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This ProCharger-equipped 780hp 2019 Mustang is enhanced with some very cool aero and innovative high-exit exhaust upgrades to make it stand out from the norm.
Haro Derkrikorian's 2019 Mustang cuts an impressive profile regardless of whether it's sitting still or cranking around a road course. The Ford Velocity Blue factory color contrasts nicely with the silver and gold accents delivering a car that is far from the norm. But the road to creating Derkrikorian's very functional yet streetable Mustang is a smooth one that any competent enthusiast could duplicate given time, funds and some initiative.
Derkrikorian added some very dramatic exterior features, most notably a high exit, dual exhaust system (thus the Afterburner title) along with a new black spoiler and a massive silver splitter to give it a racy tone. Some things are more impressive not for their ultimate impact but for the simple way they came to be. The Mustang's paintwork is basically factory original with one major exception - it has been color sanded and buffed to bring out the true color hidden within. Tie in a few color elements such as silver side skirts and roof panel and you have a very unique vehicle.
Clearly Derkrikorian likes to try new things that are well out of the norm with his builds. Take for example the exhaust exit point. It's in the rear taillight panel rather than under the car or through the rear valance. The result is a very different look and another reason the Mustang receives high marks for creativity when his 'Stang is on display.
Derkrikorian, co-owner of Bojix Design, is not a newcomer to Mustang builds. His count of current Mustangs stands at five including the 2019 edition you see here. Each one of the builds is significantly different in appearance and power output to the previous edition. While his company name includes the word "Design," his cars back up those exterior promises with high-speed good looks.
Many of the key pieces that make the Mustang unique are offered by Derkrikorian's Bojix Design, the company named in honor of Haro's brother George (nicknamed Bojix) who was killed by a drunk driver. George's name is prominently displayed on the side skirting, his handiwork imprinted on many of the special parts he designed for various Ford platforms. It's a family affair for certain at Bojix Design, Derkrikorian's father, Sam, a key cog in not only the family history but a supporter of the business and its products.
As with all of his Mustang projects, Derkrikorian makes certain the horsepower is there when called upon. Since supercharging is the power adder du jour, a ProCharger Stage 2 P-1X supercharger was selected to enhance the 5.0-liter Ti/VCT engine along with exhaust components that include a Ford Performance Parts' X-pipe, factory cats and a customized Borla system with Bojix-designed exhaust tips. The result is not only 780hp but also an aggressive performance tuned sound that makes it all worthwhile when you step on the throttle.
ProCharger and Derkrikorian have been close for many years, the centrifugal supercharger design making sense with several of his builds. The current ProCharger system cranks out 8.5 psi of boost to achieve that 780 horsepower figure yet retains much of the original engine pieces. Further but less obvious upgrades include the use of a Mishimoto oil separator (separated oil particles from PCV and keeps engine blow by from intercooler and intake system).
As engineers will tell you, spoiler effectiveness can be calculated as the square of the speed, the exterior "upgrades" Derkrikorian added to the vehicle as helpful to aerodynamic downforce as they are to the aesthetics. The front splitter, noted earlier, was custom built for Derkrikorian by APR as was the rear, carbon fiber "Drag Wing" he bolted to the deck lid. Air Design created the front bumper, hood vents and rocker panels with some customization by Derkrikorian and his team. The front grille and floating Mustang emblems were by Bojix and the silver and Citrus Motors Autobody in Ontario, Ca, applied gold PPG paint that dresses these pieces and the roof.
Sticking the cool Mustang to the planet are a set of NT05 Nitto Tires (305/30R20 up front and 315/35R20 in the rear), wrapped around 20x10, front, and 20x11.5-inch, rear, Savini Forged Aluminum SV67 wheels with a concave lip. An assortment of Ford Performance Parts assist the suspension bolstered with adjustable front and rear sway bar end links.
The Brembo six-piston calipers put the clamps on slotted Type 3 two-piece rotors measuring 14.96-inches in diameter x 1.33-inches wide (the rears are slightly thinner). This car stops when commanded - for those folks who like understated commentary. A full complement of Ford Performance Parts' suspension pieces from lowering springs, jounce bumper and hardware kit to track sway bars and driveshaft loop all come together to deliver an excellent handling vehicle.
While the Borla custom exhaust would seem to be enough for the ear, Derkrikorian added some sweet sounding touches to the interior. The Kicker Audio system is a work of art and features 10-inch Solo Baric L7 subwoofers (protected with Zenclosures) to provide the base for the twin A-pillar tweeters and door-mounted 5 1/4-inch door and deck speakers.
The interior sports a pair of Sportster CS black leather seats (with heaters) that are mounted to the flooring with Planted Technology seat brackets for safety. The instrument panel is left as Ford intended with the addition of gold accented gauge bezels and a pair of similarly hued and easy-to-reach paddle shifters.
Derkrikorian's Mustang proves that ingenuity and innovation can blend to make a vehicle that does a lot of things well. With street manners for daily driving and massive horsepower when called upon on the racetrack, it serves as the best of all things. And isn't that what we all hope for in our builds?
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