Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
April 8, 2010

Once the second Shelby was at home, all the salvaged performance parts immediately found a home. H&R sent out a replacement spring for the rear, Brandon purchased a new CCW to replace the crushed rear wheel, and he had to buy two new Nitto drag radials to replace the blown-out boots from the accident. Jamie and Brandon worked together on the exhaust mods for the new car, after which she agreed a four-post lift was in order for the garage. With 1,200 miles on the new car, Brandon returned to RWTD to have the Kenne Bell installed and tuned, with 700 hp at the wheels being the result. In that form, Brandon was able to realize his goal of driving the car to the track, running a 10-second pass, and driving it home.

For most people, the story would end there, and they'd be fat and happy with those results. As Mustang guys, we know there's more to the story. Knowing he was pushing the limits of the stock bottom end, he yanked the original engine, and replaced it with a Modular Mustang Racing MOD 1100 built short-block. Brandon showed restraint sticking with the stock heads and cam, but had the injectors modified to flow 74 lb/hr, and added an '08 Shelby GT500 crank pulley. Brandon also added a Kincaid Performance Killer Chiller to keep heat soak at bay. With Jon Lund tuning the combo, the second Shelby made 804 hp and 707 lb-ft of torque. Obviously not able to transfer all that power to the ground, Brandon's Shelby has run a best of 10.80 at 135 mph with a 1.75 60-foot time.

Those are the kind of seconds we like.

2002 GT
5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block GT500 iron
Displacement 330 ci
Rotating Assembly MMR Mod 1100 short-block with Manley Performance I-beam connecting rods and Manley pistons, and ARP hardware
Camshafts Stock
Heads Stock
Intake Kenne Bell Mammoth
Throttle Body Kenne Bell dual 75mm
Mass Air Kenne Bell Big Oval 130mm, DiabloSport MAFia
Power Adder Kenne Bell Stage 3 2.8H supercharger w/3-inch pulley, 18 pounds of boost, and Kincaid Performance Killer Chiller
Fuel System Stock w/Kenne Bell Boost-a-Pump, modified stock injectors to 74 lb/hr
Exhaust Stainless Works 1 7/8-inch long-tube headers, 3-inch X-shape crossover pipe, and chambered mufflers with rolled tips
Transmission Stock T6060 six-speed w/ Midcoast Performance steel driveshaft
Rearend 8.8 w/Detroit TrueTrac differential, FRPP 3.55 gears

Electronics
Engine Management Stock computer w/Jon Lund SCT tune
Ignition Stock w/NGK TR6 spark plugs
Gauges Stock, Livewire display, Auto Meter Cobalt series boost gauge in Roush vent-gauge pod

Chassis and Suspension
Front Suspension
Springs H&R Race
Struts Tokico D-Spec
Brakes Stock Brembo 14-inch
Wheels CCW SP505 18x9 1/2-inch
Tires Nitto 555R 275/40/18

Rear Suspension
Springs H&R Super Sport
Shocks Tokico D-Spec
Control Arms Steeda Autosports upper, J&M lower control arm relocation brackets, BMR Fabrication adjustable Panhard bar
Brakes Stock
Wheels CCW SP505 18x11-inch
Tires Nitto 555R Extreme Drag radials