Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
February 18, 2014
Photos By: Drew Phillips

Horse Sense: The Vortech V-3 Si features a helical-gear transmission and a 3.6:1 step-up ratio, which is designed to deliver a maximum of 1,150 cfm at 22 psi and support up to 775 horsepower.

Building project cars for the SEMA Show can be stressful, but it's also a lot of fun. It allows car builders to express their creativity on a canvas that the entire automotive world can view. Of course, with that kind of potential audience, the task carries pressure beyond the deadlines for completing the build. You want your ride to stand out from the competition, and to do that you need a different angle.

"The Vortech Superchargers Project Yellow Jacket '14 5.0 Mustang GT is really something that stemmed from the color itself," said Neil Tjin, automotive marketing director at Vortech Superchargers. "Ever since first seeing the Ferrari 355 Spyder chase scene at the beginning of the movie The Rock, with Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery, I have wanted to paint a car Ferrari Giallo Modena Yellow."

If you have a Coyote with a supercharger, you don’t really need much more to prove your point. However, if you are putting together a show car, a heavy does of carbon fiber with some body-color accents certainly won’t hurt.
The Vortech Superchargers Project Yellow Jacket '14 5.0 Mustang GT is really something that stemmed from the color itself.

You'd have to agree it was a good strategy to cut through all the noise on the SEMA show floor and attract attention to Vortech's products. Naturally the bright yellow wrapper surrounds a Mustang equipped with one of Vortech's vaunted supercharger units—the V-3 Si. This self- contained unit draws in air through the company's Competition inlet, and feeds 8 psi to an otherwise stock Coyote 5.0 via one of Vortech's air-to-air intercoolers. Running Vortech's own smog-legal calibration, this combination yielded 531 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque at the wheels.

"As a lifelong Ford fan, I was inspired to create this project car when I realized Ford doesn't offer yellow on the 2014 Mustang," Brian Ellis, sales, marketing and social media manager for AirPower Group, added. "We wanted to create something really eye-popping with a mechanical package to match the appearance."

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When it comes to building a car to stand out in Sin City, it takes more than shiny paint and a supercharger to hang with the big boys. Fortunately, Vortech didn't just select parts for their visual impact. The company actually built a well-rounded vehicle to support the newfound power under the car's hood. Obviously, the car gets up to speed quickly, so a complete Baer Brakes setup provides the braking horsepower to keep up.

Likewise, putting that kind of power to the ground presents a challenge. It doesn't matter on the showfloor, but it does make a difference on the pavement. To that end, the Vortech crew tasked with the build—Neil, Brian Ellis, and Corey Longstreth—chose a complete, and we mean complete, Maximum Motorsports suspension system front to back. This hardware dials in the geometry, damping, and spring rates to make the most of the traction available via the Falken Azenis FK453 tires at all four corners.

Inside a custom Katzkin upholstery package carries the Yellow Jacket theme with accented stitching and embroidered logos.

"All in all, the Yellow Jacket Mustang embodies the best of the best of the '11-'14 Mustangs, wrapped into a package that will easily turn heads anywhere it goes while keeping those other ‘bumblebees' solidly in check," Neil said.

If you want to see this car in person, it will be flying about the country in 2014 as part of the Tjin Edition Roadshow.

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Tech Specs: 2014 Mustang GT

Engine and Drivetrain
Block: Stock Coyote aluminum
Crankshaft: Stock
Rods: Stock
Pistons: Stock
Camshafts: Stock
Cylinder heads: Stock Four-Valve aluminum
Intake manifold: Stock
Power Adder: Vortech V-3 Si w/ Vortech Maxflow Competition inlet, Vortech 97mm mass air housing, Vortech Maxflow Race blow-off valve, and Vortech intercooler
Fuel system: Stock w/ 47-lb/hr injectors and a Vortech Maxflow fuel-pump voltage booster
Exhaust: Stock w/ Borla crossover pipe and Borla S-Type after-axle exhaust
Transmission: Stock Getrag six-speed manual
Rearend: Stock 8.8-in w/ 3.73 gears

Engine management: Stock w/ Vortech tune via SCT XCal3
Ignition: Stock w/ spark plugs gapped to 0.032-in
Gauges: Stock

Suspension and Chassis
Front suspension
K-member: Maximum Motorsports
A-arms: Stock w/ urethane bushings
Struts: Maximum Motorsports adjustable
Springs: Maximum Motorsports-spec Hyperco
Brakes: Baer Brakes Extreme+ Monoblock 6S w/ six-piston calipers and 14-in rotors
Wheels: iForged Icon, 20x9-in
Tires: Falken Azenis FK453, 275/40-20

Rear suspension
Shocks: Maximum Motorsports adjustable
Springs: Maximum Motorsports-spec Hyperco
Control Arms: Stock upper w/ Maximum Motorsports Extreme Duty adjustable-length lowers and Panhard bar
Brakes: Baer Brakes Extreme+ Monoblock 6S w/ six-piston calipers and 15-in rotors
Wheels: iForged Icon, 20x11-in
Tires: Falken Azenis FK453, 315/35-20