Horse Sense: The '05 PRI show attractedmore than 1,400 performance companies exhibiting in 3,950 booths. Thebuilding in which the PRI show was held--the North/South Building of theOrange County Convention Center--is nearly 1,000,000 square feet. Formore info, visit: www.performanceracing.com
In the past, we've had a love/hate relationship with the PerformanceRacing Industry show. Although we loved catching up on new performanceproducts and seeing our boys, at the same time we had to leave the warmconfines of the Sunshine State and travel to the frigid North, which isthe part we loathed. With the PRI show outgrowing the IndianapolisConvention Center and moving south to Orlando, Florida--until at least2010--all we had to do was hop in the Mustang and make the hour-longtrip from our Central Florida home office to Mickey Mouse's backyard.Most importantly, we didn't even have to pack a jacket in order to seethe latest go-fast equipment. What did you miss by not being there,besides the beautiful Florida weather? Check out the captions and seefor yourselves.
Ah, yes--the warm, sunny Central Florida landscape was the perfectbackdrop for the '05 Performance Racing Industry show. The Orange CountyConvention Center in Orlando, Florida, swallowed up the show. Many inattendance thought the '05 show was smaller than in previous years, butour feet begged to differ. While in Orlando, PRI has space to growwithin the convention center and into its spacious parking lot.
The folks at Aeromotive [(913) 647-7300, www.aeromotiveinc.com] are always busy working on new fuel systems and products. To go withits complete line of fuel rails and kits for just about every late-modelMustang--including the '96-'04 GT and Cobra models and '05-'06 GTmodels--Aeromotive is working on this Pro-Mod fuel pump. As of thiswriting, Aeromotive was busy testing the pump for performance anddurability to meet the needs of Pro 5.0/Outlaw rides that produce morethan 2,000 hp. The Pro-Mod is designed to be an all-out pump for today'shigh-horsepower applications, and it's gasoline or alcohol compatible.
Anderson Ford Motorsport
In this latest age of keeping tabs on your 'Stang's air/fuel levels,Anderson Ford Motorsport [(217) 935-2076; www.andersonfordmotorsport.com] showed us the EF-UEGO 2000. The digital,wideband gauge and air-fuel/rpm recorder works for all gas- oralcohol-powered (EFI) 5.0s, 4.6s, and 5.4s, and doesn't require a PC todisplay data, unlike other wideband air/fuel monitors.
Boss 330 Racing
Boss 330 Racing's [(772) 299-0775; www.boss330racing.com] Al Papitto made quite the splash with this carbureted 5.4 engine atPRI. Known for his Four-Valve exploits, we'd guess Al had plenty ofshow-goers confused as to what type of engine it was. But having knownAl for a few years now, we knew it had his fingerprints all over it.Sure enough, we found his business card under the Barry Grant Demoncarburetor-topped Sullivan Racing Products intake, and Al wasn't too faraway, either. Boss 330 Racing's Chris Starnes spent roughly 200 hoursmodifying the intake to fit the '05 Ford GT block and heads, and thebottom end consists of Manley billet rods, CP pistons, a LincolnNavigator crankshaft, an Aviaid [(818) 998-8991; www.aviaid.com] dry-sumpoil pump, and an ARE Racing Engine Systems [(916) 987-7629; www.drysump.com] oil pan.
Not long ago, we hadn't even heard of BMR Fabrication [(813) 986-9302;www.bmrfabrication.com], but we're pretty sure everyone living in 'Stang nation knows itsdeal by now. With a catalog stuffed full of '05-'06 Mustang parts, we'rebeginning to see a slant toward a few Fox and SN-95 parts. BMR's focusis still aimed at the latest Mustang, however, and its new '05-'06Mustang tubular K-member amplified that point.
Canton Racing Products
It's come to our attention that even NHRA Stock Eliminator racers read5.0 Mustang & Super Fords. The Fox-bodied Mustang is a widely popularchoice of race car in Stock, so this is for those who play on that sideof the drag-racing fence. Canton Racing Products [(203) 481-9460); www.cantonracingproducts.com] introduced this Stock Eliminator rear-sump302 oil pan at PRI. Unlike a factory piece, this stock-appearing(required by NHRA rules) oil pan features a slosh baffle, a crankscraper, and magnetic drain plugs. The pan is also notched for thetwo-bolt rear mains of SVO blocks.
Can you believe it--a new small-block Ford head? CFE Racing Products'[(586) 773-6310, www.cferacing.com] newProKing small-block head sports either drag-race- orcircle-track-specific five-axis CNC programs. These heads feature raisedintake runners, a 10-degree valve angle, 32-58cc chambers, 274-286intake ports, four-angle intake-valve geometry, and a full-radiusexhaust-valve job. The heads are available assembled with titaniumvalvetrain components and triple valvesprings.
If your '05-'06 Mustang needs better braking capabilities, check outClassic Tube's [(800) 882-3711; www.classictube.com]new Stop Flex brake lines. These stainless steel braided brake hoseseliminate volumetric expansion, which causes a mushy brake pedal as aresult of the expansion of rubber brake hoses. Stop Flex brake linespromise immediate brake response and are corrosion resistant. Theselines are also available for Fox, SN-95, and New-Edge Mustangs.
Competition Clutch [(800) 809-6598, www.competitionclutch.com] had its Mustang clutch offerings at PRI,including the Stage 1 and Stage 3 clutches shown with a Ford RacingPerformance Parts pressure plate. Competition Clutch manufacturesclutches ranging from the Stage 1--which is ideal for Mustangs with upto 450 rwhp--to the Stage 5 clutch disc that's rated for cars boastingover 650 hp.
Direct Natural Airflow
Most of us don't think too much about muffler design. We just wantsomething that sounds good, but Direct Natural Airflow [(905) 683-3785;www.dnamufflers.com]thinks there's more to a muffler than just sound. DNA's patented sounddiffusers within its mufflers allow exhaust gases to move through themuffler virtually unrestricted, which is ideal for performance. Thediffusers deflect sound, which kelps quiet the exhaust noise, but DNAstill reports a deep, throaty sound. That's what we all want from ourMustangs, right?
If you're looking to open up your '05-'06 Mustang GT's exhaust, checkout Dynatech's [(800) 848-5850, www.dynatechheaders.com] SuperMaxx system. You can get Dynatech's headers by themselves,but pairing them with the SuperMaxx system reportedly results in adramatic horsepower and torque increase, not to mention a more muscularsound. Manufactured from T304 stainless steel, the SuperMaxx systempromises a 54 percent exhaust-flow increase, which is huge for thosescoring at home. The SuperMaxx system features PowerCAT converters tokeep your 'Stang environmentally friendly.
Ford Performance Solutions
When the people at Ford Performance Solutions [(714) 773-9027; www.f-p-s.com] aren't toobusy building engines for TV shows, they're working in the R&D roomcreating new Ford engine components. At PRI, FPS had both big- andsmall-block stroker crankshafts under its Pacific Performance Productsline. FPS also featured its new Pacific roller rockers atop FPS Avengerheads, which are available in a variety of runner sizes.
Ford Racing Performance Parts
The Boss is back! Ford Racing Performance Parts gave 'Stangfreaks afirst look at its new Boss 302 engine block. The Boss--a much stronger,Siamese-bore, 8.2-deck legacy of the block that helped Mustangs dominateTrans-Am racing in the early '70s--features a splayed four-bolt-main capon the No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 mains, revised oil- and cooling-systempassages, including crossover holes for improved cooling, "screw-in"core plugs, and the big deal: enough meat to easily support the 4.125bore size that's currently the latest rage for mega-inch, small-blockFord builds. We have some pretty big plans in the works for the Boss302, so be on the lookout for more on this legend's triumphant return.
Fluidyne [(888) FLUIDYNE, www.fluidyne.com] hadthis Pro Drag radiator at PRI, which can be had with or without a waterpump, a fan shroud, assorted bracketry, and an 11-inch electric fan.Also, Fluidyne now manufactures a performance radiator for '05-'06Mustangs featuring polished-aluminum tanks, high-efficiency air fins, a100 percent brazed-aluminum core, and an OE-type fitment.
If you're putting together your Mustang's fuel system, check outFuelab's [(217) 324-3737; www.fuelab.com] line offuel-pressure regulators and filters. Both are designed and built withperformance and flexibility in mind. The regulators are available forboth carbureted and fuel-injected combos, and support carbureted combosas low as 1 psi and fuel-injected applications up to 125psi. Fuelab'sfilters are available in a variety of inlet and outlet combinations, andin three filter-element types. Both the regulators and filters areavailable for gasoline, methanol, ethanol, and diesel applications.
Griggs Racing Products
Showing off its suspension prowess, Griggs Racing [(707) 939-2244; www.griggsracing.com] had a complete Mustang front end on hand at PRI. Griggs calls it theSLA Front Chassis System, and the track-tested system is reported tosubstantially increase front-end grip with improved turn-in, reducedentry and mid-corner understeer, improved anti-dive, improved brakingwith less static camber, improved front-tire wear and temperaturebalance, and more. The system is available for both street and raceapplications, makes for an easy alignment, and it accommodates widerwheels up front.
Haltech Engine Management Systems
This new, Australia-based outfit was brought to our attention, and we'reglad it was. Haltech Engine Management Systems' [011-61-2-9525-2400; www.haltech.com] DavidShoemaker showed us the company's new F-10X Series fuel-injectioncontrol system and we were impressed. Programming this unit's 22adjustable fuel maps is done by manipulating 32 individual bar graphswith up/down arrow keys instead of inputting numerical values for fuelincreases or reductions. The system also gives users the ability to haveinjectors fire all at once, in batches, or in stages for high-boostblower or turbo applications. Haltech offers several stand-alone andplug-and-play systems that are applicable to street and race Mustangs.
Two cool features make Hypertech's [(901) 385-1888; www.hypertech.com]HyperPAC more than just another handheld tuner for '03-'05 Mustangs. Wehadn't seen any programmer that featured a "Drag Strip" simulator, letalone a built-in dynamometer for calculating horsepower and torque. Theflywheel/rear-wheel horsepower is corrected to Standard Temperature andPressure format. This touch-screen unit includes those functions, aswell as the performance tuning and diagnostic capabilities in otherpopular tuning devices for EFI 'Stangs.
No stranger to the damper market, Innovators West [(877) 898-2645, www.innovatorswest.com] had its 4.6 damper on display at PRI. This 360-degreed damper isdegreed every 2 degrees and utilizes an aluminum case to cut down ontotal weight. While a steel hub is standard, an aluminum version isoptional to really keep off the weight.
A new suspension player in the U.S. market is JIC USA [(562) 803-6122;www.jic-magic.com].Though only available for '05-'06 Mustangs, JIC has two coilover setupsavailable: the FLT-A1 and the FLT-A2. The FLT-A1 system features10-way-adjustable twin-tube gas dampers, while the FLT-A2 system boasts15-way-adjustable mono-tube gas dampers. Both systems incorporate pillowball upper mounts, camber adjustable upper plates, cool blend linearsprings, adjustable-height steel lower brackets, dust boot covers, andbumpstops.
Jesel Valvetrain Innovations
NMRA and Fun Ford Weekend modular racers have proven that Two- andFour-Valve engines are more than capable of hauling the mail. JeselValvetrain Innovations [(732) 901-1800; www.jesel.com] has takennotice of the performance ability of these engines--thanks to high-liftcams, greater spring pressures, and power adders--and developed thesenew, double-roller cam followers (rockers). Available for both solid andhydraulic lash posts, these aluminum followers operate with lessfriction than stock pieces, thanks to needle-bearing rollers at both thevalve tips and camshafts. Bring on the revs!
Kuntz and Company/Booze Brothers Racing
Booze Brothers Racing [(717) 375-4839, www.boozebrothersracing] doesn't hide why Charlie Booze Jr.'s Hot Streetcar is so fast. Yes, Charlie is an excellent driver, and his team ofMatt Wirt and brother Brian knows a thing or two about getting down thetrack. But a key ingredient to both Booze brothers' racing successes isKuntz and Company [(870) 246-2595; www.kuntzandcompany.com]. Kuntz is the engine builder behind Booze Brothers Racing, andthey can build one for you, too. You won't find an overview of strokerengine combinations on Kuntz's Web site because he builds custom enginestailored to each individual customer's specific needs.
A power hitter in the Mustang aftermarket, Livernois Motorsports [(313)561-5500; www.livernoismotorsports.com] always comes to PRI with new stuff.Livernois had on display CNC'd Three-Valve heads, a modular stroker kit,and engine mounts to make it possible to swap a pre-'05 modular into a'05-up Mustang. With factory Three-Valve blocks good for only around 550rwhp, that swap doesn't sound like a bad idea.
MagnaFuel [(800) 321-7731; www.magnafuel.com]showed off its lineup of slick, new, gear-driven fuel pumps for Pro 5.0Mustangs. The ProStar EFI- and EFI SQ-Series fuel pumps (left andcenter) are the first electric-motor, gear pumps in the industry and cansupply more than 2,500 hp (ProStar EFI 750). The ProTuner Series pump(right) is an inline unit for 'Stangs belting out up to 800 ponies. AllMagnaFuel EFI fuel pumps can be mounted vertically or horizontally, andProStar EFIs feature a cool "swivel flange" that allows full 360-degreerotation for optimum fuel-line positioning (far right).
Metco Motorsports Solutions
Metco Motorsports Solutions [(864) 332-5929; www.metcomotorsports.com] is mostly known for suspension components and pulleys, but atPRI we were surprised to see these '05-'06 Mustang GT fuel rails.Metco's rails feature an 11/16 inside diameter, a polished and engravedfinish, stainless steel hardware, and brackets that allow the use oflarger injectors. The base kit ($319) includes rails, crossover, andattaching hardware.This kit is for those using aftermarket fuel lines.Metco's other kit ($360) will include a new fitting designed for thefactory lines.
This brute-strength, rearend housing for '05-'06 Mustangs comes fromMoser Engineering [260) 726-6689; www.moserengineering.com]. It's a bolt-in replacement for the factory 8.8, and featuresbeefed-up bracketry (the third-link mount is among the highlights), andoverall thickness everywhere--the dang axle tubing is a quarter inchthick--in comparison to a new 'Stang's stock rear. This is the ticketfor racers building S197-based cars that require stock-style rearsuspensions.
We caught Mustang Dynamometer's [(330) 963-5400; www.mustangdyne.com]portable chassis dyno/dragstrip with a '05 Saleen lining up against aCobra convertible. The Mustang Dyno units are all loading-style and aredesigned to duplicate real-world operating conditions. They feature apatented control system that utilizes eddy-current power absorbers toload a vehicle exactly the way it would be loaded on the street. By theway, the Saleen whipped up on the drop-top, but that's because it hadbeen given lots of love from Lamotta's Performance in Longwood, Florida,and a Vortech-blown Three-Valve.
Click here for a tech video on Nitto's new NT1320 front runner and drag slick tire: WMP
Nitto [www.nittotire.com] hadbig things to talk about at the PRI show. Maybe the biggest unveilingwas its new NT1320 front runner and drag slick offering, which we hadheard about. We got to see the slicks in Nitto's booth mounted on JohnUrist's Super Street Outlaw whip. Robin Lawrence will have them mountedon his Real Street car for 2006 as well. Nitto was busy in theoff-season testing John's and Robin's cars to make sure the slicks wereready to battle it out with other, more established drag-slick brands.Nitto also had on display its NT-01, a DOT-approved competition radialdesigned for road racing/autocross events.
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Performance Automatic [(301) 963-8078; www.performanceautomatic.com] brings true, drag-race transmissionperformance to '94-'03 SVT Lightnings with this new PA73300 transbrakevalvebody. Fully automatic shifting is retained with this valvebody, andits quick-release 'brake is functional from the Drive position of anyE4OD transmission.
Quicktime Incorporated [(641) 673-4468, www.quicktimeinc.com] is one manufacturer from the circle-track segment that's working itsway into the Mustang market. Quicktime had this lightweight (17 pounds)steel, low-clearance bellhousing designed for 302/351W applications forboth Tremec and T5 transmissions. The bellhousings are available forboth diaphragm and cable-operated clutch linkage, and a 4.6/5.4 versionmay be available by the time you read this.
With more billet than a billet factory, Reichard Racing [(410) 610-5567;www.reichardracing.com] had its usual gaggle of pulleys, timing pointers, crank triggers,intakes, and spacers. One item that caught our attention was Reichard'sblower spacer for '01-'04 Lightnings and '03-'04 Cobras. The spacerallows more airflow to the cylinder heads, and Reichard reports thespacer also drops air temps by as much as 20 degrees. Reichard has justfinished adapter plates to mate a 5.4 Four-Valve short-block to a 4.6Four-Valve intake. Now that's big news for you Modular people.
Suncoast Race Cars
We saw this fiberglass '05-'06 Mustang body hanging from the PRIrafters, and it really surprised us because we didn't know a full-on,lightweight replica of the S197 was available for drag-race competition.Suncoast Race Cars [(352) 628-5001; www.suncoastracecars.com] offers complete, OEM- and ProMod-style bodies-in-'glass incoupe and roadster (convertible) styles.
Total Engine Airflow
The list of racers who've used Total Engine Airflow [(330) 784-5210; www.totalengineairflow.com] reads like a who's who of Mustang dragracing. Record holders past and present rely on TEA for its CNC head andintake-port programs, cam selections, valvetrain components, and such.TEA has CNC-port programs for just about any head you want to install ona small-block Ford, including modular Two- and Four-Valve heads.
Toyo [(800) 678-3250, www.toyo.com] had MannyBuginga's Super Street Outlaw dominator in its booth at PRI. Thatwouldn't be news if it weren't for the fact that Manny's whip is wearingToyo Proxes drag-racing slicks out back and free-rolling front tires oneach side of his turbocharged quarter-mile terror. The Proxes slickswill be available in all the popular Mustang sizes, including 10.5Wsizes, 26x101/2, 28x101/2, and all the way up to 33x17 on a 15-inch rim.
We got a good look at Zoom's [(800) 258-8312; www.zoomclutch.com]Mustang GT project car prior to the PRI show, and we can tell you it'sbuilt to run. If you're building your Mustang the same way, Zoom has aclutch for you--from a Stage 1 standard upgrade-style clutch set to aStage 4 setup featuring a solid six-paddle clutch disc withsintered-iron material. You need a flywheel, too? Zoom has you coveredthere, in aluminum or steel. For you 7.3 Power Stroke diesel rowers,Zoom's Variable Torque performance clutch adds more clamp load as cutincreases, which translates to more power getting to the ground.
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