Why does my Mustang put down less HP than Ford advertises?

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From time to time, someone will ask us “Why does my car put out 290 horsepower on the dyno if it was rated at 300 horsepower stock?”  Dyno results can be confusing for anyone who hasn’t read up on the topic.  How can the same car put down different numbers just because the dyno manufacturer isn’t the same?  These answers are simple much easier to understand if you know how a dyno calculates or measures horsepower and torque.

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August Ride of the Month Winners

Grand Prize Winner: Ron’s 2009 Bullitt!

Wheel style & size: 18 x 9  and 18 x 10

Tire brand & size: NT555   255/45 & 285/40

Ron’s Mustang Bullitt has an impressive list of modifications. An Edelbrock E-Force Street-Legal Supercharger has bumped his dyno numbers up to 427RWHP and 396 RWTQ. With a Dynotech 3.5″ aluminum driveshaft, a BMR driveshaft loop and 4.10 Ford Racing gears, Ron’s making the most of all that horsepower. In order to help him harness all that power, the Bullitt now features a Steeda adjustable panhard rod, a CHE K-frame brace with Q-Limiters, BMR billet lower control arms, and Koni Yellow shocks and struts.

Ron hasn’t neglected his Bullitt’s appearance for the sake of performance, though. He’s added sequential tail lights and satin tail light trim, plus a chrome surround for the rear panel and a blackout panel. DG window louvers, smoked front turn signals with stealth bulbs, and SHR lower grille inserts round out his exterior mods. In terms of the interior, the ’09 features Autometer wideband air/fuel and boost gauges on an SOS double gauge pillar mount.

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Get Up to 37% Off With August Sales!

The long, humid swelter of August is here, and the best way to beat the heat is to grab your keys and hit the road. If you’ve got a convertible, this is the time to put your top down and enjoy the wind on your face. If you’ve got a coupe, roll the windows down or crank the air conditioning up. And while you’re speeding down the road, take a second to contemplate your mod list. Whether you’re thinking about some major engine work or some minor cosmetic changes, this is the perfect time to pick those parts up. Take advantage of the light and the warmth–and these great deals–so you can cruise in style when the weather cools off.

Name That Part and Win Answers Revealed!

Congratulations go out to Rasiel Sabido, who won our Name That Part and Win contest! Rasiel’s name was drawn from a pool of everybody who guessed all six of the parts correctly, and he’ll get to choose one of the parts below as his prize. Not sure if your guesses were correct? Check our handy answer key below to find out! Click each picture to see what part it is.

The 5 Best Roads to Drive Your Mustang On

Here at AmericanMuscle, most a few of our employees have “less-than-perfect” driving records. This is probably because we’ve been on the lookout for the darkest, fastest, highest roads in the US; and sometimes this calls for a little bit of “spirited driving”! During our search, we stumbled upon these 5 roads that were just begging for us to lay down some fresh rubber:

Number 5. Florida’s State Road A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Highway

Image Courtesy of byways.org

Image Courtesy of byways.org

There’s no questioning that the southern Florida coast is one of the finest spots in the country for beach bodies!  And by beach bodies we mean both classic/vintage and brand new Mustangs!  For years, it has been a landmark “cruising” spot for all automotive enthusiasts–every car imaginable can be seen on this stretch of road from Key West through Jacksonville.  Whether you’re cruising in 4th gear or burning the tires at every stop light, it’s hard to find a better road to drive on.

4.) Montana’s Beartooth Highway – The All American Road

11,000 feet above sea level and chiseled into mountain terrain, you’ll find a high performance enthusiast’s dream!  This two hour scenic drive has plenty of potential for Mustang drift footage for those brave enough to try.  Montana’s US Highway 212 has the most amazing twists and turns through what seems to be walls of snow and rock.  Make sure to check with the ranger’s station before taking on this voyage, as it has been known to snow even in the summer.

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