Archive for July, 2010

When Ford announced that their new 3.7 liter V6 engine would make 305 horsepower, everybody was pleasantly surprised. After enduring 17 years of the humdrum 4.0 liter V6 (with just 210 horsepower and 240 ft-lbs of torque) the base Mustang finally had an engine drivers could be proud of. It even made more horsepower than many previous generation V8’s.

Need proof? Check out this YouTube video of a Mustang V6 taking on a 2003 and 1993 Mustang GT at Dorchester Dragway. Just for fun, there is a Nissan Murano thrown in the mix.

We will say at first we were a bit skeptical of this video. The often-overused Drowning Pool anthem “Bodies” drowns out any engine sounds, so it isn’t possible to confirm these are in fact V8 cars. That said, we’re pretty sure we saw dual tailpipes on the first car in the Video, the 2003 Mustang GT. Unmodified, the 2003 GT makes 260 horsepower and 302 ft-lbs of torque. While it out-torques the 2011, the V6 reels the GT in towards the end of the race.

Next up, a Nissan Murano! It never stood a chance with a 4,100 pound curb weight and just 230 horsepower, but hey, nice effort.

The final race was against the 1993 Mustang GT. This was the pinnacle of the Fox-body 5.0; the last year, when everything was just right. While the ’93 GT has less horsepower (205) and less torque (275 ft-lbs), it is also lighter (2,834 pounds versus 3,410 pounds. So we’re surprised how slow the Mustang 5.0 looked next to the V6, which had consistent runs in the 9.3 second range (this was an 1/8th mile track). If you’re still on the fence about an older Mustang GT, or a 2011 V6, maybe this video will help make up your mind.

Jack RoushOSHKOSH, Wis.. (July 27, 2010) – Jack Roush, co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing and chairman of ROUSH® Enterprises, has been hospitalized following a plane crash at Wittman Regional Airport in OshKosh, Wis.  A witness said that during landing, one of the plane’s wings touched the grass which then caused the nose to come down and strike the ground.  The plane then tumbled tail over nose until it came to rest.

Mr. Roush’s secretary was the only other passenger on the Hawker Beechcraft Premier jet.  Mr. Roush walked away from the crash under his own power, after sustaining serious but non-life threatening injuries in the crash.  He was transported to a local hospital where attending physician Dr. Kevin Wasco stated that he was in serious but stable condition.

Roush, was coming to Oshkosh for the annual EAA AirVenture show.

This is the second crash since 2002 when Roush crashed another plane into a pond in Alabama.  Witnesses from that crash rescued him from the wreck.

The official Roush web sites will have more information and updates as they become available. They will be posted to and

Just a short note that it may be an extra amount of time between posts as I am currently on vacation. I hope to be back to normal scheduled posts in the next two weeks or so. Thanks for you patience.

Tim Matherly has been a fixture in the world of blue oval drag racing since the mid-1980’s. This mild mannered 44 year old has pedaled everything from a Pro 5.0 Mustang, big block Cougar Eliminators, juiced fox bodies, to his current NMRA Real Street ride; a blown 2-valve modular powered 2011 Mustang GT.

Written by: Scott Lovell

Tim seems to be one of those guys who have some sort of built-in rev limiter that controls all of his emotions. Do yourself a favor and walk up to him some time at an NMRA race. You would think that under the pressure of a race weekend that he would be operating in high gear. However, that is not the case. While always friendly, his natural demeanor is one that keeps him from ever being too excited or too depressed and he always seems to be running on an even keel. That is just how Tim is. He truly is one of those people who speaks softy and carries a big stick.

Tim makes a living by owning and operating MV Performance is located in Statham, GA. MVP specializes in all things Mustang related – from chassis fabrication and engine building to dyno tuning, and high performance parts sales. When Tim isn’t racing or working, which is rare, he spends time coaching his 9-year-old son Dawson’s little league team or with his daughter, Autumn, who is 3.

In case you didn’t notice, Tim is 44 years old. Those are human years, not dog years, and so during his time here on God’s green earth he’s had plenty of time to build relationships with a group of companies that are a virtual “Who’s Who” in the world of Ford drag racing. Tim has, and likely will continue to win championships.

Tim Matherly rocking his MV Performance attire

All that being said, we wanted to find out just what is rattling around in the head of the man who puts the “M” in MV Performance. In the past, we’ve seen wars erupt on Real Street internet message boards regarding rules and who’s car and combo has an unfair advantage. Rarely, if ever, does Tim partake. We figured you, like us, would want to know exactly what he thinks about the NMRA’s 9-second bumper dragging “shift-it-yourself” class otherwise known as Real Street.

Matherly is arguably Real Street’s most dominant racer ever. He has compiled championship seasons in 2004, 2007, and 2009. No other RS competitor has better statistics in terms of championships, race wins, and record setting performances. So take a seat, open your mind, and read about it here folks because you likely won’t ever be reading anything like this on a message board!

Stang TV: Tim, the NMRA’s Real Street class has long been called a “driver’s class.” However, a vast majority of all mustangs on the streets today are automatics. If you want to keep the “real” in Real Street, why shouldn’t AOD-type Ford automatic transmissions be allowed in the class?

Tim Matherly: One of the main reasons for me choosing Real Street was the fact that there were no automatics. It puts more responsibility, ability, or lack there of, in the drivers’ hands. I ran Pro 5.0 years ago and put an automatic in my car. The next year I parked it, it was no fun any more.

Stang TV: Along the same lines as the last question, what are your thoughts on allowing 4 valve engines, carbureted engines, and non intercooled turbo engines in to the class? After all, OEM fox and newer Mustangs have come with 4 valve motors, carbureted motors, and turbo motors, yet, never has an OEM Mustang come with a centrifugal supercharger.

Tim Matherly: I support anything that would increase the car count. I am apposed to intercooled entries because that gives an unfair advantage to the fuel we have to use. The answer to intercooled would be to allow good gas. Any combo is ok as long as the rules are equal.

Stang TV: Why did you choose the 2V 4.6-liter supercharged combo for your Real Street car versus any of the other power adder/engine combos available in the class?

Tim Matherly: When we decided to get back into racing we looked at what would be best for our business and what we were working with the most. I had fifteen 2V cars in our shop at the time so that was a no-brainer.

Stang TV: Why did you switch to a 2011 Mustang body when you’ve been so successful with your old car?

Tim Matherly: Times are changing so we had to make a change as well. I was talking with Jesse Kershaw from Ford about the BIW (body in white) program and he asked if I would be interested in one when available? I said “Where do I sign?” I then bounced the idea off a few of my sponsors and they said “We back you 100%, go for it.” 14 weeks later, we had the car at PRI show for Ford.

Stang TV: Speaking of your new car, you have also chosen to build a 3V supercharged combo. Do you feel that the 3V engine has advantages over the 2v? If so, what are they? What do you feel the ET potential of your new 3V combo is in Real Street assuming your new chassis works as well or better than your old chassis?

Tim Matherly: If you have noticed, I have been running my 2V combo in the new chassis. Now that we have a grip on the chassis I can focus on the 3V. I don’t have a good answer yet on any potential for it as it is going to be hard to beat my 2V combination. Needless to say I am not impressed with the 3V yet.

A common final round battle is usually found between Tim Matherly and Bruce Hemminger

Stang TV: We all know that competing in heads-up drag racing means you are constantly pushing your equipment to the edge and parts often break as a result. Back in 2008, you seemed to have been having a lot of engine related problems. Was it in the tuning of the engine or the engine components themselves? What have you learned since then to make your engines last?

Tim Matherly: I was trying to win a championship at all costs. Knowing where the limit is and stepping over it will bite you as it did me on several occasions in past years. I was racing too hard as a result we were hurting gaskets. It is easier just to swap an engine that head gaskets.

Stang TV: Somehow, some way, you seem to always be at or near the top of the qualifying list, even in “nitrous weather”. How are you able to do this?

Tim Matherly: Every point counts towards a championship and in the past I lost by a mere 10 points. That was the difference between qualifying 1st or 2nd and that was a mistake on my part so I try not to let that happen too often. Being a smart tuner has all to do with being competitive in this class, reading the track, the weather, and your opponent.

Stang TV: If you take a look at the other engine combos in the class, in your opinion, what is the ET potential of the pushrod blower combo and the pushrod nitrous combo this year? What about the nitrous mod combo?

Tim Matherly: I really don’t believe, in my opinion, that we have seen the true potential of the pushrod blower combo yet. ET-wise, I feel they can go high-30s in the right conditions. The nitrous pushrod can go mid-30s in the wrong conditions. Who knows the potential of the nitrous modular?

Stang TV: Of these 4 racers: Chris Tuten, Bruce Hemminger, Bryan Meyer, and Yourself, who would you least like to see in the opposite lane? Why?

Tim Matherly: I have respect for all our racers in the class. I have always been told in order to be the best you have to beat the best and I would consider those some of the best. Winning a championship proves that you were the best, or luckiest, or both.

Stang TV: Rumor has it that nitrous/pushrod stalwart, and past champion Bruce Hemminger is out to prove that you’ve been sandbagging and will be racing this season with a 2V Procharger combo under the hood at some point. That is pretty much the same engine combination that you’ve been running for the past several seasons winning those championships. If this turns out to be true, how fast do you think he will go?

Tim Matherly: I will answer this question with a quote from the “Famous In His Own Mind” Robin Lawrence: “The water is warm, come on in…” I know where we are in our program and I know what it is capable of. I sure wouldn’t try and switch to his combination and expect to be on top right out of the gate.

At the time of this writing, Tim was busy defending his 2009 Real Street championship status at the 10th Annual NMRA Ford Nationals in Atco, NJ. Tim tallied yet another race win and record setting performance by running as fast as 9.44 at 144 mph in what was a problem free weekend. The car was fast off the trailer and stayed that way. Not only that, but the two other MV Performance backed cars on the property that weekend also brought home the bucks in the Modular Muscle and Factory Stock classes. Not a bad weekend for Tim, wouldn’t you agree?

At this time, we at would like to thank Tim for his time in answering our questions. We tossed him one more opportunity to talk about anything he wanted. His response: “I need to put out a special thanks to my partner Shane for staying at the shop so I can race and to my wife for putting up with me for so many years of racing. She has been raising the kids and staying home alone so I can get that edge to beat Bruce…” Last but not least, Tim owes a great debt to his lovely wife, Lisa, who is his crew chief and has been by his side for all the highs and lows of his racing career.

Advanced FLOW engineering has announced their newest product, a Stage 2 Cold Air Intake for the 2010 4.6L Ford Mustang. The intake kit contains a one-piece powder-coated heat shield, a performance-engineered intake tube, and a Pro-5R air filter or Pro Dry S filter.

Official Release:

Advanced FLOW engineering (aFe Power), an industry leader in performance cold air
intakes, filters and exhaust systems is pleased to announce the release of their new Stage 2 cold air
intake for the 2010 Ford Mustang with the V8-4.6L part numbers 54-11782 and 51-11782.

aFe Stage 2 air intake systems feature a durable, one-piece 18-gauge powder coated heat shield that
blocks out engine heat and installs using factory-mounting locations. This system also includes a
performance engineered intake tube to maximize air velocity and improve horsepower, torque, and
throttle response. 54-11782 includes the patented Pro-5R air filter, which utilizes 5-layers of progressive
cotton media that produces excellent filtration and maximum flow. 51-11782 includes the brand new Pro
Dry S filter, which uses a progressive synthetic media, that requires no oil to recharge for maximum

In recent testing, part number 54-11782 outflows the factory intake by 47% and produced an astonishing 8hp and 4ft. lbs. of torque.

Part Number 51-11782 retails for around $344.40 and is available in stores now.
Part Number 54-11782 retails for around $351.75 and is available in stores now.

For more information on this or any other aFe product, please visit our website at or contact our Power Professionals at 1-951-493-7155.

  • For 2010 4.6L Ford Mustangs
  • One-piece powder-coated heat shield
  • Installs in factory mounting locations
  • Intake tube improves horsepower, torque, and throttle response
  • 5-layer cotton air filter and a Pro Dry S synthetic filter

Contact Information:

aFe Power
Phone: 951-493-7147

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Thursday, July 22nd, 2010


The Ford Racing Mustang Challenge, a professional racing series co-developed by Ford Racing and Miller Motorsports Park, will come to an end this season. Series officials have announced that the season ending event at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, is the last to be run.

Utilizing the Larry Miller-developed Ford Mustang FR500S and sanctioned by the Grand-Am Road Racing, the Mustang Challenge has been a support series to major professional road racing events across North America for the past three years.

“It is with mixed emotions that we announce the end of the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge,” offered Miller Group President Greg Miller. “On a personal level it has been fun and exhilarating for me to have been a part of this series from the time of the earliest discussions between Ford Racing and MMP.”

The Mustang Challenge series was first announced at the SEMA show in November, 2007, and launched at Road Atlanta in May, 2008, when Trans-Am Champion Dorsey Schroeder waved the first green flag for twenty spec Mustang cars. Built at the Auto Alliance assembly plant in Flat Rock, MI, the FR500S Mustang made Ford history being the first-ever production-built vehicle to go straight to the track.

“The Ford Racing Mustang Challenge has been an excellent partner for GRAND-AM, so we are naturally disappointed that 2010 will be the last season of operation for the series,” said David Spitzer, GRAND-AM Vice President of Competition. “Thank you to the Miller family, Ford, and the entire Miller Motorsports Park organization for what they have been able to accomplish since the inception of the Mustang Challenge.”

Two-season champion, Andrew Caddel was the only driver ever to be presented a trophy by the series visionary, Larry H. Miller. Miller, whose empire included dozens of car dealerships in the Rockies, Miller Motorsports Park and the Larry H. Miller Charities, died in February of last year. Since late 2008, the Mustang Challenge series has generated over $100,000 in support of the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.

Two events remain in the series. Next on the schedule is at Autobahn Raceway in Joliet, IL, followed by the series finale at Miller Motorsports Park. As part of the Ford Racing Championship Package, the series champion will in the season-opening GRAND-AM Sports Car Challenge at Daytona International Raceway, early in 2011.

Canton Racing Products has recently introduced their latest in Ford windage solutions. The Ford specialized windage trays are designed for 428 FE stock or aftermarket blocks with front or rear sump oil pans and 4.6 or 5.4L engines with stock or aftermarket oil pans.

Official Release:

We are happy to announce the release of*two windage trays for this summer. Please see our product releases below for more information on each new product.


428 FE Ford louvered windage tray for stock or aftermarket front or rear sump oil pans. Mounts between the oil pan and block and includes oil pan studs and nuts.


4.6/5.4 Ford louvered windage tray for stock or aftermarket oil pans. Mounts between the oil pan and block, includes oil pan studs and nuts. Note: When using with stock 4 valve mustang pickup, scraper on pickup must be removed for clearance.

  • FE windage tray for stock or aftermarket FE blocks with front or rear sump pans
  • 4.6/5.4L windage tray for stock or aftermarket oil pans
  • Both kits include oil pan studs and nuts

Contact Information:

Canton Racing Products
Phone: 203-481-9460

Ben TowleOn July 16, 2010 The Corral family lost one of its members to a tragic accident.  At approximately 8:15pm, Ben Towle known as purdueranger on the forums was working on his Cobra in the garage at his apartment complex.  While the car was in the air, it shifted and fell off the jack, landing on top of him.  A neighbor responded to his calls for help but was unable to get the car off of him in time to save him.

Ben was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ben Towles was born on June 25, 1983 and has been a member of The Corral since December 2003.  He was an active member of our mid-west forums and will be sorely missed.  Please keep his family and friends in your prayers.

SR71-1-377x283jpg It’s a collaboration that’s never happened before, a collaboration that will result in a one-of-a-kind 2011 Mustang that simply will be without equal. For the first time ever, Carroll Shelby and Jack Roush were on site to meet with Ford Motor Company to design, engineer and produce the SR-71, a vehicle inspired by the SR-71 “Blackbird,” the long-range reconnaissance USAF aircraft built by Lockheed Martin.

For the last three years, the Ford Motor Company has provided EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) with unique auction vehicles that have raised over one million dollars for EAA’s Young Eagles program. The Young Eagles Auction takes place each year at AirVenture, EAA’s annual air show and gathering. Ford Motor Company has been a proud supporter of EAA and Young Eagles for the past 15 years by providing various vehicles and donations each year to be raffled and auctioned off.


The SR-71 Mustang (S for Shelby, R for Roush) is being built at the ROUSH facility in Livonia, Michigan, with the participation and input of all parties involved. As inspiration, the Lockheed Martin SR-71 took it’s first flight in 1964, the first year the Ford Mustang was produced. The SR-71 “Blackbird” holds all official airspeed and altitude records and is the most technically advanced and unique aircraft ever produced. It was an aircraft loaded from end-to-end with features that, to this day, are still admired and copied.

The SR-71 Mustang will be packed with special and unique features as well, right down to the embroidered signatures of Jack Roush and Carroll Shelby in the exclusive racing seats. With Carroll Shelby’s history as an USAF flight instructor and Jack Roush as a well known P-51 Mustang pilot, the objective was to hand build a highly valued vehicle that would excite both enthusiasts and collectors alike. Also, the vehicle will be on display to generate enthusiasm and excitement for the 500,000 plus AirVenture attendees July, 26th through July 31st.

The auction for the SR-71 Mustang will take place on Thursday, July 29,th at 7:30 PM ( Central Time) at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

SR71-2-377x283jpg To participate in this once-in-a-lifetime auction, pre-qualify by contacting Matt Miller at 800-236-1025 or by July 26, 2010. Visit to learn more.

The SR-71 Mustang Vehicle Specifications:
o All-new aluminum block 5.0-lite Ti-VCT V8 engine with a 2.3-liter Whipple Twin Screw Supercharger with Ford Racing calibration and Roush intake
o Ford Racing Handling Pack
o Ford Racing tuned exhaust and tips
o SVT Track Pack wheels in custom paint (19-inch in front, 20-inch in rear)
o Glass roof with unique graphic treatment
o Unique non-production matte and silver exterior paint treatment with SR-71 cues
o Custom Recaro race seats featuring embroidered signatures of Jack Roush and Carroll Shelby
o Custom racing steering wheel
o Rear seat removed to accentuate cockpit environment
o Ford Racing performance gauge cluster
o Modified navigation screen and instrument cluster
o Roll cage
o Custom IP badging, sill plates and floor mats


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