Don Roy
October 1, 2007
Photos By: Mike Maez

Ken Gushi Drift Mustang

Ford Racing 'Aluminator' 4.6-liter, 4-valve Modular V8

Engine Modifications
SVT Cobra forged 8-bolt crankshaft; FRPP high flow 4-valve cylinder heads, stainless steel valves, high lift valve springs, high lift camshaft kit, Twin Screw Supercharger Upgrade Kit, Ford GT intercooler installed in the rear trunk/parcel tray

FRPP Extra HD Tremec 5-speed transmission, transmission oil cooler, Torsen T2 differential, axle girdle, 3.08 rear axle gears; Exedy twin disc clutch

Wilwood Superlite 6-piston front brake calipers with 13" vented rotors, Superlite 4-piston rear calipers with 13" vented rotors;

Seibon Carbon Fiber Hood, Doors and Trunk lid with custom vents; Ford built custom fabricated flared fenders, rear windshield w/vents, custom fabricated window inlet & outlet ducts; BASF-sponsored paint

Sparco racing seats, 6-point seatbelt harnesses; FRPP gauges, modified FR500C rollcage

FRPP/Multimatic suspension from FR500C racer, FR500C tie rods;

Wheels And Tires
Front: JLine 18 x 8.5" custom wheels with Toyo T1-R 265/35-18 tires
Rear: JLine 18 x 11.5" custom wheels with Toyo T1-R 295/35-18 tires

600 RWHP, 550 RWTQ

This vehicle was built with Ford parts, by Ford personnel, in Ford facilities. It was built by the same people that design, develop, prototype, test and evaluate production Ford cars and trucks on a daily basis. Big thanks to all the different people in all the different buildings and groups that came together as a team to get this car out on the track. Thank you to Ford Racing Performance Group & Toyo Tires, Experimental Vehicle garage / Experimental Engine Build - Vehicle Build, Metal Shop, Beech Daly Technical Center - Engine Build, New Model Product Development Center - Plastic Shop, CAD/CAM Room, Belden Court - Vehicle Build/ Fabrication Area, Roush - Building 56 & 57.

Drifting Factoids
A car is said to be drifting when the rear slip angle is greater than the front slip angle, the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn and the driver is controlling these factors.

Drifting is still not recognized by the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) motorsport's governing body, as a professional form of motorsport.

Jeremy Clarkson's Motorworld is credited with the earliest English language media coverage on drifting, in its first episode.

One of the earliest recorded drift events outside of Japan was in 1996, held at Willow Springs racetrack in California hosted by the Japanese drifting magazine and organization Option Video.

Modern drifting started out as a racing technique popular in the All Japan Touring Car Championship races over 30 years ago.

Drifting was quickly adopted by Japanese street racers to navigate tight twisting mountain roads in illegal races known as the Touge.

Increasing the front suspension's caster angle significantly improves the car's controllability during a drift.

Other suspension factors, particularly spring rates and sway bar sizes, are used to intentionally make oversteer easier to induce.

Where available, aligning the rear tires to toe out has the same effect.

Judging drift events has become somewhat less subjective through the data recording capabilities of the DriftBox - an electronic device that measures the car's yaw angle using accelerometers.

Four of the top seven cars in the 2006 Formula D championship ranks were domestic, including the winner Sam Hubinette - piloting a Dodge Viper Competition Coupe.