Archive for September, 2009

Steeda Previews 2010 Q-Series Mustang

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
What sort of week would it be without yet another Mustang variant to write about? After all, the refreshed 2010 model has been on the market for months now, and most of the big names in Mustang-dom have already announced their plans or products. But one company has been suspiciously quiet until now – Steeda.

A press release (below) came through today announcing that the new Steeda Q-Series Mustang will debut at the 2009 SEMA show.


Photos courtesy of Steeda

The press release was short on details, but if history is any guide, the new Q-Series Mustangs will be champion performers. Steeda has always prided itself on exceptional performance in the twisties, with their previous generation Mustangs regularly putting over 1g on the track. Horsepower will surely be bumped, and it will likely be offered with either a turbo or supercharger.

Steeda has intentionally kept quiet about their car, taking it to test tracks far off the beaten path to avoid spy cameras. Lots of wind tunnel work has been done as well, to improve aerodynamics. One of the main gripes about the 2005+ Mustang was it shared the aerodynamic profile of a brick. However, as you can tell from these renderings, Steeda has opened up the grill (perfect fit for an intercooler). We will have to wait for SEMA to get the rest of the details. For now, it is enough that we can gawk and wonder what Steeda has in store this year.

Press Release

A few months ago we teased you with a disguised “sneak peak” of our latest high performance Mustang – now, in advance of its upcoming official debut in a few short weeks, we are pulling the wraps off and are releasing a much more revealing image of the newest, meanest, and best styled Steeda Mustang to ever rip the asphalt: The 2010 Steeda Q Mustang Series!

With an arresting exterior appearance, that includes an aggressive front air dam that incorporates ample cooling airflow while improving aerodynamic efficiency of the vehicle. This new Q-Series, the result of ongoing intense development and refinement, is guaranteed to continue Steeda Autosport’s traditions of winning both on and off the racetracks.

With hundreds of hours of Computer Aided Design work completed, and extensive computer and wind tunnel analysis completed, as well as vigorous road course testing done in secret to avoid the prying eyes of spy photographers, we are confident that we have evoked the next evolution of our halo performance series that is completely without compromise today.

The development of this vehicle series is yet another example how the entire Team at Steeda Autosports takes great pride in designing, engineering, and manufacturing our products with the single goal of providing our discerning customers with the highest quality, race proven and track tested vehicles/components available anywhere.

“Simply put – no other car has won more races and set more records in production based classes than the Steeda Q- Series of high performance Mustangs and I am confident that our 2010 version will carry on that same Steeda tradition,” commented Dario Orlando, the founder of Steeda Autosports. “In all of our Q-Series of high performance Mustangs, we never compromise or take shortcuts, our customers who demand maximum performance, bulletproof reliability, and class leading race honed styling wouldn’t have it any other way!”

This latest evolution of the limited production Q-Series Mustang series will have its official public debut at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 3, 2009. Follow future Press Releases for complete details about its official reveal – you will not want to miss it!

Update: Buy a Hurst/Mustang!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
Recently it was announced that Hurst Performance will be modifying a Mustang to pace the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge at Miller Motorsports Park, but now the cat is out of the bag – soon you will be able to buy your own 2010 BF Goodrich/Hurst Mustang Pace Car.

MustangBlog.com reports that only 50 Hurst cars will be built.


Photos courtesy of MustangBlog.com.

Starting with your basic Mustang GT or “Premium” GT convertible, these cars will feature the de rigueur Hurst gold trim with white racing stripes, Hurst logos, gold HURST T-handle shifter (natch!), HURST AIR-SPEED® rear deck spoiler, 20-inch Hurst polished forged aluminum wheels with BF Goodrich g-Force™ tires, Katzkin white leather interior, Magnaflow exhaust system, and Eibach suspension. The 4.6-liter V8 will be upgraded with a Roush supercharger, which shoots horsepower up from the stock 315 to 435.

According to the press release, “Each limited edition production car comes with a commemorative edition etched metal dash badge, autographed signatures from the Hurst Team in the trunk, and a Certificate of Authenticity confirming its collectibility and provenance. Every Hurst buyer is invited to take delivery at the Hurst Performance Center in Irvine, California to meet our team and tour the facility.” What else could you want? “Shifty Doctor” Doc Watson? Sorry, but that’s for the Hurst/Olds crowd, and that era is over.

If your interest is piqued, visit Hurst-Performance.com now, as they are available for purchase, with first deliveries to be made in October. MSRP for the HURST/Mustang Pace Car Series Convertibles is $36,450.00 above the cost of the base Mustang GT or Premium GT Convertible.

New Take Off S197 V6 Dual Exhaust Conversion

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
The V6 Mustang provides a way to own a pony car that gets better gas mileage and is cheaper on your wallet than the V8. Additionally, there are many who do not need an extremely powerful car, but still want that muscle car look. While the V6 Mustang can accommodate those individuals, they often end up with the highly muffled sound of an economy muscle car with the obvious lack of a second muffler. If you are looking for that increased grumble and look of a GT, New Take Off has a solution for you, and we are going to show you how it’s installed on an S197 Mustang.

The S197 V6 Mustang

The standard engine is a 60-degree 4.0-liter SOHC V-6. It replaces the 3.8-liter 90-degree pushrod engine in the 2004 model, and the 210-horsepower, 240 pound-feet engine gains 23 horsepower and 15 pound-feet. It is smoother and more compact, providing more power and torque. Although that may not seem like a lot, the S197 V6 produces about the same average horsepower as Fox Body Mustang, though its frame weighs about 400 pounds more.

Exiting from two separate three-cylinder banks, the exhaust makes its way independently through two catalytic converters, before being crammed through a single 2.5-inch pipe. The exhaust then goes down the right side of the car, up over the axle, and out through a single muffler. While the S197 V6 has only one muffler, it is based off the GT chassis that has provisions for a second.

The New Take Off / Pypes V6 Dual Exhaust

The NTO / Pypes exhaust is one of the least expensive stainless exhaust systems you will find. Since NTO deals with direct OEM parts, they opted to retain the stock GT mufflers in the kit, and they turned to Pypes, which designed an X-pipe and mid-pipes that conjoin the factory mufflers to the V6 catalytic converters. The exhaust is fully

stainless (including the mufflers), with 2.5” tubing all the way back, and the kit even includes the factory exhaust hangers for the driver’s side muffler mounting location. It is relatively easy to install, although it does require a slightly higher level of knowledge than a typical exhaust installation, because you must cut the factory Y-pipe off (which is welded to the catalytic converters), and cut the rear bumper to make way for the second muffler.

Features
• After Cat Stainless X-pipe 

• Stainless 2.5” Mid-pipes
• GT Takeoff Axle Back OEM Mufflers 

• Stainless Steel Tips

• All OEM Style Hangers

• Template for modifying rear bumper

Removal and Installation of the Exhaust

After getting the Mustang up on a lift or jack stands (and allowing it to cool), start by removing the muffler and mid-pipe. The muffler comes off with a C-clamp near the back side of the axle tube. Once the clamp is fully loosened, pry back the metal on the end of the sleeve on the muffler – this will make for an easier removal from the mid-pipe.

Next, remove the two bolts that hold the mid-pipe to the Y-pipe, and use a screwdriver to lift the lock off the sleeve, sliding it back, and remove the mid-pipe from the rear muffler. Once the mid-pipe is out of the way, slide the muffler off its two exhaust hangers, making sure to keep the clamp that holds the Y-pipe to the mid-pipe – you will reuse it later.

Since the stock Y-pipe is welded to the catalytic converter, you will need to cut it to make way for the Pypes X-pipe. We lined up the X-pipe to the Y-pipe (hanger to hanger), made a measurement of 7.5 inches for our cutting spot, and marked the position where we wanted the X-pipe to end up once slipped into the exhaust. The instructions say seven to eight inches, but if you are unsure, cut less and check the length. Once cut flat, use a file or deburring bit to clean up the pipe.

Once the stock exhaust was completely out of the way, we slid the C-bolt clamps (included in the kit) onto the X-pipe, and installed the X-pipe onto the cut portion of the exhaust. The Pypes X-pipe has a reducer on the end to make a tight fit onto the factory piping. Once the X-pipe is leveled, snug the clamps.


The Pypes mid-pipe fits in perfectly, reusing the stock exhaust coupler.

Reusing the stock exhaust coupler, we then moved to installing the passenger side mid-pipe over the rear axle. Snug the coupler to hold it in place, but keep it loose enough to adjust the pipe to the muffler. Slide the GT passenger side muffler onto the hangers, and use the clamp that is tack welded to the muffler tubing to secure the mid-pipe to the muffler. Spraying a little penetrating lube on the end of the mid-pipe will allow it to slide on more easily. The GT tips will stick out farther, and you will have a little room for adjustability. We slid the muffler back until it sat 3/4 the way back on the hanger. Once the passenger side is set up to your liking, tighten all of the clamps down.


Be very careful when cutting the rear bumper for the driver’s side muffler.

The one part of the installation that needs to be done correctly the first time is cutting the rear bumper. We used the supplied template to outline where we needed to cut, but we also verified other measurements on our own. We verified height by measuring the gap from the bumper body line above to the passenger side cut out, and also measured the distance from the license plate molding line to the center of the exhaust cut out. From there, we slowly cut the bumper with a cut-off wheel, and finished it off with a deburring bit to clean up the plastic bumper. In the end, the cut looked as if it had been done at the factory.

Depending on options and generation, some V6’s may come with the factory muffler hanger holes tapped. In our case, the slugs were there, but were untapped. You will need to use an 8×1.25mm tap in the 4-bolt hole slugs, two per muffler hanger. The bolts (included in the kit) will work perfectly with the supplied muffler hangers.

The remaining part of the installation is simple. Hook up the driver’s side mid-pipe and muffler in the same fashion as the passenger side, align everything, and tighten down all of the bolts.

Once we were finished, it was time to hear what she sounded like!

Sound and Driving Impressions

The first time the car was fired up on the rack, the sound difference was immediately noticeable. The quiet V6 had been transformed into a slightly tamer (but close) version of its V8 big brother. There is no rasp through the 4.6-liter mufflers, and we even got a few aggressive “grumbles” on acceleration. Driving around town is peaceful – the exhaust is obviously louder, but thanks to the OEM mufflers, it lacks the drone.

The V6 roars significantly louder under full throttle than stock, and it keeps a nice tone throughout the entire power band. While we netted a slight increase in power, the most noticeable difference was in the crisp tones. With a few basic tools and a couple of hours, we were able to change the look and sound of a tame S197 V6 into a snarling, GT-sounding Mustang.

Source:

New Take Off
Web: www.newtakeoff.com
Phone: (888) 240-0025

Gain Access to the SEMA Show This Fall FOR FREE!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
The SEMA show is the pinnacle of the automotive aftermarket. Combining crazy high horsepower builds, insane show cars and beautiful women, the SEMA show offers it all. The only problem for most, is that the show is closed to anyone who doesn’t work in the industry. However, SEMA has announced that they are going to grant a handful of lucky winners access to the show floor.

The selected group will be walking the show floor November 4th as part of a market research program that SEMA is conducting. Each person will walk the show, seeing the latest and greatest new products and car builds (and the ladies), for the purpose of sharing their views about what they see. They will then have the chance to return to the show the next day to browse as they see fit.

Spots are VERY limited and if you want to participate in this study, you must be able to attend the show November 4th and you must sign up NOW!


Sign up here
and be sure to visit www.sema.org for more information about the upcoming show.

Official Release:

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is looking for automotive enthusiasts to participate in a special enthusiast research program at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The program is free and you do not have to work in the specialty equipment industry to qualify.

Selected participants will get a chance to gain exclusive access to the industry’s biggest and best trade-only event. They will get the opportunity to visit vendors, see thousands of brand new products and the World’s coolest vehicle displays, all in one place.

Participants will then get the opportunity to share their opinions and insight on what they see as the hottest new parts, accessories and trends entering the market.

To be a part of this unique program, please fill out the application. You must be able to attend the show on Wednesday, November 4 for research purposes and you will have the opportunity to return to the show on Thursday, November 5. The number of participants selected for this program is limited so we encourage you to apply today.

Gain Access to the SEMA Show This Fall FOR FREE!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
The SEMA show is the pinnacle of the automotive aftermarket. Combining crazy high horsepower builds, insane show cars and beautiful women, the SEMA show offers it all. The only problem for most, is that the show is closed to anyone who doesn’t work in the industry. However, SEMA has announced that they are going to grant a handful of lucky winners access to the show floor.


Sign up here
and be sure to visit www.sema.org for more information about the upcoming show.

The selected group will be walking the show floor November 4th as part of a market research program that SEMA is conducting. Each person will walk the show, seeing the latest and greatest new products and car builds (and the ladies), for the purpose of sharing their views about what they see. They will then have the chance to return to the show the next day to browse as they see fit.

Spots are VERY limited and if you want to participate in this study, you must be able to attend the show November 4th and you must sign up NOW!

Official Release:

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is looking for automotive enthusiasts to participate in a special enthusiast research program at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The program is free and you do not have to work in the specialty equipment industry to qualify.

Selected participants will get a chance to gain exclusive access to the industry’s biggest and best trade-only event. They will get the opportunity to visit vendors, see thousands of brand new products and the World’s coolest vehicle displays, all in one place.

Participants will then get the opportunity to share their opinions and insight on what they see as the hottest new parts, accessories and trends entering the market.

To be a part of this unique program, please fill out the application. You must be able to attend the show on Wednesday, November 4 for research purposes and you will have the opportunity to return to the show on Thursday, November 5. The number of participants selected for this program is limited so we encourage you to apply today.

Most race cars that wind up on eBay have long since retired from the racing world. Most of the time they are sold as rolling chassis or incomplete cars, waiting for the next owner to finish the job – but not this car.

Found on eBay this week is the Rehagen Racing Mustang, which has been racing (and winning) since the 2008 season, and it still has one race to go!


Pictures: Mark Gearhart

The #59 car, driven by Dean Martin and Ken Wilden, is currently leading the Koni Challenge by eighteen points, with one race left to go. Obviously, the car won’t be sold until that last race happens at VIR on October 4th. The Rehagen car is built on an in-house RR500C chassis and powered by a 5.0 “CAMMER” engine from an FR500C. This 450 horsepower modular motor has helped power Ford through numerous manufacturer and racing championships.

The car originally cost $125,000 brand new, which explains the current price for this 2008 model. Backing the engine is a close-ratio T-56 six-speed transmission, 4.10:1 gears, and an upgraded ECU for racing. Koni two-way adjustable coilovers make up the suspension, and a 4” carbon fiber brake duct helps keep the pads cool on this built-racing car. This is as close to turn-key as a race car has ever been built, and it looks as though it will soon have another championship under its belt. I wonder if Rehagen isn’t upgrading to the 2010 model now?

Most race cars that wind up on eBay have long since retired from the racing world. Most of the time they are sold as rolling chassis or incomplete cars, waiting for the next owner to finish the job – but not this car.

Found on eBay this week is the Rehagen Racing Mustang, which has been racing (and winning) since the 2008 season, and it still has one race to go!


Pictures: Mark Gearhart

The #59 car, driven by Dean Martin and Ken Wilden, is currently leading the Koni Challenge by eighteen points, with one race left to go. Obviously, the car won’t be sold until that last race happens at VIR on October 4th. The Rehagen car is built on an in-house RR500C chassis and powered by a 5.0 “CAMMER” engine from an FR500C. This 450 horsepower modular motor has helped power Ford through numerous manufacturer and racing championships.

The car originally cost $125,000 brand new, which explains the current price for this 2008 model. Backing the engine is a close-ratio T-56 six-speed transmission, 4.10:1 gears, and an upgraded ECU for racing. Koni two-way adjustable coilovers make up the suspension, and a 4” carbon fiber brake duct helps keep the pads cool on this built-racing car. This is as close to turn-key as a race car has ever been built, and it looks as though it will soon have another championship under its belt. I wonder if Rehagen isn’t upgrading to the 2010 model now?

eBay Find Of The Day: “Warhorse” Mustang II

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
Individuality is a very important aspect of the automotive hobby, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The Mustang II holds the distinction of being the only muscle car whose front suspension is more desirable than the engine. However, the car that is currently up for auction on eBay is hardly recognizable as having ever been that loathsome mid-70s muscle car, as it has been transformed into a street legal stock car like machine.

It can be yours – provided the price is right – as it is now available on eBay.


Photos courtesy of y2kmaxv1.

The owner describes it as the “closest thing you will find to a late model stock car on the street” and he might not be exaggerating. The car is actually based on the frame of a late model stock car, with a custom-built body around it, including that wicked looking hood scoop and rear spoiler. The working headlights have been integrated into the body, and it comes with two ten-gallon aluminum gas tanks, a roll bar, and all the gauges (including a 160mph speedometer).

However, the engine isn’t in this car, as it’s being sold as a rolling chassis. It used to have a big block Chevy 482 and ran a best of 10.77 @ 132 mph, so this was certainly a serious racer, albeit funky looking. The car includes the dual exhaust system, as well as BBC headers, so it is actually very close to being a fully ready race car. One thing is for sure, you won’t see another car like this at any track across the country.

Sam Vincent Returns to SSO Action

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
Sam Vincent is one of the few Super Street Outlaw racers in the NMRA to be competitive using nitrous as his power adder. Weight was added to the nitrous cars, and many felt it was not warranted. Not happy with the added weight, Vincent sat out a few races, and at the Super Bowl race last year, he damaged some parts trying to keep up. As a result, he decided to try to step things up, and changed his combination to help him be competitive against the Procharged cars. The chassis and almost everything else is the same, with the exception of the induction upgrades that have taken much longer to complete than expected.

The Powerglide was upgraded with an ATI Supercase and a TCI aluminum pump. Vincent added some Brodix heads, with some special touches that can only be purchased through his company, Vincent Performance. The heads are topped off with a custom sheet metal tunnel ram intake, with two dominator carburetors sitting on top. Vincent has had to modify just about every piece, from the pistons on up, to get everything to work with the one inch lift camshaft. To top off the monster, there are three nitrous kits from Nitrous Express. Watch for Vincent at Bowling Green – if he doesn’t have any new combination troubles, the green coupe should fly.

A little while back, we reported that Vortech was working on developing a brand new twin-screw supercharger kit for the 2007-2009 Ford GT500s. The wait is over, as the kits are out of the design phase and are now being shipped out by Vortech.

These kits are shipping now. Check out www.vortechsuperchargers.com for more information, including pricing.

The Tuner Kit uses the VTS 3300 twin-screw supercharger that is capable of supporting 900+ horsepower when cranked to over 22 PSI of boost. Also included are a custom PCV adapter to keep your car legal, and an integrated 44.5 mm bypass valve assembly, which (according to Vortech) allows for an increase of compressor efficiency and temperature control. To mount the massive supercharger, the kit includes a cast aluminum air inlet manifold that is matched to the factory throttle body, as well as a billet aluminum adapter plate that makes the supercharger a bolt-on to the OE manifold.

We were really waiting to see how the kit performed on the car. It looked good on paper, but would it fall short on the dyno?

Our question was answered when Vortech took this very system, installed it on a GT500, and strapped it on the dyno to see what it would do. The car was loaded up with a conservative and streetable tune, and according to the video, that included keeping the stock redline. The tank was filled with racing fuel and the boost was turned up to 22 psi.

The results were 712 rwhp and 675 rwtq. Impressive, when you consider that the stock GT500 only makes 500 horsepower, with only about 450 of that making it to the rear wheels. Even though this was done with racing gas, an increase of almost 300 horsepower to the rear tires is nothing to be disappointed about.

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