5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
2003 Ford Mustang Cobra Terminator
This Snake Doesn't Bare Any Markings, Making It Easier To Surprise Its Prey
Fortunately for Josh, the previous owner already installed a 4.10:1 rear gear set. Though stronger than the early '99 and '01 Cobra halfshafts, Josh figured the factory '03 Cobra axles wouldn't survive, so he replaced them with a pair of The Driveshaft Shop's Level 5 halfshafts with chrome-moly inner CV joints. Josh didn't ignore the other driveshaft, as he replaced the OEM aluminum piece with a carbon-fiber unit. Finally, to "keep the pumpkin's guts inside" when launching on his 315/35-17 M/T drag radials, Josh added a Steeda differential cover brace.
Up to that point, Josh's best quarter-mile times were a few 12s at over 122 mph-launching at idle on street tires! With more power than ever under the hood and heavy-duty hardware throughout, Josh was ready to see how quickly his Snake could slither. At an SVT drag day, Josh got his chance. Shoe'd with his sticky Mickeys, Josh nudged the Cobra to the starting line and brought the revs to 4,500. When the tree went green, Josh dumped the clutch-but instead of launching, the Terminator snapped one of the halfshafts in half! What a letdown!
Josh replaced the broken axle, but at the time of our photo shoot, he was waiting for a few other parts before he could re-dyno the car and attempt another run through the quarter-mile gauntlet. A Fore Triple Hat with three Ford GT fuel pumps, an octet of FRPP 80-lb/hr injectors, and a Modular PowerHouse supercharger inlet were recently added.
Unfortunately, these additions made Josh's Cobra so temperamental, it wouldn't even idle. After spending months unsuccessfully diagnosing the problem, Josh was fed up. He considered selling the car. Fortunately, Eric Brooks of Brooks Speed came on board and was able to tame Josh's potent combination.
Drinking 93-octane pump gas and breathing 19 psi, Josh's Snake spit out a solid 704 hp and 662 lb-ft of torque on Brooks Speed's Dynojet
With so much venom beneath its subtle skin, Josh's Cobra strikes ferociously when provoked. So if you're in town, you better watch where you step.
5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Crankshaft VT Engines forged, 3.750-in stroke (302 ci)
Rods VT/Oliver forged billet
Pistons VT/CP forged
Camshafts Crower Stage 3
Power Adder Kenne Bell Twin-Screw, 2.8-liter H Big-Bore supercharger, 19 psi
Cylinder Heads OEM, Jan. '05-later
Intake Manifold Stock
Supercharger Inlet Modular PowerHouse Behemoth
Throttle Body Billetflow
Mass Air JLT Performance 110mm and cold air intake
Fuel System Fore Triple Hat with 3 Ford GT pumps, Aeromotive in-line filter, -8 supply line, CPR fuel rails, FRPP 80-lb/hr injectors, 93-octane pump gas
Exhaust Kooks 1 3/4-inch full-length headers, Kooks X-pipe, Bassani after-cat
Transmission Stock Tremec T-56, Liberty's Gears 26-spline input shaft, MGW shifter, 10th Anniversary Cobra shift knob
Rearend 4.10:1 gears, Steeda differential cover brace, Maximum Motorsports differential mount bushings, The Driveshaft Shop Level 5 halfshafts with chrome-moly CV joints
Engine Management Stock EEC-V with Brooks Speed tune
Gauges Auto Meter Lunar boost and fuel pressure, Dynojet Wideband Commander, SOS pillar gauge pod
Chassis and Suspension
Control Arms Stock
Caster/Camber Stock with SN-95 covers
Control Arms Stock with Steeda subframe bushings, modified toe control links, Billetflow IRS support brackets
Wheels American Muscle 17x10.5-in chrome
Tires Mickey Thompson 315/35R-17 ET Street Radials
chassis stiffening Kenny Brown subframe connectors