” status by January 2019.
Hassane purchases 1969 Mustang from a student in Seattle and begins working on it.
After about a month, Hassane gets the engine started.
Mustang gets a fresh coat of black paint, covering years of moss and deterioration.
Hassane meets with John Balow, the founder of Muscle Car Restorations, a Wisconsin-based company that specializes in restoring American muscle cars, and hires them to complete the Mustang project.
Hassane's Mustang ships to Wisconsin and the project shifts into high gear.
3D dashboard designs sent to printer for incorporating into car.
Exterior body work completed.
New Supercharged Coyote Engine installed
"Name the Mustang" contest results in Hassane's car getting the name "Manticore."
Car completed and delivered to Hassane.
Car to be displayed at CES in Las Vegas.
Loaded With Cypress Technology
Powers the instrument clusters.
Enables touch-sensitive screen displays
RSDB™ Wi-Fi w/ Bluetooth
Enables simultaneous, high - bandwidth Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
Enables touch-sensitive control panel
Programmable microcontroller with on-board Wi-Fi
Excelon™ F-RAM and Semper™ Flash Memories
Used for fail-safe data storage and data logging
How Does Manticore Compare to Bullitt?
with red accents
Coyote crate engine
wide rear tires
Key Players Involved
San Jose Team
Led by Hassane, and responsible for designing the touch interface and controls inside the car
Working with OEMs to design and test Cypress technology in the car.
Muscle Car Restorations team, led by John Balow and Ben Peotter, put the pieces together and managed the project timeline.
Worked out the software bugs and helped with interface design.