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No, your eyes aren't deceiving you: An OG 5.0-liter engine powers Ron's Cobra, and Vortech's SQ S-Trim supercharger feeds the stock-block bullet 10 psi of boost for extra oomph using a far-from-small 3.33-inch pulley. Ron, a hands-on, do-it-yourself 'Stangbanger, assembled the standard-bore/standard-stroke engine with a stock crankshaft and rods, as well as SRP forged pistons, a Crane 2040 hydraulic-roller camshaft, and AFR 165 cylinder heads. A now-classic Saleen/Vortech intake manifold sits atop the last-gen pushrod engine; modified 30-lb/hr injectors feed the fuel, and MSD's complete ignition system-billet distributor, Blaster coil, and 6A box-sets off spark and timing. This potent combination churns out 433 hp at the rear wheels. We realize this probably won't dominate the power-evaluation segment of the competition, however, from a power-to-weight standpoint, Ron's Cobra's PTW ratio should be comparable with that of other competitors in the Castrol Syntec Top Car Challenge. When matched with a solid suspension, grippy tires, and good driving, we think it will prove our theory that more horsepower is not really necessary for an all-around competition like the Challenge.