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Turban Built Shelby GT350
When this author unsuccessfully tried his hand at selling cars, I met a dealership technician by the name of KJ (Kiranjit Birdi) who was heavy into the performance car game. It was not out of the ordinary to see KJ elbows deep in an engine rebuild at the dealership, as he was one of the techs relied upon to do some heavy lifting.
As is the case with many people who get their start at a dealership, the performance game eventually led KJ to open his own shop, Turban Built [863.438.0234]. Located in Haines City, Florida, Turban Built is nestled right between Tampa and Orlando, making it a prime spot for performance-seeking enthusiasts looking to improve their standing on the street or at the track.
Recently, KJ had a customer with a 2017 GT350 looking for way more power. With just 4,800 miles on the car, KJ added a Hellion Power Systems twin turbocharger system specifically designed for the GT350 and GT350R. The Hellion twin turbocharger system features Precision 55mm units, Turbosmart bypass valves, the appropriate wastegates, a dual-inlet intercooler, and all the requisite piping and hardware. The base system, using a stock engine, is good for at least 640-rwhp. That number is good for a lot of people, but not for KJ’s customer.
To go after more horsepower, KJ added billet oil pump gears, a McLeod twin disc clutch, an SCT X4 programmer, ID1300 fuel injectors, and a Fore Innovations return-style fuel system with a triple fuel pump hat and custom lines. Before going after big numbers, the GT350 was treated to a get-to-know-ya tune aimed at daily-driver manners, making 655-rwhp on 6.5 pounds of boost. KJ would like to turn up the boost and go after big numbers, and as soon as we have them, we’ll get you an update.