Muscle Evolved: Moding a Mustang GT

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

 We’ll be the first to tell you that the Ford Mustang is a fantastic car on the street. It’s got tons of power and handles well without compromising a comfortable ride. But take the Mustang to your local track, though, and a few weaknesses crop up.

 The guys over at Big Muscle are able to tell you this full hand, as they brought their 2013 Mustang GT out to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for a track day put on by Hooked on Driving. In stock formation, their Mustang exhibited nose dive, understeer and a twitchy rear end.

 The solution? Big Muscle handed over their Mustang to Filip Trojanek of Cortex Racing who fitted their adjustable coilover suspension with lowering springs, torque arm and watts-link system along with changing the overall geometry of the suspension system. The result is a car that can handle street and track driving equally well.

2015 Mustang supercharger system

  Ford won’t start delivering 2015 Mustangs until later summer, but that doesn’t mean the aftermarket isn’t already hard at work developing new parts for the car. Whipple is one of the companies getting a head start, and has previewed what will likely be a very popular upgrade for 2015 Mustang owners – a supercharger system boasting 700 horsepower from the 5.0-liter V8.
Most notable in the new design is the front entry air inlet, which Whipple says “significantly outflows the older style rear feed based superchargers. The CAD renderings released by the company also confirm our guess that Whipple will no longer be supplying Ford Racing with their supercharger system.
In addition to the new design the 2015 Mustang supercharger will also be using Whipple’s 2.9-liter W175ax system (previously the 2.3-liter unit was used), a 15 percent larger bar-plate intercooler, a larger intercooler reservoir and a massive 170mm oval inlet. A 6-rib belt system will be standard, while a 10-rib system will be optional. Both complete kits and tuner kits will be available.
Whipple 2015 Mustang Supercharger System Features:

  • An estimated 700HP with 91-octane fuel
  • -No other upgrades required, just massive power right out of the box, more HP per PSI than any other system
  • Front entry W175ax (2.9 liters) Whipple twin-screw supercharger that significantly outperforms competitions 1.9L and 2.3L roots-type systems
  • 26% more displacement then Eaton 2.3L supercharger
  • Integrated Crusher™ 170mm oval inlet
  • Massive air-to-water aluminum bar-plate intercooler with 15% more square area then previous generation
  • Massive aluminum intercooler reservoir holds more than double the IC water then previous generation
  • Whipple Superchargers massive oversized intercooled air-bypass system for industry leading reduction of burst knock and incredible fuel economy
  • Self-contained oversized oil system for dramatically reduced oil temps in even the most demanding conditions
  • One-turn turn inlet allows for decreased induction losses when compared to rear inlet systems and 180deg bends
  • Center discharge port for better cylinder to cylinder distribution then other twin-screws with cobbled together billet adapters and forward facing discharge
  • Discharge down design allows for less pressure loss which gives more power at lower boost levels
  • Top mount design allows for cooler operation then upside down SC’s that conduct heat from engine and are trapped by runners and covers, causing hotter manifold temps and less power per pound of boost
  • More boost at the “hit” than any other twin-screw
  • Flat torque curve for incredible acceleration
  • Oversized heat exchanger for incredible intercooler water temps
  • 65lb/hr high flow fuel injectors included
  • Proven 6-rib belt system with adjustable idler system for easy belt changes and multiple pulley configurations
  • Optional race 10-rib belt system
  • Stainless steel jack-shaft with unique plastic cover (or optional carbon fiber) for increased safety
  • OEM quick connect fittings for easy installation, no ugly brass or steel fittings on the SC
  • Complete kits, Tuner kits and Hot Rod kits are available
  • Available in wrinkle black, polish or any custom color
  • Easily upgradeable with big cold air intakes and bigger throttle bodies
  • Optional 5-year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty

2014 Roush Stage 3 Mustang

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
2014 Roush Stage 3 Mustang

 TUNED, the Drive Network’s web show for modified cars, has released their latest video featuring the 2014 Roush Stage 3 Mustang. If the car looks familiar, that’s because it’s the exact same one we drove on Southern California’s Highway 74 back in July. It looks like Matt Farah, TUNED’s host, had just as much fun in the Roush as he added more than 1,000 miles to the odometer tearing up and down the California coast.

 For the most part Farah has the same feelings about the Stage 3 Mustang as we do. It’s the best of both the Shelby GT500 and Boss 302 combined into one car, all with the fit and finish of an OEM and backed with a full warranty. Interestingly, he had the same main gripe about the Roush as well – the seats. The factory Recaros are a much better alternative while also being less expensive than Roush’s interior upgrade.

Muscle Design 2014 Ford Mustang GT

Monday, November 18th, 2013
Muscle Design 2014 Ford Mustang

 The super clean 2014 Mustang GT you see here is one of AmericanMuscle.com’s many project cars, built specifically to show off their line of Modular Muscle Design parts at SEMA. The online retailer has been showing the build-up of the project on their web site over the last couple weeks, and the finished product made its debut in Las Vegas in the Forgestar booth.

Essentially a rolling parts MMD parts catalog, this 2014 Mustang features the line’s headlight splitters, Boss-style fog light deletes, hood scoop, retro mirrors, side scoops, GT350-style window covers, satellite antenna cover, ducktail spoiler and taillight trim. AmericanMuscle.com also fitted a matte black roof decal, a set of Forgestar F14 20-inch wheels wrapped with Nitto Invo tires, and an Air Lift suspension kit to complete the look. In the third and final stage the web site also fitted a Vortech supercharger system with JLT intake, a Snow Performance Stage 3 Boost Cooler and a Ford Racing h-pipe and side exhaust kit before shipping the car out to SEMA.

Muscle Design 2014 Ford Mustang

Muscle Design 2014 Ford Mustang

Muscle Design 2014 Ford Mustang

Muscle Design 2014 Ford Mustang

Muscle Design 2014 Ford Mustang

Muscle Design 2014 Ford Mustang

Muscle Design 2014 Ford Mustang

TMI 2005 Ford Mustang GT

Monday, November 18th, 2013
TMI  2005 Ford Mustang GT

 It’s rare to see 2005-2009 Mustangs at SEMA now that the older body style is a few years old, but that didn’t stop TMI Products from showing off this slick-looking 2005 Mustang GT in their booth this year. It didn’t feel the least bit out of place with its matte blue and gray wrap accented by the Trufiber carbon fiber hood and front splitter as well as the graphite Vossen wheels. The car also features a Flowmaster exhaust system, SSBC brakes, Air Lift suspension system and more.

 The true purpose of the car was to show off the company’s latest wares, and a peek inside the car revealed some pretty cool new products. TMI’s new Sport XR seats, trimmed in beautiful brown leather and suede, are the main highlight, and the rear seats have been upgraded as well to match. TMI also added suede on the door panels, shift boot, steering wheel and around the instrument panel, and leather now covers the center console storage area. Each of the trim pieces is available from TMI in a variety of colors.

TMI  2005 Ford Mustang GT

TMI  2005 Ford Mustang GT

TMI  2005 Ford Mustang GT

TMI  2005 Ford Mustang GT

TMI  2005 Ford Mustang GT

TMI  2005 Ford Mustang GT

TMI  2005 Ford Mustang GT

TMI  2005 Ford Mustang GT

TMI  2005 Ford Mustang GT

TMI  2005 Ford Mustang GT

Manny Galvan’s 2013 Shelby GT500

Sunday, November 17th, 2013
Manny Galvan’s 2013 Shelby GT500

 If there was a competition to see what Ford Mustang made the most horsepower at SEMA, Manny Galvan’s 2013 Shelby GT500 would easily come in first place by a significant margin. The stock supercharger has been removed from the 5.8L V8, and in its place a Kenne Bell 3.6L liquid-cooled twin-screw good for 906 horsepower and 889 lb-ft torque at the rear wheels. That’s well over 1,000 horsepower at the flywheel.

 Galvan’s GT500 has plenty of other cool goodies as well, including a Shelby widebody kit, numerous carbon fiber body components from Seibon and a set of black HRE 590RS wheels to give it a sinister look.  A roll cage has been installed in the interior, as well as a full suede headliner, piano black trim pieces and a full JL audio system to go along with the stock Recaro seats.

Manny Galvan’s 2013 Shelby GT500

Manny Galvan’s 2013 Shelby GT500

Manny Galvan’s 2013 Shelby GT500

Manny Galvan’s 2013 Shelby GT500

Manny Galvan’s 2013 Shelby GT500

SEMA 2013: APR 2012 Ford Mustang Widebody

Sunday, November 10th, 2013
APR 2012 Ford Mustang Widebody

 APR Performance has officially debuted their 2012 Ford Mustang at the SEMA Show featuring the company’s new 10-piece widebody kit for the 2010-2014 Mustang. The body kit has been designed from the ground up widening the bodywork by 50mm on each side to allow for larger wheels and tires front and rear. The kit also includes APR’s track-proven carbon fiber aero parts including their front splitter, GT-250 wing and rear diffuser.

 Being on display in the ProCharger booth, the APR widebody Mustang also features the new i-1 programmable ratio supercharger system, adding 200 rwhp to the 5.0L V8. The black finish on the supercharger is making its debut at the SEMA show as well. Other modifications including a KW coilover suspension system, Stoptech brakes, MagnaFlow exhaust system and Sparco race seats.

APR 2012 Ford Mustang Widebody

APR 2012 Ford Mustang Widebody

APR 2012 Ford Mustang Widebody

APR 2012 Ford Mustang Widebody

APR 2012 Ford Mustang Widebody

APR 2012 Ford Mustang Widebody

APR 2012 Ford Mustang Widebody

APR 2012 Ford Mustang Widebody

APR 2012 Ford Mustang Widebody

APR 2012 Ford Mustang Widebody

APR 2012 Ford Mustang Widebody

APR 2012 Ford Mustang Widebody

‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

Sunday, November 10th, 2013
 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 It`s  the first real photos of the car courtesy of Classic Design Concepts. The car looks just as menacing as it does in the rendering thanks to its black paint and copper accents, complimented by an array of CDC and RTR styling components and 20-inch Forgiato wheels.

 The ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang isn’t just about looks, though, and boasts a 624 horsepower Ford Racing supercharger system under the hood, Pypes long tube headers and Ford Racing side exhaust. The suspension has been upgraded courtesy of Whiteline, and stopping duties are now handled by a Wilwood big brake kit.

 The interior is just as impressive featuring customized Ford Racing / Recaro seats, a Ford Racing gauge pack and a rear seat delete with Kicker audio tray.

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

 ‘Bad Penny’ Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show

2013 Ford Mustang GT.Bojix Design

Sunday, November 10th, 2013
2013 Ford Mustang.Bojix Design

  It takes a lot to stand out at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Among the glitz and glamor there are dozens of vehicles vying for attention with shiny wheels, television screens and crazy paint jobs. Unfortunately this means that builders often focus more on flash rather than finesse, and cars don’t often live up to expectations on closer inspection. Thankfully that isn’t the case with the 2013 Ford Mustang GT you see here. Although the blue and orange livery instantly caught our eye where it was on display at the ProCharger booth, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the true appeal of this car is in the details.

  Created by Bojix Design of Southern California, this Mustang is the brainchild of two brothers, Haro and George Derkrikorian. The two founded Bojix in 2010 with an emphasis on Ford Fiesta performance parts, but it was always the dream of the younger brother, George, to get into developing and selling Mustang parts as well. Tragically George passed away due to a drunk driver, and it was up to Haro to continue the new business venture. In honor of his brother, Haro decided to build a Mustang.

  “My late brother always had said that we needed to get our hands on a new 5.0 so we can give it our treatment,” Haro told us. “We both have been Mustang fans for a very long time.”

  With that mission in mind, Haro set about creating a truly unique Mustang. Starting with a stock Grabber Blue Mustang GT, went about doing his own take on the famous Gulf paint scheme found on so many legendary race cars. A carbon fiber stripe runs the length of the car, accented by orange striping and trim. The front received a more aggressive look thanks to a Boss 302 front splitter and grille, a 3dCarbon rear spoiler, and the new carbon fiber side splitters and were created specifically by Bojix Design. Following the theme, the Rennen M10 20-inch wheels were painted a custom orange to match.

  Perhaps the coolest part of the exterior is out back where Bojix created a custom rear bumper with exhaust outlets cutout on either side of the license plate. The design has a very supercar look to it, and it’s something we’ve never seen done before. We asked Haro if he was going to offer a kit to customers to do the same, and he’s still undecided.

  The inside of the Mustang is subtle and tasteful. It definitely isn’t the wildest we’ve seen, but it’s well done and something we’d actually want to spend some time in.

  The Recaro seats, originally cloth, have been wrapped in the factory leather. The steering wheel is covered in Alcantara, and the custom floor mats feature orange piping to match the exterior. The same goes for the rear seat delete, with orange cross bracing. Finally, a white cue ball shifter helps make gear changing duties a breeze.

  Under the hood a ProCharger Stage II supercharger system has been installed utilizing the P-1SC-1 centrifugal supercharger, a large front-mounted air-to-air intercooler and an 8-rib drive system. With 7 psi of boost the 5.0-liter V8 now produces 605 horsepower.

  The rest of the engine bay has the same clean look found throughout the rest of the car, void of excess bling or over styling. Orange striping and a Grabber Blue 5.0 badge are the only other modifications to the Coyote V8.

  To make the Mustang handle as well as it looked, Haro turned to Eibach for their Multi-Pro R2 adjustable suspension system. The coilover setup utilizes shock reserves both front and rear, allowing for tunable damping and ride height. A set of Eibach front and rear sway bars were also installed.

  For stopping power Haro turned to the Ford parts bin, fitting a set of the factory-spec 14-inch Brembo brakes with 4-piston calipers up front.

 While the Grabber Blue paint and orange graphics might give a false first impression, this 2013 Mustang is actually an exercise in tasteful restraint. It’s appeal is in the clean design and subtle changes. Plus, it can perform daily driver duties just as well as it can grabbing attention on the SEMA show floor. “Our goal was to build a car that would ride nice, handle well, fast, and gets attention,” Haro told us. Mission accomplished.

2013 Ford Mustang.Bojix Design

2013 Ford Mustang.Bojix Design

2013 Ford Mustang.Bojix Design

2013 Ford Mustang.Bojix Design

2013 Ford Mustang.Bojix Design

2013 Ford Mustang.Bojix Design

2013 Ford Mustang.Bojix Design

2013 Ford Mustang.Bojix Design

2013 Ford Mustang.Bojix Design

2013 Ford Mustang.Bojix Design

2013 Ford Mustang.Bojix Design

Ford Mustang widebody package

 Following the lead of Shelby, Galpin Auto Sports and others, Steeda has released a new widebody kit for the Mustang GT, Boss 302 and Shelby GT500. Making its official debut at the Woodward Dream Cruise back in August, the package includes front fenders that are six inches wider and rear fenders that add an extra seven inches as well as a redesigned front fascia, shaved door handles and a unique rear decklid. Steeda says that added width allows for 285 series tires up front and 335 series tires at the rear.

 Of course, Steeda doesn’t want their widebody package to be all about aesthetics and also includes a number of suspension and powertrain improvements. Pricing isn’t mentioned, but the company says that they can custom tailor the conversions to their customers wants, needs and budgets.

Ford Mustang widebody package

Ford Mustang widebody package

Ford Mustang widebody package

Ford Mustang widebody package

Ford Mustang widebody package

Ford Mustang widebody package

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