Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
January 1, 2004
Photos By: Steve Turner

Horse Sense: With the pulley changes Tommy has made, the stock Eaton M112 supercharger under the hood of his Cobra is capable of making 22 pounds of boost. At just 15 pounds of boost, it ran 11.50.

This is becoming ridiculous. Everyone's getting '03 Cobras (except for the 5.0&SF staff, that is-Doc Meyer doesn't count). And now Tommy Godfrey has stepped up with this 10-second example that still wears a stock Eaton M112 supercharger. Take a look at the tech specs. It's safe to say we've never done a feature on a car that was so stock. But this thing runs 10s. For those of us who don't own an '03 Cobra, it's enough to make us sick. Sure, there are plenty of 10-second Fox cars out there, but those didn't come as easy as Tommy's '03 Cobra.

Tommy works as a salesman at Speed Unlimited, so he knows his way around wicked street cars. He traded his '01 Lightning-which ran a best of 12.18 with stock Goodyear F1 treads, a stock exhaust, and without the aid of nitrous-for the Cobra. "The Cobra was just too hard to pass up," Tommy says. "Finally, a stock blower car with a six-speed."

Of course, with his Lightning, Tommy gained plenty of Eaton-enhanced experience, so stepping up to the Cobra was a natural progression. He knew exactly what to do to make it go even faster. But before going mod-crazy, and with just 140 miles on it, Tommy took the Cobra to the Maryland International Raceway (so much for the break-in period). He made only one pass, but it was a good one with a 12.80 at 111 mph.

With a baseline under his treads, Tommy then added an Accufab throttle body and inlet, a Reichard Racing 2.80 upper pulley, BBK long-tube headers and X-pipe, Flow-master mufflers with an Insane Exhaust Fabrication-built after-cat, and a Johnny Lightning-tuned DiabloSport chip. A return trip to MIR resulted in a best of 11.40 at 122 mph. A Meziere electric water pump resulted in an 11.30 at 123 mph. Next up was a Metco 6-pound lower pulley and idler, which dropped times to the 10.90s at 126 mph. By the way, there are no suspension modifications on Tommy's Cobra. It's a full-weight, full-interior, 3,800-pound car. It still has stock gears, the stock shifter, and it runs 10s. Can your Mustang do that?

To further prove the capabilities of his Cobra, Tommy drove it from his Sunderland, Maryland, home to the first Fun Ford Weekend Cobra Confrontation at Richmond, Virginia. "I left at 5 a.m. and drove 85-100 mph to get to the race on time," Tommy says. "I tech'd in, won the race, and drove the car home that night with the A/C on."

By the time you read this, Tommy will likely have added nitrous in order to reach his goal of nines on drag radials with the stock blower, stock gears, and the stock shifter. "I've had a ton of fun with this car," he says. "It's just plain worth every penny."

The phrase "nothing to see here" comes to mind when peeking under the hood of Tommy's Cobra. If anyone told us you could add an Accufab throttle body, a polished inlet, a Johnny Lightning cold-air kit, a Reichard Racing 2.80-inch upper pulley, a Metco 6-pound lower pulley with an idler pulley, a Johnny Lightning-tuned DiabloSport chip, and BBK and Flowmaster exhaust components to a car and run 10s, we'd say you were crazy. However, everyone and their brothers are buying these cars because they respond to the most basic of upgrades. It's like 1989 all over again.

5.0 Tech Specs
ENGINE AND DRIVETRAINELECTRONICS
BlockEngine Management
StockStock computer, DiabloSport
Displacementchip, tuned by Johnny Lightning
281ciIgnition
Cylinder HeadsStock, Denso spark plugs
StockGauges
CamshaftsStock
Stock 
Intake ManifoldSUSPENSION AND CHASSIS
StockFront Suspension
Mass AirK-member
StockStock
Throttle BodySprings
Accufab w/ polished inletStock
Power AdderStruts
Stock Eaton M112 super-Stock
charger, Reichard Racing 2.80Wheels
upper pulley, Metco 6-lb lowerStock
pulley and idler, JohnnyBrakes
Lightning cold-air intakeStock
ExhaustRear Suspension
BBK long-tubes and X-pipe,Springs
Flowmaster mufflers, InsaneStock
Exhaust custom-made tailpipesShocks
Fuel SystemStock
StockWheels
TransmissionStock
Stock T56, SPEC Stage 3Tires
clutch, stock shifterBFGoodrich 315/35/17 Drag
RearendRadials
Stock 8.8 IRS, stock 3.55Brakes
gearsStock
 Chassis Stiffening
 None