Low-key Mustang GT meets Trackhawk E85 on the Strip, creates a Whipple surprise
Of course, with the engine tucked under the hood, it’s not that hard to hide a secret in the automotive world. After all, you can always take a naturally aspirated engine of the V8 variety and turn it into a forced induction wonder without anyone noticing. At least at the beginning.
And that setup generally works wonderfully with Ford’s S550 Mustang, the GT variant’s 5.0-liter Coyote V8, and quarter-mile drag lane clashes. The “Drag Racing and Car Stuff“The YouTube channel has provided a lot of evidence to support the theory lately, in part thanks to the abundance of Mustang battles that took place earlier this month at Street Car Takeover events (Atlanta and Bristol Dragways).
The catch is, Mustang owners can go the turbo (and twin-turbo) route or pack a traditional supercharger setup. The Whipple series is still one of the prime suspects for the latter, and this silver Mustang GT with a very modest stance goes a long way in showing why these kits are so popular among racers.
According to the description provided by the DRACS chain, we are dealing with a 2018 example with a 3.0 liter Whipple Gen 5 compressor. It appears to be the very first time its owner has lined up the new setup on the Strip, and it was clearly facing stiff competition.
This is because in the left lane was a Jeep Trackhawk SUV, one that also underwent some interventions on its part, adding aftermarket intake, exhaust and headers to accompany the E85 fuel mixture. Was that enough?
Well, at first it really was, since the Trackhawk is well known for its excellent starts. Subsequently, the Whipple setup really woke up this Mustang, and the result speaks for itself, as the GT took the win with a cool ET of 9.63 seconds against the Jeep’s 10.48.