Published on 2013-10-22
If you've followed our Ultimate Track and Street Car Build Blog on our 2011 Mustang 5.0L RTR race car, you've seen our build and all the products used along the way. One of our favorite parts about this Mustang is the exhaust. We never really covered the installation of the exhaust or even got sound clips of it, mostly due to the fact that we just wanted it done so we could all get our turn behind the wheel!
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Our 2011 RTR Mustang started off life as a Brembo package, Kona blue Mustang 5.0L. We started out our build by installing a Ford Racing Handling Pack, Powerslot Rotors, Hawk HP Plus Brake Pads all the way around and a set of RTR Wheels and Nitto 555 Street Tires. These modifications greatly improved how the car handled, braked and drove in just about every situation, along with a great stance sitting on the RTR wheels.
Next up was a JLT Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake and custom tune for 93 octane using a SCT SF3 Handheld Tuner. This alone added a huge power and throttle response gain. The JLT intake fit perfect and adds some awesome looks under the hood. That coupled with a very aggressive tune, we knew we had a monster in our hands. While under the hood we painted the coil covers blue to add a little color under the hood with our new Boss 302 Valve Cover/Coil Cover Paint!
Next up was a full exhaust system which was composed of a set of Stainless Works Long Tube Header and Catted Mid Pipe, along with a Bassani Axle Back System and a Dynotech Aluminum Driveshaft. These exhaust components gave our 2011 a very unique and aggressive sound all across the board. The drive shaft helped reduce rotating mass, getting more power to the ground, which is always a good thing. Also while in the shop for the exhaust we installed a Ford Racing Aluminum Radiator to help cool things down while on the track!
After the exhaust, it was time to make some exterior changes to the car and thanks for our friends at Classic Design Concepts we were able to get our hands on an RTR appearance package. After a few hours of intense work we completely transformed the outside of our 2011 5.0L into a sick looking street machine.
After a long day of driving the 2011, we noticed some rear end noise, so after consideration we decided to install a brand new set of factory Ford 3.73 gears and a new Torsen rear differential. This not only solved our rear end noise but also helped us get power to the ground even better. With the extra power we decided it was also time to upgrade the brakes. For this we turned to Ford Racing and installed M-2300-T 2013 Shelby GT500 brake kit.
Now for some interior goodies! After the car was performing the way we wanted, we gave the car back to Shannon for a little time alone. During this time Shannon installed a black powder coated 6-Point Maximum Motorsports Roll Cage, which fits like factory and looks great inside the car. He also added in the RTR interior package and a set of 5-Point Harnesses. To help firm up the shifts, we added a Barton Short Throw Shifter as well. This is by far the ultimate shifter for your 2011 up Mustang! Sharp, crisp and positive shifts all the way through!
We loved the way the car looked at this point, but our friends at CDC helped us get a little different take on the RTR Mustang Package. Instead of the ordinary light blue or black stripe kit, we added an orange RTR stripe kit to the car and a set of matching orange RTR wheels that we had painted to match the stripes. The wheels and stripes really helped the car stand out for our promo purposes, a little brighter than expected, we were happy with the results!
All in all we call this a pretty fast and very successful build, the car performs and looks just like we all had dreamed of. After several hard track sessions the 2011 GT runs and holds up like a champ. The new Mustang Coyote platform has outperformed our biggest dreams and we couldn’t be happier to have such a machine sitting in the garage!!
We also want to give a special thanks to all of our good friends at Ford Racing, Classic Design Concepts, Steeda, JLT, Blow-By Racing, Stainlessworks, Powerslot and Agent 47. Without all of their great engineering and willingness to be a part of our build, this wouldn’t have happened as fast as it did. Thanks guys!