5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
'90 GT Outlaw - Thrill Rider
Thrill Rides Are Nothing New To Billy Driscoll And His Super Street Outlaw Racer
Horse Sense: Billy Driscoll prides himself on using local shops when possible to make his Outlaw dreams come true. The majority of work done on his GT was performed by local Tampa Bay area, which has long been known to be a hotbed for Mustang performance and fabrication shops.
As a ride technician at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Billy Driscoll is used to wild rides. You might have never heard of Busch Gardens because the mouse usually draws most of the Central Florida attention. But if you seek wild rides, Busch Gardens is the place to go. Located near Florida's West Coast, the park features a variety of hurl-inducing roller coasters that guarantee a wild time. That's where Billy, along with his brother Rob, do their best to ensure lunch makes a return appearance.
What Billy and Rob do away from their everyday grind isn't much different. They've turned Billy's daily driver into this Super Street Outlaw screamer.
"The journey with this car has been a long and frustrating one," Billy says. Anyone who has owned a Mustang knows it's easier to find the nearest cliff and give it a good push. Fortunately-except for a few at Busch Gardens-cliffs are few and far between in Florida. "We've faced many ups and downs, each bringing with them lessons learned," Billy says.
Unlike many of the Super Street Outlaw cars in existence today that started out as bodies-in-white, Billy's '90 GT grew up in the streets. After years of street duty, he got the itch to race on a more professional level, so he began racing at Tampa-area tracks in stock-suspension classes. "From there I only wanted to go faster and faster," he says. Eventually, performance upgrades included a DFI with a nitrous fogger system. After attending an NMRA event at Bradenton Motorsports Park, Billy realized his GT was no longer competitive. "I decided to completely overhaul my car and motor."
Ever since attending his first NMRA event, the car has been through many transitions. Thanks to NBS Fabrications, it transformed from a stock suspension car to a ladder-bar-suspended 25.5C chassis. An introduction to Hellion Power Systems' John Urist resulted in a power adder switch to a turbocharged combination. From there, Billy purchased a Ford Racing Performance Parts R302 block for Nelson Competition to build into a formidable turbo combination. Once the Livernois Motorsports-ported Edelbrock Victor Jr. heads and Nelson Competition-ported Super Victor intake were in place, the GT went back to NBS Performance and Fabrication for intercooler fitment and header fabrication.
With the drivetrain complete and to make the GT look the part of a race car, Billy took it to Unique Auto Styles in Largo, Florida, for the custom paint scheme using Dupont Chromabase and House of Kolors paints. He and Rob then performed the car's final assembly before the GT made its debut at the NMRA's '07 Bradenton opener. The new-car issues that plague even the most seasoned racer also caught up with Billy, prematurely ending his race weekend. An upgraded turbo from Turbo People and extensive Sunshine State testing should reward Billy with improved times.
Once the mechanical and chassis work were complete, Billy took the car to Wayne and Greg at Unique Auto Styles in Largo, Florida. The painting duo added Dupont Chromabase blue with House of Kolors silver graphics over the stock body outfitted with a Kaenen 5-inch cowl hood and an Applied Racing Technology rear wing. We love the Weld Racing Alumastar 2.0 wheels with Champion bead locks out back to keep the Mickeys firmly planted. The wheelie bars are an extension of NBS Performance and Fabrication's 25.5C chassis and ladder bar suspension system.
Billy Driscoll turned to Nelson Competition [(727) 321-5756] to build the powerplant necessary to compete in the NMRA's Super Street Outlaw, among other 10.5-inch Outlaw classes. Based on a Ford Racing Performance Parts R302 block, Kris Nelson filled with an LA Enterprises Kryptonite billet-steel 3.350-inch stroke crankshaft, GRP aluminum connecting rods, Ross pistons, and Total Seal piston rings. The 352ci mill plays host to a Hellion Power Systems-spec Cam Motion grind, Edelbrock Victor Jr. heads ported by Livernois Motorsports, and a Nelson Competition-ported Edelbrock Super Victor intake. The Super Victor is also prepped for fuel injection and features Bosch 160-lb/hr injectors, Young's Performance fuel rails, and a 90mm elbow, playing host to an Accufab throttle body. Prior to this writing, Billy had received a Turbo People-modified 94mm turbo with intercooling from a Spearco air-to-water unit plumbed by NBS Performance and Fabrication.