Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
December 31, 2013


Horse Sense
We had so much fun holding this event during Mustang Week that we plan to do it again in 2014. If you will be there and would like to partipate, please send some photos and a car description to Battle at the Beach c/o 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619 or 5.0mailbag@sorc.com

We will admit to cringing every time the boss comes up with a story idea for the magazine. However, every so often a good idea comes down from above, and this time around it was the concept of hosting a dyno challenge during the burgeoning celebration of all things Mustang known as Mustang Week. Now that’s an idea we can embrace, and fortunately Mustang Weekers did too.

The idea was simple: Invite several high-powered street ’Stangs to square off on a chassis dyno during Mustang Week. The winner would take home a trophy, the participants would get their cars on these pages, and our fine readers would get to check out the real-world performance of a variety of cars and combos. Everybody wins. Really.

Seriously, we know that everyone participating wants to lay down a big number. That goes without saying. It’s hard not to get excited by horsepower. However, for us it really is about checking out a variety of combinations from the real world. We see plenty of combos with our magazine projects, but it’s great to see what real people are doing with their cars.


We see plenty of combos with our magazine projects, but it’s great to see what real people are doing with their cars.


And the venue of Mustang Week provides a unique challenge, because it’s hot. Really hot. There is no climate-controlled dyno test. These cars are run in South Carolina in July. If they can make power in those conditions, they are legit.

So we put out the call and collected a host of entries. From those, we culled a list that fit the mold of powerful street cars that we can all identify with. We were stoked to have a wide variety of Mustang model years and engine/power-adder combinations in our group. Of course a few dropped out at the last minute, so we went without a Coyote representative, but beyond that we had as broad a spectrum as we could have hoped for. Sure, the GT500 crowd represented strong, but we had everything from a pushrod Fox to a Four-Valve Cobra to offset the Shelby bunch.

In the end, it was the favorite, Ryan Tutor’s ’01 Saleen, that put down the big number and took home the trophy. However, everyone involved seemed to have a good time, and the spectators seemed to enjoy it too. We did.

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Ryan Tutor - 2001 Saleen Mustang

We have a favorite phrase that comes up a lot at our long-running KOTS contest: That can’t be right. It’s what people will say when their car makes less power at our event than it did on its home dyno. This condition is usually the norm, as it’s rare cars make more on the big stage. Maybe it’s performance anxiety or maybe it’s the conditions. Either way, we often see the face of disappointment.

The poster child for this condition was Ryan Tutor. He came into our ’09 contest as the odds-on favorite. His car is beautiful and it was said to put down over 1,000 rear-wheel horsepower. That’s a tough combo to beat.


His car is beautiful and it was said to put down over 1,000 rear-wheel horsepower.


Sadly, at that event, Ryan’s ride had issues. It only produced 772 hp at the feet. He was bummed, and we never let him forget it. So, when we received an application for this event from Ryan, we had to give him a shot. Maybe, just maybe he could redeem himself.

Ryan’s ’01 Saleen started out with an NA Two-Valve making 211 hp. He built it up with a blower, then a stroker kit, then turbos. It made over 700 rwhp. Then he made the move to the car’s current combination with the help of Fastlane Motorsports.

“I sold off the entire drivetrain, and replaced it with a 5.4 engine with Four-Valve heads and twin 67mm turbos. It made over 1,000 rwhp and achieved my goals,” Ryan explained. “I attended the ’09 King of the Street and had poor dyno numbers due to boost-controller issues. Then I broke the driveshaft during the quarter-mile runs.”

Well, fortunately for Ryan, things went smoothly at our Mustang Week Battle at the Beach. We drew numbers to create a random running order and make things as fair as possible. It turned out that Ryan’s car drew the seventh spot, so it had to run toward the end when it was hottest. Its best of two runs was right at 1,000 rwhp. Redemption for Ryan. Not only did his car run well, but he took home the first-ever Battle at the Beach trophy from our friends at Mustang Week.

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Not only did his car run well, but he took home the first-ever Battle at the Beach trophy from our friends at Mustang Week.


Ryan Tutor
RPM Power Torque
4,000 223.63 293.63
4,500 319.83 373.29
5,000 437.53 459.58
5,500 577.69 551.64
6,000 729.16 638.26
6,500 898.95 726.36
6,700 992.52 778.03

Tech Specs

Block
Iron 5.4

Crankshaft
Stock

Rods
Oliver billet

Pistons
CP

Camshafts
Ford GT

Cylinder heads
Ford GT

Intake manifold
Sullivan, ported w/ Accufab throttle body and SCT 3000 mass air meter

Power Adder
Two Garrett 67mm turbos w/ six-core intercooler

Fuel system
Aeromotive Pro Series pump w/ -12 feed line, -8 return line, an Aeromotive regulator, Sullivan fuel rails, and Lucas 120-lb/hr injectors

Exhaust
Custom short-tube headers w/ 3-in X-shape crossover, Magnaflow mufflers, and 3-in tailpipes

Transmission
Fastlane Motorsports 4R70W w/ Precision Industries 9-in torque converter

Rearend
8.8-in w/ Detroit Tru Trac, 3.55 gears, and 31-spline Moser axles

Engine management
Stock w/ SCT custom tune

Ignition
Stock w/ MSD coils and NGK TR6 spark plugs