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2008 Ford Mustang “Special HC” GT Runs 153 mph in the Standing Half-Mile
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Kip Petersen • Colorado Springs, CO • 2008 GT
Kip Petersen from Colorado Springs picked up this special 2008 GT from his local Phil Long Ford dealership. The dealership had created nine unique “Special HC” (High Country) Mustangs as a tribute to the original High Country Special production that ran from 1966 to 1968. The stock 4.6L was given extra oomph with a Vortech V3 supercharger with an air-to-water intercooler installed and tuned by Rocky Mountain Competitive Research of Colorado Springs. Shifting power comes from a Tremec 6060 Magnum XL six-speed transmission matched with a Stem Stage 3 clutch, and a Dynotech aluminum driveshaft. The exterior was given such enhancements as a painted front chin spoiler, side panels, a ducktail spoiler, and contrasting graphics. Completing the exterior are 20-inch Bullitt wheels from American Muscle. Other mods include Flowmaster American Thunder exhaust, sequential tails, a front strut tower brace, and hood struts to keep the engine bay nice and open. At 6,500 feet altitude, the car put down 494 rwhp and 464 lb-ft at 9.5 psi of boost. At Attack of the Airstrip, a half-mile trap on a runway at Colorado Springs Airport, the top speed reached was 153.45 mph from a standing start.