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2018 F-150 Adds 3.0L Powerstroke Diesel Engine - 250HP/440TQ/~30MPG
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2018 F-150 Adds 3.0L Powerstroke Diesel Engine - 250HP/440TQ/~30MPG

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 8, 2018 – Full-size diesel truck fans have reason to celebrate this year as Ford – America’s truck sales leader – delivers the first-ever F-150 Power Stroke diesel with a targeted EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway rating, a best-in-class 11,400 pounds of towing capacity and 2,020 pounds of payload capacity, plus best-in-class diesel 250 horsepower and 440 lb.-ft. of torque...
SVTP Coverage of PRI 2017 - 150+ Pics and a Vid
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SVTP Coverage of PRI 2017 - 150+ Pics and a Vid



The Christmas season brings my favorite show of the year, the annual Performance Racing Industry trade show. For those unfamiliar, PRI is an industry-only show that is not open to the public. Instead of being a 'car show', PRI is a Car-Parts-Show. Every year in Decemeber, the best manufacturers in the performance automotive aftermarket industry gather to show off their latest wares.

Unfortunately, for the past several years the show has been held in Indianapolis, IN; whereas it had been located in Orlando, FL in years past. I don't know about you, but when I think of the places I want to go spend a week in the middle of winter Indy is pretty low on the list. It actually ranks below Detroit, and all of Canada (even the part where Trailer Park Boys is filmed)...
Steeda Racer Donnie Gilder Wins Mod Nationals Heavy Street Class
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Steeda Racer Donnie Gilder Wins Mod Nationals Heavy Street Class

Just as Steeda has done for three decades now, we’ve delivered outstanding performance with precision engineered and high quality upgrades built for the enthusiast, by the enthusiasts. Donnie Gilder’s 4,000+ lb street-driven S550 Mustang is further proof of that.

Equipped with a factory rear & trans, full interior, ice-cold air conditioning, and bolt-on Steeda suspension, she ran a best of 8.962 with a 1.28 60ft at South Georgia Motorsports Park. Consistency ultimately brought home the win for Donnie, running bottom 9’s to 8’s all Friday morning til Sunday afternoon with 1.28-1.31 short times, and zero spin all weekend...
LMR 2018 MUSTANG GT HEADS TO THE DRAG STRIP - RUNS 12.02 @ 117 MPH
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LMR 2018 MUSTANG GT HEADS TO THE DRAG STRIP - RUNS 12.02 @ 117 MPH



One of the most highly anticipated changes for the 2018 Mustang GT was the switch from the venerable 6R80 6-Speed automatic transmission to the 10R80 10-Speed that made its debut in the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. Behind the High-Output 3.5 EcoBoost in a truck the new tranny has proven to be quite stout, but the really question was how it would perform behind the new dual-injected 5.0 Coyote V8 in everybody's favorite Pony-Car. Luckily for us, SVTP Vendor Late Model Restoration just picked up a new 2018 Mustang GT equipped with the new 10R80 auto; along with a few other popular options...
American Muscle Reviews a 2018 Mustang GT - Plus Win $17,760 For Your Truck
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American Muscle Reviews a 2018 Mustang GT - Plus Win $17,760 For Your Truck

I don't know how deep you guys have been looking into the 2018 Mustang updates, but the changes Ford has made to the S550 have really taken it to another level. The new Level II Performance Pack has set the new standard for affordable excellence. As expected it hasn't taken long for SVTP Vendors to start digging into the car. In this case, American Muscle waited precisely no time getting their new manual transmission equipped 2018 Mustang GT out on the streets for a drive...
American Muscle Giving Away a 2018 Ford Mustang RTR
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American Muscle Giving Away a 2018 Ford Mustang RTR

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You may have noticed yesterday we ran an article covering Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s crew release of their 2018 Ford Mustang RTR. Not wanting to let the ink get too dry on that story RTR and American Muscle have teamed up to announce their latest, and most appropriately timed, giveaway. So the question is, are you ready to rock?

Starting October 24, SVTPerformance.com Members will have the chance to sign-up weekly for the chance to win a brand-new 2018 Mustang RTR Spec 3. Valued at roughly $65,000, the RTR Spec 3 is the top level package offered by RTR which takes a regular...
Introducing the 2018 Ford Mustang RTR
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Introducing the 2018 Ford Mustang RTR

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, OCTOBER 26, 2017 — After extensive testing and design
development, the new 2018 Ford Mustang RTR focuses on style, drivability,
performance and aerodynamic styling, making it the most dynamic, powerful and
expressive Mustang RTR yet. The 2018 Mustang RTR will be available soon through
select Ford Dealers globally, offering turnkey packages with over 700 horsepower...
Tech: VMP Performance Focus RS SEMA Build
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Tech: VMP Performance Focus RS SEMA Build



One new Ford that I have been itching to spend more time in is the potent Focus RS. With over 300HP on tap and AWD keeping that power planted the car definitely has the makings for a very fun ride. But everyone here on SVTP knows that modded is preferable to stock, and SVTP Vendor VMP Performance certainly knows how to mod. So when I first heard that they were building an RS for the 2017 SEMA show I knew I wanted to dig in and learn more about this project...
Inside Look - The FPRP Coyote Gen 1 Crate Engine
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Inside Look - The FPRP Coyote Gen 1 Crate Engine

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DEARBORN - Since its introduction in 2011, the Ford Performance 5.0L Coyote crate engine has been an enthusiast favorite and a staple of Ford’s Mustang GT lineup. With the 2015 model year came the first major design changes to the 5.0L Coyote engine, creating a market for 2011-2014 Mustang GT owners looking to install a new Coyote engine compatible with their model year. Out of this, Ford Performance developed the new 5.0L Coyote Long Block, Gen 1 crate engine which brings the improvements made to the 2015-2017 Coyote (Gen 2) crate engine to 2011-2014 Mustang GT owners...
Kick Ass - 2018 Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2
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Kick Ass - 2018 Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2

  • New Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 raises Mustang GT’s game and bridges the gap between GT Performance Pack and GT350
  • Performance Pack Level 2 is accentuated by a lower, more aggressive stance, aerodynamically balanced high-performance front splitter and rear spoiler – all designed to add more downforce to attack curves for an exhilarating feel behind the wheel
  • Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, retuned steering and MagneRide® suspension deliver ultra-responsive road-gripping capabilities in new manual transmission-equipped Mustang GT with Performance Pack Level 2
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 23, 2017 – Evenings in the garage. Weekends at the track. Gearheads everywhere can appreciate the extra time and effort the Mustang team took to quickly prototype and hone the...
American Muscle Installs a Vortech V-3 Si-Trim on a Coyote GT
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American Muscle Installs a Vortech V-3 Si-Trim on a Coyote GT

Several years ago SVTP Vendor American Muscle took the plunge and got in deep with their original content video production, and I have to say that the production value and content is top notch. Take the latest episode of their Hot Lab series for example. Stephanie Wood, an AM staffer, walks you through the installation of a Vortech V-3 Si-Trim supercharger kit on an S-197 Mustang GT. From tear-down to test-drive drive she discusses the finer points of the entire process and supporting mod choices. The episode is capped off with some dyno runs and a trip to the drag strip for some real world results...
Hurst Elite Mustang Giveaway
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Hurst Elite Mustang Giveaway



It's not everyday you get the chance to win a new Mustang GT, but that is just the opportunity that Hurst is putting out there for all their fans. They are holding a contest with the Grand Prize being a custom build Hurst Elite Series Mustang GT. I'd love to see an SVTP member end up with this in their driveway, so here are the full details on the car and contest...
Ultimate Gathering of SVTs @ #PITS2018
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Ultimate Gathering of SVTs @ #PITS2018



Just ask anyone in attendance, the first annual Ponies in the Smokies (“PITS”) show in Sevierville, TN was a resounding success. Jeff, Travis, KB, Troy, and the rest of the crew really knocked this one out of the park. SVTP was honored to be a part of the inaugural show. It was a fantastic first outing and we were left anxious to start strategizing for next year.

Incidentally, now it’s time to start putting plans into action for #PITS2018 and SVTP has something very special in store. Last year PITS tried to showcase one of ever model-year Mustang produced. Taking that idea, and improving upon it, SVTP has decided to assemble one of every SVT ever made (with a few other special guests thrown in for good measure). From the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra to the latest High-Po offering from Ford Performance we are...
Behind the Scenes: The Dealership Finance Department
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Behind the Scenes: The Dealership Finance Department

Every dealership has a finance department; some are made up of a single individual, while others have a director or directors with several producers under each. Have you ever wondered why you are more or less herded to their office even if you are stroking a check for your newer vehicle?

Dealerships contain multiply profit centers under one roof that operate together (for the most part), like most businesses. The finance department is just one of the many departments within the dealership that is in place to turn a profit and streamline the customer experience...
The $95,000 Ford Super Duty is Here
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The $95,000 Ford Super Duty is Here

Ford – America’s truck leader – today pulls off the wraps of a new F-Series Super Duty Limited that sets new luxury standards for high-end heavy-duty truckers.

With pricing at $87,100, the F-450 Limited delivers technology and comfort previously reserved only in premium flagship sedans, and it’s capable enough to tow more than 30,000 lbs. – about the weight of a stealthy Air Force F-35 fighter plane.

“The Super Duty lineup is a win for all of our customers, from successful ranchers to contractors to RV owners” said Todd Eckert, Ford Truck group marketing manager. “Super Duty Limited is the most luxurious and advanced heavy-duty pickup truck ever created by Ford for accomplished buyers with appetites for the high life and hard-earned dollars to match”...
VMP Performance's 2018 Coyote Engine Modification Preview
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VMP Performance's 2018 Coyote Engine Modification Preview

The crew over at VMP Performance have, not surprisingly, been digging deep into planning their modification strategy for the 2018 5.0 Coyote V8 Powered Mustang GT. It's no secret at this point that the 5.0 is due for some major updates, and those changes will bring with them a new set of challenges. To say that VMP is eager to get their hands dirty is an understatement...
Whipple Gen-3 Rotor Upgrade for the 2.9L Twin Screw Supercharger
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Whipple Gen-3 Rotor Upgrade for the 2.9L Twin Screw Supercharger

Our friends over at Lethal Performance shared the following information about their New Exclusive Gen-3 Rotor Upgrade for the Whipple 2.9L Twin Screw Supercharger. This upgrade kit sounds like exactly what the twin-screw market has been looking for, and it's going to be very interesting to see how far early adopters will be able to push the performance envelope. Best of all, if you were thinking about pulling the trigger on a new Whipple kit you can get the Gen-3 upgrade for a mere $200 extra. That's a no-brainer in my book. Check out the full details below, and give Lethal Performance a call ordering details...

SVTP Garage Pass for The 12-Hours of Sebring

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SVTP Garage Pass for The 12-Hours of Sebring

“There’s nothing stock about a Stock Car.”, so says fictional racing legend Harry Hogg from 1990’s Days of Thunder. And while I am a proponent of the “stock sucks” philosophy, when it comes to auto racing my heart lies with actual stock cars (something NASCAR Cup racing gave up decades ago). There’s just something about watching a factory-bodied Mustang out there beating up on the competition that hits me right in the feels. And when it comes to Mustang racing it’s tough to beat the excitement of the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge series.


We recently traveled to Sebring, FL for a very unique opportunity; to be embedded with the KOHR Motorsports race team. We were invited for a behind-the-scenes view that few get to experience. The Sebring IMSA race lasts a grueling twelve...
SVTP's Coverage of #PITS 2017
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SVTP's Coverage of #PITS 2017



What a way to kick of the show season! After the seemingly unending crappy weather of winter we are greeted by sunshine and pleasant temperatures in Eastern Tennessee’s beautiful Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Sevierville, TN was the chosen location for the first annual Ponies in the Smokies (PITS) show, and that was an excellent choice. Long known as a vacation destination, the Sevierville/Gatlinburg/ Pigeon Forge area is also an automotive gathering Meca; and the host of several major shows each year.

The PITS organizers developed the event around the area’s strong outlaw and bootlegger history. Over the past few years the area has embraced its moonshining legacy and has permitted the construction of several legal moonshine distilleries. Picking up on that theme the PITS crew created the Shine Run, a...
Re-Upload - SVTP Coverage of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona
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Re-Upload - SVTP Coverage of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

Ford Performance kicked off the 2017 race season with great success at the World Center of Speed, Daytona International Speedway this past weekend.

The new Mustang and Ford GT supercar qualified on pole (Mustang in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Ford GT in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

The Weekend kicked off with Ford’s newest Mustang racer qualifying first and second and the Ford GT followed, locking in the top three spots in the GTLM (GT Le Mans) category for the 24 hour race...


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