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Project Silver State Part 1: From '92 Mustang LX To Open Road Racer
Silver State LX--Our new project car gets busy with a corner-hugging suspension
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Wanna go fast? Then open road racing is what you need to get into. Nowhere else in this country can you mat the throttle and let it all hang out on a public highway, and not have to worry about a speeding ticket. Open road races offer speed thrills for any level of Mustang fanatic, from those who want to just hold the car at a little over 100 mph, to the truly insane who dare to push the 200-mph envelope. It's an orgy of speed, and it's legal.
We've come down with a serious speed bug that just won't go away, so we've created a new project car to satisfy the little bloodsucker--Project Silver State. Owned by yours truly, this silver '92 LX will be transformed into an open road race-worthy, asphalt-eating machine within the next few issues. The basic idea behind this project is to prepare a mildly modified Mustang to run in a few upcoming open road races including the famous Silver State Classic Challenge in late September. Our ideas to get this Pony into open road racing shape are simple yet well balanced. Having received plenty of tips and advice from heavy-duty racers like John Buscema, Charlie Turner and Russell Truex, all of whom run or have run in the unlimited class, makes us all the more confident in our decisions on how to improve the LX.
The car already features many engine and suspension mods, like TFS Twisted Wedge heads, a Cobra intake, Crane 1.7:1 roller rockers, a 65mm TB, a 73mm mass air meter, MAC 15/8-inch shorty headers, a Flowmaster exhaust, BBK subframe connectors and G-load brace, a MAC strut tower brace, KYB shocks, and Eibach progressive-rate springs. In the next few issues we will be upgrading some of the suspension components and rolling stock with the help of some great products from Koni, Yokohama, Brothers/BBK, Hotchkis, and Baer Racing.
Our first modification to PSS (Project Silver State) is to improve its suspension, which is probably the most important part of the equation when building a car to race at speeds in excess of 120 mph. Every little bump and imperfection in the road will be magnified enormously, and one little mistake at those speeds can mean the difference between finishing first and ending up on the roof out in the toolies. So with these risks involved, we chose to go with solid products from Koni, Eibach, Hotchkis, and Factory Five Racing. Our main goal with the suspension is to create a well-balanced car that will be able to take the rigors of open road racing as well as the city streets.
Making sure that everything is installed correctly, we went to DB Performance Engineering in Rosemead, California. There, the main man himself, Danny Banh, was in charge of the whole operation. Follow along as the next few pages cover PSS' first steps into the open road racing world of fast cars and dangerous curves ahead.
In the next story, we'll give you a better look at what open road racing is all about, how much fun it is, and how to get involved. Once PSS is to the point we want it, we'll enter it in a few races and eventually close out the racing season with the Silver State Classic Challenge in late September. We'll probably enter in the 125-mph class, and if I can find a navigator with enough cajones to ride with me, we'll take Nevada by storm.