Archive for June, 2010

Steeda Police Program Mods Mustangs

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Lying just north of the Florida border, off I-75, the town of Valdosta, GA, celebrated its 150th Anniversary in January this year. More recently, the Valdosta Police Department celebrated the arrival of a pair of special Ford Mustang police cars.

Photo: Steeda Autosports

Aside from official livery and the usual police car equipment, local company Steeda Autosports further modified these cars. Steeda relocated a significant portion of their operations from Pompano Beach, FL, two years ago. Well known suppliers of performance and other parts for the Ford Mustang, Steeda is also active in the community.

These two cars are the pointy edge of a program that Steeda may expand nationally. According to Valdosta City Manager, Larry Hanson, the Steeda modifications focus on safety, improved braking and better gas mileage. As part of a test program, Hanson says, “We are trying this out. We are going to evaluate the performance of the vehicles and see if the modifications really do make a difference.”

Valdosta Police Chief Frank Simons says that the modifications are expected to save up to $30,000 over five or six years. The police department will also have six Crown Victoria patrol cars upgraded as well.

Steeda’s Georgia operations are set on campus of 35 acres and include a 100,000 sq. ft. design, engineering, manufacturing and support building. In addition, a 1.2-mile test track, skid pad, brake test area and dynamic road surface area were built to assist the development of the company’s performance products.

Modular Mustang Racing sent us a sneak peak of their latest twin-turbo modular engine that’s between the frame rails of a new Outlaw 2010 GT500 Mustang project. The Ventura, California based team plans to enter the car in PSCA Outlaw and NMRA Pro Outlaw class.

Photo Credit: Modular Mustang Racing

The engine’s foundation is a MMR prepped 5.4-liter “Monster Mod” short block with aluminum connecting rods and forged pistons. The cylinder heads are four-valve Ford GT 500 units with a MMR Stage 3R port job and turbo cams. Topping the motor is a custom-built sheet metal intake manifold with eight Bosch 160lb injectors fed fuel by a Weldon high-pressure fuel pump.

Modular Mustang Racing have been racing turbo charged Ford modular engines for years, so turbos were a natural choice for this new Outlaw project. They selected two Garrett ball bearing turbos and built a custom turbo kit around the front mounted units. To direct exhaust gasses to the massive turbos, MMR selected a Tial stainless exhaust housing. To cool the air, a Deeds Performance Air/Liquid intercooler lowers the temperature of the air charge in the intake.

The ignition system has been updated from coil on plug to MMR’s modular distributor drive system. Fuel and spark are controlled by a FAST engine management system.

With all that power and 200 mph speeds, MMR did extensive updates to the 2010 Mustang GT500 steel body including a 25.2 in-house chassis built by Mark Luton Race Cars. A Strange 9 inch rear end mated to a Rossler Turbo 400 transmission transfers power to the rear wheels.

Once completed, the team plans on hitting the PSCA races on the west coast and a trip east for some NMRA action is also in the works.

Ford Racing Performance Parts has recently released their new 4.6 Liter Aluminator short block. The new short block contains the stock, 9.8:1 compression ratio, making it available as a direct replacement for stock 3-valve 2005-2010 Mustang engines.

Official Release:

Part Name: 4.6 Liter Aluminator Short Bock; 9.8:1 Compression Ratio

Part Number: M-6009-A463V

Part Description: Ford Racing’s new 4.6-liter Aluminator short block addresses the late model Mustang enthusiasts need for stock compression ratio and forged components. By maintaining the stock 9.8:1 compression ratio, the M-6009-A463V short block can be used as a direct replacement for the factory 3-valve short block without any calibration changes.
For supercharged engine builds, the short block is a great foundation when combined with a Ford Racing 400 – 550 horsepower supercharger kit.


  • Fits 2005-2010 Mustang GT
  • Forged steel 8-bolt crankshaft
  • Forged steel Manley H-beam connecting rods
  • Forged aluminum Mahle 7cc dish 3-valve pistons (same as production 4.6 L 3-valve pistons)
  • Approximately 9.8:1 compression ratio when used with 50.3cc 3 valve heads
  • New oil pump
  • Uses M-6010-A46NA block without knock sensors
  • Built with all NEW PARTS
  • 8-bolt flywheel or flex plate required (not included)

Ford Racing Performance Parts
Phone: 800-367-3788

A late race crash between Joey Hand’s #97 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 and Billy Johnson’s #61 ROUSH Performance Products Ford Mustang GT put Johnson out of the lead and into fourth place with just three laps to go.

Matt Bell had placed the #6 Sunoco Chevrolet Camaro on the pole, breaking the track record in the process, and led the opening laps of the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio. Jack Roush Jr. started from fifth in the #61 ROUSH Performance Mustang GT. Roush made his way through the traffic and got past Bell on Lap 14.

Photos: Grand Am

“It was definitely a handful trying to keep Jack (Roush) behind me for awhile. Considering all those things with the Sunoco Camaro, Stevenson Motorsports did an awesome job giving us a competitive car, even though it had a bit of a handicap,” commented Bell.

A total of seven full course cautions slowed the race significantly. Both Roush and Johnson consistently recovered position after pit stops and would likely have grabbed the top podium spot, barring the late race incident. Race winners Spencer Pumpelly and Steve Bertheau were not handed a freebie, having moved up from 27th place at the start, in their #41 Sargent & Lundy Porsche 997.

“We hate to win that way,” Pumpelly said. “We’ve really gotten our program together. We’ve always been there, but you still need a little luck and we got there today.”

Photos: Wes Duenkel/Mustang Challenge

In Ford Racing Mustang Challenge action, Jason von Kluge of Ann Arbor, MI, lead the race from green flag to the checkers, taking his fourth race of the season. The 45-minute sprint saw von Kluge and Tony Buffomante leave the herd behind as they both appeared to have dialed in the right settings for the Mid-Ohio track. The nose-to-tail action continued through the entire race.

“Tony was right there the whole time, he never cut me a break,” said von Kluge. “I made a mistake early on in and power slid through the Keyhole and I was really worried about that. I just managed to hold him back. He pushed me right to the end.”

Buffomante and von Kluge are now separated by only five points in the Championship points race, leaving a 24 point gap back to the third place competitor, Pratt Cole.

“In the middle I just backed up a little bit to see if I could get a run on him and get by and save the tires a little bit, but I had nothing for him,” said Buffomante. “Out of the Keyhole, he was killing me. We just have to get the car better out of the short stuff. Classic Mid-Ohio. You catch them up in the back of the track and then get out of the Keyhole and it’s over again, so that was a frustrating race.”

Ben Crosland started from third and finished there in his #25 RP Motorsports Mustang. Both series takes a bit of a break until getting together again at New Jersey Motorsports Park, on July 17-18.

2011 Mustang GT 5.0L Custom Tuning Software
SCT has released our 2011 Mustang GT 5.0L Advantage III Custom Tuning software for SCT Custom Tuning Dealers. Using SCT’s Advantage III Custom Tuning software and one of SCT’s SF3 or X3 Performance Programmers, SCT Custom Tuning dealers can now custom tune the new 2011 Mustang 5.0L Automatic and 6 Speed Manual transmission vehicles!

2011 Steeda Sport Edition Mustang

Monday, June 21st, 2010

“Sport” Editions No Longer Have to Hang Their Heads
The 2011 Steeda Sport Edition 5.0L Mustang provides a distinctly different level of performance and at a price value that makes it an unbeatable deal in the performance vehicle market today. Priced at…

Back in April I posted about Adam’s LHD and RHD Supercharged Eleanors that were being built here in Australia. Well it’s been a few months and I have a nice update for you all. Last week Adam informed me that the LHD car was now on the road!
“I am planning to eventually pay for […]

Stainless Works has a new header design for the new 2011 Ford Mustang. The 304L stainless headers consist of 3/8″ laser cut flanges, and mandrel-bent 1-7/8″ header tubes which flow to a 3″ slip-fit collector. For more information, please read the release below:

Official Release:

Stainless Works headers are built from high quality 304L stainless steel. We use state of the art technology and years of experience in building exhaust systems to create the best products for your Mustang.

Our headers start off with 3/8″ laser cut flanges that are TIG welded to CNC mandrel bent 1-7/8″ primaries. This tubing is then welded to 3″ slip fit formed collectors w/ merge spikes for our final product. If you are looking for the best headers for your brand new Mustang, look no further than Stainless Works!

  • 304L stainless steel
  • available with leads & high flow cats
  • available with off-road lead pipes

Stainless Works
Phone: 800-878-3635

Just the sound of it is odd, a 2JZ-GTE Toyota power-plant in Ford’s iconic muscle car? It might be labeled a bastard child by just about every common definition of the phrase, but will running some respectable 8’s over the weekend at Famoso be good enough to keep the critics quiet? Whether that’s the case or not, it’s plenty enough to make us want to learn more about this unique ride.

Read more into Jeff Wilson and the Jaw’s Gear crew’s experience at the SCE Summer Nationals on Titan Motorsports Blog page.

Photos: Titan Motorsports Blog

The muscle car roots within a lot of us might start to cringe already, but Wilson told us not only was he tired of conventional blue oval setups becoming commonplace, he felt that a single turbo 2JZ engine would be the most reliable, toughest and cost-efficient over time, provided you don’t mind the ‘unique’ sound it emits. It looks just a wee bit obscure in that Stang’s engine bay, but we can’t argue that it seems to be working well. The event wasn’t an instant success by a longshot, as tuning and new chassis gremlins gave the team trouble all throughout pre-race testing and qualifying, but luckily they were able to just barely squeak into the field with a 9.63 at 145, which slid them into the last qualifying slot.

The Titan Motorsports sponsored pony was facing almost certain elimination first round going after the #1 qualifier, but to the team’s delight the other car redlit. After running a 9.159 in the second round to also flip on the win light, Jeff set himself up for an interesting final against Gary Brandt who was running consistent 8.7’s all evening. While Brandt came out on top, Jeff did manage to get down the 1/4 mile at 8.962 seconds, trapping 159 mph – a far cry from where they started the day. While Jeff, all the Jaw’s Gear guys and Titan would have loved to see a final round win, it’ll be marked up as some solid advancements that this team is in need of.

Rest assured this pony will be back hoping to improve on the already impressive times, planning to hit most of the WCHRA races, along with the PSCA Street Car Super Nat’s in November.

Since his first IHRA experience all the way back to 2004, Matt Maxsom has gained almost everything it takes to be at the top of his game every time he gets behind the wheel of the M&M Motorsports ‘89 Ford Mustang. After this ‘Stang got the powerplant she needed to be competitive, it was time for Matt to make an IHRA licensing pass at Grand Bend, which went off without a hitch – clicking the 1/4 mile off with a 8.65 at 156 mph while peddling to keep it straight. Starting off as a good day, things went haywire on their last run when the 400″ SBF kicked a rod out at the 1000′ mark, though they still got down with an 8.70, which was good enough to get the license.

Checkout for more news on the M&M Motorsports team.

Photos: M&M Motorsports

A week after the troubles, the motor was yanked and the culprit seems to be oil starvation that caused a spun bearing, which resulted in 1 broken connecting rod, 2 damaged pistons, a bent valve and a cracked crankshaft. While the pictures located here give us an idea of how nasty the damage is, Matt was astonished that the hole in the piston was caused by a connecting rod bolt, that they found embedded into the exhaust valve. It’ll be marked up as a heck of an expensive debut for M&M, but the new parts are on their way and Matt assures us that this team will be back out soon and on the hunt for some wins. As for the rest of the combo, Matt’s 400″ SBF runs with an F2 Procharger, MSD Ignition and a custom ground camshaft.

M&M’s other ride, a ‘70 Monte Carlo piloted by Kris Parker in the Semi Pro ranks also had a tough weekend, grenading the TH-400 transmission on just their second pass out. The target E/T the team is shooting for with the Monte is 7.50’s in the eighth mile. Here’s to hoping the team’s next event goes off a bit smoother.


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