Frank H. Cicerale
December 1, 2008
Photos By: Peter S. Linney

Giving the suspension and brakes a workout is the 4.6L Three-Valve mod motor, which was left pretty much stock, save for the addition of a Saleen supercharger. "We have a good relationship with Saleen, which is close by, so that's why we utilized its blower," Corey says. The powerplant inhales through an Agent 47 ram-air kit, and dumps the exhaust pulses into the atmosphere through a custom side-exit exhaust that was not only used to add to the style of the car, but the functionality as well.

"The side-exit exhaust is cool, but we went with that style of exhaust system mainly because of the fuel cell we put in the rear of the car," Dave says. "We wanted to run a good, rigid fuel cell, but the size of it wouldn't allow for a conventional rear-exit exhaust." All told, the engine is good for a solid 420 horsepower. Backing the blown engine is the stock five-speed manual transmission and clutch. Power makes its way to the tarmac via a one-piece aluminum driveshaft and a Currie Enterprises 9-inch rearend stocked with 4.11 gears, 31-spline axles, and a TrueTrac differential.

Gone are the factory buckets and the rear seat. In their places went a pair of Cobra buckets complete with Crow five-point harnesses, a rear seat delete kit from Agent 47, and a 12-point rollcage, among other things.

Corey wanted a car that would work well and look good, too. On the outside, the Legend Lime hue was accented with a blacked-out rear decklid panel and a custom black hood. The rear quarter-windows were deleted and replaced with the aforementioned functional NACA duct on one side and a flat panel on the other. There's also an adjustable rear spoiler, a modified chin spoiler, and custom retro-racing mirrors (all from Agent 47) on the Mustang's flanks. The front grille made way for a high-flow upper piece, while the company also fabricated the lower grille with incorporated brake-cooling scoops. The rear bumper was then modified for the fitment of the rear diffuser. Last but not least, the rear taillights were blacked out.

As for the interior, the attending 12-point chromoly rollcage was TIG-welded in, and is fully legal, according to Corey. An Agent 47 rear-seat-delete package eliminates the need to accommodate rear passengers, and the factory buckets were tossed aside and replaced with Cobra racing seats. A three-nozzle Halon fire system coincides with the Crow five-point harnesses, main electric cutoff switch, and the previously mentioned fuel cell to keep Corey safely buckled in. Custom speaker grilles were fabricated to clear the rollcage. Gear changes are made via an Agent 47 Black Jack carbon-fiber shifter arm.

If you think this car is just a glorified poser, think again. Corey drove the car to victory in the AIX class in the American Iron Series event at Willow Springs.

"Without a doubt, we achieved our goal with this car," Dave says. "People who have driven this car say it handles extremely well. The focus was to maintain the vision of someone getting out there with a club for track days or autocross events. This is that car."

The best part is that anyone can turn his or her Mustang into a Hunter. "All we need is a customer to give us the car, a check for around $30,000, and that customer will get the Hunter back," Dave says. "We can accom-modate a wide range of options, changes, and upgrades."

Guess it's time to turn in that rifle for a Hunter Mustang from Agent 47 and start targeting those pesky brand X-ers.