Congratulations Mike Sakiewicz, Brothers Performance $1,000 Shopping Spree Winner!


Congratulations Mike Sakiewicz, Brothers Performance $1,000 Shopping Spree Winner!

Brothers Performance is proud to announce Mike Sakiewicz of Frankfort, Illinois as our December $1,000 Shopping Spree contest winner. Mike is a hardcore Mustang fanatic in the process of building his 1986 Mustang GT into a budget warrior and he’ll be on his way with some hot new parts thanks to Brothers Performance.

“I got a phone call from Brothers Performance, but I was working so I couldn’t answer,” Mike stated with a chuckle. “I called back and they told me I won and I was super excited! I thought they already picked a winner so i never gave winning a second thought. I was totally surprised because it’s the first time I’ve ever won anything,” said the 24 year old construction equipment worker, who recently broke his hand on the job.

Mike picked up his 1986 GT at a police auction, but it sat for two years as he contemplated whether he wanted to build it of get a different car. “This car had an AOD and I wanted a stick, but it’s hard to find clean cars up here in Illinois,” he explained. “Its got surface rust, but otherwise it is in good shape. I decided to keep it and I did a T5 swap myself, and added a Steeda Tri-Ax shifter, Ford Racing Aluminum Driveshaft, 3.73s and a Detroit Locker differential.”


Mike also installed BBK Shorty Headers and a Brothers Performance Off-Road H-Pipe, with the system dumping under the car. “I like it loud, so I went with straight exhaust with no tail pipes,” Mike stated. “I also did the Ford Racing A/C delete and took the smog pump off. Other than that it’s stock.”

With his $1,000 shopping spree, Mike selected a Brentech Cold-Air Intake kit, a 70mm Brentech throttle body, along with a Pro-M 75mm Mass Air meter, Pro-M Mass Air wiring harness, Stage 8 Locking header bolts and Maximum Motorsports Extreme Duty Adjustable Rear Lower Control Arms.


“It’s an ’86 so it is speed density, but I’m switching it to mass air,” he added. “I already have the A9L computer sitting in my room. I’d like to a do a GT-40 build on the Mustang, but I’m working on the suspension first. I’ll go with sub-frame connectors and suspension mods before I start adding power. I’m more about the go-fast so I’ll get that done before I worry about looks.”

Brothers performance congratulates Mike and we’re glad to help make his 1986 Ford Mustang GT build a special one. We can help you, too! In fact, all you have to do is click here and sign up for your chance to win! We have another $1,000 Shopping Spree going on right now and you can be the next winner.



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BBK Varitune Mufflers Make The Perfect Sound


BBK Varitune Mufflers Make The Perfect Sound


Have you ever wondered what it takes to get the perfect sound from your exhaust system? I mean a sound that’s dialed into your liking. Different engines create different levels of exhaust flow, so it’s important to get exhaust parts that fit your needs. There is so much that can affect the music coming from your tail pipes — and we’re not just talking about the volume of your exhaust. Power adders, increased compression, big cams, headers, X- and H-pipes, mufflers and tail pipes all play a role in the symphony of sound. But only one muffler puts the sound tuning in your hands — and that’s BBK’s Varitune Muffler. Varitune mufflers and Axle-Back kits feature the patented Adjustable Power Valve that gives you the ability to tune your exhaust! So read on and see how BBK Varitune Mufflers make the perfect sound.


The Adjustable Power Valve, developed and patented by BBK Performance, lets you change from having a mild three-chamber muffler to a rowdy single-chamber muffler in a matter of minutes. These mufflers are built with an internal cone that is adjusted in or out to direct exhaust flow through the muffler. And since you control the position of the cone, you manipulate sound and power.



It’s all done with the turn of a screw, located on the exterior of the muffler. Changes are made by simply loosening the locking nut and then running the adjuster in or out. With this set-up you can quickly and easily dial in the sound of your exhaust with the turn of a screw and we offer kits for the Mustang, Camaro, Challenger, plus trucks and a variety of other vehicles. You can even alter or off-set the Power Valves to remove any resonance or drone. This is important when you change rear gears or transmission ratios.


BBK Varitune Mufflers are available in a variety of sizes so there’s a combination for virtually any American performance car, including Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Camaro, and Corvette to name a few. Of course, you can retro-fit your Varitune mufflers to basically any vehicle, including early muscle cars. It’s important to note that all BBK Varitune mufflers and Varitune Axle-Back kits are American designed and American built from high-quality materials so they’re designed to sound great and last a long time.


To fit your budget, Varitune mufflers are available in aluminized or stainless steel in 2.5-, 2.75-, and 3.0-inch diameters, and are offered in various offsets to fit most aftermarket and OEM applications, including cars and trucks. Currently, Varitune mufflers do not fit the 1999-2004 Ford Mustang Cobra, and with many options for fitment, be sure to research and select the correct diameter and offset for your specific application.



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Joey Logano Wins Daytona 500 And Ford Sweeps The Weekend


Joey Logano Wins Daytona 500 And Ford Sweeps The Weekend


The Blue Oval was strong in Daytona, Florida this past weekend as Joey Logano scored big winning his first NASCAR Daytona 500 in his Shell/Pennzoil-backed Roger Penske-owned #22 Ford Fusion. Just a day earlier, Ryan Reed drove his Roush Fenway Ford Mustang to victory in the NASCAR Xfinity series race at the famous Superspeedway (located just 20 minutes from Brothers Performance) and Friday night, the young Tyler Reddick scored a win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in his Ford F-150 owned by Brad Keselowski. Yes, Joey Logano Wins Daytona 500 And Ford Sweeps The Weekend.



“What an amazing moment. Wow. To win this race is just amazing,” exclaimed Logano. “I have the best team on pit road for sure. These guys are awesome. My spotter did a great job giving me the information I need to get our front and stay out front before that last caution and be able to have a good restart there at the end. I knew I had the 15 behind me and Clint Bowyer was the best pusher I could find out there and was able to push me to the lead and I knew I wanted the outside to make sure he was behind me to work up there again.”

As with most of the restrictor-plate races, the field was packed tight in the closing laps, as Logono’s bright yellow Ford Fusion led the charging pack. A late-race caution caused a restart with just three laps to go. Logano selected the outside lane (the leader can restart from the inside or the outside), which placed him in front of Clint Bowyer. Bowyer gave Logano a shove on “Green” and Logano cleared the field. Clearing the field on a big track isn’t always a good thing, since the drafting cars can often slingshot past a lone car. But the field never got the chance. Logano’s competitors fanned out three-wide, and the Ford expanded the gap. Finally, the leaders took the “White” flag signaling one lap to go, but before they could complete the lap, caution flew as Jeff Gordon was hit and spun out, securing the win for Ford and Joey Logano.


“You see cars, a lot of cars and I saw that we were single file the first three cars and I knew that was a good thing because it would be harder for them to form a run,” said the 24-year old Logano. “Then I saw them crash in the mirror, but I had a distance to go and I thought that was good because it was still going to be harder for them to catch up without as many cars in the pack. Then the caution came out anyway. That feeling of winning the Daytona 500, I can’t explain how cool this is. I said in an interview that this was our worst race track last year and we worked really hard to figure out how we could get better at it and all the hard work got us the win today.”



Ford Fast Facts:

  • Logano’s win in the Daytona 500 was the 14th overall for Ford in “The Great American Race.”
  • First time Ford has swept all of NASCAR’s top three touring divisions in the same weekend since last August at Bristol Motor Speedway.
  • Ford remains undefeated at Daytona International Speedway in 2015, running its streak to four with today’s win. In addition to winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck and NASCAR XFINITY Series races this weekend, Ford also won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona last month.
  • In addition, this is the first time Ford has swept the NASCAR Camping World Truck, NASCAR XFINITY and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races during Speedweeks.
  • Reed’s win marks Ford’s 220th NASCAR XFINITY Series victory and the first for Roush Fenway Racing at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Reed is the 37th different driver to win a NASCAR XFINITY Series race with Ford and the first since his teammate, Chris Buescher, did it last year at Mid-Ohio.

Ford And Richard Petty Will Build 143 Limited-Edition 2015 Mustangs


Ford And Richard Petty Will Build 143 Limited-Edition 2015 Mustangs just learned that in the coming months, Ford and Richard Petty Will Build 143 Limited-Edition 2015 Mustangs. Based off the popular SEMA project, Petty’s Garage is planning to build a series of limited-edition, 627-horsepower Mustang GTs that will feature exotic paint and appearance, along with supercharging and many custom touches. There will be 100 Stage 1 models and 43 Stage 2 versions.

“We received a tremendous amount of positive feedback about our Petty’s Garage Mustang GT displayed at the SEMA show,” said Jeff Whaley, Petty’s Garage COO. “With so much interest, we began to explore the possibility of building a limited run of the Petty’s Garage Mustang GT.” In fact, Of the 43 Petty’s Garage Stage 2 Mustang GTs planned — only 42 remain — that’s because Rock ’n’ Roll legend Brian Johnson, lead singer for AC/DC, has an order in for the first car. “This Mustang has just taken my breath away,” said Johnson. “It really is one of the best cars I’ve ever driven. I didn’t have an American car, but I do now!”


Not just a pretty face, the Stage 1 Petty’s Garage Mustang GT will be customized with a unique front fascia incorporating driving lights and a blacked-out grille with black running horse. The rear fascia is also custom with a center-exit exhaust and NASCAR-style spoiler on the decklid. Further modification was done to the interior, including embroidered head restraints and floor mats, and Richard Petty’s rolling autograph on the dashboard.

To enhance the giddy-up, the team chose a Ford Racing/Roush supercharger, that’s fed with a cold-air intake. Engine calibration has also been tweaked, and you’ll hear the V8 rumble through the MagnaFlow exhaust, with the aforementioned center-mount exits. Powertrain modifications are covered by a Ford Racing/Roush Performance parts limited warranty; Petty’s Garage components and installation carry a 36-month, 36,000-mile warranty from Petty’s Garage.

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Ford stated the Stage 1 Mustang GT can be ordered in any color, with all unique bodywork painted to match. Finishing the look are unique HRE FlowForm wheels and Continental tires.

If you’re looking for something extra special, the Stage 2 version is taken to the next level of performance with Petty’s Garage Wilwood big brakes, and a complete Petty’s Garage custom two-tone paint job. This version will roll on Petty’s Garage HRE three-piece forged- aluminum wheels.

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Those 43 owners (including Brian Johnson) will stop traffic and win show awards with a very special two-tone paint job that is identical to Petty’s Garage 2014 SEMA show Mustang.

Not just the common Petty Blue, this modern version comes to life with crushed-and- tumbled glass combined with iconic Petty Blue paint. Actually, Petty’s Garage has created a one-of-a-kind color for the lower half of the car, which is set off by tri-coat pearlescent Ford Tuxedo Black. Petty fans will love that “The King’s” legendary No. 43 is expertly ghosted into the paint. It can be seen on the hood and C-pillars. Now that’s slick!

So how much will a special-edition Petty Mustang GT set you back? The Stage 1 Mustang is listed at a MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) of $62,210 — the Stage 2 model is priced higher at $92,210. According to Ford, either Mustang GT can be ordered at your local Ford dealership on a first-come, first-served basis.

1996 – 2004 Ford Mustang BBK 73mm Throttle Intake Test

1996 – 2004 Ford Mustang BBK 73mm Throttle Intake Test


Mustang enthusiasts are always on the hunt for horsepower and is your one-stop source for all your performance needs. To show you some of the great parts we offer, our team recently did a 1996 – 2004 Ford Mustang BBK 73mm Throttle Intake test on a 2003 Mustang GT.


BBK’s 73mm Throttle Intake (Part Number 17801), sells for right around $250.00 and combines a 73mm Throttle Body with a high-flow Upper Intake Plenum into one sweet-looking unit that is easy to install and will outflow the stock throttle body and upper plenum on any 1996 to 2004 Mustang with the 4.6 liter V8 engine. It’s common to see as much as 12 to 15 horsepower gained at the wheels, but we wanted to see it with our own eyes.




The BBK Performance Mustang Throttle Intake is designed and manufactured here in the USA and will create quicker throttle response and better acceleration. All BBK Performance Power Plus throttle bodies are CNC-machined from high-quality 356 aluminum castings to ensure perfect OEM quality and fit every time. They feature die-stamped throttle linkages, double sealed bearings, and O-ringed throttle shafts.


This throttle body is also a direct replacement, and the kit includes all the necessary gaskets and instructions for a quick and easy installation. This is one of those simple installs designed for the do-it-yourselfer. All it takes is about 30 minutes of your time and basic hand tools. We especially like the show-quality Charcoal Titanium powdercoated finish.


Not only is the 73mm throttle bore larger than stock, but the inlet elbow features smoothed internal radius on the short and large turn, plus volume is increased. This equals improved volume and better overall airflow into the engine. BBK Performance also offers a larger 78mm version, designed to work great with nitrous oxide or forced induction.

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2015 Ford Mustang Earns Highest Vehicle Safety Rating

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2015 Ford Mustang Earns Highest Vehicle Safety Rating


Good news for pony fans, the 2015 Mustang earns highest vehicle safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2015 Mustang earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing.


“The new Mustang was built from the ground up,” said Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer. “It is more refined, more powerful and it has everything people have come to love about Mustang for the past 50 years.”


According to Ford, the New Car Assessment Program is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s evaluation program for new vehicle designs. And it is designed to test for performance against safety threats. The 2015 Mustang received five stars in the frontal crash test, five stars in the side crash test and five stars in the rollover crash test.


As many of you know, the 2015 Mustang is a serious performer, but it’s also stacked with a plethora of standard safety features engineered to protect driver and occupants. And there’s also semi-autonomous and driver assist features that are new to the vehicle, including an all-new inflatable airbag restraint design, double the number of airbags in the vehicle, a robust package of peripheral crash sensors, and enhanced exterior lighting. Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control.


“Driver assist features include BLIS® Cross-Traffic Alert and SYNC 911 Assist, which enables a mobile phone connected to SYNC to call 911 directly when needed. The system can also provide more detail about a crash to aid in the dispatch of the appropriate resources,” said our source at Ford. In addition, the 2015 Ford Mustang has additional pretensioning safety belt technology compared to the outgoing model.


Combine these safety enhancements with the available four-, six- and eight- cylinder engines that can get you between 300 and 435 horsepower, and over 500 hp with the soon-to-be-released Shelby GT350, and you have a  line up of Mustangs that provides an undeniable performance and economy.

Find Easy Power For Your Ford Mustang With Nitrous

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Find Easy Power For Your Ford Mustang With Nitrous


Are you looking for quick and easy mods that will give you big results? If so, you can find easy horsepower for your Ford Mustang with nitrous. While nitrous oxide sounds like some magical, mystical power adder, it’s really not that complicated. Nitrous oxide allows you to add extra oxygen to the combustion process, and when matched with the correct amount of fuel, big power results. offers a wide range of nitrous kits, along with all the hardware needed if you’re looking to accessorize or grow your system. To prove our point, we recently installed an affordable kit from ZEX (Part Number 82023) on a mildly modified 1998 SVT Cobra. This kit installed in a few hours and is priced right around $599.99.


Nitrous Oxide (N2O) is stored in a nitrous bottle, which can be mounted easily in the trunk of a vehicle. Lines are run under the car, from the tank to a solenoid that’s mounted under the hood. The solenoid connects to the engine’s induction system and feeds the juice to the engine. There are a handful of nitrous system designs, from basic kits to multi-stage systems used for racing. Common terms you’ll hear are “Wet” and “Dry” systems.

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A Dry system simply sprays nitrous only, a “Wet” system supplys nitrous and additional fuel to the engine. In addition, nitrous can be injected into the engine either before the throttle body (or just under the carburetor), or directly in the individual runners in the intake manifold (direct-port nitrous injection). The type of kit you select depends on the horsepower level you’re trying to reach. In fact, some systems can be completely hidden, while others are the show-piece of the induction system.


The Zex kit, seen in the video, is a universal wet system designed to fit any 1986 to 2004 V8 Mustang. There is one nitrous line feeding the nitrous nozzle, and a single fuel line that connects between the nozzle and the fuel rail. Having the ability to tap into the fuel rail (using the Schrader valve) makes things quick and easy (especially considering all the lines and fittings are included in the kit). This kit designed to increase output on most EFI Mustangs by 75 – 125 horsepower. Brothers Performance does offer higher-performance kits from Zex and many other manufacturers. And we offer nitrous bottle filling at our location in Deland, Florida.

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Another benefit of the ZEX kit is the unique Nitrous Management Unit, which contains and controls the nitrous solenoid. It uses a TPS (throttle position sensor) signal for activation, plus, the kit contains everything you’ll need, including an assortment of jets for tuning.


Now check out the video, and see how much power this 1998 SVT Cobra picked up with a simple nitrous install. And be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and follow us on Instagram and twitter @brothersperformance.

Win a 2015 Ford Edge at the Ford EcoBoost Challenge Set For 17-City Test-Drive


Win a 2015 Ford Edge at the Ford EcoBoost Challenge Set For 17-City Test-Drive


Who wouldn’t want to win a free car? And Ford Motor Company is giving you the chance to Win a 2015 Ford Edge at the Ford EcoBoost Challenge Set For 17-City Test-Drive.


Now you can get behind the wheel of Ford’s latest products, with its third EcoBoost® Challenge consumer drive tour launching in early March.


The EcoBoost Challenge will tour 17 cities in 2015, and will provide five unique driving experiences in Ford products. According to Ford, there’s a new incentive — participants will have an opportunity to WIN an EcoBoost-powered 2015 Ford Edge, and they can earn additional entries in the sweepstakes by bringing guests with them to the event.


The tour kicks off March 7 at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. Participants will drive the latest Ford vehicles along with in-market competition. So you get to drive back-to-back with competitor vehicles. More than 28,000 people took part in last year’s EcoBoost Challenge.


“With EcoBoost engines now available across 100 percent of our U.S. light-duty lineup, the EcoBoost Challenge lets consumers experience this innovative technology that helps Ford deliver better fuel economy with a more engaging driving experience than the competition,” said Michele Bartlett, Ford group marketing manager for large cars and SUVs. “Not only is the EcoBoost Challenge a lot of fun, but getting people in the driver’s seat is the best way for them to experience the craftsmanship, innovation and performance of the Ford lineup.”


The team is excited the new ST Reaction Time Challenge, which gives participants a chance to test their reflexes in both Fiesta ST and Focus ST. Ford is also offering a chance to drive the all-new 2015 F-150 and Edge against the competition. There’s also a special driving section set up for the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost, designed to highlight the model’s improved handling and performance levels. Ford will also let folks test the innovative park assist technologies. Hybrid fans can get behind the wheel of the Fusion Hybrid. In addition to the all- new 2015 Ford Mustang and all-new 2015 Aluminum F-150, additional test vehicles include the 2015 Ford Edge, new 2015 Expedition, plus Escape, Fusion Hybrid and Transit Connect Wagon.


“With its new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine with standard Auto Start/Stop, the 2015 Ford F-150 resets the bar in light-duty pickup truck performance, capability and efficiency, with class-leading EPA-estimated ratings for gasoline-powered full-size pickups. The 2015 Ford Mustang features an all-new available 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, and the 2015 Ford Edge comes standard with a twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder or an available 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6.”


But wait, there’s more. Ford is touting its “ShiftPhobia” boot camp. This offers consumers a unique hands-on education into driving a manual transmission from a professional driver. “By combining advanced engine technologies such as turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing, Ford EcoBoost engines can help customers conserve fuel without sacrificing power. In North America, EcoBoost sales make Ford the leader in turbocharged direct-injected gasoline engines in high-volume passenger vehicles such as Fusion, F-150, Edge and Escape. For 2015, 100 percent of Ford’s U.S. light-duty vehicle lineup is available with an EcoBoost engine.”


Pre-registration for the 2015 EcoBoost Challenge is live now at Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Events are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in most markets. Locations and dates are:


  • Miami: Sun Life Stadium, March 7
  • Los Angeles: Santa Anita Park, March 14
  • Dallas: AT&T Stadium, March 21
  • Washington, D.C.: FedEx Field, March 28
  • Houston: NRG Park, April 18
  • Louisville, Kentucky: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, April 25 • Phoenix: WestWorld, May 2
  • Concord, North Carolina: Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 2 • Seattle: Emerald Downs, May 9
  • Chicago: Arlington Park, May 9
  • Cincinnati: Forest Fair Village Mall, May 30
  • Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh International Race Complex, May 30 • Orlando, Florida: Orange County Convention Center, June 6 • Philadelphia: Wells Fargo Center, June 6
  • San Francisco: Oakland Alameda Coliseum, June 13
  • Rochester, New York: Monroe Community College, June 13 • Minneapolis: Mall of America, June 20

Tips For Doing A Wheelie in Your Ford Mustang

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Tips For Doing A Wheelie in Your Ford Mustang

One of the coolest parts about drag racing is doing a wheelie. A hard launch presses you firmly in the seat, the nose gets light and there’s a sense of gratification that comes from hooking hard. The icing on the cake is when a photographer nails the shot, right at the peak of the wheelie. Getting the wheels up means your car is accelerating at it peak, which is the ultimate goal. Of course you don’t have to pop a wheelie to have good traction, but it certainly helps. Here are tips for doing a wheelie in your Mustang. Using them will ensure you capture those perfect launches every time.


Making your Mustang move quickly and consistently off the starting line boils down to having a basic understanding of how your suspension works, selecting the right parts, and driving well. Combine those three things and you’ll be rocketing off the line.


Naturally, the first thing you’ll need is a Mustang with a solid foundation. Frame connectors are a must in 1979 – 2004 Mustangs. They will prevent chassis flex and let your suspension work properly. Without them, your chassis can deflect under load and your suspension will not work consistently. A roll bar or roll cage is also a good idea. When designed and installed properly, it will add extra body stiffness and safety.


However, getting the nose up and keeping the tires planted is the job of the suspension. Here’s how it works. Upon launch, the tires dig in and rotate forward to drive the car. But for every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction, so the rear-end housing sees force in the opposite direction to the wheels. This opposite force applied to the rear housing is actually good, as it creates a force on the rear suspension links (control arms). The upper bars are pulled rearward and the lower bars are forced forward and upward. Since they are connected to the body, those forces cause the nose of the car to lift. The technical term for the nose lifting is pitch rotation. Racers enhance lift with the addition of soft front springs designed for drag racing with thin, tightly wound coils, and with front struts that feature “soft” valving on extension (called jounce) and stiffer valving on compression (rebound).


Brothers Performance offers a variety of springs, struts, and shocks, designed for basic street/strip applications, as well as more complex parts that offer adjustability for the more serious enthusiast. As you can imagine, reducing weight also helps. Weight reduction can come in the form of aluminum heads, lightweight brakes, carbon fiber or fiberglass hood, tubular front suspension parts, etc.


But even with fancy race parts, keep in mind that springs support the “sprung” weight of the vehicle. And we can manipulate the sprung weight to enhance traction during launch, whether it’s on the street, strip, or on a road course. When better handling is the goal, we use short, stiff springs with matching dampers. This limits body roll and keeps the contact patches at all four corners in compliance with the road surface. In drag racing, we want front end lift (to a point) so the front springs are often tall and thin in order to store lots of energy when they are compressed. One popular set for the 1979 – 2004 Mustang are the Moroso Trick Drag Springs. This style of spring helps the nose lift during launch, as you can guess, handling suffers. Mustang drag racers often match their soft front springs with Lakewood 90/10 or 70/30 struts. These struts release quickly on launch, and are stiff on rebound. This lets the nose rise quickly and settle slowly.


Brothers Performance also offers the very popular Eibach Drag Launch kit, which Mustang racers have been using for decades. These springs feature rates desirable for drag racing — yet they still provide solid street handling. The kit also includes an air bag, which is installed in the passenger-side rear spring, and can be filled or deflated for tuning (or street driving) to limit body roll. When inflated to the recommended psi, the bag adds stiffness to the right rear spring to prevent body roll (termed roll rotation) on launch. Keeping the body flat lets both rear tires apply power evenly. A popular choice for rear shocks with this combination is the Lakewood 50/50. These shocks feature valving designed for straight-line acceleration and are optimized for 1979 – 2004 Mustangs.


There are also a number of single and double adjustable drag racing struts and shocks on the market. Adjustable shocks and struts put the tuning in your hands. This helps you dial in your car for maximum performance and for changing track conditions. I recommend you do you homework before purchasing a set, as each company offers slightly different valving. Some dampers feature a steel body, others are aluminum, allowing a nice weight savings. Consult the manufacturer if necessary to determine the best spring/damper package for your car.


Lastly, you’ll want sticky tires to compliment your new suspension, and I always recommend a driveshaft safety loop in any drag car. Once you’ve installed your new parts, get out to the track, dump the clutch and throw that front end in the air!

Ken Block Introduces 320-plus HP 2016 Focus RS

Ken Block Introduces 320-plus HP 2016 Focus RS

Ken Block Introduces 320-plus HP 2016 Focus RS


Gymkhana films superstar Ken Block Introduces 320-plus HP 2016 Ford Focus RS, which Ford unveiled today in Cologne, Germany. While the Focus RS has been a winner in Europe, Ford will now make the RS available globally, including the US, starting next year. Ford stated the Focus RS would pack the punch of “much more than 320 horsepower.”


This takes the 2.3L EcoBoost turbo engine to yet another level. A similar version of the engine produces 310 horsepower in the Ford Mustang. Another key feature is the all-wheel drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control, which uses two clutches to divert torque to the outer wheels during cornering to help the achieve over 1.0g of grip.


“The all-new Focus RS is a serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets a new benchmark for driving exhilaration on the road and track,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. “The RS line has a proud history of technical breakthroughs that have migrated to mainstream Ford vehicles to benefit all of our customers, and the new Focus RS is no exception. It’s a great example of our passion for innovation through performance, and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”


The all-new Focus RS was developed by Ford Performance global engineers. Ford stated this will be the 30th car to wear the RS badging, following such technology trendsetters as the 1970 Escort RS1600 with 16 valves, 1985 Sierra RS Cosworth with turbocharging and radical aerodynamics and 1992 Escort RS Cosworth with four-wheel drive. All the innovation is not found under the hood. The RS is dressed with enhanced aerodynamics such as a unique front splitter and rear spoiler.


Sold globally, the Focus RS is built at Ford’s Saarlouis, Germany, manufacturing plant. “We are acutely aware of the benchmarks we have set ourselves with RS performance models through the years, and rest assured this new car raises the game to a new level,” said Jim Farley, president, Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa.


“Just as important is the fact that with technologies such as EcoBoost, we are able to demonstrate how an innovation that powers almost every car in our range can also be the heartbeat of our finest performance cars,” added Farley. Not just a pretty face, Ken Block consulted on the all-new Focus RS, providing valuable feedback to the team. In addition, he presented the car at the press event in Cologne, Germany – where the RS legend was born with the Ford 15M RS in 1968.


“The all-new Focus RS exploits innovative new Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring to deliver a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment, combining outstanding traction and grip with exciting agility and cornering speed,” said Ford. Ford’s AWD system utilizes twin electronically controlled clutch packs on each side of the rear drive unit. “These manage the car’s front/rear torque split, and can control the side-to-side torque distribution on the rear axle – delivering the “torque vectoring” capability that has a dramatic impact on handling and cornering stability. The control unit in the rear drive unit continuously varies the front/rear and side-to-side torque distribution to suit the current driving situation, monitoring inputs from multiple vehicle sensors 100 times per second. A maximum of 70 percent of the drive torque can be diverted to the rear axle. Up to 100 percent of available torque at the rear axle can be sent to each rear wheel.”


This amazingly diverts torque to the outside rear wheel at lighting speed, and it does so depending on steering wheel inputs, lateral loads, plus yaw and speed of the vehicle. Ford states that, this torque transfer helps the driver rotate the car through a curve to enhance turn-in, stability, and balance. It also has the ability to control oversteer drifting! Owners will also find dual-mode switchable dampers, a tuned electric power-assisted steering, and a more rigid front suspension knuckle designed to produce outstanding feel.


“The Focus ST and Fiesta ST showed that we can achieve sporty steering feel with an electric power-assisted steering system, and the RS raises the bar,” said Dave Pericak, director, Global Ford Performance. “We set out to provide drivers with steering that is very direct, precise and well balanced – and the RS delivers.” Michelin was tapped to develop Pilot Super Sport 235/35 R19 tires to complement the driving dynamics of the Focus RS, and the highly regarded Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (optional), designed for track use.


Ford increased power of the 2.3L EcoBoost engine with a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor, combined with a much bigger intercooler. There’s also a better intake, and a large-bore high-performance exhaust system with an electronically controlled valve in the tailpipe that helps optimize the balance of backpressure and noise output. It also gives you that wickedly cool cackle and burble.


Ford ensures the engine will thrill with excellent low-end power with a powerful mid-range pull. We were shocked to see the rev limit at 6,800 rpm! The 2.3L engine is mated to a six-speed manual packed with a tidy, quick-shifting gear lever. Ford promises the powertain will also provide excellent economy.


The Focus RS will comfort and coddle front passengers, who’ll sit in bolstered partial-leather Recaro sports seats. The interior also gets a “simpler, more intuitive design.” As you would expect, SYNC will include audio, navigation, climate control and mobile phones via voice control, and via a high-definition, 8-inch color touch screen. “SYNC can be specified with rear view camera with park distance control, as well as a Sony premium sound system with 10-speakers including a subwoofer.”


We think enthusiasts will also dig the flat-bottomed steering wheel with a soft-feel leather-covered rim, alloy pedals and unique instrument graphics within the main cluster. Nifty gauges display turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature, and oil pressure.


According to Ford, the Focus RS will be available in Nitrous Blue, a vibrant four-coat metallic finish exclusive to RS, as well as Stealth Gray, Absolute Black and Frozen White. The car revealed in Cologne features the same special Liquid Blue color scheme first seen on the all-new Ford GT revealed last month at the North American International Auto Show.