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M2K Motorsports 293 mph record setting 2006 Ford GT
M2K Motorsports was founded in late 2012 in a small town named Fulshear, Texas, just outside of Houston. The Houston area is known to be a mecca for all types of automobiles and racing genres. With the opening of the shop, Kevin Kesterson and Mark Heidaker planned to tap into the already huge automotive market that the Houston had to offer. They knew they would be successful with their decades of experience. While helping, their customers go fast, they also had a shop car up their sleeves, a 2006 Ford GT.
Mark purchased the Ford GT in 2008 with just 7.8 miles on the odometer from a collector in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Mark wasted no time and ran the Texas mile in Goliad in 2009 at the Ford GT Forum Rally IV; that's after he upgraded to a twin turbo setup on the car. After years of chasing the record, Mark and Kevin hired the team at Accufab Racing to build them a potent powerplant. In 2012, they also hired veteran quarter-mile and standing-mile racer Patrick O'Gorman.
The final product was a 13:1 compression, twin turbo, 5.4-liter modular monster pushing over 2,500 horsepower. The rotating assembly consists of a billet Bryant crank, JE Pistons, and Manley rods. Factory Ford GT aluminum heads were massaged and outfitted with Comp roller cams and a custom intercooled Wilson intake manifold. Feeding this mod motor is a Waterman little bertha pump through an Aeromotive regulator. Proper oiling and cooling is a must with this level of horsepower; for added protection, a Daily Engineering billet oil pan and dry sump system was also added. Motec is the engine management of choice and tuning duties are handled by Naoto Negishi of NCS Designs, out of Orange County, California.
The great thing about the Ford GT platform? It's an amazing machine right from the factory. Suspension wise, everything remains in the stock locations with just a few upgrades. Ahlman Engineering, a staple in the INDYCAR world, custom designed a set of Ohlins shocks and HyperCo springs just for the M2K. A few other added features on the Ford GT, include a ceramic powder coated turbo system by Scott Coates of Coatings by Coates, an E-trim spec clutch, Hoosier tires, Stroud parachute, and a full roll cage complete with a ButlerBuilt full containment seat. Some other names that came on board this history making car were Pixelwerks Media who took the car from its original white with blue stripes and wrapped it with the heritage series colors.
More recently, the team headed to the Texas Mile at Victoria Regional airport. After a few shake down runs, the M2K Motorsports Ford GT set the world record with a 293.6 mph run. "It's a collective effort with everyone involved in the car, and I am just the driver," stated O'Gorman. Patrick and the rest of the crew stated, "our future plans? go faster of course, 300 mph is the plan for the October Texas Mile race!"