Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
February 23, 2010

Horse Sense:
Recently married to Brian Butt, Jazmin is a full-time student at the University of Iowa, pursuing a law degree. When she's not driving the Cobra, it shares garage space with a '99 GT convertible and an '07 Shelby GT500.

When it comes down to it, every guy dreams of having a son. He wants him to grow up big and strong so he can tell everyone how he'll be a star quarterback, basketball point guard, or race car driver. He wants to be able to take him to car shows, play catch, and educate him on the nuances of the Tampa Two defense. Every guy wants to be able utter the words, "Atta boy." At the end of the day, however, you just want the baby to be healthy, and you get what you get.

For Jazmin Newton's dad, he too wanted a son to take out to the garage, to car shows-a son to pass on his love of cars. Instead, the stork delivered four girls, but his daughter Jazmin was the lucky one he took out to the garage with him. "I grew up playing with Hot Wheels cars, not Barbies," Jazmin says. "Gasoline has always run through my veins." In this instance, "Atta girl" will work too.

Jazmin must've learned a lot during those formative years because at age 16 she started building her own Mustang-a '99 GT convertible. It took two years to finish that car, and even though it was done right, it just wasn't as fast as she liked. Giving in to peer pressure, she went over to the dark side with the purchase of a Brand-X sports car, and even though the car was fast, it wasn't the same as a Mustang. Besides, it still wasn't fast enough.

"I did what any girl would do-I bought an '03 10th Anniversary Cobra," Jazmin says. "It was love at first sight." To make the deal even sweeter, the Cobra was already modified by Jeff Stealy at Stealy Performance. Its engine was built to make lots of power since Jeff had planned on racing the car. Jazmin wanted to know just how fast the car was, so straightaway she took it to Cordova Dragway to find out. Unfortunately, she was unable to get the car to hook up to the track, and the subsequent e.t.'s were rather embarrassing.

"One guy even told me to take the car back home to Daddy," Jazmin says. "I had never been more insulted in my life."

Never wanting to hear those words again, she consulted uncle Robin Lawrence for help. Robin took the car under his wing, adding a solid axle out back, along with the appropriate suspension modifications. Once Robin was done, he put Jazmin in touch with some crazy guys out of the Chicago area known as Mark Magnuson and John Galway.

Mark and John are no strangers to '03-'04 Cobras. With the suspension part taken care of, it was up to Mark and John to add power. "Mark asked me what I wanted done to the car," Jazmin says. Of course, Jazmin being female, she wanted everything-as in everything she could get away with and the car remain street-legal.

Following Jazmin's wishes and Mark and John's ideas, the guys added a Whipple supercharger and supporting hardware, and the car's fuel system. Ben Ledbetter finished up the mods with a CompuCar wet nitrous kit.

Jazmin won't be hearing anymore smack from the male population. On her most recent trip to the dragstrip, she ran an 11.1 at 125 mph in full street trim without the nitrous. "I think it's time for a rollcage and some slicks," Jazmin says.

"I absolutely love the car, but not as much as my 5-year-old son, Eric, who tells me it's his car," Jazmin says. Making mom proud, he recently told another kid his mom's car was faster than his daddy's. Atta boy!

2003 Cobra
5.0 Tech Specs

Engine and Drivetrain
Block '03 Cobra iron
Displacement 284 ci
Crankshaft Stock
Rods Stock Manley
Pistons Manley Performance
Heads Ported Stock, ARP studs
Camshafts Stock
Power Adder Whipple 2.8-liter supercharger w/Lightning Force Performance dual-pass intercooler, heat exchanger, Supertank intercooler reservoir, Perfect Flow cooling mod and Pro Comp race radiator, and CompuCar 50hp wet nitrous kit
Throttle Body Accufab single-blade
Mass Air SCT Big Air
Fuel System Ford Racing Performance Parts dual Ford GT fuel pumps and fuel-pressure regulator, Kenne Bell Boost-a-Pump, Aeromotive fuel rails, Siemens-Deka 60-lb/hr injectors
Exhaust BBK long-tube headers, Bassani X-shape crossover, and Bassani Xhaust 3-inch after-cat
Transmission T56 w/26-spline input shaft, SPEC Stage 3+ clutch, Steeda Autosports Tri-Ax shifter, Ford Racing Performance Parts clutch-cable kit
Rearend 8.8 w/Detroit Locker differential, Strange Engineering 31-spline axles, and 3.73 gears

Electronics
Engine Management Custom-tuned by Livernois Stock, SCT tune
Ignition Stock, NGK Iridium IX spark plugs
Gauges Auto Meter, Dynojet air/fuel gauge

Chassis and Suspension
Front Suspension
K-member UPR Products tubular
Control arms UPR Products tubular
Caster/Camber UPR Products
Springs Eibach
Struts Strange Engineering
Brakes Brembo conversion
Wheels 18x9-inch Cobra replica
Tires Nitto 555 245/40-18
Rear Suspension
Springs Eibach
Shocks Strange Engineering 10-way adjustable
Control Arms UPR Products
Brakes Stock
Wheels 18x10-inch Cobra replicas
Tires Nitto 555R
Chassis Stiffening Custom subframe connectors