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How Fast is a Mustang With an Indy Motor?
Hindsight: The Indy-Engine Mustang
“With a $30,000 Ford Indy V-8 sitting around, you just have to figure out something for it to do. Why not stuff it into a Mustang and go after some national and international speed records at Bonneville? Maybe this could be the world’s fastest Mustang?”
Yep, that’s a four-cam Autolite IndyCar engine stuffed into a 1967 Mustang fastback’s engine compartment, the result of a bench racing session about how fast the combination might run. Hot rodding heroes Art Chrisman, Chick Hiroshima, Ak Miller, and Autolite’s Danny Eames were responsible for the delinquency, and they conned Mario Andretti into driving it in search of land speed records at Bonneville. The photo was shot on November 11, 1966, and the color version ended up on the Feb. ’67 cover of Hot Rod magazine. On straight alcohol, Andretti scored the standing 5km and 5-mile records with 136.645 and 150.34 mph, respectively, and with a tank-load of nitromethane it busted off a top speed of 175 mph when a piston let go at around 9,000 rpm.