Located about midway through...
Located about midway through what seemed like endless rows of hard-core performance goodies, Ford Racing’s [(800) FORD-788; www.fordracing parts.com] display was a must-stop location at the 2010 PRI show, by Ford fanatics and Brand-X loyalists alike. The super-rare ’12 Cobra Jet Mustang rolling chassis (only 25 serialized; ’12 CJ rollers are being produced with the Grabber Blue color) anchoring the gigantic pavilion proved to be the perfect lure for drawing showgoers into the Blue Oval’s wonderland of big steam.
We ran into Jason Miller from Maryland International Raceway (www.mirdrag.com
) at PRI. Jason is super-excited for the NMCA race coming to his track June 3-5, 2011, and we’re rooting for a good showing at the event so we can possibly attend an NMRA event at MIR.
Here at 5.0&SF, we plan out the year according to events, mixing them up between staff members to make sure one person doesn’t do the brunt of the traveling. We start out with the ORTC race in Valdosta and the NMRA Bradenton opener in March, and close out the year with the Performance Racing Industry show in December. The year goes by so fast, we’re barely able to see it flash before our eyes. Toward the end of each year, we wonder where the time has gone, as we begin to anticipate next year’s activities and events.
Even though the PRI show is at the end of the year, it gets us excited for the next year. When PRI comes around, we realize it’s another year gone, but we’re also excited to see what’s down the pipeline in the Mustang community. The PRI show gets us pumped up for the upcoming season, showing us what new products will be tearing up the streets and dragstrips in 2011 and beyond.
Specifically, we go up and down every row of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, combing through every manufacturer display hunting for Mustang parts. These are the speed parts hoping to find their way onto or into your Mustang in 2011. Check ’em out.
How sweet is this? Aeromotive (913) 647-7300; www.aeromotiveinc.com
introduced its brand-new in-tank/OEM-style, high-volume fuel pump at the 2010 PRI show. The submergible pump feeds fuel at a rate of 340 lph, making it the perfect unseen, unheard fuel provider for hard-hitting, EFI street ’Stangs.
When you think of Baer brakes (866) 294-0688; www.baer.com
, you tend to think of street or road-racing applications, but at PRI, the company debuted a line of drag-racing brake packages. Baer’s Street-Strip-4-Plus Drag Spec brake systems are available for the front and rear. These kits include rotors, calipers, pads, and hubs, if selected. The kits are built around Baer’s lightweight caliper design, with value in mind.
A company that didn’t get its start playing with Mustangs, BLP Racing Products (800) 624-1358; www.blp.com
has these Ford small-block sheetmetal valve covers. BLP has them available for conventional small-block and Yates-style heads. Both designs feature a 0.500-inch-thick rail with gasket retention for maximum rigidity and gasket sealing capability.
The crew at BMR Fabrication (813) 986-9302; www.bmrfabrication.com
worked right up until the 11th hour to finish this slick tubular K-member for 5.0-powered ’11 Mustang GTs. The 24-pound cradle sheds 20 pounds off the nose of a new Pony, and can be ordered in several flavorswith/without Coyote engine mounts, with/without Pinto rack mounts, with -inch-lowered 5.0 engine mounts and Pinto rack mounts, with pushrod Windsor engine mounts and Pinto rack mounts.
Chris Alston’s Chassisworks
Taking us back to the days of Craig Radovich’s twin-blower car, Chris Alston’s Chassisworks (888) 388-0297; www.cachassisworks.com
brought serious heat to the PRI show in the form of this badass twin-supercharger gear-drive bracket for Vortech or ProCharger-blown, small-block Ford engines. The CNC-machined brace features a built-in timing pointer and crank-trigger-pickup point, and can be ordered with gear ratios of your specification. Single-blower brackets also are available for those who don’t care to make as much steam.
In less than a year, we’ve seen blowers, nitrous systems, and several other bolt-on parts that are designed to make more horsepower with Coyote 5.0s. Big-time cylinder and exhaust temperature is a direct byproduct of big steam. Cometic (800) 752-9850; www.cometic.com
has developed multi-layered steel (two embossed, viton-coated, stainless-steel outer layers and a variable-thickness, stainless center layer) head-, and exhaust gaskets (shown) that will stand up to the high heat. The cool thing about the head gaskets is that they don’t need retorquing once they’re installed, and the exhaust gaskets are fully reusable.