5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
2007 PRI Show - Show Me State
The Performance Racing Industry show revs up Florida and previews the power coming your way in '08
With the ease of extracting more power from the Shelby GT 500, the stock T-6060 six-speed transmission will definitely need upgrading. Thankfully, Rockland Standard Gear [(800) 227-1523; www.rsgear.com] has three new T-6060 offerings to keep the power to the ground. The company has two different ratio offerings for its 850 lb-ft of torque rated transmission, and a 1,000 lb-ft of torque rated transmission for those really pushing the envelope. Rockland Standard Gear blueprints these offerings utilizing 1-2 triple-cone carbon fiber synchros, 3-4 and 5-6 double-cone carbon fiber synchros, a steel 3-4 shift fork and shift interlock, a 9310 30-spline main shaft, and heavy-duty bearings and seals.
A stop at the Sniper [(407) 321-5725; www.snipertuning.com] display garnered us this first look at the company's new Vehicle Interface Module, one of the coolest data-gathering devices we saw at PRI. In the huge world of hand-held flash tuners for OBD-II-equipped Mustangs, this small, inexpensive (less than $200), plug-in module doesn't support tuning in any way. The quality that makes it endearing is its serious diagnostic and dyno functionality for all '96-to-present Fords, which includes the ability to save data on a laptop or cell phone via a simple USB connection.
Although replacement axles (stock, to 31-spline) and C-clip eliminators for '94-'04 'Stangs have been available for a while, using the equipment required removing a 'Stang's factory rear disc brakes and more specifically, losing ABS functionality. Strange Engineering [(847) 663-1701; www.strangengineering.net] has eliminated, so to speak, the need to take off OEM rear disc brake/ABS pieces with this new super-stout C-clip eliminator system for Ford 8.8 rearends.
This is Cortex--a stylish, new flash tuner by Superchips [(407) 585-7000; www.superchips.com]. The 50-state-legal programmer features dyno-proven performance calibrations (power modes and shift-point adjustments) for all OBD-II Ford vehicles, as well as data acquisition, vehicle diagnostics, gear and tire calibrations, and a really cool MSDP-link connection that allows the unit to interface with accessories such as remote displays, sensors and gauges.
This slick new Heritage GT S197 twin-turbo setup by Team Performance Products [(888) 990-TEAM; www.team-ppi.com] is a hands-down winner when it comes to clean engineering, as the ultra-sano kit installs without any need for cutting, welding, or modifying a new 'Stang's engine compartment. The system, designed for stock Three-Valve engines, is highlighted by a pair of Garrett 2871R ball-bearing turbos and a high-flow, air-to-air intercooler that together are capable of generating 440 rwhp and 465 lb-ft of torque at 8 psi of boost, using 91-octane pump gas.
CNC-ported Three-Valve cylinder heads stood out during our visit with Brian Tooley of Total Engine Airflow [(330) 634-2155; www.totalengineairflow.com]. According to Brian, TEA's Stage 1 Three-Valves offer significant airflow gains (over stock) on both sides (287 at 0.600 intake/223 at 0.600 exhaust). When paired with a set of stout camshafts, they will awaken a sleepy S197 with a big increase in power.
When Vortech/Paxton representatives approached us about needing a race car for its PRI booth, Jay Meagher's Vortech S-Trim-powered Fox coupe was the first car that came to mind. This car had been sitting in Jay's garage for more than a year, but he was recently able to get it back in one piece. Frankly, this was the nicest we've seen the car in a couple years. Jay liked the 5.0&SF-sponsored Real Street class so much, he named his new shop Real Street Performance, and no doubt he'll have no problem installing any number of Vortech/Paxton products when the need arises. Along with Jay's coupe, the Vortech/Paxton booth also sported a supercharged personal watercraft. We weren't the only ones wanting a turn at the throttle on that beast.
Here's something for S197 V-6 owners: Wheel to Wheel's [(248) 589-1190; www.w2wpowertrain.com] new supercharger system. This kit bolts directly onto stock '05-'08 V-6 'Stang engines (injectors and flash tuner are included), and can produce an estimated 300 rwhp at 7 psi of boost, in what appears to be a simple package. While the kit was in a show-off state and not quite ready to sell in mass quantities at PRI, we understand it will probably be available by the time you read this.