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2006 SEMA Show - Still the One
As SEMA celebrated the past, present, and future of American Muscle, the aftermarket made it clear that Mustang is the present
Horse Sense: Not only is the '07 Shelby GT 500 one of the most coveted Mustangs ever built, but the fine people at SEMA voted the GT 500 as the winner of its Vehicle Design Award for Most Accessory-Friendly Car at the '06 SEMA Show.
Besides being a mixed bag of excitement over new parts and trepidation over aching feet, the Specialty Equipment Market Association show has become a major part of the major automakers' marketing plans. All the manufacturers have large booths spotlighting their newest products and filled with project vehicles showing how those vehicles are friendly to the customizing crowd. It is customary for one of the major auto manufacturers to step up and sponsor the show. In an unprecedented move this year, the Big Three-Ford, General Motors, and Daimler-Chrysler-all sponsored the show in an effort to promote American Muscle.
As such the musclecars from each of those companies adorned the cover of the must-have show guide, a who's who listing of the aftermarket industry. What really stuck us was that the Camaro concept and Challenger concept joined GT 500 reality on the guide's cover. That shows you what a huge lead Ford has in this segment. The S197 Mustang is already in its third model year, and has two specialty iterations available in that model year-the Shelby GT 500 and Shelby GT. That lead came through loud an clear on the show floor where S197 Mustangs were clearly among the most popular show cars. Moreover, there seemed to be a growing contingent of Restomod vintage Mustangs populating the show as well. In all, the Mustang is still where it's at.
Let's hope Ford keeps this positive momentum going while the other manufacturers are still trying to get to market, as the aftermarket parts development follows the popular crowd.
After seeing the show-car crowd strip the anodizing of its beautiful, red fuel pumps, filter housings, and regulators, Aeromotive [(913) 647-7300; www.aeromotive.com] decided to give the people what they wanted-bling. The result is the company's new, fully polished Platinum Series. It's still the same high-quality, high-flow Aeromotive stuff on the inside, it's just shiny.
There are no lack of high-dollar clutches for Fox Mustangs; now ACT [(661) 940-7555; www.advanceclutch.com] has stepped in with a Sport Clutch line aimed at bolt-on cars that could use a nice aftermarket clutch, but not at a defense department budget. Their Fox Mustang FM7 lists for $347 and includes the disc, pressure plate, throwout bearing and installation tool. Two spline counts are available.
Last year Air Flow Research [(661) 257-8124; www.airflowresearch.com]offered their Comp Package on their 165cc Ford small block cylinder head. This year they've got the same extra CNC detailing ready for their super popular 185cc head. The $400 upgrade definitely gives these already exciting heads more urge. Look also for ligher, more flow-friendly 8mm valves in AFR Ford heads. Slightly more expensive, the 8mm valves have proven a big help in ARR's Chevy heads and promise good things for the Ford castings as well.
Makers of everything from shocks, springs, steering, suspension parts, and headers, Afco [(800) 632-2320; www.afcoracing.com] also offers aluminum performance radiators. For S197 Mustangs they now offer a 2-row, 2 1/4-inch thick core radiator with all stock fittings. A tight fit, Afco says theirs is a "close tolerance" radiator as required in the new Mustang. Because it can hardly be seen once in place, this unit is not polished. Retail is $549.
We met up with Agent 47 [(760) 496-3809; www.agentfortyseven.com] last year, when the company debuted its Innerframe chassis-stiffening/roll bar arrangement for New Edge 'Stangs. This year Agent 47 definitely wasn't undercover, as it showed off a host of new products for the S197 Mustang. Naturally, the Agent47 showed off an Innerframe kit for the already robust S197, along with a headlight ram-air kit, brake cooling ducts, quarter window delete panels, a recessed grille, two rear wings, roof-mount vortex generators, a strut-tower brace, and our favorite, Retro Race Mirrors to replace the massive factory mirrors. Agent47 has so much new stuff, we don't even have room to cover all of it here. The company is even offering a new double-A-arm front suspension for '94-'04 Mustangs.
In a surprise, Auto Meter [(815) 899-0800; www.autometer.com] made its first foray into digital gauges, but as always it was the Mustang-specific gear that caught our eye. The company now offers race gauge panels for mounting its traditional gauges in the SN95 gauge cluster, and new two- and three-gauge pods for the S197 dash. The latter angles the gauges toward the driver, which is a nice touch.
Winning SEMA awards for its new Blackout electronic gauges, B&M Racing & Performance Products [(818) 882-6422; www.bmracing.com] caught our eye with is new QuickSilver Console Shifter for the S197 Mustang. Using the factory cable, the B&M unit bestows your 'Stang with the company's familiar rachet-action shifting, while dressing up your interior with a billet aluminum cover plate, an illuminated gear indicator, a stainless steel stick, and a Delrin knob. It should retail in the $300 neighborhood.
Our friends and Bassani Xhaust [(866) 782-3283; www.bassani.com] showed off their new long-tube headers and complete exhaust for the Shelby GT 500.
Meanwhile, Bassani's partner Hellion Power Systems [(505) 873-4670; www.hellionpowersystems.com] displayed a new S197 turbo kit, as well as a big-power turbo kit for Terminator maniacs.
Rounding out its comprehensive line of Cat-Back systems for almost any '87-'07 Mustang, Borla Performance Industries [(805) 986-8600; www.borla.com] added a set of long-tube headers and a matching X-pipe for the '07 Shelby GT 500. The company also offers a long-tube/X-pipe arrangement for '05-'07 Mustangs.
Moving beyond its diesel roots, Bully Dog Technologies [(866) 285-5936; www.bullydog.com], and naturally they chose a Mustang as part of the company's gas coming-out party. The '06 Mustang was tricked out with the company's new twin-turbo setup, electronically controlled nitrous injection, and Performance Management Tool tuner.
We've already featured Chris Alton Chassisworks [(916) 388-0288; www.cachassisworks.com]stout Mustang rear axle with built in sway bar, which was the main attraction in the Chassisworks booth. It uses a 9-inch center section in a housing that bolts into Fox chassis. Not visible, but coming by mid-2007, are double-adjustable drag struts for Mustangs.
Another company with a robust lineup of S197 parts that keeps coming out with new gear, is Classic Design Concepts [(248) 624-7997; www.classicdesignconcepts.com]. In addition to its gauge clusters, Shaker scoops, turn-signal mirrors, and other parts, CDC now has hood struts that will hold the hood up without that unsightly prop rod. They also have these sweet vingtage-style wheels!
To complement its lineup of modular camshafts, Comp Cams [(800) 999-0853; www.compcams.com] showed off an adjustable cam gear set for Two- and Four-Valve 4.6 and 5.4 engines. We also got a preview of a line of cams headed for Fords soon. Right now the Thumpr Retro-Fit Hydraulic Roller cams are currently only available for small-block Chevys, but the line should expand to include Fords soon. The goal of the Thumpr cams, aside from increasing power, is delivering a lumpy idle without degrading idle quality. If you are looking to move up a couple cylinders, Comp also has cam cores for Triton V10 engines, so you can create custom grinds for that wild V10 Mustang you're building.
DiabloSport [(888) 663-8535; www.diablosport.com] built its street cred on the Predator flash tuner and CMR software, but they are stepping things up with the new Trinity. While Trinity does allow you to switch between multiple tunes, its name comes from its trio of capabilities-flash tuner, code scanner, and dashboard monitor. The unit also accepts analog inputs for the datalogger, and allows you to upload tunes via a USB port or an SD card. Moreover, the Trinity not only displays data in gauge format, but accepts inputs from its touchscreen.
Showing off its drilled and slotted replacement rotors for '94-'07 Mustangs was Disc Brakes Australia [(866) 477-7071; www.dba-america.com]. The company's rotors are designed with a patented Kangaroo Paw ventilation pattern inside the rotor that is said to increase strength and improve heat dissipation.
Another one of those items not present at the show, but coming very soon are Shelby GT500 headers and exhaust from Dynatech [(800) 848-5850; www.dynatechheaders.com]. Going under the SuperMaxx name the new headers feature 1 3/4-inch primaries and stainless steel construction. Like their S197 Mustang GT offering, the Shelby GT500 listing will include the headers and a "header system" which adds a cat-equipped X-type post-header fitment. Retail pricing is expected to be $1,495 for the big-tube headers and $1,795 for the headers and X-pipe.
Though the company already has a robust line of Mustang exhaust gear, Dynomax [(734) 384-7806; www.dynomax.com] keeps adding Mustang parts. The latest addition is a true dual exhaust system with X-shape crossover for the '05-'07 V6 Mustang. The 2 1/2-inch system with Ultra-Flo mufflers is said to wake up the V6 Mustang with 17 more horsepower and 13 lb-ft of torque.
These modular engines might just catch on, right? Eagle [(662) 796-7373; www.eaglerod.com] seems to think so, as they've released five new Competition Rotating Assemblies with forged H-beam rods, forged-steel crankshafts, ARP bolts, and SRP pistons for the 4.6 and 5.4 engines. Among the kits are two strokers designed to deliver 297 cubic inches, with one designed for low-compression forced-induction engines.
There's never a dull moment at Edelbrock's [www.edelbrock.com] SEMA display, and this year's version proved that again. The aftermarket giant showed off a number of new Ford wares, including Boss 302-style intakes, S197 GT mufflers, raw-port Glidden heads (designed to let pro porters do their own thing), and a new hydraulic-roller cam for 351 Windsors. Of course what really caught our eye was the company's first foray into modular induction-the Victor Jr. Ford 4.6-liter SOHC Manifold. This carburetor-style manifold can be order for carb use or outfitted with bungs for fuel injectors. A fuel rail kit is available, but you are on your own for a throttle-body elbow adapter. Said to support up to 600 horsepower, this intake is an intriguing new modular option.
We've known about EMP/Stewart's [(906) 789-2816; www.stewartcomponents.com] line of water pumps for pushrod engines, and its electric booster pumps, but the company is finally addressing hard-running modular engines with direct-replacement pumps for '96-'01 (long) and mid-'01-'04 (short) 4.6s (Two- and Four-Valve). Promising increased flow, longer life and less than 3 horsepower of drag, these pumps should help cool off your hard-running mod motor.
OK, here's the big one. A scant two years after the S197s have hit the road, and FAST is already showing of its new composite intake manifold for the Three-Valve 4.6 [(901) 260-3278; www.fuelairspark.com]. This thing was so fresh out of the mold that not much info was available at press time other than expectations of up to 40hp gains! We're sure you Three-Valve maniacs can't wait to get one of these and we can't wait to test one. Stay tuned.
No real surprise to 5.0&SF readers, but Ford Racing Performance Parts' [www.fordracingparts.com] big push at SEMA was its new Boss 302 block. The big Blue Oval even handed out copies of our December issue (featuring our write-up on the Boss block) at its booth! In '07, the top-drawer four-bolt Boss block becomes the basis of many of FRPP's crate engines, so the good stuff gets even better. FRPP also added a number of GT 500 parts to thee catalog, both bolt-ons for the GT 500 and replacement parts for those looking to add some GT 500 mojo to their lesser 'Stangs. The '07 catalog is full of new stuff, but some other notables are aluminum 4.6 short-block for supercharged applications, new replicas of the '93 Cobra 5.0 intake, and adapter plugs that allow older Mustangs equipped with EV1 injectors to use new EV6/EV14 injectors.
Inside two Galpin Autosports [(818) 922-3800; www.galpinautosports.com] rides, Grant [(818) 247-2910; www.grantproducts.com] showed off its prototype air-bag compatible wheels for the S197 Mustang. These wheels are hot, and really give the S197 interior a performance look. These can't hit the market soon enough. Among Grant's universal wheels, we really dig the Evolution GT, which features interchangeable colored accents, which you can match or contrast with your 'Stang's paint scheme.
While the company's single-turbo system was obviously the lure in the Granatelli Motorsports [(805) 486-664; www.granatellimotorsports.com] booth. The kit's output can boost up to 12 psi and add 319hp to the rear wheels of your '05-'07 Mustang. What really caught our attention was the sneak peek that Mr. Granatelli gave us of his company's new, trick coilover strut package. Tune in to our PRI coverage, and maybe we'll be able to show you a photo.
Since Editor Turner just bought a T-Top LX with a little bit of rust, Evaporust from Harris International Laboratories [(888) 329-9877; www.evapo-rust.com] caught his eye. Apparently, you just soak rusted parts in the solution for 30 minutes or more depending on how heavy the rust is, then just wash the rust away with water. The demonstration we saw on the show floor was quite convincing, so if you need to revive some rusty parts for your next Fox Rod, this stuff might do the trick.
A host off new Ford gear peppered the Holley [(270) 782-2900; www.holley.com] booth this year. While the new sugar-free NOS energy drink kept Editor Turner from keeling over on the show floor, it's the parts that will keep you going. Holley and its sister brands offered up a number of cool new parts, including the pictured drive-by-wire NOS nitrous system, a complete Hooker exhaust for the S197 GT, and Flowtech short-tube headers for the S197 GT. The company was also particularly proud of its new carburetor installation and tuning DVD, which ships with every Holley carb.
OK, this doesn't have a thing to do with Mustangs, but it's just cool. The rig for actually driving your driving simulator video games comes from Hotseat Chassis [(860) 582-5031; www.hotseatinc.com]. This setup allows you to sit in a racing seat, mount your steering controller and feel the Dolby 5.1 surround audio. It's probably a good thing we don't have one, as we might never be able to leave the house.
Hypertech [(901) 382-8888; www.hypertech.com] showed off a race version of its HyperPAC Performance Automotive Computer, which combines tuning, performance metering, horsepower calculations, and more. The Race Edition incorporates data acquisition from external Data Acquisition modules. This not only allows more inputs to OBD-II equipped vehicles, but allows the use of the HyperPAC on older, non OBD-II vehicles.
Lately the originators of the Shorty header have been cranking out lots of long-tube headers. The latest Ford news from JBA Headers [(619) 229-7797; www.jbaheaders.com] are 1 3/4-inch long-tubes for the '07 Shelby GT 500, that promise increased power and torque throughout the rpm range.
Our friends a MagnaCharger [(805) 289-0044; www.magnacharger.com] gave us a sneak peek of the new, sixth-generation roots-style supercharger that promises impressive performance. If you remember our coverage of the hybrid fifth-gen unit on the '07 Shelby GT 500 ("Sneak Bite," Feb. '06, p. 44), that blower had the newer, more efficient rotors in the old case. The new blower is said to deliver performance superior to a Twin Screw. That's a bold claim that we want to see with our own eyes, but if true, it could make the power-adder wars more interesting.
Again 5.0&SF readers already know about Magnaflow's [(949) 858-5900; www.magnaflow.com] new 3-inch exhaust for modified S197s. The company also has mufflers for the GT 500 and a true dual exhaust system for V6 S197s.
From Mr. Gasket's (www.mrgasket.com) various brands, it was a pair of nitrous controllers, the NOS Boss from Mallory, and the Digital Nitrous Mastermind from Jacobs that piqued our interest. In particular, the NOS Boss' control of nitrous and timing curves looked to be a powerful tuning tool for nitrous fans. Meanwhile, Hurst added another Billet/Plus shifter for '83-'01 Mustangs with T-5 or T045 trannies to its lineup.
We always find cool stuff at the MSD Ignition (www.msdignition.com) display, but since the ignition giant has acquired Edge, Racepak, and Superchips, there are more cool products, and the company goes beyond the basic capacitive discharge ignition boxes. What got us excited were the new, direct-replacement coils for coil-on-plug '99-'04 Two-Valves. As we dug deeper into the display, we kept uncovering more: How about an ignition system for carbureted mod motors (a nice companion to that new Edelbrock manifold), a timing adjuster for '96-'04 4.6s, a standalone EFI system, or an OBD II datalogger? The MSD crew has been busy.
In addition to showing of its line of tires-555, NT01, 555R, Envo, and so on-and its sweet '06 Mustang project car wearing gear from Steeda, Vortech, JBA, and 3D Carbon, Nitto Tire [(800) 648-8652; www.nittotire.com] showed an updated version of its online racing game. Expanding on the Nitto 1320 Challenge, Nitto 1320 Legends offers a number of new features, including real-time in-bracket, head-to-head, king of the hill, and quick match styles of racing. Additionally, the new game combines facets of popular social-networking sites, allowing more of a community around the racing. It sounds like a lot of fun, so check it out at www.nitto1320.com.
You never know what you might stumble across at SEMA, and a pleasant surprise was the variety of Ford- and Mustang-logo'd gear from On the Edge Marketing [(949) 305-4830; www.ontheedgemarketing.com]. What really got us stoked was the series of billet bar stools with running horses and Blue Oval logos, and way cool garage flooring tiles available with the same logos and in various colors. We'd love to trick out our garages with those running horse tiles.
Widely known for its Monza exhaust tips, Pace Setter Performance Products [(602) 266-1964; www.pacesetterexhaust.com] has offered some cool Ford products along the way, including its dual-exhaust conversions for '94-'04 V6 Mustangs. The company's latest Ford long-tube header offerings are for S197 Mustang GTs (pictured) and SN95 5.0 'Stangs.
Not satisfied to leave its Platinum synthetic oil alone, Pennzoil (www.pennzoilplatinum.com) has revised its formula to include adaptive molecules designed to better resist heat, shear, and pressure. While this technology is said to better protect your engine from damage, it also maintains a more consistent viscosity, which is critical to systems such as the Three-Valve modular's hydraulically-actuated Variable Cam Timing.
If you bought and '05-'06 Mustang and were bummed to hear the '07 cars are getting cool, optional iPod integration, don't fret. The fine folks at PIE [(818) 678-3690; www.pie.net] have created and iPod adapter that uses your factory head unit's satellite radio controls to control your iPod, display song info on the head unit, and even charge your iPod. Sweet.
If you're ready to ditch your factory head unit, Pioneer Electronics (www.pioneerelectronics.com) has issued another in-dash do-it-all wonder. This double DIN unit, the AVIC-D3 packs in capabilities such as navigation, XM NavTraffic (optional; reports traffic jams), XM and Sirius Satellite capability (optional), DVD playback, MP3/WMA/AAC playback, iPod control (optional), Bluetooth compatibility, and more. It even displays vehicle dynamics as well as performance information and has front auxiliary input. This thing is cool.
With the all the Mustang-specific systems covered, ProCharger showed off its 4,000-cfm, 2,500hp capable F3-139 supercharger with a unique hub-mounting system. We're not sure where this monster fits into the racing world yet, but we're sure someone is ready to make crazy power with it.
We know torque is what wins races, and horsepower is what sells magazines, but apparently Quaker State [www.qpower.com] has found that its customers, especially those with trucks, want a little extra grunt. So, they worked on formulating a synthetic oil that is said to improve torque-Q TorquePower. This oil might be something for the horsepower limited, but torque unlimited racers in NASA American Iron to try out.
If you've been around as long as we have, you remember a time when there were only a couple cylinder head options for 5.0 Mustangs. These days, there seems to be a couple new options every year. The latest player in the pushrod power market is Racing Head Service [(877) 776-4323; www.racingheadservice.com]. The company's new Pro Action small-block Ford heads are available with 180, 200, and 215cc intake runners, and 2.02- or 2.08-inch intake valves coupled with 1.6-inch exhaust valves. According to RHS, these heads feature high-volume exhaust ports, dual bolt pattern, and superior port-to-chamber transitions, thanks to the company's unique Clean Cast Technology.
If kicking it old school is what attracted you to the latest Mustang to begin with, you'll love Retrospective Designs' [(616) 538-2008; www.retrospectivedesigns.com] Retro Bumper Trim. This product brings the look of the vintage Mustang's chrome bumpers to the S197 via the wonders of ABS plastic and double-sided 3M adhesive.
Pushing the latest versions of the company's custom-tuning software (Advantage III), as well as the PCM Flash Tool the LiveWire, SCT [(866) 297-6298; www.sctflash.com] was drawing traffic with a twin-turbo Ford GT. It uses a two-stage turbo system to make 1,100 rwhp, with 1,400 rwhp forecast by the time you read this. Obviously, it uses SCT electronics throughout, including a power limiter for regular street driving, as even 1,100 hp at the tires is way too much. Most of the time.
Known largely for its vintage restoration parts, Scott Drake [(702) 853-2060; www.scottdrake.com] is branching out with a lot of Ford and Shelby-licensed billet dress-up gear for the S197 Mustang. From the usual oil caps and doorlock knobs, to way-cool exterior trim parts, map-light accents, and shifter boot trim, Scott Drake will dress up your Mustang or Shelby in a hurry. The company even offers a leather armrest cover with an embossed Shelby or GT logo that would look great with the GT 500's interior upgrade package.
If you checked out our GT 500 buyer's guide last month, you already know about Sean Hyland Motorsport's [(519) 421-2291; www.seanhylandmotorsport.com] trick aluminum modular block. At SEMA, SHM showed off a GT 500-specific cold-air intake kit, which is the first we've seen with an oval-shaped mass air housing. A blower puller remover tool, an interchangeable pulley kit for GT 500, and the show stopper, a six-speed sequential gearbox for pushrod and modular engines were also shown. No cheap date at $12,995, this box is a road racer's dream, offers your choice of ratios, supports 600 lb-ft of torque, and weighs only 71 pounds.
Feature car alum Jason Cenora's '07 GT was the eye candy in the Shelby Vehicle Security Systems and Starters (www.shelbyautosecurity.com) booth. SVSS offers two security systems licensed by Carroll, a standard system (PN CS400-S) with a Dual Stage Shock Sensor, Starter Disable Relay, an Anti-carjacking Mode, and more. The premium system, (PN CS500-S) adds an antenna with a driver paging button, an LCD remote, and more. CVSS also sells remote start systems and car cleaning products bearing the Shelby name.
Adding to its gauge cluster lineup, Simco [(810) 245-0188, ext. 5; www.simcoltd.com] displayed a new retro-look replacement gauge cluster for the S197 Mustang. If you aren't familiar with Simco, the company offers direct replacement, Indiglo-style clusters with silver or white faces for '99-'04 V-6, GT, Bullitt, and Mach 1 Mustangs. They also offer a match two-gauge pod with boost and air-temperature gauges that match the cluster.
In addition to a number of trick show cars, from the V-6 Mustang from Editor Turner's starring role on Street Tuner Challenge to a wild ride outfitted with a plasma and a PS3, our friends a Sony (www.xplodsony.com) showed cool gear in their massive display. From a host of new head units equipped with front-panel auxiliary inputs, headlined by a Bluetooth-capable unit to a trick portable navigation, Sony had a host of new products. What we noticed was the company's line of compact Slim Series amplifiers and Slim Series subwoofers. These pint-sized wonders offer big performance, don't take up much space, and are affordable. It sounds like a great combo for 'Stang audiophiles looking for big sound without the bulk.
A first trip to SEMA, the SPEC crew [800-828-4379; www.specclutch.com] wisely chose a new Mustang to attract our attention to the company's new twin-disc clutch setup: the Super Twin. Super it is, promising torque-handling capacities in the 700-1,500 lb-ft range, depending on the options. SPEC says the Super Twin is at home in street and race cars and offers a long life expectancy and maintenance-free operation, making it a great choice for future King of the Street competitors.
Built to show off its Force 10 V-8 eight-piston calipers, Stainless Steel Brakes [(800) 448-7722; www.ssbrakes.com] built this '05 Mustang show car decked out with a who's who of aftermarket gear, including a Vortech supercharger, a JBA exhaust, a 3D carbon body kit, Sony audio/video, a CDC Glassback roof, and more. SSBC keeps growing its braking lineup. Besides the eight-piston V-8 calipers, the company offers trick rear disc brakes with internal parking brake mechanisms, keeping your Mustang in place on a hill without a problem.
We only made brief contact with STS [(801) 224-3477; www.ststurbo.com] but were reminded of the single and twin-turbo systems for S197 Mustangs. Both are selling well, and are soon to be joined by a universal kit that'll work well on Fox and SN95 Mustangs.
We've seen this system being sold before, but give the staying power of most Ford headlight assemblies, especially on Fox Mustang, we thought it was worth mentioning the Bright Solution Plastic and Headlight Resurfacer/Protector system from Symtech Corporation [(888) 884-8182; www.symtechcorp.net]. This system promises to take your dull headlights to like new in 15 minutes. Better yet, it will actually make your car safer by letting more light through the clean lens.
Replacement Fox seat upholstery isn't a rare commodity, but TMI's [(800) 624-7960; www.tmiproducts.com] Classic Automotive Interiors division offers a complete lineup of Fox upholstery for standard low-back or sport high-back seats. Available in vinyl, cloth, and leather/suede, these kits come in the usual colors, as well as some special metallic and carbon-fiber-look treatments. We can already see those carbon-fiber couches in Editor Turners T-top hatch. Besides upholstery, TMI also offers replacement seat foam, so you can completely rework the worn seats in your Fox Rod. TMI/Classis also offers a full line of custom color upholstery kits for '05-'07 Mustangs, as well as optional headrest monitors from sister company Vizualogic
Now that they've hung a centrifugal supercharger on everything from Mustangs to personal watercraft, Vortech [(805) 247-0226; www.vortechsuperchargers.com] is moving on to producing entire cars. Its first is a concept, the '07 V Power by Vortech, a joint production with All-American Supercars and features 510 hp with a V-2 SQ Si-Trim blower, charger cooler, 20-inch wheels, JBA Shorty headers, 14-inch Baer brakes, and much more. The production cars will be sold in Ford dealerships and carry a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty. Vortech highlights are an advanced impeller and an enlarged charge cooler.
A division of Valeo Sylvania, Xsighting Lightning [(888) 632-4545; www.xsighting.com] showed off a number of trick HID lighting possibilities for the latest Mustang. None were available for sale, but we have a funny feeling they might show up on future Mustangs.
Rolling out a pair of new clutches for the Mustang was Zoom [(704) 799-0577; www.zoomclutch.com]. The company expanded its Zoom Variable Torque lineup to include Mustangs and unveiled a new Twin Disc setup for mega-power Mustangs. The ZVT clutch promises stock-type pedal effort, with torque capacity expanded to corral another 300 to 600 lb-ft of torque, depending on the use of organic or ceramic materials. The D2 Series Twin-Disc setup is said to handle close to 900 lb-ft of torque in a streetable car.
1. FAST Three-Valve Intake
2. Trick Flow Two-Valve Intake
3. FRPP Boss 302 Block
4. Eaton Sixth-Generation Supercharger
5. SPEC Super Twin Clutch
6. TMI/Classic Interiors Fox Upholstery
7. Scott Drake S197 Billet Dress-up Gear
8. Sony Slim-Series Amps and Subs
9. Agent 47 S197 Mirrors
10. On The Edge Mustang-logo Garage Flooring