Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
April 1, 2005

There has always been an exotic mystique surrounding turbochargers, especially in the Mustang market. Turbochargers have always had a cult following, but the entry fee and subtle intricacies of a turbocharger setup have kept them out of reach for most Mustang fanatics. However, hearing a turbo car come out of the burnout box with its unmistakable swooshing sound leaves a lasting impression. Seeing one of the many turbocharged Mustangs put a top-end charge on an opponent is dizzying. If you ever get the chance to ride in a turbo car, your days of not owning a turbocharged Mustang are numbered.

One ride in Mike Breen's twin turbo-charged '88 GT will have visions of turbo-chargers dancing in your head for decades.

The River Edge, New Jersey, resident has owned this GT for about 10 years now, but it's been a sometimes slow, sometimes fast ascent to its current status. When Mike first purchased the car, it was mostly stock, save for an NOS nitrous kit. He started out with the 100hp jets, but he quickly upped that level to150hp. Spraying a 150-shot eats up a lot of nitrous so Mike had to mount two big bottles in order to keep the fun going. To say Mike was trigger happy with the nitrous is like saying Paris Hilton craves attention. Just like Paris not seeing a camera she doesn't like, Mike was in love with his nitrous button. "I would get both bottles filled at the Hot Rod Shop in Clifton, New Jersey," Mike says, "and I wouldn't make it home before one bottle was completely empty." Mike knew he needed a power adder that would always be at the mercy of his right foot.

"I thought about adding a supercharger, but everyone had one," Mike says. He always did like the sound of a turbo, and the fact that he wanted to do something different led him in that direction. Unfortunately, his first stop on turbocharger lane was a turn in the wrong direction with no instructions. "The fit was terrible," Mike says, "and I almost gave up on turbocharging altogether."

Having to regroup from getting lost, Mike spoke with Turbo People's Job Spetter Sr., and he pointed Mike in the direction of Turbo Technology in Tacoma, Washington. "I called them and ordered their single-turbo race kit," Mike says. Mike's reasoning for going straight for the race kit was that he thought another street kit would be a waste of time, not to mention, money. While he was busy getting the turbo installed, Mike also added Trick Flow Street Heat heads, a Turbo People solid-roller camshaft, and a custom intake. Furthermore, Mike also added an ACCEL Gen 6 DFI, and Job once again stepped in to matriculate the spot-on tune-up. This setup took Mike into the low 10s at 130 mph in the quarter-mile.

However, at Mike's power level, he was afraid the stock bottom end was living on borrowed time. He enlisted the services of Merkel Racing Engines to build him a stout short-block using a FRPP R302 block, Eagle stroker crank and H-beam rods, and Ross forged pistons. This combination sent the GT into the high 9s at 136 mph on BFGoodrich Drag Radials. He ran this combination for a while, but it didn't take Mike long to yearn for more power. Did he want to step up to a big single turbo like a Big Thumper setup, or go with twins? "It was an easy decision," Mike says, "as I have always wanted a twin-turbo car."

Mike once again turned to Turbo Technology for a twin turbo set-up, which came with all the proper tubing in the kit. Mike upgraded for larger tubes, but for the most part the kit on his car is a street kit you could buy for your own Mustang. Mike also added an ACCEL Gen 7 DFI, to update the car's tuning software. When asked why the twin kit was such an easy decision, Mike says he always liked Racin' Jason and Bill Devine's twin-turbo cars, so that's what led him in that direction. "It was my own cool factor for me to add the twin kit," Mike says.

5.0 TECH SPECS
ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN
Block FRPP R302
Displacement 342 ci
Rotating Assembly {{{Eagle}}} crank and H-beam rods, Ross forged pistons, ARP rod bolts
Cam Turbo People solid-roller, Comp Cams solid-roller lifters
Heads Trick Flow Street Heat, Texas Turbo-ported, Crane Cams Gold Race roller rockers, K-Motion valve springs
Intake Turbo People custom
Throttle Body Accufab 75mm
Fuel System Weldon 2025 fuel pump, Earl's Lines, SX fuel pressure regulator
Power Adder Turbo Technology twin-turbo kit featuring Turbonetics T-70 turbochargers, Spearco air-to-air intercooler
Exhaust Turbo Technology stainless steel twin-turbo headers, DynoMax Bullet mufflers, 3-inch custom after-cat
Transmission C4 automatic, Art Carr 3,500-rpm stall converter, Cheetah Turbo Action shifter
Rearend 8.8, Auburn differential, 3.27 gears, Moser 31-spline axles
ELECTRONICS
Engine Management ACCEL Gen 7 DFI
Ignition ACCEL distributor, MSD 7AL-3, MSD HVC coil, MSD plug wires, Autolite 3922 spark plugs
Gauges Auto Meter
CHASSIS AND SUSPENSION
FRONT SUSPENSION
K-Member D&D Motorsports tubular
Control Arms D&D Motorsports tubular
Springs D&D Motorsports coilover
Struts Lakewood {{{90}}}/10
Brakes Aerospace Components
Wheels Centerline Convo Pro 15x3.5
Tires {{{Cooper}}} street radials
REAR SUSPENSION
Springs Stock
Shocks Lakewood 50/50
Traction Devices Southside Machine lower control arms, Wolfe Race craft upper control arms, Wolfe Racecraft anti-roll bar, spherical bushings
Brakes Stock
Wheels Centerline Convo Pro 15.8.5
Tires BFGoodrich Drag Radials 325/50, Hoosier Quick Time Pro 27x11.5
Chassis Stiffening Casertano's custom 8-point chromoly roll cage, subframe connectors