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Centerforce Honors Bill Hays, Unveils Mustang Villain

 Mustang Villain
Preceding a tribute to Bill Hays, founder of Hays Clutches, Centerforce unveiled the first turnkey supercar from Classic Recreations’ CR Supercars brand—the Mustang Villain.

By SEMA Editors

At a press conference November 4, Centerforce hosted a tribute for SEMA Hall of Fame inductee Bill Hays, founder of Hays Clutches, and the company that would become Midway Industries, the parent company of Centerforce. Hosted by Pat Wilson and Mike Hays, and featuring other family and close friends, such as Linda Vaughn and Tom McEwen, the tribute touched upon Hays’ history as a paratrooper during WWII, a firefighter during the pioneer years of California drag racing and into the early days of Hays Clutches. Hays’ clutch designs and innovations carried over into the patented technologies that laid the groundwork for Centerforce to become an industry-leading clutch manufacturer.

Preceding the Bill Hays Tribute, Centerforce unveiled the first turnkey supercar from Classic Recreations’ CR Supercars brand, the Mustang Villain—the first of two high-performance machines from the coachbuilder known for its award-winning Shelby continuation cars. Based off of the ’68 Ford Mustang Fastback, the Villain will be the ultimate fusion of modern performance and classic musclecar styling.

Powered by Ford’s 5.0L Coyote engine mated to a Tremec five-speed, the Mustang Villain promises to deliver a healthy helping of power. Suspension on the Villain is brought into the 21st century thanks to a complete overhaul from Detroit Speed Inc., while a massive set of 14-in. Wilwood Disc Brakes with six-piston calipers offer stopping capabilities on par with today’s high-performance supercars.

Visit Centerforce Clutches at the company's SEMA Show booth (#23813).