The machines and infrastructure it takes to successfully use those manufacturing methods have been around for a couple decades, but remain typically in the high-tech and OEM realm. They’ve been used to produce concept cars, but to our knowledge the Harbinger is the first muscle car to rely heavily upon them, and it’s definitely the first one available with these technologies on a production level. And according to Agent 47, it’s an on-going experiment. They plan to continue using this car, and Forecast3D’s machines, to develop and design more products for ’69-70 Mustangs, and earlier ones down the road.

Does that mean this machine was built by machines? Not at all. Computers aren’t artists or innovators, so just like any hot rod shop there was a highly talented crew, including Josh Tieman, Roger George, Lathe Sailor, Mike Winston, and Bryan Rogers handling the design work, fabrication, and wrenching. They just had some more advanced equipment on their side. The result is what may be the ultimate off-the-shelf, call-up-and-order-it, competition muscle car roller. You don’t have to take our word for it, though. Agent 47 has had numerous test sessions dialing in the suspension and driveline, and has so far run a 1:30 lap at Willow Springs. Check out the videos on PopularHotRodding.com and Agent47.com. Beyond that, there’s serious discussion about putting the Harbinger in the American Iron or American V-8 Supercar Series.

Traditional hot rod building isn’t going away, but we are getting a taste of what cutting-edge technology will bring to build better rods. If indeed this Harbinger car is an omen that portends of things to come in the hot rodding hobby, we’ve got high expectations for the future!

By The Numbers

1969 Mustang

Agent 47 • Carlsbad, CA

Engine

Type: 402ci Ford Windsor

Block: Dart aluminum

Oiling: custom pan with Aviaid dry-sump system

Rotating assembly: RPM 4340 forged crank, Oliver 6-inch rods, 10.7:1 Race Tech forged pistons

Cylinder heads: canted-valve Avenger XTC with 2.20 intake and 1.675 exhaust valves, custom CNC work by Ford Performance Solutions

Camshaft: Pacific Performance Products solid-roller with .637-inch lift, 258 degrees duration at .050

Valvetrain: T&D aluminum shaft-mount rockers

Induction: 830-cfm Holley carb on a modified Edelbrock 2938 intake

Exhaust: 4-inch stainless steel exhaust, custom 1.75-inch polished headers, single Spintech muffler by Richard’s Performance Muffler

Fuel system: Fuel Safe cell, Aeromotive pump, Jones Racing black nylon braided lines

Ignition: MSD billet distributor, Super Conductor wires, 6AL box

Cooling: Wizard radiator, Edelbrock pump, twin electric pusher fans

Output: 697 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque at the flywheel

Built by: Ford Performance Solutions, Anaheim, CA

Drivetrain

Transmission: Tremec T-56, D&D bellhousing, McLeod clutch and flywheel

Rearend: Speedway Engineering full floating 9-inch rearend with Torsen LSD diff and 31-spine axles

Chassis

Front suspension: Agent 47 Double A-arm with 400 lb-in Hypercoil springs on Agent 47-spec Penske single-adjustable shocks, custom 1.25-inch splined sway bar, modified Ford SN-95 Mustang spindles

Rear suspension: Agent 47 V-Link rear suspension with Panhard bar, 175 lb-in Hypercoil springs on Agent 47-spec Penske single-adjustable shocks

Brakes: 14- & 13-inch AP Racing with four-piston calipers

Wheels & Tires

Wheels: 18x11 Agent 47 by Forgeline

Tires: 305/35R18 and 335/35R18 Toyo RA1