First Runner Up
1966 Mustang Coupe
The unlikely horse in this race, Chris Lancaster's drag-oriented Mustang coupe represents the best of at-home fabrication, design, and execution of purpose. The '66 Mustang was fitted with a turbocharged Modular Ford powerplant—the former is a departure for the late-model enthusiast, while the latter is something Chris has familiarized himself with through his last three Fox-body-based builds.
While there are a number of compromises in design to make it legal to run the low-8-second quarter-mile elapsed times that it does, the basic body is still factory Ford, albeit turned up to 11 on the temperature dial. Remarkably, after you crawl around the Funny Car-style rollcage, the car is very tractable to drive on the street, which is essential for the NMRA True Street class which it was designed to run in.
4.6L DOHC Modular engine built by Panhandle Performance
Owner-fabricated single turbo system with Precision Turbo & Engine 88mm turbocharger
Big Stuff engine management
Rossler Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission
Chassisworks Fab9 9-inch rearend
Rod & Custom IFS and Total Control Products four-link rear suspension
Aerospace Components disc brakes
BBS RK or Hole Shot Sun Star wheels with BFGoodrich KDW, Sumitomo, and Hoosier drag radial tires
Restored factory black interior with 25.5 SFI-spec rollcage, Racepack data acquisition instrumentation, Kirkey seats, and rear-seat-mounted air-to-water intercooler
Southern Polyurethane clear coat, PPG Black and House of Kolor Ultra Orange Pearl paint, Glasstek fiberglass hood, Ed Quay aluminum rear wing