Friday, June 25, 2010

Mustang 1000 Lap Challenge

Did you miss it?!
Even though V8's are the preferred
engine around here, this news about the
2011 Mustang V6 1000 Lap Challenge is pretty awesome!

The challenge was to find out if the V6 powered Mustang
could last at least 1,000 laps around a race-track...
on ONE tank of gas.

There were many formulas out there
using what the known factors were -
16 gallon tank, about a half-mile track
against the unknowns -
the main one being MPH, cruise-control usage, weight, etc...

It's amazing that the 2011 V6 Mustang
went even further than the 1000 lap goal
by a whopping 45.7%

It made it 1,457 times around the Bristol Motor Speedway,
averaging 48.5 MPG at an average speed of 43.9 MPH.

A bit on the slow side for being on the race-track,
but this was a CHALLENGE.
So every measure was taken to ensure the
1,000 lap goal would be met.

I think it would be a greater challenge
for me to stay under 45 MPH
At that speed, I could relax a bit,
drink coffee and read the newspaper.
LOL Just kidding... heh-heh.

Congrats to the 22 contestants who
guessed the correct number of laps.
One of those contestants will
walk away with keys to their
very own 2011 Mustang.


Thanks to the MustangBlog
and Muscular Mustang
on twitter where I found
the final numbers.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Live In It & Win It

I don't know if I would be able to
live in any car with 3 other people...
but there's this contest hosted by
WYSP Radio in Philadelphia
where 4 adults are living in a
2011 Cherry Red Mustang.
I don't have all the contest rules, but
it seems that the person who can live
in it the longest will drive away in it...
How long does this contest last?
Apparently, as long as it needs to.
Uh, we'll check back on this story....
Last year's contest lasted 11 days,
and you can read about here.
In the mean-time, check out the reasons why
each contestant wants to win this car here-
they're not what you'd think!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Black OPS Power Adders

Also at last weekend's car show in New Braunfels,
we got to bear witness to some clever, and decisively
clandestine  tech and power adders/upgrades.

One specific example was a black 2007 Mustang GT, owned by Josh.
He had recently acquired the car from Mississippi
after flying out there and test driving it. At first glance,
Josh's 2007 seems like an everyday, generic Black Mustang,
commonly seen cruisin' the highway during the week.

Nothing unusual about it....or so I thought.

Mustang Front Lights

Taking a look inside revealed a Triple gauge A-Pillar pod,
with AIR/FUEL ratio gauge, OIL PRESSURE gauge, and BOOST gauge.
In the photo above, we can see the intercooler for
the turbo tucked neatly behind the front valance.
Mustang Center Console

Josh's GT has a line lock for his beefed up
automatic transmission, which has a manual valve body.
The gauge for the TRANS temp is centered on the
 console beside the E-brake. Although this setup lacks the additional
space for cup holders, in this case it's probably best not have one in the car,
unless you really don't like that shirt that your mom gave you.

Mustang Center Console

The covered safety switches are for the NOX bottle.
Josh has a hidden camera that replaced the lock on the trunk deck lid,
when activated by one of the smaller switches,
it displays on the DVD/AUX/CD player.
This way he can keep track of
 the competition, and record any unworthy
trendsetters getting punished.

Mustang GT Mirror

This custom enlarged GT badge adorned the inside of the trunk lid,
and concealed the camera wiring. Josh also noted that it adds a little flair
considering that his 2007 was pushing a dynoed 450rwhp off the bottle,
 and almost 700rwhp with the juice.

We were excitedly appreciative that Josh took
the time to go over his GT, and elaborate on the tech he had.
If you've got some stealth tech on board,
send us some pics, and tell us what you've got going on.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Car Show, Pt 2

The South Texas ’Stangs Club invited all makes of vehicles to the 2nd annual Benefit Car Show on Jun 5, and it was held in Gruene, TX, to support the Iraq Star Foundation. A majority of the vehicles in attendance were Mustangs of all years and in various states of progress, along with many other makes and models.
1966 Mustang Fastback
I had the chance to drool over see this 1966 Mustang
a few days after the car show at over at Tri-County Collision,
where most of the work has been done.
While I was there, I got to sit in the passenger seat
and listen to the engine run (and wish I was taking it home).
2002 Roush Convertible
Back at the show, walking down "Mustang Alley" we saw
a 2002 Roush convertible...that really stood out -
but not because of the doors....
It was the color of the paint -
Colorado Red.
Ford Fairlane
This blog won't discriminate against other car models...
As you can see, I've included a Corvette photo, but you have
to look past the massive Ford Fairlane to see it.
That is...
428 Cobra Jet Engine
If you could take your eyes off the Cobra engine.
1986 SVO
The owner of this 1986 SVO has taken
care to keep this car as close to original as possible...
And, paid attention to details, such as adding Dyna-mat,
adding new weather stripping and so much more.
I think that this SVO looks as good now as it did then.
Cobra II
This Cobra II was looking good under the sun.
Now...I may be a bit partial to red with black stripes,
but you gotta admit, it looks good on just about any
Mustang, no matter the year or model.
Interior of Cobra II
The inside was just as clean,
with a bit of a friendly warning for any passengers
who would be thinking of going along for the ride.
All in all, we had a great time at the show,
and got a chance to meet really nice people
who shared ideas and swapped stories with us.
We are on the look out for other car shows to attend -
So, if you know of any meets, shows or swaps
or if you have photos of cars you'd like to share
leave a link in the comments.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Car Show

Even though it was blistering hot outside,
we made it down to the Harley Davidson in Gruene, TX
for the 2nd annual Benefit Car Show,
which the South Texas ’Stangs Club started in order to
raise money to donate to the Iraq Star Foundation.

We met up with other Mustang owners who were
eager to talk about their cars,
and modifications that have
been completed or are in progress.

Mustang-Alley: Trunk Lids OpenWalking into an actual Mustang Alley was just awesome.

Mustang-Alley: Hoods Open
This was just the first row of Mustangs.
All in all there were about 80+ vehicles there
from all years including some trucks and 'vettes,
which will be seen in the next few posts....

Until then,

Look, but Don't Touch

Even though there's a mutual respect between competing vehicles,
a friendly reminder doesn't hurt either.