Eric English
November 1, 2003
Photos By: E. John Thawley III

In fact, as we write this story, the car is undergoing yet another phase in the quest for big power. An upgraded turbo unit is in the works, as is an air-to-air intercooler, a larger air meter, and larger fuel injectors. The engine is apart so compression can be dropped from the stock 9.6:1 ratio via a set of custom JE pistons (allowing for more boost). The heads will be massaged by Bud Yancer at Mach Development. Coordinating all this will clearly require some electronic tuning wizardry, but the result should be a real thrill ride.

Ray plans to frequently enjoy the car at various Phoenix-area venues-primarily road-course in nature-but there will be the occasional run through the 1,320. Leaning on the rare R in such a manner is really a reflection of the "regular Joe" enthusiast makeup Ray represents. Being a city bus mechanic by trade, he didn't rely on unlimited resources to acquire his ultimate steed, nor does he find enjoyment or value in a museum-style shrine to the almighty factory racer. Instead, Ray gets his kicks by putting the R-model through its paces-a point of view we heartily endorse. After all, don't you figure that's what SVT had in mind from the beginning?

5.0 Tech Specs
ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN31-spline halfshafts, Visteon
Blockhydromechanical diff
5.4 litersEngine Management
Stock forged steelIgnition
Stock CarilloGauges
Stock forged aluminum 
StockFront Suspension
Throttle BodySprings
StockStock Eibach
Mass AirBrakes
StockStock Brembo
Fuel SystemWheels
Stock w/ 20-gal Fuel Safe cellStock 18x9.5
Custom Forced Air TechnologiesNitto 275/40ZR18
stainless headers, 4-in single pipeRear Suspension
w/ MagnaFlow muffler, 3-in side-Shocks
exit tipsBilstein
Power AdderSprings
Custom Forced Air TechnologiesStock Eibach
turbo systemBrakes
TransmissionStock Brembo
Stock TTC-Tremec T56Wheels
RearendStock 18x9.5
Stock 8.8 IRS, 3.55 gears, GKNTires
 Nitto 275/40ZR18