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Manual Ford Mustang Somehow Handles 1,500 HP Without Launching Clutch Into The Stratosphere

Manual Ford Mustang Somehow Handles 1,500 HP Without Launching Clutch Into The Stratosphere

Check out this 4th-gen Ford Mustang with 1,500 horsepower.

Not many people like the 4th generation of the Ford Mustang. It seemed like a bizarre evolution of the previous generation that gave up the Mustang’s classic fastback shape for something way more ‘80s and boxy. Then they rounded out all the corners, gave it a big nose, and called it a day.

It was also before Ford started making the GT350 and GT500 trims as their top-of-the-line models, and instead had a different moniker for the best Mustang: the Cobra.

This particular Mustang started life as a 1998 SVT Cobra, which came equipped with a 4.6-L V8 producing 305 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. That was a fair bit for the late ‘90s, but nowhere near where it would eventually wind up.

It also came with a 5-speed T-45 manual transmission--a transmission it still retains today, albeit with some strengthened internals to handle the massive amounts of torque run through it.

This car was purchased 3 years ago by its current owner and it was basically falling apart. After replacing the engine (with another 4.6-L V8), he then replaced the exhaust in favor of one that goes straight out the front, then gave it a pair of Precision 62mm turbochargers that operate at a maximum of 40 PSI. A couple new cylinder heads and a custom intake manifold, and you got yourself 1,500 hp.

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Other modifications are strictly for racing. Most of the interior has been stripped out and replaced with a roll cage and carbon fiber racing seats. The radio and air conditioning have been ripped out and replaced with a small sheet of carbon fiber and a couple of knobs. The instrument panel has been replaced by a flat screen LCD that shows important vehicle stats and race data.

It still has power windows, but that’s about it for creature comforts.

It’s also loud--as you can tell in the video, the driver is barely able to speak over the roar of that twin-turbo V8. But it can run a quarter-mile drag race in 7.92 seconds at 182 mph, making it the fastest H-pattern manual Mustang in the world.

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