Co-founders Jim and Mike Ring of Ringbrothers have created a machine that actually goes beyond the conventional muscle car. In fact, the 1972 AMC Javelin they aptly call ‘Defiant’ is easily one of the most extreme American muscle cars to have ever been made.
How’s that? Well, the ‘Jalop Gold’ Defiant, created in association with Prestone that was unveiled at the 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas creates a monstrous 1,063 horsepower from its Wegner Motorsports 6.2-liter Hemi Mopar Hellcat engine that is fitted with a Whipple 4.5-liter Supercharger and a Bowler automatic transmission that would forward the power to the wheels via a carbon fibre driveshaft.
To cope up with all the power and ensure that the car doesn’t go on a mad wheelie, Ringbrothers had to increase the wheelbase of the Javelin by moving the wheels forward by 6.5-inches. To match this new wheelbase provided by Detroit Speed, the Rings also had to move the wheel arches forward as well to match the new placement of the wheels and were made in carbon fibre.
Ringbrothers have also ensured that the Defiant is an overall muscle car that works in the real world. There is an improved rack and pinion steering installed courtesy of Detroit Speed, who have also provided the front sway bars while RideTech has provided the shocks. The Defiant rolls on HRE performance wheels that are wrapped by 285/30/20 front and massive 335/30/20 Michelin tyres at the back.
As far as muscle cars go, there is absolutely no end to the madness. That said, there is something really special about the builds that come out of Ringbrothers’ workshop. I guess it’s their ability to beautifully balance the combination of power, build quality, creature comforts and top-notch fit and finish that separates them from any other custom muscle car builder. Photos: Ringbrothers