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It's Mustang Day | 2020 Has The Best Performance Line-Up Yet

This Mustang Day – the nameplate’s 56th birthday – Mustang can now celebrate two global sales crowns, earning world’s best-selling sports car and its fifth straight best-selling sports coupe title. Mustang is also America’s best-selling sports car of the last 50 years.

“We’re proud of our growing Mustang stable and performance variants,” said Jim Farley, chief operating officer, Ford Motor Company. “From Sweden to Shanghai, more and more driving enthusiasts are enjoying the feeling of freedom and the American open road in these new Mustangs. We are honored to serve our owners, enthusiasts and fans for 56 years and counting.” Click Here to Continue Reading...
A Look Back at Something to Look Forward To | ModNats 2019

In a world of uncertainty and canceled events, it’s nice to look back at a race that weekend from a few months back and look forward to the future. Mod Nationals 2019 was an amazing event, even though it kicked off with a rainy start. It was a gathering of like-minded Ford fanatics, fast cars, and some of the best vendors the aftermarket has to offer.

So what makes Mod Nats different? First, it feels like a much tighter group of racers. There’s a very real sense of comradery in the pits. We saw more than one racer helping a competitor fix his broken car to get back out on the track. You really don’t see that everywhere. The payouts for winning a class also tends to be higher at ModNats than we typically see elsewhere. Running a lean operation allows the organizers to reinvest a large portion of the proceeds back into the racer’s purse. Click Here to Continue Reading...
Major Mod | The Whipple Supercharger for the 7.3L Godzilla V8 is Here

We’ve been telling you guys that this has been in the works, and here it finally is. Feast your eyes on the Whipple Supercharger for the Ford 7.3L Godzilla V8. We first heard about this beast of a blower being tested over a year ago. Based on the early information from our sources in Ford I knew the 7.3L was going to be a game changer. When you mix boost into the equation there was no doubt left that we were going to see a paradigm shift in the truck engine market. It looks like Whipple is going to be leading the way into the brave new world modern Ford Big-Inch Performance.

We have an exclusive first look at some early renderings of Whipple’s 3.0L Gen V Supercharger head unit for the 7.3L As usual, Whipple has provided us with several examples of the color options that will be available... Click Here to Continue Reading...
World Ending Soon? | Time to Bolt a Carburetor on your Cobra

Anyone looking to ditch the fuel injection system on their C-Head 4.6L Mod Motor? Since we're getting knee deep in Corona Virus panic mode, it might be time to start thinking simple. While looking through Craig’s List for interesting projects I stumbled upon some odd engine parts. It seems that someone really loved their carburetors, because they built two different carb’d induction systems for the Teksid blocked Lincoln Mark VIII or 1996-98 SVT Cobra Mustangs.

The first is a pretty simple design. It just ditches the top intake hat and replaces it with a bolt on plate featuring what appears to be a flange for a Holley 4-Barrel Carb. Simple, but it should work. I’d be interested to see how well it works with the factory IMRC plates. Click Here to Continue Reading...
If You Missed NMRA in Bradenton, You Done Screwed Up

Attending the NMRA Spring Break Shootout in sunny Bradenton, FL has become an SVTP tradition. For the past several years we’ve made the trek south in search of warm weather and great racing, and 2020 didn’t disappoint. While this was one of the cooler Bradenton races we’ve attended (D.A. was negative 800ft in the mornings), the cars were loving the prevailing atmospheric conditions.

The event seemed much busier on Saturday than any year in recent memory. The number of both spectators and racers was quite impressive. Whatever NMRA is doing to get the word out about their races is definitely working. I hope to see this kind of growth continue throughout the season. But for those of you who couldn’t make it out, we have some coverage for you: Click Here to Continue Reading...
2020 Ford Explorer ST | Finally, a Real Performance SUV from Ford

I know that title may be a bit harsh, but if you read our review of the somewhat lackluster 2019 Edge ST you’ll understand its meaning. That version of the Edge was marketed as the first SUV from Ford Performance. Other than the nice styling, that car was a let-down. Ford really needed to do something special to redeem their efforts to produce a true performance SUV. Enter the 2020 Ford Explorer ST.

Let me get this out of the way right up front. I was extremely excited to see that the newest version of the venerable Ford Explorer was returning to a Rear-Wheel-Drive based architecture. In my humble opinion, RWD is simply superior from a driving dynamics standpoint than a FWD design. For the ST model, the Ford Performance engineers took advantage of this drivetrain change and produced what I consider the first real performance SUV from Ford. Click Here to Continue Reading...
Tested | Prototype JLT Intake for the 2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang

In case you guys missed it, let me catch you up. SVTP has been working with VMP Performance to test the performance increases we can squeeze out of the recently released 2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang with some typical bolt-on parts and tuning. After seeing some impressive stock boost level gains, both at the track and on the dyno, it was time to test out a classic Mustang mod; a JLT Cold Air Intake.

The SVTP community is well aware that a CAI is a member of the holy trinity of basic bolt-on mods for any car (intake, tune, and exhaust for the uninitiated). And for close to twenty years the folks at JLT have been churning out some of the Ford Performance Nation’s favorite kits. The styling and materials of the kits may have changed some over the years, but JLT’s share of the intake market continues to grow. Part of that growth is due to their commitment to performance and the speed at which they introduce kits. Modern 3D printing has cut design and production times significantly, which leads us to the star of this feature. Click Here to Continue Reading...
2020 Shelby GT500 | Modding and Testing VMP's Project Snowbird

I know you guys have been waiting for this. The 2020 GT500 has already proven to be a supremely impressive addition to Ford Performance family of vehicles. But this is SVTP, you know we never leave anything stock for long. So we teamed up with the supercharger experts at VMP Performance to cover some up the preliminary build up of their project Predator. When we arrived, the car was already equipped with a ported supercharger courtesy of Jokerz Performance. Other than the blower, the car was stock.

So the first order of business was to strap the Twister Orange Mustang to rollers and set a baseline. He above setup netted us 680 RWHP, but the interesting thing we noticed was the power starting to drop off once the engine reached 7,700 RPM. VMP’s Justin Starkey believed it was due to restriction in the suction side of the intake tract. We would soon find out just how true that theory was. We decided to ditch the factory airbox lid to see if that freed things up a bit. There’s been a rumor that opening things up could make things interesting. Check out this video: Click Here to Continue Reading...
5 Star 93 Octane Tuned | 2020 F-250 7.3L Tremor | Road Test

The 2020 Super Duty Tremor has certainly piqued the interest of the SVTP Community. Not since the introduction of the original SVT F-150 Raptor have we seen this much interest in a new Ford truck, and there’s good reason for it. The Tremor (a badge that Ford has been known to dust off from time to time) delivers on the desire for a more muscular and off-road capable package than the Super Duty has ever been equipped with. We’ll have a complete review of the Tremor package in the coming weeks, but today we wanted to focus on a very special truck.

What we have here is the very first 2020 F-250 Tremor 7.3L V8 with a 5 Star 93-Octane tune. It’s tuned with HP Tuners software and loaded in with an nGuage. The driveability of this tune is very similar to the 87 Octane 5 Star tuned truck we tested a couple weeks ago. This particular truck definitely felt stronger on the bottom end than the STX truck, but it’s difficult to parse the percentage of the gains that come from the bump in octane versus the difference from 3.55 to 4.30 gears. Then you have to take into account the fact that the Tremor has taller tires, which wipes out some of the advantage of the lower gearing. Click Here to Continue Reading...
2020 Ford GT Supercar Gets More Power and Gulf Racing Heritage Livery

Today, Ford Performance announces upgrades to the Ford GT supercar for 2020, including increased engine power to 660 horsepower and improved cooling. Much of the 2020 Ford GT’s advancements are a result of Ford’s continuous technological innovation, especially GT’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost® twin-turbo V6.

“Ford GT continues to be the pinnacle of Ford performance,” said Ed Krenz, Ford Performance chief program engineer. “GT is always the ultimate expression of Ford racing innovation, and as we know from the 1966 Le Mans through today, that means constantly raising our game for our customers as well as earning the checkered flag.”