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2011 Ford Mustang GT - Gotta Have it Blue
Michael McLin’s twin-turbo Grabber Blue 5.0L was built to throw down on the quarter-mile
Not one to follow the grain, Missouri’s Michael McLin was drawn to the bright Grabber Blue hue slathered on the then-new factory 2011 Mustang models.
When introduced, the color was a little harder to find, and McLin had to find one for himself.
Not only did FoMoCo bring back the Grabber Blue that adorned the classic Mustangs, but the 5.0L was reintroduced for the 2011 Mustang GT, making the car not only bright but powerful straight out of Flat Rock’s factory gates.
After searching all over for that perfect 2011 Mustang GT, timing proved in his favor when a friend of a friend was looking to trade his Grabber Blue 2011 GT straight-up for a motorcycle that McLin happened to have in his possession. Of course, McLin accepted and madness ensued.
“I was looking to get into drag racing, and I really wanted something with twin-turbos,” McLin tells us. “My brother had just installed twin-turbos on his SRT Chrysler 300, and after riding in it I knew that was the way to go.”
With the new Coyote 5.0L quickly becoming popular and generating impressive horsepower numbers from the factory block; at the time Hellion had just released a twin-turbo kit for the all-new 5.0L and McLin’s mind was dead-set on installing the kit to bump his beast up to the next level.
Now the car sports two twin 62mm snails with a max boost of 13 psi, a Hellion aftercooler, headers, an X-pipe, and a tune by Justune Tuning from Kansas City, Missouri, to tie it all together. As it sits now, the car puts down 784 hp and 688 lb-ft of torque.
“I built it to go fast, and I drive it hard,” says McLin. “Any nice day out, I’m driving it.”
To quench thirst, the GT was converted to E85. It also features 80-pound injectors with a Blow by Racing Jackal fuel hat, an Aeromotive regulator, and a K&N air filter for better airflow. Modular Motorsports Racing (MMR) oil pump gears and head cooling kit were installed, as were Ford Racing valvesprings.
In the quest for low e.t.’s, McLin added Exedy components to the automatic transmission, including a Circle D Specialties torque converter and 2,800-stall unit. To help ground all of that power, he lowered the car about 2 inches all around, added control arm relocation brackets, and added BMR Suspension subframe connectors. He then beefed up the rear with Ford Racing 3.55 gears.
Still looking to get in some more track time and with local tracks closed down, the closest dragstrip is Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas, which is a couple hours’ hike. Only his second time running at the track, he nabbed an impressive 10.91-second pass at 141 mph. McLin says, “I am looking to run high 9s or low 10s with a little more practice.” And with the big trap speed, we are sure he’ll get there.
Sure, performancewise the car has it going on, but let’s take just a second to gawk at the exterior. The 2-inch drop and gloss black Weld RTS wheels (17x4 front, 15x10 rear wrapped in Mickey Thompson ET drag radials) perfectly fills the wheelwells and provides quite the menacing stance.
The exterior also features smoothed and painted ground effects as well as a painted roof, a side window section and a decklid panel. A smoothed and painted RTR chin spoiler also graces the front. Peer inside to see a carbon fiber–wrapped dash and pillar gauges that include a Turbosmart e-Boost2 electronic boost controller.
McLin is no stranger to Mustangs. He previously owned a 2002 Saleen Mustang complete with a Vortech supercharger, a 2002 Roush Stage 2 Mustang, and a 1993 hatch that he still drives on those rainy days.
McLin would like to thank few people for the two-year build, such as: the Restomod Store, his place of employment, who gave him a place to build while providing help along the way with equipment and paint; his brother Chris, who offered mechanical expertise; Tanner Pap for internal engine work; and Justune Tuning for tapping the car to reach its power potential.
Now that he has a taste of the track, McLin is hooked. Although it is a long haul to the nearest dragstrip, that doesn’t mean he won’t make the drive to get a few good passes down the tarmac. “It’s the most fun I’ve ever had driving a car, and I can’t get enough of it.”