Our 2018 “Silver Bullet” Mustang GT tore up the 1/4-mile at South Georgia Motorsports Park last Friday and Saturday, with a record-setting best run of 10.98 seconds at 126.35 MPH with only that sweet Southern Georgia air to feed it! We’ve shared some behind the scenes of the build, and this is the culmination of a tireless effort by the Steeda team. The car was built at our Pompano Beach location by Steve Chichisola and Matt Bouyea, with the tune being dialed-in by James Gordon up in Valdosta.
Friday night the car was piloted by Valdosta staff-member, Jigar Patel, whose first-run 11.16-pass pumped the team’s energy to the next level. A few adjustments were made, and by the end of the night yielded an 11.02 with a 1.70 60-foot, setting the record for the fastest naturally aspirated 2018 Mustang! On a final attempt, the car cranked out a 1.68 short, but hit the rev limiter in first gear, slowing the overall pass. However, we set out on this build with the intention of being, not just the fastest naturally aspirated 2018 Mustang, but the first to break into the 10s… so weren’t done just yet!
With just 0.021 seconds standing between us and the achievement of breaking that 11-second barrier, our dedicated Valdosta team headed back to SGMP on Saturday morning. Scott Boda, our Director of Manufacturing and Engineering, left his red Fox resting for this weekend’s NMRA event at Bradenton and got behind the wheel of the Silver Bullet. Despite the 78-degree heat and a DA of 1448 ft., Scott sweet-talked our beautiful 2018 GT into a 10.98-second pass with a 1.686 60-foot! The car’s last three passes were 11.002, 11.01 (hot lapped), and 10.98, all with 1.69. 60-foots or better. The atmosphere was absolutely electric and our team was buzzing with excitement after such a remarkable feat!
Our 2018 Mustang GT has a naturally aspirated, stock 5.0L Coyote, with just a few high-quality bolt-on suspension parts, and our 3D-printed 2018 Cold Air Intake prototype! We removed the passenger seat, as well as switching out Jigar for Scott for an extra 20 lb. drop! The car features Ford’s 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission and is equipped with:
2018 "Silver Bullet" Mustang GT
|Steeda Drag Springs||Steeda Drag Sway Bar||Steeda IRS Subframe Support Braces||Steeda Pro-Action Rear Shocks||Steeda Adjustable Differential Bushing Insert System|
|Steeda Billet Shock Mounts||Steeda Rear Lower Control Arm Spherical Bearings||Steeda IRS Subframe Bushing Support System||Steeda IRS Subframe Alignment Kit||Steeda Custom Tune w/ SCT X4 Tuner|
|American Racing Headers long-tube headers and X-Pipe||Racestar Recluse Big-Little 17x5 Front & 17x10 Rear||Mickey Thompson ET Street R 305/45-17||Ford Performance 4.09 Rear Gear Swap||E85 Swap|