Pete Epple Technical Editor
March 16, 2012
Photos By: Evan J. Smith, Marc Christ

For years, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine has brought you some of the sickest shootouts. Though most of our shootouts are track-based, occasionally we break from the norm to bring you something different.

For our latest adventure, Dyno Wars, MM&FF teamed up with to showcase some of the craziest high-horsepower, yet street-legal and street/track-driven combinations from all over the country in a four-part series—all over the country, because we plan on hitting the road to bring Dyno Wars to various locations throughout 2012. The first stop was our Snap-on Tech Center at MM&FF headquarters in Tampa, where we utilized our Dynojet 224XLC chassis dyno for the competition.

The concept is simple—the cars must be street-legal and the one with the most rear-wheel horsepower wins. Cars have to be registered and insured, on ZR speed-rated or competition tires, and have a driveshaft loop. Beyond this, any Ford powerplant with any power adder or combination of power adders was allowed, and any fuel was legal.

Once the cars were strapped down, competitors had 30 minutes to do whatever they wanted to make the most power their cars were capable of. Run order was picked out of a hat. This produced some unexpected drama, as one of the cars was still being worked on as it was being strapped to the dyno!

Amazingly, the competition was close—all the cars were in the same ball park, each making what we'd consider huge power. There were a few minor issues as participants searched for power and made careful (or not) tuning decisions, but there were no catastrophic failures and no one went home unhappy. The winner even got a plaque and AmericanMuscle gift card courtesy of And everyone made it on our Facebook page and in the MM&FF videos, which you can check out at

Do you have what it takes to win Dyno Wars? If so, contact and keep an eye out for the next event—it may be in a town near you!