All good things come to an end. Such is the case with our 2011 Race Red project car. As Scott's personal car, this Mustang served us for almost 2 years as a test bed for products, as well as a fixture at events and shows.
The 2011 Brembo-packaged, premium GT was transformed over its term as project car from stocker to certified screamer. With its full list of bolt-on modifications, and a shot of the giggle gas, it was a runner. This 2011 Mustang project car turned heads everywhere we went, and never failed to impress the crowds.
I'm rounding out the cosmetic portion of my 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 build. Fresh for 2011, Ford introduced the California Special package for 2011 Mustang GT's. The package consists of a few specific styling cues, including a pedestal rear spoiler, billet grille, side scoops, wheels, side stripes and front chin... more
Well, we're finally back in business. My factory clutch started acting up just a few weeks ago. The factory clutch starting releasing very close to the floor, making gear changes very difficult. I took the car in to my local Ford dealer, who proceeded to remove the clutch for inspection. The results were start... more
I've had a lot of fun so far in my 2011 Mustang GT 5.0. It's proven to be fun to drive, comfortable, attractive, and capable on the road course. Up until now, I haven't taken it to the drag strip. I simply haven't had the time for a track outing. Plus, we're in Texas. It's hotter than Luci... more
Back when the 1987-93 5.0 Mustangs were ruling the streets, if you weren't running Flowmasters, you weren't cool. 2 chamber "Flows" with an offroad h-pipe or x-pipe produced the sound that inspired 5.0 owners and put fear in hearts of those driving an anemic TPI Camaro. It's only fitting that Flowmaster offer axle-b... more
I recently had the opportunity to install a STEEDA cold air kit on my 2011 Mustang GT. The 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 STEEDA cold air kit is a very nice piece.STEEDA's kit is available for either the manual or automatic transmission 5.0. Its stainless steel and composite construction is of the highest quality. The kit incl... more
Weight is power. Simple automobile physics proves that removing weight is as beneficial as adding horsepower. The standard is something like 100 pounds is equal to a 10th in the quarter, or about 10 horsepower. That number is even higher when the weight being removed is from a moving part like a driveshaft or clutch, o... more
The Boss 302 Intake Manifold has been THE talk of the town since it was first spotted in the photos released by FoMoCo. Then we got another dose of it in the Ford Racing catalog wearing part # M-9424-M50BR. Then came all of the controversy on the interwebs all over the forums over availability. Well, all BS aside, we h... more
It's been a few months and a few thousand miles since I installed my Stainless Works long tube headers with off-road exhaust extensions, and my Flowmaster Hushpower mufflers. Time has come and gone for another exhaust upgrade. I really enjoyed the Flowmaster Hushpower mufflers on my stock exhaust. Once I installed m... more
If any of you follow our project cars, I am sure you have heard of our 2011 Mustang V6 dubbed "Project: Six Appeal" and our GM Scott Springer's 2011 Mustang 5.0L. We decided to take these two Stangs and see what they could do on the dyno. We never really got any baseline numbers for either Mustang, mostly because we go... more
All good things come to an end. Such is the case with our 2011 Race Red project car. As my personal car, this Mustang served us for almost 2 years as a test bed for products, as well as a fixture at events and shows.
As with many of our customers’ cars, modifications started off tame. We started the build with a set of M-5300-P Ford Racing Lowering springs, and an SCT SF3 tuner with BBR custom tune. We then added some styling by means of a GT500-style rear spoiler, California Special front valance, and Roush 7-bar billet grille. In time, more horsepower was injected by means of a full Stainless Works header-back exhaust system, Boss intake manifold, Steeda cold air intake kit, and a Nitrous Outlet wet nitrous kit.
On the dyno, the car made over 550 horsepower at the wheels, and almost 600 pounds-feet of torque with a 150 horsepower shot.
To say we had fun with the car would be an understatement. We had a blast on the street, at the shows, and the track with our 2011 Mustang GT.
The red rocket served us well at the drag strip, running an 11.51 at 117 without the use of spray, when equipped with Race Star wheels with Mickey Thompson slicks. On a set of 19” Hoosier R6 radials, the car lapped Texas World Speedway’s 2.9-mile road course in 1 minute, 57 seconds (piloted by yours truly).
We travelled cross-country on two occasions. One trip shuttled the Race Red Mustang GT to Myrtle Beach South Carolina for Mustang Week 2011. The second road trip came courtesy of the beautiful 3000-mile drive to Sturgis, South Dakota for the Sturgis Mustang Rally.
Our last foray with the 2011 GT landed us at the Mecum auto auction in Houston, Texas. It was there that the car crossed the block (for a bargain) and landed in the hands of its new owner. We can only hope that the new owner will have as much fun in the car as we did.
In the end, the red 5.0L Coyote GT was a testament to what can be accomplished with today’s Coyote-powered 5.0 Mustang GT. The car responded well to every mod we performed. Our selection of enhancements resulted in a car that looked and performed better than much more expensive and exotic cars. We will miss it, and look forward to putting forth the effort to our newest addition, Project High Impact.