February 28, 2007

It would be senseless to build a powertrain of this potency without commensurate upgrades throughout, and that's why immediately aft of the now-323-cube four-cammer, a TKO 600, PST carbon-fiber driveshaft, and beefed 8.8 assure none is a weak link in the chain. Chassis work was done predominately by GW Motorsports, where a full complement of UPR components come into play up front, including the company's tubular K-member, control arms, and coilover spring/ strut arrangement. Out back, the combination is less brand-specific, but according to Bill, it is nonetheless effective. Hauling the relatively heavy New Edge Mustang down from speed falls to a complete brake upgrade from Stainless Steel Brake Corporation, which encompasses Force 10 Extreme four-piston calipers, as well as upgraded rotors and pads.

With the build now complete, Bill says he has "no regrets whatsoever," a sentiment we should all be so lucky to have. The '03 has the docile demeanor at idle that was dictated from the start, and the power to rip one's head off when it hooks to the ground. As of this writing, Bill was several weeks away from his first dragstrip foray, but he's already planning a Mach 1 shootout at Norwalk Raceway Park for the fall of 2007. He also plans to enter our King of the Street competition later this year, having narrowly missed completion of the car in time for the '06 event. We sense a palpable anxiousness to get in on the action that brings a smile to so many Mustang fanatics. We predict this feature won't be the last time you'll be seeing Bill's more than Mach 1.

Tech SpecsEngine And DrivetrainBlockOriginal aluminum 4.6, sleeved to a 3.70-in boreCrankshaftKellogg 3.75-in forged strokerDisplacement323 ciRodsEagle H-beam, 5.85-in small journal SBCPistonsManleyCamsFR500Cylinder HeadsFR500Compression Ratio8.8:1Intake ManifoldModified short runner by Boss 330 RacingThrottle BodyBBK twin 62mmPower Adder(s)Intercooled ProCharger F-1R w/Reichard Racing pulley, Snow Performance Boost Cooler, custom dry nitrous systemOil panCantonFuel SystemCobra Tank, dual FRPP pumps, -8/-6 lines, CPR fuel rails, Aeromotive regulator, Siemens 60-lb/hr injectors.ExhaustBassani headers, cat-equipped X-shape crossover, Borla Stinger after-catTransmissionTKO 600 w/SPEC Stage 3-plus clutch/pressure plate/flywheel, Lakewood scattershieldRearendFord 8.8 w/3.73 gears, FRPP diff, Strange 31-spline axles

ElectronicsEngine ManagementBig Stuff 3IgnitionLS1 coilpacksGaugesAuto Meter

Suspension And Chassis Front SuspensionK-memberUPRControl ArmsUPRCaster/CamberUPRSpringsEibach Pro RaceStrutsUPR coiloverSway barEibachBrakesSSBC Force 10 ExtremeWheelsOE Concepts Cobra R replica, 17x9Tires275/40-17 Nitto NT555Rear SuspensionSpringsEibach Pro RaceShocksTokico IlluminaSway barEibachControl ArmsMAC uppers and lowersPanhard BarMaximum MotorsportsBrakesSSBCWheelsOE Concepts Cobra R replica, 17x10.5Tires315/35-17 Nitto NT555RChassis StiffeningMaximum Motorsports full-length subframe connectors torque box reinforcement