Marc Christ
Brand Manager, Modified Mustangs & Fords
February 26, 2014

Mickey Thompson was an automotive industry icon.

He was the first American to break the 400-mph barrier on land, setting the record. He raced (and won) the Baja 1000, as well as other countless races. He set land-speed records (18 of which he set in one day), developed the first slingshot dragster, and was the mastermind behind short-track off-road racing. And we're barely scratching the surface. Let's just say that he knew what he wanted and how to get it.

When he needed some special tires made for a project, he started his own tire company, Mickey Thompson Tires (M/T), in 1963. Since then, the company has been leading the way in off-road, drag race, track, and street tires.

Tragically, Thompson and his wife were murdered in their California driveway in 1988. He was only 60 years old, and left many projects and ideas in various stages of design. But his tire company has charged on.

M/T ventured into the wheel market in 1994, and has since been developing off-road, truck, drag race, and street wheels. Its newest product, the Street Comp, is an ultra-high-performance street tire that combines premium dry and wet performance with striking good looks. It has a 300-treadwear rating, and is available in sizes ranging from 245/45R17 to 275/40R20. To complement the new tires, M/T also launched the Street Comp SC-5, an aluminum wheel designed specifically for American muscle cars. It features black spokes and machined lip.

To help launch the Street Comp brand, M/T built the '13 Mustang GT seen here. Appropriately named the Street Comp, this do-it-all Stang is the perfect blend of power, handling, braking, comfort, and styling—the total package. So when we were given the chance to put it to the test, we jumped at the opportunity.

The Rundown

Instead of building around the Street Comp wheels and tires, M/T put a lot of thought and effort into the details of the Street Comp. Under the hood, it added an Edelbrock E-force supercharger. And to help that extra power to the pavement, it added a Centerforce DYAD twin-disc clutch, AmericanMuscle.com aluminum driveshaft, and the M/T Metal Series suspension kit. To help bring all of that to a halt, it turned to SSBC brakes.

Inside resides Katzkin full interior upholstery, a Hurst Billet Plus 2 shifter, and Anvil Auto carbon-fiber accents. It carried the Anvil Auto carbon fiber theme to the exterior, with the hood vents, grille surrounds, brake-cooling ducts, side skirts, and front splitter.