Tom Wilson
April 1, 2005

Horse Sense:
While this story documents the Vortech V1/V2 installation, and since the Vortech V1/V2 superchargers interchange with the Paxton 1200 blowers from a bracket and installation standpoint, installation will be identical for the Paxton 1200 blowers as well.

Fitting widgets to the all-new '05 Mustang is the aftermarket's all-consuming passion these days. Mustang sales keep many an aftermarket company in business, and when your number-one seller is redesigned, there's little time to waste in making sure your gizmos fit the new chariot.

And that's why we were at Vortech's expansive Camarillo, California, digs to see them beavering away on a prototype V2 supercharger installation on a new '05 Mustang GT. During our visit, the hardware installation was being finalized, but the electronic tuning was still underway, so we don't have horsepower numbers for you. We have no worries, however, the new blower and Three-Valve engine will conspire to make thrilling horsepower.

Vortech's '05 Mustang kit offers few surprises. The quiet, helical-geared V2 S-Trim blower is the primary street supercharger (the boisterous V1 is still available), with the same oiling, and boost output of current kits. That would be seven, maybe eight pounds of boost on standard, non-charge-cooled kits, and about 10 pounds of boost on the charge-cooled high output kits. The reverse-rotation supercharger sits on the driver side, pulley-side facing the engine and shares the six-rib serpentine belt with the other engine accessories. Ford left a fair amount of room between the engine and radiator on the new Mustang, so working room is acceptable.

Placing the air filter was something Vortech was working on during our visit. There is no room in the inner fender to vertically mount a conical air filter, so it has to go in the engine compartment. Furthermore, the new Mustang has a surprisingly small hole in the inner fender for drawing cool air, so that is something the aftermarket will no doubt want to improve. Vortech was thinking there might be a way to use the lower portion of the stock air filter box, but conceded the cost of an all-new container is almost a given. For the prototype, a simple, open-element cone filter breathing underhood air-but next to the stock inner fender cool air feed hole-was used. Expect molded plastic inlet tubes and under-hood air filter mounts on production kits.

One thing to be happy about is there is no need to relocate the alternator, air conditioning, or other front-engine-dress accessories. The A/C lines need not be opened. The radiator expansion tank must be replaced, and the power steering pump reservoir moves aside, but that's it for moving accessories.

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