Terry “Beefcake” Reeves didn’t waste any time modding his 2018 Mustang. Fresh off the dealer lot, this second-gen S550 received a few carefully chosen mods and became the first of its kind to run in the 10-second zone. Now that same car was fortified and boosted to become the first to produce over 1,000 horsepower at the rear wheels.
We are really trying to get to that 8-second zone. — Terry “Beefcake” Reeves
“We started with a Nitrous Outlet nozzle system along with some Weld wheels and the Steeda Stop the Hop kit, Steeda drag springs, and some Viking shocks along with DSS halfshafts, and DSS driveshaft,” Terry said.
To make that next big jump, Terry ordered a rugged engine from MMR and one of Vortech’s billet YSi superchargers, which fits in the company’s 2018 Mustang bracketry. With plenty of supporting hardware (see sidebar) installed by Finish Line Performance, the combo just needed a proper calibration to bring it all together.
1,000HP 2018 Mustang Mods
• Cervini’s C-series upper and lower grilles
• Double AA Performance K-member
• DSS halfshaft
• DSS Driveshaft
• Fore Innovations Level 2 fuel system w/ dual regulators and three 465-lph pumps
• Injector Dynamics 1,300cc fuel injectors
• J&M caster/camber plates
• Kooks long-tube headers w/ 2-inch primaries
• MMR billet oil-pump gears and crank sprocket
• MMR ported cylinder heads w/ MMR valve springs
• MMR sleeved/forged long-block
• Steeda bumpsteer kit
• Steeda drag springs
• Steeda front control arms
• Steeda Stop The Hop Kit
• Stroud parachute
• UPR Products catch can
• Viking crusader coilovers
• Vortech billet YSi supercharger w/ American Racing Solutions/Team Beefcake Racing 10-rib belt drive
• Watson Racing parachute mount
Running 22 pounds of Vortech boost and burning an ample volume of E85, the new combo cracked the four-digit barrier running just boost.
“We finished in Sixth gear at 1,014 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels,” he said. “We figured that’s a good starting spot to get the car on the track and see what she can do. We are really trying to get to that 8-second zone. Then it will be time to work on transmission upgrades!”
In the end, the vaunted 10R80 transmission is the X-factor in the next step for this car. While this transmission performs well on cars with modest modifications, it remains to be seen how the new auto will handle huge power.
“I’d love to see a high 8 out of the combo, but that really will be dictated by the transmission, as we have the engine and chassis dialed in,” Terry added.
It sounds like this 2018 Mustang might yet have another first up its sleeved block, so stay tuned.