Pete Epple Technical Editor
June 8, 2011
Photos By: Marc Christ

"After working at UPR for 14 years, I went out and opened my own shop," Tobener tells us. "I owned and operated Speedzone for five years, then went to work at MV Performance. My relationship with Bob started when we raced Fun Ford Weekend together in 1998. Our friendship has grown, and our partnership in Kurgan Motorsports is a great thing for everyone involved."

The business structure is simple--Bob handles most of the day-to-day business, as well as all of the tuning, while Bart runs the shop, taking care of the larger projects and custom fabrication. Mitch Hobson works with Bart in the shop and made the move to Georgia from Illinois with Kurgan. As a way to showcase the talents and capabilities of Kurgan Motorsports, Kurgan and Tobener decided to build a project car. Enter the red '93 Fox coupe.

With the engine and trans in place, the next obstacle became wiring. Fortunately for Kurgan Motorsports, Ford Racing Performance Parts already had a Control Pack for this swap available. The FRPP wiring harness takes all of the headaches and hassles out of the wiring. From there, the car was taken to Kook's Custom Headers in Statesville, North Carolina, where the Kook's crew fabricated a set of long-tube headers and an X-style midpipe, and finished the exhaust off with a set of Kook's mufflers and turndowns.

This car has been instrumental for Kook's and anyone looking to stuff a Coyote between the fenders of a Fox. Bart's coupe was used as the guinea pig for Kook's to design and test-fit headers specifically for this swap. After returning from North Carolina, Tobener added an R2C Performance cold-air kit to add a few extra ponies under the hood.

"The car drives like a stock car," states Tobener. "When you roll on the throttle in Third, it just roasts the tires for as long as you stay in it! It's pretty awesome." The partnership of Kurgan and Tobener has resulted in a new shop for Mustang enthusiasts in Georgia and a sick Coyote-powered coupe. The LX Fox's classic good look with Ford's cutting edge power is truly a combination worth talking about. It'll be exciting to see what else will come out of Kurgan Motorsports. This car has been instrumental for Kook's and anyone looking to stuff a Coyote between the fenders of a Fox.

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