Mustang ASC McLaren – A Rare Convertible Collaboration from The 80s

ASC McLaren Mustang Front

Many Mustang enthusiasts may not even be aware there was such a thing, but back in the late 80’s Ford released a convertible model that was designed as part of collaboration between American Sunroof Company (ASC) and McLaren. Ford had been producing an ASC McLaren version of the Mercury Capri up until they were discontinued in 1986, which made the Mustang the next obvious choice to receive the ASC McLaren makeover.

ASC McLaren Mustang Rear

When McLaren was tasked with creating their own version of a convertible Mustang they gave it several appearance enhancements inside and out. Most notably was the convertible top and tonneau cover design (reminiscent of the Mercedes SL) that effectively renders it a 2-seater. The ASC McLaren was decked out with leather interior and a unique center console and the exterior was enhanced by the addition of 1” lowering springs, McLaren wheels and an optional ground effects package.

ASC McLaren Mustang Interior

Unfortunately for the gearheads out there, the modifications done to the car were largely cosmetic, so there was little performance gain to be had from the roughly $25,000 price tag – a very hefty price for a Mustang back then.

ASC McLaren Mustang Seats

If you watch the classifieds or McLaren-specific forums you’ll see them come up for sale from time to time. In fact, you can currently bid on this low-mile 1988 McLaren for sale on eBay at the time of this writing. Notice the period correct CB radio and radar detector. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that the glove box contained an original copy of the Miami Vice soundtrack also.


Inspired by an article by Andrew T. Maness originally appearing on


Is GM Cooking Up a 427ci & Twin-Turbo Gen V V8?

The cat has been out of the bag for some time that Chevrolet has been cooking up a Gen6 version of the Z/28 as well as a mid-engine version of the Corvette. While a mid-engine Corvette could stay just a concept, as it has since the ‘60s, the Z/28 has already been spotted testing at the Nürburgring. The original speculation was that it would be very similar to the previous generation, but faster and powered by the supercharged LT4 Gen V V8 found in the upcoming 2017 Camaro ZL1 as well as the current Corvette Z06 and Cadillac CTS-V. However, after this video surfaced, it seemed to indicate that the track-born model will have a naturally aspirated Gen V V8 engine.


[Camaro fans note: don’t worry about the crash at the end, this car was back on the road the next day.]


Now you may be thinking that a naturally aspirated Gen V8 engine is the natural choice (no pun intended) for a car built for road racing like the new Camaro Z/28. So where did that original speculation even come from? Well back when the 2015 Corvette Z06 was launched at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), journalists asked Corvette engineers point blank: why not a 427 Gen V V8? The answer was that they could not make their performance target, assumed to be over 600 horsepower, and that the R&D costs did not justify the increase in power over an LS7. And without the flagship supercar to bear the cost burden of developing a large cube Gen V V8, it seemed unlikely that a 2018 Camaro Z/28 would have such an engine. From a cost perspective, it was more likely that the Z/28 would have either the ZL1’s LT4 or a slightly hopped-up version of the LT1.


The big BUT (there’s always one) is that the Camaro team never likes to play second fiddle to the Mustang. Since the Shelby is making 526 horsepower with its flat-plane crank 5.2-liter, that would be the obvious performance target for a new Z/28. It seems unlikely that Chevrolet would be able to extract that from a 6.2L LT1, which begs the question whether a 427-cube Gen V V8 is in the works. The counterpoint is that the Camaro is almost a hundred pounds lighter, and does not require as much power to equal or surpass a Mustang. And, in fact, one of the greatest benefits of the Gen V V8 engines over the Gen IV is average power, not peak. Anyone who has driven a C7 Corvette Stingray can tell you that the off-idle torque of the 6.2L LT1 is comparable to the LS7 in the previous generation Z06. A stark contrast from the high revving, dual overhead cam Ford motors. Could Chevrolet make a 427ci direct-injection engine that makes over 526 horsepower? I’d bet on it. But, will they?


As for the mid-engine Corvette, a prototype was spotted at GM’s proving grounds in early 2015. The Corvette team has been toying with the notion of making a mid-engine Corvette since Zora Arkas-Duntov was at the helm. The current mid-front layout with the transaxle was sort of a stepping-stone to optimum front to rear weight balance. As horsepower continues to climb, many engineers think that a mid-engine layout is needed for traction – hence why the fastest production supercars in the world use this layout. According to the latest rumors, the mid-engine platform will eventually replace the C7. However, it will first be unveiled as the new halo model. As a last hurrah, we could very well see the first twin-turbo production Corvette. Some have said it has a smaller displacement Gen V V8 (such as 5.5 liters), however a certain GM dealership claims it is a 6-cylinder with 700hp. The price could be over $150,000. Given GM’s need to separate the Corvette from the Camaro, its experience with twin-turbo V-6s and the release of the new Ford GT, all of this sounds entirely possible.



Shelby Revives the Terlingua Racing Team 2016 Ford Mustang


Shelby Revives the Terlingua Racing Team 2016 Ford Mustang


In 2007 Shelby American brought back a piece of Mustang racing history with release of the limited-edition V6 Terlingua Mustang that paid homage to the 1967 Trans Am championship-winning Terlingua Racing Team. Well, Shelby has done it again, as Shelby Revives the Terlingua Racing Team 2016 Ford Mustang, but this time the Shelby packs a 5.0L V8, supercharger and 750 horsepower!


The Terlingua Racing Team, headed by Carroll Shelby and Bill Neale, was so much more than a racing team, the gang would hunt, ride motorcycles and tear up on a 200,000-acre ranch in Texas. They also created a technical school for young men in the desolate region of Texas.




“The Terlingua Racing Team was created in the 1960s to have a lot of fun for a lot of people,” said Bill Neale, designer of the famous Terlingua Racing Team Crest. “Our rough and ready group was as passionate about playing as we were about racing. From our wild weekends on the Rio Grande in South Texas to racetracks across the world, the Terlingua Racing Team took no prisoners. The team crest and racing livery that I designed came to symbolize that raucous, irreverent lifestyle that thumbed its nose at the establishment.”


“This car will have more of the cult following from customers who appreciate not only performance, but the history,” said Shelby expert Scott Black. They want to experience bleeding edge technology but yet be very focused on Americana and have a connection to the Shelby legacy and the racing history.”




Shelby will build a limited run of 75 post-title Terlingua Racing Team Mustangs (50 for the U.S market and 25 will be sold internationally) that will be built around the wildly popular 2015-2016 Ford Mustang GT. “The Shelby Terlingua is our most track-inspired Mustang and is built as a tribute to the Terlingua Racing Team and their 1967 Trans Am Championship,” said Gary Schechner, VP of Marketing and Sales at Shelby American.


Power comes from an intercooler and yellow-powdercoated Whipple supercharger that produces 750 hp. Handling is improved with an adjustable Eibach suspension and the Mustang is fortified with a Shelby clutch, Barton shifter, Ford Performance half-shafts and a Brembo Big Brake kit for racetrack-proven performance. It also features 20-inch Weld Racing wheels, Michelin tires, tons of Shelby-designed carbon fiber components and the distinct Terlingua Racing Team badging.




Brothers Performance recently put the 2016 Terlingua Mustang through its paces at Spring Mountain Motorsport Ranch about an hour outside of Las Vegas. The Mustang is amazingly fast, but is also very easy to drive at speed. Shelby engineers have created a track-ready Mustang that has endless power, predictable handling and killer brakes.


The suspension enhancements and cooling features let you get out there and run hard all day, without fear of overheating the engine or brakes. “The Eibach suspension is comfortable on the street, but performs on the track,” stated Vince LaViolette, lead designer and test driver for Shelby. “Our goal is to let you to run a full day on track without touching the car. We’ve incorporated 2.5-inch cooling ducts and we pick up air from the nose of the car.” To achieve maximum performance, Shelby chose adjustable dampers and rear toe bar, along with progressive springs, and IRS mounting enhancements to resist deflection. We pushed the bright-yellow screamer to the limit. Shelby enhancements to the S550 chassis let us brake late, turn in aggressively and get off the corners with massive grunt. And we loved the sound pouring from the Ford Performance Borla pipes. But despite being lowered and stiffened, the ride quality was suitable for daily driving.


The Terlingua is a real in-your-face track killer. It’s not shy, sporting racing stickers, carbon fiber hood and racing roundels. And while we’re featured the traditional scheme, the Terlingua post-title package can be added to any color Mustang GT, although owners will be limited to a yellow or black hood. Furthermore, each Terlingua is serialized and will feature a dash plaque with autograph of Bill Neale (a Terlingua founder and designer of the racing team crest), Carroll Shelby and Jerry Titus, the 1967 Trans Am Champion winning driver. Shelby Terlingua package is offered starting at $65,999.



OCD Guide to Building a Fifth-Gen Camaro


Every once in a while you stumble across one of the most amazing builds on an internet forum that will make you rethink your next project. Rarely are late models ever built to the level of detail that you will see with a classic, but the Moreno family has certainly turned the tables with its Camaro. Headed by father Al Moreno and oldest brother Nathan, the crew began the G5.R project by trying to reroute the heater hoses, which are commonly thought to be a terrible eyesore in the 2010-2011 Camaro SS engine bay. Things quickly snowballed, and several years later it has transformed into the single most overthought fifth-gen Camaros ever built.


If you have some time to kill, then I highly recommend traveling down the wormhole on this intense build thread on Consider this an hors d’oeuvre. G5.R Camaro is destined for the 2016 SEMA Show, so you’ll be seeing plenty more of this in the media. Nathan and his two brothers, Justin and Seth, literally had their hands on every single part of this Camaro. There isn’t a bolt or bracket that hasn’t been smoothed, sanded, polished, painted, powder coated or built from scratch. Starting from the engine bay, the LS3 was stroked to 418 cubic inches and treated to Lingenfelter ported heads. The block and the heads themselves were ground smooth and painted BMW Frozen Gray along with the alternator, A/C compressor and power steering pump. The pulleys were given a brush finish. To match, the intake manifold and throttle body were painted. The accessory drive brackets and motor mounts were sanded and powder coated, meanwhile the oil pan, valley tray and timing cover were powder coated textured black. All of the vapor tube lines were replaced with XRP AN lines and fittings, and that was just the beginning. Even the injector connectors on the wiring harness were shaved down to improve the appearance. The exhaust system was TIG welded and treated to a Jet-Hot 1,700-degree coating.


Moving on to the Camaro’s chassis, there is so much detail in every single part. Every hole that was no longer used in the engine bay was filled in and covered. The firewall was covered with a custom carbon fiber plate. A similar piece was made to replace the heavy factory steel that separated the back seat from the trunk. In the trunk, the spare tire well was cut out to shave more weight, and replaced by a custom made flat panel that was painted with the G5.R project logo. The floor was completely smoothed out, too, with some pretty nifty steel “floor mats.” Since this is to be a serious track car, like the Camaro Z/28 on steroids, a roll cage was also added to the interior, which will be integrated with the headliner. A fire suppression system complements it nicely. Underneath, the floorpan was completely covered in a gold heatshield. The roof skin was completely removed, which will be replaced by carbon fiber. Carbon is used throughout the body, with the Moreno family’s own brand of components. Custom tubular front and rear bumper supports replace the heavy factory pieces, as do tubular engine and differential cradles. While originally some off-the-shelf parts were used on the suspension, every piece has been replaced with custom made components designed by the Morenos. It’s amazing what a couple of engineering students can do. The shocks are even custom-valved Penskes.


When the G5.R Camaro finally makes its debut, expect it to have a new Ozmo carbon fiber intake manifold, Trick Flow LS3 heads and a dry sump system. This Camaro is not for the faint of heart!



Hot New Colors for the 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang

Hot New Colors for the 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang

We’ve been wondering what Ford had in store for the 2017 Shelby GT350. And today the hot new colors for the 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang were revealed. Shelby GT350 buyers will now get to pick from Grabber Blue, Ruby Red Metallic and the new Lightning Blue. Deep Impact Blue and Competition Orange are no longer available.

Ford Performance is also adding more standard features to the new Shelby® GT350 Mustang that will go on sale this June. Ford has combined the best features of what customers have been asking for from the most track-capable, race-ready Mustang ever built.

Track Package is now standard on the Shelby GT350 Mustang for the 2017 model year, giving all customers the features they want along with the option to add even more – no longer do buyers have to choose between the Track Package and additional features.

“Ford Performance is always listening to customer feedback,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “At the end of last year we started offering a back seat option for Shelby GT350R due to customer demand. Now, we have adjusted the packages available to continue to provide more of what customers want on the Shelby GT350 Mustang.” The 2017 Shelby GT350 also brings an available Electronics Package or a Convenience Package.


New features for 2017 Shelby GT350 Mustang include:


  • Standard Track Package featuring aluminum tower-to-tower brace; high-downforce decklid spoiler; engine oil, transmission and differential coolers; MagneRide™ damping system
  • Three new colors – Ruby Red Metallic, Lightning Blue and Grabber Blue – replace Deep Impact Blue and Competition Orange
  • Two new available packages – Electronics Package includes SYNC® 3, voice-activated navigation and nine-speaker audio system; Convenience Package includes the same options, and replaces manual Recaro seats with leather-trimmed power sport seats
  • Available audio system upgrade from seven to nine speakers with Electronics Package, Convenience Package and R-Electronics Package

GM Warranty Covers 2016 Camaro SS for Track Use

2016 Camaro SS Banner

Owners of a new 2016 Camaro SS might be apprehensive to take their car to the limit on track for fear of voiding the warranty. Well, good news for those guys. Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser confirmed that GM is so sure the Camaro will stand up to track abuse that they will honor the standard warranty even if you caused the failure at a race track. Oppenheiser said “If you’re not modifying your car and you take your production car to a track day and you have an issue with one of your parts, it’s covered under warranty. That’s pride of craftsmanship that we know it will stand up to track use”

2016 Camaro SS 3

Not surprisingly, there are some limitations to this coverage. The main requirement is that your car has to remain in completely stock form, or at least very nearly stock (details are still not 100% clear on this). Oppenheiser says you can’t make a bunch of changes to the car and expect to blame GM engineering for breakage. He went on to say “We know when somebody changes their ECM calibration and we know if they changed to a cold-air intake, we can tell all that, but driving it as you break it in from the dealership, if you have a half-shaft or whatever, it’s covered.”

2016 Camaro SS Rear

Official information on what modifications will be allowed have yet to be released, however it should be noted that this only applies to the V8 powered SS, 1LE and ZL1 models at this time. That seems a little odd since you can now get a 1LE with a turbocharged V6 and that’s clearly a car that is designed with track use in mind.

2016 Camaro Models


Iconic Go Mango Orange Returns to Dodge Lineup

Go Mango Dodge 2016

Dodge has been doing a good job of answering the public demand for throwback or “heritage-inspired” paint colors. Go Mango, a bright and high-impact blend of orange and red hues, returns for 2016 and dealers can start ordering cars in that color now. This color was first introduced on the iconic 1970 Challenger and can now be had on both the Challenger and Charger 2016 models.

Go Mango Dodge Challenger 2

Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands for Dodge North America, says “Powerful performance cars like our Dodge Charger and Challenger demand high-impact colors.” Tim indicated this trend of heritage inspired colors will continue by saying “Dodge muscle cars have a long history of unique paint colors with iconic names, and we’ll continue to reach back into our paint code archive to give our enthusiast customers what they want.”

Go Mango Dodge Challenger

Dodge sees itself as America’s mainstream performance brand. With the purification of the brand and consolidation with SRT, Dodge is getting back to its performance roots with every model it offers. The Dodge and SRT brands offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out against a wide variety of competitors. Dodge is the “mainstream performance” brand and SRT is positioned as the “ultimate performance” halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.


Go Mango Dodge Charger


NMCA Kicked Off the 2016 Race Season in Bradenton



The 14th Annual Ross Racing Pistons Muscle Car Mayhem kicked off the National Muscle Car Association’s 2016 race season on March 10-13 in Bradenton, Florida. Twenty cars showed up for the Xtreme Pro Mod class at Bradenton Motorsports Park, which just switched to an 1/8-mile format this year. Pro Mod is the fastest class the NMCA offers, ruled by big cube supercharged, nitrous and twin-turbo combinations running as fast as 3.80s. Radial Wars wasn’t far behind, especially since Keith Berry made the first 3-second pass in class history at the event. DeWayne Mills and Daniel Pharris later accomplished the same feat in the finals (Pharris got the win). Xtreme Street saw some newcomers including Camren Massengale’s C5 Z06, which normally competes in the LSX Challenge Series as well as Ultra Street, and the “Wheelie Wagon” of Eric Kenward. Massengale clicked off a 7.80, but Kenward set the pace with a 7.67 (1/4-mile) thanks to his turbo small-block combo. 2015 champ David Hutnick (in the 2002 Camaro) dispensed with Kenward in the semifinals, running 7.68 to his 7.71.


For late-model fans, there are two new and interesting classes to watch in Chevrolet Performance Stock (second year) and Factory Super Cars (first year). CP Stock is a sealed crate engine class, which uses the LS3-based DR525 engine. A 226/236-duration camshaft boosts the otherwise stock LS3 to 525hp, and comes with a wiring harness and locked ECM. Any ’55 or newer GM bodied vehicle can run in this heads-up class, provided that they use the sealed engine, ECM and installation kit. Nearly any long-tube headers are allowed, and an air filter and radiator are required. VP Racing C-10 is the spec fuel. The base weight is 3,200lbs and you can run any non-electronic GM transmission such as the Turbo 350/400 or Powerglide. The tires must be 28×10.5-inch bias-ply slicks. In its second year, the NMCA has high hopes for this affordable class. Veteran Ronnie Hackleton took the first win of the season in his trusty 2013 Camaro SS, going 10.61 to Kevin Lumsden’s 10.62. Even the reaction times were close at .092 to .093. Talk about a tight race!


Factory Super Cars is limited to the new generation (2008+) Chevrolet COPO Camaro, Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, and Ford Cobra Jet Mustang – reviving that age-old rivalry. Base weights are established for each version, and clones are allowed if they follow the specs. There was a lot of buzz about this brand-new class, and eleven cars showed up to Bradenton to compete in its first go. The one obvious trend noticed so far is that even with the weight advantage, it seems the naturally aspirated cars are no match for the supercharged entries. Kevin Skinner’s CJ qualified first with an 8.41, but it was an all-Camaro face-off in the finals as Brunno Massel and Glenn Pushis met at the line. Massel got the win, going 8.55 to 8.82 despite being slightly slower out of the gate.


It will be interesting to see how the Factory Super Cars and CP Stock classes shape up as the year goes on. The first LSX Challenge Series race is the Chevrolet Performance Nationals on June 3-5 at Atlanta Dragway, which features three heads-up LSX classes including CP Stock, two index classes and True Street. Between then and now, the NMCA/NMRA All-Star Nationals take place at the same location on April 7-10, and you won’t want to miss the Bluegrass Nationals on May 12-15 at Beech Bend Raceway Park. See you at the track!




Introducing the 2017 Camaro ZL1


The ZL1 is back. “It’s a 2+2 coupe offering incredible performance – acceleration, handling and braking – with the highest levels of technology and perfect chassis damping, making it suitable for everyday driving. It will compare well to any sports coupe, at any price and in any setting,” according to Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development. Debuting on the 2017 Camaro ZL1, Chevrolet has announced a new, paddle-shifted 10-speed automatic to back the 640hp LT4 direct-injection V-8. A 7.39 overall ratio means even smaller steps between gears than the 8-speed used in the current Corvette, so the supercharged 6.2L V-8 constantly stays within its powerband. GM stated that it intends to use the 10-speed on eight other models by the end of 2018.


The ZL1 otherwise conjures up a similar formula to the previous generation. For the purists, a traditional 6-speed manual with active rev matching will also be available. Unique 20-inch forged aluminum wheels are standard with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 285/30ZR20 and 305/30ZR20 tires. Brembo six-piston monobloc calipers with 15.35-inch, two-piece front rotors also set the ZL1 apart from the SS. Updated Magnetic Ride control and an electronic slip differential bring even more technology to the new, lighter sixth-gen chassis and help the ZL1 live up to the motto: “fast with finesse.” Performance Traction Management, Custom Launch Control, and a Driver Mode Selector evolved from the previous generation. With 200 less pounds, 60 more horsepower and 80 more lb-ft of torque, the driver can use the extra help managing the improved power-to-weight ratio.


By the front-end design it is easy to tell that frontal airflow is a key feature to the aerodynamics. Eleven heat exchangers make use of this airflow, so that the ZL1 is track-ready right out off the dealership lot. 100 hours of wind tunnel and on-track testing led to its slippery figure and ample cooling. A new flow-tie (like the 2014-2015 Camaro Z/28), a new hood with carbon fiber insert and heat extractor, larger front splitter, rocker panels, spoiler and wider front fenders separate it from the Camaro SS. Recaro front seats are standard along with a suede flat-bottom steering wheel. The Performance Data Recorder is available as an option. The 2017 Camaro ZL1 goes on sale “late this year.”


“It is beautifully balanced, with perfect damping and isolation for optimal performance and driver confidence in virtually any situation – from the Pacific Coast Highway to Willow Springs to Pomona,” said Reuss. Challenge accepted.



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Ford Mustang Gallery from the 22nd NMRA Spring Break Shootout


Ford Mustang Gallery from the 22nd NMRA Spring Break Shootout


For over two decades, the Nitto NMRA Spring Break Shootout presented by Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords, blasted into Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida for a weekend of wheels-up drag racing madness. And Brothers Performance was on hand to take in the sun, sounds, and smells of the burning rubber and race fuel. We walked the pits, talked to the racers and chatted with show enthusiasts to see the latest builds and hottest race cars. Of course, we were sure to gather a huge Ford Mustang gallery from the 22nd NMRA Spring Break Shootout.

The NMRA offers a slew of drag racing classes for all levels of performance and modifications, plus there are special attractions, like the Tremec Racer Appreciation Party, True Street and we spotted BoostedGT from the hit TV show Street Outlaws, who made exhibition and grudge runs against racers willing to call him out.



Brothers Performance and BBK had a huge display located in the heart of the manufacturers midway, along with a 2016 GT350 and a Performance Pack GT in the display. It’s doesn’t matter if you’re looking for something as simple as a chrome dress-up kit or a set of the latest heads, has the experience and professionally trained staff to get you’re the best parts at the best price.




Our team loved being there to see the intense drag racing, giant car show and the always-popular True Street Shootout, which has over 100 street-legal Fords battling. We also watched the amazing Cobra Jet Showdown and saw famous personalities like Mike Murillo, Carl Tasca and all the stars of the NMRA’s heads-up shootout series.

Each NMRA event provides awesome Mustangs and Fords drag racing, including small-tire 2,000-plus hp Outlaws to the sealed-engine, gear-jammin’ Coyote Stockers. The NMRA also has a multitude of bracket and index racing.






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