Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
February 8, 2017

Adding a turbocharger, or turbochargers, to 2011-2017 Mustang GTs has become hugely popular. Plus, Coyote-swapping the world has taken over earlier Mustangs, as well. These two ingredients can cook up a recipe for great drag racing. The NMRA agrees, of course, and the Turbo Coyote Shootout is returning to the Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout at Bradenton Motorsports Park (BMP). Hellion Turbo, no stranger to turbocharged Coyote combinations, is the presenting sponsor.

The Turbo Coyote Shootout is designed for any single- or twin-turbocharged, Coyote-powered Mustang or Ford-bodied vehicle, including trucks. It would seem a Coyote-swapped Fox combination would work best, but to keep things level, Turbo Coyote Shootout rules mandate a 3,300-pound minimum weight. Engines must be a modular-based 5.0-liter Coyote, but internal modifications are legal. Any gas, including all race gases are legal, as is E85 and E98, but methanol is prohibited.

During the Turbo Coyote Shootout, which is legal for both single- and twin-turbocharged Coyote combinations, you might see a couple 7-second runs, but most will be in the 8-second zone.

All racing licenses must be up to date, as does all safety equipment, and front and rear subframes must remain stock. Any tire is permitted, but with the rear subframe rule, most competitors will most likely run a 275-radial, or 10.5-inch slick. The Turbo Coyote Shootout runs on a heads-up, Sportsman ladder with a .400 Pro tree start. The Turbo Coyote Shootout will be run as part of the Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout March 2-5.