Boomerang Basement Bolides – Zeroth Place: 2003 “Time Attack” Ford Mustang GT

Posted on 13. Aug, 2012 by in Auto News

When we won the Scion FR-S DFL in our three-way-affordable sportster test, many commentators have pointed out both TTAC and elsewhere that the FR-S was probably not meant to be a complete package from the factory. Rather, the new hachi-roku was intended to be a platform for individual development, you see. Wisely use the best aftermarket upgrades, the FR-S would be a very personal track scalpel.

Now, to paraphrase Katt Williams: "The Scion do look like an excellent platform on which to build his ideal line car … until an real excellent platform to pull on the line to build his ideal car. "As it turns out, one of our Best & Brightest his slightly modified cars" New Edge "Mustang GT to our test, and he was gracious enough to let you put your humble author's 20 or so laps.

How is it done?

Now, as part of the FR-S, Genesis and Miata, the weak Mustang, which can not be revised more valuable than a dozen grand managed – how shall I say – rip their throats from our delicate trio of Patrick Swayze handling business at the end of Roadhouse. Another publication was not racers play in the Hyundai and Scion while I was doing some rather cautious laps, which was at least a car that the owner was going to have to drive 50 miles back to his house that night. Measured in isolation, the Genesis feels quite fast and the FR-S feels treated fairly well. In addition to the Mustang, they might as well have been lacking a spark plug and running space saver tire. We're talking a simple three-or four-second per lap difference. Move over, ladies, Daddy's here.

What this old Mustang is so much better than running on the track three modern contender? Well, the weight and power. New Edge GT Mustangs an official curb weight of 3,237 kilograms. The area is Genesis, but it's nowhere near what weighs the new generation of pony cars. Push, Ford uses a 4.6-liter V-8 engine mod with 260hp/302lb-ft torque. Now add the following changes made, so the car would be competitive in Ontario Time Attack Series and reported by the owner something like this:

  • Strut
  • Subframe connectors
  • -2.5 degree camber
  • Short Throw Shifter (OEM springs were too soft)
  • Cobra brakes (Factory bolt on, running Hawk HP + with Motul RBF 600 fluid)
  • K & N Intake (up only because I thought it was really cheap on ebay, picked up used)
  • Magnaflow magna pack cat back exhaust (5whp probably worth about 100 hp acoustic)
  • Corbeau lying seat
  • 265-40-17 Dunlop Star Specs

As you can see, there are a few elements of the interior are removed to save an odd pound here and there. The important parts, in our opinion, are the Fall, the Subframe connectors, and the Star Spec tires. The Mustang also seems to have a fairly aggressive position than we were after them earlier in the Miata in the day, it's just came from on Sal (the owner) at about 60 mph. Way around Tokyo Drift area. When the paint had rags managed to get an FR-S that sideways, they would have used it for the cover shot. Sal caught it pretty easily, it turns out, TTAC has not only the best online personal driver in the biz are, ace our freakin 'readers also.

From the moment you turn the key and turn the traction control (on which your humble author takes some command despite a Ford salesman in the mid-nineties), the 'Stang feels like a serious matter. It does not have all the riding-down-the-road-on-metal bearings, what's going on, that is a real full-on racer has. Real racing cars are intensely uncomfortably tight and claustrophobic. Nope, that's just a hardcore street Mustang. There is no window net, no halo seat, no incomprehensible jumble of Dymo-labeled security-position switch to a steel sheet "Dashboard" ahead. It is not so different from what it was when it rolled out of the factory 10 years ago or so. But Sounds how the business.

Once on TMP front just released, the Mustang, the flat road swallows back to the first corner. The brakes are secure and trustworthy than our other testers, and we are not using them as much as the Star Specs halfway to R compositions and they barely squeak before catching the Ford's nose and threw it over her head.

Back in the choke and now we're grinning because we know what's coming: a twisty section. Fall is here and the King Mustang takes the right-left-right transitions with aplomb, the FR-S would have no doubt if you put decent tires on it. Oh, yes, and we can also simply the attitude with the throttle, but that's a trick you can only roughly twice play each round before the rear tires hot enough to get on the faster corners implausible.

It would be a nice credibility builder here to "suffer Na goes, the Ford of numb steering" something along the lines like, or say something like that, but honestly it's fine, especially with these tires and the suspension settings are . No, it can not compare to the Miata, in this context, but the rest of the package is so entertaining it less important.

The current generation Mustang physical incarnation as a long bonnet, Thunderbird-esque, Camry-sized product tends people forget that for the majority of the production lifetime, the nameplate is attached to a small cart. The "New Edge" Mustang has. Rooted in '79 Fox-based Telnack design and as a result, the seating position and the view over the hood is almost more like a Genesis as a 2013 Mustang GT

Speaking of this delightful modern Pony: The old 4.6 is not a two-valver Coyote 5.0. Heck, it is not even found the rambunctious three-valve mod motor in the 2005-2011 Mustangs. It is a Crown Vic engine in a lighter body and freed by the police or compulsory retirement-home it takes its (iron) Skirts and grabs the redline with a reasonable portion of enthusiasm. It's certainly enough to see the Genesis, which was until the moment I turned the key in the dark, ill-fitting the Ford steering column come from pretty much like the muscle car of the group. But you know, it just came off as the muscle car of the bunch … Pull up the muscle car of the series up.

Sal paid thirteen grand for the car a few years ago. It now has 120,000 km on it, which is in miles … not the same number. It could probably be duplicated in the United States for much less than fifteen grand now. , That the money you get a reliable, easily maintained vehicle with an aftermarket of intergalactic proportions and a resale value that is not less than half immerse the purchase price, as long as it starts and runs well. If you get tired of driving on the road, you can cage it and run it in the outstanding Camaro Mustang Challenge Series. (For a video of your humble author hackin 'it up to a podium finish in his first CMC race to fill with what was almost caused a massive crash by my stupidity, click!) If you want to personalize it, you can get everything what a Steeda IMSA body kit to a stitched-leather dashboard. Parts are readily available and if you blow the engine somehow a replacement will cost $ 900 at a junkyard.

Does that sound like the model of the modern "platform for individual expression"? There's only one problem. It's a Mustang and that means you do not have any credibility with the racers of the Internet that. Every vehicle at all on how it fits into their imagination to assess sold sixteen and again at a Japanese high school by their frazzled mothers Do not worry. You'll have a lot of credibility with the racers on the track.

Photography courtesy of Julie Hyde, who does not go back to that lousy Grossman's Tavern for some reason, even if her boyfriend has "whine" a chance in the open jam session.