Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
December 20, 2010

"We're focused on our naturally aspirated and supercharged SMS cars right now, and at the beginning of 2011, we'll be introducing a 351 version," Steve explained. He says Brian and Tony's undertaking will give SMS the ability to judge reaction and proceed accordingly.

If the car is indeed successful, it would have to go through the certification process like all of his SMS cars, which could be a lengthy process. However, he is maintaining an open mind to the idea. Like us, Steve is thrilled at the automotive choices at our disposal.

"Technology is really a wonderful thing," he says.

Yes, it is, and so is having a twin-turbocharged '11 SMS Mustang. We're all about making big steam, and SuperCars of America is speaking our language.

Tough Gig

I am always asked if I was able to drive the cars I shoot. In this case, I did drive the SuperCars of America EU-01. Yes, I know, it's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it-might as well be me.

Yes, this car is unbelievable. You're a rock star the second you slide behind the wheel. Everyone sees you coming and going, and they either love you or hate you. On our short trip from Lamotta Performance to our photo-shoot location, we received two thumbs-up and one thumb-down. The thumb-down was from an import driver, so we know he was hatin'. He must have known the EU series is quiet, smooth, mild-mannered, and insanely fast.

The car is not animated or out of control-think mellow Jim Carrey, but in an automotive arena. Even a relaxed Ace Ventura is going to be funny, but maybe not as outta control. The car is fast for sure, but with the SMS suspension and chassis improvements, it's a civilized brutality. It's so quiet and composed, you don't realize how fast you're going until you either look at the speedo or out the side window and see telephone poles whizzing by.

I haven't driven many European cars, but those I have driven boast a smoothness, a refinement. The SMS Supercars/SuperCars of America EU-series brings that refinement to the table, as well. Even with over 550 hp and 580 lb-ft of torque on tap, it doesn't spin in First or Second gear, which is also a characteristic of Euro-cars. The EU-series simply squats and moves.

Also, the car absorbs the road's bumps and bruises with ease. This is a result of Ford's improved chassis construction and SMS' many years of building performance vehicles for the street. Both have learned how to build a car you can drive every day, and not regret it the next morning.

This is one ride that's worth a trip to Europe.

5.0 Tech Specs

Engine And Drivetrain Block Aluminum
Bore 3.623-in
Stroke 3.653-in
Displacement 302 ci
Rods Stock
Pistons Stock
Crankshaft Stock
Camshafts Stock
Heads Stock Four-Valve
Intake Stock
Throttle Body Stock
Mass Air Stock
Power Adder Exile Turbo Systems twin-turbo kit
Fuel System Stock with 46-lb/hr injectors
Exhaust SMS Supercars custom X-shape crossover
Transmission Stock Getrag MT82 six-speed
Clutch McLeod twin-disc
Rearend 8.8 w/3.55 gears

Electronics

Engine Management Stock with custom SCT tune from Michael Schimmack
Ignition Stock
Gauges Stock

Suspension And Chassis

Front Suspension
Shocks SMS Supercars
Springs SMS Supercars
Brakes SMS Supercars Signature series, 14-in rotors, four-piston calipers
Wheels SMS Supercars five-spoke, 20x9-in
Tires Pirelli P-Zero 275/35/20
Rear Suspension
Shocks SMS Supercars
Springs SMS Supercars
Traction Device SMS Supercars Watt's link
Brakes SMS Supercars
Wheels SMS Supercars five-spoke, 20x10-in
Tires Pirelli P-Zero 275/40/20