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

Chuck Hicks - 2008 Shelby GT500

Though it carries the moniker The Monster, Chuck Hicks’ ’08 Shelby GT500 started out as a much more wholesome project. His wife, Tammy, actually suggested that Chuck and his son, Matt, pick up a project car together. The idea was that they work on the car and the by-product would be more time spent together.

It certainly worked out. Chuck didn’t have a plan for the car, but with the help of Pro Dyno, he got power hungry.

“It gets in your blood and you want to go faster and faster,” he explained. “So that is why you see what you see here. We went through several stages along the way. We kept increasing the power and we found the weak link every time.”


"It certainly worked out. Chuck didn’t have a plan for the car, but with the help of Pro Dyno, he got power hungry."


Unfortunately Chuck found another weak link right before the Battle at the Beach, which had him scrambling to make the event. He made moves to participate, but things didn’t quite work as he had planned.

“One week before the competition, the input shaft on the auto transmission broke and we had to put the straight-drive back in,” Chuck explained. “The problem with that was we didn’t have a strong enough clutch to hold the power we knew the car was making. We put the transmission in and tried to get some miles on the clutch, but it was slipping just over the 800hp mark.”

Despite its troubles, Chuck’s GT500 was able to put down 888 and earn him second place.

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“One week before the competition, the input shaft on the auto transmission broke and we had to put the straight-drive back in”


Chuck Hicks
RPM Power Torque
4,000 565.35 742.30
4,500 501.71 585.56
5,000 588.79 618.48
5,500 761.12 726.82
6,000 836.79 732.48
6,500 832.01 672.28
7,000 762.82 572.31

Tech Specs

Block
Iron 5.4-liter

Crankshaft
Stock

Rods
Oliver

Pistons
CP

Camshafts
Comp Stage 2

Cylinder heads
Stock Four-Valve

Intake manifold
Stock intercooled lower

Power Adder
Whipple 4.0-liter w/ NOS nitrous

Fuel system
Fore Innovations

Exhaust
Kooks Custom Headers system

Transmission
4R70W automatic Rearend Moser 9-in w/ 4.10 gears and Moser 35-spline axles

Engine management
Stock w/ SCT custom tune

Ignition
Stock


Will Pritchett - 2011 Shelby GT500

After selling his Roush Stage 3 and wrecking a previous GT500, Will Pritchett still wanted a potent GT500. He ended up purchasing one off a popular message board.

The car had spent a lot of time on the dragstrip and had run as quickly as 9.85 at 144. After Will bought it, the wear and rear of those track trips started to show. Parts started breaking, and he started replacing them. With the help of Fastlane Motorsports, Will waded through the car’s issues to arrive at a combination that lives and works.


The car had spent a lot of time on the dragstrip and had run as quickly as 9.85 at 144.


“I run Capitol Ford of Rocky Mount and I am an avid enthusiast,” Will Pritchett explained. “It definitely helps me sell these cars when people see that I am just like them—just a Mustang lover, who happens to sell Fords.”

He certainly is enthusiastic, as he was breaking in a new iron-block 5.4 just before our event. It seems the factory aluminum block needed a little more breathing room. Despite its fresh motor, Will was excited to run in the Battle at the Beach, and he couldn’t help but enjoy himself on the way.

“That was the first time I drove it on that tune ... whoa,” Will said. “I ran it a little hard on the way to the event—I couldn’t help it! The feeling of the extra power was intoxicating ... ” Will explained. “I wish I had done a fuel system and turned it up to 30 pounds,” he added. “But on a motor with only 500 miles on it, I think I did the right thing.”

A little restraint is never a bad idea, and despite his caution, Will’s GT500 laid down an impressive 818 rear-wheel horsepower to take the third spot. Oddly Will also drew the third spot in the running order.

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He certainly is enthusiastic, as he was breaking in a new iron-block 5.4 just before our event.


Will Pritchett
RPM Power Torque
3,500 433.43 650.40
4,000 534.35 701.61
4,500 615.59 718.48
5,000 682.71 717.14
5,500 719.96 687.52
6,000 762.00 667.02
6,500 779.53 629.88
6,900 802.35 610.74

Tech Specs

Block
Iron 5.4-liter

Crankshaft
Cobra Jet

Rods
Eagle H-beam, forged

Pistons
Diamond, forged and ceramic-coated

Camshafts
Crower Stage 2 Four-Valve supercharged

Cylinder heads
Stock Four-Valve, ported and polished by Fastlane Motorsports

Intake manifold
Stock intercooled lower

Power Adder
Whipple 4.0-liter

Fuel system
Stock fuel pumps w/ dual Kenne Bell Boost-a-Pumps, Fore Innovations fuel rails, and 105-lb/hr injectors

Exhaust
American Racing Headers long-tubes w/ ARH X-shape crossover, and Borla ATAK axle-back

Transmission
Tremec Magnum XL six-speed manual w/ McLeod RXT clutch

Rearend
Narrowed 8.8-in w/ Detroit Tru Trac differential, 3.73 gears, and Strange 33-spline axles

Engine management
Stock w/ SCT custom tune by Caleb Skinner of Fastlane Motorsports

Ignition
Stock w/ NGK spark plugs