Ro McGonegal
July 21, 2017
Photos By: Peter Linney

George Farmer is an NFL running back and a free agent at the time of this writing. Certainly all young men come up, but certainly not with the same preferences as George. Though he loves cars he feels much more at home with his a football in his hands than a socket wrench. He had professionals do it. Beyond the buying price at a SoCal Ford store, the 23-year old plunked about $16,000 additional in his red sled.

His history includes a 2008 Accord, his first set of wheels, but from then on things have gotten a lot edgier. His Mustang gene kicked in and he rolled around with a 2011 5.0 for a while. He’d been a Mustang guy since the ripe old age of 18 so he wanted his next car to go good, to look good and be as comfortable as possible for his 6 foot-two, 220-pound frame.

For the critical wheel and tire combination, George moved easily to 20x9 and 20x10 Rohana RC10 hoops crowned with two versions of Mickey Thompson’s best. Where the steering occurs are 255/35 Street Comps; on the hot end, the ‘Stang twists hog-like 305/35 ET Street S/S DOT drag race rubber.
At 10.5psi positive manifold pressure and pulling through a Stage 2 air-to-air intercooler, the Coyote pumps out 640hp on 91 octane. When it burns E85 on a sly tune-up George sees 750hp. With a line of meth on top of the E85, Eddie Rios at Addiction Motorsports (Canoga Park, California) caressed the Coyote - 800 horsepower at the wheels.

On the throttle side, he devoted resource to a bolt-on 450-horsepower lollypop. The internals are stock. The intake manifold is stock. The P-1SC ProCharger is not. On top of the blower install, ancillaries are Stainless Works 1 7/8-inch headers, X-pipe, high-flow cats, Magnaflow Competition cat-back system, a Boost-A-Pump working with the stock fuel system, an ID1000 fuel injector combo, upgraded oil pump gears and a 4.38-inch bottom pulley.

The MT82 6-speed is a product of a Ford and Getrag partnership. Though many owners have reported problems with it, the one in George’s car seems unaffected by the blight. He uses a McLeod aluminum flywheel and RXT twin-disc clutch assembly and changes gears with an MGW short-throw shifter. Addiction Motorsports rebuilt the original gearbox and ensured proper clutch release with a braided hydraulic line. The propeller is the original one-piece aluminum shaft. And as testament to Ford durability, the Running Back Mustang maintains the original brakes and an 8.8-inch axle that carries a Torsen differential and 3.55:1 gears.

On the main, George has focused on the Mustang’s shiny side for a sharp, alluring sartorial concession. Original Ruby Red paint pops! The car is further defined by the Cervini 4-inch cowl hood and chin spoiler complement.

Tailoring the Mustang’s lovely stance, suspension tweaks are minimal; the 25,000-mile MacPherson struts remain but Eibach Sportline springs supersede the factory coils. A BMR anti-sway bar and end links complete the front end changes. At the other end, Addiction dropped the body with Sportline springs and inserted another BMR anti-sway bar but kept the original upper and lower control arms and shock absorbers. Frame connectors pull the ends of the car together. Front and rear shock towers are laced with Ford Racing braces. George says “the car handles really well.”

In addition to the Cervini 4-inch cowl hood, the acclaimed Platinum Auto Body (Cudahy, California) painted the upper and lower grille deletes and fog light housings in gloss black. They carried on, color-matching the MMD side skirts. Around the back of the car, they did the same with the Roush deck spoiler and quad exhaust rear valance.

Now, pretend you’re tooling down the road, maybe looking for a little sport, and this blood red spoiler comes burning up behind and stays right there, just jigging in the rearview. What??? Is that an intercooler hanging outta that mouth? Yup, most of those pavement packers will soon be studying the back end of the running back’s Mustang for a lot longer than they bargained for.

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