Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
February 4, 2014

Racing Rivalries

Hard-core 'Stangbangers know there isn't much that matches the thrill of lining up a Pony (like the Edelbrock- supercharged Coyote seen here) against a Brand-X or imported ride and beating it mercilessly in a head-to-head drag race. While most of us are familiar with showdowns of this nature on dragstrips or quarter-mile stretches of desolate road, we recently had the opportunity to try heads-up street racing online using a new free-to-play mobile drag racing game from Cie Games (www.ciegames.com) and Nitto Tire (www.nittotire.com).

Racing Rivals (www.racingrivals.com), a new high-speed game that's played in real time over the Internet on Apple iOS devices, captures all of the action, emotion, and nuance of high-stakes street racing by allowing competitors to race for bragging rights, virtual cash, or even in-game pink slips. The game offers more than 40 of the world's most-popular cars, which can be customized and upgraded into thousands of different configurations for improved performance. In addition to modifying the cars, they can also be repaired to account for the wear and tear that comes from racing. Of course, your author selected the '13 Mustang GT during his tryout at the debut held in the Irwindale Event Center in Irwindale, California.

As an interactive game, players are encouraged to swap tuning tips on the official Racing Rivals forums and Facebook page to find out how to get the best performance out of any given car. (The '13 GT likes nitrous!)

Racing Rivals is available online through Apple's App Store at http://rr.ciegam.es/appstore. For more information, visit www.racingrivals.com. — KJ Jones

Of course, your author selected the '13 Mustang GT during his tryout at the debut held in the Irwindale Event Center in Irwindale, California.


Getaway Star

Have you ever watched a movie or TV show, and trained your eyes on background activity during street driving or chase scenes, hoping to catch even the slightest glimpse of a V-8–powered, late-model Mustang? We're not ashamed to admit we've done it... plenty of times. However, while we've never heard about there actually being any official tally, we suspect the sad truth is that '79-'13 ponies rarely appear on screens large or small.

However, Senior Tech Editor KJ Jones had an opportunity to check out one particular Mustang (a Shelby GT500 Super Snake) that has a starring role in the movie Getaway (www.getawaymovie.com), the action-packed thriller starring Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, and Jon Voight. The film's director (Courtney Solomon, middle), stunt coordinator (Charlie Picerni Sr., left), and hip-hop-artist/actor/car-guy Xzibit got together in downtown Los Angeles and discussed Getaway, and the action and stunt scenes in which the 'Stang (and a few-hundred other vehicles) is featured. All of the high-speed, perilous maneuvers were done by professional drivers in the streets of Bulgaria—it's not the computer-generated imagery that's common in most of today's action flicks. According to Courtney, a variety of cameras were used to catch all the action (from inside and outside the Shelby) in any given scene—cars racing, gear shifting, rubber burning, and glass shattering, but virtually no green-screen or CGI.

"Being able to put the audience right in the middle of the events, inside that amazing car, was enticing, but shooting real, high-stakes action made it even cooler for me. This movie had to be fast-driving and hard-hitting," Courtney said.

Based on the snippets of action that were shown and the looks of the 'Stang on display, we're pretty certain it is. While Getaway opened late summer 2013, it's probably available on DVD and for download now. See it today.

— KJ Jones


Coyote Modified

For the last couple of years, we here at the magazine have happily been the presenting sponsor of the Coyote Stock class run in the NMRA series. It's been fun to see the racing world quickly take to Ford Racing's sealed crate engine. However, as you know, here at the magazine stock is just a starting point for us. So, when we got an inkling that the NMRA was considering a move to another Coyote class that allowed significant modifications, we stepped right to the head of the line to be involved.

Well, that idea has become a reality, and these cars will hit the dragstrip in 2014. We're really stoked to be involved and excited to see a new era of Coyote development pushed forward by this new power-adder racing class. Since the class is geared toward streetable power adders and offers a fairly open rulebook, it should serve as a showcase for the baddest Coyote cars from around the country.

"As the biggest Ford drag racing series, we have a commitment to the racers and sponsors to grow sportsman, heads-up drag racing, and adding Coyote Modified is a big step forward," said NMRA Tech Director Dave Werremeyer.

"Last year we launched the first-ever sealed crate engine program in drag racing history with the popular Strange Engineering Coyote Stock," Dave continued. "That class is awesome, with over 25 Ford Racing engines sold, and we are looking at full fields in 2014. As we looked at the heads-up categories in NMRA, we offer two naturally aspirated classes with Nitto Tire Factory Stock and Strange Engineering Coyote Stock. Then we jump into the exciting world of Edelbrock Renegade with mid-to-low 8-second cars and the awesome AFCO Street Outlaw class that runs mid-to-low 7s. We felt if we are going to add a category, then it had to fit right in the middle of our current heads-up offerings."

He's not the only one that sees the new class as a big step forward. We have been covering the Coyote 5.0-liter engine since it was born, so to see it pushed to the outer limits of its performance in the NMRA's new Coyote Modified class will be truly exciting. We've already seen some of these cars perform at incredibly high levels, but to see them compete against one another is a tantalizing proposition. It's an idea our magazine team couldn't resist.

That's the truth. Since its introduction, the Coyote engine has taken the Ford world by storm. Shops from across the land have extracted eye-watering performance from these cars, many of them retaining amazing streetability. Seeing these cars race heads-up next season should create quite a buzz.

In the late '80s the excitement of watching wildly modified 5.0 Mustangs race is what propagated the Mustang aftermarket to the robust level it operates at today, With any luck, the NMRA's battle of modern 5.0 Mustangs in Coyote Modified will accelerate the rapid development of Mustang speed parts far into the future.

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