Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
November 10, 2006
Photos By: Steve Turner, Chuck James
Someday our little '89 notch will be coming off the porch to run with the big boys-just like Jarad Large's coupe-or at least with NMRA's Rob Kinnan in a little grudge race.

When enhancing your Mustang's performance, be it suspension, power, or braking, there is always the urge to throw the best of the best at your project. Let's face it, we all want 800 hp; 15-inch, six-piston brakes; and the level ump-teen-million suspension package from XYZ's catalog. Sadly, many of us don't have the scratch to feed this kind of urge. This is why we worked with the National Mustang Racers Association to devise the class and rules now known as the 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords Real Street class.

The Real Street class is formulated on building a powerful Mustang with real street-level performance parts. No back-halving, no motor plates, just simple, proven, performance parts commercially available to anyone. Building a car in this manner not only makes racing somewhat affordable, but it also brings back the excitement of who can tune and drive the best-not who has the biggest sponsor and deepest wallet (my apologies to the Pro guys).

The crew at HP Motorsport ably handled our rear-suspension needs. The company supplied us with its Mega-Bite rear sway bar and Mega-Bite upper and lower control arms. Also shown here are HP's Mega-Bite Alignment Plates, transmission crossmember, and driveshaft safety loop (to be installed later).

Editor Turner discussed the project in the Jan. '01 Bench Racer, and we followed the crew at D.S.S. for the Real Street engine buildup in the July '01 issue ("Getting Real," p. 39). Naturally, being a magazine, our car is going to lean toward the top of the Real Street scale, but you needn't make all the modifications we do. Just keep in mind the top competitors are always going to push the envelope.

This month we prepare our four-cylinder chassis for competition with class-legal parts from HP Motorsport, Anthony Jones Engineering, Tokico, Maximum Motorsports, Baer Racing, Mark Williams, Wild Rides, and Eibach. We also had our previously installed Maximum Motorsports rollcage properly welded up and converted to work with MM's swing-out door-bar kit.

Horse Sense: When building a Mustang for any class of racing, be sure to pick up a rule book from the sanctioning body before ordering a single part. This way you will know what is legal for your class. You can build on your project with the aid of the rule book for fewer problems come race day.