Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
December 30, 2013
Photos By: Scott Lachenauer

Even those most dedicated to their work will allow themselves some enjoyment from a hobby or passion. Dedicated might be an understated way to describe Dr. Kim Hammond's passion for healing animals. Not only does he operate a successful veterinary clinic in Baltimore, Maryland, but he's also a board member and enthusiastic participant in the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, which provides healthcare to the great apes living in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Congo.

As strongly as Dr. Hammond feels about healing these animals, traveling to these regions is not without great risk. As such, you wouldn't blame him for wanting a little automotive distraction in his driveway. After learning about Ford's engineering feat—the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500—Dr. Hammond just had to have one. As we know, once you have a Mustang, even the most powerful Mustang ever built, it's difficult to leave it alone, and that's where we unwittingly stepped in to help push him down the road to incredible performance.

"I have had many fast cars. None compare to the Shelby. Arguably, it's the coolest automobile out there. The engineers designed an almost-perfect car. I say almost because one day last fall I was headed to Congo and saw your magazine on the 'stands," Dr. Kim Hammond explained. "I bought it, and during the 18-hour journey, I read it cover to cover. There is another automobile growing inside that stock Shelby … and it's a monster."

"If someone offers you a seat on a rocket, you take it. After reading your magazine, I could hardly contain myself," Dr. Hammond added. "Your magazine opened my eyes to what potential that car had. It also showed me that there are many modifications to make that not only enhance speed, but safety too. What knocked me off my feet was that the shop doing the custom work is in my backyard!"

The issue in question was our Dec. '12 installment detailing the construction of a 9-second, 950hp '13 Shelby GT500. Regular readers will recall that the shop responsible for that ground-breaking performance was Evolution Performance in Aston, Pennsylvania, which is just a short road trip from Dr. Hammond's Charm City homestead.

After a phone call, Evolution's charismatic impresario, Fred Cook, imbued Dr. Hammond with the faith to proceed on a five-month-long buildup of his prized convertible. His modest request was to simply build the "fastest, safest convertible in the world." With that order, Fred cooked up a recipe based on a Mammoth main ingredient, Kenne Bell's Liquid Cooled, 3.6-liter supercharger. However, it was not just any Kenne. This would be the first of its kind to wear an as-delivered black finish.

Of course no single mod makes a car, so Fred created a complete package, which the Evolution crew brought to life. With support from Stainless Works exhaust gear, induction from JLT, and a jolt of fuel pump voltage courtesy of a dual Kenne Bell Boost-a-Pump, the already brawny Trinity 5.8 thundered out 850 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque on Evo's Mustang Dyno. That adds up to over 1,000 at the McLeod flywheel.