Huw Evans
January 1, 2007
Photos By: Tracy Stocker

Interior / Exterior
Larry Wilmot's 1998 Mustang Cobra

Ford Factory strut tower brace (not originally fitted to 1998 Cobras) LG Motorsports subframe connectors

Steeda Tri-Ax shifter, Autometer Phantom boost gauge, Autometer Air/Fuel gauge; custom yellow stitching on steering wheel and parking brake handle

(Front) D&D Motorsports tubular K-member; D&D Motorsports tubular A-arms Tokico five-way adjustable front shocks; D&D Motorsports coilover conversion kit; D&D Motorsports adjustable caster/camber plates; (Rear) Megabite Jr. lower control arms; Megabite Sr, upper control arms; TCI Line Loc Tokico five-way adjustable shocks, Eibach springs

Wheels And Tires
Ford Racing Cobra wheels 17x9" (front); 17x10.5" (rear); Nitto NT555 radials 275/45-17 (front); 315/35-17 (rear)

Larry Wilmot's 1998 Mustang Cobra Engine Ford 4.6-liter DOHC V8

Engine Modifications
Stock Cobra intake; ported with shortened runners; Ford Lightning 42 lb/hr injectors; Walbro 255 lph fuel pump; Garrett (Precision Turbo) 67mm GT40 turbocharger; custom made 3 1/2" exhaust and 3" intercooler piping; Tial external wastegate, 3-core Air/Air bar intercooler; Mitsubishi blow-off valve; NGK TR6 sparkplugs, Ford Racing 9mm ignition wires

Tremec T56 six-speed manual gearbox built by D&D Performance, Ford Racing Heavy-Duty clutch, Moser 31-spline axles, Dyno Tech 4" aluminum driveshaft; Auburn differential; T/A Aluminum pre-loading differential cover

480 RWHP*
465 RWTQ*
*At 9 psi of boost on pump gas

From 1993 until 2004, the SVT Cobra ruled supreme. From the very beginning, these cars were about true American performance with a little sophistication and subtlety. Drive a 1993 GT, then drive a Cobra and you'll see the difference. When the 4.6-liter DOHC engine was shoehorned into the engine bay for '96, the SN95 Cobra, now with 305 horsepower became a true street terror and one that could hold its own on the racetrack too, thanks to an engine that liked to rev. Outwardly it was still fairly mild mannered, unique rims, hood scoops and Cobra lettering on the rear bumper were about all that distinguished it from a GT, save the color palette. Today, the solid axle 1996-98 Cobras have a following and with a few bolt-ons you can have a reliable 12-second daily driver. And, as of right now, they are one of the best performance buys on the market.