Wayne Cook
December 1, 2008
Photos By: Drew Phillips

Zeeshan Mohamed from Calabasas, California, owns the black-on-black '06 Mustang GT searing your eyeballs. He's a busy man and is currently involved in the creation of a new business called Automotive Dezignz. He has had a huge variety of cars in his automotive past but he wasn't originally interested in high-performance iron.

From a design standpoint, however, he has always loved the '67-'68 Mustang fastback body style. When the all-new Mustang was introduced in '05, the classic fastback roofline really hooked him. Zeeshan knew that sooner or later he would own one of the beautifully styled cars.

It turned out to be sooner, as he bought his Mustang GT new at Galpin Motors, located Southern California's San Fernando Valley, late in 2005. He started out just driving his new car and enjoying the incredible value of the factory-fresh Mustang before making any changes.

It wasn't too long before the multitude of aftermarket offerings for new Mustangs began to attract his attention and he chose the aftermarket components for his new car carefully. Take one look at his setup and you'll see that it isn't for drag racing. Although the Mustang has a lowered stance, he says it isn't used as a road racer. The prominent front spoiler bolstered with steel support rods and a custom carbon-fiber air splitter hint at the car's true intended purpose.

Zeeshan likes to use his Mustang for sustained high-speed transportation and he enjoys driving his car near the edge of its performance envelope, sometimes for hours on end. You might call it freeway flying where Overdrive is king and the open road is a ribbon running to the horizon.

That sounds a lot like going between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and it just so happens that's one trip he likes to make in the black Mustang. In fact, he and his buddies have had something resembling a Cannonball Run going on between the two cities. Zeeshan didn't say how fast anybody was going and they didn't have to outrun any police helicopters, but he did say that in the tradition of the famous open-road event, a splendid time was had by all.

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What's the Cannonball Run?
The Cannonball Run was originally an unofficial automobile race from New York to California. The idea for the event was dreamed up by car magazine writer and automobile racer Brock Yates in 1971. The race wasn't really a competitive event and wasn't supposed to involve any risk beyond getting a speeding ticket. The object of the Cannonball Run was to leave New York City and drive to Redondo Beach, California, in the shortest time possible.

Those were the only rules. Participants could choose any route and use any type of vehicle they wanted. There were no limitations on maximum speed. The vehicle entered would have to travel the entire distance and there could be no backup vehicle. Any speeding citations received along the way were the driver's responsibility.

The Cannonball Run could be considered a race in that the fastest time was declared the winner. Of course, having a car capable of great speed didn't guarantee a First Place finish and fun was the principle motivation. There were several movies based on the event, the most notable among them being 1976's The Gumball Rally.

The Details
Zeeshan Mohamed's '06 Mustang GT

Engine

  • 4.6L SOHC V-8
  • 281 ci
  • Bore and stroke 3.55x3.54
  • Steeda cold-air induction
  • Steeda underdrive pulleys
  • Meziere electric water pump
  • SCT Live Wire tuner
  • 327 hp and 326 lb-ft of torque with improvements

Transmission

  • Ford 5R55S five-speed automatic
  • Aluminum driveshaft

RearEnd

  • 8.8-inch axle
  • 3.73 gears

Exhaust

  • JBA equal-length ceramic-coated headers
  • Bassani X-style crossover pipe
  • Bassani axle-back exhaust

Suspension

  • Front: Eibach Pro Kit springs, Tokico adjustable struts, Steeda antisway bar
  • Rear: Eibach Pro Kit springs, Tokico adjustable shocks, Steeda antisway bar, Billet endlinks, Steeda adjustable Panhard bar, Steeda adjustable upper third link

Brakes

  • Front: Baer Heavy Duty 14-inch two-piece rotors, two-piston calipers
  • Rear: Baer DecelaRotors, cross-drilled and slotted

Wheels

  • Front: Boss Motorsports, custom airbrushed center caps, 20x8.5
  • Rear: Boss Motorsports, custom airbrushed center caps, 20x10.5

Tires

  • Front: Nitto NT555, P255/35ZR20
  • Rear: Nitto NT555, P275/35ZR20

Exterior

  • Shelby CS hood, CDC aggressive chin spoiler, custom-made carbon-fiber wind splitter with support rods, Agent 47 mirrors, custom hand-painted emblems (including skulls and Mustang skeletons), painted rear taillights (black candy), front and rear clear corners, 3D Carbon headlamp splitters, reflective black limo tint on all windows other than windshield, matte/flat black racing stripes, custom airbrushed plenum cover, LED underbody light kit, Roush rear wing, hand-fabricated functional heat extracting steel-fenders, antenna delete

Interior

  • Eclipse AVN navigation/DVD player, rearview backup camera, push-button ignition, Passport Escort radar hardwired, black leather interior, dash signed by Jack Roush, passenger headrest signed by Steve Saleen, driver headrest signed by Parnelli Jones, full interior and trunk sound-deadened with Dynamat